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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/5/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 5, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/5/16

September 5, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 5th, 2016.

It’s Labor Day Monday, meaning an entire day chock full of great baseball. However we can’t forget it’s the last month of the season, as teams jockey for position day by day. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/5/16

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Pitcher #1: Kyle Hendricks, CHIC

Salary: $11,400

Analysis: It was a pretty easy decision to take Hendricks on Monday, as the Cubs head to Miller Park to take on the Brewers. Hendricks is sporting the lowest ERA in the majors at 2.09. It’s possible that Hendricks improves on that mark after Monday as he has dominated the current Milwaukee lineup, who has only 12 hits in 70 combined at-bats against Hendricks, for a .171 batting average, striking out 21 times to boot. Add in the fact that the current Brewers haven’t hit a home run off of Hendricks to date, and that Hendricks lifetime ERA against Milwaukee is pretty much identical to his ERA this season, I think Hendricks improves to 5-2 in his 9th start against Milwaukee with a dominant outing here.

Pitcher #2: R.A. Dickey, TOR

Salary: $6,300

Analysis: This is just one of those gut picks that I’m not thrilled about but I felt it’s one I had to make. Dickey starts against the Yankees on Monday in an important game for both teams in regards to playoff positioning. The Jays are trying to stay atop the AL East, while the Yankees continue their unexpected playoff push. Dickey is a plus .500 pitcher against the Yanks in his career, going 7-6 with a 2.72 ERA in 16 career starts against New York, and against their current lineup, Dickey has been pretty good, holding them to a combined .220 with 33 strikeouts and only 3 home runs allowed in 186 combined at-bats. Hopefully Monday is one of those days where the knuckleball is on for Dickey and he lifts the Jays to a massive victory.

Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: This is one of the higher price tags I’ve personally had when taking Perez as of late, however in general it’s been about the going rate for Perez. The Royals take on the Twins on Monday, and I expect a big game from Perez here. Mainly because the Royals dropped a heartbreaker to Detroit on Sunday that was basically worth 2 games as KC is still chasing the Tigers in the wild card race and playing a team as bad as Minnesota usually helps pick up your spirits, especially when you have a lifetime .318 average against them like Perez does. Plus I’ve gone on record saying while I think Jose Berrios is the arm of the future for the Twins, he isn’t the arm for right now, and I think the Royals, Perez included take Berrios and the Twins to the woodshed on Monday.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: I keep getting low prices on Edwin Encarnacion, and as long as I keep getting them, I’m going to take them. Sure, the Yankees have been playing great baseball the last couple of weeks and have arguably their best pitcher going on Monday in Masahiro Tanaka. However, Encarnacion is the Blue Jay with the most success over Tanaka with a big enough sample size to back it up. In 19 career at-bats against Tanaka, Encarnacion is batting .421 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI. These games for Toronto mean more than usual because almost all of September is against the AL East which is going to be crucial if they want to win the division and I think Toronto gets the bad taste out of their mouth from the Tampa Bay series with a huge first game in the Bronx behind Encarnacion.

2nd Base: Daniel Murphy, WAS

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: This may surprise you but Murphy was actually my last pick in Today’s lineup. I had over $6,000 to play with, so I took the most expensive option, but it was also one I was happy with. Picking guys against the lowly Braves is usually a good bet, especially when they are Washington Nationals who are hungry for momentum as they push towards the playoffs. Daniel Murphy is only 2 RBI away from the century mark this season and against Ryan Weber and the Braves on Monday I think we get a good showing from the Nats and Murphy who are looking to rebound after a tough Sunday night loss to the Mets.

3rd Base: Jake Lamb, ARI

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: I think I’ve made it pretty well-known from time-to-time how much I love fading the Diamondbacks as they get rocked night in and night out. But it’s not for a lack of trying from the rest of the team. Jake Lamb continues to be the bright spot for Arizona this year and gives D-backs fans a glimmer of hope for the future. Arizona and their ace Zack Greinke take on the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Monday and Lamb will look to give Greinke some support and I think there’s a good chance he will get it. Kenta Maeda hasn’t been the same dominant starter that he was to start the year for Los Angeles, and in his outings against the D-backs, Lamb has actually gotten the better of Maeda. In 10 at-bats between the two, Lamb has 6 hits, 4 for extra bases including a home run and 3 RBI while Maeda has yet to strike out the Arizona third baseman. By no means do I think Arizona wins this game, but they have been trying harder as of late, which might pay off on Monday for once for Arizona.

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, DET

Salary: $2,200

Analysis: This is the cheapest pick I can ever remember making and I’m about this value all day long. Iglesias and the Tigers head into Monday in the crossfire of a pitcher’s duel between Justin Verlander and the White Sox ace, Chris Sale. Iglesias is one of multiple Tigers who has had some success against Sale in his career,  going 9-for-22 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI. Iglesias may have gone 0-fer on Sunday, but the Tigers won an emotional game to give them some confidence down the stretch in the wild card race, and that emotion tends to carry over for a couple games. Plus, Iglesias did register 6 hits in his previous 3 games before Sunday, so lets take a shot here on Iglesias against Sale, who hasn’t looked like an ace as of late.

Outfielder #1: J.D. Martinez, DET

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: Another Tiger, another with success against Chris Sale. Martinez is 9-for-32 against Sale in his career, with 5 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 6 RBI. The only thing to be weary of is the strikeout with Martinez against Sale. Sale has managed to strikeout Martinez 14 times in those 32 at-bats, If you didn’t know that means Martinez is striking out almost every other at-bat against Sale, but I’m willing to take the risk here. As Detroit still has something to play for, while the White Sox are resigned to their fate of playing spoiler and padding stats.

Outfielder #2: Hunter Pence, SF

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: The Giants lost a heartbreaker to the Cubs in extra innings on Sunday and you can probably rest assured that Pence is upset that he didn’t do more to help the cause, but Pence and the Giants have an opportunity at redemption in the playoff race as they head to Colorado to take on Chad Bettis and the Rockies on Monday. Pence is a career 5-for-11 with a home run and 3 RBI in his career against Bettis with a .455 OBP. The games in Colorado usually go over so I’ll look for a high-scoring game where Pence gets his share of the action in the thin air of the Rockies.

Outfielder #3: Carlos Beltran, TEX

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: Normally I wouldn’t pick against Felix Hernandez at home, but when he took on the Rangers last week, King Felix got absolutely destroyed, and until he proves he can take care of business this time around, I have to go with what I saw combined with the stats behind it . Beltran is a lifetime 6-for-11 against Hernandez with 4 extra base hits and 2 RBI. It doesn’t hurt that Beltran is on a 7-game hitting streak either, and although he will be in tough against one of the best in the game, I think Beltran makes it 8 in a row at the very least.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $700

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