Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 5/9/14
Did readers play Ian Kennedy in Daily Fantasy Baseball last night? Our top diamond chipped in 18 points for just $6,900. And while Yasmani Grandal, Michael Choice and Carl Crawford combined for just one point, 19 points for a combined $15,300 left players with nearly $20,000 for five additional players. Today’s picks include an undervalued pitcher, pair of athletic $2,600 players and a National League situational masher who’ll sneak in a few starts at designated hitter. Each day, I spend 1.5-2 hours breaking down match ups and providing ROTOscouting subscribers with my best bargain basement picks for less than $1 per week.
Francisco Liriano, P, Pirates ($7,600)
On paper, Liriano versus a Michael Wacha led Cardinals team is destined to disappoint. After all, the left-hander is off to a slow start in 2014 with a 4.54 ERA and zero wins in his first seven starts. In the meantime, Wacha has posted a 2.55 ERA as he continues to develop into a dominant starter at the Major League Level. However, St. Louis has been dreadful on the road, averaging 3.09 runs per game. Against left-handed pitchers, their team OPS is just .632, or 28th in baseball. Meanwhile, the Pirates average 4.35 runs per game at home. Normally, I work to find a pitcher who’ll earn a win in daily fantasy baseball, but for the price, I’m more comfortable betting on Liriano versus the Cardinals than Tyson Ross against Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.
Leonys Martin, OF, Rangers ($2,600)
Martin is a strong play at home versus RHP. And while Clay Buchholz posted a 3.46 xFIP on the road in 2013, he’s been a train wreck through his first six starts. With Martin sliding into the two hole recently, the stolen base threat has a wRC+ of 187 against RHP at home in 2014 (130 career). The only hang up is the Red Sox pitcher has reverse platoon splits and has been more effective on the road this season. Regardless, Martin is a great play on the extreme cheap in daily fantasy baseball.
Chris Owings, SS, Diamondbacks ($2,600)
If White Sox Andre Rienzo is anything but terrible today, my day may be blown. Team ROTOscouting is stacking against the young right-hander with the hope of exploiting his career xFIP of 5.22 at home. Owings has had a relatively quiet year, but has posted a wRC+ of 117 against RHP. In needing a cheap shortstop, Owings is the target even though his home/road splits are extreme. Against an inferior pitcher, I’m hoping for a a single, double and stolen base in daily fantasy baseball today.
Eric Chavez, 3B, Diamondbacks ($3,200)
Chavez was today’s ah-ha moment, as I was ready to roll with Lonnie Chisenhall a second time this week for $2,800. With the DH in Chicago, owners don’t need to sweat out the starting lineup to see if Chavez is in it. Once again, he is destroying right-handed pitchers with a wRC+ of 160 in 39 plate appearances. He’ll settle into the middle of the Diamondbacks lineup and feast off the worst pitcher throwing today in one of baseball’s best parks for power. Yes, please!
The Assault Is On Against Andre Rienzo In Daily Fantasy Baseball
My stacking against Rienzo has become a regular occurrence. Today, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero join Owings and Chavez in the starting lineup. My hope is the foursome combines for 20-plus points today. If this happens and Liriano thrives, team ROTOscouting will post big point totals in daily fantasy baseball.
9 May 2014 / Mike Newman /
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