<![CDATA[Fantasy RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/25/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 25th, 2017. We are back to normal on Tuesday with a slate of 14 games on the DFS schedule, there’s some solid pitching options so we will have to be smart with our cap.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Clayton Kershaw, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $14,300

Analysis: Kershaw’s price tag may be insane on Tuesday, but it’s warranted. Normally you’d expect Kershaw vs. the Giants to be a tight rivalry game, but I think it’ll be far from that on Tuesday. Kershaw has gotten the better of…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 25th, 2017. We are back to normal on Tuesday with a slate of 14 games on the DFS schedule, there’s some solid pitching options so we will have to be smart with our cap.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Clayton Kershaw, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $14,300

Analysis: Kershaw’s price tag may be insane on Tuesday, but it’s warranted. Normally you’d expect Kershaw vs. the Giants to be a tight rivalry game, but I think it’ll be far from that on Tuesday. Kershaw has gotten the better of his in-state rival, holding the current Giants’ lineup to a combined .160 batting average over 356 combined at-bats. It’s gonna suck to have to give up a lot of cash early, but Kershaw will be worth it.

Pitcher #2: Julio Teheran, ATL

Opponent: @ NYM

Salary: $10,000

Analysis: I don’t know how I pulled it off, but I was able to get a steal with Teheran and Kershaw in my lineup. Teheran is still expensive for a pitcher on a struggling Braves team, but against another struggling team in the Mets, it could be a good thing considering Teheran is holding the Mets to a combined 30 for 166 with 30 strikeouts.

Catcher: Yadier Molina, STL

Opponent: vs. TOR

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: With how much I spent on pitching, I have to find value with basically the rest of my lineup. Some I was lucky enough to have some head-to-head history against, others was just a gut feeling and the best option at the price point. Molina is a bit of both considering the Blue Jays struggles to start the year, and Molina’s head-to-head record against Toronto starter Marco Estrada from his time in Milwaukee. Molina is a lifetime 13 for 24 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 5 RBI against Estrada, so I felt I could exploit that here.

1st Base: Mike Napoli, TEX

Opponent: vs. MIN

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: I may be crazy to bet against Ervin Santana with how he’s started the year for the Twins, but I think Napoli could do some damage as a sneaky play on Tuesday, with a lifetime 10 for 25 mark against Santana with 7 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 10 RBI.

2nd Base: Yolmer Sanchez, CWS

Opponent: vs. KC

Salary: $2,300

Analysis: This is a bit of a risky pick as Sanchez isn’t an everyday bat in the White Sox rotation, but if Chicago puts him in the starting lineup, it may be a smart move. When you add up KC’s recent struggles with Sanchez’s career 6 for 14 mark wth an extra base hit against Danny Duffy, Royals’ starter on Tuesday, it would be the value play of all value plays.

3rd Base: Chase Headley, NYY

Opponent: @ BOS

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: Rivalries like the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry have the ability to bring the best out of players, which is why I took Headley here. Headley owns a lifetime 7 for 19 mark against Boston starter Rick Porcello, with 4 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI.

Shortstop: Freddy Galvis, PHI

Opponent: vs. MIA

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: The Phillies have been playing well lately, and now hope to continue that against the Marlins and starter Wei-Yin Chen, who has had tendencies to be inconsistent from time to time on the mound. Galvis could make him pay, considering he owns a career 5 for 12 mark against Chen with an extra base hit.

Outfielder #1: Daniel Nava, PHI

Opponent: vs. MIA

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: Nava seemed like a great pickup, as you’re not going to get many guys who are batting almost .400 that also have an advantage over the opposing pitcher, like Nava does over Chen by holding a 7 for 17 mark in his career with a home run and 3 RBI.

Outfielder #2: Aaron Hicks, NYY

Opponent: @ BOS

Salary: $3,000

Analysis: Despite having a brief career in the majors for the Bronx Bombers, Hicks has enough of a history against Rick Porcello, and a positive one at that, to warrant a pick here. Hicks owns a lifetime mark of 4 of 18 with a pair of home runs and 3 RBI against Porcello, and could very well add to those totals here.

Outfielder #3: Kevin Pillar, TOR

Opponent: vs. STL

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Pillar had an 11-game hitting streak snapped with Monday’s loss to the Angels, but again, it’s not often that you get a solid hitter, that’s been on a hot streak for this low of a price. Michael Wacha is no slouch on the mound, but I think Pillar could net us a few points on Tuesday.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:47:59 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84019
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 4/24/17: Key Matchups Early This Week]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/24/fantasy-baseball-update-4/24/17-key-matchups-early-this-week#comments Now that the weekend is over and the big MLB early-week matchups are getting set to go, it’s a good time to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire and see who’s trending out there. Let’s visit some of the popular adds right now and see if anyone makes sense for you. 

Koda Glover, RP, Washington Nationals: Glover is sitting on two straight saves, both against the Mets over the weekend. He worked the last out Saturday then played a full inning Sunday, and everything came out clean. 

Glover is pitching well with a 2.35 ERA and…

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Now that the weekend is over and the big MLB early-week matchups are getting set to go, it’s a good time to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire and see who’s trending out there. Let’s visit some of the popular adds right now and see if anyone makes sense for you. 

