Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 5/24
High Cost & Value Picks for all your MLB Daily Fantasy Leagues
May 24th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – High Cost / Value Picks – 5/24/15
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- High Cost – Sonny Gray – Oakland Athletics
I was going to try and save a little money with my high cost pick by taking Francisco Liriano, however, I just can’t stay away from Sonny Gray even though he is coming off his worst start of the season earlier this week. Gray only lasted 5 innings while giving up three runs against the Astros earlier this week but still is posting a 1.92 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP while striking out 57 batters in 61.0 IP. Gray has held the current Tampa Bay roster to a .238 ERA and as the Rays ranked 5th in MLB in total strikeouts, I think Gray has a solid day at Tropicana field and comes away with at least a 15-point performance on Sunday.
- Value Pick – Trevor Bauer – Cleveland Indians
Trevor Bauer isn’t a bargain buy on Sunday but his price tag is still low enough to give him good value. Bauer is 3-1 on the season with a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while striking out 51 batters in 49.0 IP. Bauer is always a risk to have control problems, however, at the same time he always has the potential to reach double digit strikeouts in any outing and has a 9.4 K/9 ratio in 2015. Bauer has a small sample size against the Cincinnati Reds lineup but its awful impressive as the current Reds roster is 0-9 with 6 K’s against Bauer. Cincinnati is only hitting .237 on the season (ranked 25th in MLB) and as they ranked 15th in total strikeouts, I think Bauer has good value on Sunday.
- High Cost – Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
Russell Martin is having a solid first season with the Blue Jays as the veteran catcher is hitting .279 with 7 homeruns and 23 RBI’s on the season. Martin will be facing Taijuan Walker of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday and although he hasn’t faced Walker in his career, Walker has extremely struggled throughout the season as he comes into this matchup with a 7.47 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. Martin is only hitting .252 against right-hand pitching on the season but does have 6 homeruns and 20 RBI’s against righties and has hit .344 at the Rodgers Centre on the season. I really like Martin on Sunday as I feel that the top of the Blue Jays lineup will be able to get on base against the struggling Walker and that Martin will have some good opportunities with RISP.
- Value Pick – Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians
One of the hardest aspects of writing the Sunday games on Saturday is trying to find a bargain catcher that I know is going to get a start on Sunday. For this week, I’m going with Yan Gomes in his first game back from coming off the DL with a knee injury suffered during the first week of the season. Gomes price is generally in the mid-high $2000 range which I think has good value after coming off a .278 average with 21 homeruns and 74 RBIs in 2014. Gomes hit .290 in day games last year and I’m going to get him in my lineup before his price tag goes up as the years goes on.
- High Cost – Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
Miguel Cabrera is having another MVP caliber season as the first baseman is hitting .342 with 10 homeruns and 31 RBI’s. Cabrera is hitting .360 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a homerun over the past week and has a favorable matchup against Roberto Hernandez of the Houston Astros on Sunday. In this career, Cabrera has hit .359 (14-39) with 3 homeruns against Hernandez. Cabrera is hitting .344 against right-handed pitching on the season and is hitting an incredible .455 and slugging .883 during day games this season.
- Value Pick – Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt has been crushing the ball as of late as he is hitting .450 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI’s over the past week. With the recent hot streak, Belt is now hitting .320 with 4 homeruns and 18 RBI’s on the season. Belt has a great matchup on Sunday against Chad Bettis of the Colorado Rockies in which in his career, Belt has posted a perfect 1.000 average (5 for 5) with a double and walk. Belt has hit .352 at Coors Field over his past three seasons and has hit .354 against right-handed pitching on the season and although his price tag is still pretty high as he is at Coors Field, I like his value on Sunday.
- High Cost – Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
Dee Gordon’s price tag has dropped a bit as of late as the speedy second baseman is hitting just .167 over the past week, however, even with the recent cold streak Gordon is hitting .381 on the season with 17 SB’s. Gordon showed us on Friday night how dangerous he is when he gets on base as he racked up 4 SB’s on the night. Gordon is hitting .400 during day games on the season and although you can’t expect any power out of Gordon if he can get on base a few times, he can easily get you 10 fantasy points with his legs.
- Value Pick – Howie Kendrick - Los Angeles Dodgers
Howie Kendrick has a tough matchup against Jamie Shields on Sunday, however the veteran second baseman is hitting .299 on the season with 4 homeruns and 17 RBI’s and has had some decent success against Shields in his lifetime. In his career against Shields, Kendrick is hitting .517 (15-29) with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and a homerun in his career. Kendrick is hitting .356 at Dodger Stadium and .317 during day games and with his price tag right at the $3,000 range, he has great value on Sunday.
