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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/20/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 20, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/20/16

August 20, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 20, 2016.

Friday brought us a day full of great baseball and wild finishes. If Saturday is half as good, we will be in store for an awesome slate of games. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/20/16


Pitcher #1: Felix Hernandez, SEA

Salary: $11,500

Analysis: Picking Hernandez in this game is hard to gauge because he only has one game against Milwaukee in his career. However that game saw Hernandez go 8 strong innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. Even though that game was 3 years ago, not much has changed as Milwaukee is still striking out at an alarming rate, still leading the league in strikeout %. If you want a random fact from this game, the opposing pitcher from that game 3 years ago? Wily Peralta? Is starting for the Brewers on Saturday as well. I think Hernandez gets the best of Milwaukee again in a dominant outing.

Pitcher #2: Aaron Sanchez, TOR

Salary: $7,400

Analysis: Sanchez has been one of the key pieces of the Blue Jays rotation, behind surprising Cy Young candidate, J.A. Happ. There isn’t much statistical reasoning to back Sanchez here against the Indians on Saturday, it’s more of just an instinct pick. The Jays lost in heartbreaking fashion on Friday night, giving up a walk-off inside-the-park home run to allow Boston to climb within a half game of the division-leading Blue Jays and I think Sanchez realizes that Toronto needs a strong performance from him to fend off the Red Sox, and he does enough to play the role of stopper here.

Catcher: Brian McCann, NYY

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: This is a bit of a risky call as well, as McCann has not been getting a ton of reps starting for the Yankees, as New York has been seeing what they have in rookie Gary Sanchez. However, if the Yankees are serious about playing the matchups, they’ll give McCann a start behind the plate, or at least at DH. McCann faces off against Angels starter Ricky Nolasco on Saturday, and while Nolasco hasn’t been good at all since getting traded to the Halos, he’s had a rough go against McCann. McCann is a lifetime .323 off of Nolasco with 8 HR and 24 RBI along with 13 extra base hits and a .769 slugging percentage. If McCann ends up playing here, this could be a pick that pays off big time for the Yankees.

1st Base: Eric Hosmer, KC

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Hosmer has been playing pretty well as of late, and while his numbers against the Minnesota Twins in this series haven’t been earth shattering by any means, there’s plenty to like about the matchup between Hosmer and Twins starter Hector Santiago. Santiago is still trying to find his footing with his new club, and against a Kansas City team that’s getting hot at the right time to try to force their way back into the wild-card race, it doesn’t look good for Santiago here either. Hosmer is a career .304 against Santiago with a homer and 3 RBI to his credit. With how the Royals have been swinging the bats lately, I like Hosmer to contribute on his way to a monster game here.

2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: My man crush on Altuve grows day-by-day. I mean look at last night for example. I picked Altuve at 2nd base and he rewarded me with a homer, a double and 5 RBI, good for 30.0 points on draftkings. Sure, the Orioles are responding with Chris Tillman on Saturday, who has been the team’s stopper all season, and Tillman does have Altuve’s number, holding Altuve to a .143 lifetime clip. However I think you’d be a fool to not pick Altuve here with the way he has been swinging a white hot bat. Altuve should be able to exorcise his demons here and break through Tillman.

3rd Base: Trevor Plouffe, MIN

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: I think this is a great price we are getting on Plouffe. I mean his numbers in this series against Kansas City aren’t good, only 1-for-8. However before that Plouffe had back-to-back 3 hit games against Atlanta. Not to mention, Plouffe has had career success against Royals starter Ian Kennedy (who I personally have never seen as more than a reliever anyways) going 6-for-11/.545 average with a homer and 2 RBI and 2 extra base hits for his work. Minnesota as a team is not good, however there are bright spots every now and again, and I think Plouffe comes through here.

Shortstop: Didi Gregorius, NYY

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Another Yankee here, mainly because I don’t trust Ricky Nolasco as far as I can throw him. Gregorius is another Yankee with success against Nolasco, and even more so than my other New York pick, Brian McCann. Gregorius has a monstrous .526 average against Nolasco with 3 extra base hits and hasn’t struck out once. Gregorius always seems to see the ball against Nolasco and I don’t think we see anything different here.

Outfielder #1: Hunter Pence, SF

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: Bartolo Colon is the spokesman for the fountain of youth as he’s still pitching well at the age of 43. However Colon faces off against the San Francisco Giants, a squad with a couple players who have Big Sexy’s number over the years, one being Hunter Pence. Pence has been a constant in this Giants team this season and against Colon, Pence has been a buzz saw, going 6-for-11, with 2 homers, 7 RBI and 3 extra base hits to go along with a .615 OBP and an outstanding 1.797 OPS against Colon in his career. If the Giants want to stop the skid they’ve been on since the all-star break, Pence may be one of the guys to help pull them out of the tailspin and put up some points for us here.

Outfielder #2: Rickie Weeks, ARZ

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: This Diamondbacks/Padres series has been a nightmare to bet, but one thing has come through in both games has been the over, and when games go over it usually means a couple guys have some big fantasy nights to go along with it. I haven’t seen much of Clayton Richard, and neither has Weeks, but in 10 at-bats against Richard, Weeks has a .300 average with a homer and 3 RBI. Thinking this game goes over again in Arizona’s favor and I’m thinking Weeks will be one of the guys to reap the benefits of it.

Outfielder #3: Gregor Blanco, SF

Salary: $2,900

Analysis: Another Giant who has had success against Colon. While it’s not a large amount of success, considering this was my last spot to fill and I had $2,900 left and that was how much I could get Blanco for, I took it as a sign and took the plunge. Blanco has 4 singles in 10 at-bats against Colon lifetime, and even another single here would help the cause as I’m not expecting much from Blanco here, but a few points would be a nice surprise.

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

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