Koda Glover, RP, Washington Nationals: Glover is sitting on two straight saves, both against the Mets over the weekend. He worked the last out Saturday then played a full inning Sunday, and everything came out clean. 

Glover is pitching well with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP in 7.2 innings this year. Time will tell what the Nats do with him, but for a speculative fantasy play he’s nice if you need saves. 

Wade Miley, SP, Baltimore Orioles: Miley is a nice add as well right now. He’s coming off eight innings against the Reds, striking out 11 and allowing one run. 

On the year, Miley has been great with a 1.89 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and 24 Ks. He’ll get his next shot at a start tomorrow against Tampa Bay. He’s available in almost 2/3 of fantasy baseball leagues. 

Taylor Motter, SS/OF, Seattle Mariners: Let’s move on to position players and check out Motter. He’s coming off a nice 2-for-5 outing against Oakland yesterday, whipping out a grand slam and a double. 

That makes five homers and 12 RBI with a .255 BA for Motter. The thing about him is that he comes up empty a lot, as evidenced by his 0-for-7 stretch heading into Sunday. Still, as a matchup or deep-league play he’s not too shabby. 

Michael Conforto, OF, New York Mets: Conforto managed a leadoff homer on Sunday, ending his day with three hits and two runs in total. 

Conforto has been hitting pretty well overall this season, and he’s managed a .361 BA with four homers and eight RBI. Given all the injuries the Mets have sustained lately, Conforto will be in the lineup for the foreseeable future. 

Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres: Hedges came up empty in a pinch hit role yesterday, but had gone 4-for-12 in the three games prior, bagging seven RBI, four runs and three homers. 

Even with the nice run over the weekend, Hedges is still hitting just .175. That said, he does have five homers and 11 RBI to his credit. He’s a deep-league or NL-only guy but trending in the right direction. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:53:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83947
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/24/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/24/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 24th, 2017. We have a small schedule of only 9 games on Monday, so pickings will be slim and I will have a representation from one major league team, so let’s get started.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Zack Greinke, ARZ

Opponent: vs. SD

Salary: $9,400

Analysis: The Padres are looking like the same old Padres, struggling to put wins and positive results together. That probably won’t change when San Diego takes on Arizona on Monday, considering Greinke has owned the current Padres’…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 24th, 2017. We have a small schedule of only 9 games on Monday, so pickings will be slim and I will have a representation from one major league team, so let’s get started.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Zack Greinke, ARZ

Opponent: vs. SD

Salary: $9,400

Analysis: The Padres are looking like the same old Padres, struggling to put wins and positive results together. That probably won’t change when San Diego takes on Arizona on Monday, considering Greinke has owned the current Padres’ lineup, holding them to a combined .221 batting average over 122 combined at-bats with 25 strikeouts.

Pitcher #2: Francisco Liriano, TOR

Opponent: @ LAA

Salary: $9,700

Analysis: The Blue Jays are starting to turn things around, as they’ll salvage at least a series split with the Angels, their first positive series this season. With Liriano on the mound, I’m thinking Toronto gets their first series win of the year, because Liriano has held the current Angels lineup to a .209 batting average in 110 at-bats with 28 strikeouts, including holding Albert Pujols, Ben Revere and Yunel Escobar to a combined 7 for 47 at the plate.

Catcher: Buster Posey, SF

Opponent: vs. LAD

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: This is the first of my next 6 slots that will be filled from the Dodgers and Giants game on Monday night, so be forewarned. The Giants are off to a slow start, but certain pieces like Posey can’t be blamed as Posey is hitting .333 up to this point. Posey could help San Fran turn things around when the Dodgers send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound, with Posey owning a lifetime 6 for 22 mark against Ryu, with 4 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI.

1st Base: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: Of those 6 picks from this game I was mentioning before, 5 of them are L.A. Dodgers, including Gonzalez. The Giants send Matt Cain to the mound, and Cain has been the definition of a Christmas tree over the last year or two. I’m guessing that San Francisco’s struggles could get even bigger, considering that Gonzalez owns a lifetime 22 for 78 mark against Cain with 10 extra base hits including 4 homers and 13 RBI.

2nd Base: Chase Utley, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: Okay I know I probably sound nuts taking Utley here considering he is batting .036 this season. But his luck could turn against Cain, who Utley owns a career 11 for 29 mark against with 5 extra base hits including 4 homers and 8 RBI.

3rd Base: Justin Turner, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $3,400

Analysis: I don’t have any head-to-head stats to go off of, but this is the same theory as I have with the other Dodgers in my lineup. Matt Cain is auto-fade material and this is a good price on Turner who is still hitting .346 and riding a 9-game hitting streak coming into this game.

Shortstop: Corey Seager, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Again, not enough of a history to go off of with Cain against Seager, but Seager remains a must-start in most leagues considering his .314 batting average with 3 homers and 15 RBI coming into this one. This should be a game where the Dodgers chase Cain early so we have to take advantage of the matchup while we can.

