Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 24th 2015

Blue Jays Shut Out Yankees to Move 4 ½ Games up in First Place in AL East

 

The Toronto Blue Jays took another step to an AL East division title as they shut out the New York Yankees on Wednesday by the score of 4-0. The Blue Jays increased their lead on the New York Yankees to 3 ½ games with just ten games remaining to be played. This concludes this head to head series between these clubs as the Blue Jays have six games remaining with Tampa Bay and four with Baltimore.

The Yankees were shut out with just six hits on the night and will begin a four game series on Thursday night with the Chicago White Sox. They then close with four next week at home to Boston and three on the road at Baltimore. In the AL Wildcard race the pinstripes are five games ahead of Minnesota for the final playoff spot with 11 games left for both teams. New York lost a game on Toronto in this series as they dropped two of the three games.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

It was a nice night for the Blue Jays third baseman as he went 3 for 4 with a double and run scored. He is hitting .301 on the year and is an MVP candidate with 39 homers and 120 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays C:

Russell Martin

It was a big night for the Blue Jays catcher as Russell Martin had a homer with two runs scored and three RBIs in the win on Wednesday. Martin moved his average up to .239 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marcus Stroman

The right hander made his third start since being sidelined with a torn ACL. On Wednesday he shut out the Yankees on five hits over seven innings. In his three starts in 2015 Stroman is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.89.

New York Yankees 3B:

Chase Headley

Headley had a hit in his three at bats on Wednesday. He entered play on a 2 for 22 hitting slump that saw his average dip to .260 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs.

New York Yankees SS:

Didi Gregorius

After a three hit game on Tuesday Didi Gregorius had a hit in his three at bats on Wednesday. Didi is batting .267 with nine homers and 52 RBIs replacing the legend Derek Jeter at shortstop.

New York Yankees P:

Ivan Nova

The Yankees right hander held the Blue Jays to one earned run and four hits over 5 2/3rd innings and left with a no decision. It was a better outing than the one on September 12th that saw Nova give up six earned runs and seven hits over 1 2/3rd innings in a home defeat to Toronto.

LA Angels Tighten up the AL Wildcard Race with a Come From Behind 6-5 road win at Houston

Things were looking quite bleak for the LA Angels on Wednesday afternoon. They were down 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning and possibly falling 3 ½ games back of Houston for the final wildcard spot. But a huge double by David Friese that drove in two runs game the Angels a 5-4 lead that they later extended to 6-4. LA is now 1 ½ games back of Houston for the final playoff spot in the American League.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The LA center fielder had two doubles and two runs scored in the win. He has multiple hits in four of his past ten games.

LA Angels RF:

Kole Calhoun

The 27 year old had a couple hits with two runs scored and a homer and RBI on Wednesday. His average moved up to .260 with 24 homers and 78 RBIs.

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Arizona Diamondbacks versus LA Dodgers MLB Best Fantasy Picks 9-23-2015

Two NL West division clubs will meet from Major League Baseball action for Wednesday night as the LA Dodgers will host the Arizona Diamondbacks. MLB fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 10:30PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their roster picks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a much improved team from the past few seasons. They won the first two games of this series and carry a record of 73-78 on the year. They have won two straight and four of five games on this road trip. Arizona is a good hitting team ranking sixth in baseball in runs scored (4.50 per game) and is fifth best in team batting average (.266). They are near the middle of the league at 17th in in Team ERA (4.01). The pitching has shown some improvement from previous seasons.

The LA Dodgers were looking pretty good with a sizable lead in the NL West division. But a recent slump has seen the club lose four straight and they hold a six game lead over the San Francisco Giants with just 12 games remaining. LA still has four games remaining against the San Francisco Giants next week so things can get quite interesting for the Dodgers if they can’t shake out of this slump. There are two games at home to Arizona and three on the road at Colorado before they make the trip to San Francisco for the four game series. LA pitching has allowed eight runs in each of the past two games against the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers have been carried by their pitching as the club is third best in both Team ERA (3.43) and WHIP (1.19). Their starting staff ranks fourth best in quality starts (90). Offensively LA ranks in the lower third of the league in runs scored per game (4.10) and team batting average (.251). They do live by the long ball with 176 homers on the year which is good for sixth best in baseball.

Arizona Diamondbacks CF:

A.J. Pollock

The centerfielder leads the D’Backs everyday hitters with a .321 batting average with 18 homers and 70 RBIs. He had a two hit game with a homer and RBI in the win against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Pollock has multiple hits in five of his past six games as he is red hot over his past seven days with a .480 batting average.

