Daily Fantasy Baseball Draft

June 29th 2016

With half of the matchups starting early in the afternoon, it will be a stretch to find the right players to fill your lineup. We just might be able to help you with some picks that have been quite good over the past few days. Here is the daily fantasy baseball draft primetime top picks! (Click to play FP)

Top Pitcher

Top Hitters

 

Milwaukee is 8-2 when Junior Guerra takes the ball. He enters Sunday’s action against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a rotation-best 3.67 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.

Top Hitters

Top Hitters

 

Brian Dozier extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a home run (the first of two on the night) to lead off the second inning in the opener. His career high is 11 games.

Ben Revere collected four hits, swiped three bags (tying a career high) and came around to score three times in Monday’s Nationals matchup against the Mets.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Brandon Crawford was back in the lineup Tuesday after getting a day off Monday due to “general soreness.” He’s been out of the starting lineup twice in the past week.

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, three runs scored and two walks on Tuesday against the Giants.

Ian Desmond extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday with a single in the first inning. This hit streak is it’s longest of the season.

Returning to action

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup in Tuesday’s series opener, but said he expects to play on Wednesday. Turner went 7-for-14 with three homers and seven RBIs when these two teams met earlier in June.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Top Evening Picks

June 14th 2016

 Major League Baseball resumes with all 30 team in action this Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies in an early morning matchup, while the rest of the games will begin at 7PM ET tonight. There will be a clash at Fenway, as two of the top pitchers this season will face-off. O’s Chris Tillman will go for win number 9, but he’ll have to out-duel Boston’s ace David Price. Also, Brew’s Crew pitcher Matt Garza will make his return from injury for the first time this season in San Francisco . He will have a lot on his plate, as he go’s against the leagues third best ERA pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Here is the MLB fantasy baseball draft top picks (click to draft):

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Games FP Avg Last Four Games FP Average Last Ten Games FP Average
Madison Bumgarner P SF MIL 60.5 45.2 46.3 40.4
Adam Jones OF BAL @BOS 55 19 14.4 17
Chris Iannetta C SEA @TB 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
John Lackey P CHC @WAS 51 42 38.7 33.1
Drew Pomeranz P SD MIA 50.5 33.3 35.3 34.6
Chris Carter 1B MIL @SF 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL HOU 48 29 21.5 13.2
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS BAL 48 28.8 21.8 15.9
DaeHo Lee 1B SEA @TB 47.5 17.3 11.6 13.1
Robinson Cano 2B SEA @TB 47.5 22.5 14.3 13.5
Nelson Cruz 1B SEA @TB 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Justin Upton OF DET @CWS 46 21 14.2 10.3

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Notables

  • With Chicago Cubs Jorge Soler on the disabled list, rookie Albert Almora Jr. is likely to start in left field against Washington’s left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Known primarily for his defense, Almora has three hits in 10 at-bats since being called up earlier this month.
  • New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday after sitting out Sunday due to wrist soreness.
  • By the time Jacob deGrom starts Tuesday’s series opener with the Pirates, the Mets’ right-hander will have had a week off between outings.
  • Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
  • It’s possible that Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will return Tuesday against the Cards. He was out of the lineup for all three games of Houston’s series against Tampa Bay after spraining his left ankle last Thursday against Texas.
  • New York Yankees hurler Nathan Eovaldi is 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA over his last nine starts, the longest winning streak by a Yankees pitcher this season.
  • Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not expected in the lineup for a sixth straight game because of a strained left hamstring, though he will be available as a pinch-hitter.
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Fantasy Draft Baseball Top Picks

June 10th 2016

Full night of fantasy draft baseball (click to play) with all 30 MLB teams in action this Friday. It all starts at 7PM ET. Here are the top selections!

