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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/15/18

High Cost/Low Cost Options - Tuesday May 15th, 2018

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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/15/18

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 5/13.

Pitchers

High Cost:

Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets - $10,000) – It was down between Gerrit Cole and Noah Syndergaard as my “high-cost” pitcher today however, I decided to go with Syndergaard as I like his matchup against the Blue Jays better. Syndergaard comes into this game with a 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHP and has yet to give up more than 3 ER’s since his first start of the season. Syndergaard on of the best fastball/slider combos in the game and has a nice K/9 ratio of 10.4 on the season. Toronto currently ranks 21st in strikeout rate on the season and between the fact that the Mets should be favored against the struggling Jamie Garcia and that the Blue Jays have little experience against Syndergaard, I can see Thor having a big game on Tuesday.

Low Cost:

Eduardo Rodriguez (Boston Red Sox -$7,800) – Eduardo Rodriguez comes into his matchup against Oakland with just a 4.58 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, however, is 3-0 on the season and is coming off his best performance of the season after going 5 innings, giving up no runs and striking out 8 against the New York Yankees last Thursday. Rodriguez has piled up 18 strikeouts over his last 11.0 IP and currently has an 11.33 H/9 ratio. Rodriguez has pitched well against Oakland as against the current A’s roster, Rodriguez is holding Oakland to just a .119 average (5 for 42) while striking them out 50% of the time. Oakland ranks 21st in strikeout rate and as they’ve had trouble with LHP’s as evident by James Paxton’s 16 strikeout performance, I think Rodriguez is a solid, affordable play. 

Hitters

Catchers/1st base

High Cost:

Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs - $4,600) – Anthony Rizzo is hitting just .211 on the season with 6 HR’s and 23 RBI’s, however, the Cubs first-baseman finally looks like he is finding his swing as over the past week he is hitting .389 with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Rizzo and the Cubs will be up against Mike Foltynewicz of the Braves as Rizzo is 3 for 5 with a double, HR, and 3 RBI’s against the right-hander in his career. Rizzo has a .284 average and .927 OPS against RHP over his past three seasons and as Foltynewicz has had trouble with the Cubs in the past as he is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA over his past three seasons, I think Rizzo will be able to keep up his solid play and be worth the high price tag tonight.

Low Cost:

Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers - $2,400) – Victor Martinez and the Detroit Tigers have probably the best matchup on tomorrow slate as they will be going against the struggling Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians who comes into this game with a  8.06 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, and 4.74 HR/9 ratio. Tomlin has been getting hit real hard as of late as in his past three games he has given up 15 ER’s in 16.2 IP while allowing 9 HR’s. Martinez is hitting just .233 on the season with 3 HR’s and 18 RBI’s however, has been much better as a LHB as he currently has a .258 average with a .709 OPS batting from the left-side of the plate. Martinez has some good value as he has a career .621 slugging % and .944 OPS with 3 HR’s against Tomlin in his career.

2nd base

High Cost:

Cesar Hernandez – (Philadelphia Phillies -$3,800) – Cesar Hernandez is having a decent season with the Phillies as the second-baseman is currently hitting .262 with 4 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, and 7 SB’s on the season. Hernandez has a nice matchup against the RHP Andrew Cashner of the Baltimore Orioles who comes into this game with a 4.84 ERA and as has given up at last 3 ER’s in each of his last five starts. Casher is allowing LHB to have a .558 slugging percentage and .909 OPS against him on the season and the right-hander has also struggled with HR’s as he currently has a 2.01 HR/9 ratio. The switch-hitting Hernandez hits for a better average as a RHB however, all his power has come from the left-side of the plate as all 4 of his HR’s have been against RHP on the season.

Low Cost:

Sterling Castro – (Miami Marlins -$2,900) – Sterling Castro is having a decent season with the Marlins as the veteran 2B comes into this game with a .289 average with 2 HR’s and 18 RBI’s on the season. Castro has a tough matchup against the LHP Alex Wood of the Dodgers who had been solid on the season, however, Castro is an attractive option if you’re looking to save money at 2B as he has hit LHP to the tune of a .367 average and .859 OPS on the season. Castro is hitting over .300 at home on the season and as he is 5 for 7 (.714 average / 1.571 OPS) against Wood in his career, I like Castro for a price that is under $3,000.

Shortstop

High Cost:

Chris Taylor - (Los Angeles Dodgers - $3,600) – Chris Taylor keeps coming on this list as he had some nice matchups as of late and although he hasn’t gotten us those HR’s we know he is capable of providing, I’m not shying away from him on Tuesday as he has a great matchup against Wei-Yin Chen of the Marlins. Chen has gotten rocked in his last two outings as he has given up a combined 13 ER’s and 5 HR’s in just 7.0 IP. Chen has been especially bad against RHB’s this season as he is allowing them to hit .361 (13-36) and 1.37 OPS against him. Taylor has 5 HR’s on the season and as he has a .280 average and .781 OPS against LHP over his last three seasons, I like the Dodgers SS on Thursday.

