Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 8/2/15
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August 2nd, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 8/2/15
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 and that any pitching matchups mentioned below haven’t changed. Good Luck everyone!
Pitcher – Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran isn’t having the season the Braves were hoping however, as the 4-year veteran has a solid matchup against the weak hitting Philadelphia Phillies, I think he shows some great value for Sunday afternoon. Teheran is currently posting a 4.71 ERA and 1.40 WHIP and has 106 strikeouts in 124.1 IP so far this season. Teheran is currently posting a 7.7 K/9 ratio and has a strikeout percentage of 20.00%. Philadelphia is currently hitting .246 (ranked 22nd in MLB) and have scored just 274 runs (ranked 27th in MLB) against RHP on the season. Teheran has fared well against the current Philadelphia Phillies roster as he is holding them to just a .204 average. Teheran had arguably his best outing of the season against the Phillies in early July as he went 7 innings giving up no earned runs while striking out 4 and I think he’ll have another solid performance against the Phillies on Sunday.
Catcher – Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers
Similar to Detroit’s season, Victor Martinez has had a rough go at it in 2015 as the career .304 hitter has battled injuries and is currently hitting just .253 with 6 homeruns and 36 RBI’s. The switch-hitting Martinez has a solid matchup against Ubaldo Jimenez in which in his career he has posted a .333 (9-27) average with 4 homeruns and 11 RBI’s. Jimenez has had a good season with the Orioles however, has struggled as of late as over his last three starts he has gone just 14.0 innings giving up 19 hits, 6 walks and 16 ER. Martinez has fared well over the last three seasons at Camden Yards as he has posted a .364 (8-22) average with a 1.122 OPS. Martinez has been struggling more from hitting as a LHB on the season, however, as his price tag has dipped below the $3000 mark he is showing great value at a good hitter’s ballpark on Sunday.
First Base – Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
I just started to write-up about Anthony Rizzo when he hit his 20th homerun of the season against the Brewers last night and as he has another great matchup against Kyle Lohse of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, I’m going with Rizzo once again. On the season, Rizzo currently is hitting .291 with 20 homeruns and 60 RBI’s and has been an absolute monster against the Brewers as he has posted a .419 (13-31) average with 4 homeruns and 9 RBI’s. Rizzo will be up against the right-handed Lohse who has really struggled this season as he is currently sporting a 6.24 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Lohse has had trouble with the long ball on the season as he has given up 24 homeruns in the 21 games he has started on the season. Rizzo has been great against Loshe as in his career he has posted a .458 (11-24) average and 1.167 OPS. Loshe is giving allowing LHB’s to have a .822 OPS against him on the season and as Rizzo has been on absolute fire over his past few games, I’m happy to spend the $3800 for him on Sunday.
Second Base – Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips had one of the better fantasy games of the week earlier this week going 4-5 with 2 homeruns, 7 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and 2 SB and is having a decent season posting a .278 average with 7 homeruns and 39 RBI’s. Phillips has been hitting well as of late as he has a .290 average over the past week and a .302 average since the All-Star break. Phillips has a solid matchup against the right-handed Charlie Morton of the Pittsburgh Pirates in which in his career he has posted a .324 (11-34) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s. Morton hasn’t been anything great on the season as he comes into this matchup with a 4.61 ERA and 1.34 WHIP and has struck out just 41 batters in 70.1 IP. Over the last three seasons Morton has struggled against the Reds as he has a 5.40 ERA over 6 starts and is allowing the current Cincinnati roster to have a .286 average against him. Phillips price tag went up after his monster game earlier this week, but as I do like both the Reds and his matchup against Morton, I’m going to hope for another big game from the 13-year veteran.