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Game FP Avg Last Four Game FP Avg Last Ten Game FP Avg
Jon Gray P COL SD 55.5 39 29.2 22.6
Chris Iannetta C SEA TEX 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
Chris Parmelee 1B NYY DET 53 17.7 10.6 6.8
Chris Carter 1B MIL NYM 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL @PT 48 29 21.5 13.2
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR BAL 48 19.8 14.7 15.3
Robinson Cano 2B SEA TEX 47.5 22.5 14.3 13.5
Nelson Cruz 1B SEA TEX 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Corey Dickerson OF TB HOU 45 15.7 11.2 9.1
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL SD 45 23.2 15.1 14.6
Lance McCullers P HOU @TB 44 39.8 30.9 20.8
Billy Hamilton OF CIN OAK 42 13.3 11.7 14
Jayson Werth OF WAS PHI 42 18.5 16.3 12.9
Carlos Beltran OF NYY DET 42 31.5 20 15
Wil Myers 1B SD @COL 42 25.5 27.1 18.7
Corey Kluber P CLE @LAA 41.5 36 33.7 33
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TB 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Mark Trumbo OF BAL @TOR 39 22.5 21.1 18.4
Jason Hammel P CHC @ATL 39 29.3 31 30
Desmond Jennings OF TB HOU 39 13 8.8 4.3

Fantasy Draft Baseball Notables

  • You can expect Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph to be back in the lineup. Ryan Howard started Tuesday and Wednesday, but Howard went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Wednesday against the Cubs. Joseph has supplanted Howard as the team’s primary first baseman, hitting .311 (19-for-61) with two doubles, five home runs and eight RBIs in 19 games.
  • Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday. He had missed the past 53 games with a right forearm fracture.
  • Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Astros, and he was set to be re-evaluated after leaving Wednesday’s game with a tight left hamstring.
  • San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who hasn’t played since Saturday in St. Louis due to nerve irritation in his right thumb, could be back behind the plate just in time for game 1 of the Dodgers/Giants 3 game series .
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Fantasy Baseball MLB Draft Top Selection

June 6th 2016

With ten game available for fantasy baseball MLB Draft on Monday starting at 7PM ET,  here’s a look at the top selections for your FanPicks contest (click to play).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
 Jon Lester P CHC @PHI 65.5 32.5 33 34.5
 Nolan Arenado 3B COL @LAD 55.5 20.2 17.5 16.2
 Evan Longoria 3B TB @ARI 53.5 32.8 27.3 18.4
 Corey Seager SS LAD COL 51 39 25 18.3
 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL @LAD 50.5 26.5 23.6 23.5
 Elvis Andrus SS TEX HOU 49.5 21.7 18.6 11.9
 Mark Trumbo OF BAL KC 45 20.8 15.8 13.5
 Logan Morrison 1B TB @ARI 45 33.7 23 14.6
 Adam Jones OF BAL KC 44.5 22.5 15.7 10
 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX HOU 42 21 16.6 15.9
 James McCann C DET TOR 41.5 15.5 10.2 8.3
 Evan Gattis C HOU @TEX 39 20.5 16.3 13.3
 DaeHo Lee 1B SEA CLE 39 16 15.5 11
 Starling Marte OF PIT NYM 37.5 22.2 12.8 13
 Steven Souza Jr OF TB @ARI 36.5 14.7 12.2 6.9
 JD Martinez OF DET TOR 36 21 17.7 12.2
 Kole Calhoun OF LAA @NYY 36 21.8 22 13.9
 Francisco Lindor SS CLE @SEA 35.5 22.7 14.1 13.7

Fantasy Baseball MLB Draft Notables

  • Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said Ryan Howard will return from his brief sabbatical from the Phillies’ lineup during the Cubs series. Tommy Joseph has started the past five games at first. Joseph should start again against Jon Lester on Monday, with Howard reclaiming first base for the final two games.
  • The return to AL play means C.J. Cron, who’s basically splitting time at first base and designated hitter, will return to the Angels’ lineup. Cron has driven in 21 runs over his last 30 games.
  • Gregorio Petit faces his former team this week. Petit mainly played for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate last season, but he has become the Angels’ starting shortstop with Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington on the disabled list.
  • Starting shortstop Ketel Marte is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL by the Mariners and be in the lineup for the first time since being sidelined May 21 with a sprained left thumb. Seattle is still without center fielder Leonys Martin, who will be out at least until Friday with a strained hamstring.
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Fantasy Baseball Daily Top 20

May 20th 2016

There is no better time to celebrate Friday’s than to have fun and win at FanPicks (click to join). Time to set up your MLB fantasy baseball daily picks with the top 20 of the day. No early matchups, it all starts at 7:05PM ET with all 30 teams competing. Tonight’s main event will be happening in San Francisco, as the Giants aim to win their 9th straight game. But it all looks to come to an end against the Chicago Cubs, with reigning CY winner and undefeated (7-0, 1.29 ERA) Jake Arrieta taking the mound for the Cubbies. This could be the turning point in San Francisco’s season. Here is where Arrieta stands in today’s top 20 picks, and there is no surprise there!

