Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 6/17
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June 17th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 6/17/15
Here is my lineup for tonight’s games. 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!
Pitcher – Ubaldo Jimenez – Baltimore Orioles
There are a lot of “aces” on the mound tonight, however, I’m going to try and save some money and go with Ubaldo Jimenez of the Baltimore Orioles as he has a favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Jimenez has been having a good season as he has posted a 3.19 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while striking out 66 batters in 67.2 IP. Jimenez has a solid 8.8 K/9 ratio so far in 2015 and has recorded at least 5 K’s in his last four outings. Philadelphia ranks 30th in MLB in runs scored (200) and 28th in batting average (.236) and as I think that the Orioles could have another decent offensive night against Kevin Correia, I don’t see any reason why Jimenez couldn’t get us 7 IP, with 5-8 K’s and a win tonight.
Catcher – Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
I was correct about stacking Orioles hitters yesterday, unfortunately however, Wieters didn’t get the start last night so he wasn’t a part of the offensive explosion (Luckily, I placed in Francisco Cervelli who got me a HR last night). I’m going back to Wieters tonight as although he hasn’t had much success in his lifetime against Kevin Correia, I’m not concerned that Wieters will have trouble against a right-hander that has a career 4.57 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. As I mentioned yesterday, Wieters missed the first two months of the season recovering from Tommy John Surgery and since his return he has hit .333 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI’s. Wieters has been deadly hitting from the left-side of the plate as current has a .400 average and 1.341 OPS in 20 AB’s. Wieters is hitting .353 during night games on the season as of Wednesday and as he is playing at Camden Yards, which favors LHB, I’m going to roll with Wieters one more time.
First Base – Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves are currently in rebuilding mode, however, with Freddie Freeman, they know they won’t have to worry about first base for a long time. Freeman is having another great year as he is hitting .303 with 12 homeruns and 41 RBI’s and has a good matchup against a struggling Joe Kelly of the Boston Red Sox. Kelly comes into this matchup barley holding on to a rotation spot as he is currently spotting a 5.45 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Freeman as yet to face the right-handed Kelly in his career, however is sporting a .310 average and .941 OPS against RHP on the season. Freeman currently has a nice 6 game hitting streak and as he is hitting .344 in June, I don’t see any reason why he can’t have a big night against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Second Base – Jimmy Paredes – Baltimore Orioles
Jimmy Paredes got off to a great start in 2015 and although he has struggled a bit towards the end of May/early June, he seems to be finding a swing against lately as he has a .353 average over his last four games. On the season, Paredes is hitting .299 with 7 homeruns and 30 RBI’s and I like Paredes to do some damage tonight as I don’t have much faith in the right-handed Kevin Correia of the Philadelphia Phillies. Paredes has limited experience against Correia (1-3 w/ a 2B) however, as a LHB on the season he is hitting .317 with all 7 of his homeruns. Paredes is hitting .292 at Camden Yards on the season, and similar to Wieters, I like having the LHB at Camden Yards against sub-average pitching.
Shortstop – Jimmy Rollins – Los Angeles Dodgers
As much as I usually like spending the money to get Tulowitzki against LHP, I’m going to save the money tonight and go with Jimmy Rollins largely due to his success against the left-handed Wandy Rodriguez. Jimmy Rollins certainly isn’t hitting for average so far in 2015 as the 15 year veteran has a .198 average, however, Rollins has shown a bit of pop in his bat as he does have 7 homeruns on the season. In his career against Rodriguez, Rollins has posted a .444 (8-18) average and 1.111 OPS. Rollins has hit a little better against LHP and at home on the season, and although my hopes aren’t extremely high, I do think Rollins could do a little bit of damage tonight is has some decent value.
Third Base – Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
By not spending my money on Tulowitzki at SS, I’m able to splurge on another RHB who has absolutely crushed RHP on the season in Toronto’s Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is having a great year with the Blue Jays as he currently has a .305 average with 17 homeruns and 45 RBI’s. Donaldson will be going up against the left-handed Jonathon Niese tonight, and although he hasn’t faced Niese in his career, Donaldson is hitting an incredible .413 (19-46) with 4 doubles and 4 homeruns against lefties on the season. Niese has really struggled as of late with the homerun ball as he has given up 6 homeruns in his last 33 IP and feel that he could be in for a long night with the slugging trio of Donaldson, Bautista, and Encarnacion.
Outfield – Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasiel Puig has struggled in his first two games against the Rangers in his current series, however, Puig is still hitting .333 over the past week and has posted a .321 average with 3 homeruns and 8 RBI’s so far in 2015. Puig looked fully recovered from his hamstring injury from earlier this season and even though he hasn’t faced Wandy Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers in his career, I like Puig’s chances against the left-handed veteran. On the season, Puig is hitting .400 (6-15) with a 1.138 OPS against left-handed pitching. Puig has hit .429 at Dodgers Stadium and .355 during night games in 2015 and I think he has a good chance to have a big game against Rodriguez and the Rangers on Wednesday.
Outfield – Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
Starling Marte continued his hot-streak last night collecting his fifth consecutive multi-hit game and as he faces another LHP in John Dank of the Chicago White Sox tonight, I don’t see any reason why not to continue to roll with Marte. Marte has been absolutely raking it as of late hitting .533 (16-30) over the past week and is now posting a .286 average with 12 homeruns, 45 RBI’s, and 13 SB. Marte hasn’t faced John Danks in his career, however, he has posted a .372 (16-43) average and 1.167 OPS against LHP on the season. Marte is hitting .600 against the White Sox on the season and I don’t see any reason he can’t continue his how streak against an at best, average pitcher in John Danks tonight.
Outfield – Ryan Raburn – Cleveland Indians
Ryan Raburn should be back in the line-up tonight as the Indians will be facing the left-handed Tsuyoshi Wada of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, and as Raburn is basically a right-handed hitting specialist for the Indians, he generally has great value when the Indians face a LHP. Raburn is hitting .290 on the season with 3 homeruns and 17 RBI’s, however has a .313 average and .948 OPS against LHP on the season. Raburn is hitting .341 at Progressive Field on the season and as Wada has really struggled on the road this season (7.56 ERA), I can see Raburn possibility getting us a homerun tonight.