Today is a great day to muscle up and roster some of the leagues best power hitters in your daily fantasy baseball games at Fantazzle.
Adam Dunn – Your prototypical all or nothing hitter, Dunn has been on a tear of late, with 3 homers in the last 6 days. He is one of very few hitters to have success against Clayton Kershaw with 7 hits in 11 at bats. Dunn is slugging 1.636 against one of the best pitchers in the NL, a truly remarkable feat. Dunn isn’t a player I make a habit of rostering in daily fantasy baseball games, but when he is right, there are few players with his type of power, and he is swinging a hot bat right now.
Matt Holliday – The Cardinals outfielder has shown some flashes of the sweet stroke he had in Colorado, and a matchup against Vin Mazzaro should allow us to see the great hitter Holliday is. With 4 hits in 5 career at bats, the sample size is tiny, but Holliday has been locked in against the Cardinals in state rival. Saint Louis is batting .375 as a team against Mazzaro, giving me confidence in their ability to produce in a big way tonight.
Detroit Tigers – Jeff Francis is an average major league pitcher at best, and his last outing made it clear to me that he isn’t ready to get major league hitters out yet. After spending the beginning of the season in triple A, Francis was pounded by the Angels to the tune of 8 runs in 3.1 innings in his first start of 2012. I don’t expect him to last a whole lot longer against the power packed Tigers lineup, meaning the Rockies will be forced to extend bullpen arms longer than normal. These circumstances would point to a long night for the Rockies pitching staff, and thus making all Detroit Tigers a good fantasy baseball play.
Players to avoid:
Torii Hunter – Trevor Cahill seems to be turning the corner, and I expect him to pitch well against the Angels tonight. He has a 2-0 mark in June with a 1.10 ERA, and has 3 quality starts in his last 4 starts. Hunter is batting .200 against the Diamondbacks starter, making him not worth the risk in daily fantasy baseball leagues.
David Wright – After a blazing start, the Mets third basemen has slowed down of late, and Bronson Arroyo is a good bet to continue that trend for Wright. He has held the all star to a .229 average and has struck him out 3 times as often as he has walked Wright. Opponents are batting 72 points lower against Arroyo on the road this season and all of his wins have come on the road. I’m staying away from Wright today and you should do the same.