Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/16/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 16, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/16/16
September 16, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 16th, 2016.
Friday is the start of the 2nd half of September, and the start of some major series with playoff spots hanging in the balance. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Max Scherzer, WAS
Analysis: Don’t think I’m crazy for paying this much for Scherzer, we all know it’s well worth it. Scherzer and the Nats are trying to lock up the NL East, and it starts with a weekend set against the lowly Atlanta Braves. Scherzer is 3-0 in his 4 starts against the Braves this season, and he will face Atlanta for the 3rd time in three and a half weeks, hoping to keep his perfect record in tact. Against the current Braves lineup, Scherzer is holding them to a .209 batting average over 177 at-bats combined with a mind-boggling 51 strikeouts. Scherzer piled just over 37 fantasy points against the Braves in the last two meetings, lok for him to add to that total on Friday.
Pitcher #2: Tom Koehler, MIA
Analysis: The Marlins’ playoff hopes are on life support as the Fish are 4 games back of the second wild-card spot with 16 games to go, so they need to go on a pretty strong run to close out the season and make the playoffs. However a weekend series with the Phillies who have clearly thrown in the towel, might just be what Miami needs to keep their name in the hat. Miami sends Tom Koehler to the mound on Friday, and there’s plenty of value taking Koehler in this spot. In his career against the current Phillies lineup, Koehler is holding them to a .202 batting average over 163 combined at-bats with 41 strikeouts. Add in the fact that the Phillies are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing pitchers this season, and I think Koehler might be one of the best picks on the board on Friday.
Catcher: Kurt Suzuki, MIN
Analysis: This is a toss-up at best. Suzuki sat out Thursday’s afternoon affair with the Tigers due to a cut on his chin that he suffered from taking a foul tip to the mask. If Suzuki gets the start on Friday, he could prove to be a very valuable option considering his career history with Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who opposes the Twins to kickoff the weekend set at Citi Field. In his career against Colon, Suzuki is 5-for-13 with 2 extra base hits. I’m not saying I don’t have faith in Suzuki, I just wish I had more money to find someone more reliable, but Suzuki could be worth the flyer if you’re low on cap space like I was.
1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
Analysis: I know I keep sounding like a broken record when it comes to Encarnacion, but the fact of the matter is any time I can get Encarnacion under $5,000, I’m usually all over it. Encarnacion has one of the strongest bats in the league, and is still in the AL MVP conversation with the awesome season he’s having. The Jays four-game weekend set with the Angels is make or break for their playoff hopes as Toronto has 3 teams breathing down their neck, which is why I took Edwin on Friday. In his career against Angels starter Jered Weaver, Encarnacion is 4-for-13 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI. This pick is merely based on the sense of urgency the Jays need to play with and I think Encarnacion shows up for Toronto in a big way on Friday.
2nd Base: Dee Gordon, MIA
Analysis: My selection of Gordon is simply based on the fact that I fade Phillies starter Adam Morgan whenever I can because from what I’ve seen, Morgan would struggle in the minors, let alone in the major leagues. Gordon is on a 7-game hit streak with hits in 8 of his last 9, and I think he improves on both of those marks, and has the potential to hit his first home run of the season off of a pitcher that I have zero confidence in, in Adam Morgan.
3rd Base: Jake Lamb, ARI
Analysis: It doesn’t take a genius to see that the Diamondbacks are easily one of, if not THE worst team in the National League. I mean sure, their bats have picked it up as of late but the reason they are where they are, is because the pitching staff can’t keep crooked numbers on the board. But I’m not taking an Arizona pitcher, I’m taking their 3rd baseman, Jake Lamb. Anyone who has read any of my previous work, knows that I’m high on Lamb because he is simply one of the only bright spots in an otherwise awful Arizona Diamondbacks season. When the Dodgers visit the D-backs on Friday, they send starter Kenta Maeda to the bump, and I have no doubt that Lamb will be ready and raring to get into the batter’s box. That’s because in his brief history with Maeda, Lamb has gone 7-of-13 with 4 extra base hits, including a home run and 4 RBI while Maeda has yet to strike Lamb out. Lamb is one of the few I would back on the Arizona squad, and here’s to hoping he shows why on Friday.
Shortstop: Didi Gregorius, NYY
Analysis: Okay, while Gregorius may have only 1 hit in his last 5 games, the price was too good to pass on, all things considered. The Yankees are in the thick of things in the wild-card race, sitting only 1.5 games back of the Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot heading into action on Thursday. The Yankees take on the Red Sox in a high-pressure series at Fenway Park over the weekend, and Boston sends struggling starter Clay Buchholz to the mound. I personally fade Buchholz whenever he is starting because he just flat out has looked bad this season, and I think the time is just right against the right guy to snap Gregorius out of his funk.
Outfielder #1: Melvin Upton Jr., TOR
Analysis: Upton has proved himself to be a great acquisition for the Jays since Toronto snagged him from the Padres near the trade deadline. Now Upton looks to play a key role in getting Toronto back to the playoffs and it starts with a date out west with the Angels and starter Jered Weaver. Upton may only have 2 hits in his last 6 games which is why the price point is where it is, but I think we can squeeze some value out here, considering in his career against Weaver, Upton is 8-for-22 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI.
Outfielder #2: Melky Cabrera, CWS
Analysis: I think this is a pretty good price on Cabrera considering how consistent he has been as of late, registering hits in 10 of his last 13 games. When Chicago takes on the playoff-hopeful Kansas City Royals on Friday, there’s a lot to like about Cabrera’s chances to contribute to a possible White Sox victory. In his career against Royals starter Ian Kennedy, Cabrera is 5-for-18 with 3 of those hits going for extra bases, including 2 home runs and 4 RBI. The Royals will probably win this, but I’m thinking Chicago will at least compete a bit behind their ace.
Outfielder #3: Michael Saunders, TOR
Analysis: This is a bit of a tricky situation because both or neither or my Blue Jays in Upton and Saunders could start in Friday’s matchup against the Angels, but I’ll take Saunders in the hopes of the former. Now Saunders has plenty of experience at Angels Stadium with his previous stints as a Seattle Mariner. In his career against Angels starter Jered Weaver, Saunders is a lifetime 9-for-26 with 3 extra base hits, including a home run and 3 RBI. Take either or both or neither between Upton and Saunders, however with both of them having experience playing west coast baseball, I like their chances on Friday.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100