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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/2/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 2, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/2/16

September 2, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 2, 2016. Things are back to business as usual after a slow Thursday as we have a full slate of 15 games on Friday including some afternoon baseball at Wrigley. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Danny Duffy, KC

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/2/16

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Salary: $9,100

Analysis: I think we are getting an absolute steal of a price on Duffy here. Reason being Duffy got absolutely rocked in his last start against the Red Sox, giving up 7 earned runs in only 5 innings. However Duffy is still part of a Royals team who went 20-9 in August to vault themselves right back into the wild card race, and if we look at the matchup in itself against the Tigers, there’s plenty to like with Duffy as he has won his last 2 starts against Detroit in a span of a month and a half.Add in that the current Tigers lineup is only batting .220 against Duffy with 37 strikeouts in 150 at-bats, that equals a recipe for success on the mound for us on Friday.

Pitcher #2: Kyle Gibson, MIN

Salary: $5,000

Analysis: We’ve established that the Twins are the bottom feeders of the American league and they can be downright awful at times. However if they have a reliable pitcher in their rotation, it has to be Gibson, who gives us a real shot at fantasy value on Friday. I’m thinking not a lot of people are going to pick Gibson because the Twins can’t seem to do much of anything right these days, but those who overlook Gibson will be missing out on Friday. Minnesota faces off against the White Sox in game 2 of their 4 game set at Target Field. Against the current White Sox lineup, Gibson is holding them to a stifling .139 batting average over 115 combined at-bats with only 1 home run and 3 RBI allowed in that span. If the Twins want to steal another game, this is their best chance and I think they take full advantage.

Catcher: Gary Sanchez, NYY

Salary: $5,300

Analysis: Just a guy pick here. New York could actually catch Baltimore in the standings if they sweep this series, which is something no one would have thought possible with the way they unloaded at the trade deadline. If it’s going to happen, the Yanks are going to need to get behind the bats such as Sanchez. Granted he has cooled off since his torrid start to August, but he’s still on a phenomenal run over the last month, and until it cools off completely, you have to keep riding it especially in the high-pressure situations.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: There’s a couple things to note about this pick. It’s my first of 4 Blue Jays on this team so I will make the same point a couple of times, but more importantly, how can you justify not taking an AL MVP candidate at this low of a price, especially against Rays starter Alex Cobb, who takes the mound for Tampa on Friday. Cobb is also the same pitcher who is making his debut in his first start since 2014 since coming back from Tommy John surgery. There is no reason to take anyone but Edwin in this spot, as I think the Jays get to Cobb early, and even if they don’t, the Rays are going to be extra cautious and will be leaning on their shaky bullpen quite often on Friday.

2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: Back at it again with the man crush on Altuve. Houston takes on Texas this weekend in what will be the most important series for the Astros this season. If there’s any hope of a playoff run in September for Houston, it starts here against the Rangers and starter A.J. Griffin, who has given up 5 hits in 13 at-bats lifetime against Altuve, with 3 going for extra bases including a home run and 2 RBI, while only striking Altuve out once. Short and sweet, Altuve has been clutch for more of the year and I think he comes through when the Astros need him the most, on Friday.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $5,600

Analysis: Again, I think Tampa and starter Alex Cobb are going to get absolutely rocked in this one. While Donaldson may not repeat as MVP this year, he’s certainly trying to finish the year strong, currently riding a 10 game hit streak with hits in 12 of his last 14 games. Look for the white hot bat of Donaldson to put up some major points in this one for the Jays and us fantasy owners.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: Do I need to repeat myself again? Didn’t think so. On a side note, Tulowitzki has completely turned around his sluggish start to the season, batting .302 with a .903 OPS since June 19. Tulo has hit 22 homers this season, just 3 shy of his personal best set in 2013 and four shy of the Toronto single season record for homers by a shortstop. Tulowitzki has earned his way to the 5th spot in the lineup, which is sure to result in some more potential RBI situations down the stretch.

Outfielder #1: Charlie Blackmon, COL

Salary: $4,800

Analysis: A little off the board here, as neither Colorado nor Arizona have much to play for in September, I merely took Blackmon for his career numbers against Diamondbacks starter, Robbie Ray. Blackmon is a lifetime 9-for-14 off of Ray with 2 extra base hits, including 1 home run and 3 RBI while yet to strike out. With the way the ball flies in the thin air in Colorado, and the overs seem to hit more often than not combined with a D-backs pitching staff that gets rocked night in and night out, it all adds up to a potentially monster night for Blackmon.

Outfielder #2: Miguel Sano, MIN

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: Another off the board pick here, it’s just Sano was my last pick and there weren’t many options that I liked so I just took Sano in the hopes that he will perk up enough to back his starting pitcher in Kyle Gibson, and Sano will be looking to improve on his 1-for-6 lifetime record against White Sox starter Carlos Rodon.

Outfielder #3: Melvin Upton Jr., TOR

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: The one thing I forgot to mention against Tampa’s Friday starter, Alex Cobb, is that in his rehab assignment in the minors, he posted an ERA of almost seven. That’s not going to cut it in the show, and against veteran bats like Upton Jr., Cobb may be in too deep here. Upton Jr. has also been swinging a decently hot bat as of late, as I think he is starting to find his groove in a Blue Jays uniform. Take Upton Jr. on Friday as a bit of a lottery ticket in the hopes that he keeps up what he’s built to this point.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0

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