Arizona Diamondbacks 1B:

Paul Goldschmidt

The slugger leads the club in homers with 30 on the year and he has driven in 102 RBIs. On Tuesday Goldschmidt had two hits with a homer and RBI. He is batting .318 on the year.

Arizona Diamondbacks LF:

David Peralta

The 28 year old has hits in nine of his past ten games. Peralta has multiple hits in three of his past four games. On the season Peralta has a batting average of .313 with 16 homers and 76 RBIs.

Arizona Diamondbacks P:

Chase Anderson

In 25 starts this year Anderson is 6-6 with an ERA of 4.52 and WHIP of 1.33. He looks to rebound after a loss on September 8th at home to San Francisco where he allowed five earned runs and five hits in two innings of work.

LA Dodgers 1B:

Adrian Gonzalez after a hot start to the season has seen his average drop to .279 with 28 homers and 87 RBIs. He is hitting .246 for the month of September.

LA Dodgers RF:

Andre Eithier

The LA outfielder is hitting .294 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs. He has hits in two straight games.

LA Dodgers SS:

Corey Seager

The 21 year old shortstop has a batting average of .359 with two homers and 11 RBIs in his short time with the big club.

LA Dodgers P:

Zach Greinke

The LA right hander has started 30 times in 2015 and is 18-3 with an ERA of 1.65 and WHIP of 0.85. He has won nine of his past ten starts. On September 18th Greinke allowed two earned runs and four hits over seven innings in a 6-2 home victory to Pittsburgh.

MLB One Day League Fantasy Picks

P: Zach Greinke (Dodgers)
SS: Corey Seager (Dodgers)
RF: Andre Eitheir (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)
CF: A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)

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Breaking News—MLB Hall of Fame Legend Yogi Berra Passes Away

Yogi Berra

One of baseball’s greats passed away on Tuesday September 22nd 2015 as Yogi Berra dies at the age of 90 years old. Elected into the Hall of Fame in 1972 Berra was a veteran of 19 seasons in the Major Leagues mostly New York Yankees. He retired after the 1963 season but played again for a short time in 1965 with the New York Mets. He finished with a career batting average of .285 with 358 homers and 1430 RBIs.

Yogi Berra’s career achievements are quite outstanding considering he spent 18 plus years behind the plate. He was an All Star for 18 of the 19 years he played. As a player Berra won 10 World Series championships which is a record. He appeared in 14 World Series as a player which is also a record accomplishment. Berra was an AL MVP three times in 1951, 1954 and 1955.

As a hitter Yogi Berra had a great eye at the plate as a catcher he had a very good idea of the strike zone. He was known around baseball at the time as a clutch hitter because of his knack for getting the big hit and for his great bat control. His bat control was so good he had only twelve strike outs in the 1950 season where he came to bat 597 times. Defensively Berra was behind the plate for the famous World Series perfect game thrown by Don Larsen in 1956 as many remember the image of Yogi running into the arms of the Yankee pitcher when he recorded the final out of the game. One of his amazing achievements came late in his career at the age of 37 when the caught for 22 innings in a seven hour extra innings game against the Tigers in 1962.

Following his retirement with the Yankees the team named him as the manager in the 1964 season. During that season New York made the World Series but lost to the St Louis Cardinals. Berra was fired following World Series loss. Berra was signed by the cross-town New York Mets as a coach the following season. He spent seven years as a Mets coach including during their World Series win in 1969. Yogi became manager of the Mets from 1972-1975. In 1976 Berra returned to the Yankees as a coach and was with the team when they won the 1977 and 1978 World Series. Berra became manager of the Yankees in 1984 but was fired just 16 games into the 1985 season.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 23rd 2015

Yankees Power Gets Them within 2 ½ Games of the Blue Jays in the AL East Division

The New York Yankees evened up this key AL East series at 1-1 as they post a 6-4 road victory in ten innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The Yankees slugged 12 hits and had two homers. Toronto had three homers in the loss but all came with no runners on base.

New York Yankees CF:

Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees centerfielder had two hits with two doubles and a run scored. Ellsbury has been hot with multiple hits in three straight games. He is 8 for his last 14 at bats. The centerfielder has moved his batting average up to .263 with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

New York Yankees C:

Brian McCann

McCann had two hits in the win with an RBI. The catcher had been slumping with a 3 for 19 entering Game 2 of this series.

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

The 38 year old had a home run with two RBIs and two hits in the victory. Beltran has moved his batting average up to .279 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs.

