My daily fantasy baseball value pick bailed me out again yesterday.
Macier Izturis, who entered Saturday’s game red hot with 6 multi-hit games in the month of June after starting the season slow, crushed a bomb early in the Blue Jays game. Ben Revere did his part (as pictured here) and it was just enough to overcome some of the quiet, larger bats. It always feels good to have one of the little guys you chose work out. Evan Longoria was the other pick that helped lead me to the promised land as I took down a majority of my head-to-head matches. Daily fantasy baseball is all about matchups and riding hot streaks, which is why you’ll find both of these players listed again today. I’m finally starting to settle into a daily fantasy baseball groove as I approach the one month mark since I started learning this game. The most unique aspect is the overwhelming amount of statistical information available for every decision. I’d have to say the most important takeaway thus far has been learning exactly what is important to look for and what can be disregarded. I’m looking forward to where I’ll be with another month under my belt! For now though we turn our attention to Sunday, and that means a majority of the action fires off earlier than normal. Let’s get ready for an afternoon daily fantasy baseball sweat!
Try and take me out with your best daily fantasy baseball roster in one of the $1 +.10 Head to Head games I’m sitting in. I’m also geared up for some exhilarating large field daily fantasy baseball tourney action in the $5 +.50 Throwdown. Don’t forget to join the MLB Freeroll either, it’s free money! I’ll be on Twitter as the action unfolds so shoot me a tweet and talk some smack!
Daily Fantasy Baseball Weather Alert
Red Sox @ Tigers - 30% chance of isolated storms. Rockies @ Nationals - 40% chance of scattered storms.
Mets @ Phillies - 30% chance of isolated storms. Rays @ Yankees - 30% chance of isolated storms.
Matt Cain - $11900 - Three straight quality starts and the Marlins are hitting .174 against him.
Jorge De La Rosa - $9900 - The Nationals are awful against left-handed pitching and have been hitting like a minor league team for weeks now. A low line and he can rack up strikeouts in bunches.
Joe Mauer - $7100 - All left-handed bats are viable for the Twins today with Carrasco on the mound for the Indians. Minnesota’s hitters have been heating up with Mauer leading the charge.
Victor Martinez - $6000 - The breakout game we’d all been waiting for happened yesterday. No reason he can’t outplay this price tag once again with the excellent matchup against Felix Doubront.
Adam Lind - $8200 - He just continues to perform and draws a matchup against righty Freddy Garcia.
Travis Ishikawa - $2400 - As long as he’s in the starting lineup again his price tag coupled with modest production will open up the salary cap for an abundance of big bats.
Robinson Cano - $6900 - Excellent matchup against right-hander Chris Archer in one of the day’s highest over/unders.
Macier Izturis - $4100 - I’m banking on him to continue his current hot streak. Yesterday’s home run was great, but he really only needs a couple points at this price to hold his weight.
Evan Longoria - $8500 - Ivan Nova is terrible and Evan Longoria is not. He is also mashing the ball like no one’s business in the past week, with eight home runs in the past month as well.
Pedro Alvarez - $8300 - E.N.F.U.E.G.O. Crushes righties. Blanton isn’t exactly a revelation.
Jed Lowrie - $5000 - Great matchup against Bonderman and is carrying a hot stick. The price tag is what’s most appealing though.
Clete Thomas - $3800 - His price tag and matchup against Carrasco opens the salary cap up for some deadly combinations.
Yasiel Puig - $6900 - He’s still sitting at mid-range value which makes him hard to pass on regardless of matchup.
Brandon Moss - $6400 - Excellent righty matchup against Jeremy Bonderman. He’s been quiet the past four games but is overall still on fire for the month.
Chris Davis - $9900 - With all the solid cheapies, today’s a day you can afford a maximum salary behemoth like Davis. Right-handed pitching is on the mound to boot.
Jay Bruce - $9200 - Five home runs in his past seven games and hits right-handed pitching significantly better.
A strategy I often employ is to punt a position (like catcher) by playing a low impact, minimum salary guy in order to squeeze all the big bats and elite pitching into my roster. As we’ve discussed before, a zero from a player in daily fantasy baseball is nowhere near as damning as it is in other sports. Today is unique though as it offers enough cheap value plays that sacrificing a position is hardly necessary. I’ll be loading up on the elite hitters this afternoon. There are quite a few teams worthy of a stack today as well, with my favorite being the Twins. They sit somewhat off the radar but their bats have been heating up lately, and a matchup with right-hander Carlos Carrasco could pay dividends for the lefty-rich Minnesota hitters. Other teams I’m likely to stack or mini-stack are the Reds, Blue Jays, Tigers, Rays, and Yankees.
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