Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/30/16
Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: September 30, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 9/30/16
September 30, 2016
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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 30th,, 2016.
Here we go. The final week of the 2016 MLB regular season. Seems like just yesterday we were just throwing out the first pitch but now we’re down to the home stretch. Here's my lineup for today.
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Pitcher #1: Madison Bumgarner, SF
Analysis: MadBum may not have had his best season statistically, but the fact of the matter is Bumgarner has been one of the more clutch pitchers in the playoffs in recent memory, and if San Fran wants to get there again, they need to finish strong against the Dodgers in their final series of the regular season. The Giants lead the Cardinals by 1 game for the second wild-card spots heading into action on Thursday, and on Friday, Bumgarner will take on the Dodgers for the fifth time this season, looking for his first win against their in-state rivals this season. Bumgarner is fresh off of 7 innings of 1-hit shutout ball against these same Dodgers last Monday, and in his career against the current Dodgers lineup, Bumgarner has held them to a .230 batting average over 252 at-bats with 67 punchouts. This game means way moer to the Giants than it does to Los Angeles who has already clinched, which is why I’ll gladly back Bumgarner here.
Pitcher #2: Marco Estrada, TOR
Analysis: The pick of Estrada here was an easy one. The Jays need this series against Boston to bolster their standing in the wild-card race while Boston is just preparing for the postseason. Estrada is pitching with a herniated disk in his back, so there’s a strong possibility that this could be Estrada’s final start of the season. However Estrada has had success against the Red Sox this season, posting a .500 record in 4 starts against Boston this season, and he is holding the current Red Sox lineup to a combined .211 average over 142 at-bats with 26 strikeouts. I like Estrada’s chances to finish strong and eke out a big performance on Friday.
Catcher: Brian McCann, NYY
Analysis: The Yankees finally had the plug pulled on their playoff hopes, but they still have a chance to show some pride and finish strong against a division rival chasing a wild-card spot in the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore sends Yovani Gallardo to the mound in his last start of the regular season. McCann and rookie sensation Gary Sanchez have been splitting time behind the plate so this pick makes me a little bit queasy because I don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to get points. However with McCann’s 6-for-24 record against Gallardo in his career, with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI, I like the value and I’ll take a shot here.
1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
Analysis: I keep saying it, if you’re going to give me Encarnacion at these cheap prices (anything under $5k for me is considered cheap), I’m going to keep taking them. Encarnacion is an AL MVP candidate, plain and simple. Boston will be countering with Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello, who Encarnacion has a lifetime record of 13-for-37 against with 8 extra base hits including 3 homers and 10 RBI. Porcello may still be competing for the Cy Young, but Boston has already clinched and is just trying to stay healthy going into October which is why I think Encarnacion will post a solid effort against Porcello and the BoSox on Friday.
2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN
Analysis: I’ll admit I got suckered in by the price tag. But I mean come on. Dozier has been mashing the ball this season, hitting 42 homers and is still chasing the century mark in the RBI category. The Twins close out their season against the White Sox and starter Carlos Rodon on Friday, and in his career against Rodon, Dozier is hitting .500 in 12 career at-bats with 4 of his 6 hits going for extra bases including 3 home runs and 6 RBI. Dozier may only have 1 hit in his last 6 games, but I think he’s saving his best for last and we get a solid performance here.
3rd Base: Manny Machado, BAL
Analysis: Machado has proven to be a very valuable piece to this O’s lineup throughout the season as Baltimore is still chasing a playoff spot going into the last week of the season. Baltimore takes on Yankees starter Michael Pineda to kick off the final series of the regular season, and in his career against Pineda, Machado is 6-for-15 with an extra base hit to go along with 2 RBI. Baltimore needs this one, and New York is sending a serviceable, but unreliable option to the mound in Pineda, so there’s a good chance Machado cashes in on Friday.
Shortstop: Ketel Marte, SEA
Analysis: The Mariners aren’t in the worst spot in the world heading into the last weekend of the season, Seattle is 2 games out of the second wild-card heading into action on Thursday and start their final regular season series on Thursday against the Oakland A’s who have been ready for the offseason for a while now. Game two sees Oakland send rookie Raul Alcantara to the mound, for his final start of the season. Alcantara’s previous four starts have been against division opponents, including these same Mariners who held Alcantara to a no-decision on September 11th. The reason I took Marte is because in that matchup, Marte went 3-for-3 which has me thinking there’s potential for some carryover to Friday’s matchup.
Outfielder #1: Jose Bautista, TOR
Analysis: I have a feeling that my lineups this final weekend will have a lot of Blue Jays and Orioles as they are two teams that have the most to play for. Bautista and the Jays take on Boston and starter Rick Porcello in the opener of the final series of the regular season, and I think Joey Bats has a good chance to get us some points on Friday. In his career against Porcello, Bautista is 15-for-36 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI. Like I said before, Porcello may be fighting for the Cy Young but the Red Sox have clinched so they may not be at their best. Meaning easy pickings for Bautista.
Outfielder #2: Adam Jones, BAL
Analysis: I got a great price on Jones considering what’s at stake here. The Orioles need a win against the Yankees and starter Michael Pineda. I’ve gone on record saying that Pineda is one of my least favorite pitchers to back ever since he got caught with that weird substance on his neck that got him suspended a couple years ago. But even that substance may not be enough to help Pineda here, as Jones is 10-for-29 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 5 RBI in his career against Pineda. Look for Jones to be at his best for the O’s win or lose.
Outfielder #3: Mark Trumbo, BAL
Analysis: Trumbo may only be 2-for-8 with a double in his career against Yankees starter Michael Pineda, but you mean to tell me I get the major league home run leader at this price? Yes please. Trumbo has3 home runs in his last 6 games heading into Thursday, so I’m thinking we have some solid potential to get some major value here.
Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $100