Fantazzle is offering various daily fantasy baseball games to celebrate the Fourth of July, including a few leagues that are uncapped in terms of participants.
Joe Mauer and Denard Span - Hitting Justin Verlander is hard enough, but having two players who have done well against the righty is incredibly rare. The Twins duo is batting .388 against the reigning MVP with 27.3% of their hits going for extra bases. Mauer has hit for more power against Verlander in 51 career at bats than the rest of the Twins have in 167 at bats. Don’t expect fireworks from Minnesota, but do expect Span and Mauer to be in the middle of the action when they do score.
Paul Konerko and Alex Rios – In what figures to be a high scoring series, Konerko and Rios should provide pop from the middle of the White Sox order against the Rangers Scott Feldman. The tandem holds a .325 batting average and has homered once every 10 at bats against the righty (the rest of the White Sox have homered once in 52 at bats). They average nearly an RBI per hit and are a good bet to continue their run producing ways tonight.
Players to avoid:
Asdrubal Cabrera - Any player facing Ervin Santana has unlimited upside and downside, as the Angels pitcher can be dominant or pathetic. Cabrera however, has consistently failed to hit the righty and holds a career .130 batting average against Santana. He has as many strikeouts as hits and walks combined, which reflects his troubles putting the ball in play. The Indians might get shut out and they might score 10 runs, but either way, Cabrera figures to let his daily fantasy baseball owners down.
Milwaukee Brewers – A typically potent offense, the Brewers have had almost no success when it comes to hitting Marlins ace Josh Johnson. Current Brewers are batting a mere .167 against the righty with a miserable .200 OBP. Base runners figure to be at a premium, and with no current Brewers ever homering off of Johnson, I don’t like their chances to do much scoring to celebrate the holiday. If at all possible, I suggest rostering Joey Chestnut instead of any Brewer, as he tends to have his best days on the Fourth of July.
Michale Bourn – If speed is supposed to be slump proof, then they need to come up with a new word for what Bourn has experienced when facing the Cubs Paul Maholm. The speedy outfielder is batting only .219 against the lefty and strikes out nearly once every 3 at bats. Bourn’s value comes from wreaking havoc on the bases, but his .286 OBP would indicate that he won’t spend a lot of time anywhere but the batters box. Bourn can be an asset in fantasy baseball, just don’t count on it today.