Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/11/16
Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 11, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/11/16
August 11, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 11, 2016.
With a condensed schedule in the majors today, there are only 10 games including 6 in the afternoon, which makes for some interesting matinee matchups. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Corey Kluber, CLE
Analysis: Kluber is a no-brainer for me today. Do we start with the fact that current Angels hitters are a combined 10-for-61/.164 against him? Or how about the fact that in his last 5 starts, Kluber has scored a combined 142 fantasy points, that’s an average of over 28 per game! Or how about that in each of those 5 starts Kluber has gone at least 7 innings and has had 8 strikeouts in 4 of those 5. See? No-brainer. Take Kluber in your lineup, no matter what the price is.
Pitcher #2: Matt Garza, MIL
Analysis: So since I took a really expensive pitcher first, I want to try to balance it out with a value pick second. Garza hasn’t pitched a whole lot this season but there is a lot to like about his afternoon matchup with the Braves. Current Braves hitters are batting .217 against Garza, with 18 strikeouts to boot. Milwaukee has packed it in this season, however against a Braves side that also has nothing to play for, we have to give Garza an edge as you would think the Brew Crew would want to at least take a home series from the visiting Braves, and I think Garza helps them do that here.
Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC
Analysis: Taking Perez Tuesday night came back to bite me in the butt as he went 0-for-4, however I still like his chances in this matchup. White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez has not been good since coming over from Baltimore, going 2-6 in 17 starts with an ERA over four. Not to mention that Gonzalez has struggled against the Royals specifically posting a career 1-4 record against Kansas City. Perez has had personal success against Gonzalez, batting at a .353 clip, with a home run and a couple RBI to his credit. I think Perez uses Gonzalez as a stepping stone to get back on track tonight, and redeems himself for his poor performance on Tuesday.
1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHC
Analysis: The Cubs can do no wrong right now, as winners of 9 straight going for 10 Thursday night against the Cards and starting pitcher Carlos Martinez. Martinez in one of the best young pitchers that baseball has to offer, however Martinez is a shell of his 2015 self and has not been consistent to say the least. Going up against a hot Cubs lineup may not do Martinez any good in that department, especially against Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo may not have standout numbers against Martinez, batting 4-for-17 lifetime against him, however 2 of those 4 hits were home runs and only one at-bat resulted in a strikeout. That tells me that Rizzo is at least able to make contact against Martinez and if he makes the right contact on Thursday night, Rizzo may score us quite a few fantasy points while leading the Cubs to another double digit win streak.
2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN
Analysis: The Twins season is pretty much over, but that doesn’t mean that the players stop doing what they’re getting paid the big bucks to do. Dozier still shows up and puts in his work just like everyone else on the Twins roster, even though they may not be playing the best ball this season. The Twins play host to the Houston Astros and starting pitcher Doug Fister on Thursday afternoon. Dozier has swung a hot bat against Fister, going 6-for-11/.545 with a home run for his trouble Minnesota may not win this game, but I personally like Dozier’s chances of at least continuing his personal success against Doug Fister.
3rd Base: Danny Valencia, OAK
Analysis: Danny Valencia has always been one of those guys for me that when I don’t pick him, he plays great and when I do pick him, I live to regret it. Here’s to hoping that we have a change of pace Thursday. Oakland has stunned Baltimore this series taking the first 3 matchups against the widely favored Orioles, and I personally like the A’s to complete the sweep here against O’s starter Chris Tillman. Now granted, Tillman has been great this year and has surprisingly emerged as the ace of the rotation. However it doesn’t matter if you’re an ace or not, there will always be some guys who have success against you, and that’s what Danny Valencia has here. Valencia has gone 5-for-13 against Tillman for a .385 average with a home run and 4 RBI. With the way Oakland has been taking it to Baltimore in this series, I wouldn’t be surprised for a breakout performance from Valencia and that’s what I’m hoping for here.
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, BOS
Analysis: There’s not much to this pick here as shortstop was the last position I picked and I was $200 short of the option I really wanted in Carlos Correa (just being honest) but I’m alright taking Bogaerts here. I don’t really trust Pineda all that much as he is inconsistent with his starts. Pineda is either on point or extremely erratic and out of control. This all goes back to my theory of taking certain players on teams in the playoff hunt as everyone wants to be the guy that delivers a clutch performance to get your team a win as we go later and later into the season, and I think Bogaerts delivers here as we get a mediocre start from Pineda at best.
Outfielder #1: Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY
Analysis: I’m taking back-to-back players in the same game here but from the other side. I like Eduardo Rodriguez better than Michael Pineda, but by the narrowest of margins. I think there will be plenty of points to be found in this division game, hopefully Ellsbury can pick up a few for me here. Ellsbury owns a 5-for-14 record against Rodriguez, with 2 solo home runs to show for it. Ellsbury usually shows up for division games and I think he shows up here making up for an 0-fer on Tuesday night.
Outfielder #2: Dexter Fowler, CHC
Analysis: The same reason I took Rizzo earlier on is the same reason I’m taking Fowler here. The Cubs can’t do anything wrong right now and Fowler has been a part of that. With his speed on the base paths and ability to show power from time to time, Fowler is hoping to be a key part as the Cubs push towards October. Against Cards starter Carlos Martinez, Fowler is batting .353 with 3 RBI but we run the risk of the strikeout here as Fowler like to swing against Martinez, giving up 6 strikeouts in the process. Both may cancel out here but I think Fowler ends up getting the better of Martinez and depending on where he is positioned in the Cubs lineup, Fowler may be in line to score us a few points via an RBI.
Outfielder #3: Jerrod Dyson, KC
Analysis: If Dyson gets the start against Chicago, we may be able to get a steal here, and I’m not talking about a base. Few people might actually take Dyson based on his inconsistency of being in the Royals starting lineup. However it may be smart for Royals boss Ned Yost to put Dyson in for this one. Against White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez, Dyson is 8-for-10 for a blistering .800 in limited at-bats and it should also be noted that all 8 of those hits were most likely singles as Dyson hasn’t recorded an extra base hit against Gonzalez. However I’m willing to take a flyer on Dyson in the hopes that he makes the most of his at-bats and takes advantage of his career success against Gonzalez.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $700