Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/23/16
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August 23, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 23, 2016.
Tuesday consists of a full schedule of 15 games including a bunch of interleague and divisional matchups. Not to mention my lineup yesterday turned my $5 stake into a cool $25 so let’s see if we can’t haul in another winner today. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Jaime Garcia, STL
Analysis: The Cardinals seem to have finally gotten the train back on track as they appear to be back in the thick of things in the NL playoff race. And while Garcia may not be the underrated option like years past, despite his rocky start to the season Garcia looks like he has also figured it out at the right time, winning his last 3 decisions and 4 of his last 6. A matchup with the slumping Mets might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Garcia to keep this momentum going headed into September. In his career, Garcia is holding current Mets batters to a .258 average with only 1 home run and 9 RBI allowed to go along with 15 strikeouts over that span. I like the Cards to rock Mets starter Jon Niese early and often, leaving Garcia to cruise to an easy victory.
Pitcher #2: R.A. Dickey, TOR
Analysis: The Angels flat out suck. And against a team like Toronto who is battling day-by-day to escape the clutches of Baltimore and Boston for the AL East division title, things don’t look good for the Halos on Tuesday night. Toronto returns home for a 6-game homestand and they kick is off with R.A. Dickey on Tuesday night. Dickey has been on and off as of late, however that’s not much of a surprise as that’s been his M.O. since coming to Toronto. But there’s still a lot to like about Dickey’s matchup on Tuesday against LA. Dickey is a career 6-3 with a 4.28 ERA in 26 appearances (10 starts) against the Angels. I’ve said it before with Dickey, if the knuckleball is on, it’s hard to connect with. Look for Dickey to keep his control on lockdown and coast to an easy victory against Loa Angeles.
Catcher: Gary Sanchez, NYY
Analysis: Gary Sanchez flat out killed it for me on Monday, putting up 33 points going 3-3 with 2 homers and 3 RBI through the first 6 innings as I’m writing this. I’m going to keep riding the hot hand, even though Tuesday Mariners starter Taijuan Walker is one of the best young arms the Mariners have, I have to ride Sanchez until he cools off.
1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHC
Analysis: No statistical backing behind my Rizzo pick here, I’ve just been auto-fading the Padres for most of the season and against one of the hottest lineups top to bottom in all of baseball, that’s not going to change Tuesday either. Rizzo in now riding a 5-game streak of at least 2 hits in each game and a run scored. That’s good for at least 8 points each of those nights, and the little things like that can make the difference between finishing with some cash, or missing a payout altogether. Give me Rizzo against starting pitcher Christian Friedrich and the wildly inconsistent Padres on Tuesday night.
2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET
Analysis: Detroit has found themselves back in the wild-card hunt and Kinsler is a major part of that, mainly due to his ability to make contact in key situations and get to pitchers early and often. One such pitcher Kinsler has done that to is Twins starter on Tuesday, Kyle Gibson. Against Gibson in his career, Kinsler is batting .429 with a homer, 3 RBI and 2 extra base hits while only striking out twice. Even though Kinsler’s bat cooled off going hitless in the Boston series over the weekend, the Twins and Red Sox are two completely different teams, and I like Detroit to get the batter of the Twins and Gibson here, behind a good effort from Kinsler.
3rd Base: Nolan Arenado, COL
Analysis: Colorado at one point in July was closing in on a wild-card spot with a surprising hot streak in the Rockies. Now, Colorado has cooled off in a major way and one who can’t be blamed is Nolan Arenado. Arenado has done his part to keep his team in games but lackluster pitching continues to be the Rockies’ downfall. Colorado dropped the first game in Milwaukee, but I like the Rockies to get game 2 back against Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Against Anderson in his career, Arenado is 6-for-20 with 4 extra base hits including 3 homers and 7 RBI while only striking out twice. They may not be in the thin air in Denver but when you have the power like Arenado does, you’re a home run threat game in and game out and I think we see a prime example of that here on Tuesday night.
Shortstop: Erick Aybar, DET
Analysis: Like I mentioned before with Kinsler, the Tigers are still in the playoff picture and while teams like Minnesota are out to play spoiler at this point of the year, even the Twins can’t do that right, getting rocked game in and game out. Aybar is another player with career success against Twins starter Kyle Gibson, putting up 4 singles in 10 lifetime at-bats with 4 RBI. Aybar might not be the premier option in Detroit, but even a surprise 10 points would be welcome from Aybar here.
Outfielder #1: Kris Bryant, CHC
Analysis: Kris Bryant has been on fire as of late, putting up a 5-hit and a 3-hit game to go along with his solo home run on Monday night capping a monster 5-game stretch and counting for the Cubs 3rd baseman/outfielder. Again no statistical basis here, just a fade on the Padres and starter Christian Friedrich and a proven commodity in Kris Bryant
Outfielder #2: J.D. Martinez, DET
Analysis: Martinez is my 3rd and final Tiger to make the team, as it seems that Kyle Gibson struggles against the meat of the Detroit lineup. Martinez is a lifetime .421 against Gibson with 2 homers and 5 RBI to go along with 3 extra base hits. After an off day Monday, Playing the Twins fresh as a daisy could pay major dividends to those who pick Martinez on Tuesday.
Outfielder #3: Melky Cabrera, CWS
Analysis: I’m going to make this one quick. It was my last position I had to fill, Melky cost me exactly what salary cap I had left, and Cabrera is one of those guys that just seems to come through for me whenever I select him. Against a frustrating Oakland team that I’ve put on auto-fade since May, I’ll take my chances with Cabrera and hope the lottery ticket cashes in.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0