Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/4/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 4, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/4/16
September 4, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 4th, 2016.
We wrap up the weekend with some key matchups with some major playoff implications, including some Sunday night baseball at Citi Field in New York. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
Analysis: The value here is all on Iwakuma on Sunday. Seattle takes on the Angels in a must-win game for the Mariners who are still alive in the wild-card race, sitting only 4 games out heading into action on Saturday. Iwakuma and opposing pitcher Matt Shoemaker have had success against each other’s opposing team, so I went with the cheaper and more reliable option in Iwakuma. In his career against the current Angels lineup, Iwakuma is holding the Halos to a .221 batting average with 35 strikeouts in 199 combined at-bats. With the weight of this game and how the Angels have cooled off since their little hot streak earlier last week, I think we get a massive game here from Iwakuma.
Pitcher #2: Carlos Martinez, STL
Analysis: One of my fellow writers here at Sports Chat Place, Randy Chambers (@grabthepoints on twitter) has talked about how Carlos Martinez is one of the best young pitchers in baseball and to back him whenever we get the chance, so that’s exactly what I’m doing Sunday, and to be honest, I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. Martinez is a stud, plain and simple. After a subpar start to the year, he has rebounded nicely, going 5-1 in his last 9 starts, and in his last 3 starts from a DFS perspective, Martinez has put up a whopping 89.1 points. Martinez and the Cards face off against Cincinnati in their series finale on Sunday and I’m thinking we might see more of the same from Martinez, with how the Cardinals need this game badly to stay in the playoff hunt, combined with the fact that the Reds just want the offseason to come.
Catcher: Russell Martin, TOR
Analysis: Ok before I start here, let me apologize for a blunder on yesterday’s article. After it was posted, Blake Snell took over for Tampa’s starting pitcher Sunday, Chris Archer who had his start pushed back a day. Anyways, Martin got the day off on Saturday so he will be coming into Sunday refreshed and ready to continue this little streak he has going, recording a hit in 4 straight and in 7 of his last 9 games. Martin is one of the few Blue Jays bats who has struggled against Archer, however after dropping the first two games and Boston currently hunting for the tie atop the AL East as I’m writing this, Martin and Toronto know they can’t afford to get swept and I think we get a solid game from Martin, keeping his hit streak alive.
1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
Analysis: Again, apologies for the slip up yesterday, but nothing is going to change for my pick on Sunday. We have established that Edwin’s numbers against Archer are not good in his career, batting .159 in 44 at-bats. However, of the 7 hits Encarnacion has put up, 4 have gone for extra bases including 3 home runs to go along with his 8 RBI against Archer. The price tag is even lower on Encarnacion today, and if I’m getting this good of a price on an AL MVP candidate, you’d better believe I’m all over it.
2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET
Analysis: Detroit is still in the playoff race which is something you may not have been able to say in May or June, but we are far removed from then and Detroit is playing the crucial rubber match against the Royals in their series against Kansas City. The Royals start Edinson Volquez on Sunday, and Kinsler is one of the guys that Volquez will not be looking forward to facing. In 23 at-bats against Volquez, Kinsler has recorded 9 hits, 2 for extra bases and 4 RBI. Detroit needs all hands on deck for this one and if Detroit is going to pull out the series win, they will need a big outing from Kinsler among others.
3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR
Analysis: Same thing here with JD, even though Archer’s start was pushed back, it doesn’t mean I’m not on Donaldson here. Donaldson still has a .125 batting average lifetime against Archer, but JD extended his hitting streak to 12 games Saturday night, quietly vaulting himself back into the MVP conversation, it just seems like a perfect storm for a big night for Donaldson against the Rays and Archer, who hasn’t been himself this season.
Shortstop: J.J. Hardy, BAL
Analysis: This is a value pick solely based on history. In his career against Yankes starter Michael Pineda, who gets the nod on Sunday for New York, Hardy is batting .500 in 18 at-bats with 3 homers and 4 RBI with a .526 OBP. Baltimore knows they are still in the division race even after being on a downward trend since the all-star break, and Hardy may be a sneaky option for some big points on Sunday.
Outfielder #1: Jose Bautista, TOR
Analysis: Another Blue Jay, same expectation. Regardless of Bautista’s .179 career batting average in 44 at-bats against Tampa’s Chris Archer, 3 of the 7 hits have gone out of the park and Joey Bats has 9 RBI to go along with it. Plus Bautista is building a steady consistency swinging the bat, getting a hit in 6 of his last 8 games. As I’ve said before, although this is a team game, Bautista needs to prove he has some worth if he decides to leave Toronto this offseason, and games like this is where he can prove it.
Outfielder #2: Justin Upton, DET
Analysis: Even though Upton didn’t fare too well against the Royals on Saturday, one would have to think he has a good chance to turn it around on Sunday. I mean after all, Upton is coming off a stretch where he has at least 2 hits in 6 of his last 12 entering Saturday, and let’s not forget about his numbers against KC starter Edinson Volquez. Upton is a lifetime 10-for-23 against Volquez with 5 of the 10 hits going for extra bases, including a home run and 6 RBI for his trouble. Upton has quietly positioned himself as one of the more consistent bats in this Tigers lineup when they need it the most, and hopefully we can get another big night here.
Outfielder #3: Kris Bryant, CHIC
Analysis: Quite simply, Bryant has been on an absolute tear. Before going 0-fer on Friday against the Giants, Bryant was on a 13-game hit streak where he was batting .462, with 8 homers, 17 RBI and 18 runs. Here’s to hoping that Bryant can rekindle some of the magic from that hitting streak against the Giants and Johnny Cueto, who has quietly emerged as San Fran’s ace this season in Sunday’s finale.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100