Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 5/29
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May 29th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – High Cost / Value Picks – 5/29/15
Here is my lineup for tonight. Please note that I’m using the salary cap based on FanDuel prices.
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Also, as this is written the day before/morning of the games, please check the lineups and weather to ensure you have all active players going tonight!
- Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox
As both Harvey and Gray come into tonight’s matchups with minor issues, I’m going to look to save money at the pitchers position and go with Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox. Rodon was drafted third in the 2014 draft and could mature to an “ace” or a number 2 starter as his career continues as the lefty has a great, hard breaking slider and a fast baseball that can get to the mid-upper nineties. Rodon comes into the matchup with a 4.03 ERA and 1.84 WHIP due to some control issues, however does have 21 strikeouts in just 22.1 IP. Rodon will be facing the Houston Astros tonight who rank 2nd in MLB in total strikeouts and although it’s a pick that certainly comes with some risk, if Rodon can find his control tonight, he certainly has the arsenal and talent to be able to go 7 innings while getting us 7-10 K’s.
- Carlos Ruiz – Philadelphia Phillies
Carlos Ruiz is not having a great year at the plate and is really struggling hitting for power as the 9 year veteran is currently hitting just .252 with no homeruns and 8 RBI’s. So why am I considering taking him tonight? Ruiz is hitting .800 (4-5) of Chad Bettis of the Colorado Rockies in his career and is hitting .288 at home on the season. Ruiz has never been a big power hitter, but does have ability to knock one out every once and awhile. I would consider taking Gattis if I didn’t go with Rodon, but I do like Ruiz tonight and for a price tag under the $2500, this will allow me to focus on some heavy hitters for the rest of my lineup.
- Lucas Duda – New York Mets
Lucas Duda is having another great year for the Mets as the first baseman is hitting .305 on the season with 8 homeruns and 23 RBI’s. It was only a little bit more than a week ago where many people were wondering if his 2014 homerun total (30 homeruns) was a fluke as Duda was struggling get ball out of the park, however, Duda has silenced those doubts as over his past seven games he is hitting .381 with 5 homeruns and 8 RBI’s. Duda hasn’t had great success against Dan Haren of the Miami Marlins, however is hitting .323 and slugging .645 at home on the season. Haren is having a good season with the Marlins but has struggled in the past against the Mets posting a 4.73 ERA in 5 starts over the past three seasons. I’m going to hope that Duda can stay hot at home on Friday.
- Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia (AKA “The Laser Show”) has been outstanding as of late and has upped his seasons totals to a .298 average with 7 homeruns and 21 RBI’s. Over the past week, Pedroia is hitting .448 with 2 homeruns and 6 RBI’s and currently is riding a 8 game hit steak. Pedroia has a favorable matchup against Yovani Gallardo of the Texas Rangers on Friday as in his career, Pedroia has posted a .444 (4-9) average with a double and homerun. Pedroia is hitting .317 against right-handed pitching on the season and hit .364 with a homerun in 11 at-bats at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2014.
- J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles
J.J. Hardy missed all of April due to injury and although he hasn’t been that impressive since returning to the starting lineup, he has a good pitching matchup on Thursday and is quite affordable. Hardy is hitting just .194 on the season with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI’s however is a perfect 2 for 2 with a homerun against Nathan Karns of the Tampa Bay Rays in his career. As of late, Hardy hasn’t been hitting anything but singles, but veteran shortstop does have some power in his bat as he has hit 169 homeruns in his career. In two starts this year against Baltimore, Karns has posted a 0-1 record with a 5.06 ERA so I’m hoping that Baltimore can have a decent day in which Hardy will have a few chances to drive in some runs.
- Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
I’m very happy that in my separate fantasy leagues this year that I was all over Donaldson as the first year Blue Jay has been raking this season posting a .314 average with 13 homeruns and 35 RBI’s. Donaldson is hitting .381 with 4 homeruns and 7 RBI’s over the past week and had one of the better days this year in the daily fantasy leagues this past Tuesday going 4-4 with a BB, 5 Runs, a double, 2 homeruns and 4 RBI’s. Donaldson will be up against Trevor May of the Minnesota Twins on Friday which he is 2-2 lifetime against with a double and 2 RBI’s. Donaldson has hit .406 with 2 homeruns and 13 RBI’s against the Twins over his past three seasons. Donaldson has the great luxury to have Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion batting behind him, and should continue to see hittable pitches throughout the season.
- Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
With the money I saved at the Pitcher, Catcher, and Shortstop positions, I’ll be able to splurge on the best hitter on the planet as of right now in Bryce Harper. Harper is hitting .331 on the season with 18 homeruns and 43 RBI’s and has absolutely destroyed the month of May hitting .375 with 13 homeruns and 28 RBI’s. Harper will be facing Anthony DeSclafani of the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in which he is 1 for 1 lifetime off the right hander. Harper is hitting .351 and slugging an incredible .838 against right-handed pitching on the season is hitting .315 away from Nationals Park. Harper comes at a huge price tag for a non-pitcher, however, but with how he has been rolling as of late, he has been worth every penny.
- High Cost – Cameron Maybin – Atlanta Braves
Cameron Maybin hasn’t been hitting that well for average but does have 5 homeruns and 19 RBI’s on the season and has a great matchup against a struggling Tim Hudson of the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Maybin is hitting a respectable .291 in May and has had more success against righties on the season hitting at a .277 mark (.160 vs. Left-Handed Pitchers). Maybin does have a lot of experience against Tim Hudson as in his career he has posted a .400 (10-25) average with a homerun and 6 RBI’s. Outside of a couple starts of the season, Hudson has really struggled this year as he has posted a 5.04 ERA and has already given up 8 homeruns on the season. The current Braves roster has hit .289 against Hudson and I think Maybin could be in for a good day at the plate on Friday.
- Matt Joyce – Los Angeles Angels
Matt Joyce has always been a streaky hitter and unfortunately for Joyce, there have been many more prolonged bad streaks than good. The good news is that even though Joyce is hitting just .187 with 3 homeruns and 15 RBI’s on the season, he seems to be in the midst of a good streak as over the past week he is hitting .381 (8-21) with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI’s. Joyce has a good matchup against a struggling Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers as in his career he has posted a .333 average (5-15) with a double, two triples, and a homerun. Although I was thinking of getting rid of Harper so I would have over $8000 is salary cap for two outfielders, I’m going to stick with my gut and roll with Joyce in hopes that his hot hitting can continue for one more night.