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Seattle Mariners vs Los Angeles Angels – 6/27/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
A couple of AL West clubs get together over national television on Saturday as the Seattle Mariners meet the LA Angels on June 27th. Follow your MLB draft rosters at 7:15PM Eastern Time from Anaheim over FOX TV.
As these two clubs opened up their weekend series on Friday it was Anaheim winning four of the six previous meetings of the year between these clubs.
It has been a disappointing year for the Mariners as the club is 33-40 heading into Game 1 of this series. The Seattle offense has been anemic as the club is 30th and last in batting average (.231) and 29th and second last in MLB in runs scored per game (3.40).
The Angels have been hovering around the .500 mark for some time now. They enter this series at 37-36. The have had trouble scoring runs pushing across just 12 runs total over their past five games. The team ranks in the lower third of the league in the major offensive categories.
Seattle Mariners RF: Nelson Cruz is the only everyday Mariners player with a batting average over .300 as he is batting .303 with 19 homers and 44 RBIs. He looks to break out of a 10 for 49 batting slump as this series opens on Friday.
Seattle Mariners 3B: Kyle Seager is hitting .265 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs. He doesn’t draw many walks with an on base percentage of .319. Seager is also battling a slump as he is 4 for 24 as they took the field on Friday night.
Seattle Mariners DH: Seth Smith is batting just .261 with six homers and 18 RBIs season to date. He has moved up his batting average in recent games with a hitting average of .280 over his past fifteen games.
Seattle Mariners CF: Austin Jackson is batting .256 with three homers and 13 RBIs. Jackson is slumping right now as he is 4 for his past 26.
Seattle Mariners 1B: Another slumping Mariner is their first basemen Logan Morris who is 5 of his past 26 as his batting average has dropped to .248 on the campaign. Morris has nine homers and 25 RBIs.
Seattle Mariners 2B: Robinson Cano is battling a major slump in his second season with the Mariners since coming over from the Yankees. Cano is batting .246 on the year with only three homers and 23 RBIs.
Seattle Mariners SS: Add Brad Miller to the slump wagon for Seattle as he is 3 for his past 23 as he took the field on Friday night.
Seattle Mariners P: J.A. Happ is 3-4 on the campaign with an ERA of 3.78 and WHIP of 1.36 in his 78 2/3rds inning of work. In his previous start Happ allowed two earned runs in five hits in a loss to Houston. Happ is 0-3 in his past three starts.
LA Angels RF: Sadly no LA Angels everyday player is hitting at least .300 this season. Mike Trout is close as he enters Friday with a mark of .296 with 18 homers and 41 RBIs. Trout is on a .340 tear the past fifteen games.
LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols has had a great month of June. He has raised his average to .272 with 23 homers and 47 RBIs on the campaign. Pujols has seven homers over his past 15 games as the weather is heating up in Anaheim making the balls fly out of the park.
LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella is batting .266 with three homers and 26 RBIs. Giovotella has heated up in June after a very slow start to the season.
LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun is battling a 5 for 28 batting slump. His average has dropped down to .262 on the campaign. He has six homers and 32 RBIs this year.
LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is batting .333 over his past seven games. He is coming off a 3 hit game on Wednesday.
LA Angels P: Garrett Richards is 7-5 on the year with an ERA of 3.66 and WHIP of 1.26. He rebounded with three good starts after his poor outing June 6th in New York where he couldn’t get out of the first inning by giving up six earned runs.
Fantasy Baseball Best Draft Manager Tips
P: Garrett Richards (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
RF: Nelson Crus (Angels)
3B: Kyle Seager (Mariners)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 6-25-15
Pitcher: Adam Warren
Left Field: Brett Gardner
Designated Hitter: Alex Rodriguez
Second Base: Jose Altuve
Catcher: Brian McCann
ShortStop: Jed Lowrie
NY Yankees vs Houston Astros – 6/25/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
Following a just completed home stand the New York Yankees embark on a weekend road trip to the state of Texas to meet the first place Houston Astros. MLB fantasy draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their rosters.
