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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/21/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 21, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/21/16

September 21, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 21st, 2016.

Here we are in the final 10 days of the last full month of the season, and we have some marquee afternoon matchups to tide our hunger over until the evening. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/21/16

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Pitcher #1: Corey Kluber, CLE

Salary: $11,900

Analysis: Kluber was the 3rd highest priced option on the board, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay considering he could very well be the best option on the board Wednesday. The Indians take on the Royals in game 3 of their four game set on Wednesday, and to say that Kluber has pitched well against the Royals this season would be an understatement. In two of his three starts against the Royals this season, Kluber hasn’t allowed a single earned run and against the current Royals lineup, Kluber is holding them to a .204 batting average over 265 combined at-bats with 80 strikeouts. Considering that Kluber has only taken the loss once since the all-start break, I feel pretty confident in backing him as the Tribe look to finish off the division.

Pitcher #2: Matt Moore, SF

Salary: $7,900

Analysis: The Giants blew a major chance at maintaining the 2nd wild-card spot after watching their bullpen blow a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 9th on Monday. Now heading into action on Wednesday, the Giants send Matt Moore to the mound against the Dodgers in dire need of a victory to maintain pace with the rest of the teams in the playoff hunt. The reason I took Moore here is because A. the Giants need the win big time and B. Moore’s numbers against the Dodgers in limited experience are actually pretty good. Moore is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 3 starts against Los Angeles in his career, and against the current Dodgers lineup, Moore is holding them to a .177 batting average with 18 strikeouts over 79 combined at-bats. Moore may be a sneaky option if he can sneak out another victory on Wednesday.

Catcher: Brian McCann, NYY

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: The Yankees appear to be fading fast in the wild-card race, after dropping 5 straight heading into action on Tuesday, and on Wednesday New York plays their third of four against the Tampa Bay Rays and starting pitcher Alex Cobb at the Trop. If McCann sees some playing time on Wednesday, I think it’s possible he will be able to make an impact, as McCann has had success against Cobb in his career. McCann is 4-for-10 with 2 solo home runs while he has yet to strike out against Cobb. It’s tricky because New York has been rolling with Gary Sanchez behind home plate, but since he has started to cool off, McCann may be worth a look on Wednesday.

1st Base: Mike Napoli, CLE

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: The Indians take on the Royals on Wednesday, as Kansas City sends Ian Kennedy to the mound to face the Indians for the fourth time this season. Kennedy has given the Royals a mixed bag of results this year, as two starts resulted in Kennedy giving up 2 earned runs or less. And the other two starts (his most recent against Cleveland included), Kennedy gave up 5 earned runs or more. I’m tending to lean towards a repeat performance of his last game against the Tribe, where Kennedy gave up 7 earned runs over 4.1 innings. That game also saw my 1st baseman for Wednesday, Mike Napoli, go yard for his only hit with 2 RBI against Kennedy in that game to add to his career total of 2-for-11 against the Royals right-hander. Now a .182 average may not catch your eye, but when you find out both of those hits have left the park, that may pull you towards Napoli, like it did me.

2nd Base: Brandon Phillips, CIN

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: The Reds are just playing out the string, but so are the Cubs as they’ve already clinched their division so we can probably expect that some key players will be out of the lineup, which is why I took Phillips here. Phillips may only have 8 hits in 36 at-bats against Chicago starter John Lackey, but none of those at-bats were this late in the season when Chicago had already clinched the division, so although this is a lottery ticket at-best, I think it’s one we could cash in on at the end of the night on Wednesday.

3rd Base: Danny Valencia, OAK

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: The Oakland A’s are another team out of the playoff picture, but unlike the aforementioned Reds, the A’s bats are hot at the wrong time. The A’s take on the Astros in a crucial series for Houston as the Astros are still alive in the hunt for October baseball. Houston sends starter Collin McHugh to oppose Oakland for the third time this season. Now although Houston has won all of McHugh’s starts against the A’s this season, he has given up at least 3 earned runs in two of the three starts, which leads me to believe that Oakland could do some damage especially with how well they’ve been playing as of late. It doesn’t hurt that Danny Valencia, who has proved to be an extremely serviceable bat this season, is 6-for-20 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI against McHugh in his career. I’m not sure Oakland wins this game, but I’m confident they can at least compete with Houston on Wednesday.

Shortstop: Marcus Semien, OAK

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Another Oakland A, same expectation. I’ve never really been a fan of Collin McHugh, as whenever I back him, he seems to get lit up like a Christmas tree. Marcus Semien is another A who has had success against McHugh in his career, to the tune of 7-for-15 with 4 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI. Here’s to hoping Semien finishes the season strong, as the previous week, he had 4 games with double digit fantasy points.

Outfielder #1: Bryce Harper, WAS

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: Washington is literally on the cusp of clinching the NL East, and could get it done by Thursday if it all pans out which is definitely possible. The Nats take on the Marlins on Wednesday as Miami sends Tom Koehler to oppose the Nationals for the third time this year. Now although Koehler looked good in those three starts, it should be noted that the three starts were in April and May, and a lot has changed since then. What hasn’t changed is Harper’s success against Koehler in his career. Harper is a lifetime .345 in 29 at-bats against Koehler, with 7 extra base hits including 6 home runs and 11 RBI. I’m thinking we get more of the same from Harper on Wednesday as the Nats inch closer to locking up shop in the NL East.

Outfielder #2: Jayson Werth, WAS

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: Werth may not be the caliber of Bryce Harper, but he is still a veteran who has plenty of experience against the Marlins and starter Tom Koehler from his time with the Phillies up until now. Werth is 6-for-24 in his career against Koehler, with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Nothing I haven’t said already, the Nats are hungry to clinch, and I think Werth contributes to the cause on Wednesday.

Outfielder #3: Jose Bautista, TOR

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Some may call me crazy for taking Bautista, mainly because his Blue Jays take on King Felix and the Mariners, closing out their series on Wednesday. However I think this still boils down to Bautista needing big games down the stretch to make himself valuable again, while still contributing to the Blue Jays playoff push. Not to mention Bautista has success against King Felix, going 8-for-25 with 4 extra base hits including 3 solo home runs. The Jays could essentially eliminate the Mariners if they take at least two of three against Seattle and I think Joey Bats makes the biggest impact for Toronto on Wednesday.

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

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