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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/12/16

Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 12, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/12/16

August 12, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 12, 2016.

As the weather keeps heating up, so do the division and wild card races as teams are making moves and call-ups every day to give themselves the best chance in the hunt for October baseball. Here is my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/12/16

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Pitcher #1: Stephen Strasburg, WAS

Salary: $12,400

Analysis: Strasburg comes into Friday’s game against Atlanta with a near .500 record against the Braves, however Strasburg has won both of his starts against the Braves this season, allowing only 3 earned runs and 10 hits over 13.2 innings pitched. Sure, the braves were playing well against Milwaukee and they had won a couple games prior to that, but this is still one of the worst teams in the league going up against a Washington squad that is pushing for the playoffs. I think Strasburg goes at least 7 innings again, and I’m not sure he will give up a run against this anemic Braves offense.

Pitcher #2: Kyle Gibson, MIN

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: The reason we are getting Gibson at this low of a price is because he’s been inconsistent at times, as well as a starting pitcher on the AL’s worst team. However, I think that price could have been a bit higher as there is some things to like about this pick. Gibson owns a 2.55 career ERA with a 5-3 record against Friday’s opponent the Kansas City Royals, who are only batting .229 against Gibson in 140 career at-bats for current Royals batters. Add in the fact that KC is an absolute mess right now, and this could be one for Gibson to take early and run with.

Catcher: Buster Posey, SF

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: There’s no statistical reason behind me backing Posey here, this is more of a combination of what salary I had left to play with, along with a gut feeling on who I had to choose from. Even though the Giants are falling off a cliff since the all-star break, Posey hasn’t thrown in the towel as he is currently riding a 4 game hit streak. Against inexperienced Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy, I think we can expect Posey to make it 5 straight with a big game here.

1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET

Salary: $5,100

Analysis:  Miggy is one of the highest priced first basemen on Friday, and rightfully so. In a limited 15 at-bats against Friday’s starter for the Rangers in Yu Darvish, Cabrera is batting .333 with 3 RBI and only 2 strikeouts, so I’m starting to think that Cabrera is getting a pretty good read on Darvish who we must remember is still getting back into the thick of things after Tommy John surgery and some injury troubles earlier this year.

2nd Base: Josh Harrison

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: There always seems to be one position that I leave till last and it’s where I find a flyer to take a shot with, knowing full well it might be a wasted slot. However I have a good feeling about Josh Harrison. Batting leadoff has slowly turned the page for Harrison, who had only had 3 RBI since July 6, which equates to 22 games and 70 plate appearances. Against the Reds in the #1 spot, Harrison went 4-for-12, showing the Pirates that maybe batting leadoff is the spot for Harrison going forward the rest of the way, and if he gets the start here, I think Harrison may be able to produce against the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling, a pitcher I have not been high on at all this year.

3rd Base: Evan Longoria, TB

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: Longoria was a lock for me Friday after seeing his career numbers against Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia. Longo is a career 26-for-67 against Sabathia, which equates to a .388 clip with 6 homers, 14 RBI and 15 extra base hits to go along with only 6 strikeouts. Tampa may be waiting for the season to end, but I think Longoria will be able to swing a little bit more freely here, as there is no real pressure on Tampa for results, giving us a few fantasy points along the way.

Shortstop: Eduardo Escobar, MIN

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: Like I said with Kyle Gibson, the Royals are a disaster. A date with KC might be just what the doctor ordered for Eduardo Escobar, as he is batting .455 against scheduled Royals starter on Friday, Yordano Ventura. Ventura is still showing that at times he lacks the maturity and composure of a player that the Royals expected him to be. If Ventura loses that composure on Friday, the Twins may be able to cash in, and Escobar may be one to reap some of the rewards.

Outfielder #1: Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: This is the 3rd day in a row that I’ve taken Ellsbury on my team, but of those 3 days, I feel like Friday will be where I get my best value. Against Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer, Ellsbury is batting a scorching .643 with a home run and 3 RBI and 2 extra base hits. Archer is supposed to be Tampa’s ace this year except it’s easy to see that he has fallen on hard times and if the Yankees want to keep making a push for a wild card spot even with all of their unloading at the trade deadline, they need to take advantage of matchups like the one they have on Friday.

Outfielder #2: Ryan Braun, MIL

Salary: $4,800

Analysis: For whatever reason, as soon as a team realizes they are probably out of the hunt, they start to play better on a more consistent basis. That’s exactly what we have here in the Milwaukee Brewers, who have appeared to wave the white flag after trading away Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress at the deadline, however one of the constants to still remain is Ryan Braun. When Homer Bailey takes the mound for the opposing Cincinnati Reds on Friday, he will have to face Braun, someone who has been a thorn in Bailey’s side in his career. Braun is batting a lifetime .353 against Bailey, with 2 homers and 7 RBI for Milwaukee. If trends continue it could be a long night for Bailey and the Reds, as they watch Braun make us fantasy owners very happy that we selected him Friday night.

Outfielder #3: Josh Reddick, LAD

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: Even from his time with the Yankees, I’ve never been a fan of Pittsburgh’s Friday starter, Ivan Nova. Nova faces off against the Dodgers on Friday, and my last outfield selection, Josh Reddick. Reddick, like Nova, made a move from the AL to the NL this year being traded at the deadline within the Golden state from Oakland to LA. From their time together in the AL, Reddick has a .385 average against Nova to go along with 2 solo home runs, but what caught my eye in this matchup is that Reddick has never struck out against Nova. So if Reddick can keep that going Friday, we may see a breakout performance from Reddick and the red-hot Dodgers.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $600

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