Fantasy baseball owners don’t take days off, so here is your guide to fantasy glory on a very slow Thursday in the majors.
Jerry Hairston Jr, Tony Gwynn Jr, and Adam Kennedy – Not the Dodgers you are used to rostering in fantasy baseball, but they kill today’s starter. Zach Greinke has been knocked around by this trio to the tune of a .538 batting average with 43% of the hits going for extra bases. It is also worth noting that the Brewers ace is a much better pitcher in Milwaukee, as this is a road game. Matt Kemp may be out of action, but this is a rare opportunity to make use of his teammates in daily fantasy baseball games.
Prince Fielder – A good start most days, Fielder is a great start today against Josh Beckett. He has 3 hits in 6 at bats against the Red Sox ace, with all 3 hits leaving the park. Beckett’s pride often gets in the way when he pitches, so I doubt he avoids the big man. Look for Beckett to challenge Fielder when the bases are empty, and my money is on Fielder to win that battle. A sleeper for the Tigers today is Delmon Young, who has put together a solid .353 against Beckett with half of his hits going for extra bases.
Red Sox not named Adrian Gonzalez – Without the slumping slugger, the current Sox are batting .373 against Max Scherzer in 75 career at bats. David Ortiz leads the charge with a .750 average and a HR every third hit, and the Sox have a team OPS of 1.000. Beckett and Scherzer are two pitchers who rely on strikeouts to get out jams, but these 2 relentless lineups seem destine to put up crooked numbers all night long in Boston. This game will determine daily fantasy baseball winners on a slow day in the MLB.
Players to avoid
Colorado Rockies – The same number of Rockies have multiple career hits against Bud Norris as do against Chuck Norris. 0. It is a very limited sample size, but the Rockies have only 8 hits in 41 at bats against the Astro righty, and strike out nearly once every three at bats. There aren’t many options today, but don’t give into temptation and start everybody involved in a game at Coors field.