New York Yankees 1B:

Gregory Byrd

The first baseman was the hero with the game winning three run homer on Monday in the top of the tenth. He had two hits with a run scored and three RBIs. Byrd has a seven game hitting streak to move his batting average up to .256 with ten homers and 28 RBIs.

New York Yankees P:

Luis Severino

In 9 starts the Yankees 21 year old right hander is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.30. He received a no decision on Tuesday as he allowed two earned runs and three hits over six innings of work.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays slugger had a home run in the loss. For the year Encarnacion is hitting .277 with 35 homers and 105 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

Pillar had a three hit game with a homer and RBI on Tuesday. His average is now up to .264 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

It was a shaky start for Marco Estrada on Tuesday as he gave up two first inning runs to the Yankees. He settled down and allowed two earned runs and six hits tossing 6 2/3rd innings in a no decision.

Giants picked up a Game in the Standings on First Place Dodgers with a Win against San Diego

The San Francisco Giants moved to six games of the LA Dodgers in the NL West division race after their 4-2 road victory on Tuesday to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers were defeated 8-0 at home to Arizona.

San Francisco Giants CF:

Angel Pagan

The veteran outfielder had a homer with two RBIs in the victory. Pagan is having a good month of September with a batting average of .310. He has hits in nine of his past ten games.

San Francisco Giants LF:

Alejandro De Aza

It was a two hit game for the seven year veteran on Tuesday. De Aza is batting .262 with seven homers and 33 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants SS:

Brandon Crawford

Crawford had two hits and an RBI in the win. The shortstop is batting .254 on the year with 19 homers and 78 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants C:

Trevor Brown

The 23 year old catcher in his third game of his career had two hits with a double and RBI.

San Francisco Giants P:

Chris Heston

In 29 starts Heston is 11-10 with an ERA of 3.51 and WHIP of 1.28. He threw 94 pitches in 4 1/3rd innings and allowed no earned runs and two hits. He got a no decision because he walked five batters and left two outs away from earning a win.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 22nd 2015

Keuchel Helps Move Houston Astros within Game of Rangers

The Houston Astros got a tremendous pitching performance by Dallas Keuchel as the team defeated the LA Angels 6-3 in a key AL West matchup on Monday. The Astros now sit a game back of Texas in the division race with just 11 games remaining on the schedule. After this series with the Angels the Astros have a three game weekend home series against Texas. The win also aided the Astros in the AL Wild card race as they hold the last playoff spot by three games over Minnesota and by 3 ½ games over the LA Angels. The loss was costly for the Angels as the team entered the series with their playoff fates in their hand. There are only 12 games left on the schedule for the Angels to make up three games in the loss column to the Astros plus pass the Twins.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

Springer has hits in nine of his past ten games. The right fielder had two hits with a run scored and RBI in the victory. He has gotten hot with hits in nine of his past ten games and a .320 batting average the past seven days.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve:

The Astros second baseman leads the everyday players with a .314 batting average with 12 homers and 59 RBIs. Altuve was huge on Monday night with three hits with a run scored, double and triple. He had a three hit game on Saturday against Oakland.

Houston Astros SS:

Carlos Correa

It was a big game for the hitting hero on Monday night as Correa delivered with three hits with a double, home run and three RBIs in beating the Angels. For the season Correa moved up his batting average to .279 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs.

Houston Astros 1B:

Luis Valbueno

The light hitting first baseman had a hit in three at bats on Monday. Valbueno has struggled for the month of September with a .194 batting average with no home runs and only three RBIs.

Houston Astros P:

Dallas Keuchel

The Astros left hander in his 31 starts in 2015 is 18-8 with an ERA of 2.51 and WHIP of 1.02. He shut down the Angels on Monday by allowing just one earned run and six hits over 7 2/3rd innings of work. He bounced back well after a horrible outing at Texas on September 16th where Keuchel was lit up for nine earned runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched.

LA Angels SS:

Erick Aybar

There is some positive news for the Angels and that’s Erick Aybar at the plate. He had two hits with a run scored on Monday to increase his hitting streak to six games. Aybar has multiple hits in three of his past six games. Erick Aybar is batting .323 over his past seven days. On the year Aybar has moved his average up to .271 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The LA centerfielder still leads the everyday players for the Angels with a .293 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He contributed with two hits in his four at bats on Monday night. The Angels have not set the table in recent games for Trout as he is without an RBI in his past two games.

