Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 4/17/14
After a travel day for scouting, daily fantasy baseball diamonds is back with a vengeance. Today, we’ll discuss five players including a cheap starting pitcher, catcher, second baseman, shortstop and outfielder with dynamite situational splits and weak pitching opponents. ROTOscouting has been on a bit of a roll hitting on players like Yordano Ventura, Dominic Brown, Ryan Howard and other bargain basement options. Subscribe for as little ast $1.49 per week and pay less than $.20 per hour on average for my best plays each week of the MLB season.
Ian Kennedy, SP, Padres ($6,000)
Kennedy had a 3.70 xFIP at home in 2013 — a poor season by his standards. Colorado had the fourth lowest run total away from home last season including the sixth most strikeouts. The opposing pitcher, Franklin Morales, has a career xFIP in the 4.37 on the road. In daily fantasy baseball, expect Kennedy to earn a win with a strikeout per inning.
Everth Cabrera, SS, Padres ($3,000)
A replay of two days ago, Cabrera was 30% better than league average at home against LHP in 2013. Today, strong shortstop match ups are expensive, leaving the elite stolen base threat a real bargain at home against a weak opposing pitcher. In daily fantasy baseball, there’s not a better bang for your shortstop buck.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pirates ($3,100)
In 2013, Walker was extraordinary in his home ballpark. With production 61% above league average, I’m confident in his ability to handle Yovani Gallardo and his 3.81 xFIP on the road in 2013. Generally, I stick to hitters whose opposing pitcher has a situational xFIP above 4.00 in daily fantasy baseball, but second base is a weak area today with the next best plays costing $1,000 more.
Khris Davis, OF, Brewers ($3,200)
Today, Khris Davis faces Edinson Volquez and his 4.22 xFIP away from home in 2013. Meanwhile, the Brewers outfielder has produced at 66% above league average on the road versus RHP. It’s a small sample size, but I’m okay rolling the dice in this instance. Playing Davis allows me to flank him with two stars in the outfield.
Josmil Pinto, C, Twins ($3,200)
At home versus a RHP, Pinto is a must play, producting at 70% above league average. Today, he’ll face R.A. Dickey and his 4.44 xFIP away from home in 2013. Based on xFIP from last season, Dickey is the worst situational pitcher play today and my hope is Pinto cashes in.
Watch Your Weather In Daily Fantasy Baseball
In the midst of a six game in nine day stretch including a pair of overnight trips, last minute changes have not been an option while at the ballpark. Fortunately, readers are better able to keep a watchful eye. Don’t forget to check weather and starting lineups prior to the first pitch of the day. I’ve been using Fantasy Alarm’s daily lineup and live weather tracker whenever possible.
17 Apr 2014 / Mike Newman /
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