Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/10/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 10, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/10/16
September 10, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 10th, 2016.
Our second weekend in September features a full schedule of 15 games, including some marquee playoff matchups. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Max Scherzer, WAS
Analysis: The price on Scherzer almost made me ill, but it was something I had to do. Anyone who has read much of my stuff knows about my 40% rule involving pitchers. I try to spend no more than 40%, max 50% on pitchers unless I have to. If you have to spend like I did on Scherzer, you had better find value in other spots like I think I have. The reason Scherzer is so costly on Saturday, is because the Nats take on the Phillies, a team that Scherzer has downright owned as of late. Against the current Phillies lineup, Scherzer is holding them to a combined .215 batting average with 51 strikeouts over 149 at-bats. Yes, that means 1 in every 3 Phillies at-bats is resulting in a strikeout on Scherzer’s belt. The Phillies are done, and are playing as such which I think leads to a dominant performance by Scherzer.
Pitcher #2: Adam Wainwright, STL
Analysis: This was a value that I was not expecting to get but hey, I’ll take it. Sure Wainwright hasn’t been his dominant self of years past, but he is still an ace in the Cardinals rotation, and against the current Milwaukee Brewers lineup, Wainwright is only allowing a .215 batting average over 144 combined at-bats with 37 strikeouts and only 2 home runs against. The Brewers are trying to play spoiler down the stretch, but when you face a guy that flat out has your number, sometimes it just doesn’t work out, which I don’t think it will for Milwaukee on Saturday.
Catcher: Stephen Vogt, OAK
Analysis: Oakland is one of, if not THE most inconsistent team in all of baseball, which is probably why I’m getting Vogt at a cheap price, however he matches up well against Seattle’s ace, Felix Hernandez of all pitchers. In 26 at-bats against King Felix, Vogt has 11 hits with 3 for extra bases including a home run and 2 RBI while only striking out twice. Here’s to hoping we get the Hernandez from a couple of starts ago, the one that got rocked by Texas early and often.
1st Base: Wil Myers, SD
Analysis: Again, no real reason for backing Myers here except he matches up well with the opposing pitcher on Saturday, Colorado’s Jon Gray. In his career against Gray, Myers is 3-for-10 with 2 extra base hits including a home run to go along with 3 RBI.
2nd Base: Chase Utley, LAD
Analysis: Notice a trend here? Because I took Scherzer, it has limited me to taking my second choice at a number of positions including second base and Chase Utley, but once again we have a bat that matches up well with the opposing pitcher, Miami’s Tom Koehler. In 17 lifetime at-bats against Koehler, Utley has 6 hits, 3 for extra bases including a home run and 6 RBI. Utley has been one of the undervalued reasons why the Dodgers are in the position they are in, and I think Utley shows why again on Saturday.
3rd Base: Jake Lamb, ARI
Analysis: I keep picking Lamb for the same reason. He has been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise dark season for the Diamondbacks, and while some may think I’m nuts for taking Lamb against San Francisco’s newly crowned ace in Johnny Cueto, the fact is that the Giants are reeling and Lamb has alright numbers against Cueto in his short career. In 11 at-bats against Cueto, Lamb has 4 hits with 2 for extra bases including a home run and 2 RBI. As is the story for Arizona most of the year, by no means do I think they win this game, but Lamb could put up another solid performance in an effort to show the rest of the team how it’s done.
Shortstop: Erick Aybar, DET
Analysis: This is a great price for Aybar, as the Tigers face off against the O’s on Saturday and starter Ubaldo Jimenez. I’ve made it very well known, my disdain for Jimenez as a pitcher as he has regressed way too far from his Cy Young year for me to even consider taking him anymore. Plus against a hot hitting Tigers squad this only spells trouble for Jimenez, especially against Erick Aybar. In his career against Jimenez, Aybar is 6-for-16 with a home run and 2 RBI. I’m thinking the Tigers stay hot, and if they do this could get ugly quick.
Outfielder #1: Coco Crisp, CLE
Analysis: This is a tricky pick because Crisp may not end up playing but if Indians manager Terry Francona reads into the stats against Minnesota’s Hector Santiago, he may have second thoughts about keeping Crisp out of the lineup. In his career against Santiago, Crisp is 4-for-11 with all 4 hits going for extra bases including 3 home runs and 6 RBI. If you feel like taking a shot anywhere, this may be it.
Outfielder #2: Seth Smith, SEA
Analysis: Smith is another one of those under the radar guys that is key to his team’s success but doesn’t necessarily get the recognition for it because he’s not considered a “star player.” However Smith’s last 2 games against the Rangers are star-caliber worthy, putting up a combined 42 points on 4-for-4 batting with 2 home runs and a double. Not to mention against Oakland starter Kendall Graveman, Smith is batting .500 in 12 at-bats with an RBI. I’m just hoping Smith can contribute to some run support behind King Felix on Saturday.
Outfielder #3: Carlos Gomez, TEX
Analysis: No statistical backing here, just a gut feeling. Gomez has gone through a resurgence since joining the Rangers, and he has a hit in 7 of his last 9. Although the Angels have been playing better baseball lately, it’s simply too little too late and when you throw a winless pitcher with an ERA north of 7 to the mound to face the playoff bound Rangers, it doesn’t bode well for the Halos and hopefully Gomez can be one of the bats to make them pay on Saturday.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0