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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/30/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 30, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/30/16

August 30, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 30, 2016.

We have a full evening of baseball on Tuesday evening, with a couple matchups with major playoff implications in Baltimore, Texas and Kansas City just to name a few. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/30/16


Pitcher #1: J.A. Happ, TOR

Salary: $9,300

Analysis: I feel like this is a great price that we are getting on Happ. I mean after all, Happ has led the league in wins for the last little bit, before Boston’s Rick Porcello passed Happ with his 18th win of the season earlier in the week. Even though Happ is a pedestrian 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 10 career starts against Baltimore, he has been outstanding this season, and if Toronto can sweep this series, it will push Baltimore to the brink of elimination in terms of the division. I think Happ comes out firing early and often en route to a massive Toronto victory.

Pitcher #2: Adam Wainwright, STL

Salary: $6,900

Analysis: I’m all over this price for Wainwright, it could be the best price I’ve gotten on a pitcher this season. Wainwright hasn’t been his normal self this year, but he’s still an ace on a perennial playoff contender. Wainwright’s numbers against his opponent on Tuesday in the Milwaukee Brewers don’t hurt either. In his career against the Brewers, Wainwright is 13-8 in 26 career starts with an outstanding 2.23 ERA. The current Milwaukee lineup is batting only .230 with 30 strikeouts in 122 at-bats against Wainwright. It doesn’t take a math major to know that 1 strikeout in every 4 at-bats won’t win you a lot of games especially when you have the highest strikeout rate in all of baseball like Milwaukee does. Take Wainwright as I’m sure there isn’t a better price on the board anywhere.

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, MIA

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: There’s not a ton of statistical reasoning for my pick here. Miami needs to keep stringing wins together if they want to have any chance of reaching the postseason, and on Tuesday against the Mets, this might be their best chance. Seth Lugo starts Tuesday for New York and I’m personally thinking that he is pitching in way over his head right now as his 2.51 ERA in 2 starts pales in comparison to his 6.50 ERA in the minors. I think Realmuto has the potential to do some damage on Tuesday along with the rest of the Marlins explosive lineup

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: The theme of today’s lineup is playoff implications and the players that will have the biggest impact and I think one will be Edwin Encarnacion on Tuesday. Even though he was involved in a pitcher’s duel in his last start, I have zero faith in Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez especially with his 6.62 ERA this season. Add in the fact that in Jimenez’s 3 starts against Toronto this season, he has a 14.09 ERA? Yuck. Encarnacion has been one of the biggest bats in the Toronto lineup the last few years, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit his 37th home run on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Detroit also needs to keep putting wins together if they’re going to have any chance at playing in October. Even though Kinsler has barely any experience against White Sox Tuesday starter Anthony Ranaudo, the one at-bat Kinsler has had resulted in a 2-run home run. I personally have this game going over the total, and if there’s one thing I’ve said to you guys before, is when games go over, the fantasy points have to go somewhere. So here’s to hoping that Kinsler flat out has Ranaudo’s number and can get us a big night at 2nd bast on Tuesday.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: Like I said before with Edwin Encarnacion, I have put Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez on auto-fade every time he pitches. Jimenez has simply been unable to keep crooked numbers off of the scoreboard this season and even though the reigning AL MVP in Donaldson is 5-for-23 lifetime against Jimenez with 9 strikeouts, Donaldson is simply playing at an insanely high level right now and I’m not sure Jimenez will be able to control JD on Tuesday.

Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: The Rays may not be in the playoffs this season, and they’ve resigned themselves to that fact. However the role of spoiler is still appealing to Tampa and I think they do just that on Tuesday. Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz is starting to turn in performances that Boston was hoping they would get when they acquired him at the trade deadline from San Diego. However Tampa is sending Jake Odorizzi to the mound who is 6-0 since the all-star break and when you have a guy that’s rolling like that it’s easy to get behind regardless of the team’s record. Even though Miller’s last game against Boston was one to forget, his 3-for-8 record against Pomeranz with a home run and 2 RBI makes him a valuable option at shortstop on Tuesday as I think Tampa rallies behind Odorizzi and deals Boston a blow to their division title hopes as we enter September.

Outfielder #1: Kevin Pillar, TOR

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Pillar was my last pick not because of the damage his bat can do, but what he can do with his legs. Pillar is always a threat on the basepaths, Pillar is however bating .311 against Baltimore and .286 against the aforementioned Ubaldo Jimenez with an RBI to his credit. If Pillar can get on base, the Blue Jays have the bats to get him around to score, resulting in some points that may come in handy when we come down to the wire.

Outfielder #2: Carlos Beltran, TEX

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: Beltran has been a nice addition to the Rangers lineup since the trade deadline, even though he had picked a horrible time to go on an 8-game hitless streak where Beltran only got on base once. However Beltran snapped out of it in a major way the last 2 nights, going 5-for-8 including a home run and a double with 2 RBI against Seattle last night. Texas is trying to clinch the division as early as possible by fending of pesky teams like Seattle and I think they get one step closer tonight and we receive a nice contribution from Beltran in the process.

Outfielder #3: Marcell Ozuna, MIA

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Again, no real stats to back Ozuna here, I’m just going with the process that Mets starter Seth Lugo is pitching way over his head right now, and that Miami will bring him down to earth on Tuesday. Ozuna has also fared well against New York in his career with a .264 average. Ozuna went 0-for-4 on Monday but I think we get a redemption game from Ozuna here as Miami rolls.

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

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