Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 7/24/15
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July 24th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 7/24/15
Here is my lineup for tonight’s games. Please note that I’m using the salary cap based on FanDuel prices.
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Also, as this is written the day before/morning of the games, please check the lineups and weather to ensure you have all active players going tonight and that any pitching matchups mentioned below haven’t changed. Good Luck everyone!
Pitcher – Andrew Cashner – San Diego Padres
It’s a tough decision tonight to spend some money on one of the top-tier pitchers (Scherzer or Kluber) or try to conserve so cash to load up on some hitters. I forked over the $13000 last night for Kershaw which was the right move, however, I think I’m going to go for a solid value pick in San Diego’s Andrew Cashner and hope that he can bring his “A” game for my team tonight. Cashner has had a roller coaster season and although he is posting just a 3-10 record, he does have a respectable 4.10 ERA and 1.34 WHIP while striking out 97 batters in 109.2 IP. Cashner certainly has the arsenal to be able to get us a good amount of strikeouts and is currently posting a 8.0 K/9 and a strikeout rate of 20.73%. Cashner will be up against the Miami Marlins club who is still missing their best power hitter in Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins currently rank 13th in the league in total strikeouts against RHP and currently have just a .250 average (ranked 21st in MLB) against RHP on the season. Cashner is holding the currently Miami lineup to just a .215 average and .563 OPS in his career and although he is a bit of risk, he could pay off in big way for a very affordable price tag of just $7300.
Catcher – Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
I was really trying to get James McCain of the Detroit Tigers in my lineup against Rick Porcello and the Red Sox, however at the end of the day I was $100 over budget and decided to make up this difference by selecting Stephen Vogt of the Oakland Athletics. Vogt had a monster beginning of the season but has really struggled as of late and is currently hitting .282 with 14 homeruns and 58 BI’s. After hitting above .300 in both April and May, we’ve seen Vogt’s average plummet in both June (.264) and July (.213). I do like Vogt tonight however as he as a good matchup against the right-handed Jake Peavy of the San Francisco Giants. In his limited experience in his career against Peavy, Vogt is 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s against the right-hander. Even with his recent struggles Vogt still has been great against RHP on the season as he posted a .303 average and .930 OPS against RHP (13 of his 14 HR’s have come against RHP). Vogt did hit .333 (3-9) in his last two games of his recent Toronto series and I’m hoping that he can once against find his power swing tonight in San Francisco.
First Base – Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
With the money I’m saving with taking Cashner, I’m going to afford to stack the Cincinnati Reds in a great matchup against Eddie Butler at Coors Field. My stacking begins with Joey Votto at first base who is hitting .298 on the season with 17 homeruns and 45 RBI’s. Votto has been on fire as of late as he is hitting .538 (14-26) over the past week and .361 in the month of July. In his career against the right-handed Eddie Butler of Colorado, Votto is 1 for 3 with a double. Butler, who is in his first full season with the Rockies is learning that it’s not great when your home ballpark is Coors Field as the rookie currently is posting a 4.80 ERA (6.41 at Coors Field) and a 1.82 WHIP. Butler is allowing both LHB’s and RHB’s to hit above .300 against him on the season and has especially struggled with LHB’s allowing them to post a .333 average and .959 OPS against him. Votto is hitting .303 with 15 homeruns against RHP on the season and I hope this success continues at Coors Field tonight.
Second Base – Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
I’ve been going with Ian Kinsler a lot this past week and it’s paid off in a big way as the veteran second baseman has finally found his offensive after struggling for the first few months of the season. Kinsler is currently hitting .333 in July and .414 over the past week which has raised his season totals to a .285 average with 5 homeruns and 43 RBI’s. Kinsler has a great matchup against his former teammate in Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were hoping that Porcello could serve as their 1-man or even 2-man in their rotation, however, so far this season Porcello has looked like more of a Triple-AAA call-up as he is posting a 5.79 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Kinsler has had much success against Porcello as in his career he has posted a .600 (6-10) average with double, triple, and 4 RBI’s. Porcello is allowing opposing hitters to have a .292 average against him this season as Kinsler been decent against RHP, I’m thinking that he has a good shot to stay hot and get us another 6-8 fantasy points tonight.
