2014 Fantasy BaseballChris Garosi

2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: August 14

Welcome back to the Daily Fix here at The Fantasy Fix. It’s baseball time over at DraftKings. For those who aren’t yet Daily Fantasy baseball players at DraftKings head over there via this link and join. They will double your initial deposit up to $600.

I will again skip the early games and focus on the late slate for the contests starting at 7:05pm eastern.

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DraftKings gives you $50,000 to draft eight hitters (one at each position)and two pitchers. DraftKings features the following scoring settings for its daily fantasy baseball games:

DraftKings Team of the Day


Pitchers

The early innings have been a real grind for Strasburg this year --(Photo credit: Scott Ableman)
(Photo credit: Scott Ableman)

Before I get to my top choices, I want to implore you to stay away from Stephen Strasburg ($9,600) and his million dollar arm. He’s been a disaster on the road this year no matter who the opponent is and he’s just too volatile to trust. If you could pick your team after the first inning, then I’d say consider Strasburg because you usually know if he’s on or not after that initial frame.

John Lackey | RHP | Cardinals | $8,400 – Lackey was waxed by the Orioles his last time out. Perhaps he was still hurting over the realization that he’s going to play baseball next year for just $500k. However, his match-up today is quite favorable as he gets the worst team against righties in the league.

Jorge De La Rosa | Rockies | $6,400 – De La Rosa loves pitching at Coors Field. He’s got a 3.23 ERA there this season (and a 2.76 ERA there last year). Moreover, the Reds are 23 rd in wOBA against left-handed pitching and this lines up as a nice match-up for an extremely cheap option.

His price is as low as it is because he’s pitched on the road the last three times out. In his last start at home, he garnered 35.7 points on DraftKings. Plus, it was left handers day yesterday – gotta throw them a bone.

Alternative: Not a lot else to recommend. Yu Darvish ($11,800) was bombed his last time out, but he’s a better pitcher at home and the Rays are middle of the pack in wOBA against righties and wOBA on the road. And, now he’s on the DL so he’s not an option. Robbie Ross ($5,400) takes his place and he’s pitched relatively well over his last five starts at AAA. However, he’s not an option.

Jake Odorizzi’s (8,300) match-up is pretty good against a depleted Rangers’ lineup, but he’s pitching on the road and he’s gotten bombed there this year. Both Scott Feldman ($5,900) and Allen Webster ($5,700) have good matchups, but are just too inconsistent to recommend at this point.

Catcher

Devin Mesoraco | Reds | $4,800 – I don’t usually recommend a hitter facing one of my recommended pitcher. However, Mesoraco is tough to ignore with his .402 wOBA against lefties this season. If Michael McKenry ($4,000) starts, he’s a good option as well.  If you want to punt, Christian Vazquez ($2,600) is a solid choice.

First baseman

Justin Morneau | Rockies | $4,500 – Morneau owns a .408 wOBA against righties. He gets a righty today. He’s the choice here in Colorado. Chris Carter ($5,100) is outrageously expensive and just might be worth it as he keeps hitting home runs day after day. Mike Napoli ($3,900) is a cheaper option as he’s hit Scott Feldman well (12 for 29 with 2 HRs and a 1.127 OPS).

Second and Third basemen

We’ll combine them again this week as you can move a lot of these guys around in DraftKings.

Matt Carpenter | Cardinals | $4,100 – Carpenter has been a bit of a disappointment this year, but he gets a lefty (.351 wOBA against them this season. You can slot him at second or third, just like…

Anthony Rendon | Nationals | $4,100 – I don’t care about matchups for Rendon. He’s just a fantastic hitter who can take anyone’s best stuff and throw it right back at them. His BvP numbers are terrible, but this is a contrarian play for one of the hotter hitters in MLB right now.

If you’d like to go cheaper at second base, then Sean Rodriguez ($2,600) against a lefty is a good option as he has a .335 wOBA and .231 ISO against them this season. You can also put him in the OF if you’d like.

Ben Zobrist ($4,900) is a more expensive 2B/OF option, but his .423 wOBA against lefties makes him a top option.

Shortstop

Jhonny Peralta | Cardinals | $3,800 – Peralta has nice numbers against lefties (.375 wOBA and .224 ISO) this year.  There isn’t a lot of other guys that interest me – maybe you can punt with Xander Bogaerts ($2,300) or Wilmer Flores ($2,200)

Outfielder

Photo credit: Harold Neal
Photo credit: Harold Neal

Bryce Harper | Nationals | $3,600 – Is the breakout coming? Are we on the cusp of seeing greatness? Harper’s walk off HR got us excited and he hit another bomb on Tuesday night. I’ll take his upside against the Mets.

Matt Holliday | Cardinals | $4,400 – Much like teammate Carpenter, Holliday has been a bit of a fantasy disappointment. However, he’s been great in the setup he faces Thursday – a lefthander at home where he holds a .384 wOBA and .372 wOBA respectively.  He did leave Wednesday night’s game early with a knee issue so monitor the lineups as they come out.

Corey Dickerson | Rockies | $4,600 – Dickerson mashes righties to the turn of a .420 wOBA. He also likes to hit at Coors with a .468 wOBA in the friendlier confines.

Desmond Jennings | Rays | $4,700 – Jennings’ .388 wOBA against lefties makes him a play any time the Rays face a southpaw as they do today.

Lucas Duda | Mets | $3,600 – Duda has been hot lately, could fit into the OF or at first base and holds a .400 wOBA against right handed pitching.

Stacking options

The Rockies against a fading Alfredo Simon are a nice bet as are the Cardinals against the putrid Eric Stults. The Red Sox/Astros matchup has the feeling of a 12-10 game so either squad could be useful especially the Red Sox who have hit Feldman hard.  The contrarian stack is the Mets against Strasburg at Citi Field.

Here’s what my lineup looks like right now. I may end up swapping Duda in for Holliday if the injury lingers for Holliday. Good luck today!

DraftKings Expert Lineup for August 14
DraftKings Expert Lineup for August 14

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