Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: September 1st

Daily fantasy baseballPlayoff chasing big names may make the highlight reel, but in the world of daily fantasy baseball, it is not always the sexy name that is the difference between winning and losing.

Value plays:

John Jaso – The fact that Ervin Santana is still in the Angels rotation is one question I cannot answer, but that shouldn’t stop you from betting against him in daily fantasy baseball games. The Mariners DH has 7 hits in 11 career at bats (.636 batting average) against The Angels righty, and has averaged more than an RBI per two at bats. Seattle’s offense isn’t exactly explosive, but they have been shut out only once in the last 6 weeks, meaning that they are a good bet to at least get on the board tonight. Jaso has proven capable of knocking in runs against Santana and his 3:1 walk to strikeout ratio (leading to a .714 OBP) gives him a good chance to score a run or two as well.

Ryan Howard – The Phillies slugger hasn’t been himself all season long, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take advantage of Tim Hudson. Pitchers that Howard owns a lifetime .344 batting average against are few and far between, so you need to take advantage in all daily fantasy baseball formats when Howard faces Hudson. On top of a strong batting average, one third of his hits have cleared the outfield fence, leading to a .738 slugging percentage. The knock on Howard is a low batting average and his tendency to strikeout, but neither is the case against Hudson, as Howard has as many K’s as walks. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Tuesday August 14th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsTwo struggling offenses should click tonight behind two reliable hitters.

Value plays:

Asdrubal Cabrera – The Indians offense isn’t one to fear, but Zack Greinke has had no solution for the pesky 26-year-old shortstop in Cleveland. Cabrera is batting .484 against the righty with a 5:1 walk to strikeout ratio and nearly 27% of his hits going for extra bases. The Angels have an explosive offense, but have yet to win a game Greinke has started, making this a potential shootout. The Indians are batting .290 as a team against the newest Angel, making scoring and knocking in a runs a good bet for Cabrera tonight.

Ryan Howard – In what could be, pound for pound, the biggest matchup of the night, I like the power potential and limited downside of the Phillies sluggers tonight. He faces off against Josh Johnson, a pitcher whom he holds a .303 batting average and .636 slugging percentage against. Half of Howard’s hits have gone for extra bases, and with Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins each batting over .330 against Johnson, an extra base hit would likely lead to RBI. Sure, he is a potential strikeout victim (nearly one-third of his outs have come by way of K) but the upside (has 8 RBI on only 10 hits) outweighs the risk. Read more here…