Low Cost:

Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers - $2,700) – Jurickson Profar has started to look a bit more comfortable at the plate as of late and although he is hitting just .235 on the season with 2 HR’s and 15 RBI’s, he is hitting .286 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, and a HR over the past week. Profar has a nice matchup against the struggling Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners who comes into this game with a 5.72 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. Leake is allowing LHB’s to hit .290 on the season against him and although Profar has struggled more as a LHB, I think he comes at a decent price in a game in which Texas could put up a good amount of runs.

3rd Base

High Cost:

Eduardo Escobar (Minnesota Twins - $3,800) – Eduardo Escobar has slowed down from a very strong stretch at the end of April, however, the switch-hitting Escobar is still having a great season for the Twins as he has a .282 average with 7 HR’s and 20 RBI’s on the season. Escobar will be up against the RHP Jack Flaherty who has been anything special in his two starts so far this season as he has a 3.60 ERA this season and is coming a performance against the Pirates in which he went just 5.0 innings while giving up 3 ER’s on 4  hits and 4 BB’s. Escobar has .539 slugging percentage and .869 OPS against RHP on the season and has fared well against the Cardinals this season as he has a .333 average (3 for 9) with a HR against them.

Low Cost:

Enrique Hernandez (Los Angeles Dodgers - $2,400) – Enrique Hernandez hasn’t got many starts as of late however, as the Dodgers will be facing off against a LHP on Tuesday, I expect to see Hernandez in the lineup. Hernandez  is hitting just .221 on the season but does have 5 HR’s on the season and has one of the better matchups on Tuesday as he is facing off against the LHP Wei-Yin Chen of the Marlins who has given up 6 HR’s in just 12.1 IP on the season. Chen is allowing RHB’s to hit .361 against him on the season and as Hernandez has solid HR-upside, he is worth a look at this price on Tuesday.

Outfielders

High Cost:

Nick Castellanos (Detroit Tigers -$3,600) – Nick Castellanos has been a popular pick up mine when facing a LHP, however, as he a great matchup against the RHP Josh Tomlin of the Indians tonight, I’m not hesitant at all spending up to get Castellanos in my lineup. Castellanos is hitting .326 on the season with 3 HR’s and 23 RBI’s and has been great over the past week as he has a .500 average (6 for 12). Tomlin has allowed a bunch of HR’s this season and has struggled with RHB’s as he is allowing them to post a .286 average and 1.011 OPS against him on the season. Castellanos has a .324 average with 2 triples and a HR at home on the season and I think he will be able to improve those numbers against Castellanos.

Odubel Herrera (Philadelphia Phillies - $3,800) – When you look at list of the best hitters so far this season, you might be surprised to Odubel Herrera at the top of the list, however, there is no denying how good Herrera has been for the Phillies this season as he comes into this matchup with a .360 average with 6 HR’s and 24 RBI’s on the season. Herrera has nice matchup against the Orioles Andrew Casher who has really struggled giving up HR’s this season as he has given up at least 1 HR in each of his last five starts. Herrera is hitting .379 with a 1.018 against RHP on the season and as the wind will be blowing to RF at Camden Yards on Tuesday, Herrera is worth the high price.

Also Considered: Yoenis Cespedes (New York Mets - $3,900)

Low Cost:

David Peralta (Arizona Diamondbacks - $3,300) – David Peralta is currently hitting .296 with 7 HR’s and 21 RBI’s and as I mentioned yesterday, I’m still surprised that his price is hovering at the $3,000 range right now especially as he has been hitting well as of late, posting a .304 average with a triple and HR over the past week. Peralta will be up against the RHP Jhoulys Chacin of the Milwaukee Brewers who has struggled against LHP on the season as he has allowed them to post a .299 average and .881 OPS against him. Peralta has a .326 average and 1.01 OPS against RHP on the season and between the fact that he bats at the top of the Diamondbacks lineup and that he is 3 for 9 with a HR against Chacin in his career, I think Peralta has some of the best value on the slate.

Shin-Soo Choo (Texas Rangers - $3,100) – Shin-Soo Choo is hitting just .245 on the season but he does have 5 HR’s and 15 RBI’s and has been playing better as of late as he has hits in 4 of his last  5 games and is hitting .300 over the past week. Choo’s price has dropped considerably after his quick start to the season and I’m hoping to take advantage of this in a good matchup against Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners. Leake has a 5.72 ERA on the season and is allowing opponents to hit .291 against him on the season. Choo is hitting much better against RHP as he has a .278 average and all 5 of his HR’s against RHP on the season and I think he has some good value today as Choo is 6 for 17 (.353) with 2 doubles and 2 HR’s against Leake in his career.

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