Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Monday September 24th

Aramis RamirezA very slow day in the majors leaves you with a few mid level players who could be among the top performers tonight.

Value plays:

Billy Butler – Justin Verlander has struggled this season (4.76 ERA) against the Royals this season, and Butler is the most likely Royal to experience a productive day against the Tigers ace. Butler has a career .367 batting average against the elite righty, having 33% of his hits go for extra bases. The Royals as a team are batting .251 against Verlander, a number that isn’t impressive unless you consider that the MLB is batting .217 against Verlander this season. Kansas City is a good bet to at least score against the Tigers tonight, and with Butler accounting for 40% of their RBI and 50% of their HR’s, he is a good play in daily fantasy baseball games tonight despite the tough matchup

Aramis Ramirez – The Brewers are getting hot at the right time, and that doesn’t only apply for the NL wild card race. Milwaukee’s late season surge has provided plenty of value for their loyal fantasy baseball owners, and tonight should be no different for ARam. Look past Jordan Zimmerman’s sub 3 ERA and you’ll see that Ramirez holds a .462 batting average and a .923 slugging percentage. He has accounted for 57% of the Brewers extra base hits against the Nats “ace”, and with the BrewCrew clicking on all cylinders right now, the veteran third basemen is worth your while tonight. Read more…

MLB Best Bets of the Day: August 21, 2012

David PriceKansas City at Tampa Bay 7:10 PM Hochevar vs Price

If I were to do an update to my AL Cy Young Candidates piece today I’m not sure exactly who I would put number one, but I can tell you David Price would be in the top two. The Rays’ ace has been absolutely dominant this season and if he does on the road what he does at home, he would be putting up historic numbers.

Unfortunately, the money line is at -260 today, but if you have a good bankroll that is essentially a ‘gimme pick’.

While Price has been historic at home, Luke Hochevar has been atrocious on the road. With a 5.43 ERA, .295 BAA (.340 BAA at night), and allowing 44 runs in 68.0 IP on the road, Hochevar and Royals are in trouble tonight. Top that off with the fact that the Rays are the hottest hitting team in baseball over the last week and this is just a gimme, it’s a put-all-of-your-money-on-this-game-and-nearly-double-your-bankroll pick.

Pick: Rays -1 ½ (-130)

Toronto at Detroit 7:05 PM Romero vs Scherzer

Similar to Hochevar, Ricky Romero has been pathetic this season. Oddly enough, Romero has been better on the road than at home, as far as his ERA is concerned – 5.42 to 5.65, respectively. Obviously, those numbers don’t give you much reason for caution, here.

The Tigers haven’t exactly been the hottest hitting team in baseball, but they still have some of the best sluggers in the game and they hit lefties better than half the teams in baseball. On the contrary, the Blue Jays are one of the worst hitting teams in baseball over the last seven days and while they do hit Scherzer well, their best hitter (Edwin Encarnacion) is currently in a funk. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Tuesday September 4th

The Royals boast the days best fantasy option, while the Bronx Bombers are set up for more failure.

Value plays:

Billy Butler – The Royals may not be in the playoff race, but that shouldn’t slow down Butler, who has crushed Matt Harrison over his career. He has recorded a hit in two-thirds of his at bats, with one-quarter of them going for extra base hits. The DH’s 1.000 slugging percentage has me on board, as does the fact that he hits 23 points higher in Kansas City. Harrison had been on a role before being lit up by the Rays (12 hits, 7 earned runs, 3 homers in 5.1 innings pitched) last week, a frightening fact when you consider that his poor starts have come in bunches. A power hitter with a .300+ average against a pitcher he has dominated should be rostered in every daily fantasy baseball game, as the past is due to repeat itself tonight in KC.

LA Dodgers – They face off against a pitcher in Eric Stults who went unbeaten (4-0 with a 2.02 ERA) in August, but has yet to face a lineup as potent as the Dodgers. I like the depth of the Dodgers to wear down Stults, who has not struck out more than 5 batters in any start this year. Without the ability to K his way through jams and without the aid of his spacious home park, Stults’ hot streak could very well to an end tonight in LA. Hanley Ramirez, the only current Dodger to have more than 1 hit against Stults, should be the leader of the charge, but acquisitions Adrian Gonzalez and Shane Victoriano should also produce in a big way. Throw Matt Kemp and a very underrated Andre Ethier, and you’ve got yourself the making of a long night for the Padres. Read more…


Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Thursday August 30th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsPlayoffs are the goal for MLB teams, but fantasy baseball owners need to look outside of the race for the postseason today for production.

Value plays:

Scott Podsednik – There are very rarely players ranked this low that have a tremendous track record against a very god pitcher, and I encourage you to take advantage in daily fantasy baseball games. Believe it or not, the Red Sox slap hitter is batting .500 against Zack Greinke with an out of character .735 slugging percentage. Pods has played in 17 straight games (eclipsing his previous season high of 7) and is batting .333 over that stretch. For the season, the left fielder holds a surprising .362 batting average, a number that is a good bet to rise tonight. Mathematically speaking, he is in good shape for a multi hit performance tonight, and with his speed, getting on base often means scoring runs. There is very little risk in rostering Podsednik, and for one night, there is considerable upside.

Kansas City Royals – They’ve been swinging a hot stick of late (just ask Justin Verlander) and their big guns have had plenty of success against tonight’s probable starter. Rick Porcello has held the Royals as a team in check (their .257 team batting average isn’t overwhelming), but he has struggled to get out Kansas City’s best hitters. Billy Butler (.286 batting average), Alex Gordon (.304), Jeff Francoeur (.357), and Eric Hosmer (.364) are all well above the team average, and have driven in 81% of the teams runs against the Tigers righty. Porcello has surrendered at least 8 base runners in every August start, a trend that should continue tonight, providing loyal Royal daily fantasy baseball owners plenty of value. Read more…

MLB best bets of the day: August 24, 2012

corey kluberOur MLB Best Bets of the Day continue with three match-ups that are sure to excite.