LA Angels P:

Jered Weaver

The Angels really need their best from their starting staff down the stretch as they are chasing the Astros and Rangers in the standings. Weaver allowed five earned runs with nine hits over 5 2/3rd innings of work with two homers in the loss.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 22nd 2015

It’s a beautiful day for Fantasy Baseball, as all 30 teams get back into action. That means it’s time to play fantasy baseball for real money. The race is on for the pennant and there is some heavy battle out there. Yesterday, the Blue Jays distanced themselves 3.5 games from the Yankees in the American League East. David Price had a stellar performance once again. He won every single game he played this month (4-0). Another pitcher that never seems to lose (especially at Minute Maid Park) is Dallas Keuchel, who is now 14-0 at home. He’s the only pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish this feat. The Astros were able to get back one game behind the division leading Rangers. With all this drama unfolding, what is to be expected today in Daily Fantasy Baseball? Let’s get to today’s hot fantasy picks:

P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

 Season: 8 W, 4 L, 3.90 ERA, 92 Ks, 20 BBs

Sure, he will be facing the best team in the American League, but Iwakuma has been efficient for the Seattle Mariners since August. We are talking about a 6-2 record and a 2.99 ERA in that stretch. Let’s not forget the no-hitter he threw back on August 12th against the Baltimore Orioles. Not only does he ride a good spell, but he also has a great record against the opposition. He holds 2 wins and no losses with a 2.14 ERA in three outings against the Kansas City Royals. Tonight, the Japanese will spoil the opportunity for the Royals to clinch a playoff spot.

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

Season:  .238 AVG, 26 HRs, 90 RBIs, 65 Runs

The Toronto Blue Jays got the win yesterday with ace David Price on the mound. Today, it’s Marco Estrada’s turn. I’m not saying Estrada is no good, but he’s no David Price. The Yankees will take the opportunity to swing their big bats, and that means that McCann will cash in a few RBI’s in the cleanup spot.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .243 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 36 Runs

I said yesterday that Arizona needed to take out some frustration out on the Dodgers, and that’s exactly what they did. 17 hits and an 8-4 win in last night game was what they needed. Paul Goldschmidt has been in the middle of this rumble, knocking out one out of the park. He will continue to ride this out against starter Alex Wood. Goldy has 2 homers and 4 RBIs in 7 at-bats when facing Woods.

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

Season: .264 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 32 Runs, 9 SBs

He has been kept in the shadows playing for the San Diego Padres, but this 2011 first-round pick will become one of the best second baseman in the league. He will have an easy task tonight against San Francisco starter Chris Heston, who has been awful lately.

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

Season: .277 AVG, 25 HRs, 95 RBIs, 84 Runs, 13 SBs

He started the season as one of the best prospect in baseball. Now he leads all rookies in RBI’s, with 95, and is tied for first in home runs, with 25. The third baseman will have no problem helping pitcher Jake Arrieta get his 20th win against the winning less Tyler Cravy.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .323 AVG, 7 HRs, 78 RBIs, 76 Runs, 10 SBs

On the 10th game of his hitting streak, he has belted a grand slam and finished the night with 5 RBI’s. Leading all shortstop in batting average, Bogaerts his quickly becoming the building block of the Boston Red Sox. He will have no problem following up on his memorable night against Matt Moore. Moore never had good outings at Fenway.

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

Season: .270 AVG, 5 HRs, 29 RBIs, 33 Runs, 4 SBs

The Cuban import is still getting used to playing in MLB this year. He doesn’t show big numbers but the everyday left fielder should produce against Matt Moore at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are still seeing something in him. So should we.

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

Season: .247 AVG, 11 HRs, 41 RBIs, 48 Runs

Nelson Cruz doesn’t have success against Jeremy Guthrie. It will be on Robinson Cano and Seth Smith to take charge of the offense. Smith has had some quality at-bats facing Guthrie.

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

Season: .266 AVG, 2 HRs, 32 RBIs, 48 Runs, 9 SBs

It was a little over one week ago that Pagan was able to steal 3 bases against the Padres. He could pull another trick up his sleeves once again in San Diego.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

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New York Yankees versus Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Real Money League Fantasy Picks 9-22-2015
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Two AL East division powers meet on Tuesday September 22nd as the Toronto Blue Jays will welcome into town the New York Yankees from Major League Baseball action. MLB fantasy draft managers cane tune to ESPN at 7PM Eastern Time from Toronto to follow the scoring results of their rosters.