Outfielder #1: Yasiel Puig, LAD

Opponent: @ SF

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: Okay, so we’ve finally reached the end of the anti-Matt Cain train, with Puig bringing up the rear. Puig has been frustrating in his last 4 games against Arizona, putting up just 1 hit in his last 4 games against the D-Backs. However, San Fran and Matt Cain should be an easier task to handle, considering that Puig owns a career 5 for 15 mark against Cain with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI.

Outfielder #2: Steven Souza Jr., TB

Opponent: @ BAL

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Souza Jr. has been on a tear lately, hitting in 7 straight and 9 of his last 10 coming into Monday’s matchup against Baltimore and Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez seems to be sliding into his final days as a solid major leaguer as he has been struggling more and more as the days go by. Souza Jr.’s current form should be enough to score us some points in the outfield on Monday.

Outfielder #3: Kevin Kiermaier, TB

Opponent: @ BAL

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Kiermaier has been in fine form himself, and could build on that form when the Rays take on the O’s. Kiermaier owns a lifetime 3 for 10 mark against Ubaldo Jimenez with a pair of extra base hits including a homer and 2 RBI. Jimenez is the weak link in the Baltimore rotation and I expect Kiermaier to take advantage of that on Monday.

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

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:09:46 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83923
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/23/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/23/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 23rd, 2017. A full slate of 15 games on Sunday brings us some solid baseball, including a marquee matchup between the Nats and Mets at Citi Field on Sunday night baseball.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Jason Hammel, KC

Opponent: @ TEX

Salary: $6,200

Analysis: I’m not too high on the Royals these days, as their offense has struggled in this series against Texas. I had a choice between Darvish and Hammel, but I decided to go with Hammel, as he saves me nearly $5,000 in salary cap.…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 23rd, 2017. A full slate of 15 games on Sunday brings us some solid baseball, including a marquee matchup between the Nats and Mets at Citi Field on Sunday night baseball.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Jason Hammel, KC

Opponent: @ TEX

Salary: $6,200

Analysis: I’m not too high on the Royals these days, as their offense has struggled in this series against Texas. I had a choice between Darvish and Hammel, but I decided to go with Hammel, as he saves me nearly $5,000 in salary cap. Hammel is holding the current Royals’ lineup to a combined .234 batting average in 77 combined at-bats with 15 strikeouts and only 5 RBI against. If the Royals are going to take one, considering the matchup, Hammel may be their best bet.

Pitcher #2: Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS

Opponent: @ BAL

Salary: $6,000

Analysis: This may not be a wise pick considering that the Baltimore Orioles are possibly the hottest team in the majors right now. But Rodriguez provides some decent value as he has done well against the current Orioles’ lineup, holding them to a combined .218 average over 87 combined at-bats with 28 strikeouts over that span. Considering the offense behind him isn’t too shabby either, Rodriguez could be a sneaky play on Sunday.

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, MIA

Opponent: @ SD

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: I can’t pass up on Realmuto considering the unreal season he has had up until this point. Granted, he’s cooled off since his torrid start to the season, but Realmuto is still batting around .350 and that could be trouble against a San Diego team that does have problems defensively and in their pitching rotation.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, CLE

Opponent: @ CWS

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: Encarnacion has struggled out of the gate with his new club, but he’s starting to find his groove, hitting safely in 7 of their last 8 games, including a home run in Saturday’s matchup with the White Sox. Encarnacion could make it back-to-back games with a homer, considering he has done well in his career against Chicago’s starter, Derek Holland, to the tune of 7 for 18 with 5 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 8 RBI. Holland struggled big time in his last start and I’m thinking it carries over here.

2nd Base: Ian Kinsler, DET

Opponent: @ MIN

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: I don’t have any head-to-head stats with Kinsler here, I just don’t have any confidence in Minnesota’s starter on Sunday, Kyle Gibson. Gibson has struggled in his last few outings, even going back to last season. Kinsler is a good enough hitter to do some serious damage in this one so I’ll take him at 2nd base.

3rd Base: Trevor Plouffe, OAK

Opponent: vs. SEA

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: The A’s have been on fire during their current winning streak, and Plouffe has been a big part of that, putting up hits in 9 of his last 10, and scoring a combined 32 fantasy points in the first 2 games of the A’s series against Seattle. The Mariners start Yovani Gallardo on Sunday, and has had no success against Oakland in his career going 0-5 with an ERA in the high-fives. Plouffe could add to Gallardo’s misery, considering his lifetime 3 for 11 mark with a pair of home runs and 3 RBI against Gallardo.

Shortstop: Zack Cozart, CIN

Opponent: vs. CHIC

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: The Reds’ offense has fallen off big time since their hot start, but all is not lost, considering that the Reds have a chance to salvage something from their series with the Cubs. John Lackey will start for Chicago, and Cozart has a chance to build on his strong .370 batting average to this point. Cozart is a lifetime 6 for 15 against Lackey, with 3 extra base hits including a home run, 3 RBI and only 1 strikeout over that timespan.

Outfielder #1: Bryce Harper, WSH

Opponent: @ NYM

Salary: $5,300

Analysis: I had over $16,000 to play with up until this point, so I stacked my outfield. Harper is already looking like the favorite to win the NL MVP, with a .393 batting average and a league-leading 20 RBI up until now. Zack Wheeler starts for the Mets, and has not looked good for most of this season, and is giving up a combined .352 batting average in 71 combined at-bats against the current Nats’ lineup, so I think Harper could add to his totals here.

Outfielder #2: Mookie Betts, BOS

Opponent: @ BAL

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: This seems like a lot to pay for the most expensive player on the board with only 8 RBI this season. However, Betts has put up double-digit fantasy point performances in 4 of his last 6 games heading into Saturday, and could add to his stat line when Baltimore sends Kevin Gausman to the mound on Sunday. Betts is a lifetime 9 for 21 with a pair of home runs and 4 RBI against Gausman and if my Rodriguez pick is going to pay off, we may need a big day from Betts here.

Outfielder #3: Charlie Blackmon, COL

Opponent: vs. SF

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: The last time Blackmon faced Giants’ starter, Jeff Samardzija, Blackmon belted his franchise-record 23rd leadoff home run, which is why I picked Blackmon here. Samardzija is a pitcher that has Christmas tree potential every time he takes the mound, meaning he could get lit up at any time. The ball flies at Coors Field, so don’t be surprised if Blackmon and the Rockies chase Samardzija early.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $1,800

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:15:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83854
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 4/21/17: Weekend Sleeper Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/21/fantasy-baseball-update-4/21/17-weekend-sleeper-picks#comments We’ve got a big batch of weekend MLB games coming this weekend, so with that in mind let’s examine the fantasy baseball waiver wire and see who might make a good add for your team. Here’s a closer look at the numbers. 

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers: Shaw has been very solid lately. He bagged a 2-for-4 outing with a three-run homer in his last outing, and has hit in three straight games. 

Shaw has six hits, four runs, three homers and eight RBI in his last three games alone. That makes five homers and 16 RBI  on the season…

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We’ve got a big batch of weekend MLB games coming this weekend, so with that in mind let’s examine the fantasy baseball waiver wire and see who might make a good add for your team. Here’s a closer look at the numbers. 

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers: Shaw has been very solid lately. He bagged a 2-for-4 outing with a three-run homer in his last outing, and has hit in three straight games. 

Shaw has six hits, four runs, three homers and eight RBI in his last three games alone. That makes five homers and 16 RBI  on the season for him. His set with the Cardinals continues this weekend. 

Jacob Barnes, RP, Milwaukee Brewers: Barnes logged his first save last night against the Cardinals, giving up one walk and one strikeout. 

Barnes came on thanks to Neftali Feliz tossing 33 pitches and giving up four runs in a blown save the day before. If Feliz continues to struggle, Barnes will get some more work. 

Jedd Gyorko, 1B/2B/3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s look on the other side of that Brewers/Cardinals matchup and check out Gyorko. He went 3-for-3 on Thursday with a solo homer and two runs. 

So far this year, Gyorko has a .294 BA with three homers and five RBI. He’s one of the few bright spots on the Cardinals’ offense, as there’s not a whole lot to choose from there. Gyorko has eligibility all over the place, and makes a nice lower-end add right now. 

Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Kiermaier has been on a great run lately, capping it off with a 2-for-3 outing yesterday, complete with a homer and two RBI. 

Kiermaier has a five-game hit streak going right now, bagging 10 knocks in that time. That includes three RBI in the last three games, along with two steals in the last five. He gets the Astros starting today. 

Jett Bandy, C, Milwaukee Brewers: Bandy has had a pretty nice week in fantasy terms. In his last three games, he has a total of five hits, three homers and four RBI. 

Bandy is hitting .314 on the year with four home runs and six RBI to his credit. No one is expecting him to keep it going for too long, so hop on the train if you need a low-end catcher to fill in for you. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:32:23 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83695
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/21/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 21st, 2017. We have a full schedule on Friday, 15 games and lots of marquee matchups so let’s get this thing started.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Jacob DeGrom, NYM

Opponent: vs. WAS

Salary: $10,200

Analysis: Normally picking against a team like the Nationals, who have such offensive potential in their lineup, may not be a great idea. However DeGrom has deserved better than a 0-0 record after putting up a 1.90 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Against Washington, DeGrom could…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 21st, 2017. We have a full schedule on Friday, 15 games and lots of marquee matchups so let’s get this thing started.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Jacob DeGrom, NYM

Opponent: vs. WAS

Salary: $10,200

Analysis: Normally picking against a team like the Nationals, who have such offensive potential in their lineup, may not be a great idea. However DeGrom has deserved better than a 0-0 record after putting up a 1.90 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Against Washington, DeGrom could get that win considering that he is holding the current Nationals’ lineup to a combined .203 batting average over 69 combined at-bats with 18 strikeouts.

Pitcher #2: Tyler Chatwood, COL

Opponent: vs. SF

Salary: $6,100

Analysis: It’s hard to beat the same team twice in a week, but it’s something Chatwood is capable of doing considering that the first meeting with the Giants resulted in a complete game shutout and 35 fantasy points for the Rockies’ pitcher. What doesn’t hurt the cause is Chatwood’s .219 batting average against the Giants in 155 combined at-bats with 26 strikeouts, so the value here is too good to pass up.

