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Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/29/16

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 29, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/29/16

September 29, 2016

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 29th, 2016.

Closing in on the final weekend of the 2016 MLB regular season, meaning we are running out of time to put up some winning lineups and running out of time to make some cash. Here's my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/29/16


Pitcher #1: Marcus Stroman, TOR

Salary: $8,300

Analysis: Stroman has fallen on some hard luck as of late, as he hasn’t gotten himself a win since August 14th, going 0-4 in 7 starts over that span, even though he has only allowed 3 earned runs or less in 6 of those 7 starts. Stroman is 2-2 in 5 starts in his career against Baltimore, however Toronto is hot at the right time and I think on Thursday, Stroman will want to make amends for his last start against Baltimore where he got roughed up for 7 earned runs over 3.2 innings.

Pitcher #2: Alex Reyes, STL

Salary: $7,400

Analysis: Normally I wouldn’t be too eager to back a rookie in a high-leverage situation like the one Reyes finds himself in on Thursday. St. Louis finds themselves a game back of the second wild-card San Francisco Giants heading into action on Wednesday. Now Reyes has been absolutely outstanding for St. Louis, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.58 ERA over 40 innings pitched. St. Louis takes on Cincinnati in the final game of a four-game set on Thursday, and in Reyes’ only start against Cincinnati, he got a no-decision in a game that the Cards let slip away in the bottom of the 9th, throing 6 innings of 2-run, 6-hit baseball with 7 strikeouts. I think Reyes understands the severity of the situation and pitches himself to a solid position on Thursday.

Catcher: Yasmani Grandal, LAD

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Grandal was actually the last selection in today’s lineup, but there’s a lot to like about him with a pretty good price. Grandal’s Dodgers need to keep winning to maintain positioning heading into the playoffs and a date with the Padres and starting pitcher Christian Friedrich to close out the series might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Los Angeles. Why I zoned in on Grandal however, is because in 7 at-bats against Friedrich, Grandal has 5 hits, including a double and a home run to go along with 2 RBI. I personally have never been sold on Friedrich this season, so backing the Dodgers and Grandal is something that I’m all for.

1st Base: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Ok wait a second. I know Gonzalez hasn’t been crushing the ball like he has in years past, but this is a .282 hitter with almost 90 RBI against a sub-par Padres pitcher? Sign me up. Like I said with Grandal, I’ve never really been all too keen on Christian Friedrich whenever he pitches for San Diego, so backing Gonzalez seems like a smart play considering that Gonzalez is 5-for-12 with a home run and 2 RBI in his career against Friedrich. Like I said, the Dodgers need big boy performances from their key pieces, Gonzalez included, to keep pace even though they’ve already clinched.

2nd Base: Robinson Cano, SEA

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: While I’m not a fan of the price tag on Cano, I’ll buy in. In Seattle’s 3 game set with the Astros, Cano registered a whopping 71 points. Seattle now takes on Oakland for their final series of the regular season in the hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive. Cano and the M’s take on Oakland starting pitcher Kendall Graveman, and while Graveman has showed signs of improvement throughout this season, running into the Mariners with their eyes set on the playoffs may not go over too well. Especially when Cano has a 6-for-13 lifetime record against Graveman, with 4 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI, all while Graveman has yet to record a strikeout of Cano.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: When in doubt, take Josh Donaldson. Just kidding, but I’ll definitely be backing Donaldson at the hot corner on Thursday, in their crucial series against Baltimore and starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Now Donaldson may only be a .192 hitter against Jimenez in his career, however Toronto as a whole has looked great over the last couple of weeks as they’ve gone from 6 games under .500 in the month of September to looking like they are going to finish above .500 for the month and in a wild-card spot. Of Donaldson’s 5 hits, 3 have gone for extra bases (a double, triple and home run) and 6 RBI, not to mention he has hits in 6 of his last 7 heading into Wednesday, so I think there’s some strong potential for some scoring from JD on Thursday night.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: Tulowitzki has 4 hits in his last 5 heading into action on Wednesday, and I like his chances to extend his recent success against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez on Thursday. Jimenez has had Tulo’s number in his career, holding Tulowitzki to 1-for-8 batting. However Toronto is red hot and is looking to secure a home wild-card game. Loko for Tulo and the Jays to further bolster their position and chase Jimenez early and often.

Outfielder #1: Nelson Cruz, SEA

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: While Cruz may not have logged 71 points like his counterpart Robinson Cano, Cruz logged 29 points as Seattle managed to take 2 of 3 from the Astros and now he gets to take on Oakland and starter Kendall Graveman to open the final series of the 2016 regular season. Cruz is 10-for-15 in his career against Graveman with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI. With how Seattle has been playing as of late, Graveman could be running into a buzzsaw and I’m not sure how else this could end besides a Mariners rout.

Outfielder #2: Michael Saunders, TOR

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: You probably don’t need to read my rambling of how little of a fan I am of Baltimore starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, so let me explain why I’m backing Saunders on Thursday. The Jays are red hot and Saunders has 9 hits in 19 at-bats against Jimenez in his career, with 5 extra base hits including 4 home runs and 9 RBI. I like Saunders chances than I do Jimenez as a whole, so I’ll back the former and hope that Toronto chases Jimenez early and registers some crooked numbers in the process.

Outfielder #3: Alex Gordon, KC

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: KC was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday, but I think the Royals have too much pride to just give up on the year. Even if they wanted to give up, the Twins are so bad that they can lose even if the Royals play at 50%. Gordon is coming off of a 32-point performance on Sunday against Detroit, and I’m thinking we get some sort of carry over performance on Thursday against Minnesota and starting pitcher Kyle Gibson. Gordon is a lifetime 9-for-25 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI. Here’s to hoping the Royals finish with some pride so they have some motivation for next year.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300

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