Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 9/24/2015
MLB Picks for your MLB Daily Fantasy Leagues
September 24th, 2015
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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 – Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner is having another great season with the Giants as the left-hander is currently posting a 2.84 ERA and 1.01 WHIP while striking out 219 batters in 205.2 IP. Bumgarner has been solid over his last two starts as he has given up just 1 ER over 17 IP while striking out 16. Bumgarner has a solid matchup on Thursday night against the San Diego Padres in which he has posted a 2.36 ERA over four starts this season. San Diego currently is ranked 5th in MLB in total strikeouts on the season and Bumgarner has 33 K’s against the Padres this season over 26.2 IP. Bumgarner is currently posting a 9.6 K/9 ratio and has a strikeout percentage of 26.81% which ranks 7th in MLB among qualified starters. Bumgarner is holding the current Padres roster to a .213 average and as he threw a complete game, 1-hitter while striking out 9 against the Padres a little less than two weeks ago, he is worth the heavy investment on Thursday.
Catcher – Jacob Realmuto – Miami Marlins
I’m stacking the Miami Marlins on Thursday night, starting with J.T.Realmuto, as they have a great matchup against the right-handed Alec Asher of the Philadelphia Phillies. Realmuto has had a decent season for the Marlins as he is hitting .254 with 10 HR’s and 45 RBI’s. Asher was recently called up by the Phillies at the end of August and has struggled in his first four starts in the majors as he is currently posting a 9.78 ERA and 1.91 WHIP. Asher is currently allowing RHB’s to post a .341 average and 1.065 OPS against him on the season. Realmuto is currently hitting .245 against RHP’s on the season and has hit 8 of his 10 HR’s against righties. Realmuto is hitting .340 with 3 HR’s so far in the month of September. Realmuto has a .333 (5-15) average with a HR over the past week and as I need to save a lot on my position players tonight as I’m going with Bumgarner, Realmuto is a solid value pick on Thursday.
First Base – Justin Bour – Miami Marlins
I took Justin Bour on Wednesday night and at the time of this writing he has come through as he is currently 1 for 2 with a solo HR. I’m going with Bour against on Thursday as he still has great value at $2800 and has an outstanding matchup against the right-hander Alec Asher. On the season, Bour is hitting .261 with 19 HR”s and 63 RBI’s. Asher has really struggled against LHB’s in his limited starts this season as he is currently allowing LHB’s to post a .385 average, .641 slugging percentage, and 1.073 OPS. Bour has been decent against RHP’s on the season as he has posted a .801 OPS as all 19 of his HR’s have come against RHP’s. Bour is currently hitting .304 (7-23) with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s over the past week and for the second straight night, is a solid play against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Second Base – Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins
Miguel Rojas has been playing on a regular basis as of late since Adeiny Hechavarria and although he is only hitting .263 with a 1 HR and 12 RBI’s on the season, he does come into Thursday’s night game riding an 8 game hitting streak. As I’ve mentioned above in J.T. Realmuto’s and Justin Bour’s write-up, Rojas has a great matchup against the right-handed Alec Asher of the Philadelphia Phillies. Asher currently has a 9.78 ERA and 1.91 WHIP and has given up 6 HR’s in just 19.1 IP. Asher has yet to give up less than 4 ER’s in any of his four starts this season. Rojas has been much better against RHP’s this season as against RHP’s he has posted a .289 average and .731 OPS. Rojas is hitting .429 (3-7) with a HR and three RBI’s against the Phillies and as he only cost $2500, he is decent value pick on Thursday.
Shortstop – Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
Brandon Crawford is only hitting .254 on the season but the shortstop has shown some good power this season as Crawford currently has 19 HR’s and 78 RBI’s. Crawford has had a rough September as he is hitting just .143 on the month, however he did have his first multi-hit game of the month last night and has a decent matchup against the right-handed Ian Kennedy of the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Kennedy comes into contest with a 4.29 ERA and 1.27 WHIP and has been hit hard recently as over this last three starts he has given up 14 ERs in 15.2 IP. Kennedy has been killed by the HR ball this season as on the season he has allowed 29 HR’s. Crawford has a .787 OPS with 16 of his 19 HR’s against RHP’s this season and for a price tag of just $2300, he is a solid value pick going against Kennedy.
Third Base – Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals
Mike Moustakas is having a solid season for the Royals as the slugging third baseman is currently hitting .278 with 20 HR’s and 73 RBI’s. Moustakas is hitting just .200 over the past week, but he does have two solo HR’s in that time period. Moustakas has a decent matchup against the left-handed James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners who comes into the game posting a 3.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Paxton has really struggled against LHB’s in his limited action this season as he is currently allowing LHB’s to post a .389 (21-54) average, .481 slugging percentage, and a .966 OPS. Moustakas has been decent against LHP’s this season as he has posted a .261 average and .762 OPS. Moustakas has hit 8 HR of his 20 HR’s against LHP’s this season. Moustakas has been solid against the Seattle Mariners this season as he is hitting .313 (5-16) with a HR and I hope that he can continue this type of success on Thursday night.
Outfield – Marlon Byrd – San Francisco Giants
Marlon Byrd has been a great addition since being acquired by the San Francisco Giants in mid-August as with the Giants, Byrd is hitting .282 with 3 HR’s and 25 RBI’s. On the season, Byrd is hitting just .247 but does have 22 HR’s and 67 RBI’s. Byrd has a solid matchup against Ian Kennedy of the San Diego Padres who comes in with a 4.29 ERA on the season. Kennedy has actually fared worst against RHB’s this season as he is allowing RHB’s to post a .263 average, .498 slugging percentage, and .824 OPS. In his career Byrd has posted a .364 average with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI’s against Kennedy in his career. Kennedy has had trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark this season as he has allowed 29 HR’s and as Byrd has hit 17 of his 22 HR’s against RHP’s, he is solid choice for a cost of $3500.
Outfield – Ben Zobrist – Kansas City Royals
Ben Zobrist has had a nice season and has been a great addition to the Kansas City Royals as the left-fielder is currently hitting .285 with 12 HR’s and 53 RBI’s on the season. Since being acquired by the Royals as the trade deadline, Zobrist has hit .304 with 6 HR’s and 20 RBI’s. Zobrist will be going up against the left-handed James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners who comes into the matchup with a 3.70 ERA. Paxton has been great against RHB’s this season so it will be interesting to see if Zobrist, who is a switch hitter, decides to hit from the left-side of the plate as Paxton has struggled against LHB’s this season. Zobrist has his upsides from whatever side of the plate he hits from as he has more power as a LHB (9 of 12 HR’s) this year but has a solid .314 average with a .886 OPS as a RHB on the season. Zobrist has a .333 (4-12) average over his past three games and I hope he can continue his success with Kansas City on Thursday night.
Outfield – Michael Conforto – New York Mets
Michael Conforto is hitting .278 on the season with 8 HR’s and 23 RBI’s and has been a solid addition to the Mets in his rookie campaign since being called up in late July. Conforto has a solid matchup on Thursday as he is going up against the right-handed Josh Smith of the Cincinnati Reds who comes into the matchup with a 7.71 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in his 6 games played this season. Smith has been crushed by LHB’s on the season as he is allowing LHB’s to post a .345 average, .759 slugging percentage, and 1.271 OPS. Conforto has been solid against RHP’s on the season as he has posted a .292 average and .931 OPS. Conforto has great power and as I imagine he’ll get the start on Thursday as the Mets will be going up against a hittable RHP, he is worth the $2700 price tag.