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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/14/16

Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 14, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/14/16

August 14, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 14, 2016.

A Sunday slate of 15 games is upon us, with quite a few intriguing matchups leading us to a marquee Sunday Night baseball matchup at Wrigley. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/14/16

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Pitcher #1: Jake Odorizzi, TB

Salary: $8,200

Analysis: Going into his last start, Jake Odorizzi was riding a white hot 20.2 inning scoreless streak, before it was snapped at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. However Odorizzi did not take the loss in that game. As a matter of fact, Odorizzi is 3-0 in his last 5 starts, one of which was against this very same Yankees squad on July 29th, in which Odorizzi went 6.2 inning of 6-hit, shutout ball. I’m not too keen on the Yankees right now as they’re starting to show cracks from their offloading at the trade deadline and they’re coming down from the high of A-Rod’s farewell, all of which should lead to a fairly solid outing from Odorizzi.

Pitcher #2: Tom Koehler, MIA

Salary: $8,600

Analysis: Koehler has slowly cemented his position as the #2 starter on this Miami Marlins pitching staff, behind ace Jose Fernandez. Koehler has been damn near unbeatable as of late, with a 2-0 record, 0.47 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 19 innings pitched of his last three starts. Add in the fact that the fish are taking on a weak and sputtering White Sox team, this could spell a major game for Koehler, even if he is opposing Chris Sale on Sunday.

Catcher: Yadier Molina, STL

Salary: $3,000

Analysis: This is my first of a couple picks from the Sunday Night game, and there isn’t a ton of matchup statistics to go off of. However my theory is that Sunday Night games are primed for points because players tend to bring out their best when the national TV lights go on. Molina is a pretty good value pick in this spot however, as he is batting .364 and has a .447 OBP with a home run for his trouble. A hot bat and cheap price point makes Molina perfect for our catcher slot on Sunday.

1st Base: Mike Napoli, CLE

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: The general consensus would be to take Anthony Rizzo here, however if we dig a little deeper, which I did, we will find a cheaper and more valuable option in Mike Napoli. Let’s face it, the Angels stink. And sending veteran Jered Weaver to the mound on Sunday isn’t necessarily a recipe for success, especially when you check out Napoli’s stats against Weaver. In 32 career at-bats, Napoli is batting .344 with 3 homers and 4 RBI. Let’s not forget that Napoli is riding a 12-game hitting streak going into Saturday’s action. Take Napoli at first and don’t look back.

2nd Base: Matt Carpenter, STL

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Carpenter hasn’t been his normal self as of late going 1-for-9 in his first two games against the division leading Cubs this series, but let’s face it, the Cards haven’t been themselves this whole year. Carpenter so far this year seems to be the guy that goes on a hot streak then cools off for 5-6 games, then gets hot again. Hopefully Carpenter can break the trend on Sunday and get us some points off of Cubs starter John Lackey who was a teammate of Carpenter’s, and is a low-end option in this Cubs rotation.

3rd Base: Kris Bryant, CHC

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: As much as I was knocking Cubs starter John Lackey, I may have to knock Cards starter Mike Leake down a few more pegs. I mean Leake has never been ace material, and looking back on it, he’s been top 3 material for maybe one season with the Reds. Leake’s given up 6 or more ER in 3 of his last 4 starts, which doesn’t bode well against Bryant and a cubs team looking to put away the division by the end of August. I think Bryant mashes a few here en route to a monster fantasy night.

Shortstop: Addison Russell, CHC

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: For the same reason I picked Bryant, I’m taking Addison Russell here. The Cubs offense has an .844 OPS over the least seven games which is second in the majors. That could spell major trouble for Leake as I think Russell starts to get back into form, and improves on his .263 batting average over his last 10 games.

Outfielder #1: J.D. Martinez, DET

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: The Detroit Tigers are still in the wild card hunt and a Sunday matchup against the on again, off again Texas Rangers and starter A.J. Griffin. Griffin hasn’t gone past the 6th inning in each of his first 9 starts this season, and in his last 3 starts, Griffin has struggled, allowing a 5.63 ERA, while Martinez has been batting .382, with 2 homers and a .432 OBP in his last 10. We do the math, and that equals a big performance from J.D. Martinez.

Outfielder #2: Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: I said it before and I’ll say it again. Whether you’re playing DFS, or picking winners straight up or on the run line, going against the Angels will do you some good. Lonnie Chisenhall has had some success against Jered Weaver who takes the bump for the Angels on Sunday, going 7-for-19 with 2 HR and 5 RBI to lead the way for the Indians outfield now that is has been confirmed the team will be without Michael Brantley the rest of the way as he undergoes season ending surgery. Chisenhall should help guide the Indians to a victory here, securing a few points for us in the process.

Outfielder #3: Jason Heyward, CHC

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: This is a lottery ticket if I’ve ever seen one. I had just over $3,000 to play with so I took a flyer on Heyward in the hopes that the bright lights of ESPN and Wrigley on Sunday Night baseball would inspire the Cubs outfielder. Statistically, Heyward has given us no reason to back him here going 1-for-18 lifetime against Mike Leake, however that one hit got him an RBI. So while it’s a major risk that has more of a chance of bombing than not, I’ll take my shot, because I didn’t like much else of what was there.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0

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