These two teams are in a battle for the division lead down the stretch. The Toronto Blue Jays own a 3 ½ game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East race with just 12 games left in the regular season. Toronto broke a two game losing streak as they defeated the New York Yankees in Game 1 of this series by the score of 4-2. The Blue Jays sit at the top of Major League Baseball in runs scored per game (5.50) and home runs this season (210). The club sits fifth in the league in team batting (.267). Toronto has been hitting for the entire season but the pitching has improved which catapulted the Blue Jays to the top of the division.

New York with the loss broke a two game win streak. The Yankees have been a good hitting team as well as they rank second in MLB in runs scored per game (4.85) and third best in homers on the season (203). In their road defeat to begin this series on Monday the Yankees were held to just five hits and single runs in the eighth and ninth inning. Toronto pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning and that was enough for David Price who threw seven shutout innings before giving way to the Blue Jays bullpen.

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

The Yankees veteran right fielder had a 0 for 4 on Monday to drop his average to .276 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs. He had five RBIs in his past two games heading into the opener of this series.

New York Yankees SS:

Didi Gregorius

The Yankees shortstop had been in the midst of a 3 for 21 slump the past seven days. He had a 0 for 3 on Monday night as his average is now down to .263 with nine homers and 52 RBIs.

New York Yankees LF:

Brett Gardner

Gardner is in a slump as he is 3 for his past 24 at bats. His average has slid down to .262 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs. He went hitless in three at bats on Monday.

New York Yankees 3B:

Chase Headley

This is another Yankees hitter going through a batting slump right now. This one is bad as Headley is 2 for his past 22. Headley was 0 of 4 on Monday to move his average down to .262 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs.

New York Yankees P:

Luis Severino

The young right hander is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.34. He bounced back after a bad home outing against Toronto by allowing one earned run and six hits over 5 2/3rd innings in a victory at Tampa Bay.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The power hitting third baseman had a hit with two runs scored in the win on Monday. His batting average is up to .299 with 39 homers and 120 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays DH has been hot with a .421 batting average over his past seven days. He had a hit in three at bats with an RBI in the series opener.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

Pillar had his three game hitting streak stopped with a 0 for 3 on Monday. On the year the center fielder is batting .260 with ten homers and 48 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

The 34 year old had two hits with a run scored and RBI in the victory. Bautista is batting .306 for the month of September with 5 homers and 16 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander is 13-8 with an ERA of 3.14 and WHIP of 1.07. He came off a nice outing on September 17th at Atlanta where he allowed no earned runs and three hits over eight innings in victory.

MLB Fantasy League Picks

P: Marco Estrada (Blue Jays)
3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)
RF: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)
C: Russell Martin (Blue Jays)
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)

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MLB Weekend Optimal Lineups

Saturday 9/19/2015
P: Cole Hamels
C: Victor Martinez
1B: Eric Hosmer
2B: Ian Kinsler
SS: Marcus Semien
3B: Kris Bryant
OF: Domingo Santana
OF: Jake Smolinski
OF: Carlos Beltran

Total: 330.5 points

Sunday 9/20/2015
P: Stephen Strasburg
C: Dioner Navarro
1B: Kendrys Morales
2B: Logan Forsythe
SS: Eugenio Suarez
3B: Yunel Escobar
OF: Jay Bruce
OF: Colby Rasmus
OF: Matt Kemp

Total: 400.5 points

In any random Daily Fantasy MLB Contest there are 19,336,000,000,000,000 possible lineup combinations you can enter. That means the probability of choosing the highest possible scoring lineup (what I call the optimal lineup) is more rare than winning the lottery. But don’t take that to mean your odds of winning money in the lottery are better than with Daily Fantasy Sports Cash Drafts. Typically, even in very large tournaments, it only takes about 60 percent of optimal to win big. That means if you scored somewhere around 240 points on Sunday, you could have been in contention for a lot of money.

The biggest boost you could have added to your lineup this weekend was Royals first baseman Kendrys Morales. He had a historical night hitting three home runs and a triple totaling 84 fantasy points. This is tied for the second largest fantasy total this season.

Ranking first on that list was Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets on August 21st when he had a three homer night of his own. Cespedes however had 7 RBIs along with that (as opposed to Morales 3) which brought his fantasy point total to 90. Tied with Morales is Edwin Encarnacion who hit three homers on August 29th with 9 RBIs for 84 fantasy points.

