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…

Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 waiver wire pickups

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook-RP-Athletics- Brian Fuentes who has been closing for Oakland this season has begun a massive implosion and, according to Manager Bob Melvin, the team will operate with a ‘closer by committee’ going forward. Fuentes has just blown his third save of the season and over his last four has un-closer-like numbers (5.24 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). If you have the room on your roster for a speculative sleeper, then pick up Ryan Cook; the next probable closer for the A’s. He has only given up 2 runs in his last 26 innings pitched and has a microscopic ERA of 0.69. His WHIP which stands at 0.85 ain’t so bad either. To us it’s not a matter of if Cook will get the closer nod, it’s when. He’s been going fast off of waivers but is still available in 75% of leagues.

Jason Kubel-OF-Diamondbacks- Injuries kept this former Twin out of the lineup for over 50 games last season but in the three years prior Kubel averaged 23 HR’s and 91 RBI’s. Over his last four games he is 9-for-18 with 2 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. Hard to believe that as of Sunday he has as many RBI’s as Andrew McClutchen, Nelson Cruz, Mark Teixiera, and Alber Pujols; all of which are owned in 98%+ in most leagues. Kubel is much more available as he is owned in just 45% of leagues. He is on pace to hit around 20 HR’s and knock in 108 runs. His .299 BA is a huge plus as well for those in standard 5×5 leagues. Makes for a nifty pickup in 12+ leagues. Read more here…