Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 5/20/14
Yesterday, Eric Hosmer saved the day in daily fantasy baseball. The Diamond of the night, his 7.5 point performance buoyed an otherwise lackluster group. Overall, $15,400 spent on four, bargain basement players returned 12.5 Fanduel points. Not ROTOscouting’s best performance, but good enough to where $1,000 per point from star level talents would all but guarantee a 50/50 victory. Each day, I’ll bring readers my best value picks. Subscribe and let’s profit together.
Ian Kennedy, P, Padres ($6,700)
This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended Ian Kennedy at home. In 2014, he boast a 2.45 xFIP including a 5.29 K/BB ratio. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins are a middle of the pack offensive team on the road in terms of runs scored and total strikeouts. Plus, the right-hander faces Kevin Correia, a pitcher averaging less than five Fanduel points per start in daily fantasy baseball. On a night with aces galore, Kennedy is the best value on the board.
Mike Napoli, 1B, Red Sox ($2,900)
In 2014, Napoli has been best at home versus LHP, posting a wRC+ of 161, or 61% better than the league average. This follows a 2013 where his offensive production was 48% above average. In daily fantasy baseball, Napoli faces J.A. Happ, a left-hander with a 10.83 xFIP on the road against right-handed hitters. Count on a strong performance from Napoli including a walk or two and at least one run scored.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, Yankees ($3,200)
Third base is messy in daily fantasy baseball tonight. With Josh Donaldson at $4,500 and a “meh” rest of the pack, why not ride the hot hand and play Yangervis Solarte? Away versus RHP, the rookie has been 73% better than the league average. Overall, he’s mashed righties — period. In 2013, Jason Hammel posted a 5.16 xFIP at home, albeit in Baltimore. Even with the hot start, I don’t trust Hammel and am comfortable using a fairly priced Solarte against him.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox ($2,900)
Bogaerts is a must play at home versus LHP — especially crummy LHP. In 2014, the rookie has been 63% better than league average at home with a high walk rate. Today, I’m stacking right-handed hitters against J.A. Happ and his high walk rate against them.
Playing Rookies In Daily Fantasy Baseball
In the early going, I’ve been hesitant to play rookie hitters in daily fantasy baseball. About 40 games into the season, lefty/righty and home/road splits are beginning to firm up, affording me better information to speculate from. Going forward, expect to see more rookies mixed in with veterans who are “safer” plays.
20 May 2014 / Mike Newman /
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