As far as pitchers go, only Max Scherzer has hit close to those fantasy numbers. On June 14th, he pitched a complete game shutout with 16 strikeouts totaling 82 fantasy points. But on that day Max Scherzer would have cost you over $10,000 in salary while those hitters cost less than half of that.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Pick of the Evening – September 21th 2015

We’re less than two weeks away from closing out the Fantasy Baseball regular season. Come learn how to play fantasy baseball before it’s too late. There is 10 games to be played Monday evening. The most interesting matchup today is the one between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jay. They begin a crucial 3 game series for the top spot in the A.L. East. Blue Jays ace, David Price (16-5), will start with Yankees Adam Warren (6-6) opposing him. Now let’s take a look at some hot fantasy picks:

P Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs

 Season: 8 W, 6L, 3.73 ERA, 159 Ks, 39 BBs

The Chicago Cubs have been on a tear lately. They are in a battle against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the wild card spot in the National League. The Cubbies begin a three-game stand at Wrigley against the Brew Crew. Jason Hammel (8-6) will be on the mound for Chicago. He has struggled in his last outing allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings. After the game, he made it clear that he blew it and had to be better. Now is the chance to prove it. He’s undefeated in 10 games against Milwaukee, with 7 decision wins and a 2.13 ERA. His opponent Wily Peralta (5-9) as failed to reproduce the numbers that made him successful last year. Against a team that has no more playoff aspiration, this should be a cake walk for Hammel.

C Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

Season:  .283 AVG, 12 HRs, 41 RBIs, 30 Runs

D’Arnaud has been ripping it up in the month of September, hitting for .327. He will face starter Shelby Miller, the National League leader in losses. Besides that, Miller hasn’t won since May 18th. This is good for D’Arnaud.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .315 AVG, 28 HRs, 100 RBIs, 91 Runs, 21 SBs

With the D-Backs eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, players will want to take out their frustration on the field. One of those players is Paul Goldschmidt who his batting .538 in 13 at-bats against opposing pitcher Brett Anderson. Goldy has 2 homers and 5 RBI’s this season alone, when facing the Dodgers hurler.

2B Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .293 AVG, 12 HRs, 65 RBIs, 66 Runs, 21 SBs

Phillips is on a roll as of late hitting .338 and getting 13 RBIs in the month of September. He has been able to get 2 hits in each season off Jaime Garcia the past five years. This year, Phillips has none in 4 at-bats against the lefty. It’s his last chance to get some before season end.

3B Chase Headley – New York Yankees

Season: .264 AVG, 11 HRs, 61 RBIs, 72 Runs

This is a big one between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. The fantasy score will come from an unlikely hero. That hero will be Chase Headley. He has success this season against David Price with a batting average of .600.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .322 AVG, 6 HRs, 73 RBIs, 74 Runs, 13 SBs

Who knew Bogaerts was going to soar this year. The last shortstop to have had that much talent with the bat for the Red Sox was Nomar Garciaparra. The 22 years-old his way to be the next Garciaparra. He’s currently on a nine game hitting streak and is the second best in the American League with an average of .322.

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

Season: .274 AVG, 11 HRs, 73 RBIs, 66 Runs, 3 SBs

It will be the Melky way tonight at Comerica Park. Cabrera has had past success against the 39 years-old Randy Wolf, batting .571 since 2010. They haven’t faced off since 2012, but the aging Wolf is in the decline and Cabrera will make him pay for it.

OF Carl Crawford – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .265 AVG, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs, 9 SBs

He is not the all-star as he once was, but he is hitting .298 and has stolen 9 bases since the beginning of August. Back in 2013, he has faced Jhoulys Chacin 6 time, and has collected 5 hits against him. You can say that Crawford will have Chacin’s number Monday night.

OF Scott Van Slyke – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .248 AVG, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 19 Runs, 3 SBs

Adrian’s Gonzalez is questionable for Monday’s matchup between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers. This could allow Scott Van Slyke to play his second game in a row. He knocked a solo-home run last night. The son of former MLB player Andy Van Slyke is no slouch against Jhoulys Chacin, hitting .600 against him in the past 2 years.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

P Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs

C Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamonbacks

2B Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds

3B Chase Headley – New York Yankees

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

OF Carl Crawford – Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Scott Van Slyke –Los Angeles Dodgers

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LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday

The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.

Carlos Perez:

The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.

Mike Trout:

The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.

Albert Pujols:

The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.

Andrew Heaney:

In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.

Garrett Richards:

Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

Torii Hunter:

The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.

Miguel Sano:

The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 18th 2015

Lance McCullers

Luis Valbuena

Evan Gattis

Carlos Correa

Rangers Complete Sweep of Astros—Increase Lead to 2 ½ Games in AL West Race

The Texas Rangers continued their power surge as they complete the three game sweep of the Houston Astros on Thursday by the score of 8-2. Texas piled up ten hits in the victory. The loss also meant that Houston gave up some ground on the LA Angels in the AL Wildcard race. The Angels gained a game on Houston to 2 ½ games behind for the final playoff spot with just 15 games left to be played. The Astros hold a narrow one game lead in the loss column over the Minnesota Twins.

