August 9 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Tuesday Primetime Matchups

FanPicks has your august 9 fantasy baseball preview to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here!

Padres vs Pirates

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, benched for three games last week, is 3-for-21 over his last six contests. To make matters worse, right fielder Gregory Polanco has not started in each of the past three games due to a sore left shoulder. Padres left fielder Alex Dickerson homered Sunday to extend his hitting streak to five games.

Indians vs Nationals

Max Scherzer will toe the slab for the Nats, and he’s undefeated in his last five appearances. Scherzer (12-6, 2.87 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits, striking out 11 in eight innings in an 8-3 win at Arizona his last time out. He absolutely owns the Indians, with a record of 4-0, 3.46 ERA in his last eight starts against them.

Rays vs Blue Jays

Devon Travis is doing his best to carve out a full-time role as the Toronto Blue Jays’ leadoff hitter. The 25-year-old looks to follow up a career-best four-hit performance in the opener and give manager John Gibbons added incentive to keep him atop the lineup. Travis, who is 12-for-22 with three homers and seven RBIs during his five-game hitting streak, drove in a run in Monday’s 7-5 triumph and has four homers and eight RBIs in his 12 games as the club’s leadoff hitter. Brad Miller, who recorded a two-run double on Monday for the Rays, is 10-for-25 with three homers and nine RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak.

Yankees vs Red Sox

The modern chapter of the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees kicked into high gear in the offseason between 2003 and 2004, when Alex Rodriguez was at the center of the controversy. Rodriguez, who ended up with New York that winter, will begin his final series in Boston Tuesday. Rodriguez has 696 career home runs but is suffering through the worst season of his career at age 41 and has no place in the Yankees future after the team elected to go younger at the trade deadline and start inserting the youth into the major league roster.

Giants vs Marlins

Brandon Crawford did his best to give ailing manager Bruce Bochy quite the get-well gift by recording Major League Baseball’s first seven-hit performance in 41 years in the series opener. With Bochy  expected to exit the hospital and return to his post in the dugout, Crawford will look to continue the hit parade on Tuesday. He collected a triple, a double and five singles, with his last base hit plating Brandon Belt in the 14th inning for an 8-7 victory. The 29-year-old recorded only six hits in his previous 11 games for the Giants. Miami’s Christian Yelich fell a triple shy of the cycle on Monday but improved to 17-for-40 with 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in his last nine games.

Diamondbacks vs Mets

Zack Greinke’s return from an oblique injury that forced him to miss more than a month should help Arizona’s struggling staff, and the former Cy Young Award winner declared himself ready to go after a rehab start at Triple-A Reno last Wednesday. Greinke surrendered three or fewer runs in six straight starts, including an abbreviated two-inning stint on June 28 before being placed on the disabled list. He is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.

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Daily Baseball Fantasy League Primetime Top Picks

June 23rd 2016

Thursday’s nine game limited MLB schedule is always a challenge. It’s even more of a challenge when you have to cut that amount in half for Primetime only games. Got to find those deeper league players, and we’ve got your list right here. As usual, FanPicks baseball fantasy league primetime MLB contest (click to play) starts at 7PM EST time with 5 games on tap for player draft. Check out the who’s been hot over the past 10 games.

Top Pitchers

Top Pitchers

Jon Lester has earned wins in five straight starts. Last time out, he allowed a season-high 11 baserunners, but gave up only three runs in six innings to earn a win against the Pirates.

Zack Greinke has been on a roll winning each of his last seven starts with a 1.90 ERA over that stretch. In June, he is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA. Greinke threw eight innings and allowed one run against the Phils his last time out.

Christian Friedrich has allowed one earned run in 19 road innings this year.

Top Hitters

Top Hitters

Wil Myers leads the Majors with nine home runs this month and is hitting .360/.419/.827. On the season, he’s hitting .290 with a team-high 16 dingers, while playing an elite defensive first base, as well.

Asdrubal Cabrera reached base three times and scored twice in Wednesday matchup against the Royals.

Marcell Ozuna ranks first among all National League outfielders in batting average (.321), home runs (15) and RBIs (43).

Zack Cozart is batting .284/.325/.513 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 62 games this season. He leads Cincinnati in hitting and with 18 doubles. He is also on pace for 25 homers, which would smash his career of 15.

Opposing pitchers have, indeed, paid a price against Matt Kemp this month. He’s hitting .370/.398/.519 in June, which includes a two-hit night in Wednesday’s 7-2 loss to the Orioles.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball MLB Top Picks

June 7th 2016

All 30 teams are back for daily fantasy baseball MLB gameplay, this Tuesday starting at 4PM ET. It all starts with the first of a double header between the  New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Here’s a look at the top selections for your FanPicks contest (click to play).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Zack Greinke P ARI TB 59.5 40.7 34.5 31.6
Zach Davies P MIL OAK 57 33.3 29 21.8
Justin Upton OF DET TOR 46 21 14.2 10.3
Jacob deGrom P NYM @PIT 44.5 33.3 27.7 24.9
Adam Conley P MIA @MIN 42.5 16.5 17.9 22.9
Kyle Hendricks P CHC @PHI 41 36.5 32.4 29.5
Aaron Sanchez P TOR @DET 41 35.3 31.4 30
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TEX 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @CWS 39 12.8 16 14.5
Desmond Jennings OF TB @ARI 39 13 8.8 4.3
Brandon Moss 1B STL @CIN 39 20 11.5 8.7
Joe Ross P WAS @CWS 38 32 23.7 24.7
Jay Bruce OF CIN STL 35.5 21.7 22.5 19.6
Michael Pineda P NYY @LAA 34.5 20.8 19.7 19.8
Eduardo Nunez SS MIN MIA 34.5 22.5 18.2 17.5
Rougned Odor 2B TEX HOU 33 17.8 16.3 9.1
Wilson Ramos C WAs @CWS 32.5 16.8 19 13
Yasmani Grandal C KC @LAD 32 14.5 9.8 8
James McCann C DET TOR 32 12.5 15.8 8.8

