On a Friday littered with aces on the mound, here are a few players to utilize in daily fantasy baseball games, and a few to stay far far away from.
Placido Polanco – The Phillies corner infielder is rarely rostered in daily fantasy baseball due to the depth of his position. Polanco owns a .395 average against Mark Buehrle and reaches base 40% of the time. At $70,000, Polanco is a cheaper (but more valuable) option than players like Brandon Inge, Jed Lowrie, and Mark Reynolds.
Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro – The Cubs as a team rely on this duo when facing Madison Bumgarner of the Giants. The 6 other Cubbies that have faced the Giant southpaw are batting .161, while Castro and Soriano have combined to smoke Bumgarner to the tune of a .429 average. They are the only players on Chicago to touch up the starter for an extra base hit, and figure to both be licking their chops for this tasty Friday night matchup.
Players to avoid
Adam Jones – If you haven’t noticed, Jones has turned into a must start nearly every day, but a matchup against David Price is enough for me to look the other day today. Jones is batting .150 against the big lefty, with more strikeouts (5) than hits (3). Price has figured something out that no other pitcher has thus far, a way to slow down the hottest hitter this side of Josh Hamilton.
Howard Kendrick – The Angles middle infielder is a good hitter, but for some reason, has no grasp of the plate when Colby Lewis is standing 60 feet 6 inches away. The Ranger starter has struck out Kendrick every other time he gets him out, holding him to a miniscule .176 average. I know Kendrick fills a tough position, but look elsewhere for your daily fantasy baseball games today.
Chicago White Sox and Cubs not mentioned – Not a good day for fantasy owners who put their trust in Chicago players. I mentioned the lack of success for the Cubs (minus Soriano and Castro) against Madison Bumgarner, and their cross town rivals have an even tougher draw. Felix Hernandez brings his heater to the ballpark every time he matches up against the White Sox, and they are usually rendered helpless. As a team they have more strikeouts than hits, a sign that they cannot handle one of the games finest. The list of Sox batting under the Mendoza line (Adam Dunn, Gordan Beckham, Kosuke Fukudome, Orlando Hudson, Brent Lillibridge, Alex Rios) is a mile long, a sure sign that the base paths will be clear for the most part. Alexei Ramirez is the lone player with a .300+ average, but if nobody is on base, King Felix will be cautious with him. Chicago fans may need to look the other way today, as they aren’t in a good position to do much damage at all.