The Yankees were able to salvage the final game of a three game home series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday by the score of 10-2. The Yankees pitching turned around after allowing 11 runs in each of the first two games of this series. Ironically the Yankees allowed 12 runs in the final game of their series against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. That’s a total of 34 runs in three games given up by Yankees pitching before their victory on Wednesday.
The Houston Astros will host the Yankees sitting in first place in the AL West division. The club has gotten pretty good pitching as they sit with the best WHIP in baseball at 1.18. This means that Astros pitching staff does not allow too many baserunners.
New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner leads the everyday players with a .292 batting average with nine homers and 38 RBIs. He is hitting .516 over his past seven games with four homers.
New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez after his one year absence from the club has contributed greatly to the team’s tenure near the top of the AL East division. Rodriguez is batting .290 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs. He is on a .440 tear over his past seven games with three homers and 10 RBIs.
New York Yankees C: Brian McCann like many of the top hitters on the Yankees is on a tear in the month of June. McCann is hitting .328 for the month with three homers. He has moved up his average to .275 with 11 homers and 45 RBIs season to date.
New York Yankees 1B: Veteran Mark Teixeira has produced run producing numbers for the Yankees despite a .259 batting average. Teixeira has 18 homers and 51 RBIs season to date. He is coming off a three hit game on Wednesday in his first game since missing two contests due to a neck ailment.
New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley is on a .346 tear over his past seven games. He has moved up his average to .258 on the campaign. Headley has produced seven homers and 27 RBIs on the year.
New York Yankees RF: Veteran Carlos Beltran is hot at the plate with a .455 batting average with three homers over his past seven games.
New York Yankees P: Adam Warren enters play with a record of 5-4 over his 13 starts with an ERA of 3.62 and WHIP of 1.21. Warren has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his past six starts.
Houston Astros 2B: Jose Altuve is batting .287 on the campaign with five homers and 29 RBIs. He has been slumping of late going 4 for his past 23 at the plate.
Houston Astros SS: Jed Lowrie enters play with a batting average of .300 with four homers and 10 RBIs. Lowrie is hot now with a .476 batting average over his past seven games.
Houston Astros RF: George Springer is now hitting .385 over his past fifteen games with four homers. On the season Springer has hit 12 homers with 26 RBIs. His .274 season average is 33 points higher than the 2013 campaign.
Houston Astros DH: Evan Gattis isn’t hitting for average with a .228 batting mark entering play. Gattis has produced power and run production with 13 homers and 43 RBIs season to date.
Houston Astros P: Dallas Keuchel is having a good season for the Astros with a record of 8-3, an ERA of 2.35 and WHIP of 0.98. He has worked 107 1/3rd innings thus far on the year. He looks to rebound after a poor outing at Seattle where he allowed five earned runs over six innings in defeat.
How to pick a Baseball Fantasy Draft Roster
P: Adam Warren (Yankees)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
2B: Jose Altuve (Astros)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
SS: Jed Lowrie (Astros)
LA Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs – 6/24/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs will meet in Game 3 of their four game series set for Wednesday June 24th. MLB Fantasy draft managers can check out the results of their rosters at 8PM Eastern Time from Wrigley Field over ESPN2.
The Dodgers continued their slump on the road as they are held scoreless for ten innings in a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday to the Cubs. LA is now 12-20 on the road and the club has lost seven of their past nine games following the Tuesday result. In the first two games of their road trip in Chicago, LA has pushed across just two runs total. The Dodgers bats have quieted in recent games as the club now sits 15th in the league in team batting average (.255).
The Cubs are a hot team winners of four straight as their pitching staff has allowed just three runs total in that span. Chicago pitching has performed well while the bats need to step up. The Cubs have a team batting average of .244 ranking 22nd in MLB.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez is fighting through a 6 of 28 slump as he has seen his average fall below .300 to .297 on the campaign. He has posted 12 homers and 45 RBIs on the year.
LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is 0 for 8 in the first two games of this four game series. On the year the veteran is batting .277 with six homers and 28 RBIs. His slugging percentage has fallen to .402 as he has no extra base hits over his past ten games.
LA Dodgers CF: Joc Pederson leads the Dodgers in homers with 19 on the season. His high strikeout numbers have contributed to a batting average of just .248. He broke a four game hit streak with a 0 for 4 on Tuesday.
