Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 4/29/14
Yesterday, Carlos Santana returned from the baseball dead and put me in the win column with an 8.5 point effort. In all, five daily fantasy baseball picks combined for 13.25 points. Not ideal, but at $14,300 combined, $20,700 in budget allowed owners to round out the roster with stars. Hopefully, it resulted in a cash finish. Today, we’ll profile just three players as my lineup with feature six players in the $3,500 to $3,700 range. Included is a pitcher with a stellar pitching match up, shortstop who dominates at home and a forgotten outfielder who began the season on the disabled list. Check back daily for more diamonds and subscribe for just a dollar per week.
John Lackey, P, Red Sox ($7,700)
In 2013, John Lackey was solid at home, posting a 3.37 xFIP. Today in daily fantasy baseball, he faces a Tampa Bay team with the fewest runs scored on the road so far. Even better, the Red Sox mash left-handers which is bad news for opposing pitcher Erik Bedard. With a 5.20 xFIP away from home in 2013, this game ends in a blow out and Lackey chips in 15 points or more. For my money, Lackey versus the Rays is the most lopsided match up on the board this evening.
Chris Owings, SS, Diamondbacks ($2,600)
A general rule is to only recommend position players when the opposing pitcher has a situational xFIP of 4.00 or above. in daily fantasy baseball today, Chris Owings and his bargain basement price tag is forcing my hand. With a career wRC+ of 208 at home versus RHP, the young shortstop is a no brainer versus Tyler Chatwood and his 3.97 xFIP on the road in 2013. Expect a multi-hit game with a stolen base.
Shane Victorino, OF, Red Sox ($3,000)
When the Red Sox thump Erik Bedard tonight, Victorino will be leading the charge. In 2013, he was 87% better than the league average at home versus LHP. When living in Savannah, we used to frequent an Asian restaurant called Hirano’s because it was “C&G” or cheap and good. Victorino is both tonight.
A Day for Yankees, Red Sox And Cardinals In Daily Fantasy Baseball Today
Today, eight of my nine starters are from three teams. In recent days, it has made sense to stack players from certain teams against the worst pitchers. Tonight, I hope it pays off big as the worst starter was 48% better than league average in his respective situation match up.
29 Apr 2014 / Mike Newman /
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