Adrian Beltre – The Texas man at the hot corner is worth every penny in daily fantasy baseball leagues today, as he draws the Angels CJ Wilson. Beltre has dominated this divisional matchup with a .333 and a .440 OBP. With the Rangers firepower, I expect Beltre to be a big part in what figures to be a high scoring game.
Aramis Ramirez and Alex Gonzalez – Another third basemen with a favorable matchup makes ARam the best Brewer for tonight’s action. Ryan Braun struggles against Aaron Harang, but Ramirez routinely rewards his fantasy baseball owners against the Dodger righty. He gets one hit every three at bats against Harang, and of those hits, nearly a quarter leave the ball park. Gonzalez, despite a smaller sample size, has shown signs of similar dominance, with a .643 batting average and a .929 slugging percentage against Harang. Both are good bets to be in the middle of the action against the Dodgers tonight.
Players to avoid
Andrew McCutchen – Few pitchers have dominated the young stud like Shaun Marcum. When it comes to the NL Central showdown, Marcum has held McCutchen to a .125 average with twice as many K’s as hits. The Pirates as a whole don’t hit Marcum well (.238 batting average), so even if McCutchen were to notch a hit, the odds of doing much damage are remote. Outfield is a position filled with depth, look elsewhere for today’s fantasy baseball games.
Brandon Phillips – Tonight’s starter for the Astros (Wandy Rodriguez) has done well to limit Phillips, a trend that would encourage starting a different 2b. The Reds star is batting .255 against Rodriguez, not a horrible number, but has only 2 extra base hits in 47 at bats. He has struck 10 times in those AB’s, making me think he simply doesn’t see the ball well out of Rodriguez’s hand. Maybe a bloop single here or a swinging bunt there for Phillips tonight, not nearly enough for him to earn a spot on your roster.
Mark Teixeira – Typically a slow starter, Teixeira hasn’t shown signs of busting out, keeping him in my fantasy doghouse until further notice. His lifetime numbers (1/10 with a harmless single) against Rick Porcello are not encouraging, and while Teix is a better hitter than Porcello is a pitcher, the struggling trend isn’t likely to be broken as the Yankee first basemen appears to be lost at the plate. Teixeira is currently priced ($150,000) as the fifth best 1b in Fantazzle’s free fantasy baseball games, above hot hitters like Albert Pujols and Edwin Encarnacion.