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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/9/16

Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 9, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/9/16

August 9, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 9, 2016.

We have a full slate of 15 MLB games, including an afternoon matchup in Colorado. With every day passing by we inch closer and closer to September, and wins and losses mater more and more headed towards the pennant race. Here's my take on today's action. 

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/9/16

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Pitcher #1: Max Scherzer, WSH

Salary: $12,900

Analysis: This is a larger price tag than I’m usually willing to pay for a starting pitcher, but I believe I’m going to get my bang for my buck with Scherzer. The Nats right-hander is 12-6 this season with a 2.87 ERA and an impressive 198 strikeouts. However what caught my eye is what Scherzer has done in his career against his opponent on Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians. In his 19 starts in his career against the Tribe, Scherzer is 9-4 with an ERA north of four, but in those games, Scherzer has managed to keep four of Cleveland’s top seven (Rajai Davis, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli) to a combined 12-for-93 which equals an abysmal .129 batting average. Add in the pitcher having to bat with the game in Washington and I think Scherzer powers his way to a solid outing in this one.

Pitcher #2: Hector Santiago, MIN

Salary: $8,000

Analysis: My original pick for this slot was going to be the Phillies’ Vince Velasquez. However Velasquez was removed from his last start with a blister so for today I went for a more reliable option in Hector Santiago. The salary hit isn’t much different, $900 to be exact, and even though I may have to lower my expectations a little bit, there is still plenty to like in this matchup. Before his trade to Minnesota, Santiago was 10-4 and on a personal 6 game win streak, where he hadn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs in any of those starts. Now of course, the Angels and Twins are two completely different teams. Even so, in Santiago’s debut for the Twins he only allowed four earned over five innings while striking out four. I think Santiago comes out with a better second outing for his new club against a team he has pitched well against in the Houston Astros, who have cooled off big time since their hot streak from June until just after the all-star break. Santiago is holding current Astros hitters to a mere .189 batting average and with the home crowd behind him I think Santiago produces here.

Catcher: Matt Wieters, BAL

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: The Baltimore backstop was given the day off on Saturday, and he repaid whoever picked him on Sunday by going 0-5, which leads me to think a rebound outing is in the cards for Wieters. The Orioles are in the middle of a division race and look to be that way up until the final few games with the Blue Jays and Red Sox on their tails, meaning they clubhouse knows how important it is to have quality performances on a game to game basis. Not to mention that Oakland is sending out reliever Zach Neal for a spot start on Tuesday. Neal earned an opportunity to start but I think the O’s and especially Wieters show that starting a game and coming in relief are two completely different things.

1st Base: Eric Hosmer, KC

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: You may think I’m crazy backing a batter against White Sox ace Chris Sale, but quite frankly, Sale hasn’t been himself in his last few starts, not to mention current Royals hitters are batting .311 off of Sale in his career, one of those hitters being Eric Hosmer. Hosmer is a surprising .359 (14-for-39) off of Sale with 2 homers and 4 rbis. In addition to Hosmer alternating good and bad fantasy performances in his last 6 games, if those trends continue, he’s out to have a good game for a Royals squad who are about to hit desperation mode as the defending champions are 5 games below .500 and 8 games out of a wild card berth. Look for Hosmer to deliver with a big game and possibly a couple RBIs to help the cause.

2nd Base: Ben Zobrist, CHIC

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: Zobrist is coming off of a solid series against Oakland in which he registered at least one hit in every game and I think it carries over here. The Cubs start an interleague series with the visiting Angels on Tuesday, where the Halos are going to send veteran Jered Weaver to the mound. Zobrist has somewhat of a history against Weaver from playing the majority of his career in the American League, batting a career 8-for-27/.296 average against Weaver with a home run and 4 RBI for his efforts.  I think Zobrist’s familiarity with Weaver will help give us some fantasy value at second base on Tuesday night.

3rd Base: Chase Headley, NYY

Salary: $3,000

Analysis: The Yankees are trying to stop the bleeding and although they have offloaded key parts of their pitching staff and batting core, they still are in position to at least contend for a wild card spot for now. The Yankees have a couple players with some success against Tuesday’s Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, including Chase Headley. Headley is a career 5-for-16 against Porcello, a .313 average with a home run and 3 RBI. There are plenty of other options on the board at a higher price, but if you’re looking for value with the potential of some upside Tuesday night, Headley is your man at third.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: Troy Tulowitzki had his best month of the season to date in July, even though a thumb injury had kept him out of the lineup until last week. August wasn’t kind to Tulo last year, however I’m just chalking that up to just being traded at the deadline and having to call a different city home after spending your entire career up to that point somewhere else. Tulowitzki has started off this August solid though, logging a hit in each of his first four games. Tampa Bay is sending out Drew Smyly against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, and to this point, Tulo has yet to get a hit off of the Rays lefty going 0-for-6 with 5 strikeouts. I’m thinking that this means that Tulo is due and I think with the way Smyly has gotten rocked at times this year, Tulowitzki will finally figure out Smyly and add to his misery by belting in a run or two on Tuesday night.

Outfielder #1:Lorenzo Cain, KC

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: I’m doing the unthinkable and taking not just one, but two Royals against Chris Sale on Tuesday Night. Not only will I take Eric Hosmer, but I’ll also take a flyer on Lorenzo Cain as well. Like I said before, Chris Sale has clearly not been himself over his last few starts, and facing a desperate Royals squad that also boasts Cain, who is hitting a ridiculous 17-for-49/.347 with 3 HR and 8 RBI against Sale, does not appear to bode well for the White Sox as a whole. If the Royals including Cain can get to Sale early and often, it could be a long night at Kauffman Stadium, and Lorenzo Cain will be one to reap the benefits.

Outfielder #2: Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: Another Yankee, same mindset. Rick Porcello may be the Red Sox ace this year, due to the struggles of David Price, but the Yankees aren’t a team to look past considering they have familiarity with Porcello as he has played his whole career in the American League, as has Jacoby Ellsbury, who has stayed in the AL East his entire career. Ellsbury has had a recorded 28 at bats with 12 hits, 4 of them being solo home runs. If the Yankees want any chance of a playoff run to be a possibility in September they’re going to need big performances from guys like Ellsbury to string some wins together, and I think Ellsbury comes through in a major way Tuesday night.

Outfielder #3: Ichiro Suzuki, MIA

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: The feel-good story from Sunday night was Ichiro finally getting hit number 3,000.  And while all the focus is on the spectacular milestone, we simply can’t forget how well Suzuki is hitting this season, especially at the age of 42. Even though Suzuki may not have a home run this season, being able to make contact not power was Ichiro’s calling card. Suzuki has put forward a solid .317 batting average this season, but even more appealing is how he has fared against San Francisco’s starter for Tuesday, Matt Moore. Ichiro is a lifetime .458 batter against Moore, going 11-for-24 and not having struck out once against the Giants lefty, making this value play very intriguing.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget):$200

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