Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 4/3/14
Today’s daily fantasy baseball diamonds include a crafty, left-handed pitcher, along with a shortstop and third baseman facing pitchers with terrible situational xFIP’s. The savings allows me to load up on a trio of high priced outfielders with excellent match ups of their own. Monday-Friday, ROTOscouting will provide a trio of players to target using FanDuel’s price list. The goal is to do the bargain basement shopping for readers, allowing them to round out the roster with star caliber players.
Wandy Rodriguez, LHP, Pirates
The crafty left-hander has always been known to love his home park. 2013 was no exception as he posted a 3.72 xFIP at home with 7.49 K/9. After Charlie Morton, yesterday’s pitcher pick, logged 12 points against the Cubs, I’m comfortable using a Pirates pitcher again in daily fantasy baseball. With Chicago scoring the third fewest runs of any MLB team last year, he’s a good bet for double-digit points on the cheap in a strong pitcher’s park ($4,900).
Marcus Semien, 3B, Chicago White Sox
By now, we know Phil Hughes loves giving up the long ball. Did you know he posted a 4.88 xFIP on the road in 2013? Meanwhile, Semien is a home park hero who belted 17-home runs combined (MLB/MILB) against right-handed pitchers in 2013. For just $2,700, I’m happy to roll the dice on his combination of power and speed in the hope he runs into a pitch or two in one of the league’s more hitter friendly ballparks.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles
A few days ago, we praised J.J. Hardy’s .900 OPS at home versus LHP last season. Jon Lester bested him that day, but Felix Doubront‘s xFIP on the road is more than a run higher (4.87) than the Red Sox best left-hander. For $3,500, we’ll play the odds again and start Hardy in his home ballpark, a hitter friendly environment.
Daily Fantasy Baseball First Base Dilemma
Today, I opted to play Mark Teixeira versus the Astros over Adam Dunn against the Twins. Dunn was less expensive ($2,900) and posted a .819 OPS against RHP. With Hughes’ terrible xFIP, it’s easy to envision a home run (or two) off his bat today in daily fantasy baseball. At $3,500, Teixeira is a riskier play due to wrist issues, but he posted a .987 OPS on the road versus LHP in 2012, his last full season. In limited action, Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer posted a 4.41 xFIP at home and Houston is the friendlier ballpark for runs. For now, Teixeira is in the lineup, but I can’t promise I won’t change it sometime before the first pitch.
3 Apr 2014 / Mike Newman /
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