Catcher: James McCann, DET

Opponent: @ MIN

Salary: $2,900

Analysis: McCann is a toss-up pick here considering he may or may not get the start. However if Detroit plays the right cards, McCann will get the nod as McCann has a favorable matchup against Twins’ starter Hector Santiago. In his career, McCann is 4 for 14 with 3 extra base hits including a pair of home runs and 6 RBI against Santiago.

1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC

Opponent: @ CIN

Salary: $5,300

Analysis: Rizzo and the Cubs’ offense appear to have finally woken up, and just at the right time. Now the Cubs get to take on a sputtering Reds squad that’s starting Tim Adleman on Friday. Adleman looked capable in his season debut, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits in 4 innings against the Brewers, but that was against a far less potent Milwaukee team. I think Rizzo and co. do some extra damage after a momentum carryover from their come from behind win on Wednesday.

2nd Base: Dee Gordon, MIA

Opponent: @ SD

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Gordon is a pretty sneaky pickup for the price in my opinion. Gordon has a base hit in 12 of his last 13 games, which includes 3 hits in 4 of his last 9 games. There’s a strong possibility that Gordon could add to that on Friday considering his history against Padres’ starter Trevor Cahill, to the tune of 7 of 17 with a pair of extra base hits with an RBI and only 1 strikeout over that span.

3rd Base: Kris Bryant, CHIC

Opponent: @ CIN

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: Since I saved some money on pitching and a couple of other spots in my lineup, why not splurge and take a solid option at 3rd. I’ve already made my opinion of Tim Adleman’s situation clear, as I’m not overly confident he will fare well in this matchup. Bryant had a combined 26 fantasy points in the last 2 games against the Brewers and could add to his totals with a big game on Friday.

Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, ARZ

Opponent: vs. LAD

Salary: $2,500

Analysis: Ahmed has some solid value here, as his last game against the Dodgers put up 23 points with a 3-run homer and 4 RBI. The problem is that the D-Backs starting shortstop, Chris wings is hot himself, but Ahmed may get the nod considering he owns a lifetime 4 for 12 mark against Wood with a pair of extra base hits and a solo home run. Wood is one of my least favorite options in the Dodgers rotation and I think we all see why on Friday.

Outfielder #1: Mookie Betts, BOS

Opponent: @ BAL

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: Okay, I’m done missing out on the Mookie Betts bandwagon. The guy is simply en fuego, putting up double-digit fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 games heading into Thursday’s matchup with the Blue Jays. Now Betts gets to take on Orioles’ starter Dylan Bundy, who Betts himself has fared well against in his career, going a lifetime 5 for 12 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI against Bundy, while yet to strike out over that timeframe.

Outfielder #2: Gerardo Parra, COL

Opponent: vs. SF

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: If Chatwood is going to take down San Francisco for the 2nd time this season, he will need some help from his offense, and that is where Parra comes in. Johnny Cueto has gotten off to a solid 3-0 start this season but he hasn’t been anything overly special with an ERA up around 3.75 this season. Parra owns a lifetime 14 for 38 mark against Cueto with 6 extra base hits including a pair of home runs and 3 RBI.

Outfielder #3: Michael Brantley, CLE

Opponent: @ CWS

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Brantley is on a solid stretch over the last week, putting up 5 double-digit fantasy point games in his last 7 outings heading into action on Thursday. Brantley could add to those numbers on Friday when the White Sox send Jose Quintana to the hill, as Quintana has been consistent in putting up poor performances in each of his first 3 starts, and his 0-3 record goes to show that. Brantley owns a lifetime 13 for 27 mark against Quintana with 5 extra base hits including a home run and 6 RBI. At the price, I can’t pass up on the potential with Brantley here.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:57:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83653
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/20/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 20th, 2017. We have a condensed schedule of 11 games, so pickings are slim on Thursday but let’s see if we can’t piece together a winning lineup.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Carlos Martinez, STL

Opponent: @ MIL

Salary: $9,000

Analysis: Martinez and the Cardinals are coming off of a 3-game sweep of Pittsburgh and now get to take on the suddenly sliding Brewers, who have to be reeling after blowing a 9th inning lead. Martinez is 4-1 in his career against Milwaukee, and he has…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 20th, 2017. We have a condensed schedule of 11 games, so pickings are slim on Thursday but let’s see if we can’t piece together a winning lineup.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Carlos Martinez, STL

Opponent: @ MIL

Salary: $9,000

Analysis: Martinez and the Cardinals are coming off of a 3-game sweep of Pittsburgh and now get to take on the suddenly sliding Brewers, who have to be reeling after blowing a 9th inning lead. Martinez is 4-1 in his career against Milwaukee, and he has the stuff to improve that record on Thursday.

Pitcher #2: James Paxton, SEA

Opponent: @ OAK

Salary: $9,600

Analysis: Paxton has been a fantasy and DFS stud this season, piling up a team-record 21 scoreless innings to start the season, putting up a combined 92.1 fantasy points in his first 3 starts. Oakland doesn’t have the most prolific of offenses, so I’m thinking that the Mariners’ lefty could extend that for possibly another start after all is said and done on Thursday.

