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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/15/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 15, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/15/16

September 15, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 15th, 2016.

Officially the halfway point of the final month of the season. Tension is at a fever pitch as teams are jockeying for playoff position down the stretch. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/15/16

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Pitcher #1: Masahiro Tanaka, NYY

Salary: $9,600

Analysis: The Yankees are in the thick of the wild-card race with only a couple weeks left and Tanaka would for sure be in the Cy Young conversation if only the Yanks had a few more wins. Tanaka takes the mound as New York begins a crucial series with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. In his career against the current Red Sox lineup, Tanaka is holding them to a .234 batting average over 154 at-bats with 31 strikeouts. Add in his career 5-2 record overall against Boston, and combine that with the fact that Tanaka hasn’t lost since the beginning of August, and I think that spells out a massive New York win behind Tanaka.

Pitcher #2: Edinson Volquez, KC

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: Ok I must be seeing things right? Sure, Oakland has taken the first 2 of the four game set in Kansas City against the Royals, but we are getting Volquez at this price, when KC is facing a 1-7 pitcher with an ERA north of 6 on Thursday? I’m all over it. The Royals are still in the wild-card race, only 4.5 back entering Wednesday’s action. If the Royals want to stay in the hunt, they need this win on Thursday behind Volquez, who is 3-2 with an ERA under three in his career against the A’s.

Catcher: Russell Martin, TOR

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: There’s no hiding the fact that the Blue Jays are slumping right now, and are in serious danger of missing the playoffs. However a series out west may be a welcome break for Toronto considering they’ve played division opponents for the last two weeks. Toronto takes on the Angels to open a four game set on Thursday at Angels stadium, and as far as picking Martin goes, it’s honestly a gut call. Martin is a clubhouse leader for Toronto, having been in this situation multiple times and I think he steps on Thursday, and the rest of the Blue Jays rally behind Martin en route to a much needed victory.

1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: We’ve established before that although this isn’t the same MVP contending Miguel Cabrera of years past, he is still one of the elite players in the game, and getting him at this price against the Twins on Thursday, sounds like a good bet to me. Cabrera and the Tigers take on Minnesota and starter Hector Santiago, who has only won once since being traded to the Twins at the trade deadline. In his career against Santiago, Cabrera is 4-for-16 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI to go along with a .400 OBP. This game screams that it will go over the total, and anyone who knows me knows my theory on games that go over. When the games go over, that means we usually get big numbers from at least a couple players, and I think Cabrera will be one of those guys when it’s all said and done on Thursday.

2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: I know people must think I’m crazy for taking a player on the worst team in the American League, but Dozier is an exception to the rule. Dozier hit his 40th home run of the season on Monday against these same Detroit Tigers, and his 25th home run from the leadoff spot. One would think that Dozier would have more than 94 RBI if he was in the middle of the lineup, but that’s besides the point. I’m going with Dozier on Thursday, as the Tigers start Mike Pelfrey who will be making his first start since July in a spot start for the Tigers in place of Jordan Zimmermann, who will pitch one more simulated game before returning to the Detroit rotation, leaving a start open for Pelfrey. Dozier is on an insane 17-game hit streak, and I think he makes it 18 in a major way on Thursday.

3rd Base: Evan Longoria, TB

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: The Rays will dominate the 2nd half of my lineup today, mainly because of how well they have been playing the spoiler role as of late. Tampa just took 2 of 3 from the playoff hopeful Blue Jays, in Toronto no less. Now the Rays shift their focus to Baltimore for a four game set with the Orioles starting on Thursday and Yovani Gallardo will take the hill for the O’s. Now even though Gallardo has held Longoria to a .118 batting average in 17 at-bats, Gallardo simply hasn’t been the prized pickup that Baltimore thought they were getting when they signed him in the offseason. I think Tampa wakes up for another chance at playing spoiler and gets to Gallardo early.

Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: There’s not much new to say here, I don’t trust O’s starter Yovani Gallardo as far as I can throw him, and I won’t trust him on Thursday as quite a few of the Rays have had success against Gallardo in the past, Miller included. Miller is a lifetime 4-for-13 off of Gallardo with 2 extra base hits and a .438 OBP.

Outfielder #1: J.D. Martinez, DET

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: We have already covered that the Tigers take on the Twins and starter Hector Santiago on Thursday, and once again, my theory is that if a game is probably going to go over the total, there will be player to reap the benefits from a fantasy perspective on any given night, which is where Martinez comes in. Against Hactor Santiago in his career, Martinez is 4-for-12 with 3 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Look for a high scoring game on the scoreboard and in the fantasy lineups on Thursday if you take Martinez.

Outfielder #2: Kevin Kiermaier, TB

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: Do I need to say it again? Kiermaier is yet another Tampa Bay Ray who has had success against Baltimore Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo. In his career against Gallardo, Kiermaier is 4-for-11 with an extra base hit and an RBI while Gallardo has yet to strike him out. Just take as many Rays as you can on Thursday because I honestly see Gallardo getting lit up.

Outfielder #3: Corey Dickerson, TB

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Okay this is my last Rays player, I promise. Dickerson is yet another player who has had success against Orioles starter on Thursday, Yovani Gallardo. Dickerson is a lifetime 5-for-11 against Gallardo with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI to go along with a .455 OBP. I’m not saying take as many Rays as you can on Thursday again. Wait, I think I just did. Oh well, it still rings true and I just don’t like Gallardo as a pitcher.

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