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Jake Arrieta P CHC @SF 55.5 40.7 44.3 38.9
Gerrit Cole P PIT COL 51 33 33.4 26.1
Matt Carpenter 3B STL ARI 50.5 19.3 16.9 20.9
Carlos Santana 1B CLE @BOS 50.5 24.8 17.8 13
Aaron Nola P PHI ATL 49.5 39.3 40.4 28.9
Scott Kazmir P LAD @SD 45.5 34.7 27.6 16.7
Hector Santiago P LAA BAL 44 19.8 20.1 20.9
Mike Trout OF LAA BAL 43.5 26.2 21.6 16.6
Tyler Duffey P MIN TOR 43 37.3 26.7 21.3
Matt Wieters C BAL @LAA 39 14 13.6 8.4
Gregory Polanco OF PIT COL 38.5 23.5 20.4 15.5
Mike Wright P BAL @LAA 37 22.2 18.9 9
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @MIA 36 15.8 10.7 11.3
Trevor Story SS COL @PIT 35.5 13.2 12.5 11.5
Matt Wisler P ATL @PHI 33 30.2 26 24
Jason Castro C HOU TEX 33 14.5 14.5 12.8
Carlos Beltran OF NYY @OAK 32.5 12.7 14.7 15
Jeff Francoeur OF ATL @PHI 32.5 10.8 12.3 8.4

Fantasy Baseball Daily Notables

  • Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been one of the team’s bright spots, and the Mariners will be careful with him in the middle of the lineup. Earlier this week, Bruce became the all-time home run leader at Great American Ball Park with 128, overtaking Adam Dunn.
  • Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado has been a nemesis for the Nationals over the years, hitting. 312 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs.
  • Since joining the Texas Rangers in 2011, Adrian Beltre is hitting .348 with 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .609 slugging percentage in 69 games against the Houston Astros.
  • New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia returns from the disabled list tonight. He will make his 30th career start against the A’s in which the hurler has collected an 9-11 all-time record against Oakland with a 4.71 career ERA. The Bay Area native has struggled at the Coliseum, going 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA. With a victory though, Sabathia would become the 17th pitcher in Yankees history to reach 100 wins.
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Fantasy Baseball ALDS Preview – Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays

The 1 Day Cash Draft ALDS baseball series starts on Thursday. Rivalries will be made and Fantasy Baseball managers will make a lot of cash. The competition begins with the Texas Rangers (88-74) and the Toronto Blue Jays (93-69). Both team won their respective division, but only Toronto clinched it a week earlier. The Blue Jays can count on a solid lineup of hitters. They are ranked first in the MLB home run total with 232, and 10 of them came against the Rangers. The Jays won the season series 4 out of the 6 games this year.

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
October 8 3:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

RHP Yovani Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA)*

Vs Blue Jays this season (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Away this season (5-5, 3.31 ERA)

LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA)*

Vs Rangers this season (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

At Home this season (4-1, 2.61 ERA)

 

October 9 12:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

 

LHP Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA)*

Away this season (3-1, 3.66 ERA)

 

RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA)*

At Home this season (2-0, 0.64 ERA)

 

October 11 8 PM ET

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

At Home this season (3-2, 5.12 ERA)

 

RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA)

Vs Rangers this season (0-1, 1.50 ERA)

Away this season (7-4, 3.29 ERA)

 

October 12 TBD

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

RHP Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-1, 7.20 ERA)

At Home this season (8-3, 5.07 ERA)

 

RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA)

Away this season (2-8, 4.83 ERA)

 

October 14 TBD

at Roger Centre

 

RHP Yovani Gallardo

 

LHP David Price

(*)Confirmed

Series Value Picks:

P Yovani Gallardo – Texas Rangers – Season: 13-11, 3.42 ERA, 121 SO

Gallardo is Toronto’s kryptonite. He has never lost a game against the Jays in three start. Two of them came this year, and he didn’t even allow a run to score in 13.2 innings of work. The Mexican will pitch in the first game of the series against David Price. Toronto’s ace is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 playoff games. Gallardo has the advantage in that matchup.

P Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: 4-0, 1.67 ERA, 18 SO

Stroman continued where he left off last year. He’s 4-0 with 1.67 ERA since coming back from a lengthy D.L. stint on September 12th. The young Phenom had two great start at Roger Centre this year. He has allowed 1 earned run in total in his home field. No wonder the Jays wants him to pitch the second game of the series in Toronto.

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers – Season:  .305 AVG, 78 Runs, 23 HR’s, 98 RBI’s

Fielder led his team in RBI’s (98) and batting average (.305) this year. In 6 games against the Jays over the season, he was hitting .320. The big man will enter the series with 39 post- season game under his belt, just trailing teammate Mike Napoli (47) and opponent Russell Martin (40) for the most in this series.

1B Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .277 AVG, 94 Runs, 39 HR’s, 111 RBI’s

Encarnacion was impressive in the 6 games against the Rangers this year. He has scored 4 runs, knocked 4 deep flies and brought in 11 RBI’s. In their last meeting, the 32 years-old had 5 RBI’s and 2 homers. Encarnacion is ready for the playoffs as he belted 4 homers in the last 5 games of the season.

3B Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers – Season: .287 AVG, 83 Runs, 18 HR’s, 83 RBI’s

Beltre is on fire right now. He has 13 RBI’s and is batting .500 in the last week of the season. The veteran was also solid in series at home against the Blue Jays, getting an average of .333 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s.

3B Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .297 AVG, 122 Runs, 41 HR’s, 123 RBI’s

Donaldson finished second in the league in runs batted in with 123, and first in run scored with 122. He was such an amazing player this year that he is the favorite to win the A.L. MVP award. His grit and determination will make him a definite fantasy pick in this series.

SS Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .280 AVG, 77 Runs, 17 HR’s, 70 RBI’s

Tulowitzki just came back from an injury that kept him out for most of September. It’s a perfect time for him to make his return because of the extra power he can bring to this team of heavy hitters. It was back in 2007 that he made it to the World Series, and 2009 was his last post-season game.

OF Shin Soo-Choo – Texas Rangers – Season: .276 AVG, 94 Runs, 22 HR’s, 82 RBI’s

Choo has bested is numbers from last year, gathering 22 home run, 82 RBI’s and a .276 batting average. At 33 years-old, he will finally get the chance to play in his first division series. The Korean blasted the ball over the fence during the NLWC back in 2013. That was his only post-season appearance.

OF Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .250 AVG, 108 Runs, 40 HR’s, 114 RBI’s

Bautista is the only one of the three headed monster (Donaldson, Encarnacion) to have yet played in October baseball playoff. The 34 years-old has reached 40 home runs and more than a 100 RBI’s for the first time since the 2011 season.

Series Prediction: Texas Rangers in 5

 

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Baseball News October 7th 2015

Texas Rangers versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series from the Major League Baseball playoffs. MLB draft GM’s cane tune to FOX Sports 1 at 3:30PM Eastern Time on Thursday October 8th to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Texas Rangers won the AL West division by defeating the LA Angels in Game 162 of the season by the score of 9-2. They went 5-5 down the stretch as they finished two games ahead of the Houston Astros to win the division and it came down to the final game. Texas took a huge blow heading out of spring training losing their top two arms in their pitching rotation. Despite ranking in the lower third of MLB in Team ERA (4.25) and Team WHIP (1.36) the Rangers offense powered the team to a division title. Texas pushes across 4.64 rush per game ranking 3rd best in the league and bat .257 good for tenth best in MLB.

Toronto made all the right moves at the All Star Break as they powered past the New York Yankees to win the AL East division by six games. Left hander David Price was a big acquisition for the team to help push them to the top. Toronto has hit well ranking first in runs scored per game (5.50), second best in MLB in team batting (.269) and are tops in home runs (232). The Blue Jays lost the home field advantage to Kansas City in the AL playoffs by losing four of their past five games.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

Fielder led the everyday hitters with a .305 batting average with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He went 2 of 12 with an RBI facing David Price this season. His batting average against right handed pitchers is .343 and Fielder hits .253 against lefties. He enters the playoffs on a 2 for 15 slump in October.