Catcher: Matt Wieters, WAS

Opponent: @ ATL

Salary: $3,100

Analysis: I understand why Wieters’ price is where it is, as he’s had barely any success against Atlanta’s starter on Thursday, R.A. Dickey, going just 3 for 16 in his career. However, Wieters is too good of a batter to continue these struggles, and I’ve given Dickey the nickname ERA Dickey over the last couple of years, because the guy just can’t seem to keep runs off of the board. I don’t like much else in the catchers pool on Thursday, so I’ll take a stab with Wieters.

1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET

Opponent: @ TB

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: The Rays are getting a spot start from Erasmo Ramirez, who I’ve never really thought to have the chops to cut it as a starter in the majors, which is why I’m all over Cabrera here. Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI in Wednesday’s matchup with the Rays and I think he will pounce all over Ramirez on Thursday.

2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU

Opponent: vs. LAA

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: After a slow start, Altuve looks like he is back to his normal self, currently in the middle of a 7-game hitting streak. The thing about the Astros’ offense is that it’s one of the best in the majors, and once it gets going it’s hard to stop. Houston has a favorable matchup with the struggling Angels on Thursday, who send Matt Shoemaker to the hill who I’m still convinced isn’t fully back from being struck in the head by a line drive last season. Add in the fact that Altuve is a lifetime 8 for 20 with 3 extra base hits including a pair of solo home runs, and I think it results in a big day for Altuve.

3rd Base: Manny Machado, BAL

Opponent: @ CIN

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: This is a bit of a lofty price considering Machado’s batting average is stiting at just .159 heading into Thursday’s matchup, but I think Baltimore has an edge considering that Cincinnati will be sending Scott Feldman to the mound. Feldman hasn’t looked great in his last few outings and Machado could add to his misery, with Machado batting a lifetime 5 of 11 against Feldman, with 4 extra base hits including a pair of home runs and 6 RBI.

Shortstop: Zack Cozart, CIN

Opponent: vs. BAL

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: This is a pretty decent price on the other side of the field for Cozart, who is still batting .425 with hits in all but 2 of his games heading into action on Thursday. Cincinnati’s start is no fluke, as they’ve been getting key at-bats from their lineup, and I’m not the biggest supporter of Wade Miley, who will take the mound for the O’s in game 3, so I think Cozart could do some damage here.

Outfielder #1: Adam Duvall, CIN

Opponent: vs. BAL

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: Speaking of the Reds, I felt that Duvall needed to be a part of my lineup on Thursday. Duvall’s clearly showing some carry over in power from last season, as we can see by his 4 homers and 12 RBI this season. Duvall racked up 27 points in the series opener, so I think we could possibly expect some of the same on Thursday.

Outfielder #2: Max Kepler, MIN

Opponent: vs. CLE

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: Kepler has a solid 7-game hitting streak coming into this one, and in all honesty, I’ve been on the anti-Trevor Bauer train ever since last season and at times it’s paid off. I think this Twins’ team is a dark horse in the AL Central this year, and Kepler will be a key piece if the Twins are going to make a move this summer, so I expect Thursday to be a coming-out party of sorts for Kepler.

Outfielder #3: Andrew Romine, DET

Opponent: @ TB

Salary: $2,200

Analysis: With how I backloaded my infield and my pitchers, I had very little wiggle room at the end of my lineup, but Romine was the only option that I felt comfortable fielding as I think he has the best chance at seeing the field. Romine finally broke out of his hitting slump with a double on Thursday, so I think he could make it back-to-back days with Erasmo Ramirez starting for the Rays.

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

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<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/19/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/19/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 19th, 2017. We have a full day of baseball, so let’s not waste any time and get right down to it.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Kyle Hendricks, CHIC

Opponent: vs. MIL

Salary: $10,200

Analysis: The Cubs are finally starting to look like they’re going to get back on track, but the problem still remains that their pitching hasn’t been very good. Hendricks has a chance to right the ship and turn things around against a Brewers lineup that he’s done very well against, holding the…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 19th, 2017. We have a full day of baseball, so let’s not waste any time and get right down to it.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Kyle Hendricks, CHIC

Opponent: vs. MIL

Salary: $10,200

Analysis: The Cubs are finally starting to look like they’re going to get back on track, but the problem still remains that their pitching hasn’t been very good. Hendricks has a chance to right the ship and turn things around against a Brewers lineup that he’s done very well against, holding the current Milwaukee lineup to a combined .167 batting average over 78 combined at-bats with 29 strikeouts.

Pitcher #2: Francisco Liriano, TOR

Opponent: vs. BOS

Salary: $8,000

Analysis: This is nothing more than a gut call because the Jays have failed to live up to their lofty expectations this season and have struggled as a whole. However Liriano is coming off of a very good outing last time out where he struck out 10. I’m not sure if Liriano will replicate that here, but I think he will be an underutilized option that we could capitalize on.

Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC

Opponent: vs. SF

Salary: $3,000

Analysis: Normally I wouldn’t advise going against Madison Bumgarner in any circumstance, but Perez is a solid option at this price point, considering that he has a hit in all but 2 of his games this season with a .289 batting average and a .942 OPS. The Giants took game 1, but I expect the Royals to salvage a win behind Perez here.