Houston Astros SS:

Carlos Correa

The Houston Astros shortstop has been hot of late with a .308 batting average the past seven days. Correa had two hits with a double on Thursday. His average is now up to .276 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs.

Houston Astros DH:

Evan Gattis

Gattis had a double with a run scored and RBI in the Thursday loss. He delivers power with not much batting average on the year. The DH is batting .240 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs. His numbers are better at home and that’s where the Astros return this weekend. Evan Gattis is batting .268 at home on the campaign.

Houston Astros 1B:

Luis Valbuena

It was a two hit game with an RBI to move Valbueno up to .210 for the season. He has 22 homers with 50 RBIs on the season. Valbueno is battling a September slump with a .190 batting average.

Houston Astros P:

Lance McCullers

The Astros have lost four straight games with McCullers on the mound. On Thursday the right hander worked six innings and allowed three earned runs and five hits with a homer. This season McCullers is 5-6 with an ERA of 3.18 and WHIP of 1.22.

Texas Rangers RF:

Shin Soo Choo

The Rangers right fielder has been red hot with a .424 batting average for the month of September with 10 RBIs. After a three hit game on Wednesday Choo delivered with four hits with two runs scored and two RBIs on Thursday. He has three hits or more in three of his past five games. Choo has 18 homers and 69 RBIs on the year.

Texas Rangers 3B:

Adrian Beltre

Beltre is another hot Ranger. He had two hits with two doubles and an RBI in the win on Thursday. In the four games against the Astros Adrian Beltre went 9 for 17. Prior to the Astros series Beltre had 5 RBIs against Oakland on Sunday.

Texas Rangers 1B:

Mitch Moreland

Heading into Thursday Mitch Moreland was a battling a 3 for 19 slump. He contributed with a key three run homer in the game on Thursday. For the year Moreland is batting .283 with 21 homers and 77 RBIs.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

The Texas DH has been red hot with a batting average of .400 over his past seven days. He concluded the key Astros series going 8 for 16 with three homers and eight runs batted in. Fielder has 21 homers and 83 RBIs on the season.

Texas Rangers P:

Colby Lewis

The Rangers right hander leads the team with wins. In his 30 starts Lewis is 16-8 with an ERA of 4.41 and WHIP of 1.21. He has put back to back good outings in his recent starts. On Thursday Lewis limited the Astros to two earned runs and seven hits over six innings of work. His prior start was on September 11th and he shut out the Oakland Athletics on two hits tossing a complete game nine innings.

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New York Yankees versus New York Mets

MLB Fantasy One Day League Picks 9-18-2015

MLB Best Fantasy Picks

It’s the Subway Series between two playoff contenders as the New York Mets will host the New York Yankees. MLB fantasy GM’s can watch this game Friday night September 18th at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.

The New York Yankees enters the series just three games back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East division race. After undergoing a five game losing streak the Yankees have won three of their past four games. In the AL Wildcard race the Yankees sits with a five game lead over the Minnesota Twins who sits in the third spot. The Yankees have been driven into a playoff contending team by their offense. The club is second best in runs scored (4.85) and is third in home runs (193). The starting pitching has been inconsistent and the staff is 22nd on the year in quality starts (65).

The New York Mets have made good moves at the All Star break to bring in much needed offense to spark the club and support their great starting pitching staff. As they enter this series with the Yankees the Mets hold a seven game lead in the loss column over the second place Washington Nationals with 16 games remaining to be played. After an eight game win streak the Mets have lost two straight losing two games in the standings to the Nationals. The pitching for the Mets has been phenomenal. The staff ranks fourth in Team ERA (3.45), second in WHIP (1.18) and second best in the league in quality starts (93).

New York Yankees RF: Carlos Beltran leads the Yankees everyday players with a .277 batting average with 15 homers and 53 RBIs. He has hits in nine of his past ten games.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley looks to break a slump in September as his batting average is just .179. The third baseman has 11 homers and 60 RBIs on the year.

New York Yankees SS: Didi Gregorious has hit well on the road on the season with a .308 batting average. Gregorious has nine homers and 52 RBIs on the campaign.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner has hit a slump. Once the Yankees leading everyday hitter Gardner has seen his average drop to .265 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs. He is 0 for 15 entering this series.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez has cooled off a bit in recent games as he is battling a 5 for 21 slump. ARod is now batting .255 for the season with 32 homers and 83 RBIs.

