Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/22/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 22, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/22/16
August 22, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 22, 2016.
Monday brings us a condensed schedule featuring only 9 games so pickings are slim for us DFS owners. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Zack Godley, ARI
Analysis: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Especially when you have condensed schedules like this you have to spend a huge chunk on pitching and find value later in the lineup, or find value at the pitcher spot and spread the wealth amongst the rest of the lineup. I’m not comfortable taking flyers anywhere else, so I’ll do it on the mound. I’ll admit Godley is part of an Arizona pitching staff that gets lit up on the regular. However despite his 4.85 ERA, Godley has been very good in the minors and shown great control in his major league starts. Godley is coming off a 7.1 inning masterpiece against the Mets where he only allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, and while it may not be last year’s Mets team, it’s still the defending NL champions we are talking about here. Godley takes on the Braves who are second last in OPRK meaning the Braves are allowing the 2nd most points to the pitcher position in DFS this season. I think Godley keeps his momentum going here in a rare D-backs victory.
Pitcher #2: Doug Fister, HOU
Analysis: Again a lower price tag for my pitcher spot here, but I’m a little more confident here with Fister. Against current Pirates batters, Fister has held them to a combined .215 batting average with 17 strikeouts, including 2 of Pittsburgh’s key outfielders in Matt Joyce and Starling Marte who are a combined 3-for-23 against Fister with a combined 7 strikeouts. Houston has a chance to gain ground on a couple teams in the wild-card chase and they are not out of it by any means. But I think the Astros know that they really can’t afford to drop many more down the stretch, thus answering the call behind Fister here on Monday.
Catcher: Gary Sanchez, NYY
Analysis: Sanchez has been one of the head turning stories coming out of the Big Apple. The Yankees essentially unloaded a huge chunk of their roster, assuming that their season was over and they would bring up top prospects from the minors to see just what exactly they had in the Bronx going forward. Well Gary Sanchez was having none of that and all of a sudden he has helped lead a Yankees surge that has vaulted New York back into the wild-card picture. Not to mention Sanchez is also swinging one of the hottest bats in the league right now. Over his last 7 games, Sanchez is batting .462 with 5 homers and 8 RBI. Look for Sanchez to keep this insane momentum going on Monday against the Mariners and at a great price to boot.
1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHC
Analysis: There’s not much to this pick besides me having a lot of spare change from my pitchers lying around and looking for the best option for me on Monday, which is where Rizzo comes in. Sure the Cubs got spanked by the Rockies on Sunday, but in that thin air in Colorado, anyone can have a good night at the plate and anyone can win. Even in defeat, Rizzo put up his 3rd straight 2-hit game. I’ve yet to be sold on Padres starter Edwin Jackson, whose ERA has swelled north of 5 and is on a Padres team that is among the most inconsistent in all of baseball. I’ll take Rizzo here in the hopes that Chicago snaps out of their mini slump and gets the bats cracking in a major way.
2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU
Analysis: I’m starting to wonder if I have to keep writing about 2nd base. I’m going to keep picking Jose Altuve until I find a reason not to, which it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to any time soon. Altuve racked up yet another multi-hit game against the Orioles on Sunday, his 8th in his last 14 games. The guy is a DFS stud, racking up 44 points in his last 2 games. Just business as usual here, Take Altuve to keep the Astros rolling towards September in pursuit of that playoff spot.
3rd Base: Alex Bregman, HOU
Analysis: My 3rd of 4 Astros on today’s lineup, but that’s what happens with a smaller schedule. Bregman has been a pleasant surprise for Houston since being called up, even though no one is really surprised that Bregman has major league potential, it’s just a surprise how fast he’s seemed to pick it up. In his last 7 games, Bregman is batting .375 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. I’m expecting big things from Houston in this series against Pittsburgh, and although Bregman may have jitters from his first taste of interleague action I think he will shake it off and Bregman will deliver a big game for us DFS owners.
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, BOS
Analysis: Bogaerts was one of my easier selections as I had just enough to pick him up with my last spot. Bogaerts has a hit in his last 6 games to bring his average up to .313. Even though Bogaerts doesn’t have a hit against Rays Monday starter Blake Snell, it’s only been one game where they have faced off and Bogaerts has a career .305 average against Tampa, so look for Bogaerts to get back to where he left off Saturday after getting a breather on Sunday.
Outfielder #1: Kris Bryant, CHC
Analysis: This might be the best outfield core I’ve had to date this season, and it starts with Bryant. Bryant may be swinging one of, if not THE hottest bat in the league right now. Over his last 7 games, Bryant is batting a whopping .517 with 3 homers and 11 RBI. I said earlier how I felt about Padres starter Edwin Jackson, and with two of my picks going back-to-back in Rizzo and Bryant, I like my chances to score some major points here on Monday.
Outfielder #2: George Springer, HOU
Analysis: My final Astro in this lineup, George Springer is yet another hot bat going for Houston on Monday. Springer was on fire in Sunday’s finale against Baltimore, putting up a double and a 2-run homer to bring his tally from the last 7 games to a .346 batting average with 2 homers and 4 RBI. I’m thinking Springer has the potential to be the breakout guy in my lineup on Monday if he keeps making contact the way he has been lately.
Outfielder #3: Trea Turner, WAS
Analysis: This is the first time I can remember taking Turner this season, and I am starting to wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. Turner has emerged as one of the bright up-and-comers on this Nationals team and on Monday he gets to prove himself in yet another big series. The Nats take on Baltimore Monday evening, and while there’s no history between Turner and O’s starter Dylan Bundy, I like the way Turner has been making contact as of late. In his last 7 games, Turner is batting .333 with a home run and 6 RBI. The Nationals know this is a huge series on both sides and I think we get a strong outing from Washington and Turner as they light up Dylan Bundy early and often.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0