Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/24/16
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 24, 2016.
Another day, another winning lineup Tuesday night, as we try to make it 3 in a row on a Wednesday full of great matchups coming our way. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
Analysis: We’ve said it a lot lately how shocking it is that the Yankees are in the spot that they are, after unloading a major part of their squad at the deadline. As I’m writing this, the Yankees find themselves only 5 games out with over a month still to play. While it’s not the easiest and most likely of roads, guys like Tanaka will give New York a chance down the stretch, and matchups like the one New York has Wednesday in Seattle make it easy to think they have a chance. Against the current Mariners lineup, Tanaka is holding Seattle to a lifetime 11 for 67, or a .164 batting average with 21 strikeouts. That means nearly 1 in every 3 Mariners at-bats against Tanaka is resulting in a K. Yes please, I’ll have some of that.
Pitcher #2: Dillon Gee, KC
Analysis: This value pick even made me feel a little sketchy, but I felt it was the best way to go with how the rest of my lineup was put together. Gee is taking on the Marlins and ace Jose Fernandez on Wednesday and quite simply, Fernandez doesn’t lose at home. However I’m not expecting Gee to win this game (although it would be nice), I just need him to not suck basically, and there’s reason to believe Gee may have a chance in this matchup. Gee lifetime against the current Marlins squad is holding Miami to a .210 batting average with only 1 homer allowed and 4 RBI against to go along with 15 strikeouts. Although most of Gee’s experience came as a member of the New York Mets, this Royals team is hot right now, and if the bats come alive, Gee could get some solid support on Wednesday.
Catcher: Gary Sanchez, NYY
Analysis: The price tag for Sanchez keeps climbing and why wouldn’t it? The guy is en fuego. Monday he belted 2 homers in a 3-4 outing in a Yankees loss to the Mariners. Since Sanchez got promoted to the show earlier this month, he has produced a quarter of the Yankees home runs. Sanchez has started 16 of 18 games, 11 at catcher, all the while going 25 for 61, resulting in a .410 batting average with 8 home runs and 16 RBI. Not to mention, among active players, Sanchez has the 2nd most home runs in his first 20 games, only trailing Trevor Story who had 9 earlier this year. That’s insane. Until Sanchez gives us a reason not to pick him, I’m going to ride the hot hand and probably will be for the foreseeable future.
1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC
Analysis: My normal stance is if I don’t see any favorable value matchups, and I can afford it, go with the best available player at the position which I feel is Rizzo. I could go with David Ortiz who’s facing a spot starter in Tampa, or Adrian Gonzalez who’s coming off that 3 HR outing on the weekend, but Rizzo has been the most consistent putting up multi-hit games and driving in runs as of late. Plus I like the matchup for the Cubs against San Diego and Paul Clemens, neither of which can do anything right lately.
2nd Base: Jean Segura, ARZ
Analysis: I had no idea why Segura was priced so incredibly high until I dug deeper. Segura has had 2 or more hits in 5 of his last 6 games, one of which was a 5 for 6 outing against San Diego which Segura logged 3 stolen bases for a final total of a whopping 36 points. Not to mention against Braves Wednesday starter, ace Julio Teheran, Segura has had success to the tune of a .333 batting average with a solo home run over 15 at-bats while not striking out once. Segura sees the ball coming out of Teheran’s hand and if he can connect with a couple, Segura may be due for another monster night.
3rd Base: Kris Bryant, CHIC
Analysis: Again, if you have the cap flexibility and there aren’t any favorable matchups, go with the best available player, which at 3rd on Wednesday would be Kris Bryant. Bryant has been consistent to say the least, with a .467 batting average and 4 homers to go with 12 RBI in his last 7 games. We’ve established how good of a pitching matchup the Cubs have on Wednesday and I think Bryant exploits it here to the fullest.
Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB
Analysis: Tampa is out to play spoiler, as 2016 just hasn’t been their year. However one Ray who’s still finding some success is Brad Miller. Miller has been arguably one of the hotter shortstops in the league as of late, going .320 with 3 homers and 8 RBI in his last 7 games. As far as Tampa’s Wednesday matchup with the Red Sox and starter Rick Porcello goes, as good as Porcello has been, I’ve never been sold on him as a whole as whenever I bet on him, the bottom falls out which hasn’t happened much this season. I think Porcello notches another victory here, but it’s a closer decision that most would be led to believe and I think Miller contributes to that cause.
Outfielder #1: Corey Dickerson, TB
Analysis: The only reason I backed Dickerson here is because of his past with Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. Against Porcello in his career, Dickerson is 3 for 10 with all 3 hits going for extra bases including a solo home run. If Dickerson gets the call Wednesday, facing a familiar foe might secure us a few points from Dickerson.
Outfielder #2: Peter Bourjos, PHI
Analysis: The Phillies are a trainwreck right now. Philadelphia is in that purgatory spot where they aren’t good enough to make a playoff push, but aren’t bad enough to lose a chunk of games at the right time to get a good draft pick. I’m basing my pick of Bourjos solely on his past with Chicago White Sox starter James Shields. Bourjos is 5 for 10 lifetime against Shields with 2 extra base hits including a solo homer. Shields has been a mess all season, and although he has improved a bit since his first couple games in Chicago, he is still a disaster and this may be Philly’s best chance to steal a win in this series and Bourjos has a decent night for us here for some value in the outfield.
Outfielder #3: Brett Gardner, NYY
Analysis: If New York wants any hope of the playoffs to stay alive heading into September, they need to take advantage of matchups like they have against Seattle on Wednesday. For example, Brett Gardner vs. Seattle’s starter on Wednesday, Hisashi Iwakuma, in 14 career at-bats against Iwakuma, Gardner has 6 hits, 1 for extra bases and an RBI. If Gardner can keep up his success against Iwakuma, the Yankees have a chance to catch up to the surging Mariners.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget: $400