Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 4/7/14
Today is a tough day for pitchers in daily fantasy baseball. St. Louis figured to be ground zero as a pair of top, young pitchers face off. Michael Wacha and Tony Cingrani are strong plays, but cancel each other out to some extent. And with a win being so valuable, I decided to look elsewhere and found a bargain in the process. Other targets for today include a catcher, second baseman and shortstop who afforded me an All-Star outfield. 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.
Corey Kluber, SP, Cleveland Indians
At $6,000, Kluber is a tremendous play in daily fantasy baseball today. For starters, his home park ranked 23rd in 2013 in terms of runs scored. Meanwhile, the Padres were the 29th ranked offensive team against RHP in 2013 (16th on the road overall). Add Kluber’s 3.10 xFIP at home last season and it’s the best pitcher match up of the day.
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals
In his career, Perez has a .339/.393/.589 triple slash line versus LHP at home. Daily fantasy baseball owners will dismiss the Royals catcher because Matt Moore is the opposing pitcher, but the left-hander had a 4.61 xFIP away from Tampa Bay last season. At $3,400 Perez is a must start today.
Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals
In Detroit, Infante posted a .307/.346/.520 triple slash line at home versus LHP. Kansas City is a friendly home park too though, and Infante produced last week when I mentioned him as a daily fantasy baseball diamond. I almost opted for Jose Altuve instead, but a $2,900 price tag was too much to pass up.
Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros
With Dexter Fowler out, Villar bats lead off. It’s a small sample size, but Villar has a career .367/.406/.467 triple slash line at home versus LHP. Like Moore, owners may avoid this match up because of C.J. Wilson, but Wilson had a 4.04 xFIP away from home last season. Plus, Houston was a top-10 park in terms of runs score in 2013.
Daily Fantasy Baseball: Happy Ryan Howard Day
Howard has become a laughingstock due to his hefty contract and declining numbers. However, he did post a .393/.453/.790 triple slash line at home versus RHP last season. Opposing starter Kyle Lohse had a 4.18 xFIP on the road and Philadelphia was the 6th best park in terms of runs scored last season. At $3,300, he’s an excellent value in daily fantasy baseball today.
7 Apr 2014 / Mike Newman /
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