Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 9/20/2015
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September 20th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 9/20/15
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 – Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran hasn’t been the ace that the Braves were envisioning for this season but the right-hander is still putting up reasonable numbers as he is posting a 4.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Outside of one rough start against the Yankees in late August, Teheran has pitched well in the second half of the season and is posting a 4.02 ERA since the All-Star break. I’m going with Teheran on Sunday as he has a great matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies in which Teheran is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts against this season. On the season Teheran is posting a 7.7 K/9 ratio and has a strikeout percentage of 20.18%. Philadelphia currently ranks 11th in MLB in total strikeouts. Teheran has struck out 15 Phillies in 21.0 IP on the season. Teheran is holding the current Philadelphia roster to a .214 (30-140) batting average and I except Teheran to have another dominant performance against the Phillies on Sunday.
Catcher – Derek Norris – San Diego Padres
Derek Norris is hitting just .244 on the season but does have 13 HR’s and 58 RBI’s and has a great matchup against Kyle Kendrick of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Kendrick comes into the contest with a 6.15 ERA and 1.52 WHIP and has given up 28 HR’s in 127.1 IP this season. Kendrick is allowing opposing hitters to post a .301 average, .550 slugging percentage and .909 OPS on the season. Norris has struggled over the past week going just 1 for his last 11 however, has dominated Colorado this season posting a .400 (24-60) average with 10 doubles, 2 HR’s and 11 RBI’s. In his career against Kendrick, Norris has posted a .429 (3-7) average with a HR and 3 RBI’s. Kendrick has a 6.91 ERA at Coors on the season and as Norris is hitting .367 in Colorado this season, he is good option at a price of $3300.
First Base – Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals
Eric Hosmer has had a rough September as the first baseman is hitting just .213 for the month, however, Hosmer has still been a big part of Kansas City’s success as on the season he is hitting .299 with 14 HR’s and 83 RBI’s. Hosmer has a good matchup against Alfredo Simon of the Detroit Tigers who comes into with a 4.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP on the season. Simon has really struggled since the All-Star break as he has posted a 5.48 ERA and has given up 11 HR’s in just 67.1 IP. Simon has struggled against LHB’s allowing LHB’s to post a .287 average and .857 OPS against him. In his career against Simon, Hosmer has posted a .500 (3-6) average with 2 doubles, a HR and 3 RBI’s. Hosmer is hitting .317 against LHP’s and .353 against the Tigers on the season and is a great value play for just $2600.
Second Base – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
Jose Altuve is having another great season for the Houston Astros as the scrappy second baseman is currently hitting .313 with 12 HR’s, 59 RBI’s and 37 SB’s on the season. Altuve has been hot over the past week as he is hitting .321 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a HR. Altuve has a good matchup against the right handed Aaron Brookes of the Oakland Athletics who comes into the matchup with a 7.68 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. Brooks has been hit hard as of late as he has allowed at least 5 ER’s in each of his last three starts. Brooks has really struggled against RHB’s in his 10 games played this season as he is allowing RHB’s to post a .349 average and .951 OPS. In his career against Brooks, Altuve has posted a .500 (3-6) average with 2 doubles and a RBI. Altuve is hitting .329 against the Athletics on the season and I think he’ll have a good chance to improving that average against Brooks on Sunday.
Shortstop – Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
Brandon Crawford missed most of the past week due to a calf injury but was back in the lineup as of Friday and is a great value play at $2200. Crawford is hitting just .254 on the season but does have 19 HR’s and 77 RBI’s and will have a decent matchup against the right-handed Jeremy Hellickson of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hellickson comes into the game with a 4.78 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season. Hellickson has posted a decent 3.27 ERA in two starts against the Giants on the season however, has struggled recently as in his most recent start against the Padres, he only lasted 1 inning while giving up 5 runs (3 ER). Hellickson has allowed LHB’s to post a .281 average and .806 against him on the season. In his career against Hellickson, Crawford has posted a .800 (4-5) average. Crawford has hit 16 of his 19 HR’s against RHB’s and as three of those HR’s have been against Diamonds, he is a great roll of dice on Sunday.
