2014 Fantasy Baseball: Daily Double Switch, June 24
This Tuesday we have 15 games to choose from and some tough decisions to make on the mound with Kershaw there, but not a whole lot after that. Let’s get right to it and make some big decisions.
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STL/COL: Rain at 40-50%
I’m a really big fan of two lefties today: C.J. Wilson and Scott Kazmir. They’re going to cost you a decent chunk of change, but they face teams that are weaker hitting. Wilson against the Twins is a great matchup because they strike out 25% of the time against LHP and they’re only hitting .214 in the last week. Kazmir against the Mets is obviously nice because it’s in New York, but the Mets strike out 28% of the time against LHP.
You’re going to have to save some money with your last pitcher and there are some options for the taking Jesse Hahn in a pitcher’s park against the Giants seems intriguing. He has been great in his last two starts averaging more than one strikeout per inning. Justin Masterson is the guy I’m looking at hard though. He’s always a GPP play and the Diamondbacks don’t have the left-handed bats to compete against him. At 12k Masterson is a stud GPP play.
Although he’s not that high priced, I really like Dioner Navarro tonight. He had a nice game against the Yankees last night and faces another pitcher in the same situation as Whitley. He’s hitting .300 over the last 15 days and will only cost you 4k.
Alex Avila is a guy to consider just because of his ability to get walks, but his K rate is kind of scary. Against Colby Lewis, I don’t see him striking out, so I think his under 4k price makes him a great cash game play. For an expensive option, why not look at the only solid LHB for the Diamondbacks, Miguel Montero. He’s only hitting .213 lately, but Masterson is really bad against lefties. He’s a guy that could take advantage of these splits.
Others to Consider: John Jaso
Justin Morneau gets a fastball heavy pitcher in Shelby Miller tonight at home, so you have to consider him. He’s hitting .354 with a few bombs lately, so he’s swinging it well. He’s definitely a solid play in Colorado. Jose Abreu gets a great matchup against the recently healthy Gonzalez. Abreu hit a bomb last night, making it five in the last 15 days. He’s hitting .346 over that time and has been the offense for those White Sox.
Steve Pearce isn’t a sexy name, but he’s hitting .405 with two bombs lately. He gets the great matchup against the LHP in Quintana, so if you’re looking for some salary relief from this position then Pearce might be the way to go.
Second base is a really weak position for me today. I would just go with a cheap option and hope for the best. One guy I would consider is Ben Zobrist against Locke. The Rays haven’t been that great offensively, but he’s got solid upside for under 5k. Maybe Brian Dozier can get super hot again and if so he’ll really be worth the 6k price he is tonight. He has three home runs and two stolen bases in the last 15 days.
Others to Consider: Robinson Cano
Adrian Beltre was going through a major hot streak, but has cooled down a tad. He’s hitting .292 with zero home runs lately, but being back home and against the LHP makes him a great play. I also love that he’s 6k. One Giants’ player I am looking at today is Pablo Sandoval. He’s a better hitter against RHP and is hitting .364 lately. He’s almost .100 better against RHP than LHP and has 18 extra base hits compared to just 6 against them.
Troy Tulowitzki absolutely destroys fastballs and he gets a guy that throws them over 70% of the time tonight. He’s going to be worth the 9k price tag because of that and where they are playing. If you’re not looking to pay up for Tulo then look at J.J. Hardy on the other side of the spectrum. He finally hit a home run and he’s hitting .288 lately. With the way the Orioles hit against LHP, he could be in a ton of great hitting positions today.
All Colorado outfielders are in play here because of Miller and his fastball. There’s no need to beat a dead horse, but this could be a huge game for those Rockies’ hitters. I’m also a huge fan of the Orioles outfielders. Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones are monsters against LHP and such was the case yesterday against Sale. They both had two hit against him and Jones even hit a home run. If you have the money then spend up for those two.
I really like Adam Eaton against the Orioles today too. I think his ability to get on base and maybe steal a bag in front of Abreu can provide a ton of value for us DFS players. He is hitting .346 recently and Abreu also had a nice matchup. Brett Gardner is another speedster I like at the top of the order. He’s hitting .313 on the season and hits over .300 against LHP. Buehrle isn’t an intimidating force and the Yankees just saw him last week. They should be all over him today.
Alex Rios seems to be underpriced on every site today. He gets himself a great matchup against the LHP in Drew Smyly. He’s a much better hitter against LHP than RHP and seems himself amidst a lineup that is in the same situation. As much as I’d hate to see it, I could see the Rangers all over the Tigers today.
Colorado: All of them