Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Sunday September 2nd

Daily Fantasy BaseballThe Atlanta Braves will continue to make noise in the NL playoff picture while two other players come into action with very little risk and plenty of reward potential.

Value plays:

Brian McCann and Chipper Jones – Cole Hamels has been battling a stomach virus, and a trip to Atlanta isn’t going to make the 28 year old stud feel a whole lot better. The power packed middle of the Braves order owns a .299 career average against Hamels with 59% of their hits going for extra bases. Both McCann and Jones have a slugging percentage over .540 with 22 RBI on 29 hits, providing me with confidence that they can produce in fantasy baseball leagues. The Braves 3-4 hitters have hit half of Atlanta’s homers against Hamels, and with a proven batting eye (14 walks compared to 17 strikeouts) their ceiling is a high one.

Kelly Shoppach – The Mets catcher is actually have a solid season (batting 33 points higher than his career average) and has had great career numbers against Mark Buehrle. Shoppach is batting .444 against the crafty lefty, with an other worldly 1.222 slugging percentage. Half of his hits have left the ballpark, a big reason why he has more RBI (10) than hits (8). Catcher is a tough position to get consistent production, so I’ll take a player who has dominated the projected starter as my backstop tonight. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Friday August 31st

Chipper Jones is a valueable playWe’ve got a handful of studs that need to be avoided tonight, while the ageless Chipper Jones and the new look Dodgers should appear on many rosters.

Value plays:

LA Dodgers – This prediction takes a little bit of faith, but follow me through this logic. The team as a whole is batting .267 against Trevor Cahill, not exactly the type of domination that is typically promoted here. But there big bats (Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Ethier) are all batting at least 19 points higher than that. The Diamondbacks starter has never faced this lineup with all 4 of those players batting in succession, worrying me that he will not be able to navigate his way through the middle of this order more than once tonight. Daily fantasy baseball owners need to recognize that this quartet is elite and capable of producing runs regardless if the rest of their lineup has had success against a given pitcher. I’ll role with great hitters who will treat every game as a must win and feel great about my chances in daily fantasy baseball games.

Chipper Jones – Somebody forgot to tell Chipper that once a player hits 40 years old, he isn’t supposed to be producing on a playoff contender. He is batting over .300 while anchoring the middle third of the Braves lineup, and is Atlanta’s best hitter against Roy Halladay. Jones owns a .326 batting average against the Phillies ace with 60% of his hits going for extra bases. Unlike most matchups with Doc Halladay, Jones has support behind him in the lineup, as 7 of his teammates have homered against him and the Braves hold a .310 team batting average against Halladay. Atlanta has a deceivingly deep lineup, and I think they give Halladay all kinds of problems tonight, and continue to lead the NL wild card race. Read more…

2012 MLB All-Star rosters by jersey sales

With the National League defeating the American League in last night’s MLB All-Star game, it had Fanatics.com thinking, “What would have last night’s rosters have been based off of jersey sales alone?

Fanatics.com, a leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, is happy to provide theFanatics.com 2012 MLB All-Star Jersey Rosters:

Top Selling AL/NL Players in the 2012 All-Star Game by Pitcher, Reserve or Starter:

Top Selling MLB Players:

1.       Jeter (outselling Freese by 20%)

2.       Freese (outselling Jones by 25%)

3.       Chipper Jones (outselling Hamilton by 18%)

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