Welcome to our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, August 15, where we share with you our picks and pans for the coming day’s MLB contests on FanDuel!
Every Saturday, over the course of the season, I’ve been giving you my best choices, based on talent and salary (value), to help you win 50/50 games.
Unfortunately, the NFL preseason kicks off in a big way this weekend, which means we have to split up our resources a bit!
Tonight, we finally get to see if Jameis Winston can handle a pro playbook the way we all expected. Is he worth a top-20 ranking among Fantasy quarterbacks, like I believe? We’ll start getting answers to that tonight.
We have a ton of Fantasy Football coverage from this past week, and I hope you get a chance to check some of it out before your drafts.
I know this sounds like we’re favoring Fantasy Football over Fantasy Baseball, but there are a few reasons to explain all of this.
- If Spring Training were held during the Fantasy Football playoffs, then Fantasy Baseball would get more coverage – plain and simple. We want to help the most people at the right time.
- Unfortunately, in Fantasy Baseball, a large chunk of you are no longer paying attention to that sport. I’m proud of you to continue forth in your championship quests, but our numbers show there’s just far less interest.
- For every Fantasy Baseball player, there are four Fantasy Football players. Football is king, but like I said, part of that is just timing.
So now you understand (I hope!) why this article is an abbreviated one, as my Fantasy Content To-Do List is overflowing!
Batter vs. Pitcher: Doug Anderson wrote a great piece on why batter vs. pitcher stats aren’t something you should pay much attention to. But if you’re still into reading about BvP stats, you can check DailyBaseballData.com for that fix.
Rather than target hitters against certain pitchers, look at hitters vs. right- or left-handed pitchers. Doug put together two awesome charts for your perusal:
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Saturday, August 15
There are just two afternoon games, with 13 night games (just one after 10pm). We’ll try to mostly share picks for the night games to give the most people the most help.
Top Starting Pitcher
Johnny Cueto, RHP, Kansas City vs. L.A. Angels ($11,000): Yeah, this is a costly starting pitcher today, but you always have to like a strikeout pitcher going from one league to the next. Vegas also likes Cueto, installing him as a (-170) favorite. He threw a complete game shutout in his last start against the Tigers, too!
John Lackey, RHP, St. Louis vs. Miami ($8,500): This is a cheaper option with less strikeout potential, but Lackey’s sub-3.00 ERA has been ultra-impressive this season, and he faces a Marlins team that can’t score on right-handers (second-worst in majors).
Top Hitters for Saturday, August 15
Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee vs. Philadelphia ($2,200): Sure, his toe injury has affected him greatly this season, but this is a good hitter’s park, he’s at the FanDuel minimum and he’s facing a pitcher with a plus-5.00 ERA in Jerome Williams. We know he has the talent to hit, it’s just a matter of him getting his swing together.
Adam Lind, Milwaukee vs. Philadelphia ($3,500): What’s not to love? A lefty facing Williams in what’s expected to be a Brewers blowout? All 17 of Lind’s home runs this season have come against right-handers, and he’s batting 90 points higher (.323) at home than away.
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego at Colorado ($3,100): He has hit safely in seven straight games, with two home runs and eight RBI in that span. Hopefully, he’ll get a few flyballs that run long!
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox ($3,400): The rookie faces off against a lefty (Jose Quintana), and after a rough July (.133 batting average), he’s batting .333 midway through August.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis at Miami ($3,400): While it’s true, this right-handed hitter is better against right-handed pitching and he’s facing a lefty in Miami’s Brad Hand, he has better power versus lefties (.508 slugging and 9 HR). And he’s at such a great price!
Matt Kemp, San Diego at Colorado ($4,300): Kemp hit for the cycle Friday night, and he’s batting .379 with two homers and 11 RBI in his past seven games.
Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers ($3,100): He hits better against lefties, and he’s playing well in August. You’re hoping for a stolen base here, which is tough against a lefty, but the Reds will need to generate runs without the homers tonight.
Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay at Texas ($2,500): He’s back from the disabled list and he proved he’s healthy Friday night, getting three hits in four at-bats. Check lineups, of course, but he should be back on the field Saturday.
Hopefully, we hit more homers than GIDPs with our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, August 15, and you come out a winner!
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