Texas Rangers 3B:

Adrian Beltre

The veteran third baseman came on strong in the tail end of the season. He finished with a .287 batting average with 18 homers and 83 RBIs. He is batting .303 against David Price over his career with two homers. Beltre is batting .311 against left handed pitchers.

Texas Rangers P:

Yovani Gallardo

The Texas right hander has worked 33 games this year and is 13-11 with an ERA of 3.42 and WHIP of 1.42. He pitched two games against the Blue Jays and is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 as he allowed no earned runs in 13 2/3rd innings of work. Toronto batted just .136 against the right hander.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

Donaldson led Toronto with a .297 batting average with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. He is a .333 career hitter against Gallardo with two RBIs. Donaldson bats .330 in his home ballpark this year with 24 of his 41 home runs hit there.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays 32 year old DH finished the regular season with a .277 hitting average with 39 homers and 111 RBIs. He bats a career .313 against Gallardo with three homers hit. In 24 at bats against Texas pitching Encarnacion has four homers and 11 RBIs in just 24 at bats.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

The Blue Jays left hander in 32 games pitched this year is 18-5 with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. Against Texas in 2015 Price is 1-0 with an ERA of 3.00. He started just once against the Rangers in 2015 and gave up two earned runs and five hits over six innings.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 5th 2015

Texas Rangers Win AL West Division with 9-2 victory against LA Angels

The Texas Rangers were able to hold off the charge of the Houston Astros but they needed to do it in Game 162 to become AL Western division champions. Texas defeated the LA Angels 9-2 behind a solid nine inning complete game start by left hander Cole Hamels. The Rangers were clinging to a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning when they ignited for six runs to blow the game wide open. Texas had ten hits in the victory while silencing the Angels bats to just three hits.

Delino DeShields Jr.

The Rangers centerfielder had two hits with two runs scored and a walk in the victory. He has hits in five of six games. DeShields has his average up to .261 with two homers and 37 RBIs. He had been battling a 4 for 22 slump entering the game.

Shin Soo Choo

Choo had a hit with two runs scored in the division clincher. He has been hot the final months of the season and finished the regular season with a .276 batting average with 22 homers and 82 RBIs. He has hits in three straight and nine of ten games.

Prince Fielder

The Texas Rangers power hitting DH led the everyday hitters with a .305 batting average with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He had a hit with two RBIs on Sunday. The post season wasn’t too kind to Fielder in the past.

Adrian Beltre

The 36 year old third baseman was huge on Sunday with two hits a home run with three RBIs and two runs scored. Beltre hammered the baseball in the month of October with a batting average of .455. He finished the regular season with a .287 hitting average with 18 homers and 83 RBIs.

Elvis Andrus

The shortstop for Texas had a hit with two RBIs in the win. He too has been hot with the bat in October with a .417 batting average.

Mitch Moreland

Moreland had a hit with an RBI on Sunday. He had been marred in a 3 for 19 slump over the past seven days.

Cole Hamels

The Texas bullpen had been spent the past several days. They got a much needed nine inning complete game from Cole Hamels against the Angels on Sunday. Hamels is 13-8 on the year with an ERA of 3.65 and WHIP of 1.19.

Pittsburgh to Host NL Wildcard Game after 4-0 victory against Cincinnati

The Pittsburgh Pirates earn home field advantage in the NL Wildcard Game against the Chicago Cubs following their 4-0 home shutout victory on Sunday to the Cincinnati Reds. A good thing the Pirates won because the Cubs had defeated the Milwaukee Brewers. Had Pittsburgh lost this game they would have to travel to Wrigley Field for the NL Wildcard playoff single elimination game. Cubs pitching limited the Brewers to just three hits for the entire ballgame. Chicago got up early pushing across three first innings runs.

Starting Marte

Marte had a hit on Sunday to end the regular season with a .287 batting average with 19 homers and 81 RBIs.

Pedro Alvarez

The Pirates first baseman leads the club in homers and he contributed with a solo shot in the win against the Reds. He finished the regular season batting .242 with 27 homers and 77 RBIs.

