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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/19/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 19, 2016 DFS Tips for MLB games on 8/19/16

August 19, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 19, 2016.

Friday’s slate is full of evening baseball, as all 15 games start at or after 7pm. As we get ready to start the weekend series, playoff implications are constantly changing. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/19/16


Pitcher #1: Zack Greinke, ARZ

Salary: $8,800

Analysis: This is the lowest price I can ever remember getting Greinke for. Sure, he got touched up big time against Boston last time out, allowing 9 ER in only 1.2 innings of work being getting yanked. However, Greinke is still an ace. And Greinke’s opposition on Friday, the San Diego Padres, are no Boston Red Sox. In fact the Padres have the worst opposition ranking in all of baseball meaning pitchers are scoring the most points off of the Padres this season. Add in the fact that against the current Padres lineup, Greinke is holding them to a .171 average over 82 at-bats with only 1 HR allowed and 16 strikeouts. While the D-backs/Padres might be a nightmare betting matchup, I think there’s insane value taking Greinke in this spot as this is probably the lowest price we will get him at for the rest of the season.

Pitcher #2: Edinson Volquez, KC

Salary: $5,600

Analysis: Finding pitchers for me today is like going to the store and finding everything you’re looking for and it’s on sale. Another great pitching option at a discounted price and I will take it and run with it. Volquez is just coming off of a victory against the Royals opponent on Friday, the Minnesota Twins, going six innings while allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, and a walk while striking out 3. Volquez was supposed to be one of the marquee pitchers in the Royals lineup, but the inability to post a quality start over his previous 9 outings has seen Volquez’s ERA rise to 4.95, after posting ERAs near 3.00 in each of the last two seasons. While Volquez’s season as a whole is shaky, his numbers against the Twins are solid. Volquez is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 8 career starts against Minnesota, and the current Twins roster is hitting only .230 against Volquez over 122 at-bats with only 2 HR and 10 RBI while striking out 29 times. There’s value to be had with Volquez here as well, and I’m all over it.

Catcher: Russell Martin, TOR

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: I was all over Martin with the way he has been swinging the bat as of late. In his last 4 games alone, Martin is 8-for-17 with 4 homers and 8 RBI. That’s downright insane. Martin’s numbers against the Indians who host Toronto on Friday, are not bad, .282 over 71 at-bats, with 4 homers and 11 RBI, and also 1-for-3 against Indians Friday starter, Trevor Bauer. Take Martin on Friday as the Jays need big performances the rest of the way and until Martin cools off it wouldn’t be wise to overlook him.

1st Base: Logan Morrison, TB

Salary: $2,800

Analysis: Value pick time once again ladies and gentlemen. Morrison was one of the names I had an eye on from the get go, and I was shocked to get him at the price I did. I understand that the low price tag is meant to go along with the low expectations most will have for Morrison going against Texas ace Cole Hamels on Friday, however there’s still lots to like about this matchup. Morrison has some experience against Hamels, going 11-for-28 with 4 extra base hits and only striking out twice in his career. Add in that I think Morrison will be a bit more rested after moving to DH since coming off of the DL, I think Morrison will be seeing the ball a bit better and that will lead to some value for owners like myself who select Morrison on Friday night.

2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: Ok so I’m going to share a secret with you. My girlfriend thinks I have a man-crush on Jose Altuve, and I hate to say it but I kinda do. I mean who wouldn’t! I mean from a strictly fantasy baseball perspective, of course. Altuve is tearing the cover off of the ball right now, as he is STILL leading the league in batting average and hits, both by a large margin. If you needed any other reasons to take Altuve, I have 11 of them. Altuve is 11-for-18 against Baltimore’s starter on Friday, Wade Miley with 4 of those hits being for extra bases and a solo homer. That equates to a .611 batting average, with a .944 slugging percentage and a 1.556 OPS. Just take Altuve and thank me later even though you shouldn’t have to because you should’ve taken him already.

3rd Base: Marwin Gonzalez, HOU

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: I wanted Gonzalez at shortstop, however I don’t make the positioning on DraftKings, so I had to take him at 3rd instead. However I still like the matchup against the aforementioned Wade Miley. Gonzalez is batting .417 with 3 extra base hits and a solo homer against Miley in his career. I didn’t mention this with Altuve earlier but we also have to factor in that Miley hasn’t been good since being traded to the Orioles. Like at all. There may be other options at 3rd, however Gonzalez is the best value at the price point that I could find.

Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, KC

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: I took Escobar here solely based on value, A. because it was my last position filled so I had to go where the budget took me, and B. he was perfectly priced for what I had remaining. Escobar has had a lot of success against the previously mentioned Minnesota Twins, batting .296 with 2 homers, 43 RBI and 28 extra base hits in 409 career at-bats against the Twins. Against Twins starting pitcher Tyler Duffey, who gets the call on Friday, Escobar is 5-for-7 with a double to his credit. I try to pick against Duffey wherever I can as he hasn’t done me any favors when I bet on the Twins, and at times I wonder if I could get a hit off of him with some of the beach balls he serves up down the middle. All joking aside, take Escobar as another value pick on Friday and enjoy the results.

Outfielder #1: Bryce Harper, WAS

Salary: $5,300

Analysis: I had my doubts about picking Harper up until recently because he was in a major funk, hitting just .190 over his last 30 games. However Harper might be snapping out of it, as he has got that up to .333 over his last seven. The hope factor comes in based on Harper’s history against Atlanta Braves ace, Julio Teheran, who Harper has faced 28 times, with 12 hits, 5 homers and 10 RBI with a .615 OBP and a 1.587 OPS. I’m hoping this is the end of the line for Harper’s skid but I’m simply going on instinct here.

Outfielder #2: Christian Yelich, MIA

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: Look, someone has to shoulder the load batting in the Miami outfield now that the Fish have lost Giancarlo Stanton for what looks to be the remainder of the season. Luckily, Miami has Christian Yelich to fall back on. Yelich has been on and off at the plate recently, however a 3 game set against the Pirates may turn things for Miami and Yelich more specifically. Against Pittsburgh’s starter on Friday, Gerrit Cole, Yelich is 5-for 11 with 2 homers and 4 RBI with a .538 OBP and a 1.538 OPS. If the Marlins are going to make a last ditch playoff push, this is the time to do it and they’ll need the performances from guys like Yelich to make sure it happens.

Outfielder #3: Nelson Cruz, SEA

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: Cruz is coming off another solid stretch of games recently that saw him hit his 30th home run of the season and his 3rd home run in 5 games before going 0-fer on Thursday against the Angels. The other reason I chose Cruz is because Seattle starts a weekend series at home against Milwaukee, a pitching staff that gets rocked on a nightly basis. Cruz, Cano and the rest of the Seattle lineup have the pop to do some serious damage to the Brew Crew, and I think they get the weekend started with a bang to continue their pursuit of a wild-card berth.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100

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