There’s nothing better than racing home from a hard day’s work to methodically study and choose players for my DFS lineup. No, sorry, but I don’t have a smart phone mainly due to my massive sausage fingers. I know I’ll eventually break someday soon and get an iPhone, but I still enjoy the process of sitting in front of my PC and studying player stats and salaries. What can I say? I’m set in my ways.
If you had a rough Tuesday keep in mind there’s always Wednesday! Check ‘er out:
Jeff Samardzija, A’s ($10,300) – If nothing else I feel very confident about Samardzija and his ability to strike out hitters and avoid free passes. I know it’s only been 42 career at bats for the current White Sox hitters against Samardzija, but they have a .143 lifetime batting average with only one home run.
James Shields, Royals ($9,400) – This is more of a gut call than anything, mainly since I don’t like any of the stud pitchers going tomorrow aside from Samardzija. But, I’m taking into consideration that the Royals are almost in a must-win situation and that Shields has been solid on the road in 2014.
Tyler Matzek, Rockies ($7,300) – It won’t be terribly easy for Matzek to go into New York and push the Mets around, but his 29 point FPPG average over his last three starts is incredibly enticing. I absolutely love that Matzek is getting outs with the ground ball (34 GB/13 FB over his last three starts).
Jarred Cosart, Marlins ($7,200) – Cosart gets to face a struggling Brewers team, so that bodes well for his chances at a solid line even on the road. Cosart is averaging 24 FPPG over his last three starts.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, Blue Jays ($3,900) – I know I’ve talked about not spending big bucks at the catcher slot before, but I’m okay with $3,900 here which I think is quite reasonable for d’Arnaud considering his current hot streak. Over the last five games played, d’Arnaud has averaged almost 14 FPPG.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Blue Jays ($4,800) – I’m not predicting Encarnacion will pop one out on Wednesday, although it’s nice to see his recent power push over his last 10 games played. Gotta dig EE’s lifetime numbers against the Cubs: 70 AB, six homers, 18 RBI at a .271 clip.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros ($5,000) – Here I am again recommending Altuve. It’s tough not to list the Astros second baseman considering what he’s done this season for DFS owners. Check out Altuve’s lifetime slash line against the Mariners: .357/.391/.520.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Tigers ($5,700) – You can also slot Cabrera in at first base if you want considering his dual position eligibility, although getting him into your lineup is key. So, just do it. There hasn’t been a hotter hitter in the game over the last week as Miggy has crushed the ball. Okay, there may be a hotter hitter, but you get my point.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, Cardinals ($4,300) – It’s becoming tougher and tougher to rely on good shortstop help these days with all the injuries at the position and general inconsistent play. Peralta at least gives you power, even at a less than affordable price.
Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers ($4,300) – Kemp is an underrated option in my book. The salary is fair, but he’s done a bunch to earn that tag with what he’s been doing with the bat of late. Six out of Kemp’s last 10 games have included double-digit fantasy points.
Alex Gordon, OF, Royals ($4,700) – The salary on Gordon has been rightly adjusted, since he’d be a borderline option for me at Monday’s price of $5,000. He’ll do enough on Wednesday, however, to earn $4,700. In 209 career at-bats, Gordon has seven homers, 22 RBI and 20 base on balls against the Tigers, while carrying a .324 lifetime average, two homers and seven RBI against Rick Porcello in 34 at-bats.
Mike Trout, OF, Angels ($5,700) – I couldn’t go much longer without listing Trout in these write-ups, considering the positive point totals he’s put up over the last few games. Trout has had a few rough games over the last week or so, but he’s been getting back on track raising his batting average to .288 on the season through Tuesday’s game.
Josh Willingham, OF, Royals ($3,700) – Willingham is 8-for-21 with a .381 batting average to go along with two homers and eight RBI against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The Royals got Willingham cheaply to help with a division title run and the move has paid off nicely.
Joe Panik, 2B/SS, Giants ($3,600) – Counting through the bottom of the fifth inning in Tuesday night’s game, Panik is 19-for-45 (.422) over his last 10 games. Can you say sizzlin’ hot? You won’t get power, but Panik does get on base and he can score runs.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, Astros ($2,900) – There hasn’t been anything exciting about Gonzalez’ numbers over the last few games, but you have to love his career numbers versus Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma even with the sample size: 7-for-12 (.583) with one home run. The $2,900 price tag fits nicely in a budgeted middle infield.
Seth Smith, OF, Padres ($3,800) – Speaking of sample size, no worries here with Smith’s 47 career at-bats against Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren. Smith has a .277 average, three home runs, nine RBI, four walks and seven extra base hits in total against Haren.