Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 5/2/2014
Thursday was a first for me in daily fantasy baseball. Four, 40 person 50/50 tournaments, four 1st place finishes. Yesterday’s diamonds (Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Desmond Jennings, Pedro Alvarez and Corey Dickerson combined for 18.75 points and cost readers $12,600. At an average of 1.49 points per thousand spent the return on investment was huge for these undervalued assets. Today, we’ll feature four diamonds (and a bonus player) with even better situational match ups than yesterday’s group. Each day, I spend more than 90-minutes working to bring ROTOscouting readers the best daily picks on the planet. Read all of them for less than $1 per week.
Nick Swisher, 1B, Cleveland Indians ($2,800)
Swisher is off to a slow start, but is known as a lefty masher — especially at home where he posted a wRC+ of 188 in 2013. Today, he faces John Danks and his 5.28 xFIP on the road in April. In daily fantasy baseball, this may be a break out game for Swisher. Expect a walk and home run from the player with nine consecutive 20-plus home run seasons and a career walk rate of 13.1%.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado Rockies ($3,100)
A repeat diamond, Dickerson costs even less than last night. It shouldn’t e possible, but the outfielder’s three hit performance last night (7.75 points at Fanduel) raised his career wRC+ versus right-handers at home to 198. That’s phenomenal. In daily fantasy baseball, I’m always a pitcher like Zack Wheeler will have his A-stuff, but my hands are tied. Wheeler is terrible versus lefties with a career xFIP of 5.01 against them. The stars are aligned for Dickerson to mash — again in daily fantasy baseball.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates ($3,100)
In 2013, Walker had a wRC+ of 161 against RHP at home. Today, he faces Brandon Morrow, a right-handed pitcher who has a 4.51 xFIP against left-handed hitters this season. Plus, Morrow has a career xFIP of 4.43 versus 3.63 at home. It’s not a great group of second baseman today, but Walker is the best in daily fantasy baseball.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals ($3,200)
I’ve been waiting for awhile to play Peralta against a so-so lefty. Today, he faces Travis Wood, a pitcher who posted an xFIP of 4.66 at home in 2013. Meanwhile, Peralta plastered left-handed pitchers in 2013, posting home and road wRC+ ratios of 160 or more. Peralta has been a BABIP casualty in the early going, but overall power production has been strong. Today, he’ll earn his first hit of the season on the road versus a LHP and will have ample opportunity for more in daily fantasy baseball.
Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay Rays ($3,300)
Like yesterday, I’m including Jennings because readers should know he mashes lefties, producing at 40-plus percent above league average at home and on the road. Plus, he’s facing Vidal Nuno, a pitcher with a career xFIP of five at home. Expect two hits and a stolen base from the outfielder.
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2 May 2014 / Mike Newman /
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