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Will Yaisel Puig be able to repeat? Can Cole Hamels right the ship? Come find out who we think will help you cash in your leagues 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.
Weather: KC-MIN is the only game with any potential weather issues today and it's just a 30% chance of rain with the description being "few showers". I think we're in for another delay free day of baseball.
Matt Wieters (BAL) - Since 2011 Matt Wieters has posted an incredible .421 wOBA against LHP with a spectacular .254 ISO. He's hit .333/.407/.578 against lefties and on Wednesday he'll get to take on Dallas Keuchel who has allowed a .366 wOBA to RHB's since 2010. Keuchel gives up 1.51 HR/9 and walks nearly 10% of the RHB's he faces. The Orioles are loaded with right-handed hitters and figure to be one of the higher scoring teams on Wednesday. With Wieters at just 83k on DailyJoust he's not only a top play but a pretty nice value.
Pedro Alvarez (PIT) - Alvarez gets to face a RHP who struggles striking out LHB's (11%) and gives up a ton of HR's (1.4 HR/9). Could there be a better matchup for Alvarez? I think not. Alvarez's big issue is strikeouts (28% against RHP) but when he does make contact he hits the ball a long way (.212 ISO against RHP). Alvarez has homered in two of the last three games and looks like another tremendous value play for the early slate. He's just $62k on DailyJoust.
Yasiel Puig (LAD) - Puig is going to be heavily owned after his outburst yesterday and I totally understand the thinking behind it. If he's priced near the minimum he's a no brainer against Jason Marquis who is OK against RHB's (.329 wOBA allowed since 2010) but generally struggles overall. Puig has the benefit of the league not knowing him and I've loved his opposite field approach in the first two games which is necessary for success against a sinker-baller. I think he's in line for another strong day today.
Cole Hamels (PHI) - Perhaps I'm being stubborn with Hamels but his swinging strike rate, chase rate, and first strike % are all the same as past years. Somehow he's not striking as many batters out and walking more but the underlying peripherals are exactly the same. He's started throwing his change-up more in May and the strikeout numbers have improved. He's already faced the Marlins twice this year and he's allowed just 3 ER's in 12 innings while striking out 15. Hamels price is down on many sites and as a result he's my top value play. On DailyJoust he's the 7th most expensive SP at $366k and he'd be my selection to start building a team around.
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