Before we dig into our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, August 22, I thought we’d discuss more about what’s going on with the industry.
As you might know, I joined the FanDuel team earlier this summer, and I’ve been writing DFS strategy articles over there.
This past week, FanDuel announced that they acquired numberFire.com – one of the greatest deep-dive stats sites in sports!
I’m very excited about the future of FanDuel content, and that combination also means FanDuel players will be more educated in the game, stats and strategies.
And since SoCalledFantasyExperts.com leans toward FanDuel in our content and daily picks, that can only mean good things for our readers, too.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Saturday, August 22
There are just three afternoon games, with 12 night games (none after 10pm). We’ll try to mostly share picks for the night games to give the most people the most help.
Top Starting Pitchers
Gerritt Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco ($9,900): Gerritt Cole is 8-3 at home this season, and while he hasn’t won in the month of August yet (four starts), he’s facing a Giants team with Chris Heston on the mound. Heston’s road ERA is nearly two runs higher on the road (4.28).
Danny Salazar, RHP, Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees ($9,200): There are some better, more expensive options, but Salazar has been excellent lately, including a win against the Yankees on Aug. 12. That’s his best start over the past six outings, as he went 7.1 IP, with eight strikeouts. He did allow five walks, but just four hits.
Top Hitters for Saturday, August 22
Matt Wieters, Baltimore vs. Minnesota ($2,500): Wieters continues to come around, although, he had his eight-game hitting streak snapped Friday night. He has just two homers over the past month, but he’s batting over .300 in August.
Eric Hosmer, Kansas City at Boston ($3,500): Expect a couple more dents in the Green Monster Saturday, as the lefty-hitting Hosmer will be facing RHP Matt Barnes (6.59 ERA)in Fenway. Barnes has a 12.34 ERA at home, and he gave up six earned runs in five innings earlier this week to the Indians.
Wilmer Flores, N.Y. Mets at Colorado ($3,400): Everyone’s favorite sentimental second baseman plays at Coors Field against a left-handed pitcher in Chris Rusin. Flores is batting just under .300 over the past couple months.
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta ($3,600): The rookie faces off against a righty in Williams Perez, but he’s hitting right-handers 10 points higher than lefties (12 HR vs. RHP, with just five vs. LHP). Plus, he has 11 more homers at home (14) than on the road (3) in about the same amount of games.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis at San Diego ($2,400): He has been one of my favorite shortstops this season – especially against right-handers, like Saturday – and this price is too low to ignore. He has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games, with five hits in his past 12 at-bats.
Yoenis Cespedes, N.Y. Mets at Colorado ($4,900): It’s a hefty price, but the price came even before he smashed three home runs Friday night at Coors Field. You want right-handers vs. LHP Rusin today, even though Cespedes has better reverse splits.
Ben Zobrist, Kansas City at Boston ($3,800): He hits better on the road, and he’s no stranger to Fenway Park. Plus, you have to love his 1.120 OPS in August!
Byron Buxton, Minnesota at Baltimore ($2,400): He’s back from the disabled list, he’s hitting leadoff and he’s ultra-cheap. He has three base hits total in his first two games back.
Hopefully, we hit more homers than GIDPs with our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, August 22, and you come out a winner!
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