Short slate pitching means rough sailing for our expert MLB fantasy picks.
Tonight is tough, there’s no two ways about it. Pitching is sub-par, and the two hurlers I’ve featured in my expert MLB fantasy picks are my best guesses for tonight’s top producers. Still, there is an air of ironclad certainty missing. Fortunately we have a few gas cans on the bump as well, making our hitter selection not nearly as difficult to arrive at.
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Five Guys MLB Fantasy Expert Picks
All salaries are for DraftDay pricing.
R.A. Dickey $14,950 - Dickey has looked surprisingly solid this season, and more so in his last six starts. Over that span he’s allowed 11 earned runs in 39.1 innings. The Royals sports an elite strikeout percentage so some of Dickey’s upside is limited though. They’re still Kansas City, and that means the offense leaves much to be desired.
Freddie Freeman $10,450 - Jake Peavy has been atrocious this season, and he’s a pitcher I’ll be picking on this evening. Since 2011, Freeman boasts a .305 batting average, .382 wOBA, and .200 ISO versus right-handed pitching.
Nick Markakis $8,850 - What if I told you a player with 16 hits in his last 10 games could be had for less than $9,000? Markakis has been fantasy gold the last three weeks, and his price tag has still failed to catch up. Brad Peacock is a primary target for my hitters this evening, and Nick fits the bill.
Ryan Vogelsong $14,550 - Singing the Vogelsong has netted me a tidy profit the last few weeks, so I may be a bit biased here. The numbers support my newest crush though. Ryan has tossed 40 innings over his last six starts, allowing just six earned runs while fanning 35 batters. The matchup isn’t the greatest, but at least he’s in a park that favors pitching.
Raul Ibanez $7,400 - There’s nothing sexy about this pick, outside of the fact that I want exposure to Brandon Mauer this evening. Ibanez may be the cheapest way to do that. Keep an eye on his lineup placement, as anything outside the top-five would severely dampen his prospects.