Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/11/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 11, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/11/16
September 11, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 11th, 2016.
We have a full Sunday of baseball, starting with the battle of AL East foes in Toronto, and ending with a Sunday night affair at Minute Maid Park with major playoff implications. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Aaron Sanchez, TOR
Analysis: You guys are going to notice a theme with my lineup today, however we start on the mound with Sanchez. Sanchez is a great pick in my eyes for multiple reasons. He gives the Blue Jays their best shot at stealing the most crucial game of the most crucial series of their season to date against the Red Sox on Sunday Afternoon. And although the Red Sox are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing pitchers, I like Sanchez’s chances on Sunday. Sanchez is holding the current Boston lineup to a .212 batting average while yet to give up a home run in 85 combined at-bats, including 5-for-37 to 3 key parts of Boston’s lineup combined in Xander Bogaerts, Travis Shaw and Dustin Pedroia. This is Toronto’s chance and I think they will be able to jump all over it behind Sanchez on Sunday.
Pitcher #2: Gio Gonzalez, WAS
Analysis: I’m starting to feel a little bit more comfortable taking Gonzalez as of late, considering he hasn’t dropped a decision since the end of July. And although Gonzalez got the hook early against the Braves in his last start, I think he rebounds against the lowly Phillies on Sunday, a team Gonzalez has owned as of late. Against the current Phillies lineup, Gonzalez is holding them to a .217 batting average with 47 strikeouts in 189 at-bats combined. Not to mention 3 key parts of Philadelphia’s lineup is a combined 5-for-43 against Gonzalez in Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez and Ryan Howard (who is 0-for-11 against Gonzalez). Take Gonzalez to rebound against Philly on Sunday in a dominant performance.
Catcher: Russell Martin, TOR
Analysis: Starting to notice the trend? If not, I’ll tell you. I’m going to be backing quite a few Blue Jays today, as a matter of fact, they make up 50% of my lineup, including Russ Martin. We have established the importance of Sunday’s rubber match between Toronto and the Red Sox, who send Clay Buchholz to the mound, and I think Martin does some damage on Sunday as he has done against Buchholz in his career. In 25 at-bats against Buchholz, Martin has 7 hits, 4 for extra bases, all of which are home runs. Martin also has 7 RBI against Buchholz, and I think we see number 8 or possibly 9 or more from Martin on Sunday.
1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
Analysis: DraftKings is starting to smarten up and they’re catching onto me. The price tag on Encarnacion is starting to go up again and I have a feeling it’s because he may be due for a breakout game on Sunday against the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz. Encarnacion is one of the few Blue Jays who hasn’t had a lot of success against Buchholz, but when he has, Edwin leaves no doubt. In 41 career at-bats against Buchholz, Encarnacion only has 8 hits, 2 of which went for extra bases, as a matter of fact bother also went for home runs. The Blue Jays appear to finally have some mojo back, and hopefully it rubs off on Encarnacion and he will tee off on Buchholz on Sunday.
2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN
Analysis: Some of you reading this may think I’m insane for taking a second baseman with a price tag this high against Corey Kluber, a pitcher who has held Dozier’s Twins to a .196 batting average as a team and .135 against Dozier himself. However, of Dozier’s 5 hits in 37 at-bats, 3 have gone for extra bases including 2 home runs. Not to mention Dozier just had his 6-game streak of double digit fantasy points snapped, a streak in which Dozier amassed 144 points in 6 games. That’s downright insane. I think Dozier may be able to start another streak on Sunday and it’s worth a shot either way.
3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR
Analysis: This is one of the lower price tags you’ll see on Donaldson down the stretch, however I think the pick holds some value here. Donaldson snapped his 4-game hitless drought on Saturday, and even though Donaldson is only batting .214 in 14 at-bats against Buchholz lifetime, 2 of the 3 hits went for doubles and JD has amassed 3 RBI against the Boston right-hander. Look for JD to finish the series strong as he looks to remain in the MVP conversation, and chase the century mark in RBI at the same time.
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR
Analysis: I took it as a sign that I landed Tulowitzki with my last pick, as I had my eye on him and he fit exactly how much money I had left to play with. Tulo was on a decent 4-game stretch before going hitless against the Red Sox on Saturday. Even though Tulowitzki has limited experience against Buchholz, to the tune of 1-for-3, I have little confidence in Buchholz as a whole and I think Tulo can add to the Red Sox misery on Sunday as the Jays head into next week with a share of the lead in the AL East.
Outfielder #1: Mike Trout, LAA
Analysis: I don’t care what I have to pay for Trout on Sunday, take my money. The Angels close out their series with the Texas Rangers on Sunday, who send Colby Lewis to the mound for his first start since June 21. This is the perfect storm for a big night for Trout and one of my other outfielders to have a monster fantasy night. A pitcher making his first start in a couple months, who is also prone to the long ball, against two hitters who have had success against Lewis in his career. Against Colby Lewis, Trout is 13-for-35 all time, with 7 extra base hits including 4 home runs and 12 RBI. Look for Trout to continue his beatdown on Colby Lewis and further cement his spot in the AL MVP conversation.
Outfielder #2: Kole Calhoun, LAA
Analysis: This is some monster value for Calhoun who is in the same boat as Mike Trout. Calhoun faces a pitcher that he has had success against, who is pitching for the first time in almost 3 months. In his career against Rangers starter Colby Lewis, Calhoun is 14-for-34 including 4 extra base hits, a home run and 6 RBI. Need I say more? I’m guessing Lewis gets lit up like a Christmas tree on Sunday and Trout and Calhoun will be two of the prime suspects.
Outfielder #3: Lorenzo Cain, KC
Analysis: Cain and the Royals continue their push for the postseason against the White Sox and Cy Young candidate Chris Sale on Sunday afternoon, and while Sale gives the White Sox the pitching edge on most nights, Cain and the Royals may have the offensive edge on Sunday. In his career against Chris Sale, Cain is batting .346 in 52 at-bats with 8 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 8 RBI. While Sale may not get lit up like Colby Lewis, the Royals are playing well enough that they cold potentially do some damage to Sale’s ERA and Cy Young prospects, and Cain could be a major player in that role.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0