Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/20/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 20, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/20/16
September 20, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 20th, 2016.
Pretty soon it’s going to be the end of the month, already two-thirds of the way through September and the playoff races are still going on, some tighter than when we last left them. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Jose Fernandez, MIA
Analysis: There are certain things you just don’t do in life. You don’t cross the street without looking both ways, you don’t eat yellow snow, and you don’t go against Jose Fernandez pitching in Miami. Hernandez is a ridiculous 28-2 at home in 41 career starts, with a 1.53 ERA. If you look at his ERA this year, it’s at a 2.99, which is the worst of his career, which a lot of pitchers would wish they had this time of year. Fernandez and the Marlins take on the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, and against the current Nats lineup I his career, Fernandez is holding them to a .200 batting average over 145 combined at-bats with 47 strikeouts. Not to mention a perfect 6-0 record against the Nats in 9 career starts. Now even though it looks like Miami will miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season, they aren’t out of it yet and Fernandez will have to keep the Nationals bats quiet if he wants to keep Miami’s hopes alive.
Pitcher #2: Adam Wainwright, STL
Analysis: This is an absolute steal and you’re a fool if you don’t hop on this. Wainwright may be having an off year, but this is still an ace on a team in the wild-card picture. Not to mention Wainwright has had success against St. Louis’ opponent on Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies. Wainwright is 8-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his career against Colorado, and is holding the current Rockies lineup to a combined .274 average on 73 combined at-bats with no home runs allowed and only 2 RBIs surrendered with 15 strikeouts. Think about that for a second, in 13 career starts, Wainwright hasn’t allowed a home run where the ball seems to fly out of the park? Um I’ll have some of that.
Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC
Analysis: Kansas City is fading fast in the AL wild-card race, being 4.5 back with 12 games to play. The Royals take on Cleveland in a pivotal series on both sides as Cleveland is looking to lock up the division while KC is fighting for that aforementioned playoff spot. Sal Perez has had success against Indians starter Mike Tomlin, which is something I’m going to look to capitalize on on Tuesday. Perez is a lifetime 14-for-23 against Tomlin, with 8 extra base hits including a home run and 6 RBI with only 3 strikeouts. Perez and the rest of the Royals need to be sharp and go on a monster run but it might be too little too late.
1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET
Analysis: Another bargain! We’ve established that Cabrera may not be the same perennial MVP candidate, but he is still having a solid year. The Tigers are also in the thick of the wild-card hunt themselves, and look to make another step in the right direction against the lowly Twins and starter Hector Santiago on Tuesday. In his career against Santiago, Cabrera is 4-for-19 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. It may only be a .211 batting average, but a player of Cabrera’s caliber against a struggling pitcher like Santiago? I’ll take my chances.
2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN
Analysis: I don’t care what I have to pay for Dozier, I’m paying it until he cools off. Dozier has been playing for pride and personal stats for most of the season after the Twins slow start. Dozier and the Twins take on Detroit and starter Matt Boyd on Tuesday, with Dozier riding a 21-game hit streak going into Monday, and against Boyd, Dozier could make it 22 considering Dozier is a lifetime 4-for-11 with 2 extra base hits including a solo home run against Boyd. Like I said, until he cools off, keep riding Dozier.
3rd Base: Martin Prado, MIA
Analysis: Time for a value pick, and I’m picking Prado but I’m not as confident as I could be. Washington is looking to lock up the NL East, and Tanner Roark is slowly becoming a stud in that rotation. However Prado and the Marlins are still fighting for that second wild-card slot. The reason I took Prado is because he has had success in his career against Roark, to the tune of 10-for-21 with a home run and 5 RBI while only striking out once. Fingers crossed that Prado and the Fish fight for at least one more day, even though I’m not sure how much juice they have left.
Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB
Analysis: We’ve all bared witness to how the Rays have relished their spoiler role, as they’ve been playing some of their best ball over the last month and a bit, basically when they’ve been out of the playoff picture. Miller and the Rays take on the fighting New York Yankees and starter Michael Pineda on Tuesday. Miller is 4-for-11 against Pineda in his career with all 4 hits going for extra bases, including a home run and 2 RBI. I think we get one more spoiler game from the Rays here, all but ending the Yankees run at the playoffs.
Outfielder #1: Corey Dickerson, TB
Analysis: Another Tampa Bay Ray, same prediction. I’ve never really been a fan of Yankees starter Michael Pineda as a whole, as he is too wildly inconsistent for my liking. Dickerson is another Ray who has had success against Pineda, with a .600 batting average in 10 career at-bats with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI.
Outfielder #2: Angel Pagan, SF
Analysis: If you didn’t guess by now, Pagan was my last pick. I originally had Adam Jones here, but I went over budget so I took Pagan strictly on potential, as he was the best option left with the money I had. The Giants take on the Dodgers in a series crucial to the Giants playoff hopes as they are hanging on by a thread heading into action on Monday, leading the Cardinals by 1 game for the second wild-card spot. Pagan has yet to get a hit off of Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, but with how Hill has looked in his last start since the perfect game bid, I think there’s potential for the Giants and Pagan to steal one here.
Outfielder #3: J.D. Martinez, DET
Analysis: Martinez has been one of my favorite Tigers to back as of late, and we have already established how bad the Tigers need this game against the Twins and starter Hector Santiago, Martinez is coming off of a 28-point outing against the Indians where he went 3-for-3 with a 2 RBI single. Martinez has been tearing the cover off of the ball since coming off of the DL in early August, posting a .400/.455/.677 slash line that includes 12 doubles, 8 home runs and 19 RBI. Now we get Martinez against Santiago, where Martinez has 6 hits in 15 at-bats with 3 going for extra bases including 2 home runs and 4 RBI. I’m going to roll with Martinez in the hopes he keeps the hot bat alive.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0