Clint Barmes – Looking to dig deep and find yourself a hidden gem that won’t cost you much of anything in daily fantasy baseball games? The risk is low, but if past numbers are any indicator, the reward could be very high if you put your trust in the 33 year old shortstop. He owns a .438 batting average and .781 slugging percentage against the former Pirate Paul Maholm. Barmes has more hits, doubles, triples, HR’s, RBI, and walks than the rest of the Pirates roster combined, a remarkable feat for a player who has hit under .248 in 5 of 6 months this season. He is not going to carry your fantasy baseball team, but it is possible that he is a valuable asset on winning teams.
Miguel Cabrera – The triple crown hopeful draws a favorable matchup against the Royals Bruce Chen. Miggy has been on a mission of late, putting his Tiger teammates on his back as they have battled with the White Sox for divisional supremacy. He has has clubbed 3 homers on his way to a .379 batting average. In fact, nearly 55% of his hits have gone for extra base hits, resulting in a team high 7 RBI. Cabrera has reached base 51.4% of the time against Chen, giving him very little downside in daily fantasy baseball leagues.
Players to avoid:
David Freese – I love The Big Freesy as much as anybody, but Bronson Arroyo is the type of pitcher you either dominate or can’t touch. Unfortunately for Freese, the later is true for him, as he has been held hitless in 10 career at bats against the Reds righty. The Cardinals (batting .292 against Arroyo if you subtract Freese) need this game more, and while I like their offense as a whole tonight, Freese could struggle. The minor ankle injury for the third basemen is also a concern, as he could very easily be scratched from the lineup.