Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/19/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 19, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/19/16
September 19, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 19th, 2016.
Things feel like they’re back to normal as we get back to a slower slate of games on Mnoday. We start with some afternoon baseball at Kauffman Stadium when the Royals host the White Sox and end at Safeco Field where the Blue Jays look to bounce the Mariners from playoff contention. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Jason Hammel, CHIC
Analysis: Hammel was a must-have in my lineup on Monday, as the Cubs take on the Reds. Now although the Cubs have locked up the NL Central, they’re still playing for positioning and possible home-field up to the World Series. Hammel may not be the same pitcher who led the majors in batting average against for a good chunk of the season, but he’s still a solid option for the Cubs going against the ice-cold Reds. In his career against the current Cincinnati lineup, Hammel has held them to a .203 batting average over 74 combined at-bats with only 1 home run and 2 RBI allowed. Hammel needs to be in your lineup on Sunday and if you start him I have a strong feeling you won’t be disappointed.
Pitcher #2: Clayton Kershaw, LAD
Analysis: Alright, I bit on Kershaw here against rival Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. The fact of the matter is, when Kershaw faces Bumgarner, the Dodgers win and the Giants lose. Take April 15th of this year for example. That marks the last time Kershaw and Bumgarner faced off, which resulted in a 7-3 Dodgers victory. They don’t even have to play each other! In Bumgarner’s last 5 starts against the Dodgers, San Fran is 0-5 while being outscored 29-11. In Kershaw’s last 5 against the Giants? 5-0 outscoring San Francisco 23-8. Yes please I’ll take some of that, considering against the current Giants lineup (Bumgarner included) Kershaw is holding them to a .162 batting average over 376 combined at-bats, with 118 strikeouts. Oh and did I mention that of those last 5 Kershaw starts against the Giants, Kershaw has at least 13 strikeouts in each game? Uhhhh sign me up. Now.
Catcher: Russell Martin, TOR
Analysis: Not sure what is going on with Toronto right now as they’re slowing down a bit at the worst possible time but hopefully a three game set against Seattle can wake up the Jays, as a sweep by Toronto could almost surely mow down one of the teams chasing them for a wild card spot, which is why I feel comfortable backing Martin. Martin has a hit in each of his last 4 games entering Sunday, and when the Mariners send Taijuan Walker to the mound, I’ll feel a bit more at-ease knowing that Martin his 2 hits in 6 at-bats against Walker in his career so it’s not out of the question to expect some results.
1st Base: Chris Davis, BAL
Analysis: Baltimore and Toronto have a lot in common as they are both losing steam at the wrong time, but Baltimore has a chance to wake themselves up with another September set with the division-leading Red Sox and Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello. Even though Porcello has been flat out dominant this year, I think Davis and the O’s can do some damage on Monday. In his career against Porcello, Davis is 8-for-32 with 4 extra base hits, including 3 home runs and 7 RBI. The strikeout is always a concern with Davis, but I think we see the more confident version of Davis, the one that has the freaky ability to mash the ball out of the park.
2nd Base: Chris Coghlan, CHIC
Analysis: This is solely a pick based on potential. Like I said with Jason Hammel, the Reds are ice cold and are just waiting for the season to end. The Cubs however, may start resting key players on a game-by-game basis, which is where Coghlan may come in handy. I mean he is coming off of a combined 31 points in his first 2 games of the weekend set against Milwaukee and even a .174 hitter can be valuable at times, especially when they are as experienced this late in the year as Coghlan is. I’ll buy a lottery picket with Coghlan and take my chances.
3rd Base: Yunel Escobar, LAA
Analysis: Now Escobar may only have 2 points in his last 5 games, but that can only mean he is due. And what better time for that to turn than against the division-leading Rangers who are looking to lock up the division as soon as possible. Not to mention Escobar has good career numbers against Rangers starter Martin Perez, to the tune of 5-for-11 with 2 RBI and only 1 strikeout. I’d rather have other options on the board, but with the talent I have at other key positions, I think it all balances out.
Shortstop: J.J. Hardy, BAL
Analysis: Well, besides that fact that in his last 5 games against these same Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, Hardy has put up 63 points combined on 9-for-15, his lifetime stats against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello made this an easier pick than I thought it would be. In his career against Porcello, Hardy is 11-for-25 with 2 extra base hits and 2 RBI. Hoping that I get at worst a couple of hits from Hardy, which still counts for something.
Outfielder #1: Mark Trumbo, BAL
Analysis: Okay I know Rick Porcello leads the majors in wins. But you’re going to give me the major league leader in home runs under $4,000?! Come on now. Not to mention Trumbo has had success against Porcello. In his career against Porcello, Trumbo is 7-for-22 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI and only 4 strikeouts. Trumbo has all the power that Chris Davis possesses, but has more plate discipline, whichi is why I needed Trumbo in my lineup on Monday.
Outfielder #2: Jose Bautista, TOR
Analysis: Bautista may only be 1-for-6 against Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, however this pick is based on what I think is more personal for Bautista. He’s already said there will be no “hometown discount” for the Blue Jays this offseason when Joey Bats plans on becoming a free agent. He may still have some pop in his bat, but after his injuries earlier this season, Bautista has to earn his worth again, and he’s running out of opportunities.
Outfielder #3: Mike Trout, LAA
Analysis: Best for last I guess, mainly because Saturday and Monday are the only times in the last couple of months that I can remember getting Trout under $5,000. Even though Trout is only 3-for-16 against Rangers starter Martin Perez, we are still getting the perennial AL MVP candidate at a low price for his standards and I think Trout has another big game as the MVP award is all Trout has to play for with where the Halos are in the standings.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $200