Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 9/3/2015
MLB Picks for your MLB Daily Fantasy Leagues
September 3rd, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 9/1/15
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 – Mat Latos – Miami Marlins
Not much when it comes to MLB action today and as we have a limited option of pitchers to choose from today, I’m going to take my chances on Mat Latos of the Los Angeles Dodgers who comes into this game with a 4.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP while striking out 92 batters in 107.2 innings pitch. I’m going with Latos today mostly as he has a solid matchup against the San Diego Padres who rank 5th in MLB in total strikeouts and .246 average against RHP (ranked 24th in MLB). Latos had a decent 8.0 K/9 ratio while with Miami this year and although it’s slipped to 6.1 K/9 since joining the Dodgers, he still has enough stuff to strike hitters out. Latos is holding the current SD lineup to a .242 average and a price in the mid $6000 range, he is solid choice for Thursday night.
Catcher – Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey is going up against a struggling LHP and will be hitting at Coors Field this evening and this alone should be enough for you to pick him up tonight with limited options at the catcher position. On the season, Posey is hitting .325 with 16 HR’s and 80 RBI’s and in his career against Rusin is hitting .400 (2-5) with a double and 2 RBI’s. Posey is hitting .312 and posting a .804 OPS against LHP on the season and as he is hitting .300 at Coors Field, he is a safe option to go with on Thursday.
First Base – Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals
Kansas City has easily the best matchup when it comes to opposing pitchers on Thursday as they go up against the left-handed Matt Boyd of the Detroit Tigers and because of this, I’m going with Kendrys Morales at first base tonight. Morales comes in with a .288 average with 17 HR’s and 94 RBI’s on the season and has been hot as of late hitting .333 with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s over the past week. Morales has shown more power from hitting from the left-side of the plate this season but still is hitting a respectable .288 from the right side. Boyd comes into the matchup with a 7.12 ERA and 1.64 WHIP and as he is allowing RHB’s to hit .301 with a .905 OPS on the season, Morales and other RHB of the Royals are a great play tonight.
Second Base – Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers
I’m going to have to save some money to load up on my outfield tonight so I’m going to take a chance with Chase Utley as my second baseman today. Utley comes into tonight’s matchup with just a .215 average w/ 32 RBI’s but has a decent matchup against Colin Rea of the San Diego Padres who is posting a 5.95 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the season. Rea has struggled at home this season posting a 5.52 ERA and is currently allowing opposing hitters to post a .229 average and .829 OPS. Utley has been hitting better since the All-Star break as he has posted a .324 average and .921 OPS and as 5 of his 6 HR’s have come against RHP, Utley is worth the roll of the dice tonight.
Shortstop – Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals
Ian Desmond is hitting just .234 on the season but he has collected 17 HR’s and 50 RBI’s and has been hot as of late as he is hitting .320 over the past week with 2 HR’s. Desmond has a solid matchup against the right-handed Matt Wisler of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday who comes into this matchup with a 5.22 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Wisler is allowing opposing hitters to post a .301 average, .523 slugging %, and .885 OPS on the season. Desmond has been hitting .281 since the All-Star break and has 12 of his 17 HR’s against RHP on the season. Desmond has struggled against Atlanta this season but he has been hitting well as of late and I’m hoping that this can continue tonight.
Third Base – Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
Justin Turner is hitting .292 on the season with 15 HR’s and 52 RBI’s and although he has struggled over the past week hitting just .150, he does have a solid matchup against Colin Rea of the San Diego Padres this Thursday night. Turner has excelled against RHP’s this season posting an incredible .320 average and .935 OPS on the season. As I mentioned above in the Utley write-up, Rea has really struggled in his 4 starts this season posting a 5.95 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Turner is hitting .318 against the Padres so far in 2015 and I expect him to break out his slump tonight.
Outfield – Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
Outfield – Ben Zobrist – Kansas City Royals
I provided both Cain and Zobrist last night and both came through with a HR although due to the fact that Royals beat up on the Tigers, both players were taken out early. I’m going to provide yesterday’s write-ups for both players as instead of going against the below average Randy Wolf, they’ll be facing another below average pitcher in Matt Boyd. Cain did take a baseball off his leg last night so ensure that he is playing, but if he is, you should get both Zobrist and Cain in your lineups tonight. Here is what I posted yesterday which goes pretty much the same for tonight:
“Lorenzo Cain having a career season hitting .311 with 12 HR’s, 58 RBI’s and 26 SB’s and will be in my lineups tonight as he has one of the better matchups tonight against the left-handed Randy Wolf of the Detroit Tigers. The 39-year old Wolf has actually pitched well in his two starts with Detroit this season but this is still a pitcher that has a career 4.20 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. In his previous three years, Wolf has really struggled against RHB’s as he had allowed RHB’s to post a .326 average and .905 OPS against him. Cain has been absolutely great against LHP this season posting an incredible .351 average and .980 OPS. Cain his hitting .333 over the past week and as he the ability to display power & speed, he could have a monster day against Wolf and the Tigers.”
“I’m going to stay in Kansas City and go with Ben Zobrist with my second OF pick of the night. Zobrist is hitting .284 on the season with 10 HR’s and 47 RBI’s and has been great since being acquired at the trade deadline as he is hitting .316 with 4 HR’s since he joined the Royals. As I mentioned above in Lorenzo Cain’s write-up, Zobrist has a great matchup against the left-handed Randy Wolf of the Detroit Tigers. Zobrist is a switch hitter and although he has shown more power as a LHB this season, he has a solid .310 average and .881 OPS as RHB which I imagine he will be tonight against the lefty Wolf. Zobrist has been great in front of the home crowd at Kauffman Stadium this season hitting at an impressive .357 mark and I think he’ll continue this success at home tonight.”
Outfield – Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez had a slow start to the 2015 season but has picked up as the season has gone on is and is now hitting .270 with 33 HR’s and 80 RBI’s. Gonzalez has a nice matchup tonight at Coors Field against the right-handed Ryan Vogelsong of the San Francisco Giants who comes in with a 4.19 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Vogelsong has struggled against LHB’s this season allowing them to post a .273 OPS and .881 OPS and has a rough August posting a 5.01 ERA. Gonzalez has fared much better against RHP on the season posting a .294 average and .980 OPS. Gonzalez is hitting .293 with 19 HR’s at Coors Field this season and is certainly a strong option for the OF position tonight.