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…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Friday September 21st

Daily Fantasy BaseballThe Brewers have a strong matchup, but their stud should be avoided while their banged up outfielder should find his way onto your roster is he is in Milwaukee’s tonight.

Value plays:

Michael Bourn – Kyle Kendrick was on a roll until the Houston Astros (!) recorded 7 hits and 4 earned runs against the righty in only 5 innings. It may only be one poor start after a streak of 6 straight quality starts, but this is more in line with Kendrick’s career numbers (4.32 ERA and 1.37 WHIP). On top of Kendrick possibly falling upon rough times sooner rather than later, Bourn has abused the righty in 14 career at bats. The Braves leadoff hitter has 7 hits in those 14 at bats and is slugging an uncharacteristic .929. A top of the order hitter with a history of a power stroke against a specific pitcher is impossible to avoid, and you won’t have to break the bank to roster Bourn in daily fantasy baseball games.

Corey Hart (assuming health) – Few players have had success against Edwin Jackson like Hart, which is why his nagging foot injury isn’t enough to scare me away. Hart has yet to get cheated on a single at bat against righty, recording 6 hits in 11 bats on his wildly aggressive swing. Half of his hits have gone for extra bases, giving him an other worldly1.182 slugging percentage. He leads a team that is batting .376 against Jackson, giving him more run producing potential than any other player you could roster. Read more…

Fantasy Baseball: Week #22 waiver wire pickups

Here we are approaching fantasy baseball’s final week of the regular season which starts on Monday. Therefore, and unfortunately, this will be the final week of waiver wire pickups. Hopefully most of you have made your way into the 2012 fantasy playoffs, which for many leagues, will begin on September 10th. Meantime here are this week’s pickups for you to consider. We hope the past 5 1/2 months of providing you with this feature has helped you & your team. Good luck in the Playoffs!!

Mitch Mooreland-1B,OF-Rangers– This is a good news-bad news story for those in need of a player who really has over-achieved this season. The good news, and there’s plenty, is that over the past 2 weeks, Mooreland is the 36th ranked player in Yahoo! leagues. Look at these numbers he’s put up over this period: 3 home runs, 13 RBI, 7 runs scored and a hefty .341 BA. He has 15 HRs in just 250 ABs this season compared to 16 HRs in 464 ABs last year. He batted .259 last season and is currently at .292 this year. Now for the bad news…should you be tempted enough to picked him up keep in mind that he only hits against righties, therefore a certain amount of maintenance will be required. However we think it’s a small risk to pay for the rewards he brings. He’s only owned in 29% of leagues.

Carlos Gomez-OF-Brewers- We’re surprised Gomez is still available in so many leagues at this point in the season, as he provides his owners with both power as well as speed. When the season began he platooned with another speedster Nyjer Morgan but has since been given the starting job against righties as well as lefties. For the season he has stolen 28 bases while hitting 14 home runs. How many players on your team have done something like that? Even though he is batting .320 over his last seven games (1 as a pinch hitter), his batting average, currently at .256, is his only real downfall which shows you that you can’t have everything. Gomez is available in 60% of leagues, so when you’re done reading this go take a look and see if he’s available in your league-just in time for the playoffs. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Thursday August 16th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsIn honor of football season nearing, we’ve got players from New York and Milwaukee, not Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers, that will provide great value in daily fantasy baseball leagues.

Value Plays:

Milwaukee Brewers – I still believe Cliff Lee is an élite pitcher, but he hasn’t proven it this season and is unlikely to do so against the Brew Crew. Current Milwaukee players are batting .300 against the lefty with 21.1% of their hits going for home runs. Ryan Braun, Alex Gonzalez, and Aramis Ramirez are all hitting over .300 with at least one homer against Lee, while Carlos Gomez has a slightly lower average (.273) but has had one-third of his hits leave the ballpark. Milwaukee’s team slugging percentage of .536 is simply to good to pass up, even if they are opposing a pitcher with élite skills.

David Wright – The miserable Mets face off against “I give up the occasional” Homer Bailey in a matchup of two teams headed in completely opposite directions. However, tonight figures to be a night in which Mets fans can rejoice and roster their favorite players in daily fantasy baseball leagues. New York holds a .352 career batting average against the Reds righty, with Wright leading the way at .556. Scott Hairston is the only Met with a HR off of Bailey, but that could very easily change as the game is being played in hitter friendly Cincinnati, where Bailey has given up 79% of his season’s home runs. For one day you’re allowed to overlook the Mets second half struggles and roster Wright. Read more here…

Fantasy Baseball: Week 17 waiver wire pickups

For those of you fighting for position in your leagues, you still have seven weeks left in the Fantasy Baseball regular season with which to do so. It is important to ensure that you make all the moves and/or trades you can in order to assure yourself a playoff spot in your leagues, otherwise you would have wasted an entire season fruitlessly maintaining your team (s). Here are this week’s waiver wire pickups, all widely available, for you to consider:

Marco Estrada-SP,RP-Brewers- Now a permanent part of the Brewers depth chart, Estrada has started nine games so far this season and like most things in fantasy, there is good news and bad. The good news is that the right-hander can help you in two of the remaining four Pitching categories (we’re taking away the saves category as he isn’t a closer); strike outs and WHIP. In his 9 games Estrada had 59 K’s and only 7 BBs while posting a barely visible 1.04 WHIP. The bad news is that the Brewers have given the former Washington National almost no run support which would account for his 0-4 record. In those four loses his team scored 1 run, 3 runs, 1 run, and 3 runs and it’s hard to post victories while your team is averaging 2 runs a game in your loses. Take a flier on Estrada and if you’re in need of K’s, grab him as he’s owned in just 10% of leagues.

Jared Burton/Glen Perkins-RP-Twins- What did manager Ron Gardenhire do when his ace closer Matt Capps was shut down with rotator cuff strain? Yep! He went to Jared! Well, not exclusively…The closing duties are shared between Burton and Glen Perkins. Together they have saved 7 of 8 games while Burton, since the possibility of save opportunities arose, is 1-0 with three saves 0.00 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and 7 K’s in 10.2 innings pitched. Perkins has done equally as well garnering 5 saves and 1 BS over the same period. they are both widely available as both of these closers are owned only in about 15% of leagues. If you’re desperate for saves and are in deeper leagues, run to the waiver wire and pick one up! (Note: Perkins has gotten more save opps.)