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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/12/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 12, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/12/16

September 12, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 12th, 2016.

Usually Monday is one of the slower days of the week, but there won’t be any more lazy Mondays down the stretch as every game matters. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/12/16

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Pitcher #1: Kyle Hendricks, CHIC

Salary: $11,400

Analysis: Normally on a day where there is a full schedule, I have at least one pitcher I have confidence in backing. I can’t say I had that feeling today, so I went with what I felt was the safest option in Hendricks. Hendricks still leads the league in ERA at a puny 2.07 ERA, and to put it in perspective, Noah Syndergaard of the Mets is second with a 2.48 ERA so I think it’s safe to say Hendricks will win the ERA title this year. The Cubs face the Cardinals in a NL Central rivalry game on Monday. Now don’t let Hendricks’ record against St. Louis fool you, as he is 0-1 in 2 starts with a 4.38 ERA. With how hot the Cubs have been as of late and how they are trying to lock up the division and tops in the NL, I think this is an awesome price on one of the league’s most underrated pitchers, even if the Cubs have to travel, I like Hendricks to come out firing on Monday.

Pitcher #2: Martin Perez, TEX

Salary: $6,100

Analysis: This is a steal for what I think is easily one of the best matchups for pitching on Monday. Perez and the Rangers face off against the Houston Astros in an effort for Texas to lock up the division as soon as possible. Perez has faced the Astros 8 times in his career, and has a record of 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA including 1 complete game to show for his hard work. Add in the fact that Perez has held two key parts of Houston’s lineup in George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez to a combined 5-of-26 combined, there’s a possibility for Perez to have a big game for his club. If Perez can stay out of trouble which I think he will, considering the Astros will be fresh off of a handful known as the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night, Texas and Perez could be one day closer to another AL West title.

Catcher: Russell Martin, TOR

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Another good price, this time, on a quality bat. Martin and the Blue Jays dropped a key game against the Red Sox Sunday afternoon, but I think there’s a possibility they can get it back on Monday. Toronto takes on Tampa and starter Jake Odorizzi, Now although Odorizzi has had his fair share against the majority of Toronto’s bats, including Martin who has 1 hit in 12 career at-bats against Odorizzi, this all boils down to a mental thing. The Jays know they need to win if they want to stay in the playoff picture. Although Toronto has had their struggles with the Rays this season, I think this is just a game where the Jays, Martin included, get to Odorizzi and snap out of their funk.

1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: Rizzo is another Cub I am all over on Monday, mainly because he is one of, if not THE hottest bat in the Cubs lineup. And when the Cubs go to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals on Monday, you can bet Rizzo is going to put his best bat forward against the Cards and starter Mike Leake, who Rizzo has had past success against. In his career against Leake, Rizzo is 12-for-35 for a .343 batting average with 4 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 7 RBI. In my personal opinion, Leake is my least favorite pitcher in the Cards Rotation, and I think the Cubs get him out of the game way earlier than Leake would like on Monday.

2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: The Tigers have all of a sudden vaulted themselves within two games of the second wild-card spot after falling to Baltimore on Sunday, However one of the key bats in this playoff surge has been Ian Kinsler, who has hit safely in 10 of his last 14 games. Now, when the Tigers face off against the lowly Twins and their “ace” Ervin Santana on Monday, Kinsler will definitely be licking his chops when he steps into the batter’s box as Kinsler is one of the few tigers who has had any sort of substantial success against Santana. Kinsler is 22-for-68 against Santana for a .324 batting average with 9 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 7 RBI while only striking out 5 times in those 68 at-bats. The strikeout rate tells me Kinsler is seeing the ball out of Santana’s hand quite well, and here’s to hoping that we see some more of that on Monday.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: Now remember how I said earlier that Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi has the number of the majority of the Blue Jays bats? That rule doesn’t apply to Josh Donaldson. Donaldson in his career against Odorizzi is 4-for-17 with all 3 extra base hits going out of the park and 4 RBI. I’ve already mentioned how important this series is for the psyche of the Jays, and if they drop this series against the cellar-dwellers of the division, I’m not sure they’d be able to handle postseason baseball. So we shall see on Monday, but I think JD and the Jays make the best of it and take Monday’s series opener.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: This is great value on Tulo who is fresh off of a monster game against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, even in defeat, going 3-for-4 with a grand slam. Even though Tulowitzki only has a single hit against the aforementioned Jake Odorizzi in 9 recorded at-bats, I think the momentum from Sunday could carry over to Monday, as Tulowitzki could register his 5th multi-hit game in his last 6 games.

Outfielder #1: Melky Cabrera, CWS

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: All of my outfield picks in this lineup are going to come from the Indians/White Sox matchup on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. Cabrera and the White Sox take on the Indians and starter Carlos Carrasco on Monday. Carrasco was the most expensive pitching option on the board and I’m not sure why, as Carrasco owns a 3-8 career record with an ERA near 5.50 against the White Sox. Not to mention, the current White Sox are batting .291 off of Carrasco as a team, including Cabrera, who is 9-for-24 with 3 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 8 RBI. This series on the surface looks like a mismatch, but I think the Sox will give the Indians all they can handle and then some, starting on Monday.

Outfielder #2: Rajai Davis, CLE

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: Now I head over to the other dugout. Davis has been one of the most underrated pieces of the Indians lineup, Now granted Davis has cooled off at the wrong time as of late, but a matchup with the White Sox and starter Miguel Gonzalez may be exactly what the doctor ordered for Davis. I’ve never really seen Gonzalez as starter material since heading to Chicago, but I will concede he has looked better as of late, giving up only 3 runs or less in each of his last 9 appearances to bring his ERA from 5.17 down to 3.81. That doesn’t change the fact that Davis has had success against Gonzalez, and is still one of the better bats in the Indians lineup with a ton of speed. In 14 career at-bats against Gonzalez, Davis has 6 hits, 4 for extra bases including 3 homers and 8 RBI with only 1 strikeout. This run that Gonzalez has to end sometime and with the intense environment that is a division matchup, everyone steps up their game a bit more and the Indians might just suffocate Gonzalez with the offensive pressure on Monday.

Outfielder #3: Adam Eaton, CWS

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: Eaton had a monster series against the Royals, going 7-for-13, including accounting for both of the 2 White Sox hits on Sunday. Now the White Sox start a series at home against the Indians and starter Carlos Carrasco on Monday. Eaton is another member of the White Sox who has had success against Carrasco, who we have established hasn’t has good numbers against the White Sox in his career. Eaton is a lifetime 8-for-23 against Carrasco with 3 extra base hits and 2 RBI. Eaton may be a sneaky pick for some points on Monday night and I’m going to jump all over it in the hopes that this lottery ticket cashes in.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100

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