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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/25/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 25, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/25/16

August 25, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 25, 2016.

A condensed Thursday slate of 11 games means a little bit less to choose from, but I think we will find lots of selection as we try to get back on the winning track Thursday. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/25/16

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Pitcher #1: Max Scherzer, WSH

Salary: $11,600

Analysis: Scherzer is most likely going to be the most dominant pitcher on Thursday. Against a Baltimore team that were favorites to win the AL East a month ago, had suddenly slid off the face of the earth into 3rd place in their division, Scherzer is foaming at the mouth to get down to it on Thursday. In his career against the current O’s lineup, Scherzer is holding Baltimore to a .245 average with 50 strikeouts in 151 at-bats. That’s basically one strikeout every 3 at-bats. Yikes. It won’t be a 20 K game like earlier this year, but expect Scherzer to dominate for us on Thursday.

Pitcher #2: Edinson Volquez, KC

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: This is a great price on Volquez, even though he hasn’t been at his best this season, he is pitching for a Royals team that had won 9 straight before being derailed by Jose Fernandez in Miami, but let’s be honest, Fernandez dominates everybody who comes into his house. KC is still one of the hottest teams in the league, and they start a pitcher Thursday who is 6-0 against Miami in his career with a sparkling 1.64 ERA. Here’s to hoping Volquez comes out firing against the fish again on Thursday.

Catcher: Mike Zunino, SEA

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: Some more value, this time at the catcher position. Zunino’s Mariners are chasing down a wild-card spot and any letdowns down the stretch would be catastrophic for Seattle’s season. Zunino is one of the many guys in Seattle’s lineup who is key to the team’s success. Seattle takes on the White Sox and starter Anthony Ranaudo on Thursday, and in his last 10 games, Zunino is batting .276 with 3 homers to go along with a .382 on base percentage. In Ranaudo’s last 10-plus innings pitched, Ranaudo has given up 4 homers and 8 runs against, meaning it could be feeding time for Seattle and Zunino.

1st Base: Justin Smoak, TOR

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: Smoak is a risky pick because we are never sure if he will start at first in place of Edwin Encarnacion who clearly prefers to be DH for the Jays. If Smoak does get the opportunity to face the Angels and Thursday’s starter Jered Weaver, there will be lots to like about Smoak’s chances. From his time in Seattle to Toronto, Smoak is a lifetime 10-for-34 with 6 of those hits going for extra bases including 3 homers and 8 RBI. If 1st is one of your last few spots open and you need a cheaper option with potential, then Smoak is your guy.

2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: There’s not much to this pick besides the fact that I’ve faded Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios since he came up to the majors as I picked him in his first start and got rocked and hasn’t rebounded since. I think Kinsler breaks out of his 4 game hitless drought in a big way here against Berrios and causes his ERA to swell above 10 by the end of the day.

3rd Base: Darwin Barney, TOR

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: 3rd base was my last fill tonight and I didn’t have as much as I thought I would so I went with Barney here. Barney also faces off against Jered Weaver on Thursday and I think behind J.A. Happ the Jays rally and Barney comes along for the ride as he has established himself as quite the under the radar utility man for Toronto. Another risky pick because the Jays have so much versatility that it’s hard to say who will start or not. But I’m willing to take my chances in the hopes that I can pick up points elsewhere if this one doesn’t pan out.

Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Miller finally broke out of his snide against the Red Sox on Wednesday, and I’m willing to bet that he builds on that here. There isn’t much statistical backing my theory, just a gut feeling as Pomeranz hasn’t been quite what the Red Sox were hoping he would be when they acquired Pomeranz from the Padres at the trade deadline. Take Miller unless you have the extra cash to take a top-tier option higher up the ladder.

Outfielder #1: Bryce Harper, WSH

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: The majority of my lineup was spent on pitching and my outfield as you will see here. Harper wasn’t a hard choice for me though, considering he is batting .378 over his last 10 games with 2 homers, 11 RBI and a .500 OBP. Against a starter turned reliever turned spot starter back into full-fledged starter, Jimenez has been awful throughout the whole thing. Take Harper as the Nats light up the slumping O’s on Thursday.

Outfielder #2: J.D. Martinez, DET

Salary: $5,000

Analysis: Like I said before, I’m not a fan of Jose Berrios who’s starting for the Twins on Thursday. He may be one of the Twins arms for the future, but not the present. Berrios’ command, or lack thereof, could lead to a big day for the Tigers on Thursday as Berrios has had a tendency to leave the ball up in the zone, in prime position for opposing batters. Look for Martinez to build on his last 10 games where he has hit 4 homers to go along with his .475 batting average.

Outfielder #3: Alex Gordon, KC

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: Like I said with Volquez earlier, the Royals are still one of the hottest teams in the league, despite having their 9-game win streak snapped on Wednesday. Among those on fire for KC was Alex Gordon who has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games including an 11-game hit streak in the heart of that Royals 9 game stretch. Look for Gordon to have another big game here as the Royals begin their pursuit for the playoffs once again.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100

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