August 10 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Wednesday Evening Matchups

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Padres vs Pirates

Out of the starting lineup for three games due to a sore shoulder, Gregory Polanco provide a jolt in his return for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco’s three-run homer was the decisive blow in Tuesday’s 6-4 triumph for Pittsburgh against San Diego. Penciled in at the cleanup spot for the first time in his career, Polanco continued his breakout campaign with his 16th homer to keep the Pirates 2 1/2 games behind Miami for the second wild card in the National League. Andrew McCutchen showed signs of breaking out of his funk by reaching base four times, including a season-high three via the walk.

Padres rookie Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday and is 7-for-24 since his recall from the minors after batting .120 during his first stint with the team earlier in the season. San Diego sents Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose Ryan Vogelsong in a matchup of veteran right-handers.

Rays vs Blue Jays

J.A. Happ has provided quite the return on the Toronto Blue Jays’ investment this season. Signed to a three-year, $36 million deal in the offseason, Happ puts his string of a career-high nine straight victorious decisions on the line Wednesday versus the Rays. The 33-year-old’s 15 wins this season have comfortably surpassed his previous best total in 2009, although none have come at the expense of Tampa Bay. Happ settled for a pair of no-decisions versus the Rays in April before getting shredded for a career high-tying eight runs on seven hits in a 13-2 shellacking on May 16. Evan Longoria, who is batting .385 in his career against Happ, collected three hits and as many RBIs in Tuesday’s 9-2 victory over Toronto. The 30-year-old is 6-for-15 with two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in his last four games.

Yankees vs Red Sox

The Yankees are trying to balance moving the youth onto the roster while gracefully shuffling the veterans out the door, and Alex Rodriguez did not get into the game on Tuesday. The 14-time All-Star, who is set to be released by New York after Friday’s game, is expected to at least play on Thursday and could get an at-bat or two on Wednesday.

Reds vs Cardinals

Billy Hamilton is running wild on the basepaths and looks to increase his major league-leading steals total. The speedy Reds center fielder has stolen nine bases over his last three contests, including five in the first two games of this series, to increase his season total to 48. Hamilton, who is 6-for-11 with four walks and six runs scored during his three-game spree, is an astounding 20-for-22 stealing against Cardinals star Yadier Molina, who is considered one of the top throwing catchers in the game. Hamilton reached base four times and scored three runs to fuel Tuesday’s 7-4 win, which occurred one day after St. Louis staged a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to post a 5-4 victory. Molina went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday to improve to 7-for-14 over his last four games and has reached base in each of his last 22 contests.

Rockies vs Rangers

Prince Fielder, in his third season with the Rangers, is walking away from the game after undergoing neck surgery on July 29. It is the second surgical procedure on his neck in a 26-month span. The Rockies were without right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for the past two games. He’ll likely be held out once again on Wednesday.

Angels vs Cubs

Jason Hammel will be activated from the bereavement list to make the start and looks to improve upon his 6-1 record and 2.24 ERA at home. He has won four straight starts to set a career-high for wins after tossing six shutout innings against Miami on Aug. 2. The 33-year-old has allowed four runs and 16 hits in 24 innings during the winning streak and hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start since July 1. Hammel is 1-3 with a 6.59 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Angels, with the last meeting in 2013.

Astros vs Twins

Dallas Keuchel tossed his first shutout of the season in his last turn and looks to post a second consecutive strong outing. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner gave up just three hits in a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers while recording his fourth career shutout. Keuchel has experienced a bumpy campaign and was rocked for seven runs in five innings by Detroit in his previous turn. Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 in Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Twins after being rested Monday to end his consecutive games streak to 202. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games behind the red-hot Brian Dozier, whose solo shot and two RBIs on Tuesday gave him six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

Braves vs Brewers

Braves Erick Aybar carries a 14-game hitting streak. He has provided a breath of fresh air for his cellar-dwelling club. Aybar collected two singles in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory for Atlanta, which has won four in a row and six of seven overall. The 32-year-old Dominican traditionally has struggled versus the Brewers, going 8-for-36 in nine career encounters and 0-for-3 versus Wednesday starter Chase Anderson. Ryan Braun went deep on Tuesday for the fourth time in seven outings, during which he has recorded 11 RBIs.

White Sox vs Royals

Jose Quintana has won nine games in each of the last three seasons and will look to reach double-digit victories for the first time against the Royals. He lost six consecutive starts while receiving a total of eight runs of support earlier this season, but he is 4-0 since July 3 thanks to some increased offensive support. Losers of 12 of its last 17 overall, Kansas City sends Ian Kennedy to the mound to face Quintana.

