Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona’s first basemen has made vast improvements this season, a trend that figures to continue against Tim Lincecum. Goldschmidt holds an impressive .538 batting average, but it is his slugging ability that gives him a chance to be among the games elite tonight. He has taken Linceum deep 4 times, the primary reason why he holds a 1.538 slugging percentage against the Giants baby faced assassin. After a difficult August, Goldschmidt is rolling right now, and should be considered a baragin at his current asking price in daily fantasy baseball games.
Dodgers not named Hanley Ramirez – All other Dodgers are getting a hit once every three at bats against Edinson Volquez, working more walks than strikeouts. Andre Ethier leads the team in extra base hits and RBI against the righty while Matt Lemp leads the squad in batting average. With their big guns producing, cheaper options like Mark Ellis (.400 batting average versus Volquez) and Juan Rivera (.455) have more value their a typical night. Don’t hesitate to use every Dodger you can get your hands on tonight, as they are a good bet to produce big fantasy baseball numbers in a game they absolutely need to win.
Jason Bay – Remember when Bay was a must start in any format of daily fantasy baseball format? Those days are long gone (.155 batting average this season) but he figures to get a chance to shine tonight, as he has hit Wandy Rodriguez as well as any player in the league. He boasts a .455 batting average with more RBI than hits, leading a Mets team that owns a .290 average against Rodriguez. Stat to consider: Jason Bay is batting .305 in September over his last 3 seasons, by far his best month. Bay is the best combination of risk/reward as the regular season winds down.
Players to avoid:
Ben Zobrist – The Red Sox disarray isn’t going to affect the pitching style of Clay Buchholz, bad news for the Rays utility man. He is currently batting .103 against Boston’s righty, with nothing but singles. Tampa Bay is hitting .222 against Buchholz, making the run production potential for any Rays hitters relatively low. Buccholz has been quietly dominant in his past 2 starts (14 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run), with two thirds of his outs coming either via K or ground ball. The signs are pointing downward for Zobrist and upward for Buccholz, making tonight a tough matchup for the Rays second basemen.
Aramis Ramirez – Mike Leake is better than his numbers show, and tonight could be a confidence builder heading into the postseason. ARam is had a Leake in his approach against the Reds righty, as he has recorded only 2 hits in 21 career at bats. Ramirez’s batting average is 27 points lower on the road, and is likely to dip after tonights game.