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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/16/16

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

August 16, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 16, 2016.

A full day of 16 games of baseball is on tap, including a double header for the Brewers and Cubs at Wrigley field is upon us, with quite a few intriguing matchups as we inch closer to September. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/16/16

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Pitcher #1: Corey Kluber, CLE

Salary: $11,400

Analysis: One of the rules I give myself when playing DFS for baseball is I try to avoid spending more than 40% of my salary cap on starting pitching, and if you are going over that 40%, you better make sure you have some value picks later on. I think I found some valuable steals later on, so I’m comfortable paying for Kluber here. Kluber is 3-0 since the all-star break, and has gone at least 6 innings in each of his starts since then. Even though Kluber’s opponent on Thursday, the Chicago White Sox are batting 41-of-139 against him lifetime for a .295 clip, 38 of the 98 Chicago at-bats that have not resulted in a hit have resulted in a strikeout. That’s nearly 40% for crying out loud! Kluber’s only game against the White Sox this season resulted in a 7.1 inning victory where Kluber struck out 9 while only allowing 1 ER, and in his second start I see another dominant performance from the Cleveland righty.

Pitcher #2: Vince Velasquez, PHI

Salary: $8,000

Analysis: I’m glad I didn’t take Velasquez when I was thinking about it last week, as he put out a new career high in runs allowed and hits allowed in an absolutely horrible performance against the Dodgers. However, I’m chalking that up to re-aggravating the blister that had Velasquez out of action for a little while. The positive to take away from the game in LA was that Velasquez struck out 6 while only walking 2, so the location is there, just some nights aren’t your night and you can’t win them all. However I’m thinking Velasquez can win this one and rebounds here on home soil.

Catcher:  Salvador Perez, KC

Salary: $2,600

Analysis: I don’t understand why we keep getting value prices on Sal Perez, as it seems like he has favorable matchups against most pitchers we see him against, but hey I’ll keep taking them as long as they keep giving them. Sure, I’ll concede that Tigers Tuesday starting pitcher Justin Verlander is getting back to being his former Cy Young award winning ace self, and he has owned the Royals in his career going 22-8 with a 3.21 ERA, However one Royal who has had Verlander’s number over the years is our boy Perez. Perez is a lifetime 23-for-49/.469 against Verlander with 2 homers, 14 RBI and 10 extra base hits to his credit. Like I said if I’m gonna keep getting these prices with Perez, I’ll keep taking them, because it’s eventually going to pay off big time, and I think it has potential to here against the Tigers who don’t seem to want to play like a wild card team at the moment.

1st Base: Victor Martinez, DET

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: Ah, if only I had a DH/Utility spot on my roster (I’m playing on draftkings and they don’t have one), I would’ve also selected Kendrys Morales but instead I decided to take the more safe, yet also more costly option in Martinez. In Martinez’s 28 lifetime at-bats against Royals starter Danny Duffy, Martinez is batting .321 with two HR and 5 RBI and only 3 strikeouts. So my takeaway is that the contact is there, Martinez is just not being given the opportunities to do the damage that he is more than capable of doing. However with the way KC has seemingly slid off the rails and Detroit still battling even though they’ve cooled off, I think Martinez will step up and deliver a good performance on Tuesday, especially with slugger Miguel Cabrera possibly out due to injury. It’s just a matter of if the rest of the Tigers lineup shows up as well.

2nd Base:  Jose Altuve, HOU

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: Altuve is quietly adding himself to the conversation for AL MVP, as he leads the league in batting average, hits and on base percentage, and I’m willing to bet that he adds to those stats at home on Tuesday against St. Louis. I’ve said before that the Cardinals aren’t the Cardinals of years past. This team has regressed big time, and St. Louis Tuesday starter Jaime Garcia may be the worst starter in their rotation and one Astro that will be happy to see Garcia is definitely Altuve. Altuve is .438 with an RBI against Garcia with only a single strikeout. With the way Houston needs to pick up wins heading into September, I think the Astros, Altuve included take advantage of their matchup on Tuesday with a major performance on all sides.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: This is just a gut call more than anything. Donaldson is part of a Blue Jays squad that can’t afford to drop many down the stretch is they want to make it to the dance for the second consecutive season. JD has yet to get a hit against Yankees starter Michael Pineda, who opposes Toronto on Tuesday, however I can’t see Donaldson going another game against Pineda without a hit.  I mean going into Monday’s action, Donaldson had a hit in 9 of his last 12 games, and  I think Donaldson continues the momentum here as the Jays offense wakes out of it’s funk in a big way.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: Again, another Blue Jay, another gut call, however this one was salary based as well. I liked who I had in my other slots so I was with the best option available in Tulo. Tulowitzki is also 0-fer against Pineda however Tulo only has 4 lifetime at-bats against the Yankees right-hander, but with Tulowitzki hitting 2 HR and 8 RBI in his last four games, Tulo has some bounce back in his step and I think he makes a big move for the Jays on Tuesday to help them even this series in the Bronz.

Outfielder #1:  Andrew McCutchen, PIT

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: I decided to go with McCutchen here, mainly because even though the Giants are still in the lead in their division, they are falling off a cliff since the all-star break and what was once a double digit lead on the rest of the NL West is now a distant memory as the Dodgers are only 1 game behind San Fran and it’s no thanks to starting San Fran pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who lost his last 3 starts before having a minor bounce-back start against Miami last Wednesday. However as of right now, for me Samardzija is fade material everywhere until he can show some consistency going forward and I doubt it will be against McCutchen, who has 13 hits in 34 career at-bats against the Shark, 5 of which went for extra bases. Look for McCutchen to help the Pirates eek one out in a battle of two struggling teams.

Outfielder #2: Ryan Raburn, COL

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Value pick time, so I decided to take Ryan Raburn here. Colorado was in a position to challenge for a wild-card spot, something that seemed extremely unlikely to start the year, however what seemed like a possibility is now a distant memory as Colorado has dropped 8 of 10 to slide out of the picture for the time being. On Tuesday though, in game 2 against Washington, the Rockies face Nats starter Gio Gonzalez and one guy who will be happy to see Gio is Raburn. Raburn is batting .538 in a limited 13 at-bats against Gonzalez, however 3 have gone for home runs. Although I see the Nats taking this one most likely, Gonzalez is my least favorite Nationals starter, and I think Raburn has the potential to do some damage here if given the chance.

Outfielder #3: Nick Markakis, ATL

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: I’ll keep this last one short and sweet. An interleague matchup between two of the league’s worst teams has this game screaming over all night. Even though Ervin Santana is one of the Twins premier options on the mound, he’s still given up his fair share of runs and hits to batters all over the league this season, and Nick Markakis hopes to add his name to the list on Tuesday. Against Santana in his career, Markakis is 12-for-44 with 3 HR and 10 RBI to go along with 8 extra base hits. What it all really comes down to is that Atlanta is somehow playing decent ball right now, and they sure are playing way better than Minnesota is right now. I will take my chances with Markakis and hope the Twins put up a stinker at Turner Field.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300

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