Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Thursday June 14th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsA couple of fantasy baseball studs should be considered “value” plays as they are smoking hot and face a pitcher they’ve had success against in the past.

Value plays:

Paul Konerko – The White Sox slugger continues to impress as he is leading the AL in batting average. He has hit for power and average against Jake Westbrook, with a career .313 average and 8 extra base hits. He is slugging .552 against the Cardinals righty, and with Westbrook winless since early May, I expect the White Sox to  have success tonight.

Adam Jones – He has been one of the best hitters in the league all season long, and a matchup with Erik Bedard figures to keep the ball rolling. Jones has 6 hits in 11 career at bats (.545 average) against the Pirates pitcher and has 3 multi hit games in the past 5 days. Look for Jones to be on the base paths all night long, providing his daily fantasy baseball owners with plenty of points.

Chris Snyder – The Astros catcher holds a .444 career batting average against Barry Zito, making him an interesting roster filler in daily fantasy baseball games. Houston boasts a team average of .342 against Zito, and the typically soft hitting Stros seem ready for a rare break out game.

Players to avoid:

Philadelphia Phillies – After a bit of resistance on my part, it is time to acknowledge what Scott Diamond (5-1 1.61) is doing for the Twins and against elite fantasy baseball players. Teams have struggled to get anything going against the lefty, and that includes some of the leagues more explosive offenses (Angels, Brewers, Blue Jays). The Phillies aren’t the offense they once were, and I would side with the young lefty in this matchup.

Ben Zobrist and BJ Upton – The duo has only 1 hit in 16 career at bats against Johan Santana, and I like Santana to bounce back off of a rough start against the Yankees. He may not be no-hitter good, but I’ll take the under of 2.5 hits for Zobrist and Upton tonight, meaning that fantasy baseball production will be tough to come by.

 

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