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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/27/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: August 27, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 8/27/16

August 27, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for August 27, 2016.

Friday’s lineup made me a killing on DraftKings, hopefully we can make it two in a row again with some quality lineup picks on this Saturday full of baseball. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 8/27/16


Pitcher #1: Danny Duffy, KC

Salary: $10,200

Analysis: We are getting Duffy at his lowest price tag in his last 6 starts including Saturday, and I’m assuming that’s because we are going to have a pitcher’s duel at Fenway, however let’s face it, the Royals are white hot winning 11 of their last 12 to vault themselves a mere 3 games back of the second wild card spot. One of the key pieces in this run has been Duffy who has won his last 5 starts, and has allowed only one run or less in 5 of his last 7 starts. Another stat that you won’t find anywhere else, in his last 6 starts where Duffy’s price tag is above $10,000, Duffy is 6-0 with only 9 ER against in 42+ innings with 44 strikeouts. Take Duffy on Saturday as he outduels David Price who hasn’t been good for Boston at all this year.

Pitcher #2: Jake Peavy, SF

Salary: $6,000

Analysis: This pick may come as a shock to some while there are other quality options on the board, there is simply too much value to grab here with Peavy. I’ll concede that Peavy has been one of the lower-end options for San Francisco this year, however Peavy starts on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, a team he has solid numbers against. In 93 at-bats against the current Braves lineup, Peavy is holding Atlanta to a .215 batting average with only 5 walks and 15 strikeouts, including 5-for-24 against the Braves trade deadline acquisition, Matt Kemp, who has accounted for 7 of the 15 K’s. Take Peavy on Saturday as a pleasant surprise for our lineup, unless you find better value somewhere else.

Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC

Salary: $2,700

Analysis: Perez has been heating up a bit when the Royals need him the most, grabbing a hit in 4 of his last 5 games and will hope to make it 5 of 6 when KC takes on Boston and starter David Price on Saturday. Besides the fact that Price has not been the ace that Boston thought they were signing in the offseason, Perez has had success against Price in his career, batting .333 with 2 homers and 3 RBI. The Royals are flat out rolling and if you can grab a couple of them to plug into your lineup, I say do it, which is what I’m doing here with Perez.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: Encarnacion and the Blue Jays kicked off their weekend series by blowing the roof off of the Twins Friday night, extending Edwin’s personal hit streak to 6 games, and even though Minnesota is starting their ace in Ervin Santana, I strongly believe Encarnacion makes it 7 games straight on Saturday. In his career against Santana, Encarnacion is batting .261 with 3 extra base hits, 2 of those being home runs for 3 RBI in 23 at-bats. If the Jays want to keep momentum going into September where they play the majority of the teams that are chasing them, they need big performances in gimme games like this one, and I think they get a massive one here from Encarnacion.

2nd Base: Robinson Cano, SEA

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Seattle Kicked off a crucial weekend set of their own with King Felix outdueling Chris Sale on Friday night. On Saturday, the Mariners get a bit of an easier test when they take on White Sox starter Jose Quintana. Quintana has had his share of struggles against the Mariners, including Robinson Cano who is a lifetime .353 batter with a solo homer in 17 career at-bats. To put it simply, Seattle needs this game way more than Chicago, and I think Cano improves his numbers against Quintana on Saturday with a massive game.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: This is tied with the lowest price tag that Donaldson has had in his last 14 games for the reigning AL MVP, and I will bite. Like I said for Edwin Encarnacion earlier, Toronto needs to take advantage of these later season games against lower end teams like Minnesota considering the majority of September is spent playing the AL East, so Toronto needs to sock away as many wins as possible and I think Donaldson contributes here against Ervin Santana. Donaldson is a lifetime 5-for-17 against Santana, with 4 extra base hits, 2 of those 4 being home runs, and 4 RBI. I think there will be a carry over from Friday night’s offensive outburst, and Donaldson will play a key part of that.

Shortstop: Jose Reyes, NYM

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: There may be other quality shortstops on the board, however this time shortstop was my last position that I filled, and with a limited budget I managed to find some value in Reyes. The Mets take on the slumping Phillies this weekend, and on Saturday Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for Philly, and one batter Hellickson isn’t particularly eager to see is Reyes. Jose Reyes is a lifetime .333 against Hellickson in 24 at-bats with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI. If the Mets have any hope of catching the wild card, it starts this weekend with this series and I’m thinking the Mets take their second game in as many days on Saturday, and Reyes scores a few points in the process.

Outfielder #1: Kris Bryant, CHIC

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: Until the Cubs cool off, I try to make an effort to pick up one of their studs daily, as Chicago is just swinging the bat so well and they’re crushing everything in sight. Bryant was riding a 7-game hit streak heading into Saturday’s action, putting up a combined 15 hits over that stretch including 5-for-5 against Milwaukee last Thursday. My logic is Dodgers starter Julio Urias has been bounced up and down to and from the minors this year, that from time to time he may have consistency issues and facing the hottest team in the NL may come back to bite Urias and the Dodgers in the butt on Saturday.

Outfielder #2: Nelson Cruz, SEA

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: Another Mariner, same thing. Like I said before with Cano, Seattle needs these games if they’re going to keep in the wild card hunt heading into September. The weird thing about Cano and Cruz is that they have almost identical numbers against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. Both have 6-for-17 records against Quintana, both have a solo homer the only difference is that Cruz has one less walk and 2 more strikeouts than Cano. However I’m thinking if I get results from Cano, hopefully Cruz will match them like he has to this point.

Outfielder #3: Yoenis Cespedes, NYM

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: As far as taking Cespedes goes, I’m just simply a fan of how he has been swinging the bat as of late. With hits in 6 of his last 7, I’m going to take Cespedes on Saturday betting that he makes it 7 of 8. Cespedes and the Mets take on Philadelphia and starter Jeremy Hellickson. In a limited amount of at-bats, Cespedes is 5-for-12 against Hellickson in his career, with 2 homers and 3 RBI while striking out only once. Again, if the Mets want any taste of the playoffs again, they need to pick up games wherever they can, and Saturday is a prime opportunity behind Cespedes against a sputtering Phillies squad.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300

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