Orioles vs Athletics

Baltimore had just three hits in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss with the run coming on a homer by center fielder Adam Jones, who has five hits in the series and is 11-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak. Orioles All-Star right fielder Mark Trumbo, who is tied for the major-league lead with 31 homers, is just 7-for-57 with one blast over his past 15 contests.

Tigers vs Mariners

Two former American League Cy Young Award winners will square off in Seattle. Detroit sends 2011 winner Justin Verlander, who also was the AL MVP that season, to the mound against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who captured the Cy Young the previous year. Verlander has won each of his last five decisions and recorded at least nine strikeouts in four of his last five outings overall, while Hernandez is 2-0 in four turns since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list.

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Fantasy Baseball ALDS Preview – Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals

It’s the MLB playoffs and cash draft contests are getting hotter than ever. Fantasy Baseball brings us closer together, as we watch our Fantasy Teams battle in the field of glory. One series that will begin Thursday is the ALDS between the Houston Astros (86-76) and the Kansas City Royals (95-67). The Astros won their ALWC game against the Yankees with stellar pitching from Dallas Keuchel. It was 10 years ago that they have made their last division series, and that was in the national league. The Royals on the other end want to get back to the World Series after losing it last year to the San Francisco Giants. Both team met eachother in the regular season 6 time with Houston winning 4 games. Let’s get to the matchups:

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Houston Astros Kansas City Royals
October 8 7:30 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium RHP Collin McHugh (19-7, 3.89 ERA)*

Away this season (7-4, 4.05 ERA)

 

RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA)*

Vs Astros this season (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

At Home this season (7-5, 3.84 ERA)

October 9 3:30 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium LHP Scott Kazmir (7-11, 3.10 ERA)*

Vs Royals this season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Away this season(1-4, 3.38 ERA)

RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA)*

At Home this season (3-3, 4.50 ERA)

October 11 4 PM ET

at Minute Maid Park

LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA)*

Vs Royals this season (1-1, 3.17 ERA)

At Home this season (15-0, 1.46 ERA)

RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA)*

Vs Royals this season (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

Away this season (5-5, 3.61 ERA)

October 12 TBD

at Minute Maid Park

 

RHP Lance McCullers (6-7, 3.22 ERA)

Vs Royals this season (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

At Home this season (4-1, 1.86 ERA)

RHP Kris Medlen(6-2, 4.01 ERA)

Away this season (5-0, 1.20 ERA)

October 14 TBD

at Kauffman Stadium

RHP Collin McHugh RHP Yordano Ventura
(*)Confirmed

Series Fantasy Value Picks:

P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – Season: 20-8, 2.48 ERA, 216 Strikeouts

Keuchel is unbeatable at Minute Maid Park. It will be hard to believe he will ever lose again there. Until that day comes, he will be an obvious pick every time he pitch there. Game 3 of the series will be his next start.

1B Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals – Season: .290 AVG, 81 Runs, 22 HR’s, 106 RBI’s

Morales leads the team in RBI’s. He was exceptionally good in September hitting .323 with 7 home runs and and 22 runs scored. The Royals will rely on him to produce more points for them during the post-season.

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros – Season: .313 AVG, 86 Runs, 15 HR’s, 66 RBI’s

Altuve finished once again as the leader in the league for stolen bases with 38. There is no better second basemen right now than Altuve. He is on top of his game at the plate and on the field. Cash Draft managers will want him on their team every day.

SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros – Season: .279 AVG, 52 Runs, 22 HR’s, 68 RBI’s

Correa showed that he’s a true fantasy option at shortstop this year. He is the favorite to win the A.L. rookie of the year award. The 21 year-old is sitting comfortably third in the lineup, and with Altuve and Springer in front of him, the RBI’s will keep coming.

3B Luis Valbuena – Houston Astros – Season: .224 AVG, 62 Runs, 25 HR’s, 56 RBI’s

Valbuena knocked a suprising 25 dingers this year. There has been quite a few shakeups this year at third base with Jed Lowrie getting so play time at the end of the season. But power is never a bad thing and Valbuena will deliver them, especially at hitter friendly Minute Maid Park.

