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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/21/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 21, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/21/16

August 21, 2016

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Here's my fantasy lineup for August 21, 2016. 

A full slate of 15 games on Sunday once again, where we may see a couple of new division leaders by the end of the day. Here is my take on today's action. 

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/21/16

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Pitcher #1: Jose Quintana, CWS

Salary: $9,900

Analysis: The White Sox have fallen off a cliff, going from potential World Series contender at 24-12 to this season's biggest disappointment at 57-64. However it's not all bad on the south side as Quintana has been one of the most consistent options in the rotation to this point. As far as DFS goes, i'm taking Quintana on Sunday. Besides the fact that Quintana is a .500 pitcher with an ERA under three, his career numbers against the A's is what I'm looking at. Current A's batters are only hitting a combined .162 against Quintana with only 1 extra base hit and 21 strikeouts. While the Sox may not have much to play for the rest of the way, I like Quintana to have another solid outing against one of the most inconsistent teams in all of baseball.

Pitcher #2: Ryan Vogelsong, PIT

Salary: $5,700

Analysis: This is a smaller price than I was expecting for Vogelsong, but hey I'll take it. By no means has Vogelsong been a star this season, however in his appearances this year he has been pretty good. To be honest, the main reason why I'm taking Vogelsong here is because of his past success against the Marlins. Current Miami hitters are only batting .237 lifetime vs. Vogelsong, with only 1 homer and 6 RBI. It's clear to me that this Marlins lineup is not the same without Giancarlo Stanton, and it appears they're starting to fade out of the wild-card race. Look for Vogelsong to give us some bang for our buck with this value pick and a strong outing for the Pirates. 

Catcher: Nick Hundley, COL

Salary: $3,000

Analysis: Jason Hammel has been surprisingly reliable option for the Cubs this season. One of the Colorado Rockies that will be happy to square off with Hammel, is my value pick behind the plate in Nick Hundley. Hundley has had past success against Hammel, batting .389 with a home run, 2 RBI and 4 extra base hits, only striking out 3 times. Although Hammel is still in the top 10 in batting average against, I like Hundley to do some damage against the Cubs on Sunday.

1st base: Ryan Howard, PHI

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Howard wasn't my first choice at 1st base, however I did manage to find some value here. Mike Leake it's just one of those pitchers that I have zero faith in, and seeing Ryan Howard on Sunday is not something that Mike Leake should be particularly interested in. In his career, Howard is batting .348 against Leake with 3 homers, 8 RBI and 4 extra base hits. I'm not usually a Ryan Howard guy, but I will be here in the hopes that we get a big performance from Howard for the Phillies in the series finale. 

2nd base: Robinson Cano, SEA

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: I usually have success picking against the Brewers, and I'm hoping Sunday will be no different. Matt Garza takes the hill for Milwaukee and although he's had a few good starts since coming back from injury, he's still a sub .500 pitcher with an ERA of almost 5. Facing the wild-card hungry Mariners on Sunday may inflate Garza's ERA by a few points with guys like Cano on the other side. Cano has had success in his career against Garza, batting .375, with 2 homers, 7 RBI and 5 extra base hits. I'm thinking the over hits in this game and like I said yesterday when the over hits, usually a couple guys have big games, and I think Cano comes through big here. 

3rd base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: This is a tricky pick, mainly because Donaldson is day-to-day, however JD is scheduled to return to the lineup. If Donaldson does in fact play, he will face-off against Indians strikeout master, Corey Kluber, one of the many pitchers Donaldson has had career success against. Donaldson is .385 with a homer and 4 RBI against Kluber in his career. As September comes closer, the Blue Jays know that every game is going to be crucial towards their goal of reaching the playoffs for the second consecutive season. With Donaldson being one of those Blue Jays, I think he shows up here fresh off of a couple of days rest. 

Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: There was no major psychological reason why I chose Miller here. My selection of Miller is really only based on his career success against Rangers starter Martin Perez. Miller is a career .400 with an RBI and an extra base hit in a small sample size (10 at-bats). The rays are simply looking to play spoiler here, I think they do exactly that behind a solid offensive night from Miller. 

Outfielder #1: Mark Trumbo, BAL

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: i'm thinking that the reason why Trumbo's price is lower than usual is because the O's are taking on Houston's supposed-to-be ace, Dallas Keuchel. However anyone that has watched Keuchel for extended periods this season can see that the Astros #1 is clearly not himself this season. When Keuchel takes the bump against Baltimore on Sunday, one Oriole he will want to be weary of is Mark Trumbo. Trumbo is a lifetime 6-for-13 against Keuchel with all 6 of those hits resulting in extra bases, 3 being home runs and 7 RBI. Look for the O's slugger to improve on his league leading home run tally on Sunday. 

Outfielder #2: Yoenis Cespedes, NYM 

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Are you kidding me? This might be one of the biggest steals of the season in my opinion. While some may say that Cespedes hasn't been very good this year, he's fresh off the DL and is coming off a monster performance on Saturday, blasting 2 homers and an RBI double to push 3 across the plate as the Mets look to be in resurgence mode. Add in the fact that San Francisco is sending struggling righty Jeff Samardzija to the hill for the Sunday nighter, this could spell disaster for the Giants. Cespedes is .308 lifetime against Samardzija, with 2 homers and 3 RBI. If Cespedes' bat can carry over from Saturday, we may be looking at our highest point-getter from the field on Sunday. 

Outfielder #3: Ryan Braun, MIL

Salary: $4,800

Analysis: Like I said before with Robinson Cano, I think games that go over the total usually mean that there are going to be a couple of big performances on one side or the other, or in this case, both. Seattle is throwing rookie Ariel Miranda to the mound on Sunday, and quite simply from what I've seen from Miranda this season, i'm not convinced he's ready for the big leagues just yet. Veterans like Ryan Braun feast on opportunities like this and I think that's exactly what will happen on Sunday. No stats to back up this one, just a gut feeling.

Salary remaining (out of a $50,000 budget): $500

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