Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/10/16
Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 9, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/10/16
August 10, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 10, 2016.
We are looking at another day of great baseball, another full schedule with some afternoon matchups that’ll make you want to take a day off from work. Here's my lineup for Wednesday, August 10th.
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Pitcher #1: Jeff Samardzija, SF
Analysis: I decided that I was going to try to find value right out of the gate so I have a little bit more money to play around with later on, which is why I took Samardzija. The reason we are getting good value with Samardzija is because he’s lost his last 3 starts, and he is hovering around .500 with an ERA above four. But against eh Marlins on Wednesday Samardziha may have a chance to turn it around. In 7 games against the Marlins in his career, Samardziha is 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA and current Marlins hitters are batting only .200 against him including Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton who is 3-for-19 against Samardzija lifetime, with 6 strikeouts. This is a high-risk high reward shot, so if it pays off (which it very well could) we will take a huge jump in the standings because of it.
Pitcher #2: Ian Kennedy, KC
Analysis: Kennedy isn’t necessarily one of my favorite options when it comes to pitchers, but every once in a while if he has a good matchup, I’ll back him and that’s exactly what we have on Wednesday when Kennedy’s Royals take on the slumping White Sox. On the surface, a 1-1 record with a 6-plus ERA against a team might scare some away from picking Kennedy, especially when his last start saw Kennedy give up 7 earned in just over 5 innings of work. But when we dig deeper, Kennedy has only given up 24 hits in 82 at bats against current white sox hitters, to go along with 16 strikeouts. Not to mention if we look at Kennedy’s last two DFS starts, against Tampa Bay and Texas, Kennedy has been a stud putting up 50.7 points combined over just two starts. Here’s to hoping that Kennedy can do it one more time for us on Wednesday.
Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC
Analysis: Perez is my sleeper in today’s lineup, not to mention an absolute steal at only $2,600. Sure, Perez is only hitting .194 since the all-star break, however none of those at bats have been against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. Perez is hitting a white-hot .353 against Quintana with 2 home runs and 8 RBI for his trouble, Add in the fact that Quintana has had his fair share of struggles with the royals, going 1-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 20 career games against Kansas City, and that’s a recipe for a perfect situation for Perez to snap out of his slump.
1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET
Analysis: King Felix might be starting for the wild card hunting Mariners on Wednesday but people are quick to forget that Detroit is in the mix as well, in large part thanks to the timely hitting of Miguel Cabrera among others for the Tigers. The reason I’m taking Cabrera here is because I had the extra money to play with that I had mentioned earlier for picking Samardzija. My original selection was going to be Joey Votto, but knowing the Tigers have more to play for than the Reds, I think we get more of a performance from Cabrera as he has to be at his best to keep up with Hernandez. However Cabrera has shown that he’s able to keep up with the King, batting .423 lifetime against Hernandez while only striking out 4 times. This should be a most interesting matchup on Wednesday night, and hopefully the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera come out on the right side of it.
2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET
Analysis: Not much more to add to Kinsler that I haven’t already mentioned with Cabrera, another Tiger with decent numbers against Felix Hernandez. Against King Felix, Kinsler is batting just .238 but that’s over 80 at-bats with 4 home runs and 8 RBIs. Kinsler is also riding a personal 7 game hitting streak, where he has amassed 12 hits over that span. I have said that I’m a big supporter of guys on teams who are chasing a playoff spot by a couple of games and this is that perfect storm wit not only Cabrera, but my second baseman on Wednesday night, Ian Kinsler.
3rd Base: Jake Lamb, ARI
Analysis: If MLB gave out a most improved player award, you’d have to think this year’s would go to Jake Lamb. Lamb has improved from a measly 5 home runs in 2015, to 24 and counting this season, and has been one of the very few bright spots in a downright miserable Arizona Diamondbacks season. My pick for Lamb on Wednesday night is strictly a flyer to be honest with you. Lamb has no track record against Mets starter Bartolo Colon, and Lamb has gone 0-for-13 in his career against the Mets. However Lamb is riding a 5-game hit streak, in which he has collected 9 hits and scored 72 points for DFS owners of the D-backs third baseman. While I don’t expect Arizona to win this game, I’m pretty confident that Lamb can keep his streak alive and get a couple hits off of Colon.
Shortstop: Carlos Correa, HOU
Analysis: Of all the options I had at shortstop, Correa was the one I liked the most, partially because Correa is 3-4 so far in his young career against Santana, but also because I haven’t like any of what I’ve seen from Santana at all this season, even though Santana is 3-0 in his career against Houston and the Twins are playing better, Minnesota is still a bad team while Houston is still in the hunt for a wild card spot even though they’ve cooled off big time. The Astros need big performances from guys like Jose Altuve, but I think Wednesday night is where we see Correa step up for Houston and have a big game.
Outfielder #1: Andrew McCutchen, PIT
Analysis: My outfield is where I really put to use the extra cash I had from my other value picks from earlier. McCutchen has phenomenal numbers against Padres starter Edwin Jackson, batting .419 with 3 homers and 9 RBI in only 31 at-bats against Jackson, who may have a good record against the pirates but is still a sub-par pitching option on a low-end San Diego team. We have another case of a good player on a team in a wild card hunt, and I think McCutchen adds to his record against Jackson and pushes his RBI total into double digits while doing so.
Outfielder #2: Starling Marte, PIT
Analysis: Marte was one of the most expensive outfield options but just like his outfielder partner Andrew McCutchen, Marte has good numbers against Padres starter Edwin Jackson. Lifetime, Marte is batting .409 against Jackson withan RBI in 22 at-bats, but what makes Marte an appealing option is his wacky ability to get extra base hits, as he has at least a double or triple in 7 of his last 12 games, to help his average climb to .318 when I’m writing this. The story is the same here as well, Great player on a team chasing a playoff spot where solid performances are needed game-in and game-out.
Outfielder #3: Mike Trout, LAA
Analysis: Ok here’s where I deviate from the norm. Trout is on an Angels team that is probably missing the playoffs. However with some extra cap room than I’m used to, I decided to choose Trout against the reeling Cubs and their Wednesday starter, Jason Hammel. Hammel and Trout have a limited past, but Trout has had some success against Hammel hitting .308 with a home run and 2 RBI in 13 at-bats. The Angels may not be playing baseball come October, but Trout is still an all-star and one of the best in the game and gives everything he has from game 1 to game 162, and if you don’t believe me just look at some of the catches he was making when the Angels were in their brutal slump from june up until recently. I’ll take a shot with Trout in the hopes that he tries to inspire not only his team, but the Angels faithful as well that there’s still a chance, albeit a slim one.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100