Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/6/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Sunday May 6th, 2018
5/6/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel
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Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 5/4.
Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox - $11,200) – There is a lot of star potential at the pitcher position on Sunday however, I’m going with the Red Sox’s Chris Sale as like his matchup agianst the Texas Rangers. Sale has once again been great this season as he comes into this game with a 2.14 ERA and 0.98 WHIP and has an impressive 10.93 K/9 ratio. Sale will be up against the Rangers in which he has had a lot of success against in his career as he has held the current Texas lineup to a .135 average (7 for 52) while striking them out an incredible 48% of the time. The Rangers rank 27th in MLB in strikeout rate and as Sale has held opponents to just a .223 batting average over the last three season, I think Sale is in for a big game against the Rangers on Sunday.
Kyle Gibson (Minnesota Twins -$7,800) – Kyle Gibson hasn’t been the greatest pitcher in the past however, the Minnesota right-hander has put together a very nice season so far for the Twins and has a decent matchup agianst the White Sox. Gibson comes into this game with a 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP and has a nice K/9 ratio of 10.13. Gibson has fared well agianst the White Sox over his career as he has held the current White Sox line up to just a .221 average (15-68) while striking them out 24% of the time. The White Sox rank 23rd in strikeout rate and as Gibson has recorded 23 K’s in his last 3 starts, I think Gibson has some nice value on Sunday.
Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds - $4,200) – The Cincinnati/Miami game is one of the better games to target on Sunday and I’m starting with Cincinnati’s first baseman, Joey Votto. Votto has struggled this year as he is hitting just .259 on the season with 4 HR’s and 15 RBI’s however, Votto has shown his ability to produce big games as he had a stretch in late April where he averaged about 30 FanDuel points over a 4-game span. Votto will be up against Dan Straily of the Marlins who didn’t look great in his 1st matchup last week agianst Philadelphia and is currently allowing LHB’s to hit .333 against him. Votto is 3 for 5 against Straily in his career and I think Votto will have a big game tomorrow.
Matt Olson (Oakland Athletics - $2,900) – Matt Olson is striking out a bunch and his contact rate isn’t what your looking for, however, I think the slugging first baseman has some good value on Sunday with his matchup agianst Alex Cobb of the Orioles. Olson is hitting .264 on the season with 4 HR’s and 13 RBI’s however, has been hitting RHP to the tune of a .282 average. Cobb pitched better his last outing however, has really struggled this year as he comes into this game with a 9.68 ERA and 2.04 HR/9 ratio. Cobb is allowing LHB’s to hit .512 (21-41) against him on the season and I’m hoping that Olson can take advantage of this with a HR.
Brian Dozier – (Minnesota Twins -$3,700) – Dozier is hitting just .242 on the season but does have 5 HR’s, 11 RBI’s, and 17 runs scored. Dozier has some great power and although he is hitting just .138 on the season, Dozier can get his bat going quick and he did have a nice game on Friday with a 3 for 5 performance with a triple, HR, and an RBI. Dozier has hit all 5 HR’s this season agianst RHP and he has nice matchup against the RHP Jamie Shields of the Chicago White Sox who he is 12 for 36 (.333 average) against with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s in his career.
Starlin Castro – (Miami Marlins -$2,700) – Starlin Castro hasn’t shown us much power this season as he has yet to hit a HR, however, the veteran second baseman still is having a productive year this season as he is currently hitting .302 with 10 RBI’s. Castro has a nice matchup tomorrow agianst the left-hander Brandon Finnegan who comes into this game with a 7.27 ERA and has been giving up a bunch of HR’s as he currently has a 2.60 HR/9 ratio. Castro has yet to face Finnegan in his career however, as he is hitting .450 against LHP this season, I think Castro is a nice value play tomorrow.
Eduardo Escobar - (-$4,000) – I picked up Escobar on my season long fantasy team about two weeks ago and boy has it paid off as the Twins SS has been outstanding as of late. The switch-hitting Escobar is hitting .316 on the season with 6 HR’s, 17 RBI’s, and 17 runs scored and has a .519 wOBA with 3 HR’s over the past week. Escobar hasn’t fared well against James Shields in his career, but I’m not worry about that matchup as Shields currently comes into this game with a 5.19 ERA. Escobar is hitting .316 against RHP’s on the season and I think he’ll be able to continue his hot bat, I don’t mind paying up for him tomorrow.
