Jose Reyes – A tough fantasy baseball matchup for most, Matt Cain does anything but intimidate the Marlins shortstop. Reyes boasts a career .529 average against Cain, with 55.6% of his hits going for extra bases. Reyes has been better at the plate of late, hitting .291 with 10 steals in the last month, and is a great bet to continue that streak today against the Giants.
Seth Smith – The A’s DH figures to be in the Sunday lineup, as he has accounted for 88.9% of current Athletics hits off of Hiroki Kuroda. He gets on base every other plate appearance and is batting .421 against the well traveled starter. Oakland may struggle to score, but if they can solve the Yankee puzzle, Smith figures to be a part of it.
Players to avoid
Adam Dunn – A traditional boom or bust hitter, Dunn is hopeless against Ubaldo Jimenez. He has only 5 hits in 25 at bats, and of his 20 outs recorded, 13 have come by way of K. He has homered once off of Sunday’s starter, but the odds a multi strikeout night are much greater than those of a multi hit game. There will be days where Dunn is worth the risk in daily fantasy baseball games … today is not one of those days.
Ben Zobrist – When playing a divisional opponent, the players tend to know each other better, often helping the pitcher gain an advantage.Clay Buchholz has Zobrist’s number, holding him to a .150 batting average with more strikeouts than hits. The Red Sox starter is having an awful year, but Zobrist is one batter he dominates, and there is no reason to suggest that won’t continue today.
Troy Tulowitzki – Fantasy baseball games are decided by playing advantages, resulting in teams without the most talent often winning. Tulo has 1 hit and 4 strike outs in 13 career at bats (.077) against Mat Latos, a trend that scares me away from paying top dollar in salary cap fantasy baseball games for the Rockies elite shortstop.