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You know, us Fantasy Sports writers work hard. Very hard. For instance, I went to sleep last night in the third inning of the Dodgers game and was back up to start one of two articles I have to write this morning by the 12th inning. What a game, it went sixteen innings and of course in the end Nolan Arenado did what he does and smashed a solo home run to give the Rockies the curtain call. As of right now the Dodgers magic number is “11”.

This morning a thought occurred to me, I could be at Citi Field watching the Dodgers and Mets square off in the post-season. This I find exciting beyond belief and somehow will have to try and squirrel away a few bucks to get tickets when the time comes.

With the world paying attention to Football the last twelve of us playing Daily Fantasy Baseball will continue on.

Daily Fantasy Baseball tip of the day

Believe it or not this is what they call “cash in” week in Daily Fantasy Baseball. There are thousands of new players who tried FanDuel this weekend for week one of the NFL season and won. Now they are sitting home with accounts full of winnings and have the “bug”. You know what I am talking about, we all have it. So what to do? Ahhhhh, Daily Fantasy Baseball. And that my friends is where we benefit being veterans. They will enter a lot of contests and in many cases will have players who do not even play. So my tip this week, take advantage. I know it sounds terrible but this is a dog eat dog industry as far as money is concerned and you have to let your knowledge and veteran status pay off. Hit them double-ups.

Today’s FanDuel Strategy

We have a full schedule today with no day games so you will have to forgive the later than usual time I posted this article.

This is a night with lots of great starting pitching abound and plenty of horrible starters to pick on. We have some great stacking options and some cheap flyers to play as well. Going to be a fun night.

We currently have seven games with an expected point total of 8.0 or higher.

  • Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles 9.0
  • Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies 8.0
  • Miami Marlins @ New York Mets 8.0
  • Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers 8.5
  • Oakland Athletics @ Chicago White Sox 8.0
  • Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins 8.5
  • Sand Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks 9.0

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Wednesday, September 16th

Starting Pitching

David Price (15-5, 2.46 ERA) Toronto Blue Jays $11,900 – David Price has been lights out since going to Toronto. Over his last 12 innings pitched over two starts he has 15 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA. Tonight he gets the Atlanta Braves at a great pitchers park in Turner Field. The Braves have a .277 wOBA versus LHP which is dead last in Major League Baseball. They also strikeout 19.2-percent of the time as well. Great pitcher + great pitchers park + facing a horrible offense = points. I will be using Price as my number one in all cash games. The Price is right.

Alex Wood (10-10, 3.81 ERA) Los Angeles Dodgers $7,900 – Sixteen innings. That is how long the Rockies and Dodgers game went last night. That makes for some pretty tired bats. You add in the fact the Colorado Rockies strikeout 21.6-percent and have a pathetic .279 wOBA versus LHP and it is real inviting. You put them on the road and it gets even more tempting, they have a .286 wOBA when traveling. Did I mention they are also ice cold? Over the last seven days they are batting a pathetic .199 and are striking out 27.4-percent of the time. In a park like Dodger stadium after a long middle of the night debacle, I am in on Alex Wood tonight in some cash games and will be pairing him on two pitcher sites.

Cash Game Starting Pitcher Rankings

  1. David Price $11,900
  2. Jake Arrieta $12,00
  3. Chris Archer $11,900
  4. Alex Wood $7,900
  5. Gio Gonzalez $9,200
  6. Hisashi Iwakuma $9,400

GPP Game Starting Pitcher Rankings

  1. Jake Peavy $6,500
  2. Ervin Santana $6,900
  3. Danny Duffy $6,800
  4. Robbie Ray $6,800


Wilson Ramos (.237 Avg., 13 HR) Washington Nationals $2,400 – Although he bats in the seven spot he remains a great value today. He is in a hitters park like Philadelphia facing a horrible pitcher like Alec Asher who has allowed 13 earned runs in his last 8 2/3 innings. Not to mention RHB are hitting .455 off the youngster.

Evan Gattis (.236 Avg., 23 HR) Houston Astros $2,900 – So here is the deal. In 2014 Gattis batted .343 versus LHP. This year not so much. He does bat clean up in a hitters park facing Martin Perez who is not missing many RHB as the .331 batting average against shows. You add in the fact he has allowed eight earned runs in his last eleven innings and this is a no brainer.

First Baseman

Jose Abreu (.296 Avg., 28 HR) Chicago White Sox $4,300 – I love Jose Abreu. Almost to the point where I have a man-crush on him. He just keeps getting it done. He has a .390 wOBA and .301 batting average versus RHP. Today he faces Cody Martin who has allowed five earned runs in his last three innings.

Darin Ruf (.237 Avg., 7 HR) Philadelphia Phillies $2,400 – If you read my articles you will notice I always use Ruf in GPP play when he is facing a substandard LHP. Today although I like Gio Gonzalez in this match up I also love Darin Ruf. He has a .434 wOBA and .373 batting average with five home runs in 83 at-bats versus LHP. I like them odds.

Second Baseman

Brian Dozier (.237 Avg., 27 HR) Minnesota Twins $3,000 – Brian Dozier leading off against a LHP is almost a must play. He has .335 wOBA and 19 home runs off of southpaws this season. Daniel Norris in has last outing gave up two home runs in 4 1/3 innings. With Doziers price down so low I have to take him in cash games.

Anthony Rendon (.285 Avg., 5 HR) Washington Nationals $3,400 – This season has been a huge let down for all of us who drafted Rendon high to start the season. He has been banged up and his hitting has not been the same kid we saw last year. Lately, he is back. He has a .331 wOBA versus RHP and is batting .452 with one home run over the last seven days. Welcome back kid.

Third Baseman

Trevor Plouffe (.250 Avg., 20 HR) Minnesota Twins $2,400 – No one saw Plouffe having the great season he’s having. Everyone kind of just thought he would be a place holder until Miguel Sano emerged. Wrong. He has a .345 wOBA versus LHP and is batting .400 with two home runs and six RBI over the last week. What else does a guy have to do?

David Wright (.295 Avg., 3 HR) New York Mets $3,500 – With the price of Mets players inflated across the industry you really have to pick and choose when to spend up on them. David Wright going against a LHP is always a good time. He has a .470 wOBA and is batting .409 off of lefties. Today he faces Adam Conley who has allowed five earned runs in his last 9 1/3 innings. He usually bats in the three spot and I will be rolling him out of the dugout for my GPP line ups.


Brandon Crawford (.255 Avg., 19 HR) San Francisco Giants $2,300 – Almost hard to believe that Crawfords price has fallen so low. On a day when you want to fit in a stud pitcher and need to save money he is a great punt play. How many other shortstops provide “Double Dong” potential for the near minimum salary on FanDuel.

Carlos Correa (.276 Avg., 18 HR) Houston Astros $3,700 – Did you think this kid would already have 18 home runs? Amazing. He has a .401 wOBA and .300 batting average when facing LHP. He is in a hitters park facing a pitcher who RHB are hitting .331 off of. What is not to like? Home run call for Correa tonight.


Adam Jones (.274 Avg., 27 HR) Baltimore Orioles $2,900 – Henry Owens has allowed eight earned runs in has last seven innings pitched. Adam Jones is down to a measly $2,900 facing a LHP. Jones has a .343 wOBA versus LHP and gets my call in the three spot in both cash games and GPP line ups. Come on, its Adam Jones.

Josh Reddick (.280 Avg., 18 HR) Oakland Athletics $2,400 – Value remains the theme today as we try to fit the David Prices of the world into our cash games. Reddick has a .361 wOBA and .293 batting average against RHP. Today he faces Erik Johnson in a hitters park who LHB are batting .342 off of. Time for the Chronicles of Reddick.

Ender Inciarte (.297 Avg., 4 HR) Arizona Diamondbacks $2,800 – This is real value here. He bats lead off in one of the better hitters parks in Arizona. Today he faces the struggling Andrew Cashner who has allowed seven earned runs in his last 10 2/3 innings. Inciarte is batting .400 over the last week and I see no reason why this trend will not continue tonight.

Clint Robinson (.271 Avg., 7 HR) Washington Nationals $2,500 – As you can see I am heavy on the Nationals bats tonight. RHB to be specific as they are hitting a whopping .455 off of Alec Asher. Robinson usually bats near the five spot and has huge power upside. Over the last seven days he is batting .333 so he is hot at the plate right now as well. I will be using him in all cash games tonight.

Other Outfielders to look at:

  • Mookie Betts
  • Kyle Schwarber
  • Austin Jackson
  • Dexter Fowler
  • Bryce Harper (If you can afford him he is the top play in my model today.)
  • Yoenis Cespedes
  • Melky Cabrera
  • Adam Eaton
  • Tori Hunter
  • A.J. Pollock
  • David Peralta
  • Scott Van Slyke
  • Scott Schleber
  • Nelson Cruz


  1. Washington Nationals
  2. New York Mets
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Houston Astros
  5. Chicago White Sox

Sneaky Stacks

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Kansas City Royals
  3. Seattle Mariners

Well guys that is for me for this week. Sorry I dialed it down a bit but life sometimes gives you a kick in the pants to remind you of how hard it is. I got a huge kick today. Good luck and I hope we all win tonight. Unless it comes down to me and you. Then I hope I win.


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