Orlando Arcia (Milwaukee Brewers -$2,200) – Orlando Arcia is always one of the more popular “low-cost” options as the Brewers SS has some decent pop in his bat and generally will cost you under $2,500. Arcia is hitting .229 on the season and will be up against the Pirates Chad Kuhl who comes into this game with a 5.01 ERA and 1.95 HR/9 ratio. Kaul has struggled on the road this season as he has a 7.04 ERA and between the fact that Arica has hit RHP better this season (.270 average) and that he is 5 for 10 against Kuhl in his career, I think Arcia is solid choice if you want to save money at the position tonight.
Travis Shaw (Milwaukee Brewers - $3,800) – I’m staying in Milwaukee for my “high-cost” third baseman and will be going with Travis Shaw who is hitting .241 on the season with 6 HR’s, 16 RBI’s, and 19 runs scored. As I mentioned above with Orlando Arcia, I love the Brewers matchup against Chad Kuhl who had really struggled on the road and is currently allowing LHB’s to hit .345 against him on the season. Shaw hasn’t had the hottest bat as of late, but he is 3 for 6 lifetime agianst the Pittsburgh right-hander and I like his chances for a HR on Sunday.
Martin Prado/Brian Anderson (Miami Marlins - $2,400/2,900) – I’m going back to the Miami/Cincinnati game as if your looking for some value, I think you can go with either Martin Prado or Brian Anderson on Sunday. Prado is hitting just .174 in his 6 games since returning from injury however, is hitting .367 against LHP over his last three seasons and is 3 for 4 agianst Brandon Finnegan in his career. Brian Anderson has a little more power than Prado and comes into this game with a .265 average with 2 HR’s and 16 RBI’s. Anderson has yet to face Finnegan in his career, however, is hitting .375 against LHP’s on the season.
Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals -$5,500) – Bryce Harper has heated up against and when he is swinging the bat like this, you almost must get him in your lineups. Harper is hitting just .264 on the season however, does have 12 HR’s, 28 RBI’s, 29 runs scored, and has BB% of 26.2%. Harper is 6 for 17 with 4 HR’s and 9 RBI’s over his last 4-games and will be going up against the right-handed Jake Arrieta of the Phillies who he has hit .286 against in his career. Harper has a .299 average and 1.266 OPS agianst RHP on the season and is hitting .303 against the Phillies over his past three seasons.
Eddie Rosario (Minnesota Twins - $3,800) – Minnesota has been hitting the ball well as of late and Eddie Rosario is a big reason for the that. Rosario is hitting just .250 on the season however, does have 5 HR’s, 17 RBI’s and 3 SB’s on the season. Rosario is hitting .310 over the past week with 2 HR’s and a solid .403 wOBA. Rosario will be up agianst James Shields and although Rosario hasn’t fared well agianst the right-handed in the past, I think Rosario and the other Twins will have a nice game on Sunday.
Also Considered: Yoenis Cespedes (New York Mets - $4,000) – Cespedes is hitting just .248 on the season but still has some great power as currently has 7 HR’s the season. Cespedes is hitting .421 with 2 HR’s over the past week and although he hasn’t hit LHP well this season, he has a decent matchup agianst the LHP Kyle Freeman who can give up some HR’s.
Gregory Polanco (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,500) – Gregory Polanco’s price is starting to rise against after it dipped below $3,000 earlier this week and as I think it will continue to rise, I’m going to target Polanco who had a decent matchup against Chase Anderson on Sunday. Polanco is hitting just .209 on the season but does have 6 HR’s, 17 RBI’s, and 19 runs scored on the season. Polanco is hitting just .200 agianst Anderson in his career, but I like his as a value pick as 3 of those hits have been for HR’s.
Denard Span (Tampa Bay Rays - $3,000) – I haven’t mentioned any Tampa Bay Rays yet however, I certainly wouldn’t argue if you wanted to stack some of them against Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays who comes into this game with a 6.19 ERA and 2.53 HR/9 ratio. Span has been productive as the Tampa Bay leadoff leader as he comes into this matchup with a .256 average with 3 HR’s, 23 RBI’s, and 16 runs scored. Span has a 2 HR’s and a .426 wOBA during the past week and I think he is a decent option on Sunday for a cheaper price.
Scott Schebler (Cincinnati Reds - $3,000) – The Reds will be one of the more popular stacks on Sunday with their matchup agianst Dan Straily and I really like Schebler as a value option. Schebler has been playing well since his return from injury and is currently hitting .288 with 3 HR’s and 11 RBI’s in his 17 games on the season. Schebler has some decent power and as Straily has a 4.50 HR/9 ratio after his one start of this season, I think Schebler can put up a big game for the affordable $3,000 price tag.