Francisco Cervelli

The Pirates catcher leads the everyday players with a .295 batting average with seven homers and 43 RBIs. He had two hits on Sunday. He was on a 2 for 22 slump entering play.

J.A. Happ

The eight year veteran left hander came up big for the Pirates by pitching six shutout innings over six innings and allowing just three hits to the Reds.

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Texas Rangers versus Houston Astros MLB Fantasy One Day League Preview 9-26-2015

Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 25th 2015

A big AL West series is scheduled this weekend as the Houston Astros will play host to the Texas Rangers. MLB Fantasy draft managers can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time on Saturday September 26th to follow the results of their roster picks.

As this series opened up on Friday night, the Rangers held a four game lead in the loss column over the Astros with just 10 games left to be played. The Rangers have been a hot team winner of three straight and eight of their past ten games when they opened up this series on Friday. They met for a four game series in the middle of September with Texas sweeping all four games. Texas crushed Astros hitting as they pushed across 33 runs in the four games. They went into Oakland for a three game series prior to the start of this series and crushed Athletics pitching for a total of 26 runs in the three games.

The Houston Astros have tumbled down the AL West standings. Now they are in a fight for a playoff spot as the hold a narrow 1 ½ game lead over both the LA Angels and Minnesota Twins with just nine games left to be played. The Astros lost two of three to the Angels as they traveled to Texas. The team has also dropped seven of ten games.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

The Rangers DH leads the everyday hitters with a .303 batting average with 22 homers and 86 RBIs. He has crushed Astros pitching this year with a batting average of .358. Though he has been ice cold as Fielder is in a hitting slump going 2 of their past 24.

Texas Rangers 1B:

Mitch Moreland

Moreland has hits in five straight games including a three hit game on September 22nd. On the year he has a batting average of .285 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs.

Texas Rangers 3B:

Adrian Beltre

The veteran third baseman has been blistering hot for the month of September with a .326 batting average with three homers and 25 RBIs. His average is now up to .280 for the year with 16 homers and 70 RBIs.

Texas Rangers RF:

Shin Soo Choo

Choo has been hitting well for the month of September with a .410 hitting average. He has four multiple hits in his past eight games. On the year the Rangers right fielder is hitting .270 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Derek Holland

The lefty starter is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.75 and WHIP of 1.29. Holland looks to bounce back from a poor outing on September 20th where he allowed seven earned runs and seven hits over 4 1/3rd innings in a loss at home to Seattle.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

The Astros second baseman has been hot batting .400 over his past seven days. He has hit well at home with a .342 batting average with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

Houston Astros SS:

Marwin Gonzalez

Gonzalez has returned to the lineup after battling a finger problem. He is hitting .306 for the month of September.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros outfielder had a good series with the Angels with multiple hits in two of the three games.

Houston Astros P:

Collin McHugh

The Astros 28 year old right hander is 17-7 with an ERA of 3.93 and WHIP of 1.28. After back to back poor outings, McHugh had a good start on September 20th where he allowed one earned run and four hits in eight innings in a 5-1 home win to Oakland.

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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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2015 Major League Baseball Fantasy News September 16th 2015 – Recap

Walk Off Sacrifice Fly Moves Rangers into First Place in AL West

The Texas Rangers has a ½ game lead on the Houston Astros following a 6-5 home victory on Tuesday. Texas has won the first two games of this series as they belted 14 hits in the win in Game 2. The Rangers stormed out to the 4-0 lead after one inning but then allowed five runs in the next three innings to Houston until the Rangers tied it at 5-5 after four innings. The teams went scoreless into the bottom of the ninth when Mitch Moreland’s sac fly brought home the game winner. With the loss the Astros now holds the final wildcard spot in the AL by 1 ½ games over the Minnesota Twins by the 3 ½ games over the LA Angels.

Hank Conger:

The Astros catcher had a two hit game on Tuesday with a double, run scored and RBI. It has been a disappointing year at the plate for Conger with a batting average of .211 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs.

Evan Gattis:

The power hitting DH for the Astros had a hit and two RBIs in the defeat. He has struggled at the plate for the month of September with a .196 batting average. It has driven his season numbers down to .236 with 23 homers and 77 RBIs. The 23 home runs lead the Astros.