LA Dodgers LF: Andre Eithier is on a 2 of 15 slump entering Wednesday’s game. His batting average has dropped to .269. Eithier has produced nine homers and 27 RBIs with a .477 slugging percentage on the year.
LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal is hitting .270 with ten homers and 26 RBIs. He has improved his hitting numbers on the Dodgers after being acquired from the Padres. He had two homers on Sunday’s win against the Giants.
LA Dodgers P: Mike Bolsinger is 4-2 in nine starts with an ERA of 2.87 and WHIP of 1.20. He was roughed up last time out on Friday and he took the loss giving up five runs in 5 1/3rd innings against the Giants.
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo takes a five game hitting streak into Wednesday. Three games were multi-hit performances. On the year Rizzo is batting .309 with 15 homers and 43 RBIs. He has a .582 slugging percentage.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Chris Bryant is hitting .278 on the campaign with 10 homers and 42 RBIs. Bryant is 2 for 6 in this series with two homers and three RBIs.
Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro is hitting .264 with five homers and 35 RBIs. He is battling a 0 for 8 slump in the Dodgers series.
Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan is having a good June with a batting average of .308. He has raised his average up to .251 and has eight homers with 18 RBIs season to date.
Chicago Cubs CF: Dexter Fowler is just 6 of his past 28 at bats. He is listed as day to day with an ankle in injury. Fowler appeared as a pinch hitter on Tuesday and drew a walk.
Chicago Cubs P: Second year man Kyle Hendricks is 2-3 on the year with an ERA of 4.28 and WHIP of 1.24. He looks to rebound after a poor start where he allowed six earned runs in five innings in a loss at Minnesota.
MLB Cash Real Money Fantasy League Tips
P: Mike Bolsinger (Dodgers)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
3B: Chris Bryant (Cubs)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Ben Roethlisberger
The Pittsburgh Steelers were the number one passing team in the NFL a season ago as the club threw for 301 yards per game. Ben Roethlisberger has logged in 12 seasons under center for the team and is coming off one his better seasons as a pro. In 2014 Big Ben completed 67% of his throws for 4952 yards with 32 touchdowns and 9 picks. He ended the year with a quarterback rating of 103.3. Big Ben had a terrific close to the 2014 campaign as the club went 6-2 and he passed for over 2500 yards total in those games. Still good news on the offensive side of the football as Roethlisberger surrendered his lowest sack total in nine years.
Antonio Brown led the Steelers receiving corps as the six year pro caught 129 passes for 1698 yards with 13 touchdowns. Brown is under contract through the 2017 season as he signed a five year extension following his Pro Bowl year of 2012.
Second year man Martavis Bryant put up some impressive numbers for the Steelers in the second half of the year. In ten games he caught 26 passes for 549 yards with eight touchdowns. Bryant averaged 21 yards per catch in his rookie campaign in 2014.
Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller has been durable for the club. He played in all games in 2014 and has a consecutive game streak of 30 entering the new campaign. The veteran had 66 catches for 761 yards but just three touchdowns. With the Steelers size and length at their wide receiver position it appears Miller is not a main target near the end zone anymore. Miller still is an important piece for moving the sticks in those key third down plays where the tight end can get open over the middle.
In the third round of the draft the Steelers added wide receiver Sammie Coates as another weapon for Roethlisberger in the passing game. He played his college football at Auburn and has a quick burst of speed. His runs after the catches in college resulted in a very high 21 yards per reception mark with the Tigers in 2014. Coates was huge in Auburn’s 2014 game against bitter rival Alabama where he had two receiving touchdowns and 206 receiving yards.
The Steelers hired Todd Haley as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2012. It did not start very well but to Pittsburgh’s credit they stuck with the former Kansas City head coach as their offensive coordinator and he was able to raise Roethlisberger’s game. Big Ben went out of his way to confirm to the media about the good relationship he has with Haley.
