Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 5/7/14
It was a night to remember in daily fantasy baseball. Robbie Ray ($3,000) had a successful MLB debut and the game’s best mashers mashed. My lineup scored 47.83 points, yet finished outside of the top-10 in every 50/50. Of course a top-20 finish equals money, so a win is a win. Yesterday’s diamonds combined for 16.08 points at a combined salary of $8,500. That’s 1.89 points per thousand spent! Monday-Friday, subscribers will receive my best picks for less than $1 per week.
Rick Porcello, P, Tigers ($6,800)
In 2013, Porcello posted a 2.94 xFIP at home. Today, he faces Brad Peacock, a pitcher with a career xFIP of 4.46 on the road. In daily fantasy baseball, this is a great match up as the Tigers right-handed pitcher faces an Astros team with a .652 OPS against RHP this season. Interestingly enough, Houston has 29 home runs against RHP, good for fifth best in baseball. Of course Porcello is known as a ground ball pitcher who limits the long ball, so it’s not too concerning. Expect 15 or more points from Porcello and spend the savings on bats.
Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees ($2,700)
Away versus a LHP is the only time I’d recommend playing Derek Jeter. In his last full season (2012), he produced a situational wRC+ of 200. Of course one could dismiss those numbers because of age and injury, but the shortstop has a wRC+ of 224 against LHP this season. And with Hector Santiago posting a 4.95 xFIP at home in 2013, as well as terrible numbers this season, Jeter is a top value when owners will still be investing heavily in Troy Tulowitzki at $5,800.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers ($2,800) In 2013, Ramirez posted a wRC+ of 142, or 42% above the league average. Admittedly, the aging slugger is off to a slow start this season, but it’s why he’s so cheap in daily fantasy baseball. Today, he faces a struggling Bronson Arroyo who is terrible against same-handed hitters. In 2014, Arroyo has allowed 18 hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched versus RHP. It’s a great day to stack RHH against Arroyo.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians ($2,800)
With Ramirez on the bench, Chisenhall is a dollar for dollar swap worth doing. In his career, the platoon third baseman has a wRC+ of 105 against RHP (including 165 in 2014). Today, he draws Ricky Nolasco, a pitcher who posted a 4.53 xFIP on the road last season. Plus, the Twins pitcher has been pounded by LHH to the tune of 26 hits in 14 2/3 innings pitched including nine walks. Yikes!
Welington Castillo, C, Cubs ($3,200)
In his career, Castillo has been known as a lefty masher. In is career, a 152 wRC+ on the road against LHP makes the Cubs catcher an excellent play in daily fantasy baseball today. Admittedly, last minute shuffling caused me to opt for Castillo over “Salty”, but I’m still confident in his ability to mash against John Danks and his 5.50 xFIP against right-handed hitters.
Stacking Angels In Daily Fantasy Baseball Today
At this point, I’ll continue to stack RHH against Vidal Nuno until he’s sent back to Triple-A. In wanting Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout in my starting lineup, it forced me to continue shuffling the deck until the combination of bargain basement batters and established stars aligned.
7 May 2014 / Mike Newman /
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