Did July sneak up on anyone else? I can’t believe we’ve burned through almost half the season and half of our opportunities to hit it big in Daily Fantasy Baseball. Well, it’s time for another round of daily fantasy baseball picks.
If you doubled your money in cash games and re-entered it all including winnings each day, at 80 games you would have acquired approximately $1,200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 if you first entered $2 back on opening day. Not bad for playing just cash games huh?
The idea of winning 80 cash games in a row while throwing all your profits back in the pot each time is probably not the best of ideas. However, it’s powerful to see that playing cash games can be profitable and for many players much more so than throwing your money away in tournaments with low percentage odds of cashing.
I will still take a shot at a tournament most days, mainly due to the idea that paying off those college loans in one day would be pleasant, but I never count on winning one.
For today, we have seven evening games to choose from including two with totals of nine according to Vegas. Boston at Toronto and Colorado at Arizona are projected as the highest scoring. After that we’ve got a bunch of sevens and eights to move to for our bats. We have one no brainer at the pitcher position, but is he worth the overwhelming price?
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Thursday, July 2, 2015
Max Scherzer, Washington at Atlanta, $12,500
If there were other abundant options at pitcher today, I might shy away. However, I just can’t ignore that Scherzer is the best thrower in the majors right now and faces an Atlanta team that is no offensive juggernaut. This will force you to make tough decisions down the order, but getting half the points you need to win from one guy in a 50/50 is a great start towards victory.
Roenis Elias, Seattle at Oakland, $7,700
Elias was great to start the year, but has gotten ripped up during his last few starts. I do like the fact that Oakland is hitting all of .239 against lefties this year and Elias gets a great park to throw in. I like Scott Kazmir in this game too, but Elias is the cost savings choice if you decide to go the tournament route. Keep in mind you are swimming up stream with this pick and he could very well get blown up. I’m guessing though that his ownership may be low and he could pay off if you get lucky across the board. This pick is for the adventurous only.
Welington Castillo, Arizona vs. Colorado, $3,000
Castillo is keeping the bat going and has hits in three of his last four games, including a homer. This is more than acceptable for a catcher, especially one in a hitter’s park against typical Colorado pitching.
Blake Swihart, Boston at Toronto, $2,200
At the bottom of the pricing is where you will find Swihart. He’s cheap, is maturing at the plate, and gets a pitcher in his second major league start.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona vs. Colorado, $5,400
There’s probably no way you will get Goldy in tonight if you tap Scherzer as well. If you are brave enough to take a discount pitcher, the Diamondbacks first baseman is putting up an MVP caliber season and is always a target when facing left handed pitching.
Prince Fielder, Texas at Baltimore, $3,600
Fielder hits right handed pitching 100 points better than left handed. Kevin Gausman has talent, but hasn’t quite put it together enough to be threatening. I’ll take Fielder in this matchup.
Devon Travis, Toronto vs. Boston, $3,000
Travis has continued to hit well after his return from the disabled list. Wade Miley is a vulnerable pitcher and Vegas agrees today. As long as he’s batting at the top of the lineup he’s a solid play.
Danny Espinosa, Washington at Atlanta, $2,500
Espinosa will save you 500 bucks over Travis and has been surprisingly good at the plate this year. After a couple quiet games, he’s put together four hits in his last two tilts. The Nationals will also get a fill in hurler to pick on today.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto vs. Boston, $3,900
Donaldson has cooled recently, but he’s still hitting the ball better than almost every other third bagger. He went 3-for-5 yesterday with a long ball and posted 10.5 FanDuel points. He hits lefties particularly well and I like his chances of more offense today.
Yunel Escober, Washington at Atlanta, $2,600
Here’s your more affordable option at third. If Danny Valencia plays in Toronto, I like him as well for an additional $100. Escobar has four hits in his last three games and will bring a good chance at positive value. He doesn’t compare with some of the bigger name guys at this position power wise. I’d like to fit one of them in if possible.
Xander Bogaerts, Boston at Toronto, $2,700
Bogaerts is hitting .303 against left handed pitching this year and is notorious for hitting the opposite hand much better. He hasn’t brought a lot of power, but what shortstops outside of Colorado really do?
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore vs. Texas, $2,400
I know he doesn’t get the platoon splits, and Gallardo has been pitching fairly well lately. Still, Hardy has been getting along well with the bat and even hit a long ball yesterday. He’s batting in the middle of a good offense and is very affordable at this price. Plus, if you go tourney today he’ll be lightly owned.
A.J. Pollock, Arizona vs. Colorado, $3,700
I’m hoping Pollock is coming out of a recent slump. He is another lefty killer for the Diamondbacks and his price is now manageable. I’d be willing to risk that his woes at the plate are getting shaken out and a below average left hander today won’t hurt.
Yasmany Tomas, Arizona vs. Colorado, $3,300
You may have noticed I like Diamondbacks today. Tomas is a cheaper alternative to Pollock, but has lacked some of the latter’s pop and speed. Still, Tomas is hitting .314 on the season and some power has started to flash lately.
Chris Colabello, Toronto vs. Boston, $3,100
Shouldn’t this guy have imploded by now? He’s almost 200 at-bats in and still hitting .335. Even more impressive for the daily player is that he is up to .389 against left handers. I fully expected him to fall off a cliff after seeing this with the Twins last year, but he just keeps truckin’. I’ll keep throwing him in my lineup until he shows he is done this year.
That’s it for today’s daily fantasy baseball picks. Best of luck scoring some cash in your daily fantasy baseball contests!