Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/12/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Saturday May 12th, 2018
5/12/18 – 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 5/10.
Charlie Morton (Houston Astros - $9,300) – There aren’t many top-tier pitchers on the slate for Saturday but if I’m going to pay up, it will be for Charlie Morton of the Houston Astros. Morton, like the majority of the Houston rotation, has been great this season as he comes into this game with a 4-0 record while posting a 2.16 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Morton throws some gas and has been striking people out at a good clip this season as he currently has a 10.4 K/9 ratio. Morton is holding opponents to just a .177 average on the season and has a decent matchup against the Texas Rangers who rank 29th in strikeout rate and the current roster as stuck out 42% (20 K’s in 48 total AB’s) against Morton in his career.
Domingo German (New York Yankees -$7,400) – I was going back and forth with Domingo German of the Yankees and Zach Eflin of the Phillies for my “low-cost” option but settled on German just as he has the better matchup against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. German was outstanding in his first start of the season last Sunday against the Indians as he went 6.0 innings while giving up no hits, no runs and struck out 9. On the season, German has a 2.66 ERA and has the stuff to pile up K’s as he currently has a 13.5 K/9 ratio. German sometimes has trouble with his control, however, if he on point again like he was in his previous game, he could put up some solid points for us as the A’s can struggle with strikeouts.
Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs - $4,300) – Anthony Rizzo is hitting just .210 on the season but the veteran first-baseman has been picking it up as of late as over the past week he has a .348 average with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Rizzo has had a monster series against the Marlins going into Friday’s game as in the series he is 5 for 9 with 2 doubles, a HR, and 5 RBI’s. Rizzo has a decent matchup against James Shields who comes in with a 5.01 ERA and has given up HR’s in two of his last three starts. Rizzo has been much more successful against RHP this season and as he is 5 for 11 lifetime with 3 doubles and 4 RBI’s against Shields, I think Rizzo is a decent option if you want to spend up at 1B on Saturday.
Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers - $2,500) – The switching Martinez has found his swing over the past week as although he is just hitting .252 on the season, the career .297 hitter has a .381 average with a HR and 5 RBI’s over the past week. Martinez will be up against Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners who although has been great in his career, has really had a tough year and comes into this game with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.83 HR/9 ratio. Martinez has been much better as a LHB this season posting a .277 average and .757 OPS and as he is 9 for 27 (.333 average/.899 OPS) against King Felix in his career, he has some nice value at just $2,500.
Jose Altuve – (Houston Astros -$4,200) – Jose Altuve is hitting .331 on the season with 2 HR’s and 17 RBI’s and is once again leading MLB in hits as the Astros second-baseman already had 52 hits on the season. Altuve hasn’t hit for much power this season however, he is swinging a hot bat as he has a .346 average with 4 double and triple over the past week. Altuve will be up against Doug Fister of the Rangers on Saturday in which is 4 for 9 (.444 average/.889 OPS) against in his career and Altuve has been absolutely destroying Texas this season as he currently has .462 average (12 for 26) against them on the season.
Ian Kinsler – (Los Angeles Angels -$3,200) – Ian Kinsler has struggled with the Angels this season as he is hitting just .214 on the season with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s however there are signs that he is coming out of his funk as over his past two games he is 4 for 8 with a HR and 2 RBI’s. Kinsler will be up against the RHP Kyle Gibson of the Minnesota Twins, who although has pitched well this season as has a 3.49 ERA, has struggled against Kinsler in his career as Kinsler is 14 for 42 (.333 average/.904 OPS) lifetime against him with 2 HR’s. Kinsler has been much better against RHP’s this season as he is hitting .247 against them with both of his HR’s and as his price tag is right now hovering around the $3,000 mark, he has some good value for Saturday.
Chris Taylor - (Los Angeles Dodgers- $3,600) – There are a few good “High-Cost” SS to target on Saturday but I’m going back to Chris Taylor mostly due to his matchup against Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds. Bailey has been hit real hard this season as he currently has a 5.61 ERA and 2.28 HR/9 ratio and has given up at least 2 HR’s in each of his last 4 starts. Taylor hasn’t hit for an outstanding average this year as he currently hitting just .229, however, the Dodgers SS does have some nice power and has 5 HR’s on the season. Taylor is has 3 HR’s and a better batting average against RHP on the season and also has put up a respectable 8.53 OPS at home.
