Fantasy Sports Fix: More daily fantasy baseball picks
In daily fantasy baseball, you have to spend your allotted cash wisely. No matter what, though, you always have to pay a high price for pitching. So how is one supposed to wisely build a team when you usually must spend over half of your budget if you want elite pitching?
I think I’ve solved this problem, for now anyway. What seems to be working for me is building a solid lineup with low priced hitters who can capitalize on their match-ups.
This week, I attempt to give you some great picks for Wednesday through Sunday to help out with your daily fantasy baseball lineups.
Wednesday, July 20
Carlos Correa, shortstop, Houston AstrosCarlos Correa, shortstop, Houston Astros
Carlos Correa, shortstop, Houston Astros
He’s going up against Oakland pitcher Daniel Mengden for the second time in his career and the odds are in his favor. In just three at-bats against Mengden, Correa has two hits while Mengden comes into the game struggling with a 5.54 ERA.
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Jorge De La Rosa, starting pitcher, Colorado RockiesJorge De La Rosa, starting pitcher, Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa, starting pitcher, Colorado Rockies
De La Rosa is playing at Coors Field, where he usually walks away with a win in recent history. He’s sporting a healthy 3.09 ERA over the last 30 days, so pick with confidence.
Thursday, July 21
Xander Bogaerts, shortstop, Boston Red SoxXander Bogaerts, shortstop, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts, shortstop, Boston Red Sox
The last time he faced pitcher Tyler Duffey, he rocked him for three RBIs and a home run. There’s a good chance he could do the same again.
Adam Wainwright, starting pitcher, St. Louis CardinalsAdam Wainwright, starting pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright, starting pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
The Padres just do not hit Wainwright very well as evidenced by their .219 batting average against him. He’s a solid pick at pitcher, but he’ll cost you.
Friday, July 22
Yasiel Puig, outfield, Los Angeles DodgersYasiel Puig, outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasiel Puig, outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers
He’s looked better recently and has three RBIs in his last three games. Puig can hit Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha and has a .667 slugging percentage against him.
Rich Hill, starting pitcher, Oakland AthleticsRich Hill, starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics
Rich Hill, starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics
Hill had a blister pop on his pitching hand Sunday and might be questionable for his start against the Rays, but if he plays, know that the Rays have a combined batting average of just .128 against him.
Saturday, July 23
Victor Martinez, first base, Detroit TigersVictor Martinez, first base, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez, first base, Detroit Tigers
Martinez has seen 157 pitches from White Sox pitcher Chris Sale in his career. Out of those pitches, he’s accumulated four home runs and nine RBIs with a .500 batting average.
Mike Leake, starting pitcher, St. Louis CardinalsMike Leake, starting pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Leake, starting pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
The right-hander really likes pitching against the Dodgers. Maybe it’s their .214 batting average against him.
Sunday, July 24
Freddie Freeman, first base, Atlanta BravesFreddie Freeman, first base, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman, first base, Atlanta Braves
Five runs, three RBIs and only two strikeouts in 10 plate appearances against Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Freeman usually hits well in Coors Field, so pick him up for Saturday’s game.
Johnny Cueto, starting pitcher, San Francisco GiantsJohnny Cueto, starting pitcher, San Francisco Giants
Johnny Cueto, starting pitcher, San Francisco Giants
You might have to pay quite a bit for this 13 game winner, but he will no doubt put up good numbers for you against the Yankees this Sunday.
Stay tuned. Next week, I’ll begin my fantasy football draft special, starting with the quarterback position.
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