It’s another day and another chance to cash in on some Daily Fantasy Baseball!
We’ve got six games to choose from tonight and quite a few decent pitchers taking the mound considering the limited options.
With ample options out there I might take an extra shot or two at a tournament with risky plays like Danny Salazar or Luis Severino.
However, on the cash game side of things I like a couple less volatile hurlers that are going to cost some more coin, but worth it for saving me from munching Tums all evening.
As far as the bats go I’ll be looking to Cubs, Cardinals, Indians, and Pirates for the most part to fill in my lineup. Let’s see what sort of team we can throw together for this Thursday!
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Jake Arrieta ($12,200) at Philadelphia Phillies
Arrieta hasn’t allowed an earned run in four starts which includes a no-hitter. He’s also struck out at least seven in each of these starts. The Cubs ace is pitching as well as anyone right now in the majors and will throw against a Phillies squad that is thirty games under .500. If you want “the sure thing” tonight pay for Arrieta.
Jaime Garcia ($9,100) at Cincinnati Reds
If this guy could only stay healthy for the entire year! In 100 innings pitched this year Garcia boasts a 1.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and has 73 Ks to go with his eight wins. While I suppose he could improve his K/9 stat, this is still pretty dominating to look at. I like him today against the Reds for the W and a low stress path to 15-plus FanDuel points.
James McCann ($2,500) at Cleveland Indians
While McCann can’t deliver a baby like Buster Posey, he has actually been hitting as well as him over the last week with three multi-hit games, six RBIs and a homer to show for it. Danny Salazar can make batters look silly when he’s on and might be a nice tourney play tonight. On the flip side of the coin, he has been off lately and gets lit up when he is unable to find his rhythm. In a rough night for catchers taking a flier on a hot hitter could pay off.
Yadier Molina ($2,400) at Cincinnati Reds
I feel like Molina is an easy punt sort of play at catcher on these limited days. He’s still hitting .278 on the year and is in the middle of the Cardinals order as long as he starts. It’s easy to plug him in and look elsewhere to spend my salary cap dollars.
Adam Lind ($4,200) at Pittsburgh Pirates
Lind has been putting up loads of counting stats over his last ten games with 12 RBIs and eight runs scored. Add 12 hits including five doubles and another nine walks to the mix and you have a FanDuel points generator. A.J. Burnett is coming off the DL due to an elbow strain for this start and could be a little rusty. That’s what you are banking on if you go with Lind.
Pedro Alvarez ($2,200) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Alvarez has been riding the bench the past few days but if he gets the start today he might be worth consideration if you are okay with punting first base. This is usually a position to spend for but I don’t like the matchups for the expensive guys today with the exception of Anthony Rizzo.
Jason Kipnis ($3,000) vs. Detroit Tigers
It seems strange that Alfredo Simon has a 1.50 ERA against the Indians this year with 5.48 ERA against everyone else. While the Indians are not world beaters, some correction seems in order. Kipnis has been slumping to the point his price has dropped significantly now at FanDuel. He might be a nice tournament play on the chance that Kipnis and Simon both correct back toward their norms in this game. Plus, I would guess his ownership should be slim with his recent struggles at the plate.
Javier Baez ($2,600) at Philadelphia Phillies
In his very limited exposure to the bigs over the last week, Baez is hitting .320 and has his first major league long ball out of the way. He was on fire in the minors before being called back up and appears to have brought the fire along with him so far.
Kris Bryant ($4,000) at Philadelphia Phillies
I’m noticing that a lot of Cubs are showing up on my list for today. Stacking against Adam Morgan doesn’t seem like a bad idea now that I think of it. Well, add Bryant to the list. Bryant has actually hit right handers better this year but he’s still batting a respectable .239 with a .785 OPS against lefties. Consider that sufficient against Morgan.
Aramis Ramirez ($3,000) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Pirates hot corner guy has also been seen at first base recently as the Pirates shuffle their infield a little. Ramirez has been hit or miss but he does have four home runs in his last ten games. He may be more tournament material than cash game in this one.
Jung-ho Kang ($3,900) at Milwaukee Brewers
Once again Kang is going to work his way into some of my lineups. He’s now at a .288 average with 14 homers which puts him into discussions with the best offensive shortstops in the league. I do like the Pirates to put up runs on Wily Peralta so I’ll have some exposure to this team wherever I can.
Francisco Lindor ($3,200) vs. Detroit Tigers
Lindor has been a welcome addition since his call up to the Indians. He’s now got his average up to .304 on the year and is hitting for power and grabbing a steal here and there. Eight of his last 10 games have led to positive FanDuel points and it would seem tonight he has a good shot to add to that.
Michael Brantley ($4,000) vs. Detroit Tigers
Brantley hasn’t had quite the season people hoped for this year thanks to some nagging health issues. When he’s played though he’s looked good and will likely fall just short of a 20/20 season. He’s hit safely in seven of 10 and hits in a spot that will allow for both RBIs and run production. He’s a nice cash game option with a good chance to put some positive points up for you.
Stephen Piscotty ($3,000) at Cincinnati Reds
Piscotty is likely to regress to a degree at some point but for now he just keeps hitting. He’s had hits in eight of his last 10 games and continues to drive in runs. I like Cardinals against John Lamb and Piscotty offers an affordable option.
Ben Revere ($2,800) at New York Yankees
Warning, Revere is a risky play tonight. I normally would go for Revere in a cash game as a cheap option to get on base, steal something, and score runs. This works great for cash games but doesn’t provide the upside needed for tournaments. However, I might actually start him in a tournament today if I’ve spent too much on other positions. Luis Severino has been overwhelming to start his career in the big leagues, but Toronto might be the team to knock him back to earth. While I don’t advise buying a lot of shares in Toronto tonight, they might be an interesting path to take in tournaments. Revere is now batting at the top of the order and could do some damage if the Blue Jays can figure out how to hit the young Yankees thrower.
That should do it for today. Good luck in your Daily Fantasy Baseball endeavors today and we will see you back next time. Click here to head over to our daily fantasy baseball headquarters and baseball homepage!