Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz – Selecting multiple Giants to fill out your daily fantasy baseball roster is typically frowned upon, but give them a chance against Chad Billingsley tonight. The duo holds a .465 combined batting average against the Dodgers righty with 30% of their hits going for extra bases. They lead a Giants roster that holds a lifetime .288 batting average against Billingsley, making this the rare night to take the Giants offense seriously when it comes to fantasy baseball.
Brian McCann – The Phillies starting staff is one to fear, but Joe Blanton is here to help your fantasy baseball team. The Braves catcher has destroyed Blanton to the tune of a .417 batting average. He has more home runs (3) than strikeouts (2) in 24 career at bats, a trend that figures to continue as Blanton has given up a HR in 12 of his last 13 starts.
Players to avoid:
Paul Konerko – The White Sox travel to Texas, but don’t fall into the trap of rostering their power bats in daily fantasy baseball games just because they are playing in a hitter friendly ball park in Arlington. Matt Harrison is quietly putting together an outstanding season and has been pitching well of late (only 1 start since June 3rd has he allowed more than 2 earned runs). The lefty has owned Konerko specifically, holding him to a .167 batting average with only 1 extra base hit in 18 at bats. He clearly shows no fear, as he has struck him out more times than he has walked him. Chicago has had little success as a team (.214 batting average) against Harrison, meaning Konerko is unlikely to come to the plate in a dangerous position.
Mark Teixeira - When the Yankees and Red Sox square off it is typically a high scoring affair that takes all night to complete. This game may still take forever, but Teix will not be a part of the fireworks on this night. He owns a .243 battig average against Jon Lester with 14 strikeouts compared to 9 hits. Teixeira will have limited protection with ARod out of the lineup and Granderson/Cano not making constant contact against the lefty.
B.J. Upton – The disappointing season figures to continue for the Rays center fielder, as he is hitless in 14 career at bats against C.J. Wilson. He strikes out once every 2.33 at bats, indicative of Tampa Bay as a whole (.156 batting average with nearly twice as many K’s as hits). Wilson has only given up more than 3 runs once since May 11th, and I like him to continue that trend tonight, locking down not only Upton but all Rays tonight.