OF Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals – Season: .308 AVG, 101 Runs, 16 HR’s, 72 RBI’s

Cain is a fabulous hitter with a lot of speed. At home, he holds a batting average of .337 with 55 runs, 9 homers and 46 RBI’s. The center fielder had great performances against the Astros this season. He has a .389 average against them.

Series Prediction: Houston Astros in 4 Games

 

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Daily Fantasy Baseball ALWC Preview – Houston Astros vs New York Yankees

The road to the World Series begins now. One day fantasy baseball will continue with deeper and more in-depth selection as the numbers of MLB matchups dwindles down from here on out. Fantasy Baseball managers, this is your time to shine. The playoffs begins Sunday with the American League Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers returns to the post-season after missing it the last two years, while the Astros will try to reach the ALDS and become the first team to make it there in both the National and American league.

The season series went to the Astros, who won 4 out of the 7 matchups this season. Houston also defeated New York twice in the three game series at Yankee stadium back on August. The winners of this showdown will move on to face the Kansas City Royals. You can follow the game this Tuesday on ESPN at 8pm Eastern Time.

Pitching matchup: Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel (20-8) vs New York Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (12-7)

Dallas Keuchel has been lights out when pitching at home this year, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be pitching on enemy territory for the Wild Card game. The Yanks will be sending their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. He has struggled in his last two starts though. The Japanese has been dealing with a hamstring strain in the last week. But he will have rested for six days when the game starts. Both of those pitchers will make their post-season debut.

Tanaka has faced the Astros once this year. He has allowed 7 hits and 6 earned run while striking out 5 during 5 innings of work in that contest. He was rewarded with a no-decision after the Yankees came back in the last two innings. Keuchel had more success than his counterpart. He has defeated the Yankees twice in two games this season, giving up 9 hits and no run with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA in away game, Keuchel would’ve been a sure thing. He’s still a reliable fantasy pick for Tuesday.

Catchers: Houston Astros Jason Castro vs New York Yankees Brian McCann

It’s hard to argue with this one. Brian McCann is the meat and bone of the Yankees power offense, this year. His numbers show it, with 94 RBI’s and 26 home runs. He’s still batting a meager .232. Jason Castro has 11 homers and 31 RBI’s with a .211 average.

First basemen: Houston Astros Chris Carter vs New York Yankees Greg Bird

Greg Bird is the revelation of the year for the Yankees. He came up from the minors in August to replace the injured Mark Teixeira and produced 11 homers with 31 RBI’s while hitting .261 in 46 games. Not bad for the rookie Bird. Chris Carter has been all muscle, no finesse in his approach this year. He has collected 64 RBI’s and 24 home runs with a .199 average. Carter is more productive against the opponent’s pitcher, hitting a perfect 1.000 average in 2 at-bats. You can count a dinger and 2 RBI’s in those meetings.

Second basemen: Houston Astros Jose Altuve vs New York Yankees Rob Refsnyder

Jose Altuve is the A.L. stolen base leader in the past two years. He has warranted his spot as the best second baseman playing in fantasy baseball right now. This season, he has gathered a .313 batting average with 66 RBI’s, 15 homers and 38 stolen bases. On the other team, you have rookie Rob Refsnyder, who has done well hitting .302 at the bottom of the order. He holds 2 long balls and 5 RBI’s this season.

Third basemen: Houston Astros Jed Lowrie vs New York Yankees Chase Headley & Alex Rodriguez

After missing more than a year of Major League Baseball, A-Rod came back hammering the baseball with force. He has completed the season with 33 homers and 86 RBI’s while hitting .250. Think what you may about him, he’s still has a lot of fantasy value left in him. Former Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie had one of his worst seasons. A .222 average with 1 homer and 5 RBI’s is not good enough, especially when batting in the middle of the order. It doesn’t look like Chase Headley will be able to emulate his 2012 amazing season. It just seems to go downhill for the 31 year-old. He had 11 home runs and 62 RBI’s with a .259 average in the course of the season. He holds one blast and 3 RBI’s against Keuchel. But none of it came this year, as he got flat out blanked by the lefty in 2015.

Shortstops: Houston Astros Carlos Correa vs New York Yankees Didi Gregorius

Carlos Correa is a definite contender for the A.L. rookie of the year award and could likely win it. He has proven all doubters that he deserved being picked first overall in the 2012 MLB draft. The Puerto Rican led all American League rookies in home run this season. He has compiled a 22 homers, 14 stolen bases, 68 RBI’s and a .279 average all year. Didi Gregorius has increased his numbers this year, acquiring 56 RBI’s, 9 deep flies and a .265 batting average. There is still room for improvement.