1st Base: Justin Smoak, TOR

Opponent: vs. BOS

Salary: $2,800

Analysis: This is a dicey pick considering that the Blue Jays tend to run a platoon system at 1st base, but if Smoak gets the start, he has a matchup advantage against Boston starter Rick Porcello. Smoak is a lifetime 7 for 24 with 4 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 9 RBI in his career against Porcello. Smoak did some damage in game 1, and if the Jays are going to start winning games, they need complete team efforts and I think Smoak chips in here.

2nd Base: Starlin Castro, NYY

Opponent: vs. CWS

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: I couldn’t afford any of my options that had favorable head-to-head matchups, so I took Castro here and I still like my chances. It’s not often you get a batter hitting .365 against a rookie pitcher at this price, so I’m all over it with Castro here.

3rd Base: Justin Turner, LAD

Opponent: vs. COL

Salary: $3,500

Analysis: Turner is another value pick I couldn’t pass on here. He’s riding a 6-game hitting streak and hitting .408 this season. Add in the fact that Turner has a favorable matchup against Rockies’ starter, Tyler Anderson, to the tune of 7 for 12 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI while yet to strike out, and I think Turner will make it 7 in a row with a big outing on Wednesday.

Shortstop: Corey Seager, LAD

Opponent: vs. COL

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Another Dodger, same rationale. Seager may not be on the same kind of tear that Turner is on, but he is hitting over .300 with 10 RBI and has a favorable matchup of his own against Tyler Anderson, batting 4 for 12 with 2 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI. Seager was the only option at short that I felt comfortable with at the price I had set aside.

Outfielder #1: Mike Trout, LAA

Opponent: @ HOU

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: The Angels have an offense like Houston’s, that can explode for big time offense on any given night. The Astros will be sending their ace in Dallas Keuchel to the mound on Wednesday, but Trout is that good of a hitter that he still has a head-to-head advantage over Keuchel, going 12 for 35 with a pair of solo home runs in his career against Keuchel.

Outfielder #2: Bryce Harper, WSH

Opponent: @ ATL

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: Long story short, the Nats are starting Joe Ross on Wednesday who hasn’t pitched this season. Just in case Ross stumbles early, the Nats will need to put runs on the board against Julio Teheran to ensure a positive result on Wednesday, and it’s possible, considering Harper’s lifetime 13 for 31 mark against Teheran, with 8 extra base hits including 5 home runs and 12 RBI.

Outfielder #3: Jose Bautista, TOR

Opponent: vs. BOS

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Call me crazy for backing Bautista who’s only batting .136 heading into action on Tuesday, but this could be his chance to break out. The Blue Jays need offense in the worst way, and Rick Porcello hasn’t been as sharp in his first couple of starts, compared to his Cy Young winning self last season. Bautista could add to Porcello’s misery, considering that Bautista owns a lifetime 16 for 38 mark against Porcello, with 4 home runs and 11 RBI.

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

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball 2017: Waiver Wire Update 4/18/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/18/fantasy-baseball-2017-waiver-wire-update#comments It’s Tuesday, and the early-week games around the MLB are already off and running. It’s also a good time for us to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire. Let’s take a closer look at those trending names and see if anyone makes sense for your team right now. 

Matt Bush, RP, Texas Rangers: If you need saves right now, here’s your guy. Bush will get the first chance to close out games for the Rangers now that Sam Dyson (hand) is headed to the disabled list. 

Bush won’t be the sole closer; Jeremy Jeffries will also be featured.…

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It’s Tuesday, and the early-week games around the MLB are already off and running. It’s also a good time for us to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire. Let’s take a closer look at those trending names and see if anyone makes sense for your team right now. 

Matt Bush, RP, Texas Rangers: If you need saves right now, here’s your guy. Bush will get the first chance to close out games for the Rangers now that Sam Dyson (hand) is headed to the disabled list. 

Bush won’t be the sole closer; Jeremy Jeffries will also be featured. The team will also handle Bush delicately due to his shoulder issues. 

Joe Ross, SP, Washington Nationals: Ross needs to be picked up before tomorrow’s game. He’s set to be starting in Atlanta after being sent down to Triple-A to start out the year. 

In his 105 innings and 19 starts last year, Ross logged an impressive 3.43 ERA and a 93/29 K/BB ratio. He’s definitely worth picking up in just about every league—at least as a spot-starter. 

Taylor Motter, SS/OF, Seattle Mariners: Let’s move on to position players and look at Motter. He played well yesterday with a solo homeland a 2-for-4 line against Miami. That makes three homers in his last five games. 

Motter is sitting on a .321 BA with six RBI and the three long balls. The good thing here is that Motter will work his way into the lineup somehow as long as he’s hitting, so you don’t have to worry about the return of Jean Segura too much. 

Chase Headley, 3B, New York Yankees: Headley has been a borderline player for most of the year, and it looks like he’s trending in the right direction. In his last two games, he’s 3-for-6 with an RBI and three runs. 

That gives Headley a .395 BA with four RBI, two homers and three steals so far. He’s warranted a pickup in most leagues now as the White Sox series continues. 

Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox: Speaking of the White Sox, Garcia is definitely worthy of some attention. He’s 5-for-9 in his last two games, with a homer, two RBI and two runs. 

