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We all know Robinson Cano, Ryan Braun and Mike Trout can be great daily fantasy plays but it's Dayan Viciedo, Brandon Moss and Chris Coghlan who could really help you bring home the top prize today!
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Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites price their players differently, which could make someone a must start on one site but not another. It is also important to double check starting lineups as news often breaks after this column is written. In the space below I will break down the best plays by position and make notes as to which type of formats to utilize players. If you are new to the daily fantasy baseball scene, there are daily fantasy websites which offer one day contests. These contests are mostly salary cap games where you can take any players you want as long as you stay under the cap and meet the positional requirements and all are points-based (not roto). Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions regarding daily fantasy baseball.
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Robinson Cano (NYY) - The world is back to normal as we have Cano listed atop the heap of top plays today. Cano gets to face a RHP at home which as we've noted in the past is a gold-mine for Cano. Against RHP at home he has an OPS above 1.000 each of the last two years and Justin Masterson is below average against LHB's with a .339 wOBA allowed mark. Masterson's extreme GB tendencies help him do a good job of avoiding HR's (0.83 HR/9 to LHB's), but it's hard not to take Cano at home against a righty with severe splits. At $4,500 on FanDuel the price is steep but with a lack of ideal value plays at the position it may be one worth paying.
Ryan Braun (MIL) - Amidst a bevy of top play options in the OF today Braun is my first choice. He has hit .348/.418/.660 in his career against LHP (.452 wOBA) and Tom Milone is exceptionally homer-prone on the road allowing 1.57 HR/9 in his career. Braun's price is also down relative to the top OF options which makes him easier to fit into your team. His $4,400 price on FanDuel is over $1,000 cheaper than our other top plays so I'm more likely to use him.
Mike Trout (LAA) - By now I'm sure you've guessed that Trout qualifies as a top play. I've noted over the last week how Trout's discrepancy between his performance against RHP (.400) and LHP (.359) in his career is almost entirely BABIP driven (.377 vs. RHP, .289 vs. LHP). As a result I feel pretty confident Trout's .400+ wOBA skills are still in-tact when he faces LHP. I know Trout hasn't delivered the last few times against LHP we've suggested him, but I feel like Monday is another nice spot against Erik Bedard.
Dayan Viciedo (CHW) - Viciedo is another guy we love to play against LHP as he's hit .356/.392/.601 (.424 wOBA) in his career against LHP. Joe Saunders struggles against RHB's has been well documented in the Fix today which makes Viciedo one of the top value plays across the industry. His $2,900 tag on FanDuel makes him a must play.
Chris Coghlan (MIA) - Coghlan is quietly swinging one of the hottest bats in all of baseball but unlike some of the other hot bats he hasn't seen his price move much at all. He hit .322/.385/.542 in May and is 7-9 to start June. Over his last 68 AB's he's hit .382/.432/.588 and somehow he's just $2,300 on FanDuel. Kyle Kendrick has given up a .342 wOBA to LHB's over the last three years and the game takes place in a favorable hitting environment in PHI. It's hard not take a chance on Coghlan at that price.
Kyle Kendrick (PHI) - Kendrick isn't quite the pitcher Medlen is but if you look at just 2013 performance it's hard to tell them apart. Medlen has posted a 3.48 ERA and 4.52 xFIP while Kendrick has earned a 3.27 ERA and 4.35 xFIP. Kendrick also has the friendlier matchup of the two on Monday as he gets to face a Marlins team that is last in wOBA against RHP. The Marlins have been swinging it better of late but they're still a more favorable matchup for Kendrick and his price-tag is a whole lot cheaper than Medlen as he's priced at just $5,200 on FanDuel. If you're interested in loading up on offense on Monday night, Kendrick is far and away your best bet at the SP position.
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