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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/31/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 31, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/31/16

August 31, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 31, 2016.

Wednesday is the last day before we get to September baseball and has a nice full plate of 15 games throughout the day including some matinee baseball featuring King Felix in Texas and a pitcher’s duel brewing in Detroit. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/31/16


Pitcher #1: Felix Hernandez, SEA

Salary: $8,600

Analysis: Playing DFS is a lot like wagering on any sport, if you see value you take it. Especially when wagering on baseball, if you can get an ace at a cheap price, you jump all over it like white on rice. King Felix takes on Texas on Wednesday afternoon, and although the Mariners are starting to fade a little bit in the wild card race, Hernandez gives Seattle a chance to win on any given day or night, and I think he does here as well. I’ll concede that Hernandez is under .500 lifetime against the Rangers, going 17-22 in 48 starts with a 3.72 ERA. Even though the Rangers are getting hot again, so is King Felix, who has logged at least 20 points in 5 consecutive starts. Take King Felix, while he may or may not get the win, he’s sure to log a good outing for another 20 point night.

Pitcher #2: Gio Gonzalez, WAS

Salary: $8,400

Analysis: I’m normally not a fan of Gio Gonzalez, as when I bet on him earlier in the year he would burn me with a bad night and when I would bet against him, he would be a stud. I’m hoping to get the latter on Wednesdau as the Nats take on the slumping Phillies. Gonzalez hasn’t taken the loss in any of his last 5 starts, posting a 3-0 record and 84.8 points in the process. What really caught my eye about Gonzalez is his career numbers against the Phillies. Against the current Philadelphia lineup, Gonzalez is allowing a miniscule .187 batting average and 1 home run and 3 RBI in 123 at-bats combined with 34 strikeouts, meaning almost 1 in every 3 Phillies at-bats against Gonzalez is ending in a punch out. Sign me up on Wednesday as the Nats roll again.

Catcher: Chris Iannetta, SEA

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: Again, if the Mariners want any hope of getting back into the playoff hunt heading into September, they need to start the momentum against Texas on Wednesday. Besides Felix Hernandez, the Mariners will need other contributions to keep up with the Rangers and one could be Chris Iannetta. In a limited amount of at-bats against Texas starter Martin Perez, Iannetta is batting .400 with an extra base hit and RBI for his trouble. If the catcher spot is where you’re looking for some value Wednesday afternoon, look no further than Iannetta.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $5,300

Analysis: Once again I’m taking Encarnacion. This is the biggest series of the Blue Jays season to this point, and I think Encarnacion can do some serious damage against Baltimore and starter Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday. In his career against Gallardo, Encarnacion is 8-for-20 with 4 extra base hits, 3 of those for home runs and 7 RBI with not one strikeout. Add in the fact that Encarnacion leads all players in home runs against the Orioles since 2012 with 25, and Wednesday could be a big night for Encarnacion.

2nd Base: Gordon Beckham, ATL

Salary: $2,900

Analysis: Straight up value time.folks. Atlanta has been done basically since the start of the season if you think about it, so they’re using this part of the seaso to see what they have going forward into next season and trying to play spoiler against some teams. They won’t have the opportunity for the latter on Wednesday as the Padres are in the same boat but against starting pitcher Paul Clemens, the Braves have the potential to do some damage. If Gordon Beckham gets the nod at 2nd, I like his chances mainly because I don’t trust Clemens or the Padres as far as I can throw them.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: Also making another appearance in my lineup is Josh Donaldson on Wednesday. Baltimore starter Yovani Gallardo just looks like he is in trouble against the heart of this Blue Jays lineup (as you will see from my next pick as well) including Donaldson. In 13 at-bats against Gallardo, Donaldson is batting .385 with an extra base hit and 2 RBI. The main reason I’m backing Donaldson here is because again, the Blue Jays need a sweep to almost close the door on one of the teams chasing them for tops in the AL East and key guys like Donaldson and Encarnacion know how much this series means, which normally results in a clutch performance for one or more guys and I’m putting my money on that happening Wednesday.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: Another Blue Jay that O’s starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo has struggled with. Tulowitzki is a lifetime 11-for-31 against Gallardo, with 5 extra base hits, 1 being a home run and 4 RBI. Not to mention Tulo is riding a 4-game hit streak heading into Tuesday. I don’t need to remind anyone again of how important this series is, look for Tulowitzki to do his part for Toronto on Wednesday.

Outfielder #1: Ichiro Suzuki, MIA

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: We may get the oldest pitcher vs. batter matchup on Wednesday when Miami takes on the Mets, as 42-year old Ichiro Suzuki steps into the batter’s box to take on 43-year old Bartolo Colon, and it has been Suzuki who has had success in this matchup. In 98 career at-bats against Colon, Ichiro is batting .255 with 6 extra base hits, 3 of those resulting in home runs along with 8 RBI and only 6 strikeouts. Miami needs to keep winning to stay in the wild card hunt, and they have a chance with Ichiro being the model of consistency as of late.

Outfielder #2: Andrew McCutchen, PIT

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: The Pirates are only 1.5 games out of the second wild card spot, and while a series against the NL Leading Cubs doesn’t help their cause, they have a chance to rebound in the chase on Wednesdau against Chicago starter Jason Hammel behind guys like Andrew McCutchen. In McCutchen’s 36 career at-bats against Hammel, Cutch has 12 hits, 6 being for extra bases including 3 home runs and 6 RBI. There isn’t much else to say, Pittsburgh needs the game bad and guys like McCutchen need to deliver on Wednesday.

Outfielder #3: Jason Heyward, CHIC

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: On the other side of the coin, the Cubs are back to being white hot, and one of the more unsuspecting bats in this hot streak has been Jason Heyward. Heyward looks to help the Cubs build on their success heading into September when they take on the Pirates and starter Ryan Vogelsong on Wednesday. In 14 at-bats against Vogelsong, Heyward is batting .357 with 2 extra base hits, one being a solo home run, and Heyward has yet to strike out against Vogelsong. Heyward could be a good value pick on Wednesday if you have enough to put him in the lineup.

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

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