The room for improvement will come from red zone efficiency. They put up 27.3 points a game which was seventh best in the NFL a season ago. But their red zone success was just 51.72% ranking in the bottom half of the league at 19th. Haley feels the team may be too reliant on their kicker Shaun Suisham. That is good news for fantasy football draft managers because the club’s offense isn’t content enough with their performance and still looking to improve themselves. During the Steelers OTA’s the club has worked on plays inside the red zone. Specifically, the club worked hard in goal to go situations where the Steelers struggled. The Steelers run game is not very respected so if the club can improve on the ground it opens up play action opportunities for Big Ben to complete more touchdown passes.
The Steelers third year running back Le’Veon Bell will have to be sidelined for three games during the beginning of the 2015 season with a substance abuse suspension. He was a key cog for Big Ben in the passing game as the running back caught 83 passes for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Bell averaged over 10 yards per reception a season ago. Ten year veteran DeAngelo Williams comes over from the Carolina Panthers in free agency. He was injury prone in 2014 as he missed ten games due to various injuries. He wasn’t asked to do much for the Panthers in the passing game during his tenure with the club.
Ben Roethlisberger 2015 Fantasy Football Draft Recommendation:
Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Cam Newton
The NFL 2015 season is on the way soon and now is the time for mock draft managers to get a leg up on the competition with comprehensive research to pave the way for a profitable campaign.
Today we look at Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his potential value for fantasy football roster selection. The Panthers made a huge financial commitment to Cam Newton notifying the league and fan base that he is their starting quarterback for years to come. Newton signed a five year $103.8 million dollar contract extension during the offseason
This was for a quarterback that is just 30-31-1 as a starter and 1-2 in the playoffs. Plus Newton cannot complete at least 60% of his passes as he falls just under that number at 59.5% completion percentage. That ranks him 23rd in the league in accuracy for one of the top five highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. The Panthers quarterback is very athletic and a threat to run. He takes tons of hits and has been prone to injury in the past. Newton had a healthy offseason but heading into the 2014 season Cam was coming into camp off ankle surgery.
Those who put their money on Cam Newton for cash leagues are banking on the fact they see upside on the Panthers quarterback about his ability to improve his skills. Also financial supporters are sold on his playmakers and his protection in the passing game. The leadership intangibles are there for Cam as he led the club to two consecutive playoff appearances and he is maturing as a player in this league.
The Carolina coaching staff is working on Newton’s mechanics heading into the 2015 season. He is a strong armed quarterback but his poor footwork has impacted his accuracy in the pocket. His four years in the league has improved his ability to read opposing defenses better and that’s a plus for him to have played under center in 62 games. Also 2014 was a rebuilding year for Carolina in the wide receiver position with the team allowing Steve Smith to walk and Cam losing his top four targets from the 2013 campaign.
In 2014 Newton hit on 58.5% of his throws for 3127 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 picks. He took a very high 38 sacks and his quarterback rating was 82.1%. His favorite target in the passing game was tight end Greg Olsen who caught 84 passes for 1008 yards and six touchdowns. His top target from the wide receiver position was Kelvin Benjamin who had 73 receptions for 1008 yards and nine touchdowns. Benjamin enters his second season in the NFL after a successful rookie campaign for the wide out from Florida St. The grind of the long NFL season may have taken a toll on Benjamin last year as the wide out averaged less than ten yards per reception over the final four games of the season including playoffs combined.
Cam Newton needs help in the receiver position. With their second pick in the NFL draft the team took former Michigan Wolverine wide out Devin Funchess. He is a big man who stands 6’ 4” tall weighs 232 pounds and has speed. Funchess is versatile as he can line up in the slot. The Panthers have good size in the passing game with Olsen and Benjamin standing 6’ 5” tall. Newton will have plenty of big targets to exploit undersized defensive backs in 2015 on critical third down and red zone plays. Additional receivers filling out the roster are veterans Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn Jr and Stephen Hill. The former New York Jet Hill is another big target that stands 6’ 4” tall and is entering just his fourth season in the pros.
To help in the offensive line the Panthers drafted in the fourth round right tackle in Daryl Williams from Oklahoma who stands 6’ 5” tall and weighs in at 327 pounds. Panthers center Ryan Kalil has logged in nine seasons in the NFL and is one of the best at the position.
The Panthers have given their young quarterback weapons to work with. Cam Newton is developing and improving under the center. The 2015 season could be the best stat wise for the Panthers signal caller. He has six divisional games against the Saints, Falcons and Buccaneers who all ranked in the bottom quartile in the league in passing yards allowed last year.
Cam Newton 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook:
Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox – 6/22/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
It will be an AL Central matchup for MLB mock draft managers to catch on TV as the Minnesota Twin battle the Chicago White Sox. The teams begin play from Minnesota on Monday June 22nd at 8PM Eastern Time and follow the scoring results from your rosters over ESPN2 TV
The Chicago White Sox are hoping to gather some momentum after winning the final two games of a weekend series with the Texas Rangers. The White Sox bats have been ice cold. Even in victory they could only push across three runs on Saturday and Sunday. The win on Saturday broke an eight game losing streak. The White Sox have scored a total of 12 runs total over their past eight games. The team is 28th and third worst in the Majors in runs per game (3.41) and batting average (.237). The bad part is the pitchers don’t hit in the American League and Chicago uses a DH.
Minnesota has slipped in the standings of the AL Central as the club is 37-32 and trails the Kansas City Royals by five games in the loss column for the lead in the division. The Twins enter play on a two game losing streak scoring a total of just one run in their final two games against the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago White Sox 1B: Jose Abreu leads the everyday players for the White Sox with a .279 batting average. He has 12 homers and 40 RBIs season to date. He is having a good month of June with a batting average of .297. He enters play off a six game win streak with a 2 for 5 day on Sunday.
Chicago White Sox RF: Avisail Garcia is hitting .267 on the campaign with seven homers and 26 RBIs. He is in the midst of a 3 for 23 slump and is hitting just .148 for the month of June.
Chicago White Sox LF: Melky Cabrera has hit a June swoon as well for the White Sox with a batting mark of .219. Hopefully for Cabrera he has some positive momentum to build from as he goes 5 for 5 on Sunday at home to Texas.
Chicago White Sox CF: Adam Eaton after a slow start to the season has improved his hitting numbers. For the month of June Eaton is batting .286 and has raised his batting average up to 2.42.
Chicago White Sox P: John Danks is having a poor season with a record of 3-7 with an ERA of 5.16. He taxes the White Sox bullpen with his inability to go very far in games.
Minnesota Twins RF: The veteran Torii Hunter is batting .261 for the Twins with eight homers and 36 RBIs on the season. He has hits in three straight games as he is trying to break a 5 for 25 batting slump.
Minnesota Twins 2B: Brian Dozier has a .259 batting average with 13 homers and 32 RBIs. He does produce extra base hits with a slugging percentage of .513 season to date.
Minnesota Twins 1B: Joe Mauer is slumping for the month of June with a batting average of .190 as he has just 12 hits in his 63 at bats. He is just 2 of his past 24 heading into Monday night.
Minnesota Twins 3B: Trevor Plouffe has the June bug going around known as a hitting slump. He is just batting .174 this month and enters play 0 for his past 8 at bats.
Minnesota Twins LF: Eddie Rosario has earned playing time for Minnesota with his .282 batting average in 36 games. He doesn’t produce much power with three homers and 15 RBIs.
Minnesota Twins P: Tommy Milone in seven starts for the Twins in the 2015 campaign has a record of 3-1. His ERA has been dropping after three consecutive good starts as he has allowed just five earned runs total in that span. His ERA is 3.67 on the season.
Fantasy Baseball One Day League Draft Picks
P: Tommy Milone (Twins)
1B: Jose Abreu (White Sox)
RF: Avisail Garcia (White Sox)
LF: Eddie Rosario (Twins)
2B: Brian Dozier (Twins)
CF: Adam Eaton (White Sox)
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 6-22-15
Pitcher: Tommy Milone
First Base: Jose Abreu
Right Field: Avisail Garcia
Left Field: Eddie Rosario
Second Base: Brian Dozier
Center Field: Adam Eaton
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 6/21/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
MLB fantasy draft managers are in for rivalry game to choose their rosters from on Sunday Night Baseball when the LA Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants on June 21st. Track the results of your players selected at 8PM Eastern Time from Dodger Stadium over ESPN TV.
The LA Dodgers are hoping this weekend goes a lot better than the last time they faced the San Francisco Giants in a three game series. The teams played a month ago in San Francisco and the LA Dodgers failed to score a single run in all of the three games. The Dodgers struggles on the road have been well documented. They are a very good home team with a mark of 26-11 as they opened up this three game series. Los Angeles has shown power at the plate this year as they sit second in all of baseball in home runs.
As the Giants opened up this series on Friday night the club has been struggling loser of six of their past eight games. In a five game home stand that began last weekend against the Diamondbacks and Mariners, the Giants lost four of the five games including getting swept in all three home games against the Diamondbacks where they pushed across just two runs total. The bats cooled off a bit but the club still ranks in the top five of Major League Baseball for team batting on the season. Hot temperatures are forecasted this weekend at Dodgers Stadium and with a 5PM local time start we could see balls carry well on Sunday night.
San Francisco Giants LF: Nori Aoki leads the club with a .317 batting average with two homers and 19 RBIs. After getting hit with a pitch and leaving the game on Saturday he is a question mark for Sunday.
San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panik is batting .305 on the year with six homers and 26 RBIs. He is coming off a multi-hit game on Saturday to raise his average to .319 for the month of June.
San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey has raised his average to .297 as he posts a multi-hit game on Saturday. He is crushing Dodgers pitching this year with a .421 average with three homers.
San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford has too crushed Dodgers pitching on the year as he posted a multi-hit game on Saturday to raise his average up to .429 against LA. On the year Crawford is batting .282 with nine homers and 42 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan is battling a June slump as the veteran right handed hitter is batting just .172 with only one extra base hit.
San Francisco Giants P: On the year Tim Lincecum is 7-3 in 13 starts with an ERA of 3.31 and WHIP of 1.35. Issue with Lincecum is he does not go very far in games and forces the Giants to use up multiple bullpen pitchers.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez is going through a June slump. He is batting just .222 for the month of June and is 4 for his past 30 at bats. His average has dropped to .290 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs.
LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick has been a solid contributor for the Dodgers in his first season with the team. He has been good at Dodger Stadium with a .331 batting average with four homers and 20 RBIs.
LA Dodgers LF: Andre Eithier is another Dodger who does his damage at his home ballpark with a batting average of .313 with six homers and 19 RBIs.
LA Dodgers CF: Rookie Joc Pederson has some good power numbers with 18 homers and 34 RBIs. His batting average is .251 as he has to work on the strikeouts. He has hit San Francisco pitching with a .321 batting average with two homers.
LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig has returned to the LA lineup after a stint on the DL. In June Puig is batting .333.
LA Dodgers P: Left hander Brett Anderson is 2-4 on the season with an ERA of 3.43 and WHIP of 1.34. San Francisco has hit Anderson pretty good this year as the Dodger left hander has been tagged for 15 earned runs in his 40 2/3rd innings pitched against the Giants.
Best Fantasy MLB Picks for One Day Leagues
P: Tim Lincecum (Giants)
2B: Joe Panik (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
SS: Brandon Crawford (Giants)
LF: Andre Eithier (Dodgers)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)
Detroit Tigers vs New York Yankees – 6/19/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers open up a weekend series on Friday June 19th as they return to AL action following four days of interleague play. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 7PM Eastern Time from Yankees Stadium to watch the action live and follow the scoring of their rosters.
Heading into play on Thursday the Detroit Tigers sit with a record of 34-32 and reside in third place in the AL Central trailing the first place Kansas City Royals by seven games in the loss column. The Tigers have gotten production from starters David Price and Alfredo Simon. Anibal Sanchez and Shane Green have struggled in the Detroit rotation. Justin Verlander has returned to the starting staff as he worked his second game of the year on Thursday after coming off the DL.
The Yankees have been a streaky team in the 2015 campaign. Through Wednesday night action the Bronx Bombers are 35-30 and sit one game back of the first place Tampa Bay Rays. New York can’t feel too comfortable because they are two games in the loss column ahead of the Blue Jays and Orioles who are hot teams right now. The Yankees have shown power this year as they rank fourth in the league in runs scored (4.49 per game) and are sixth in home runs season to date (79).
Detroit Tigers 1B: Veteran Miguel Cabrera continues to produce big numbers for the Tigers. He is hitting .342 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs. Cabrera has drawn 43 walks this year so his on base percentage is a very good .446. The former Triple Crown winner had a six game hit streak through Wednesday.
Detroit Tigers LF: Former Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes is enjoying his first full season with the Tigers. Cespedes is batting .302 with nine homers and 35 RBIs. He is on a tear in June with a batting average of .370. His ten game hitting streak was snapped on Wednesday.
Detroit Tigers CF: Anthony Gose is batting .284 with a homer and 11 RBIs. After a hot start he has cooled down in the month of June with a .178 batting average with no RBIs. He has just one extra base hit in June.
Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler is suffering through a 4 for 24 slump through Wednesday’s action with only one extra base hit and RBI in that span. His batting average has dropped ten points to .271. He has one homer and 26 RBIs on the season.
Detroit Tigers P: Alfredo Simon in his 12 starts is 7-3 with an ERA of 2.58 and WHIP of 1.16. At times he battles control issues but has shown better in recent games by allowing just one earned run over his past two starts.
New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez is putting up some nice numbers since his one year absence from the club. The DH is batting .277 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit night on Wednesday at home to Miami.
New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner is battling a 3 for 22 slump through Wednesday. For the year he has five homers with 28 RBIs and sports a .264 batting average.
New York Yankees Catcher: Brian McCann is picking up his batting average. He is up to .260 on the year after a pretty good start to June with 12 hits in his 42 at bats. McCann has produced nine homers and 40 RBIs on the year.
New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira had his six game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday. He took Wednesday off after complaining about neck stiffness. Teixeira has produced some power for the Yankees this year with 18 homers along with 48 RBIs.
New York Yankees P: Adam Warren is 5-4 on the year in his twelve starts with an ERA of 3.78 and WHIP of 1.25. He has allowed three earned runs or less in seven straight starts but has issues going deep in games.
Fantasy Baseball Fantasy Cash League Tips
P: Adam Warren (Yankees)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
CF: Anthony Gose (Tigers)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers)
MLB Matchups and Stacks
Fantasy Baseball is very unique in the realm of fantasy sports. The strategy and lineup selection differs significantly from what is successful in other sports. Too many players in a game that ends 1-0 can kill a lineups and a couple players in a high scoring 12 inning game can earn you huge. When you get past the all-stars, it is less about picking the individual players as it is about identifying where the points will be concentrated (i.e. where are the high scoring games). That’s why so many fantasy players adopt the “stack” strategy. This strategy is where you pick many hitters from a team, or a game, where you expect a lot of runs to be scored and a large pool of fantasy points.
May 19th Games
We can look at some of the games over the past week and identify where successful stacks could have been implemented and the factors that caused the high scoring.
Tuesday saw some big games. 5 out of the total 15 games saw a combined total of 10+ runs with St Louis, Minnesota, Washington, and Baltimore scoring over 8 runs. If you look at the individuals of these games you can see the value a stack can bring. The heavy hitters like Harper, Dozier, Machado, and Paredes had great games, but they are consistent performers so that doesn’t prove much.
What you see however, is that cheaper players like Ramos, Desmond, Escobar, Suzuki, Grichuk, Joseph, Reynolds, and De Aza scored the same or more points than these heavy hitters just by being in the right game. While a couple of these players may have had great games, it is unlikely they all happened to have such huge individual performances on the same night.
Their huge number totals came from the the bonus runs and RBI’s that came from the team totals. The real value in fantasy MLB comes from team synergy rather than individual dominance.
Identifying High Scoring Games
The main factors most DFS players use to identify high scoring games are the vegas lines. The over under and spread are measure of the total points that will be scored in the game and how close those games will be. However, vegas is very conservative in their measures, only giving a range of 6.5 to 10 in the over under while it is not uncommon for a game to score far lower or far higher than this range.
To really identify the high scoring games you can do your own analysis with additional factors. One of the most influential is the opposing pitcher. A weak pitcher is a necessity for a high scoring game. The ideal outcome is a lot of opposing pitcher. If the opposing team runs through 4,5, or even 6 pitcher, you can be sure the game other team is scoring big.