Shortstop – J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles
I’m going with J.J. Hardy as my shortstop today as the veteran shortstop has picked it up so far in the 2nd half of the season and I like the aspect that the does have enough pop in his bat to possibility get me a homerun. On the season, Hardy is hitting just .242 with 7 homeruns and 29 RBI’s however, since the All-Start break, Hardy is hitting .294 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI’s. Hardy will be going up against the Tigers newly acquired left-handed rookie in Daniel Norris who games into Sunday’s matchup with a 3.86 ERA and 1.50 WHIP however, hasn’t pitched at the MLB level since April. Norris has all the makings of being a solid top of the line pitcher however, I still believe he’ll go through some rookie struggles as most pitchers do. In his time up with the Blue Jays in April he allowed opposing batters to have a .267 average against him and struggled a bit with his control as he walked 12 batters in just 23.1 IP. Hardy is a career 1 for 1 against Norris and as he is hitting a bit better at home on the season, I’ll take my chances with him on Sunday.
Third Base – Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier is having another great season with the Reds as the slugging third baseman is hitting .272 with 27 homeruns and 67 RBI’s on the season. Frazier has struggled a bit as of late as he is hitting just .174 over the past week, but has a solid matchup against the right handed Charlie Morton of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. In his career against Morton, Frazier has posted a .467 (7-15) average and a ridiculous 1.633 OPS (2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homeruns). Morton has really struggled on the road this season as he has posted a 7.26 ERA on the road this season and has posted a 4.60 ERA at Great American Ball Park over the past three seasons. Frazier has hit a solid .316 at Great American Ball Park this season with 16 homeruns and with his success against Morton, Frazier is once again a solid pick for your fantasy lineups for Sunday.
Outfield – Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox
I missed the days in which I was able to get Cabrera at the $2200 range but as the veteran outfielder recently recorded 2+ hits in seven straight games, Cabrera’s price tag has rocketed to $3900. Cabrera is currently hitting .283 with 7 homeruns and 52 RBI’s on the season and although I do think his price tag is higher than it should be, he has a great matchup against the right handed Ian Nova of the Yankees on Sunday. In his career against Nova, Cabrera has posted a .667 (6-9) average and a 2.144 OPS (1 double, 2 homeruns) against the righty. Cabrera has been much better from the left side of the plate hitting at .295 mark with 4 homeruns and 40 RBI’s. Nova hasn’t been anything spectacular since returning from the DL however and is allowing LHB’s to post a .292 average and .804 OPS against him on the season. Cabrera posted a .391 average and 1.084 OPS in July and I’m hoping that he can continue his hot hitting against the Yankees on Sunday.
Outfield – Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds
Jay Bruce is having a solid season hitting .258 with 17 homeruns and 60 RBI’s on the season and similar to Phillips and Frazier, has had a ton of success off the right handed Charlie Morton of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his career against Morton, Bruce has posted a .296 (8-27) average and 1.070 OPS (3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homeruns). I’ve mentioned a bit about Morton’s subpar season and struggles against the Reds in the write-ups above, he has also hasn’t been great against LHB’s as he has allowed LHB’s to have a .303 average and .921 OPS against him on the season. Bruce has been solid on the season at Great American Ball Park as he has posted a .268 average with 11 of his 17 homeruns. Bruce has hit .364 over the past week and hit .315 in July and I hope he can continue this type of hitting in a good matchup against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Outfield – Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers
The last time I was debating on picking Shin-Soo Choo I decided against it and the Choo decided to go nuts by hitting for the cycle and collecting 17.25 fantasy points in Colorado. I’m not going to make the same mistake again and going to go with Choo who is currently hitting just .237 with 13 homeruns and 48 RBI’s on the season. Choo has a solid matchup against Mark Leake of the San Francisco Giants in which he has posted a .600 (3-5) average with a double and two homeruns. Choo is hitting better against RHP on the season as he has posted a .273 average with 10 of his 13 homeruns against righties. Leake has been outstanding over his last few starts however is still allowing LHB’s to post a .263 average and .734 OPS against him. Choo is hitting .382 since the All-Star break and I’m hoping that he can continue his success against Leake on Sunday.