- High Cost – Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
One of these days Tulowitzki is going to have a big offensive day at Coors Field and I want to ensure that he is on my team as I’ve been disappointed by Tulo too many times this season. Tulowitzki is hitting just .277 on the season with 2 homeruns and 16 RBI’s but has fared well against Tim Hudson of the San Francisco Giants as in his career, Tulowitzki has a .320 average with 2 doubles and a homerun. Tulowitzki is a career .298 hitter and has hit .354 at Coors Field in his past 3 seasons. Tim Hudson had his first great start of the season earlier this week but I don’t see the veteran pitcher having the same success at Coors Field and I’m hoping that Tulowitzki can get going against Hudson this Sunday.
- Value Pick – Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
Alexei Ramirez is a good value pick on Saturday as the veteran shortstop has really started to pick it up as of late hitting .438 over his last four games. Ramirez is hitting just .257 with 2 homeruns and 19 RBI’s but has a decent matchup against Kyle Gibson of the Minnesota Twins in which in his career he has hit .300 with a homerun. Ramirez has a solid .308 average with 9 homeruns and 36 RBI’s against the Twins over the past three seasons and although the shortstop is past his prime, he does have the ability to get us a homerun for a very affordable price on Sunday.
- High Cost – Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter is having a career season hitting .323 with 7 homeruns and 25 RBI’s and although he will cost you a pretty penny on Sunday, I like his match up against Yordano Ventura this Sunday. Carpenter has really found his power in his 4th season in the league as Carpenter does a great job working counts into his favor and taking well-timed big swings against hittable pitches. Carpenter is hitting .336 and slugging .607 against right-handed pitching on the season and I think he will force Ventura in giving him a fastball down the plate in which he will deposit into the bleachers.
- Value Pick – Maikel Franco – Philadelphia Phillies
I’ve been picking Maikel Franco since his call up to the majors and he hasn’t disappointed as the rookie is hitting .286 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI’s since being called up on May 15th. Franco struggled in his brief appearance in the majors at the end of last season, but showed great improvement in Triple-AAA at the beginning of this season and seems to have made a good transition to the big club. Franco went 2-4 with a homerun in yesterday’s game against Strasburg and I think he could have another good day against another struggling Nationals starter in the left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
- High Cost – Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
Harper finally had an off game on Saturday going 0-4, but I’m not going away from the slugging outfielder on Sunday as he still is hitting an incredible .500 with 3 homeruns and 6 RBI’s over the past week and has a solid matchup against Aaron Harang. Harper is hitting .326 with 16 homeruns and 39 RBI’s on the season and has posted a career .450 average with a triple and homerun against Harang. Harper is hitting .356 against right-handed pitching and slugging an incredible .948 at home on the season.
- High Cost – Charlie Blackmon– Colorado Rockies
I’m going with Charlie Blackmon on Sunday as he has a good matchup against Tim Hudson of the San Francisco Giants and although he has struggled over the past week, he had a solid first game of the double header yesterday going 2-5 with a homerun and 2 RBI’s. Blackmon is hitting .271 with 6 homeruns and 17 RBI’s of the season and has posted a career .348 average against Hudson. Blackmon is hitting .308 against right-handed pitching on the season and has hit .330 at Coors Field over his past three seasons. Blackmon is solid pick as with his power, he can also steal some bases as he racked up 28 SB’s last year.
- High Value – Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins
The 39 year old Torii Hunter is having an incredible season to date as the 18 year veteran is hitting .280 with 7 homeruns and 25 RBI’s. Hunter is facing Jose Quintana on Sunday in which he has posted a career .385 (10-26) average against. Hunter is hitting .302 against left-handed pitching on the season and has hit .321 against the Chicago White Sox over the past three seasons. Hunter is hitting .385 over his past three games and I think he will continue his great season this Sunday against Quintana and the White Sox.
- Value Pick – Chris Coghlan – Chicago Cubs
Chris Coghlan is only hitting .205 on the season but has displayed his power as he has collected 6 homeruns on the season. Coghlan is the only member of the current Cubs roster that has faced Jeremy Hellickson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and has posted a career .400 average (2-5) with a triple, homerun and 3 RBI”s. Coghlan should be in the lineup on Sunday as he is facing a right-hander has done better away from Wrigley Field on the season. Hellickson has really struggled on the season posting a 5.52 ERA and as left-handed hitters are hitting .389 against him, Coghlan is a solid value pick on Sunday.