2013 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: August 26th 2013
I’m heading into the MLB Chin Music [$500 Guaranteed, Single Entry] pool today at DraftKings – just $5 to enter and first place takes home $100. The top 20 finishers cash in this single entry contest that is capped at 115 entries. I’m entering the match that leaves out the early game so I’ve got a bit more time to consider my lineups.
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DraftKings.com Team of the Day:
A clear lack of creativity from me today as I go with the two of the highest-priced pitchers. Again, check out my Twitter feed later in the day as I may make a couple of tweaks to the lineup. There are a lot of bargains to be had on the hitting side so I can go expensive on the pitching side.
Zack Greinke | RHP | Dodgers | $10,600 – Greinke gets to face a Cubs’ team that is coming off a 15 inning loss on Sunday afternoon. Greinke has scored 22 or more points in four of his last five starts and carries a 0.42 ERA in his last three starts with 17 strikeouts in 22 IP. He’s the most expensive pitcher today and for good reason.
Anibal Sanchez | RHP | Tigers | $9,600 – Sanchez has been on fire lately as he’s scored 23 or more points in five of his last six starts. He gets an A’s that’s lost four out of it’s last five and are just middle of the road (.710 OPS) against right handers.
Wilin Rosario | C | Rockies | $5,000 – Rosario has five hits in 11 ABs against Barry Zito with one home run. Rosario has a .908 OPS against lefties this season. Plus, he gets to head to Coors where the Rockies as a whole are a much better hitting squad. Rosario doesn’t have a much of a split between home and road, but those extra runners on base could be useful to Rosario. If you’d rather go cheap here, Travis d’Arnaud makes a good buy at $2,000 (or John Buck at $3,300) freeing up money to use elsewhere. Buck has a good career record against Lee.
Edwin Encarnacion | 1B | Blue Jays | $4,600 – Encarnacion has a stellar record against Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes (who doesn’t?) – he’s 11 for 32 with a homer and .979 OPS. He’s also heating up with HRs in two of his last three games.
Ian Kinsler | 2B | Rangers | $4,000 – Kinsler is another guy with a career numbers against the opposition starter with four home runs among his 11 hits over 33 at bats against Joe Saunders. He’s also got double digit points in four of his last six games on DraftKings.
Jeff Baker | 3B/OF | Rangers | $3,000 – Baker kills lefties and luckily for me (and you!) he faces a lefty on Monday evening. He’s achieved a .954 OPS in 113 plate appearances against left handed pitching this season and should be in the lineup again on Monday. He also has six hits in 17 at bats in his career against Saunders with two home runs.
Jurickson Profar | SS | Rangers | $3,000 – The choice of Profar is more about stacking against a poor pitcher than anything. He’s got very little career record against Joe Saunders. Brandon Crawford is another option as he has a great career record against Juan Nicasio, but I’d have to drop a couple of hundred dollars somewhere else to make him fit. Perhaps at catcher.
Chris Heisey | OF| Reds | $3,000 – This is another hunch play as Heisey has been heating up lately averaging 8.7 points in his last ten games on DraftKings. And if you remove the three games where he didn’t get an official AB, his average pops up to 12.4 points. There’s a lot to like for only $3,000.
Kendrys Morales | OF/1B | Mariners | $3,600 – Morales has a decent record against lefties this season (.785 OPS) and Travis Blackley isn’t particularly good. Morales has a HR off of Blackley in five ABs.
Marlon Byrd | OF | Mets | $3,200 – Byrd has seven HRs in 151 PAs against left handed pitchers this season along with a .966 OPS. He gets Cliff Lee who isn’t a run of the mill lefty, but Byrd has ten hits in 28 at bats against Lee. And he’s only struck out three times against Lee so he’s made good contact off of Lee in his career.
If you are looking to stack, I’d look at the Rockies at Coors against Barry Zito or the Rangers against Joe Saunders.
Good luck today!