Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/23/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 23, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/23/16
September 23, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 23rd , 2016.
We’re down to our second last weekend of baseball for the 2016 season, so we are running out of chances to win but I think we have a solid lineup starting at Wrigley in the after. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Gio Gonzalez, WAS
Analysis: The Nats could lock up the NL East with a win and a Mets loss on Friday, and there’s a strong possibility it could happen when the Nationals send Gio Gonzalez to the mound to oppose the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gonzalez is 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 7 career starts against Pittsburgh, and against the current Pirates lineup, Gonzalez is holding them to a .205 batting average over 73 combined at-bats with only 1 home run allowed and 18 strikeouts. I think Gonzalez comes through in a major way considering what’s at stake for the Nats.
Pitcher #2: Doug Fister, HOU
Analysis: This is a value pick that will either push my lineup near the top of the standings or will blow up in my face. However I have some confidence in Fister against the Angels on Friday. I’ll admit that Fister has not looked sharp in going 0-4 in his last 5 starts, and his career record against the Halos is pretty much average, going 3-3 in 11 starts vs. Los Angeles, but Houston wouldn’t start him in a high-leverage situation like this without having some faith in him as the Astros still search for a wild-card spot. Against the current Angels lineup in his career, Fister has allowed only 20 hits in 108 combined at-bats with only 2 home runs allowed and 25 strikeouts to his credit. The Astros need this one in a bad way and I think they get it behind Fister.
Catcher: Evan Gattis, HOU
Analysis: This all boils down to what I said earlier with Doug Fister. The Astros need a win on Friday in the worst way to keep up in the wild-card race, as Houston takes on the Los Angeles Angels and starter Alex Meyer. Meyer has only one appearance against the Angels where he was roughed up over 2.2 innings, however Meyer didn’t face Gattis in that appearance. The reason I’m backing Gattis is that I’m hoping he has a carry over from his 30-point, 2 home run game against Oakland on Wednesday and considering how bad the Astros need this one, I think Gattis puts a few points up for us on Friday.
1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC
Analysis: While the Cubs have already locked up the NL Central and home field up to the World Series, they still want to put up 100 wins on the year. The Cubs take on the Cardinals and starter Mike Leake on Friday, in an afternoon marquee at Wrigley. I’ve gone on record in the past stating that Mike Leake is my least favorite Cardinals pitcher, considering how up and down (mostly down) he can be. Rizzo is one of a few Cubs who has had success against Leake in his career, with 13 hits in 38 at-bats with 4 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 8 RBI. Look for Rizzo to take advantage of the pitching matchup on Friday afternoon.
2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN
Analysis: I don’t have a matchup statistic to back up Dozier here, but I’m not sure I need one. This man is flat out crushing the ball right now, as he launched his 42nd home run of the season in the first game of the Twins’ doubleheader against the Tigers on Thursday, extending his hitting streak to 23 games. I mean these numbers are crazy considering Dozier’s home run totals have gone from 18 in 2013, to 23 in 2014, to 28 in 2015 to this year’s total that stands at 42 with 10 games to go. I think Dozier can add to those totals against one of the Mariners’ least reliable options on the mound in James Paxton.
3rd Base: Kris Bryant, CHIC
Analysis: Again, I have zero faith backing Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake, especially against a Cubs lineup that has had past success against him, Bryant included. Bryant is 7-for-17 with 2 extra base hits while only striking out once against Leake. Like I said before, the Cubs are chasing 100 wins, while the Cardinals are trying not to drown in the playoff race and I think the Cubs fire the first shot on Friday.
Shortstop: Brad Miller, TB
Analysis: The Rays are playing out the string of their 2016 season and while the Rays would love to be in the Red Sox position right about now, they’re perfectly happy with the role they’ve resigned themselves to, playing spoiler. The Rays host the Red Sox for a weekend set that could determine Boston’s fate come October. Miller and the Rays take on the Res Sox and starter Drew Pomeranz, who hasn’t been the prize that the Red Sox thought they were getting when they acquired him at the trade deadline from San Diego. Miller looks to add to his 5-for-11 career record against Pomeranz that includes a home run and 3 RBI. While I’m not sure the Rays take this one, I have some confidence that Miller can do some damage on Friday.
Outfielder #1: Yoenis Cespedes, NYM
Analysis: The Mets are in a 3-way tie at the moment for the 2 wild-card spots, and they continue a four-game set against the Phillies and starter Jeremy Hellickson on Friday. Cespedes is coming off of a 3-for-4 night against the Phillies on Thursday, and there’s reason to believe that he could carry over that success to Friday given his track record against Hellickson. Cespedes is a lifetime 6-for-14 against Hellickson in his career, with 3 home runs, 6 RBI and only 1 strikeout. If the Mets want October baseball, they need big games from guys like Cespedes and I think he comes through in a big way on Friday.
Outfielder #2: Dexter Fowler, CHIC
Analysis: Another Cub, do I need to explain the situation again? I auto-fade Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake whenever possible, and against Chicago it’s no different, may even be stronger in this case. Considering Fowler is 7-for-23 with 4 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 4 RBI against Leake in his career, I figured Fowler would be worth the price I’m paying.
Outfielder #3: Chris Coghlan, CHIC
Analysis: Ok. You get it by now, I don’t like Mike Leake, but some may think I’m odd for taking Coghlan here considering he has a sub .200 batting average, but his numbers against Leake are hard to ignore.Coghlan is a lifetime 11-for-19 against Leake for a .579 batting average with 6 extra base hits including 2 solo home runs. I may be the only guy in my pool with Coghlan in my lineup on Friday, but it could pay off in a major way especially if the Cubs are resting key players.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300