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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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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Major League Baseball Playoffs Wednesday Fantasy Picks 10-21-2015

Kansas City Royals versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 5 MLB ALCS Fantasy League Picks 10-21-2015

The Kansas City Royals are one win away from advancing to the World Series as they face the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday afternoon October 21st. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to FOX Sports 1 at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Kansas City Royals SS:

Alcides Escobar

The Royals shortstop is batting .417 in the postseason with five extra base hits and five RBIs in his 36 at bats. In the win in Game 4 Escobar was huge with two hits a run scored and four RBIs.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain has hit .294 in the playoffs and driven in seven runs. He had a two hit game with three RBIs on Tuesday.

Kansas City Royals RF:

Alex Rios

The KC 34 year old had a three hit game on Tuesday with a homer and an RBI in the victory. In the playoffs Rios has a .296 batting average.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez will make his third postseason start on Wednesday. The right hander is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.31 and WHIP of 1.29. He last worked on October 16th against Toronto and allowed no earned runs and two hits over six inning of work. He has walked four batters in each start.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander in two playoff starts is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.09 and WHIP of 0.94. He took the loss on October 16th at Kansas City as he allowed three earned runs and six hits over 5 1/3rd innings of work.

MLB Playoffs Fantasy Picks

P: Marco Estrada (Blue Jays)
3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

Royals/Blue Jays Game 4 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals took a 3-1 series lead in the ALCS as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 on Tuesday by the score of 14-2. The Royals were able to chase Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey after just 1 2/3rd innings as they scored five runs including two homers off the knuckle ball pitcher. The Royals slugged 15 hits in the win. Starter Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3rd innings and gave up two earned runs and three hits and came just 1/3rd of an inning from earning the win.

New York Mets versus Chicago Cubs Game 4 MLB NLCS Fantasy Cash League Picks 10-21 -2015

The New York Mets are looking for the series sweep as they face the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night October 21st. DFS draft GM’s can tune to TBS at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league roster picks.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy has been red hot in the playoffs as he had a home run on Tuesday for his fifth straight long ball in the playoffs.

New York Mets 3B:

David Wright

The veteran third baseman had three hits with two runs scored in Game 3. He had been in a 2 for 23 slump in the playoffs.

New York Mets LF:

Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes had three hits with two RBIs in the Tuesday win.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz had one start in the post season and allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings as he took the loss in a 3-1 home defeat to the LA Dodgers.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jason Hammel

The Cubs right hander worked one game in the playoffs and it was on October 13th where he allowed two earned runs and three hits with three walks over three innings of work at home to St Louis.

MLB Playoffs Best Fantasy Picks

P: Steven Matz (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)

Mets/Cubs Game 3 Recap

The New York Mets took the 3-0 series lead in this best of seven NLCS series after the 5-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs on the road in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Chicago has scored no more than two runs so far in the first three games of this series. The Mets starter Jacob DeGrom threw seven innings and allowed two earned runs and four hits to earn the win. The Mets bullpen pitched two scoreless innings and still haven’t allowed a run in this series. The Mets had 11 hits in the victory. Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks lasted just four innings as the hurler allowed two earned runs and five hits. The Cubs bullpen surrendered three runs and lost the game.

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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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Cubs Slide–Loss on Wednesday is their 6th in 8 Games. Starters Taxing Bullpen

The Cubs rallied to tie the Reds with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Then in the top of the ninth the Cubs surrendered three runs to Cincinnati to fall 7-4. Things were looking great for Chicago’s playoff chances. After a bad west coast trip and some shoddy play at home Chicago has fallen to 76-57 with 30 games left and has a six game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the final playoff spot. Good thing for Chicago that the Dodgers have played well in their series with San Francisco or the Cubs lead would be shorter. The Chicago pitching has to raise some concern. They have allowed 24 runs in three games to the Reds. They get an off day on Thursday then welcome Arizona into town on Friday.

Jason Hammel: The Cubs starter on Wednesday had another short stint on the mound. In five innings he allowed four earned runs and seven hits as he escaped with a no decision. Last Friday night in LA Hammel worked just five innings in a loss. He had trouble with his command walking three.

Dan Haren: The veteran taxed the Cubs bullpen on Tuesday pitching just five innings before getting yanked out of the game and he received a no decision for his efforts.

Kyle Hendricks: There was no off day for Chicago following the conclusion of their west coast trip on Sunday night baseball. So they returned to work on Monday with Kyle Hendricks taking the hill for the Cubs. This began the trend of starters taxing the bullpen. Hendricks lasted just five innings allowing three earned runs and walking three. Cincinnati then went on to push across ten runs on the Chicago bullpen.

The Bronx Bombers Put up Double Digits for the 3rd Time in 6 Games.

It was another run outburst for the New York Yankees as they pushed across 13 runs in their victory on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Back on August 30th the Yankees scored 20 runs on the Braves. Two days earlier on the Braves, New York had scored 15 runs. They get an off day on Thursday before hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Stephen Drew: After a huge two RBI double which was key to the win on Tuesday, Drew had a three hit and three RBI game on Wednesday. He hit his 17th homer of the year.

Alex Rodriguez: The DH was mired in a huge slump in August. On Wednesday ARod contributed with a hit and two RBIs.

Carlos Beltran: The veteran right fielder added a home run and two RBIs in the victory.

Didi Gregorius: The Yankees shortstop has shown great improvement at the plate in recent months. His batting average is up to .272 after two hits with a solo home run on Wednesday.

Gregory Bird: The first baseman now has his average up to .254 with a two hit game and two RBIs in the victory. Bird had his third homer of the season.

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