NY Yankees at Cleveland 7:05 PM Sabathia vs Kluber

The White Sox swept the Yankees and left them grasping for air earlier in the week. Well today, the Yankees get Sabathia back and will receive a helping hand from Corey Kluber. If the Yankees are going to get back on track today is going to be the day against Mr. Kluber.

In just four starts this year Kluber has a 1.77 WHIP and a 6.27 ERA…and a .329 BAA! The Yankees are going to win, and probably win big today, but that’s not where the money’s at. Take the over and hope for fireworks.

Pick: Over 9 (-110)

Kansas City at Boston 7:10 PM Chen vs Lester

The Red Sox have a few things going for them in tonight’s game; their offense has been picking it up lately, Jon Lester has a 2.93 ERA in August, and they get to face lefthander Bruce Chen. The Red Sox are the fourth best hitting team when facing lefties, have a .307 team BAA Chen and face the Royals pitcher at home (Chen has a 6.32 ERA on the road this season).

Get Cody Ross, Dustin Pedroia and a handful of other Boston players in your fantasy baseball lineups today as I suspect there will be an offensive explosion. Read more…

Fantasy Baseball: Week 19 waiver wire pickups

There are five weeks left in fantasy baseball’s regular season so let’s get right to this week’s waiver wire pickups.

Jarrod Dyson- OF-Royals: The team might no longer be relevant, but this speed merchant has been on fire and made himself so noticed that manager Ned Yost has decided to start him in center vs righties while veteran Jeff Francoeur will bat vs lefties. Dyson, who turns 28 this month, has spent the bulk of his career in the minors; he’s only played in 44 major league games prior to this year. In his last 5 games, he is batting .526 (10-19) with 2 RBI, 3 runs scored, and 5 stolen bases.Four of the five have been multi-hit games. Nobody owns him (2%) so if you need speed grab him off waivers quickly.

Chris Johnson-3B-Diamondbacks: Some player’s just need a change of scenery in order to find a groove, and such is the case with Johnson. Since coming over to Arizona from the lowly Astros on July 29th, he is batting .381 (8-21) with 3 homers and 10 RBI. He had 8 HRs in 92 games with the ‘Stros before the trade. Probably safe to assume that he won’t keep this pace up for the rest of the season but you could do worse than Johnson who’s career BA is just under .280. Ranked 18th among all position players in Yahoo! leagues last week, Johnson is available in 65% of leagues. Read more here…

Fantasy Baseball sleeper team for the remainder of 2012

josh rutledge

With all of the trading, promotions, demotions, players being place on waivers, and whatever else has been going on to shake up MLB lineup cards, we’ve decided to put together the All-Sleeper Fantasy Baseball Team for the remainder of the season.

This lineup doesn’t feature players that we all know, but rather the players that you should know! Use these players as you need, but just know, they will be producing and at very low costs.

Starting Pitcher – Matt Harvey – New York Mets

Since making his Major League debut on July 26, Harvey has been nothing less than brilliant. After breaking the Mets record for strikeouts in a debut, Harvey has since pitched 6.0 innings and has struck out 7 more. His current totals are at 11.1 IP, 18 Ks, and just two earned, giving the phenom a 1.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

According to ESPN, Harvey is on an innings limit (duh) and has about 50 innings left. He should be good for about 8-10 more starts, thus giving fantasy owners plenty to be excited about in 2012.

Closer – Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals

Since the trade of Jonathan Broxton to the Reds, Holland has taken over the closer role. He’s only had one save opportunity but he nailed it down. The new closer has lowered his ERA in his last five appearances (0 runs) and I think that trend will continue.

Catcher – Ryan Lavarnway – Boston Red Sox

Lavarnway made his season debut yesterday and while it wasn’t all that impressive, he did bat sixth and was walked once. I know, so what? Well, in 2011 the catcher hit two home runs and drove in four in his season debut. This young backstop has plenty of upside and for next to nothing.

First Base – Gaby Sanchez – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sanchez was acquired by the Pirates (from the Marlins) back at the trade deadline and the new change of scenery could help the 2011 All-Star get back on track. He didn’t have a great debut for the Pirates, per say, but he did bat cleanup for the bucs. Read the rest of the team here…


Hey, there’s no talking in baseball

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles May 26...

The Kansas City Royals are the proud owners of dead last in the AL Central. They have a record of 41-60, a full 14 games behind division leading Chicago. They have lost 8 of their last 10 games, including 5 in a row. Basically, they are just waiting to be mathematically eliminated before heading home for the year.

So, what is it that is this team’s biggest problem? Well, apparently some “experts” think it’s because players simply “visit” too much with opposing players!

In a report on “foxsportskansascity.com,” baseball announcers Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler have both mentioned several times to their audiences that they feel the Royals are chatting it up a lot with other players during games.

One instance which this reports cites was a game last Monday night between the Angels and Royals, in which Los Angeles of Anaheim won 6-3. In the eighth inning, Angels DH Kendrys Morales had smacked a three-run single to provide the margin of victory.

Soon after that hit, Morales advanced to 2nd base, where he was seen being engaged in a pleasant, “smiley” conversation with both the Royal’s shortstop Escobar and second baseman Betancourt. And they weren’t the only ones talking, as broadcaster Lefebvre “reiterated his pet peeve” about the talkative Royals once again. Read more here…