Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/7/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 7, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/7/16
September 7, 2016
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Here is my lineup for September 7th, 2016.
We have another full day of baseball on the docket for Wednesday, starting in Cincinnati and ending with a matchup between the Rangers and Mariners in Seattle with some massive playoff implications on the line. Here is my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Drew Smyly, TB
Analysis: We have established long ago that the Rays only have the role of spoiler to play the rest of the month and I think we may see another instance of that on Wednesday at the Trop. Smyly hasn’t dropped a decision since mid-July and was on a pretty good run with 20+ fantasy points in 5 of 6 before his last start against the Red Sox. However Smyly has some major potential to do some damage to the Baltimore Orioles’ playoff hopes on Wednesday, as Smyly is holding the current O’s lineup to a combined .225 batting average with 50 strikeouts in 138 at-bats. That means Smyly has a strikeout in every 2-3 batters that he faces in Baltimore’s starting lineup. That’s downright insane. Take Smyly on Wednesday afternoon in one of the better value picks on the mound on Wednesday.
Pitcher #2: Marcus Stroman, TOR
Analysis: Toronto is in a major funk right now and just want to get home to try to maintain whatever division lead they have down the stretch, and Stroman may be the guy to get the Jays to get home on a positive note. Toronto finishes up their series in the Bronx on Wednesday as they hope to salvage a win in this series and go back North with at least a share of the division lead. Stroman is holding the current Yankees lineup to a mere .139 batting average combined over 72 at-bats with 15 strikeouts. Quite simply, the Jays need this game and have some momentum after rallying in the 9th last night even though they didn’t pick up the win, and I think they ride that momentum to a massive victory on Wednesday.
Catcher: Buster Posey, SF
Analysis: A pretty high price tag on Posey here, especially for a guy who has had single digit fantasy points in 11 of his last 14 games, but I’ll bite as the matchup is too good to pass up. San Fran takes on the Rockies and start Jorge De La Rosa on Wednesday, in an effort to stop the Giants monumental slide since the all-star break. Posey may play a huge part if that is to happen on Wednesday, as he has had success against De La Rosa, going 11-for-39 with 6 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 9 RBI. The thin Rocky Mountain air likes to get the ball out of the park at Coors field on a regular basis, so I think we can expect to see more of the same on Wednesday.
1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET
Analysis: I was stunned to see the cheap price we were getting on Cabrera. He’s the best player on a wild-card contending team who is making a serious push for October right now. I get that he’s facing the White Sox second best option on the bump in Jose Quintana, but even then, Cabrera has had success against Quintana in his career! Cabrera is 15-for-41 lifetime against Quintana with 7 extra base hits including 2 homers and 7 RBI. Cabrera is a steal on Wednesday and I’m not sure you’ll find a better value on the board so take him while you can.
2nd base: Chase Utley, LAD
Analysis: There wasn’t really any statistical reasoning for me to think Utley was a lock, I just like the matchup. The Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks and starter Robbie Ray at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Ray has been one of the more inconsistent options on a Diamondbacks squad that gets rocked on a nightly basis, and even saw their ace give up 5 home runs in a game for the first time in his career, including 4 in one inning alone. Arizona can’t do anything right at the moment if their lives depended on it, so look for a consistent bat like Utley’s to take full advantage on Wednesday in a lopsided Dodger victory.
3rd base: Josh Donaldson, TOR
Analysis: I know this is a ridiculous price tag but there’s a few key components to this pick. Like I said with Stroman, the Jays need this game in the worst way. Not to mention the Yankees are countering with a spot start from reliever Brian Mitchell who is probably going to get lit up or face limited playing time, and New York’s bullpen is tired as it is, as Joe Girardi has had to use 5+ relievers in back-to-back nights. Look for JD to help Toronto head home with at worst a share of the division lead in the AL East.
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR
Analysis: Here’s to hoping Tulo gets the start on Wednesday, as he sat out Tuesday’s loss to New York. There’s not much else that needs to be said that hasn’t already been mentioned. From the Jays needing this game, to Brian Mitchell spot starting. The only special detail for Tulowitzki is that he is still chasing his personal best in home runs and the franchise record in home runs by a shortstop in a season, and if Mitchell leaves a meatball or two over the plate, or any of New York’s exhausted bullpen for that matter, and Tulo could end up inching closer to those milestones.
Outfielder #1: Alex Gordon, KC
Analysis: The Royals aren’t out of it just yet, they’re using their massive run to propel themselves back into the thick of things in the AL wild-card race and Alex Gordon has been a major part of that. Gordon has fared well against the Twins in his last couple of games against Minnesota, putting up a combined 47 points in his last 3 games, including a 35 point outing on August 20th. Gordon and the Royals take on the Twins and starter Kyle Gibson on Wednesday. Gordon has had his share of success against Gibson, going 9-for-22 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI. KC needs to keep beating up on lower end teams down the stretch like Minnesota if they want any hope of a playoff spot to still remain alive come October 1st and I think they do here as well, slapping a Twins side who has been waving the white flag as of late.
Outfielder #2: Justin Upton, DET
Analysis: Upton has quietly become one of the unsung heroes for Detroit over their playoff push, with his in 11 of his last 14 games, and putting up monster fantasy points for us DFS owners, registering a ridiculous 62 points combined over his last 4 games. Detroit take on the Chicago White Sox and starter Jose Quintana on Wednesday, and Upton is yet another Tiger who has had some success against Quintana. Although he can’t necessarily stack up with the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez against Quintana, Upton has held his own going 4-for-11 with an extra base hit and 2 RBI. Detroit is in control of their own fate. As long as they can keep stringing wins together and the bats, like Upton’s, stay hot, then the Tigers have a chance at October baseball once again.
Outfielder #3: Giancarlo Stanton, MIA
Analysis: Stanton surprised everyone making a pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday night, coming back with a single in his first game action since August 13th because of a groin injury. It’s encouraging for Stanton to be back so soon, my only concern is that Miami will want to take it easy with Stanton for a little bit, leaving him only pinch-hit opportunities like this, but I’m of the mindset that if Miami wants playoff baseball, all hands need to be on deck, so even though I never thought I would have to say this, I’m going to take a flyer on Stanton on Wednesday and hope I can strike gold.
Salary remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0