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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/26/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 26, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/26/16

August 26, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 26, 2016.

Friday evening brings us a full slate of 15 games including key divisional matchups in both the AL and NL. As teams jockey for position, these games are weighted heavier and heavier meaning bigger performances. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/26/16


Pitcher #1: Justin Verlander, DET

Salary: $10,400

Analysis: I’ve outlined before my 40-50 rule. I try to not spend more than 40% of my salary cap on pitchers unless it’s worth the price tag or I’ve found value later in the lineup and I rarely if ever go over 50%. I went over 40 today because I found two quality pitchers that I could not pass up, one being Verlander. Verlander and the playoff hungry Tigers take on the sputtering Angels on Friday, and quite frankly Verlander has been money as of late for me. Against the current Angels lineup in his career, Verlander is only allowing a miniscule .153 batting average in 72 combined at-bats with only 1 home run allowed and 22 strikeouts. With the way Detroit needs clutch performances night in and night out, look for Verlander to step up here as Detroit takes another step into clawing back come September.

Pitcher #2: Felix Hernandez, SEA

Salary: $10,900

Analysis: Hernandez hasn’t been overly dominant in his career against the White Sox, however when Seattle takes on Chicago on Friday evening, I’m fairly confident that King Felix will reign supreme again. I mean look at his last 4 starts. Hernandez has gone at least 6 innings in each of the starts, scoring a combined 102.2 points. Like are you kidding me? 8 strikeouts in 4 of his last 5 starts too? Sign me up. Take King Felix and don’t look back.

Catcher: Gary Sanchez, NYY

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: I’m back on the Gary Sanchez bandwagon after a day off. Sanchez has still been straight fire lately, putting up 61 points in the 3 game set this past week against Seattle. Add that to his .389 average and 9 homers since coming up, and that math adds up to me picking Sanchez to do some serious damage for the Yanks on Friday as they look to make up ground in the playoff hunt.

1st Base: Ryan Howard, PHI

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: Value pick time! I took Howard against the Mets and starter Bartolo Colon on Friday. Now don’t get me wrong, Howard’s career numbers against Colon don’t exactly set the world on fire. However 3 of Howard’s 6 hits against Colon have left the park, which gives me some hope that Philly can continue to play spoiler, resulting in a big game from Ryan Howard.

2nd Base: Logan Forsythe, TB

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: This is strictly a gut call as 2nd base was my last position filled and I had just over $4,000 to play with and whenever I don’t pick Forsythe, he comes back to bite me for it. Before going hitless in against Boston on Wednesday, Forsythe was riding a 5-game hitting streak. Tampa has resigned themselves to the spoiler role as well, and against a playoff hungry team like Houston, Tampa will be able to play a little more loose with no pressure on the line while Houston will have to focus on the task at hand and if they lose focus for a second, Tampa and Forsythe won’t hesitate to make them pay on Friday.

3rd Base: Jake Lamb, ARI

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: We have established that the Diamondbacks are getting rocked each and every night, however they have been able to compete some nights when their pitching staff does in fact get lit up. One of the bright spots in this disappointing Arizona season has been third baseman Jake Lamb, who has been playing consistently well as of late. Lamb’s last 2 games against Atlanta pulled in a combined 42 points, batting .500 with a home run and 3 doubles. Cincinnati hasn’t been playing much better than Atlanta, which equals a pretty even matchup, one that Lamb may be able to take advantage of.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: No real statistical backing here, as Twins starter Friday Pat Dean has limited experience against both teams. However what I do know is that Minnesota is flat out bad, and Toronto needs a couple victories to get their footing back in the division race and I think they do so here as Tulo has been swinging a hot bat after having a 7-game hit streak before snapping it against the Angels on Wednesday. Let’s hope Tulowitzki starts a new streak here against an awful Twins squad.

Outfielder #1: Matt Kemp, ATL

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: San Francisco has been on a major downhill slope since the all-star break and arguably their worst starter takes the bump against the Braves on Friday in Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija has struggled big time, receiving only 1 win in his last 9 starts, and one Brave who will be looking forward to facing the Shark is Matt Kemp. Kemp is a mediocre .250 against Samardzija in his 16 career at-bats. However of those 4 hits, 3 have been for extra bases including 2 homers and 3 RBI. Take Kemp as a flyer on Friday night as the Braves have upset written all over them behind Kemp.

Outfielder #2: Jason Heyward, CHIC

Salary: $2,900

Analysis: Another value pick here, as Heyward and the Cubs take on the Dodgers in L.A. on Friday night. Bud Norris takes the hill for the Dodgers, and I personally have never been a fan of his as a starter from the O’s to the Braves and now with the Dodgers. Now a pop quiz, true or false, Anthony Rizzo is hitless in his career against Norris. Surprisingly the answer is true, 0 for 10 to be exact. Norris also has the number of 2nd baseman Ben Zobrist who is 3 for 19 off of Norris, but Norris doesn’t have Jason Heyward’s number, as a matter of fact it’s quite the opposite. Heyward is .300 lifetime in 10 at-bats against Norris with 2 extra base hits, 1 for a home run and 4 RBI. Take the lottery ticket with Heyward as he is still playing some decent consistent baseball.

Outfielder #3: Ryan Raburn, COL

Salary: $2,700

Analysis: Lottery tickets galore in the outfield tonight! I’m taking Raburn as my 3rd outfielder, mainly because of his numbers against Nats starter, Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez has to be my least favorite pitcher in Washington’s starting rotation as I have zero faith that he can ever get the job done on any given night. Raburn has had strong numbers lifetime against Gonzalez, batting .500 with 4 extra base hits, 3 homers and 4 RBI. Even though the game is in Washington, Colorado has the potential to go over any total by themselves on any given night as they just know how to swing the bats, win or lose. Take Raburn on Friday in the hopes that the familiarity helps him pad his stats against Gonzalez.

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

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