Third Base – Todd Frazier – St. Louis Cardinals
I’m going to go with Todd Frazier for the third straight day I just don’t feel that there is a better value at the position. Frazier just hit his 35th HR of the season at the time of this writing and currently is hitting .259 on the season with 88 RBI’s. Frazier will be up against Ariel Pena of the Milwaukee Brewers who comes into the contest with a 3.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 3 games played (2 starts) this season. Pena hasn’t been able to get pass the 5th inning in either of his starts on the season and struggled coming out of the bullpen against the Reds as he gave up two runs in 3 IP. Frazier has hit 21 of his 35 HR’s against RHP’s on the season. Frazier has fared well against the Milwaukee Brewers on the season as he is hitting .298 with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI’s against the Brewers on the season. Frazier has struggled in the 2nd half of the season but he has now hit 5 HR’s in his last 10 games and as his price tag is still below the $3000 line, he is a great option at 3B on Sunday.
Outfield – Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
Justin Upton might be hitting just .256 on the season but the veteran left-fielder has been able to hit 26 HR’s and collect 77 RBI’s and 19 SB’s. Upton is hitting .263 with a triple and HR over the past week and has a great matchup against the right-handed Kyle Kendrick of the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. As I mentioned under Derek Norris write-up, Kendrick has been awful this season as he is currently posting a 6.15 ERA and 1.52 WHIP on the season. Kendrick has struggled against RHB’s on the season as he is allowing RHB’s to post a .287 average, .523 slugging percentage, and .854 OPS. In his career against Kendrick, Upton has posted a career .367 average with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s. Upton has fared much better against RHP’s this season posting a .273 average with 23 HR’s compared to a .189 average with 3 HR’s against LHB’s. Upton is posting a .281 average and .818 OPS against the Rockies this season and as he will be at Coors Field on Sunday, he is worth the investment.
Outfield – Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez has had a nice season for the Colorado Rockies as the right-fielder has posted a .264 average with 37 HR’s and 90 RBI’s. Gonzalez has struggled over the past week as he is just 3 for 24 in that span, however, Gonzalez is a strong play on Sunday as he is at home at Coors Field and has a great matchup against the right-handed Jamie Shields of the San Diego Padres. Shields comes into the game with a 3.80 ERA and 1.33 WHIP on the season and has given up 29 HR’s in 31 starts this season. Shields has struggled against the Rockies on the season as in 4 starts against Colorado, Shields has posted 5.24 ERA while allowing 30 hits in 22.1 IP. Shields has allowed LHB’s to post a .273 average and .861 OPS. In his career against Shields, Gonzalez has posted a .421 average (8-19) with two doubles and two HR’s. Gonzalez has posted a .293 average with 22 HR’s at Coors Field on the season and I’m hoping he can continue his success against Shields on Sunday.
Outfield – Ryan Raburn – Cleveland Indians
Ryan Raburn doesn’t a ton of playing time for the Indians but he should be in the lineup on Sunday as he has a great matchup against the left-handed John Danks of the Chicago White Sox. Raburn is currently hitting .299 on the season with 7 HR’s and 28 RBI’s and has posted a .275 average and .970 OPS against the White Sox on the season. Danks comes into the game posting a 4.56 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Danks has struggled on the road this season as he has posed a 3-8 record and 5.83 ERA away from home on the season. Danks has had his difficulties against RHB’s as he is allowing RHB’s to post a .292 average and .821 OPS against him on the season. In his career against Danks, Raburn has posted a .340 (17-50) average with 7 doubles and 4 HR’s. Raburn went 2 for 2 with 2 HR’s against Chris Sale a little more than a week ago and I’m hoping he can do the same type of damage against Danks on Sunday.