Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Sunday August 19th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsTonight figures to be a solid night for 2 of the games elite, making them more than worth the lofty price tag that they fetch in daily fantasy baseball games.

Value plays:

Robinson Cano – Everyone knows that he is an elite 2B, but why should you spend top dollar on him tonight? Consider that he had hit 64% of his home runs at home and that he is batting 99 points higher against right handed pitchers. That’s a pretty convincing argument, and that doesn’t even include his success against Josh Beckett over his career. Cano holds a .329 career batting average against the Boston righty, with an amazing 54.2% of his hits going for extra bases (leading to a .589 slugging percentage in 73 career at bats). He leads all Yankees in doubles, home runs, and RBI versus Beckett, and there is no reason to think he won’t add to that total tonight, proving himself worth every penny it takes to roster him in daily fantasy baseball games.

Philadelphia Phillies – This offense has underachieved all season long, but that shouldn’t bother daily fantasy baseball owners, as you play in a 1 game season. The Phillies hold a .330 team batting average against Randy Wolf, with Placido Polanco (.500 batting average) and Juan Pierre (.389) leading the way. The two pesky hitters atop the order figure to give the power hitters (6 different players have taken Wolf deep on the Phillies roster) plenty of RBI opportunities. Jimmy Rollins has seen his power pick up in the seasons second half, so don’t let his low batting average prevent you from rostering him against the Brewers. Wolf has surrendered 65% of his home runs at home this season, giving me even more confidence in Philly connecting for at least one round tripper.

Adrian Gonzalez – This may be a lost season for the BoSox, but their slugging first basemen should produce on Sunday Night Baseball. He squares off against Hiroki Kuroda, a pitcher whom he owns a .345 career batting average and a .690 slugging percentage against. With a .292 team batting average against the Yankees righty, Gonzo should have chances to drive in runs, and considering the fact that he has never struck out in 35 plate appearances against Kuroda, I like his chances. August has been Gonzalez’s best month, and a big night against the Yanks would ease the pain in Beantown for at least one day.

Players to avoid:

Dan Uggla – Uggla can be a valuable power option on nights where the matchup is just right … and tonight isn’t one of those nights. Uggla has only 1 hit in 17 career at bats (.059 batting average) against Chad Billingsley with 7 strikeouts. Uggla has a .335 OBP against right handed pitchers, yet another reason to avoid the slugging second basemen. If I’m selecting Uggla to my daily fantasy baseball team, I need the reward to outweigh the risk, and that’s simply not the case against the Dodgers righty.

Tampa Bay Rays – Zack Greinke hasn’t received a warm welcome from the AL quite yet, but that should change against the Rays tonight. The current Rays are batting a mere .186 against the 28 year old righty, and their bigger bats have been even worse. Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and Ben Zobrist have combined for 13 hits in 75 at bats (.173 batting average) and 26 strikeouts. The lone Ray who has had success against Greinke is Matt Joyce (.385 batting average) but he has been in a funk in August that is getting worse with each passing game.

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