Jeff Baker – Rostering the Cubs first basemen in daily fantasy baseball games is a leap of faith, as playing time is far from guaranteed, but if there was ever a day to do so, today is your day. He is Chicago’s best hitter against Wandy Rodriguez with a .435 career mark and has had half of his hits go for extra bases. Based on his average price, Baker is a low risk player who could supply some cheap power in a daily fantasy baseball format.
Alex Rios – There is no way to deny Rios’ talent, and it has begun to shine brightly over the last month. He has been the best hitter in the White Sox lineup of late, and that figures to continue when they travel to hitter friendly Yankee Stadium to face Phil Hughes. Rios owns a .389 batting average, and all of his hits lately are doing damage. Hughes surrendered 4 homers against the far less powerful Braves less than 2 weeks ago, so expecting a long ball from Rios is not out of the question.
Matt Holliday – The cards align for Holliday to continue his solid season against Erik Bedard today, as he holds a .429 career average against the Pirates pitcher. But more telling than his career stats against Bedard are Holliday’s numbers against left handed pitchers at home. He is batting .303 at home and 59 points higher against lefties. The Cardinals are batting over .300 as a team against Bedard and need to make a statement against a divisional opponent.
Players to avoid:
Arizona Diamondbacks – Generally speaking, I am a believer in the D-Backs and their offense. But a matchup against the Brewers Yovani Gallardo makes even an Arizona supporter think twice about rostering any players in a daily fantasy baseball league. The Baby Backs are batting a pitiful .202 against the righty with a miserable .539 OPS. They have struck out 27% of the time, allowing Gallardo to K his way through any potential jams.
Billy Butler – He has lived up to some of his potential of late, but that doesn’t change anything when it comes to facing Francisco Liriano. The Twins ace has held Butler to a .185 average with more strikeouts than hits. Butler’s June was impressive, but his July isn’t going to start the same way. Stay away from the DH for today, but feel free to look his way down the road, as his power is here to stay.