Outfielders: Houston Astros George Springer, Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus & Carlos Gomez vs New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young & Carlos Beltran

The Houston Astros have built themselves a nice outfield group during the last offseason. The big designated hitter Evan Gattis came in a trade from Atlanta, and has racked up 27 homers, 88 RBI’s and a .246 average. Colby Rasmus had a bounce back season with 25 home runs, 61 RBI’s and batting .238 this year. Carlos Gomez didn’t have has much stolen bases this season has opposed to the last few. He has finished the year hitting .255 while collecting 12 homers, 56 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases. George Springer finally made the starting lineup this year. The 2011 Astros first round pick 41 RBI’s, 16 stolen bases and 16 home runs while batting for .276.

It’s a more aged group of outfielder that the Yankees assembled this year. At 38 years-old, it’s hard to believe that Carlos Beltran can still give in solid numbers. Well he did, batting .276 with 19 home run and 67 RBI’s.  Jacoby Ellsbury saw his number digress this season with 21 stolen bases, 33 RBI’s, and 7 home runs with an average of .257. To make matters worse, he is currently dealing with an injured back. Chris Young, the batter of choice against lefties for the Yanks, has acquired 14 blast, 42 RBI’s and an average of .252. He has faced Keuchel exactly 20 times, and has collected 6 hits against the southpaw.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Greg Bird – New York Yankees

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros

3B Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros

OF George Springer – Houston Astros

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Chris Young –New York Yankees

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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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Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

Luck of the draw on Pitchers

This weekends fantasy MLB action was defined by some unexpected results from the mound. The pitcher position is the most consistent position in MLB Daily Fantasy since high priced pitchers typically hit their value and low priced pitchers often leave you in the hole (although obviously there are outliers). This weekend however showed much different results as the performance of pitchers appears to be completely independent of their set salary.

The Blue Chips

Let’s start with the high priced pitchers who did what they were supposed to do, brought value to your fantasy lineup as a reward for spending such a premium. On Saturday, Jake Arrieta continued to bring pitching dominance to the Cubs young roster. He pitched 8 innings with 7 strikeouts, allowing no runs and only 4 hits. He may have continued into the 9th for the complete game shutout but he had already thrown 116 pitches up to that point. His Bullpen however was able to finish the job for a 2-0 win over the DBacks. Arrieta finished the day with 52.5 fantasy points under Fanpicks scoring.

On Sunday, Dallas Keuchel scored 57.5 fantasy points in 8 innings as well, but he did it in a much different fashion. He allowed the Twins 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs but he also pitched 12 strikeouts. The Astros won 8-5 giving Keuchel the win bonus.

The Chokers

Almost more important to look at is the high valued pitchers that choked this weekend. If you spend $10000+ on a pitcher and they come up short, you can all but guarantee your lineup is in trouble. The worst pitcher pick of the weekend was Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians. In Saturday’s game against Detroit, he was pulled after only 3.2 innings after he allowed 8 hits and 6 earned runs. He ended the day with -4.5 fantasy points and doomed your chances of cashing in in any MLB Daily Fantasy Tournament.

Another pitcher who failed to hit his value was Chris Archer of the Rays. What was interesting here is that he was able to shut the Yankees out for 5 innings allowing only one hit, but when things went bad for him, they went bad. With two on base in the 5th, Brian Mccann hit one out of the park. The very next pitch, ARod hit a homer for himself putting the Yankees ahead 4-3. Archer ended the day with 20.5 fantasy points (far below his value) and the Rays lost 4-6.

Value Picks

The key to winning MLB Daily Fantasy Contests however is picking low priced pitchers who end up having big results. These are the value picks and there were a couple great ones this weekend. Ervin Santana of the Twins actually had the highest fantasy total of any pitcher of the weekend and he was only priced a meer $5000 on most daily fantasy sites. He totaled 60.5 fantasy points in the Twins win over Houston accumulating 11 strikeouts over 8 innings and allowing 6 hits and 1 run.

Also with a big performance this weekend was Wade Miley of the Red Sox. He pitched a complete game against the Phillies allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, but pitching 8 strikeouts. If you haven’t noticed yet, strikeouts are huge in creating fantasy value. The hitters did their job as well and the Red Sox won 9-2 over the Phillies. He totaled 52.5 points, the same as Jake Arrieta, but he came at about half of the salary.

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