Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds (5/5/14)
Friday was another banner day. With four more 1st place finishes and a 2nd, ROTOscouting has won eight of nine 50/50 match ups outright in daily fantasy baseball. We recommended $15,500 in players who combined for 36.75 points. What does this mean? Subscribers could have thrown darts at the other four starting spots and still cashed. Now those are great odds! For less than $1 per week, I sift through all the match ups and bring the best values to ROTOscouting subscribers. The players I recommend to readers are the ones I play myself in daily fantasy baseball.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals ($2,800)
If there was ever a night to start the Royals SS, this is it. In need of the cheapest option available, I chose Escobar because he produced a league average wRC+ in 2013 on the road versus LHP during a terrible offensive season. Against Eric Stults and his 5.34 ERA, I expect a couple of singles and a stolen base. My one concern is the Royals have been terrible at scoring runs against LHP, so run scoring opportunities may end up being fewer than one would expect.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers ($3,000)
Ramirez mashes at home, posting a wRC+ of 42% better than league average versus RHP in 2013. This year, his production has been down, but the third baseman has still been an above average performer. With Ryan Braun hitting the disabled list, Ramirez will become a pivotal player in the Brewers lineup.
Josmil Pinto, C, Twins ($3,100)
Pinto mashes right-handers — especially on the road where his career wRC+ is 83% above the league average. Tonight, he faces Zach McAllister, a pitcher who posted a 4.86 xFIP at home in 2013. Yes, McAllister has been better this season, but it’s still a great match up for the Twins catcher in daily fantasy baseball — especially after a couple of days to clear his head.
Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants ($3,200)
Brandon Belt doesn’t hit lefties. Right? Wrong! Belt mashes LHP on the road, posting a wRC+ of 173 in 2013. Did it happen by chance? It would be easy to assume yes, but Belt has a situational wRC+ of 161 this season as well. Against Jeff Locke, I expect a big game from Belt, although Brandon Moss is a worthy selection as well in daily fantasy baseball.
Ben Revere, OF, Phillies ($3,300)
I’m including Revere as a player readers need to be aware of. With 10 stolen bases and a .857 OPS versus LHP in 2014, he’s a good bet for success against J.A. Happ. For whatever reason, he’s been worse at home than on the road in his career, but He’ll receive at least five plate appearances tonight given Happ’s command issues.
Selling Out For Speed In Daily Fantasy Baseball
Maybe it’s coincidence, but my recent hot streak has coincided with a shift to players capable of stealing bases. Escobar, Choo, Pagan and Revere all have the ability to chip in a steal and add to the point total on a night when the daily fantasy baseball lineup feels a little weak.
5 May 2014 / Mike Newman /
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