New York Yankees P: Masahiro Tanaka will start his 23rd game of the year. The right hander is 12-6 with an ERA of 3.40 and WHIP of 0.99. He worked on September 13th against the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched masterfully by limiting the Blue Jays no earned runs and four hits over seven innings pitched. It was needed because Toronto has won the first three games of the series and kept the Yankees in the division race.

New York Mets 2B: Daniel Murphy looks to break a slump in September as he is batting .175 on the year. Murphy’s average is now .271 with 11 homers and 63 RBIs.

New York Mets SS: Wilmer Flores is hitting well down the stretch with a batting average of .300 for the month of September. Flores has 16 homers and 59 RBIs season to date.

New York Mets RF: Curtis Granderson has hits in four of his past five games. His average is .259 with 23 homers and 64 RBIs.

New York Mets 1B: Lucas Duda has been stuck in a horrible slump with a 3 for 25 in the month of September. Duda’s average has dropped to .240 with 21 homers and 57 RBIs.

New York Mets P: Steven Matz a left hander will make his fifth start of the year. His mark is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.88 and WHIP of 1.08. He worked on September 11th and allowed one earned run and six hits in five innings of work in a 5-1 road win at Atlanta.

MLB Best Fantasy Picks

P: Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
RF: Carlos Beltran (Yankees)
SS: Didi Gregorious (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)
3B: David Wright (Mets)

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Daily Fantasy Best Picks of the Day – September 17th 2015

It’s a quiet day in the MLB. But there is still some fantasy baseball to be played. 18 teams will be in action. P Corey Kluber will be making his return to the Indians rotations, after missing 2 turns. He will go face to face against Yordano Ventura and the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals. Also in the spotlight is the series finale between Texas rivals Rangers and Astros. The Rangers defeated Dallas Keuchel yesterday, with a 14 to 3 win. They will go for the series sweep today with their hurler, Colby Lewis, on the mound. Now let’s take a look at tonight’s hot picks:

C Wilson Ramos(WAS) – 3,400 $

Season: .237 AVG, 13 HR, 63 RBI, 37 R

With a day off yesterday, Ramos will be well rested. He also has success against Jarred Cosart, hitting .600.

1B Albert Pujols(LAA) – 3,900 $

Season: .241 AVG, 35 HR, 83 RBI, 73 R

He’s still having problems with his right foot. But with a .727 slugging percentage against Tommy Milone, he’ll likely be productive in this one.

2B Anthony Rendon(WAS) – 4,500 $

Season: .289 AVG, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 38 R

He’s currently batting .344 in the month of September and has 4 RBIs in the last 4 games.

3B Mike Moustakas(KC) – 5,600 $

Season: .281 AVG, 19 HR, 72 RBI, 64 R

He had a solo homer and produced the single point for the Royals, last night. Facing Corey Kluber, Moustakas has a .457 average in 35 at-bats.

SS Jean Segura(MIL) – 4,300 $

Season: .270 AVG, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 51 R

He’s hitting .615 against John Lackey.

OF Adam Jones(BAL) – 5,000 $

Season: .272 AVG, 27 HR, 78 RBI, 74 R

He has a slugging percentage of .857 and 7 RBIs against Matt Moore.

OF Nolan Reimold(BAL)* – 3,300 $

Season: .254 AVG, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 19 R

Reimold had a hit in every game during the month of September except one.

OF Collin Cowgill(LAA) – 2,100 $

Season: .182 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 7 R

He has 1 homer and 3 RBIs, while batting .462 in 13 plate appearances against Tommy Milone.

P Jose Quintana(CWS) – 7,100 $

Season: Record(9-10), 3.53 ERA, 158 K, 40 BB

He has allowed 1 earned run in the last 2 games. The lefty is 3-1 since the beginning of the month of august.

DFS Top Performers September 16th 2015

Last night DFS Top 5 Performers in MLB:

OF Tommy Pham-STL (4 RBIs, 2Rs, 1 3B, 2 HR)

2B Dustin Pedroia-BOS (5 RBIs, 1 BB, 2Rs, 2HRs)

1B Prince Fielder-TEX (5 RBIs, 3Rs, 1 1B, 1 HR)

P Gio Gonzalez-WAS (Win, 7 IPs, 2 ERs, 5 Hits, 12 Ks, 2 BBs)

OF Jayson Werth-WAS (2 RBIs, 1 BBs, 1R, 1HR)

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