Aramis Ramirez and Nyjer Morgan – These may not be the first names that come to mind when thinking of players you want on your daily fantasy baseball team, but in a one day season, they are as good an option as there is. The dynamic duo has combined for a .422 career batting average against Adam Wainwright, with Ramirez displaying very good power (9 of his 19 hits have gone for extra bases) and Morgan showing off plate discipline (only one K in 17 at bats). Look for the artist known as Tony Plush to get on base, and ARam to knock him in, the ideal situation if you roster both of these low priced players in fantasy baseball.
Vernon Wells – The veteran Angel has hit Gavin Floyd very hard, and with a lineup that found its rhythm while in Texas, he figures to be in the middle of some serious run production tonight. Everybody knows the season Mike Trout is having and the recent tear of Albert Pujols, but it is Wells who leads the way against Floyd with a .400 batting average. He has a remarkable .900 slugging percentage against the righty, with 75% of his hits going for extra bases. Batting down in the order will play out nicely for Wells, as the team has a .291 batting average against Floyd, making it likely that he comes up with runners on base often. He isn’t the sexy name from this loaded roster, but when it comes to value, he is the name to remember.
Players to avoid:
Starlin Castro – He is a great hitting SS, there is no debate there, but Clayton Kershaw is an elite pitcher who has shut down the young star every single time. Castro is hitless is 10 career at bats against the all star lefty, striking out 4 times and rarely making solid contact. The Cubs SS is batting under .260 since the all star break, as we seem to be in the middle of a swoon that occasionally happens with young hitters. Kershaw is fresh off of a 5 hit shut out against the Giants, and with the weak hitting Cubs coming to town, there is no reason to roster Castro or any of his teammates in daily fantasy baseball games.
Ryan Braun – The Hebrew Hammer has been hot of late, but Adam Wainwright has proven himself against the MVP candidate, holding him to a .209 batting average in 43 career at bats. Braun is a good contact hitter, but he has fanned nearly as often as he has recorded a hit against the Cardinals ace. Wainwright has his best month in July (2.76 ERA) and while he has struggled against parts of the Brewers lineup, he has always had success against their best hitter.
Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn – From the department of statistics that don’t make sense, the powerful middle of the White Sox order can’t hit Ervin Santana. Yea … that Ervin Santana. The duo has 0 home runs in 35 at bats and has a batting average right on the Mendoza line. Santana gives up plenty of long homers, but seems to have his way with the less patient big bats in Chicago. This is rare advice, but I’m not rostering these two power hitters against Santana tonight, despite every bit of common sense telling me that this should be a matchup that favors the hitters.