Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 4/4/14
Today, I’m switching things up a bit. After recommending (and using) bargain basement pitchers in daily fantasy baseball the past few days, it’s time to invest in a big arm. This means the savings will need to come from somewhere else. Today’s four pack includes a catcher, first baseman, second baseman and outfielder whose combined value is $12,500. At just over $3,100 per player, enough budget was saved for a big money pitcher and Troy Tulowitzki at home. Monday-Friday, ROTOscouting will do the research and recommend 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.
Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals
In 2013, Infant batted .329/.362/.487 at home versus right-handed pitchers. Yes, he played in a different home park (Detroit), but moving from one top-10 park in terms of runs to another means the good times will continue. Rookie Erik Johnson and his career 5.17 xFIP on the road (extremely small sample size) is a strong match up for Infante. And at $2,900, he may be the best daily fantasy baseball value of the day.
Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Today, the Phillies open up a series in Chicago against the Cubs. Left-hander Travis Wood posted a 4.66 xFIP at home in 2013 and presents a great match up for Ruiz, a player who posted a .353/.410/.559 triple slash line on the road versus LHP. Plus, Wrigley Field is one of the friendliest parks in the game to score runs in. In daily fantasy baseball, Ruiz’ $3,100 salary is a bargain.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado Rockies
The Twins home park isn’t a friendly run scoring environment, yet Morneau was still able to post a .312/.371/.522 triple slash line against Right-handed pitchers in 2013. Today, Morneau will play his first home game in baseball’s best run scoring environment against a pitcher who posted a 4.16 xFIP on the road. At $3,200, it wouldn’t surprise me if Morneau went deep off of opposing pitcher Randall Delgado, a player known for giving up too many home runs.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
The most expensive pick of the day, Byrd also has the best situational line of the four players featured in this piece. In 2013, the outfielder posted a .398/.417/.705 triple slash line away versus Left-handed pitchers. Facing Travis Wood, a pitcher with a 4.66 xFIP at home, a $3,300 Byrd will provide a big return on investment in daily fantasy baseball.
Daily Fantasy Baseball: It Starts With Pitching
This week, I shopped for bargain basement pitchers. Charlie Morton worked out well (12 points), but the other arms were just so-so. When spending less than $5,500 each time, it’s tough to avoid ups and downs. Today, I spent $7,000 on a pitcher expected to post gaudy strikeout totals and hope the extra points bring added success.
4 Apr 2014 / Mike Newman /
Tags: Daily Fantasy Baseball
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