Shortstop – Brad Miller – Seattle Mariners
I’m still planning to load of Cincinnati players with my remaining picks so I’m going to save my money at the weakest position in the field and go with Brad Miller of the Seattle Mariners. Brad Miller is hitting just .237 on the season with 8 homeruns and 28 RBI’s but as he is going against and average at best RHP in Drew Hutchison of the Toronto Blue Jays, he is not the worst choose for the small price tag of $2200. Miller has basically done all of his damage against RHP on the season as he is hitting .251 with 8 homeruns, 25 RBI’s and 10 SB. Hutchison has actually fared better against LHB’s than RHB’s on the season but this is still a hittable pitcher that brings a 5.19 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into this matchup. Over the past three seasons, Miller has had success against the Blue Jays as he has posted a .455 (10-22) average with 2 doubles and 2 triples, and I hope that this type of history can repeat itself tonight in his first matchup against the Blue Jays in 2015.
Third Base – Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
When you have the current Homerun Champion playing at Coors Field, it’s generally can mean great things for your fantasy teams and this is why I’m going with Todd Frazier as my third baseman today. Todd Frazier is hitting just .279 on the season, but we have him in our lineups for the 26 homeruns, 63 RBI’s and 9 SB. Frazier will be up against the right-handed Eddie Butler of the Rockies on Friday night in which he is 1 for 3 with a HR in his career against. Although Frazier won’t have the advantage of a matchup against a lefty in this one, Frazier has actually be solid against RHP on the season as he has a .277 average with 16 homeruns against RHP. As I mentioned in Joey Votto’s write-up, Butler is allowing RHB’s to have a .305 average and .867 OPS against him on the season as has really struggled in his 4 starts at Coors Field as in 19.2 IP, the right-hander has given up 31 hits, 10 BB’s, and 14 ER’s. Frazier has struggled at Coors Field in previous years, but this isn’t going to scare me off from taking him tonight.
Outfield – Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds
I’m not going to hold back with the Cincinnati Reds tonight, as I’m getting another strong LHB in my lineup in the Jay Bruce. Jay Bruce was having trouble piling base hits early in the season, but has been great in July posting a .306 average with 3 homeruns and 9 RBI’s. On the season Bruce is still hitting at his career average of just .251, however he does have 15 homeruns and 49 RBI’s on the season. I’ve talked enough about Eddie Butler for you know that is a great matchup for Jay Bruce tonight and in his career against Butler he has posted a .667 (2-3) average. Bruce has been solid against Colorado on the season hitting at a .385 (5-13) mark and I’m hoping that he can continue his strong July with a big performance at Coors Field tonight.
Outfield – Marlon Byrd – Cincinnati Reds
For my last Cincinnati Reds player today, I’m going with another outfielder that certainly has the power to do some damage at Coors field in Marlon Byrd. Byrd is hitting just .247 on the season (career .276 hitter) but does have 16 homeruns and 34 RBI’s on the season. Similar to Jay Bruce, Byrd has fared better as of late as he is hitting .308 w/ 2 HR’s over the past week and has a .295 average in July. Once again, I’ve mentioned enough about the struggles of Eddie Butler in my Votto and Frazier write-up to know that his is a great matchup for Byrd tonight. In his career against the right-hander Butler, Byrd has been impressive as he is 2 for 3 with a double and HR. Byrd is hitting just .237 against RHP on the season but does have 12 homeruns against righties and I can easily see him adding to his homerun totals tonight at Coors Field.
Outfield – Colby Rasmus – Houston Astros
I’m going with Colby Rasmus of the Houston Astros as my last pick of the day as although he is hitting just .236 on the season he has collected 13 homeruns and 32 RBI’s. Rasmus has had a tough July hitting just .188, but has collected 2 homeruns over the past week and has a solid matchup against Jeremy Guthrie on Friday night. In his career against the right-hander Guthrie, Rasmus is 1 for 3 with the one hit being a solo homerun. Guthrie hasn’t been good this season posting a 5.36 ERA and 1.52 WHIP and has especially struggled against LHB’s allowing them to post a .333 average and .925 OPS against him. Rasmus has a decent .790 OPS against RHP in 2015 and has a .292 average against Kansas City over his past three seasons. Rasmus is generally a boom or bust pick as he most likely isn’t going to pile up the hits, but as he has a good much and homerun power, I like his value tonight.