Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Tuesday September 11th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsMatt Weiters and Carlos Beltran are in postseason form, something fantasy baseball owners need to capitalize on tonight.

Value plays:

Carlos Beltran – Edinson Volquez used to see the Cardinals more often as a member of the Reds, a reason why his ERA this season is lower than his career number. St. Louis is batting .329 as a team against the righty with an eye popping .570 slugging percentage. Beltran has led the charge, recording 5 hits in 9 at bats (.556 batting average) and raking up 5 RBI in the limited experience. Beltran will benefit from his spot in a lineup that has killed Volquez, as he hits behind Matt Holliday (.400 batting average/.867 slugging percentage against the Padres righty) and ahead of Lance Berkman (.364/.727). A change in uniform isn’t going to change the pitching tendencies of Volquez, giving you every reason to trust him tonight.

Matt Wieters – The O’s seem to get production from a different source every night, and the numbers indicate that it is Wieters turn. He has 4 hits (2 homers) in 7 at bats against Matt Moore to pace a Baltimore squad that is batting .305 against the lefty. Crushing lefties is nothing new for Baltimore’s catcher, as his batting average is 100 points higher against southpaws. Combine that with the fact that Wieter’s batting average at home is 25 points higher than when he plays on the road, and you’ve got yourself and undervalued option at catcher. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Wednesday August 29th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsStar players in the midst of a playoff chase are good bets to produce in a big way, but so are a few players on losing teams.

Value plays:

Chris Johnson and Jason Kubel – The Diamondbacks have begun to put things together on offense, and that should continue against Mat Latos tonight. The Arizona duo holds a .563 batting average against the Reds righty, with two-thirds of their hits going for extra bases. The DBacks are hitting .346 as a team against Latos, giving me confidence in their ability to score runs tonight. Justin Upton has quietly put together a solid month, and with him hitting his stride, this is a dangerous and power packed lineup that should be represented on your daily fantasy baseball team.

Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday – Yep, another recommendation for Cardinals in daily fantasy baseball games. The powerful core of the hot St. Louis lineup crushed Wandy Rodriguez when he was in Houston, and a chance in uniform isn’t going to change that. The 3-4 hitters are batting .327 against the newest Bucco, launching one home run every third hit. Holliday has not only hit Rodriguez hard, he has hit every pitcher in the last week (5 multi hit games in the last week). The Pirates are trending down while the Cardinals are peaking, a good sign for fantasy baseball owners who have multiple Cardinals on their roster.

Scott Hairston – Cole Hamels is an élite pitcher, but he has been unable to contain Hairston of all people. The Mets left fielder is batting .393 against Hamels, with 9 of his 11 hits going for extra bases and 5 clearing the outfield wall. His power surge has led to a remarkable 1.071 slugging percentage, a number few players can stake a claim to against Hamels. Hairston is batting 87 points higher on the road than at home this season, just one more reason to trust him in all fantasy formats tonight. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Monday August 27th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsThere are plenty of solid options on a slower day in the MLB, but can you really justify not rostering Nelson Cruz these days?

Value plays:

Miguel Montero – The Diamondbacks catcher is quietly on pace for his best season of his career, and with a matchup against Bronson Arroyo, I like that trend to continue. He has 8 hits (4 for extra bases) in 15 career at bats (.533 batting average) against the Reds righty, leading Arizona in HR’s, hits, and RBI. He is slugging 1.200, a number that is impossible to ignore on a slow Monday in the majors. Montero averages a little more than 1 walk every 3 games, making this free swinging catcher a player with a high ceiling against the Reds.

Nelson Cruz – Nobody on planet Earth is hotter than Cruz, and not even the great David Price has a good chance to slow him down. Cruz owns a .500 batting average against the Rays ace with a .800 slugging percentage. The Rangers lineup should benefit from pitchers wanting to face Cruz with the bases empty, leading me to believe that the top of this order will come out swinging and provide Cruz with run producing opportunities. The past numbers are great and he simply cannot be retired these days; you’ve got to ride out this remarkable fantasy baseball streak as long as it lasts.

Carlos Beltran – Can I make it any more clear? The Cardinals offense is rounding into form, and Beltran should lead the charge tonight against A.J. Burnett. The St. Louis outfielder has a .333 batting average against the Pirates ace with more RBI (10) than hits (9). The Cardinals as a team are batting .322 against Burnett, and I trust this veteran team to piece together quality at bats tonight. Burnett has given up 28 hits and 14 earned runs over his last 3 games, providing Pirates fans with a glimpse of what Yankee fans saw last season. This is a HUGE series for the NL playoff picture, and for daily fantasy baseball games, I like the Cardinals (specifically Beltran) to steal the show today. Read more…