Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/14/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 14, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/14/16
September 14, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 14th, 2016.
Hard to believe we are almost at the halfway point of September already, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves on Wednesday, with a full day of baseball starting at Wrigley and ending at Angels Stadium. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Tanner Roark, WAS
Analysis: The Nationals are inching closer and closer to clinching the NL East with a double-digit lead on the Second-place Mets, which is who Washington faces off against on Wednesday. Tanner Roark takes the hill for the Nationals on Wednesday, and he has had success as of late, putting up at least 20 fantasy points in 2 of his last 3 outings. The one outlier? An 8 point night against these same Mets a week and a half ago, but I think there’s a shot for Roark to gain redemption here. Against the current Mets lineup, Roark is allowing a .196 batting average against, with 23 strikeouts over 102 combined at-bats while not allowing a home run to date. While both of these teams still have something to play for, I think Washington gets Roark enough run support to take the series finale on Wednesday.
Pitcher #2: Anibal Sanchez, DET
Analysis: Now I will admit I’m not the biggest fan of Sanchez, but when there’s major value somewhere, I have to jump all over it. I mean 4 of Sanchez’s last 6 outings have produced double-digit fantasy points, including 2 starts where Sanchez put up 30 or more. Not to mention the Tigers take on the slumping Twins on Wednesday, a lineup that Sanchez has pretty much dominated. In 119 combined at-bats, the current Twins lineup is batting a mere .218 against Sanchez, with 27 strikeouts while Sanchez has only allowed 1 home run, 8 RBI and 4 extra base hits.
Catcher: Evan Gattis, HOU
Analysis: There’s a possibility that Gattis take the DH role again on Wednesday, but as long as he gets the at-bats it doesn’t matter to me. Gattis has been one of the hotter options for power at the catcher position as of late, cranking out 2 solo homers in the last week. Houston takes on Texas in the series finale of their crucial division series on Wednesday, and Texas sends Yu Darvish to the mound. Even though Darvish has held Gattis to 1 hit in 7 career at-bats, I think Houston needs this game more, and they usually play way better at home, including Gattis, who has hit 17 of his 26 home runs on the year at Minute Maid Park.
1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET
Analysis: I mentioned before that the Tigers are taking on the Twins on Wednesday, as Detroit continues its push for a wild-card spot against Twins starter Tyler Duffey. Miguel Cabrera may not be in the MVP discussion for this year, but he has his first 30-plus home run season since 2013, and may be able to add to his tally of 32 home runs on Wednesday. In his career against Duffey, Cabrera is 5-for-10 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI while he has yet to be struck out by Duffey. Cabrera could have a monster night if he plays his cards right, and that’s what I’m banking on Wednesday.
2nd Base: Robinson Cano, SEA
Analysis: This is also very good value on Wednesday as Cano is part of a Seattle squad that is heating up at the right time in the efforts of making one final push towards the second wild-card spot. Cano and the Mariners take on the Angels and starter Tyler Skaggs on Wednesday, and the reason I say there is value is because Cano is fresh off of a 20-point fantasy night on Monday, and in his career against Skaggs, Cano has gone 6-for-12 with 3 extra base hits and 3 RBI. With how the M’s have been swinging the bats, there’s a chance Cano hits his first home run off of Skaggs on Wednesday.
3rd Base: Kyle Seager, SEA
Analysis: My first of two Seagers on my lineup (you can probably guess who the other is), and as I mentioned before with Cano, Seager and the Mariners are making a last ditch effort for a playoff spot, and hope to catch Twins starter Tyler Duffey on Wednesay. In his career against Angels starter Tyler Skaggs, Seager is 6-for-13 with a solo home run to his credit with a .500 OBP. Some may think Skaggs has turned the corner, but we have to remember that before his nice little 3 game run, Skaggs gave up 19 earned runs over 4 starts. Add in that Skaggs has given up 11 earned to the Mariners this season, and that adds up to a big win from the M’s behind Seager.
Shortstop: Corey Seager, LAD
Analysis: The other Seager just happens to be the most expensive option on the board at shortstop on Wednesday, and for good reason. In his last 7 games, Seager is batting .433 with 2 homers and 7 RBI, which coincides with a 7-game hitting streak where Seager has at least 2 hits in 5 of the 7 games. Even though Seager hasn’t had any experience against Yankees starter Michael Pineda, Seager’s hot streak is way too much for me to ignore on Wednesday.
Outfielder #1: Mark Trumbo, BAL
Analysis: This is a great price on what many forget is the Major League leader in home runs in Trumbo. Baltimore is in the midst of a series with the Boston Red Sox with major playoff implications on both sides. Boston sends ace and Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello to the mound, who is the majors’ first 20-game winner this season. However against a number of Orioles, including Trumbo, Porcello has struggled. Take Trumbo for instance, in his career against Porcello, Trumbo is batting 6-for-19 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI while only striking out twice. Baltimore needs this game and I think there’s a good chance the O’s bats outpower Porcello’s arm and they get a big win on Wednesday.
Outfielder #2: Trea Turner, WAS
Analysis: To be honest, I don’t know why I keep forgetting about Trea Turner when I’m making my outfield picks. The young man is a stud. In only 55 games, Turner is batting .345 with 8 homers and 30 RBI, meaning a full season at that rate would equal about 24-25 homers and 90 RBI which is up there with some of the Major League’s best. Turner has also been one of the hottest outfielders over the last week, batting .355 with 2 homers, 5 RBI and 4 stolen bases over his last 7 games, while hitting safely in 8 of his last 9. I think Turner and the Nats chase Mets reliever turned starter Robert Gsellman early on Wednesday en route to a rout in favor of Washington.
Outfielder #3: Adam Eaton, CWS
Analysis: I can’t lie, this seems like a pretty hefty price tag for an outfielder like Eaton who is on a team like the White Sox who are, for all intents and purposes, out of the playoffs. But when you dig deeper, and find that Eaton is on a 5-game hitting streak headed into Tuesday night, going 9-for-17 in his last 4 games, and at least 1 hit in 10 of his last 12, it tends to be an easier pill to swallow. Eaton has had a solid week, batting .333 with a home run and 5 RBI in his last 7 games, and when Chicago takes on Cleveland and starter Josh Tomlin, who is in a bit of a rut since a hot start to the season up until the all-star break, I think Eaton could push a few points across in what may end up being the difference between the money spots and not making anything on Wednesday night.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300