Daily Fantasy Baseball MLB Notables

  • Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Tommy Joseph has started the past six games, allowing Howard to “clear his head,” as manager Pete Mackanin put it. Joseph, who was called up May 13, recorded more hits for the month (10) than Howard (7) in 35 fewer plate appearances.
  • Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain has enjoyed success against O’s pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, going 8-for-17 (.471) with a home run in his career against the righty.
  • Ryan Braun will seek career hit No. 1,500 with the Brewers.
  • Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been reinstated from paternity leave, with the Nationals optioning Trea Turner to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move. Zimmerman is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
  • Charlie Blackmon has reached base safely in 32 straight games, good for the second-longest streak in the Majors. It’s the longest streak for the Rockies since Troy Tulowitzki reached safely in 41 straight last season.
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MLB Cash Draft Daily Fantasy Picks

It will be hard to match up with what Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez did yesterday. But the stack is high with big names on the mound today, with the likes of Zack Greinke, Edinson Volquez and Dallas Keuchel. And we can’t let this confrontation between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner go by unnoticed. The hype of this rivalry comes down to this two and who will take down the other. It’s a full slate of Major League Baseball games and we’ve got you covered with our list of MLB Cash Draft  fantasy picks.

Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher : Zack Greinke – Arizona DiamondBacks

Struggling Arizona ace Zack Greinke would appear to have an excellent chance to get untrod with the Diamondbacks visiting San Diego to start a three-game series versus the light-hitting Padres. The newly-signed 206 million dollar man opened the season losing back-to-back starts for the first time since August 2014. Despite that, he is 6-1 with a sterling 1.56 ERA in 12 career starts against San Diego. Greike and the D-Backs look primed to sweep the series.

Catcher: Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants

Buster Posey came back from a foot injury on Thursday and went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Rockies, but reports says that his foot is getting better.  He should be set to catch for a second straight day and motivated, when the Giants open up their rivalry series with the Dodgers.

First Baseman : Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

Chicago’s Jose Abreu is batting .354 with five homers, 18 RBIs, 17 hits and seven walks in 13 career match-ups against the Rays.

Second Baseman : Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano is a lifetime .311 hitter in 407 games at the new Yankee Stadium.

Third Baseman : Manny Machadao – Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore’s Manny Machado collected a hit in all nine games he played this season.

Shortstop : Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians

Jose Ramirez has produced plenty of fair-ball drives in three of the five games he has played in this season.

Update : Out of the starting lineup.

Outfielder : Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

Bautista slugged away 21 home runs in 56 career games at Fenway Park.

Outfielder : Nomar Mazara – Texas Rangers

Texas rookie Nomar Mazara recorded two hits in the series opener to improve to 8-for-20 (.400) with three RBIs and three runs scored during the five contests he played this season.

Outfielder : Jeremy Hazelbaker – St. Louis Cardinals

Jeremy Hazelbaker is another fantasy pick rookie outfielder, but with the Cards, who is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

 

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Daily Fantasy Baseball 2016 Arizona DiamondBacks

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With two bold pitching acquisitions, the Diamondbacks turned themselves into a contender. The off-season signing of free agent ace Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million deal seemed to push another step forward in the right direction. Upper management also reinforced the rotation with  right-hander Shelby Miller. With a powerful offense already in place, the D-backs will be a threat this year.Fantasy Baseball

Player to watch:

  • SP Zack Greinke
  • SP Patrick Corbin
  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt

Greinke was one the best available starters on the market this winter, and the D-backs’ five-hour contact-to-contract machinations on Dec. 4 were the no short of amazing. Greinke was “minutes,” he said, from signing with another club, that is believed to be the Los Angeles Dodgers, before the D-backs swooped in after managing partner Ken Kendrick included some deferred money to make the numbers work. Greinke was 51–15 with a 2.30 ERA in his three yeas with the Dodgers organization. Last year, he led the majors in ERA, WHIP and WAR, showing control of four pitches while going 19–3 with a 1.66 ERA.

Lefthander Patrick Corbin was an All-Star in 2013, but missed the entire 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery. He returned in the latter part of 2015 and showed signs of previous brilliance while blowing off the rust. On a strict pitch count, Corbin made five straight quality starts while throwing 85 pitches or fewer. He’s the first pitcher since Bryn Smith in 1988 accomplish that feat. Corbin was 5–2 with a 1.61 ERA in the nine starts last year, in which he performed for at least six innings.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is one of the finest player in baseball, a virtuoso in every step of the game. He is the foundation upon which the franchise is built, and he is signed and sealed through 2019.

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