MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Top 20 Performers

May 13th 2016

There is no Friday the 13th curse at FanPicks (click to play) , We’ve got all 16 fantasy baseball matchups set-up in the lobby various contest. Start your MLB fantasy baseball picks early, as it starts at 2:20pm ET with the Pittsburgh Pirates visiting the Chicago Cubs. After winning eight straight game, which all started with a sweep of the Bucs, the Cubs dropped two. The best team in MLB this season will try to steer back into the right direction putting 4-0, 1.85 ERA pitcher Jason Hammel on the mound. Pittsburgh will counter with Francisco Liriano. The mismatch game for today is between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. Leagues win leader, White Sox Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA), faces-off against underwhelming Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12 ERA). All 30 teams will be in action on the eve of the weekend.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Games FP Avg Four Games FP Avg Ten Games FP Avg
Matt Holliday OF STL @LAD 57 32 20.2 10.9
Steven Wright P BOS HOU 56.5 43 39.2 26.1
Francisco Liriano P PIT @CHC 49 36.2 25.2 24.3
Matt Harvey P NYM @COL 46.5 32.7 26.9 21.5
Chris Sale P CWS @NYY 46.5 42 45.8 30.1
Justin Verlander P DET @BAL 45 23.8 29.9 19.7
Tom Koehler P MIA @WAS 40 13.3 13.1 16.5
Jeff Samardzija P SF @ARI 39.5 39.8 34.5 25.6
Charlie Blackmon OF COL NYM 39 17.8 12.4 11.3
Nathan Karns P SEA LAA 39 37 32.3 19.5
Bryan Holaday C TEX TOR 38.5 20.5 13.4 7.8
Odubel Herrera OF PHI CIN 37.5 15.2 14.5 10.9
Melvin Upton Jr OF SD @MIL 35.5 21.7 14 8.2
Matt Carpenter 3B STL @LAD 35.5 26.8 26.8 14.5
Jonathan Gray P COL NYM 34.5 23.7 19.1 12.4
Nolan Arenado 3B COL NYM 33 11.8 12.9 14
Chris Tillman P BAL DET 33 44.5 29.9 24.2
Chase Headley 3B NYY CWS 33 14.7 10.6 6.2
Jimmy Rollins SS CWS @NYY 33 16.8 12.9 11

MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Notables

  • Chris Sale is the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland captured his first eight in 2005.
  • Tigers starter Justin Verlander is 7-0, with a 2.84 ERA in eight career starts at Camden Yards. He’s also posted 43 strikeouts.
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Fantasy Baseball Draft Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds

Dominate your competition with our Fantasy Baseball Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Pirates won 98 games last season, posting the Major League Baseball second-best record and reaching the postseason for the third straight year. But they couldn’t quite solve the Reds, the National League Central’s last-place team a year ago. Looking to stay atop an increasingly competitive division, Pittsburgh must first improve its record versus Cincinnati. The Bucs will get their first shot to do so today at Great American Ball Park, where they will open their season series against the Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Reds defeated the Pirates in 11 of their 19 meetings last season, despite concluding the year 64-98. Cincinnati swept the clubs’ first series a year ago back in their home field, the Great American Ball Park, while pulling out three victories by a total of five runs. The Reds will be looking to start the season 4-0 for the second straight year. Pittsburgh will send their Opening Day starter, Francisco Liriano, to the mound.  Liriano struck out 10 and walked five over six scoreless innings in a win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Despite Pittsburgh woes against Cincinnati, they will be able to count on Liriano who has been lights-out against the Reds current crop of hitters. All 13 Cincinnati players who have faced Liriano, own a collective .212/.307/.321 batting line against him. Catcher Devin Mesoraco has fared better than the rest against the Pirates lefty, going 5-for-13 with seven walks and only two strikeouts. Opposing Liriano will be right-hander Alfredo Simon who prepares to make his season debut for the Reds.

Pittsburgh manager, Clint Hurdle, used the same starting lineup in each of their first three games when they faced the Cardinals. John Jaso was batting leadoff and Andrew McCutchen followed against the trio of right-handed St. Louis starting pitchers. Coming off an off-day Thursday, expect to see the same order deployed against Simon. The 34 years-old Simon has faced McCutchen and Starling Marte in 32 and 31 plate appearances respectively. The most than any other hitters he faced in his eight-year career. McCutchen carry a 7-for-26 with a homer against the Dominican pitcher, while Marte is 9-for-27 with two doubles.

You can expect catcher Devin Mesoraco, shortstop Zack Cozart and center fielder Billy Hamilton to make their returns to the Reds’ starting lineup. All three were given a break on Thursday as manager Bryan Price is trying to ease all three back into action after they had major surgeries in 2015. One piece missing will be second baseman, Brandon Phillips, who is day-to-day with a stomach bug and already missed the past two Reds games.

Top Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks

P Francisco Liriano (PIT)

OF Gregory Polanco (PIT)

OF Jay Bruce (CIN)

 

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