Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 5/1/14
Wednesday was a mess. Between rain outs and scheduled off days, half of yesterday’s diamonds didn’t play. If you held firm with our pitcher pick, Tim Hudson, the daily fantasy baseball gods rewarded you with a 16.67 point performance. Additionally, Anthony Rendon chipped in 14 points of his own. With 30.67 points for just $10,100, players could have selected the rest of the lineup at random and still won money. Today’s diamonds feature an undervalued catcher on a hot streak, outfielder with insane situational splits and third baseman with power to spare. Plus, I’ll discuss another outfielder who mashes left-handers, but costs $100 more than my self-imposed $3,300 cut off. Subscribe to ROTOscouting and receive every daily pick for less than $1 per week.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Marlins ($2,900)
Saltalamacchia is hot, but is Ervin Santana hotter? Today will provide the answer as J-Salt has a wRC+ of 192 versus RHP at home in the early going. This, after a full season situational wRC+ of 157 at home against RHP. In 2013, Santana posted a 3.65 xFIP on the road, but he was one of the game’s best starters in April. In daily fantasy baseball, I’m willing to risk another stellar Santana outing. Ryan Hanigan versus Felix Doubront came in a close second.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates ($3,200)
In 2013, Bud Norris posted a 4.21 xFIP at home. Meanwhile, Alvarez was at his best versus RHP on the road, posting a wRC+ of 146. Between Norris’ declining strikeout rate and Alvarez’ ability to run into a fastball on any given day, the Pirates third baseman is as good a third base play as any in daily fantasy baseball today. And with me starting a premium pitcher (Haren versus MIN), it’s imperative to find discounts somewhere on the baseball diamond.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies ($3,200)
With the injury to Michael Cuddyer, Dickerson will receive an opportunity for extended playing tome. At home versus RHP, he’s lethal, posting a career wRC+ of 187. Today, he faces a struggling Bartolo Colon who posted a 3.82 xFIP on the road in 2013. Colon will limit walks and force Rockies players to score runs by swinging the stick. Dickerson has the splits to do just that.
Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays ($3,300)
Jennings faces a struggling Felix Doubront in Boston today. In 2013, the Rays outfielder was a steady performer against LHP, performing at 40-plus percent above league average at home and on the road. Doubront was strong at home, posting an xFIP of 3.57 versus 4.87 on the road. This season, Doubront has seen his peripherals erode even further, leaving me less worried about situational splits I normally try to avoid in daily fantasy baseball.
Tough Day For Pitching In Daily Fantasy Baseball
Across the board, xFIP’s are pretty even for pitchers in today’s match ups. With no obvious undervalued sleeper, Hiroki Kuroda and Dan Haren are two veterans with promising starts against bad pitchers and poor offensive teams. When in doubt, pay for the pitcher and skimp on the starting lineup. Want to play daily fantasy baseball? Click the Fanduel link below and sign up using our affiliate. It’s a great way to support ROTOscouting.
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