Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 8/8/16
Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 8, 2016 DFS tips for MLB games on 8/8/16
August 8, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 8, 2016.
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We only have nine MLB games so that's 18 teams in action on Monday so the choices are a little slimmer than usual. With Minor League callups happening more and more often, and the trade deadline passed, the matchup's can be even more lopsided. Here's my take on today's action.
Pitcher #1: Michael Fulmer, DET
Analysis: Since we have a pitcher’s duel in Miami between the Marlins and Giants, the price tags on Jose Fernandez and Johnny Cueto are too steep for my liking when I’m trying to squeeze as much juice out of my cap as possible, which is why I took Fulmer. There is a strong possibility that the Tigers righty could win the AL Rookie of the year, he would be the first since Justin Verlander in 2006 to win the honor. With a 9-2 record along with a sparkling 2.42 ERA, Fulmer has allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 12 of his 17 starts this season.
Pitcher #2: R.A. Dickey, TOR
Analysis: To be honest, this is more of a gut call more than anything else. Dickey’s record vs. Tampa Bay in his career is close to .500, however when a knuckleballer is on the bump, it’s a coin flip. When it’s on and moving, it’s near impossible to catch but if it hangs in the zone, you’re fighting an uphill battle. My only reasoning for this pick is that the Blue Jays are head and shoulders the better team than Tampa Bay, and returning home after a rough series loss to the Royals in the middle of a pennant race will do them some good against a wildly inconsistent Rays squad.
Catcher: Evan Gattis, HOU
Analysis: In limited at bats against the Minnesota Twins Monday starting pitcher Tyler Duffey, Gattis hasn’t gotten a hit yet. I think that means the Astros backstop is due. Gattis may only be hitting .228 this year, but the power is still there and he is coming off of a 3-for-5 game against Detroit. With multiple question marks with higher price tags, I’ll gladly take the value pick in Gattis.
1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
Analysis: The Blue Jays slugging first baseman/DH is inching closer and closer to his fourth 100 RBI season as a member of the Bluebirds, and he’s doing it this year with 50 games left, making this a surprising value pick. I mean you’re trying to tell me that there are 12 guys with higher price tags than the Major League leader in RBI and runner up in home runs? Sorry, I’ll take my chances with Edwin.
2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU
Analysis: With saving a bit of cash with Gattis and Encarnacion, I can afford to splurge a little bit on the most expensive second baseman in Altuve, but I’m thinking it is going to pay off. I can’t trust the aforementioned Twins starter Tyler Duffey as far as I can throw him, especially against one of the most consistent Astros, and while we are at it, one of the most consistent hitters in all of baseball. Altuve leads the league in hits and is on pace to hit 40 doubles for the third consecutive season and pretty much shatter all of his career best numbers.
3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR
Analysis: While there are a couple options at 3rd base, I like the reigning AL MVP here. Sure, Donaldson may not be tearing the league to pieces like last year, but he is still swinging a hot bat right now. JD is still on pace to get 40 home runs this season and while he may not reach his 123 RBI mark from last year, Donaldson has lifted his OPS 60 points getting close to the 1.000 mark. Not to mention, Donaldson knows how lucky he is to not be injured after taking a pitch to the face Friday night, that kind of thing usually lights a fire under somebody, even if they aren’t playing the same team that drilled them in the first place.
Shortstop: Manny Machado, BAL
Analysis: I was kind of surprised to see the price I was getting on Machado. Okay, Manny did have an awful July hitting only .204, but he’s gone 6-for-17 to start the month of August, a month Machado has known to enjoy over his four-year career. Machado’s career August slash line comes out to .296/,333/.454 over that time span so I’m fairly confident that this hot streak to start the month isn’t a flash in the pan and will carry over to Oakland against a bad A’s team.
Outfielder #1: Adam Jones, BAL
Analysis: Adam Jones was one of those gut picks for me because it seems that whenever he is on, the O’s just come rally right behind him. Jones has collected 11 hits and 4 home runs over the last 8 games, which isn’t always the norm for a leadoff hitter. His speed has come down a couple notches so the base stealing has scaled back a bit, but Jones is not lacking for power by any means, chasing a sixth consecutive 25 HR season. Add in that he will face off against rocky A’s starter Kendall Graveman I think Jones can inch closer to that 25 HR plateau.
Outfielder #2: Matt Kemp, ATL
Analysis: One of the few brighter spots in a gloomy Atlanta Braves season has been the acquisition of former all-star Matt Kemp. As far as DFS goes, this is just a pick because I didn’t like what else was on the table and I was starting to run low on funds. It’s safe to say that Kemp is trying to make the best out of a bad situation, after hitting his first homerun as a Brave on Sunday. Although Kemp’s .255 batting average is less than spectacular, he still has some pop in that bat, as his 24 home runs and 72 RBIs up to this point can’t be taken away from him and being one of the “stars” on this team he’s sure to produce at least once in a while, and against a spotty Milwaukee defense, this may be a good place to start.
Outfielder #3: Giancarlo Stanton, MIA
Analysis: I know the reason Stanton is so cheap is because A. He isn’t crushing home runs as often as we are used to and B. He’s facing arguably the Giants ace this season in Johnny Cueto. But any pitcher can get torched at any time, even the best ones which is why I decided to take a flyer on Stanton. Not to mention it kinda helps that Stanton is batting .385 (5-13) in his career against Cueto with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $400