Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/17/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 17, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/17/16
September 17, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 17th, 2016.
We are nearing the last week of September, and it’s shaping up to be quite a race. The Cubs have already clinched while the AL East is the tightest any division has been to this point in 28 years. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Francisco Liriano, TOR
Analysis: This may be a high price for a pitcher who has a lifetime 2-5 record with a 6.61 ERA in his career against his opponent on Saturday, the Los Angeles Angels, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay with Liriano. Liriano is coming off quite possibly his best start as a Blue Jay, tossing 6.1 inning of 3-hit baseball, allowed only 2 earned runs in a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay. The only Angel that Liriano seems to have struggled against is Mike Trout, allowing 4 hits on 10 at-bats, but Trout has many pitchers numbers. What stands out is his 2-for-17 record against Angels slugger Albert Pujols, which gives me some confidence that Liriano can stop the slumping Angels en route to another massive Jays win, giving Toronto a massive confidence boost heading down the stretch.
Pitcher #2: Jeremy Hellickson, PHI
Analysis: The Phillies may be out of the playoff race, but the value and potential upside in Hellickson was way too good to pass up. Hellickson has the number of a bunch of Marlins hitters, to the tune of 21-for-120 which comes out to a .175 batting average, including names such as Giancarlo Stanton (1-for-15), Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-23) and Martin Prado (4-for-22). Hellickson may only have a 2-2 record in 9 starts against Miami, but if he gets some run support on Saturday, he could find himself in the winning column for the 12th time this season.
Catcher: Buster Posey, SF
Analysis: The Giants are clinging to a wild-card spot with just 15 games left heading into Friday, and they are going to need big performances down the stretch to make up for a 20-35 slide since the all-star break that saw San Fran slide from 9 games up on the NL west to 4 games back of the Dodgers. Buster Posey and the Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a crucial game to the playoff hopes of both teams. And when St. Louis sends Mike Leake to the mound on Saturday, you can bet Posey will be licking his chops to step into the batters box. Posey is a career 6-for-16 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI while only striking out once. Leake is probably my least favorite starter in the Cardinals rotation, and I think Posey helps show why on Saturday.
1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
Analysis: I keep saying it, you give me Encarnacion under $5,000, I’m on it. Especially when he gets a favorable matchup like Encarnacion has on Saturday against the Angels and starter Ricky Nolasco. In his career against Nolasco, Encarnacion is 5-for-15 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI. The Jays need to keep winning in the worst way, and when Edwin connects it usually rallies the rest of the flock behind him and I think we get more of the same as Encarnacion further cements himself in the AL MVP conversation.
2nd Base: Daniel Murphy, WAS
Analysis: This almost seems too easy. We get a bat with a .348 batting average on the year, against a pitcher making his first real start since June of 2015, on the worst team in the National League. Ummm, yes please, I’ll have some of that. It doesn’t hurt that Murphy is 5-for-12 in his career against Braves spot starter Josh Collmenter, with 2 extra base hits while only striking out once. Murphy has been one of the most consistent players in the majors to date, and with how badly Washingotn wants to lock up the division, I think Murphy turns in a big performance on Saturday.
3rd Base: Evan Longoria, TB
Analysis: Longoria is another sneak play with all the value and upside to gain on Saturday. Longoria and the Rays continue to play spoiler as they take on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Baltimore sends Chris Tillman to the mound on Saturday and Longoria will definitely be looking forward to his turn in the batting order when Tillman is on the mound. In 60 career at-bats against Tillman, Longoria has 17 hits, 11 of which have gone for extra bases including 7 home runs and 10 RBI. It seems to me when Longoria makes contact against Tillman, he makes a major impact and Baltimore is reeling which isn’t good this close to the playoffs.
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR
Analysis: Tulowitzki hasn’t been the most consistent of the Blue Jays bats as of late, however when Tulo strikes, he does so in a big way. In 5 of the last 6 games in which Tulo has recorded a base hit, he has done so multiple times in that game. Tulowitzki also is key to this Blue Jays west coast trip that they’re currently on due to his time with the Colorado Rockies. Tulowitzki and the Jays take on the Angels and starter Ricky Nolasco on Saturday, and in his career against Nolasco, Tulowitzki has gone 6-for-19 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI, while only striking out once. Tulowitzki is seeing the ball well from Nolasco, and I’ve made it known that Nolasco is probably my least favorite starter in the Angels rotation as I have no idea why the Angels traded for him at the deadline, but I’ll take it on Saturday with Tulowitzki.
Outfielder #1: Curtis Granderson, NYM
Analysis: The Mets are trying to hang on to the second wild-card spot, and against the Twins this may be the perfect situation for the Mets as they face off against Twins starter Ervin Santana on Saturday. Granderson is one Met who has had an extensive history with Santana, with a fair amount of success to show for it. In 51 career at-bats against Santana, Granderson has 13 hits, 7 for extra bases including 5 home runs and 9 RBI. I haven’t liked the Mets as of late, but against the Twins, it’s better than the alternative.
Outfielder #2: Yoenis Cespedes, NYM
Analysis: Cespedes is another Met like Granderson who has had career success against Twins starter Ervin Santana. From his time in Boston to now, Cespedes is a career 4-for-14 against Santana with 3 home runs and 7 RBI. Cespedes is one of the keys to the Mets success and if they want to keep hold of that second playoff spot, they’ll need Cespedes to step up on Saturday and I think that’s exactly what we get.
Outfielder #3: Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY
Analysis: You may think I’m crazy taking Ellsbury against David Price who has been on fire as of late, but there’s reason to like Ellsbury in this matchup. Ellsbury and Price have an extensive history, spanning 70 at-bats in which Ellsbury has 25 hits, 9 for extra bases including a home run and 6 RBI. I think New York has a chance to steal this one, but they need all hands on deck including Ellsbury.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100