Colby Rasmus:

Rasmus had a hit, two walks and a run scored in Game 2 of this series. The left fielder is having a good month of September with a .314 batting average with two homers and four RBIs. He has multiple hits in two of his past three games.

Jake Marisnick:

The Houston centerfielder contributed on Tuesday with a hit, run scored and RBI. The second year Major Leaguer has produced for the month of September with a .368 hitting average with three homers and 8 RBIs.

Collin McHugh:

The 29th start for Collin McHugh was not a good one as the 28 year old lasted 3 2/3rd innings and allowed five earned runs and eight hits. The right hander has allowed ten earned runs over his past two starts working a total of nine innings. In that span he has allowed 19 baserunners for a WHIP over 2.

Delino DeShields Jr.:

The Rangers centerfielder contributed with two hits on Tuesday. He has hit the ball very well in his home ballpark with a batting average of .293.

Prince Fielder:

The Rangers DH leads the club with a .312 hitting average with 19 homers and 78 RBIs. He had a three hit game on Tuesday with an RBI. Fielder has multiple hits now in three straight games.

Adrian Beltre:

It was a monster game for Adrian Beltre at the plate with four hits and two RBIs. Beltre has multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Derek Holland:

Holland has started seven games for the Rangers and is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.77 and WHIP of 1.14. He struggled with a no decision on Tuesday by allowing five earned runs and ten hits in 5 2/3rd innings. Holland has served up ten earned runs, 19 hits and four walks over his past two starts logging 12 2/3rd innings of work.

Strasberg & Harper Lead Nationals Over Marlins—Gain Game on First Place Mets

The Washington Nationals moved within 8 ½ games of the New York Mets in the NL East race with a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. There are only 18 games remaining and the Mets magic number remains at 10. Washington is 9 games back of the Cubs in the wildcard race.

Bryce Harper:

The MVP candidate contributed with a three hit night with two homers in the game. He has moved his average up to .338 with 39 homers and 90 RBIs.

Stephen Strasberg:

The Nationals starter shut out the Philadelphia Phillies on one hit over eight innings in the victory.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy News September 14th 2015 – Recap

Prince Fielder’s Blast Pulls Rangers Within a ½ Game of Astros in AL West Race

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros began their critical three games series on Monday. Houston held a 1 ½ game lead over the Rangers in the AL West division. The Rangers with two runs in the eighth inning were able to defeat the Houston Astros 5-3 and are just a ½ game back of Houston in the AL West race with just 19 games remaining to be played.

Jose Altuve:

The Astros second baseman had two hits with a home run on Monday night. He has multiple hits in three straight games. Altuve has moved his batting average up to .314 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs.

Carlos Correa:

Correa had two hits and a run scored in the opener of this series. He had been battling a 4 for 23 batting slump that dropped his average to .276 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs.

Colby Rasmus:

Rasmus had two hits with an RBI on Monday. The Astros left fielder has multi hits in two straight and four of his past seven games. He is red hot for the month of September with a batting average of .364 over his past seven days.

Jake Marisnick:

The Houston centerfielder had a double with a run scored on Monday. He has hit well in September with a batting average of .357 with three homers. Marisnick has moved his average up to .236 with nine homers and 32 RBIs.

Scott Kazmir:

The Astros starter threw seven innings on Monday night and allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings and had a no decision. Houston is 1-7 in Scott Kazmir’s past eight starts. On the year Kazmir is 7-10 with an ERA of 2.63 and WHIP of 1.13.

Prince Fielder:

The Rangers DH has the game winning homer on Monday. He had two hits, three runs scored with a homer and two RBIs in the opening game of the series. He has multiple hits in two straight games. On the year Fielder is batting .309 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs.

Mitch Moreland:

Moreland had two hits with a homer and double in the victory. The Rangers first baseman had two RBIs. He is batting .289 for the season with 20 homers and 73 RBIs.

Adrian Beltre:

The veteran third baseman had a hit on Monday with a run scored. He has hits in four straight with two multi-hit games in that span.

Mike Napoli:

The former Boston Red Sox had a hit on Monday. He is having a poor 2015 campaign with a batting average of .215 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs.

Rougned Odor:

The Rangers second baseman had a hit with a double and RBI in the victory. Odor has his average up to .270 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs.

