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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/18/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 18, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/18/16

September 18, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 18th, 2016.

Sunday closes our most recent group of series, let’s see if we can sneak out another winning lineup as we near the end of the season. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/18/16

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Pitcher #1: Marcus Stroman, TOR

Salary: $8,100

Analysis: I originally wanted Kyle Hendricks as my number one, but taking him would’ve torn my lineup to shreds so I went with a value pick in Stroman. Now there’s not much to back my pick statistically, it’s more of a potential thing. The Jays need to take at least 3 of 4 to stay within striking distance of the Red Sox if Toronto wants to have a chance at winning the division in the last series of the season at Fenway. Although Stroman has lost his last 3 decisions, his last start against an AL West team was a 28.7-point performance against the Houston Astros, right when the Astros were hot in the middle of August. I think Stroman bounces back and gains some confidence heading into his last couple starts of the regular season.

Pitcher #2: Colby Lewis, TEX

Salary: $7,400

Analysis: This is a risky pick mainly due to Lewis’ inability to keep the ball in the park. However I’m starting to think there is a chance that Lewis bucks the trend and has a solid showing against the A’s on Sunday. Although Oakland is red hot right now, Lewis has held the current Oakland lineup to 9 hits in 65 combined at-bats with 11 strikeouts and only 1 RBI against while issuing a measly 3 walks.. Lewis hasn’t given up a home run against the A’s lineup either. With how Lewis has his history giving up homers and the A’s offense on fire, many other players will be scared away from Lewis making him a sneaky pick on Sunday.

Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC

Salary: $2,700

Analysis: I don’t know why I keep getting Perez so cheap, but hey gimme more. Perez and the Royals close their series with the White Sox on Sunday as Chicago sends Jose Quintana to the mound. In his career against Quintana, Perez is 19-of-54 with 7 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 8 RBI. The Royals offense has been sputtering and this may be their last gasp if they can’t pull it out on Sunday which is why I think we get a big game from Perez in the hopes of extending their playoff hopes for one more day in Kansas City.

1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: The Cubs have already locked up the division so this pick if also a tad bit iffy, as Rizzo has been getting rest the last couple of days as Chicago gets ready for playoff baseball. However if Rizzo gets to step in the batter’s box against Milwaukee in the series finale on Sunday, there’s a lot to like about his matchup with Brewers starter Wily Peralta. In his career against Peralta, Rizzo is 16-for-32 for a .500 batting average with 10 extra base hits including 7 home runs and 14 RBI with only 3 strikeouts. Hopefully Rizzo sees the field on Sunday and if he does I expect a big game from the Cubs first baseman.

2nd Base: Logan Forsythe, TB

Salary: $5,000

Analysis: The Rays have enjoyed taking on the role of spoiler as they’ve finally started to string wins together but it’s too late in the season to mean much. Now Forsythe may have gone 0-fer in game 3 of the four game set against Baltimore, but in the series finale against starter Wade Miley, there’s a lot to like about Forsythe’s chances. In his career against Miley, Forsythe is 6-for-21 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI. Baltimore is reeling, and sending Miley out, who has been inconsistent for most of the year whether he was on Baltimore or not, is not the answer to their problem.

3rd Base: Cheslor Cuthbert, KC

Salary: $2,500

Analysis: This is pretty good value, for an everyday player on a desperate team searching for wins to piece together the playoff puzzle. Cuthbert is another Royal who has success against White Sox starter Jose Quintana, to the tune of 3-for-12 with 2 solo home runs while yet to strike out against Quintana. I’d be shocked to see anyone having Cuthbert in their lineup, which is where we could steal some major points on Sunday if he adds to his tally.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $4,800

Analysis: Backing Tulowitzki as of late has paid some major dividends as he bagged me 18 points on Friday. Now the Jays take on Angels starter Alex Meyer in Sunday’s series finale and I’m thinking we get some points from Tulo against a Los Angeles pitcher who doesn’t have a win but does have an ERA over 8.

Outfielder #1: Kevin Kiermaier, TB

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: Kiermaier is another Ray who has enjoyed playing spoiler considering it’s all Tampa has left to do this season before hitting the offseason in October.We have already established how much I don’t trust Wade Miley as a starter in the Baltimore rotation and when you have the same amount of success that Kiermaier does against Miley in his career, it’s easy to back the Rays outfielder in this situation. Kiermaier is a lifetime 4-for-10 with 3 extra base hits including a solo home run against Miley. I think Tampa finished off the series strong and we get a big performance from Kiermaier.

Outfielder #2: Starling Marte, PIT

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: This is another iffy situation as Marte has been on a game-to-game watch due to a nagging back problem and with the Pirates almost out of the playoff picture entirely, the Buccos may not want to risk any further injury with Marte, but if he does start against the Reds on Sunday and their starter, struggling Dan Straily, there’s a lot of reason to pick Marte. Marte is a lifetime 6-for-15 with an extra base hit against Straily, and with how the Reds have started to struggle again, there’s a possibility that Marte could do some damage and add to their woes big time.

Outfielder #3: J.D. Martinez, DET

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: The Tigers are starting to fade in the wild-card race a little bit, after dropping a couple of heartbreakers to the Indians in this series. Detroit takes on Cleveland and starter Trevor Bauer in the series finale on Sunday. I personally think that of Cleveland’s four-headed pitching monster in Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and the aforementioned Bauer, Bauer has to be my least trustworthy pitcher, which is why I’m backing Martinez. It doesn’t hurt that Martinez is a lifetime 7-for-19 against Bauer with a home run and 4 RBI to his credit. If the Tigers want to steal a game from Cleveland, this is it and if Martinez and the rest of the Tiger bats wake up for the finale on Sunday, it could happen.

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

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