Another factor you can look at is weather. The rule of thumb is cold benefits pitchers, hot benefits hitters. No hitter likes the sting of the bat on impact on a cold day. It makes them less aggressive. Wind blowing in to the stadium can make distance hits impossible, and wind blowing out can raise the prevalence of balls flying over the fence.
Identifying the high-scoring games is just another tool to use to pick your lineups. Alone, it won’t win you any contests but it can definitely narrow down your choices and increase the accuracy of your projections whether you choose to stack your hitters or take a more diversified approach.
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 6-19-15
Pitcher: Adam Warren
First Base: Miguel Cabrera
Designated Hitter: Alex Rodriguez
Catcher: Brian McCann
Center Field: Anthony Gose
Left Field: Yoenis Cespedes
Heading Into the 2015-16 NFL season, the following Quarterbacks project to have high fantasy value
As the 2015 NFL season approaches the best practice for fantasy football draft managers is to start their research early. Several teams go through coaching and roster turnover during the offseason and it is time to start to put the puzzle pieces together to look for the value at the quarterback position.
There are several factors to look for in this quest. Quarterbacks are value today because they underperformed for various reasons the past season. Often overlooked by many participating in mock drafts is how defenses help their starting quarterback by getting off the field. It is simple math. The more offensive downs a player has the more chances he has in scoring points for your league. It’s almost like analyzing playing minutes in the NBA and NHL. Bad defenses from 2014 who improve in 2015 will give their starting quarterback the ability to improve their draft value. The other reasons are more obvious like impact players signed through free agency, acquired through trades and draft.
Matt Ryan (Falcons): The Atlanta Falcons were the 32nd and worst defense in the NFL a season ago. They gave up nearly 400 yards per game and were a league worse 46.8% on third down. That is a defense that can’t get off the field. It keeps Matt Ryan on the sidelines and unable to put up fantasy points for roster managers. Dan Quinn takes over the head coaching duties for Atlanta in the upcoming 2015 season. Quinn was the defensive coordinator for Seattle and will look to improve on a league worst defense.
At Seattle Quinn managed the #1 defense in the NFL and got off the field 37.1% of the time on third down. He will improve the Falcons pass rush and third down stops. Roster wise Ryan has solid targets in the passing game in Julio Jones and Roddy White. The running game will improve with the addition of Tevin Coleman in the draft. Pass rusher Vic Beasley Jr. will be of great help to the defense. The Falcons were able to poach away from the Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant who had a very good year with Dallas last year. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was acquired from Tampa Bay and will be of help to the Falcons defense.
Eli Manning (Giants): The New York Giants had the 29th worst defense in the league. Opposing teams were controlling the line of scrimmage with nearly five yards per carry on them on the ground. They improved defensively by drafting former Alabama safety Landon Collins with the first pick in Round 2 of the draft. Collins was pegged by many NFL draft pundits as the best safety coming out of college. Collins is outstanding against the pass, run and tackling in the open field. More importantly he can push down that nearly five yards per carry average on the ground the Giants allowed in 2014.
The Giants in the third round drafted a defensive end who can rush the passer in Owamagbe Odighizuwa from UCLA. Eli Manning is now in the second year of this new quick passing offense. It is less taxing on offensive lineman to block because they don’t have to hold onto blocks for a long time. A few seasons ago Manning did his old deep drops and long looks which took a toll on his offensive line as they were ravished by injuries. Manning has one of his big play threats back in Victor Cruz who missed most of last season due to injury. A big surprise for Big Blue was the development of rookie Odell Beckham who had 91 catches for 1305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Beckham really came on during the second half of the year and put up some big numbers in his final three games against the NFC East division. A huge addition to help Eli Manning in the passing game is running back Shane Vereen. He was acquired as a free agent from the Super Bowl New England Patriots team during the offseason. Vereen is quick when lined up as a running back to get to the outside. He is a huge weapon in the passing game and will be Manning’s safety valve with dump offs and quick screens.
2015 Fantasy Football QB Value Picks
1. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
2. Eli Manning (Giants)