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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/3/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 3, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/3/16

September 3, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 3rd , 2016.

We kick off our first weekend in September with a full slate of 15 games, including some marquee pitching matchups. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/3/16

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Pitcher #1: Tanner Roark, WAS

Salary: $9,100

Analysis: I had a choice, go for one or both of the aces in the Cubs/Giants matchup in Bumgarner and Arrieta and search for value over the remaining 8 slots, or find value at pitcher and take 6 or 7 high value position players and I made the decision to go with the latter. Roark has quietly put himself up in the top ten in the majors in ERA, sporting a 2.87 ERA that has Roark sitting 7th behind aces such as Miami’s Jose Fernandez and the aforementioned Bumgarner and Arrieta. Roark has also won 6 of his last 9 starts to bump his record to a pretty good 14-7 and now faces a Mets squad on Saturday who has not seemed to figure out Roark to this point. In his career against the Mets, Roark is 5-1 in 13 games (7 starts) with a 2.68 ERA and 38 strikeouts. Against the current Mets lineup, Roark is holding them to an ice-cold .187 batting average and 20 strikeouts in 80 combined at-bats. It doesn’t take a math major to figure out that 1 in every 4 at-bats by New York results in a strikeout for Roark, who has yet to allow a home run to the current Mets lineup. Roark is one of the more undervalued options on Saturday and you’d better believe I’m on it like white on rice.

Pitcher #2: Hector Santiago, MIN

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: This is me going out on a limb more than I ever have this season.  Alright, sure the Twins are the worst team in the league and sure Santiago has yet to win since coming to Minnesota and he got rocked giving up a combined 15 ER over two starts two weeks ago. However in his last start, Santiago received a no-decision in a 1-0 loss to the playoff-bound Cleveland Indians, holding them to 3 hits over 6.1 innings which may be a sign that Santiago is ready to turn the corner for the Twins. The main reason I took Santiago is because of his numbers against the opposition on Saturday, the Chicago White Sox. In his career against the White Sox, Santiago is 2-1 in 3 starts with a sparkling 1.40 ERA and is holding the current White Sox lineup to a mini .190 batting average over a combined 63 at-bats with 18 strikeouts while yet to give up a home run. Against Chicago and starter James Shields, who has gotten shelled this whole year, Santiago is bound to get some run support and his first win as a Minnesota Twin.

Catcher: Dioner Navarro, TOR

Salary: $2,800

Analysis: Navarro seems to have undergone a resurgence after being traded back to the Blue Jays at the non-waiver trade deadline earlier this week. Navarro has been quoted as saying some of his favorite baseball he’s ever played came in Toronto and it just feels like home. Navarro hopes to continue the magic for his new old club as the Jays look to push through September and make it to the postseason for the second consecutive year as they face the Rays and Chris Archer on Saturday. In his career against Archer, Navarro is batting .318 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI with a .385 OBP. Navarro has been DHing quite a bit lately so if he gets the playing time, I like Navarro in a value spot here for some points behind the plate.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: Another day, another selection of Encarnacion at first. Now you look at Encarnacion’s career batting average against Rays starter Chris Archer, which currently stands at .159 and you may think I’m crazy for picking Edwin. However of the 7 hits in Encarnacion’s 44 at-bats against Archer, 4 have been for extra bases including 3 homers and 8 RBI. Encarnacion has to be in the MVP conversation come October, and if I keep getting Edwin under $5,000, I’ll take it because the guy has the ability to uncork a multi-home run game on any given night.

2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: If my pick on the mound in Santiago is going to pay dividends, he needs support, which is where I think Dozier comes into play.  I mean besides the fact that Dozier is on a 6-game hit streak , and has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games heading into Friday, Dozier has had success against White Sox starter James Shields. In his career against Shields, Dozier is 9-for-24 with 7 of those hits going for extra bases including 2 home runs and 8 RBI. Like I said before, if you haven’t seen James Shields pitch this year, I have one word to sum it all up. UGLY. Which could be the word to describe Saturday is Dozier and the Twins get to Shields early.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: This was just a product of having money to play with so I took what I felt was the best available option. Sure, the aforementioned Rays starter Chris Archer has held the reigning AL MVP to a .125 batting average in 24 at-bats, but this is September. Every single person knows how important these games are and how they need to perform at their best going into October, and Donaldson has slowly done that, picking up steam to give Toronto a possible 2nd MVP candidate. The fact that Donaldson is riding a 10-game hitting streak heading into Friday doesn’t hurt either as Donaldson is looking to be the first MVP to repeat since Miguel Cabrera did it in 2012/13.

Shortstop: Manny Machado, BAL

Salary: $5,000

Analysis: Machado and the Orioles are in dire need of big performances and wins as they have gone from AL East leaders to being ties for the second wild-card spot in a matter of a few weeks, which is why I took Machado in this spot. The position flexibility gave me the opportunity to take Machado and Josh Donaldson, something that I was struggling with picking heading into this and now I can have my cake and eat it too. Machado and the O’s face off against the rival Tankees and CC Sabathia on Saturday, a matchup Machado is sure to be looking forward to. In his career against Sabathia, Machado is 13-for-40 with 5 of those hits going for extra bases including a home run and 7 RBI and a .357 OBP. Plus Machado has at least 2 hits in 4 of his last 8 games and has a hit in 12 of his last 14 overall. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the position flexibility on Saturday.

Outfielder #1: Jose Bautista, TOR

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: Like Encarnacion earlier, if you just take a look at Bautista’s .179 average against Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, you’d think I’m nuts. But of the 7 hits from Bautista’s 44 at-bats against Archer, 3 have resulted in home runs and 9 RBI, with a .313 OBP.  Bautista has gotten a hit in 5 of his 7 games since returning from the DL, and I think Joey Bats is well aware that he may still be auditioning for a contract in the offseason, meaning every game counts from here on out.

Outfielder #2: Brett Gardner, NYY

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Gardner and the Yankees take on Baltimore on Saturday, who will be sending Kevin Gausman to the mound. Gausman for those of you who don’t know has also been on my fade list for most of the season as he is just my least favorite and least reliable pitcher in the Baltimore Rotation. With how the Yankees have made this sudden surge to compete in September, a big game from Gardner is a possibility on Saturday considering his history with Gausman. In his career against Gausman, Gardner is batting .318 with 3 extra base hits and a home run to go along with 2 RBI in 22 at-bats. Gardner is worth a shot on Saturday if you have the slot open.

Outfielder #3: Mike Trout, LAA

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: Although Trout was involved in a car accident earlier this week, he was able to come out of it unharmed and will join the Angels as they take on the Mariners in Seattle this weekend and on Saturday will oppose starting pitcher Taijuan Walker. Although Walker has been Seattle’s young power arm in their rotation, Trout has simply had his number, going 8-for-10 with 3 extra base hits, 2 of them for home runs and 5 RBIs with an insane 2.418 OPS against Walker. Plain and simple, the Angels have been red-hot, flat out rolling since taking on the spoiler role and Trout has been a major part of that, remaining in the MVP conversation on a team that is 15 games under .500 as we start the final month of the season. Look for Trout to have another monster game here.

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

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