Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Thursday July 5th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsSome solid pitchers take the hill today, but they have struggled against slap hitters like Scott Hairston and Michale Bourn.

Value plays:

Scott Hairston – The Mets left fielder has shown elite power against Cole Hamels, and with the Mets hitting .292 as a team against the Phillies current ace, he is a good bet to help out his daily fantasy baseball owners in a big way. Hairston leads the Mets in both doubles and HR’s against the lefty, as 80% of his hits have gone for extra bases (1.000 slugging percentage). His .385 career batting average should provide confidence that he gets a hit, and if history holds up, that hit should do some damage.

Michael Bourn – The Atlanta speedster has dominated Matt Garza over his career, and with the Braves bats heating up, he is a strong play tonight. He owns a .588 career average against the Cubs righty, and while all of his hits have been singles, you’re not rostering him in daily fantasy baseball games for his power. He should be on base often, giving him a chance to display his elite running ability as well as his knack to score runs.

Milwaukee Brewers – Mark Buehrle is as reliable as they get, but he has had serious problems when facing the BrewCrew. He has surrendered a .342 batting average to the team with half of their hits going for at least 2 bases. It’s been exactly 2 months since Buehrle had a quality start on the road, and that streak seems likely to continue.

Players to avoid:

Jimmy Rollins - You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and you can’t teach Rollins how to hit a knuckle ball. Which means he is in very rough shape against R.A. Dickey tonight. The potential starter in next weeks All Star Game has held Rollins to a .176 batting average with as many strikeouts as hits. Rollins has been scuffling of late, making this the worst possible time to face Dickey.

Paul Konerko – Yes, the White Sox hung 19 on the Rangers only a few days ago, but that wasn’t against Matt Harrison. The Rangers lefty has had plenty of success against the power packed Sox, specifically their top hitter in Konerko. He has held the first basemen to a .143 batting average with 0 home runs. Chicago as a team is batting only .198 off of Harrison, so I don’t see another outburst like what we saw on Tuesday.

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