Cole Hamels:

Hamels worked seven innings on Monday and allowed three earned runs and seven hits over seven innings of work. The Rangers are 6-0 in Hamels past six starts. Overall Hamels is 9-8 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22.

Kershaw Shuts Down Rockies. Dodgers Lead Giants by 7 ½ games

The LA Dodgers held onto their 7 ½ game lead in the NL West with a 4-1 home victory to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. LA was led by another good outing by starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Clayton Kershaw:

The LA left hander threw seven innings and allowed just one run and three hits. He has held nine of his past ten opponents to one run or fewer.

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MLB Weekend Recap: The weekend of Double Homers

This weekend in the MLB showed some very volatile Fantasy Performances which means huge point totals (and huge profits) if you put together the right mix of players. In the fantasy world, pitchers benefit from low scoring games and hitters benefit from high scoring games so it is rare to see Fantasy MLB contests where both hitters and pitchers thrived, however that was the case this weekend.

Pitchers

The bluechip pitchers who got the start this weekend were Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, and Max Scherzer pitching for the Giants, Dodgers, and Nationals respectively. Starting with the biggest performance, Bumgarner managed to provide fantasy value despite the huge premium that came with including him your lineup. He pitched a complete game, allowing only one hit and pitching 9 strikeouts in the Giants win over the Padres. This earned him a total of 61.5 fantasy points.

Greinke fell just short of these numbers against the D-backs but it was still enough for the win. Zach Greinke pitched for 8 innings with 8 strikeouts, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, but no runs. His bullpen almost lost it in the last inning as the Dodgers won in a close 4-3. Greinke totaled 54.5 fantasy points.

Lastly, Scherzer earned 49.5 fantasy points in 8 innings against the Marlins accumulating 6 strikeouts. The Nationals won the game 5-0 and Scherzer delivered 49.5 fantasy points to your MLB Daily Fantasy Contest lineup.

Also performing well on the weekend for a lower salary level was Anthony DeSclafani with 52.0 fantasy points, Kyle Gibson of the Twins with 51.0 fantasy points, Rich Hill with 50.5 fantasy points, and Drew Smyly with 50.0 fantasy points. Though the focus always seems to be on the spotlight pitchers, these are the pitchers that win high stakes tournaments due to the fantasy value they deliver. If you can spend only 8000 on a pitcher like this as opposed to 14000 for Greinke, that allows you to attain higher quality hitters.

Hitters

The trend in MLB Fantasy consistency is that pitchers are reliable, yet hitters provide a high end value. With a pitcher, you can usually predict their point total within 10 points, however, hitters may end the day with all strikeouts and negative points, and they may end the day with 2 homers and 70 fantasy points.

This weekend had a couple players really blow up at each position. The first notable was Corey Seager of the Dodgers. He had a homer and double on his four hits against the Diamondbacks, totaling up 48 fantasy points and leading Short Stops on the weekend.

There were some big performances in the Outfield. Brett Gardner of the Yankees totaled 54.0 points on Saturday with 2 homers and 6 RBIs. On the opposing team, Jose Bautista hit two homers of his own for 53.5 fantasy points. The Yankees and Blue Jays had a double header on Saturday however so these point totals were in different games (meaning different MLB Daily Fantasy Tournaments). Also, relevant was Chris Coghlan of the Cubs who hit a homer and two triples all in the same game for 51.0 fantasy points.

Although this weekend may stand to argue, two homers in one game is not a normal statistical occurrence. David Ortiz added to the list of players who accomplished that feat on Saturday as he hit a couple out of the park and earned himself 51.0 fantasy points.

Yet the list still isn’t over. Add to that a couple third basement. Mike Moustakas of the Royals hit a couple homers with 9 RBI’s, leading the weekends fantasy totals with 68.5 fantasy points! Adrian Beltre hit two of his own but that only amounted to 50.5 fantasy points for him.

At second base, Jonathan Schoop hit two homers for 44.5 fantasy points on Sunday and at first base, CJ Cron from the Angels hit two of his own for 41.5 fantasy points. These two players provided huge fantasy value hitting those numbers as they came at such a low salary level. Surprisingly, no catchers were able to accomplish that feat as we usually see power hitting catchers such as Russell Martin, Brian Mccann, Nick Hundley, or Evan Gattis.

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