On the season, Garcia has a .447 BA with 10 RBI and two homers. Obviously he won’t keep it up, but while he’s hitting he’s definitely worth looking at. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet for 4/18/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/04/18/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 18th, 2017. My lineup got beat pretty bad yesterday, but I’m ready to rebounds so let’s get this going.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Yu Darvish, TEX

Opponent: @ OAK

Salary: $10,700

Analysis: There’s no denying that the Rangers haven’t lived up to the expectations set out at the beginning of the season, but not all of that is Darvish’s fault. Darvish has a chance to right the ship on Tuesday when the Rangers take on the A’s, a team that Darvish has had success against, considering…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for April 18th, 2017. My lineup got beat pretty bad yesterday, but I’m ready to rebounds so let’s get this going.

Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Yu Darvish, TEX

Opponent: @ OAK

Salary: $10,700

Analysis: There’s no denying that the Rangers haven’t lived up to the expectations set out at the beginning of the season, but not all of that is Darvish’s fault. Darvish has a chance to right the ship on Tuesday when the Rangers take on the A’s, a team that Darvish has had success against, considering he’s held the current A’s lineup to a combined 24 for 114 or a .211 batting average with only 1 homer and 9 RBI against with 36 strikeouts.

Pitcher #2: Wei-Yin Chen, MIA

Opponent: @ SEA

Salary: $7,700

Analysis: I got burned last time I took Chen, but there’s lots to like about the matchup against Seattle on Tuesday. The Mariners don’t exactly have a prolific offense, and with the game being in Seattle, Chen won’t have to bat so he can focus on his performance on the mound. Chen has experience against the current Mariners lineup from his time in the AL, holding the current M’s lineup to a combined 22 for 115 or a .191 batting average with 26 strikeouts.

Catcher: Brian McCann, HOU

Opponent: vs. LAA

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: This one is a bit dicey as McCann has taken a couple of days off with rest lately, but if McCann gets the nod on Tuesday, I think there’s potential for a monster game. Ricky Nolasco gets the call for the Angels, and Nolasco has been far from reliable since arriving in Anaheim. McCann has also had his fair share of success against Nolasco, to the tune of a lifetime 23 for 68 with 13 extra base hits including 8 home runs and 26 RBI.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, CLE

Opponent: @ MIN

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: The Indians look like they’re finally showing signs of life and if they want to keep it going, they’ll need strong offensive performances going forward. The Tribe have a good chance of doing so on Tuesday, considering the Twins have a less than reliable arm taking the mound in Phil Hughes. Encarnacion will surely be licking his chops to get to Hughes, considering that EE has a lifetime .333 batting average in 45 career at-bats against Hughes, with 6 extra base hits including a home run and 6 RBI.

2nd Base: Ben Zobrist, CHIC

Opponent: vs. MIL

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: I tell anyone who will listen when the Cubs are on, Zobrist is one of the most underrated hitters in the majors and could be an overlooked part of a turnaround if the Cubs are going to break out of the mini funk they’re currently in. Jimmy Nelson will oppose the Cubs for Milwaukee and Zobrist will look to extend his career success against Nelson, currently owning a lifetime 4 for 12 mark with a home run and 2 RBI.

3rd Base: Miguel Sano, MIN

Opponent: vs. CLE

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: Sano has been one of my most utilized plays lately, as he just looks like he’s finally coming into his own as a major-leaguer. Sano will have another chance to show off his power when the Indians send Josh Tomlin to the mound on Tuesday. It’s safe to say that Tomlin has gotten lit up like a Christmas tree through his first couple of starts, and if he leaves balls up in the zone to guys like Sano, they will leave the park. Sano is a lifetime 4 for 10 against Tomlin with a pair of extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI.

Shortstop: J.J. Hardy, BAL

Opponent: @ CIN

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: I’m not sure why I’m getting Hardy at this low of a price but I’m not complaining. Heading into the matchup with Cincinnati and starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo on Tuesday, Hardy has had a combined 35 fantasy points in his last two outings and is a lifetime 9 for 30 with 5 home runs and 7 RBI in his career against Arroyo. Yes please, sign me up considering Baltimore’s offense is heating up.

Outfielder #1: Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

Opponent: @ SEA

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: The Marlins have a hot and cold offense, however one of the most consistent bats in the Miami lineup is Stanton, who could have a big outing considering his past with Mariners’ starter Yovani Gallardo, to the tune of 5 for 16 with a pair of extra base hits including a solo home run. I can’t remember the last time I got Stanton at this low of a price, and as one of my favourite bats, I’ll take him here.

Outfielder #2: Charlie Blackmon, COL

Opponent: @ LAD

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: The Dodgers are sending Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound on Tuesday and Ryu got rocked in his first start, which won’t fly against a Rockies’ squad that has a ton of pop in those bats, especially in Blackmon’s. It doesn’t hurt here that Blackmon also owns a lifetime 5 for 12 mark against Ryu with an extra base hit and an RBI.

Outfielder #3: Max Kepler, MIN

Opponent: vs. CLE

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: No head-to-head analysis here, basically going off of the theory that Kepler is one of the more consistent hot bats in the Twins’ lineup at the moment, and considering that Cleveland’s starter Josh Tomlin is struggling coming into this one, Kepler may be primed and ready to take advantage of a matchup on Tuesday.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $0

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