Winning daily fantasy baseball games is not about rostering the same studs everybody has, but rather using your budget wisely and getting great value for the cheaper options. Here are some players to consider when filling out your roster.
John Buck – This leap of faith is based solely on career numbers, as Buck has hit Cliff Lee well. I like Lee to bounce back in the second half of the season, and that may even begin today, but there is no denying the success Buck has had against the Phillies stud. The catcher is batting .317 against Lee for his career with nearly half of his hits going for extra bases. He has also clubbed 75% of the Marlins homers off of Lee, making him a candidate for a long ball. He won’t cost you much in daily fantasy baseball leagues, so there is very little risk involved with the Marlins backstop.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Playing in hitter friendly Milwaukee is one thing, but opposing a pitcher who has surrendered a .329 average to an entire team is another. Nearly every active player hits Wolf for a high average, and those who don’t (Justin Upton and Stephen Drew) hit for power and drive in runs. Load your lineup with D-Backs tonight; anybody from Ryan Roberts to Paul Goldschmidt to Miguel Montero is worth a roster spot against the BrewCrew.
Ryan Ludwick – The Reds slugger has been more himself in June, making him a good bet to continue past success against the Giants Matt Cain. He owns a .368 average with nearly a HR every 6 at bats, giving him a .895 slugging percentage. With plenty of talent ahead of him in Cincinnati, I expect Ludwick to have ducks on the pound when he comes to bat. A multi RBI game is not out of the question, even against the top pitcher in the MLB at this point.
David Wright – I am not forecasting a 17 run outburst like the Mets had Wednesday night, but Wright should lead New York to another productive night. The Mets third basemen has 10 hits in 18 at bats (.556 batting average) against Aaron Harang with an astounding .944 slugging percentage. Wright is batting over .340 this month, and I expect that number to increase against the Dodgers tonight.
Players to avoid:
Miguel Cabrera – When David Price and Justin Verlander meet up, hits are going to be hard to come by. Miggy has only 1 hit in 11 career at bats against the Rays ace and has struck out 5 times. Base runners figure to be at a premium as the only current Tiger who hits Price well is Victor Martinez, who is out for the season. Cabrera is one of the very best hitters in the game today, but for daily fantasy baseball games, he is not a even a top 5 option at his own position today.