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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/13/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 13, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/13/16

September 13, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 13th,  2016.

Another evening full of baseball on Tuesday, and as the days get ticked off, we inch closer and closer to October and playoff baseball. However until then, let’s try to put out a winning squad. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/13/16

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Pitcher #1: Danny Duffy, KC

Salary: $10,300

Analysis: As I’m writing this, Kansas City is only 4 games out of the 2nd wild-card spot, but they’re being taken to the woodshed by Oakland. The Royals are running out of time to make a move, which is why I took Duffy here. Duffy has been a welcome sight for the Royals this season, posting an 11-2 record and is fresh off of a start against Minnesota where Duffy struck out 10 en route to a no-decision, however Duffy had allowed 11 earned runs in his last 2 starts so it was nice to see he was back on track. I think Duffy continues his run against the A’s on Tuesday. After all, Duffy is 3-0 in 5 games (4 starts) against Oakland in his career with a 2.59 ERA. Add in the fact that the wildly inconsistent A’s have won back-to-back games only 4 times since the beginning of August, and I think Duffy gets another one here.

Pitcher #2: Trevor Bauer, CLE

Salary: $9,300

Analysis: I’m a tad bit weary taking Bauer, because when I’ve backed him in the past, it’s come back to bite me square in the butt. However against the White Sox on Tuesday, the value was too good to pass up. Bauer has won his last 2 starts, and he could very well make it 3 on Tuesday as he is holding the current White Sox lineup to a .208 batting average over 106 combined at-bats with only 2 home runs and 5 RBI allowed while striking out 29 in the process. Cleveland is heading into the playoffs with some momentum, and I think they take another one on Tuesday behind a strong effort from Bauer.

Catcher: Jason Castro, HOU

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: Houston is probably not going to catch Texas in the division race, but they are still within striking distance, heading into their current series against the aforementioned Rangers. Texas sends A.J. Griffin to the mound on Tuesday who has been on a major slump as of late going 2-3 in his last 6 starts while watching his ERA swell from just under four to almost five. Rest assured Castro is one of the Astros that will be licking his chops to step into the batter’s box against Griffin, given his career success against the Texas right-hander. In his career against Griffin, Castro is 5-for-16 with 4 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 4 RBI. If Castro gets the start behind home plate on Tuesday, he may prove to be a valuable option.

1st Base: Matt Adams, STL

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: This is another risky pick as St. Louis has a plethora of options for position players but Adams has been a solid option at first for the Cards this season. The Cardinals face the Cubs in a crucial series to start the week, with extra importance because if the Cubs sweep, they lock up the division with just under 20 games to go. Adams is going to be one Cardinal who is going to put up as much resistance as possible in front of Chicago and starter Jason Hammel. I his career against Hammel, Adams is 5-for-11 with 3 extra base hits and an EBI with only 1 strikeout. If St. Louis is going to take a game from this series, this is it, and they’ll need guys like Adams to step up here.

2nd Base: Howie Kendrick, LAD

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: The Dodgers are trying to fend off the Giants to lock up the NL West which if you told me this is where it would be at the all-star break, I would’ve thought you were crazy. But that’s just where the Dodgers find themselves in the middle of an interleague series with the Yankees on Tuesday, against Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Kendrick is a lifetime 10-for-22 against Sabathia with an extra base hit and 2 RBI. Normally I’d like other options at second base, but with starting pitching being my priority on Tuesday, I have to hope there’s underlying value in Kendrick on Tuesday

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,800

Analysis: This is only the third time in Donaldson’s last 13 games that his price tag has been under $5,000, and I’m all on it. The only question mark is if Donaldson will get the start Tuesday against the Rays and starter Drew Smyly, as Donaldson sat out Monday’s contest due to an unspecified illness. However all points sign to JD getting back to the field Tuesday night, and there’s plenty to like about Donaldson against Smyly.In his career against Smyly, Donaldson is 9-for-19 with 6 extra base hits, including 3 home runs and 4 RBI. Toronto needs to keep stringing wins together to lock up a playoff spot, and I think Donaldson gets them one step closer on Tuesday.

Shortstop: Chris Owings, ARI

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a massive flop this season, as their pitching staff continues to get rocked and find many different ways to lose baseball games. That doesn’t mean however that everybody is to blame for these losses, as the offense is able to hang in from time-to-time. Chris Owings has been trying at least, putting up a hit in 10 of his last 12 games. Not to mention when the D-backs take on the Rockies on Tuesday and starter Jorge De La Rosa, Owings will be looking to add to his success against De La Rosa. Owings is a lifetime 6-for-14 with 2 extra base hits including a solo gome run in his career against De La Rosa, and while Arizona has been out for a while now, I like their chances to at least get a win for the home crowd on Tuesday behind their bats including Chris Owings.

Outfielder #1: Michael Saunders, TOR

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: Saunders has filled in the Blue Jays quite nicely this season, and as the Jays are right in the thick of the playoff race once again, it’s Saunders who has had one of the more consistent bats for the Jays through their mini-slump this month. I mentioned earlier that the Jays take on Tampa and starter Drew Smyly on Tuesday, a game in which Saunders could do some major damage considering his recent success against Smyly. In his career against Smyly, Saunders is batting .364 in 11 at-bats with 3 extra base hits including 2 homers and 3 RBI. This game is massive for the Jays since it’s one of the games down the stretch that is easily winnable. Look for Toronto and their bats to chase Smyly from the game early and often.

Outfielder #2: J.D. Martinez, DET

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: The Tigers are another team in the hunt for the playoffs and get a pretty favorable matchup against the Minnesota Twins and starter Kyle Gibson on Tuesday. The Twins are bad as it is, but things can only go from bad to worse for Minny on Tuesday as there are a few Tigers who have good numbers against Gibson, one being Martinez. Martinez is 9-for-22 against Gibson in his career, with 3 extra base hits including 2 homers and 5 RBI. This game could be a blowout but with my luck picking Minnesota games it may not end up that way.

Outfielder #3: Jake Marisnick, HOU

Salary: $2,700

Analysis: As you probably guessed, Marisnick was my last choice. On a limited budget he was the only option I liked that got any consistent playing time. There’s not much to this pick, just take it as more of a lack of confidence in Texas starting pitcher A.J. Griffin.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0

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