Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/8/16
Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet: August 9, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/8/16
September 8, 2016
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Here is my lineup for September 8th, 2016.
Our first “off day” in what has been an exciting start to the final month of the regular season. Thursday brings us 7 games including an afternoon marquee matchup in Cleveland. Here is my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Jaime Garcia, STL
Analysis: Garcia was the second-most expensive option on the board, however considering the other options on the board, I’ll gladly take my chance with Garcia. The Cardinals have suddenly hit their stride and are back in the playoff race, somewhere St. Louis is accustomed to being the last few seasons. Garcia however, has not been his normal consistent self this season, with a sub .500 record at 10-11 while dropping his last 3 starts, including his last start against these same Cincinnati Reds, whom Garcia and the Cardinals face on Thursday. Against the current lineup in his career, Garcia is holding the Reds to a .180 batting average over a combined 122 at-bats with 28 strikeouts and only 3 home runs allowed. I think Garcia’s last start against the Reds was an aberration, and I think Garcia gets back to the norm in a big win against Cincy on Thursday.
Pitcher #2: Alex Cobb, TB
Analysis: The Rays are playing some pretty good baseball since they’ve accepted their role of spoiler for the rest of the season, and Alex Cobb is using the rest of this season to rehab at full speed, and it started with a decent first outing against the Blue Jays, but I think Cobb finds his footing against the Yankees on Thursday. After all, Cobb has owned the current Yankees lineup, holding them to 14-for-75 combined with 18 strikeouts and only 3 home runs allowed. Now granted, Cobb hasn’t faced the liked of rookie sensation Gary Sanchez and up-and-comers such as Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin, but the same can be said for the batters against Cobb. Cobb is supposed to be the Rays ace, and if that it to be true, then Cobb should have no trouble dispatching the Yankees on Thursday, dealing them a blow to their playoff hopes.
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy, TEX
Analysis: I could’ve went with New York’s Gary Sanchez, however you guys know my stance on picking batters against my starting pitchers. It just doesn’t get you anywhere. So instead I went with Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy is part of a Rangers squad that is pushing to clinch their division and on Thursday I think they take another step in closing the door against the fading Seattle Mariners. Nothing to really back my choice here statistically, Lucroy was just the only thing that caught my eye and it doesn’t hurt that Lucroy has double digit fantasy outings in 3 of his last 6 starts.
1st Base: Logan Morrison, TB
Analysis: Morrison is another one of the Rays who is part of the Rays plan to destroy any opponent’s playoff hopes the rest of the way. The Rays take on the Yankees on Thursday, and against starter CC Sabathia, Morrison has a big opportunity to cause some major damage. Against Sabathia in his career, Morrison has 8 hits in 19 at-bats with 6 of those 8 hits going for extra bases, including 2 home runs and 6 RBI. Sabathia has been a decent pitcher his whole career, but I think he’s starting to fade out as the Yankees will be if they drop this game, so take a shot with Morrison and I think it has potential to pay off in a major way.
2nd base: Robinson Cano, SEA
Analysis: This pick almost seems too easy for me at second base. Cano is on a 10-game hit streak heading into Wednesday’s action, and has a hit in 13 of his last 14. Add in the fact that Cano has had success against Texas starter Derek Holland to the tune of a .356 batting average with 6 extra base hits, 2 homers and 9 RBI, and this pick seems almost like a slam dunk. Look for Cano to make his best effort to make one last push for the M’s faithful in an effort to play for something in October.
3rd base: Evan Longoria, TB
Analysis: Hey, if the DFS gods want to keep giving me low prices on the best options on any given day, keep them coming. Longoria is my 3rd ray on this list, and we have already established their role of spoiler for the rest of the season. Longoria has an extensive past against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, which Longo has come out on the winning end of. In 70 career at-bats against Sabathia, Longoria has 28 hits for a .400 batting average with 16 extra base hits including 7 home runs and 16 RBI with a miniscule 10% strikeout rate. I say minuscule because 10% is small considering the big sample size. Look for Longoria to add to the Yanks misery on Thursday.
Shortstop: Elvis Andrus, TEX
Analysis: Andrus was my last pick for Thursday’s lineup, with no real statistical head-to-head backing against Taijuan Walker, who starts for Seattle on Thursday. Andrus is however, coming off of a monster 35 point fantasy outing against these same rangers on Tuesday, where Andrus mashed a home run and 3 doubles. I’m not expecting Andrus to replicate that performance from Tuesday, but at least a partial repeat would be nice, and against Walker, who is still trying to find his footing in the Seattle rotation, I have some confidence that Andrus can get it done.
Outfielder #1: Norichika Aoki, SEA
Analysis: Desperate times in Seattle means big games are needed from everyone in the lineup, including guys like Aoki, who isn’t relied on for much in the Seattle lineup, but there’s potential for a surprise performance here. Aoki has good numbers against Texas starter Derek Holland, with a .385 batting average in 13 at-bats with 2 extra base hits and an RBI. It also doesn’t hurt that Aoki has yet to strike out against Holland in his career. Let’s take a flyer on Aoki on Thursday, because I’m thinking no one will be picking him so this gives us a major opportunity to make up some major ground on other players.
Outfielder #2: Starling Marte, PIT
Analysis: At one point I was wondering why Marte’s price tag was so high. After digging a tad deeper, there’s reasoning for the expensive salary. In each of the last 6 games that Marte has got a hit, he has done so multiple times in the game. Marte also has 4 double digit fantasy outings in his last 8 games. Let’s not forget that even though Pittsburgh is in a freefall out of the playoff race, they take on a Cincinnati squad who has waved the white flag. Dan Straily takes the bump for the Reds on Thursday, and in his career against Straily, Marte is 6-for-15 with an extra base hit. This is a pick solely based on potential, as Marte could have another massive game, or fall in line with the rest of the Pittsburgh lineup and have his bat go ice cold.
Outfielder #3: Nelson Cruz, SEA
Analysis: Do we need to go over this again? Texas is trying to lock the division up while Seattle is trying to make a last gasp effort to reach the wild-card spots. Cruzwas just the best option available for me with the money I had remaining, and it doesn’t hurt that in the first 2 games of the series against Texas, Cruz has put up a combined 24 points and has a hit in his last 5 games, and 2 hits in each of his last 3. Cruz is the wild card (no pun intended) in the M’s lineup, as it seems that when he’s on the whole team is, and when he isn’t, the whole lineup is done. Take Cruz in the hopes that Seattle can get to Holland early and often on Thursday.
Salary remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300