Miguel Rojas (Miami Marlins - $2,700) – Finding value at the shortstop position can always be a battle however, you should take a look at Miguel Rojas who not having that bad of season for the Marlins as although he comes in with just a .241 average, he has been able to hit 5 HR’s. Rojas will be up against the Braves Michael Soroka who doesn’t have overpowering stuff and has also struggled against RHB’s on the season, allowing them to hit .438 against him. Rojas has hit 4 of his 5 HR’s against RHP on the season and as he has hit better at Marlins Park this season, is an option if you need to save some money on your SS for Saturday.
Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies - $5,500) – Nolan Arenado is one of the best hitters in baseball and when he is at home at Coors Field against a pitcher who he had hit well in the past, it’s hard to argue that he is not the top “high-cost” option for the day. Arenado is hitting .316 on the season with 8 HR’s and 21 RBI’s and has hit .420 with 3 HR’s at Coors Field on the season. Arenado is up against the RHP Chase Anderson of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday who although is decent pitcher, has had trouble keeping the ball inside the park this season as he has a 1.99 HR/9 ratio. Anderson has a 7.36 ERA at Coors Field over his past three season and could be in trouble against Arenado who is 8 for 27 (.296 average/1.111 OPS) against him with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s.
Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox - $2,900) – Rafael Devers is an up and coming talent at 3B for the Red Sox and although his hitting just .256 on the season, has shown the power he possesses as he currently has 6 HR’s and 23 RBI’s on the season. Devers is up against the Blue Jays Marco Estrada who although has pitched well against the Red Sox in the past, has really struggled this season as he currently has a 5.21 ERA and 2.13 HR/9 ratio. Devers has a .466 slugging percentage and .791 OPS against RHP on the season although he didn’t have success against Estrada earlier this season, I think the Red Sox’s bats will be in for a good day against the right-hander on Saturday.
Mike Trout/Justin Upton (Los Angeles Angels -$5,300/$4,000) – Just how good is Mike Trout? The best player in MLB has been on a tear as of late and is now hitting .326 on the season with 12 HR’s, 25 RBI’s, and 7 SB’s. Trout is hitting .458 over the past week and .438 so far in the month of May. Trout has a 1.123 OPS against RHP and has fared well against Kyle Gibson in his career as he is 4 for 11 (.364 average) with a HR against him. Justin Upton has also has had a decent season for the Angels as he has 9 HR’s on the season and is hitting .308 with 4 HR’s over the past week. Upton goes into Friday’s matchup with HR’s in three consecutive games and I like him on Sunday as he is 4 for 9 (.44 average) with two doubles against Kyle Gibson in his career.
Corey Dickerson/Gregory Polanco (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,900/$3,500) – Corey Dickerson has been everything that Pirates hoped he would be as the 5-year veteran currently is hitting .323 on the season with 5 HR’s and 26 RBI’s and is hitting .364 over the past week. Dickerson has been especially good at PNC park as he has a .340 average and 1.013 OPS. Polanco has started to get things back on the track after really struggling in the 2nd half of April and has raised his average to .225 after hitting .353 with a HR over the past week. I like Dickerson/Polanco on Saturday as they are going up against Jeff Samardzija of the Giants who is currently allowing LHB’s to hit .400 against him on the season.
J.D. Martinez (Boston Red Sox - $4,500) – J.D. Martinez continues to be everything the Red Sox hoped for and more after helping them salvage a victory against the Yankees after hitting the game-winning HR in the 8th in Red Sox’s 5-4 victory on Thursday. Martinez is hitting .348 on the season with 9 HR’s and 29 RBI’s and is hitting .378 with 4 HR’s so far in the month of May. Martinez is up against Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays who has a 2.13 HR/9 ratio and is allowing RHB’s to hit .325 against him. Martinez has a .944 OPS against Estrada in his career which includes a 3-run HR he had against him earlier this season.
Josh Reddick (Houston Astros - $2,700) – Josh Reddick is only hitting .232 on the season but does have 6 HR’s and you must like his value on Saturday with his matchup against the Rangers Doug Fister. Fister is coming off his worst start of the season giving up 6 ER’s and 2 HR’s to the Red Sox an didn’t fare well in his one start against the Astros last season. Reddick is hitting a solid .310 at home on the season and as his price tag has dipped due to his recent struggles, I think he has some nice value as he has a .762 OPS against RHP’s this season.
Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers - $2,500) – I decided to go with Joc Pederson in my daily fantasy lineup tonight just due to his matchup against Matt Harvey and I’m ready to do the same thing on Saturday if I need to save money in the OF as he has another nice matchup against Homer Bailey who has a 2.28 HR/9 ratio on the season. Pederson only has 1 HR on the season be we all know he has HR power and as has hit better against RHP this season, posting a .279 average and .858 OPS, there are worst options at $2,400 you could go with.