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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/25/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 25, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/25/16

September 25, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 25th, 2016.

Hard to believe it’s almost the end of the season, but Sunday is our last day before we embark on the last day of the season so let’s try to make today’s lineup a good one. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/25/16

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Pitcher #1: Colby Lewis, TEX

Salary: $7,300

Analysis: This is a bit of an iffy pick, mainly because Texas has already clinched their division and Oakland was out a while back. However the Rangers are still playing for playoff positioning, and I think Lewis wants redemption after dropping his last start against these same Oakland Athletics. Even after his previous start against the A’s last Sunday, Lewis is still holding the current Oakland lineup to a .143 batting average over 84 at-bats. I like Texas’ chances to get Lewis some run support and lock down the A’s, as Lewis is still competing for the 3rd slot in the Texas postseason starting rotation.

Pitcher #2: Josh Tomlin, CLE

Salary: $5,700

Analysis: Backing Tomlin always makes me a little bit queasy. I mean this is a guy who was in the Cy Young conversation early, and was 11-3 in mid-July, however going 1-5 in your last 9 starts won’t help your cause in any sport, especially as a starting pitcher. However Tomlin’s Indians could clinch the division on Sunday with a win and a Tigers loss against the Royals, which is why I chose Tomlin. Tomlin is 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 8 career starts against the White Sox, and he’s holding the current White Sox lineup to a combined .198 batting average with 24 strikeouts in 116 Chicago at-bats. If we get the same Tomlin from his last start against Kansas City, I like Cleveland’s chances on Sunday.

Catcher: Buster Posey, SF

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: It’s no secret that the Giants are in freefall right now, but a series against the Padres, who waved the white flag weeks ago, might be what San Fran needs, even though San Diego has played well against the Giants this season. Starting for the Padres is Clayton Richard, who has a 3-3 record with a 2.98 ERA this season. However one Giant that has had success against Richard in his brief career, is Buster Posey. Posey is 8-for-20 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 5 RBI while yet to be struck out by Richard. If San Fran is going to keep up in the playoff race, they need big performances down the stretch, especially from guys like Posey.

1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: Rizzo wasn’t the most expensive option on the board, so whenever that happens, I usually jump on it which is exactly what I did here. Rizzo and the Cubs have everything locked up heading into the final week of the season, all they are chasing is the elusive 100-win season, which would be the Cubs’ first since 1935. They have 8 opportunities to get 2 wins, including Sunday night against St. Louis and starter Carlos Martinez. Now even though I love Martinez as a pitcher, there are certain guys who just have your number, and for Martinez, Rizzo is one of those guys. Rizzo is a lifetime 7-for-23 with 5 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 7 RBI in his career against Martinez, and with the laser focus the Cubs are exhibiting as of late, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rizzo added to those state en route to win #99.

2nd Base: Dustin Pedroia, BOS

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: This is an awesome price for Pedroia, considering how Boston has been rolling as of late. The Red Sox finish their series with the Rays on Sunday, and Tampa sends Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face off against Boston. Pedroia is 9-for-24 in his career against Odorizzi, with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI. Odorizzi has fallen off a bit since his hot start post all-star break, which gives me enough confidence to back Pedroia and the Red Sox, who can taste the AL East crown.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: This pick almost seems crazy considering Donaldson has yet to record a hit in 15 at-bats against New York starter Michael Pineda, however Pineda is 0-1 in his last 8 starts. 8 starts! I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes 9 on Sunday, as the Yankees have yet to score in the first two games against Toronto, and to win, you need some run support, and I’m not sure Pineda gets it. On the other side I think Donaldson snaps out of his personal slump against Pineda on Sunday.

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, BOS

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Bogaerts is another member of the Red Sox who has had success against Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi, to the tune of 8 hits in 23 career at-bats, with 5 extra base hits and 3 RBI. Again, the Red Sox are so close to clinching the division, and the bats have been hot all season, so why not back them here against a pitcher in Odorizzi who has cooled off big time.

Outfielder #1: Rajai Davis, CLE

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Alright, so Davis may only have 1 hit in his last 7 games, but there’s a great opportunity for him to turn it around on Sunday as the Indians face off against the White Sox and starter Carlos Rodon. Davis has had his fair share of success against Rodon, going 6-for-12 with 2 extra base hits while yet to strike out against Rodon in his career. The Indians could officially lock up the division with a win on Sunday, so they’ll need all hands on deck, Davis included.

Outfielder #2: Justin Upton, DET

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Upton is back on one of his little streaks, and this is an awesome price on a Tiger who has 2 20-point games in his last 3 games heading into Saturday’s action. What makes it an even more awesome price, is Upton’s numbers against Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Upton is a lifetime 11-for-26 with 6 extra base hits, including a home run and 7 RBI against Volquez. If Detroit wants to hold on to one of the two wild-card spots, they need to win games like these, games against a starter like Volquez, who has allowed 4 runs in 4 of his last 5 starts.

Outfielder #3: Mike Trout, LAA

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: This is a product of having $6,000 to play with as your make your last pick. Trout has posted double-digit fantasy points in 7 of his last 8 and looks to improve on that total in Sunday’s series finale against the Astros. Now although Trout has no history against Houston starter Joe Musgrove, the Angels have owned the Astros in this series and have been playing well the last couple of weeks. Trout is still in the AL MVP conversation on a team that is 17 games under .500, flat out ridiculous right? But that’s just how good he is, which is why I’m going to back him on Sunday.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $500

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