Buster Posey – The young catcher has seen the best of Ian Kennedy over his short career, and he has still managed to dominate the Diamondback ace. Posey has a .471 career average off of Kennedy, and has only struck out once in 19 plate appearances. Most of his success came against the 21 win Kennedy of last season, and with the righty struggling this year (3-5, 4.65 era, 1.37 whip), Posey is my pick for the best catcher in daily fantasy baseball games.
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez – A visit from Ervin Santana is just what the fantasy baseball doctor ordered from the struggling Yankees. The current Bronx Bombers are hitting .281 against the inconsistent Angel, but Jeter and A-Rod are far above the team average. The duo is batting .387 against the righty, with one of every 4 hits leaving the ballpark. Both future hall of famers own a slugging percentage north of .680, as they make their hits count. This has “breakout game” written all over it for the Yankees infield; don’t be left out of the fun.
All Milwaukee Brewers – It may be a tiny sample size, but the Beer Makers are hitting .313 in 64 at bats against Clayton Kershaw with 7 extra base hits. I’m not suggesting you should fill your daily fantasy baseball roster with Brewers, but don’t shy away from guys like Aramis Ramirez, Rickie Weeks, and Ryan Braun just because they are opposing the best pitcher in the NL.
Carlos Beltran – Tim Hudson faces the Cardinals tonight, a matchup that figures to allow Beltran to continue his resurgent 2012 campaign. He has recorded more hits against the veteran than the rest of the healthy Red Birds combined, good for a .351 career mark. When he gets hits, they are productive ones, as he is slugging .595 with more than 33% of his hits going for at least 2 bases. Beltran is my top ranked player today, and is worth top dollar in salary cap fantasy baseball games.
Players to avoid
All Oakland Athletics – The soft hitting A’s face Francisco Liriano in his return to the big leagues, and he couldn’t have asked for a better matchup. The current Athletics are batting a combined .191 against the lefty, and no player with more than 8 at bats has a higher average than Cliff Pennington at .273. Oakland has struck out 4 times for every walk drawn against Liriano, making today a good day to look elsewhere for sleeper fantasy production.
Mark Reynolds – The perfect player in some instances, Reynolds is the last player you want on your team today against the Blue Jays. He is a source of cheap power at times, but against Brandon Morrow, he rarely makes contact. He is 1/10 with 6 strikeouts against the Blue Jay ace, and figures to be rung up with regularity in tonight’s game.