We are now in the “dog days” of August. The trade deadline has passed and heavy lifting for fantasy baseball is done. The NFL exhibition season is in full swing and it’s time to start thinking fantasy football. ESPN will keep fantasy owners posted on important baseball news (as well as what Johnny Manziel ate for lunch), so put the fantasy baseball team(s) on auto-pilot with confidence, right? Hardly.
Greetings, and welcome to FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets for hitters. With the non-waiver trade deadline come and gone, now is a great time to look at minor leaguers who stand to benefit from playing time opening up for them. Once again, bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms.
In the MLB Futures Game 2014, Kris Bryant headlines the US Team.The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Rangers Joey Gallo to Cubs Javier Baez, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin had a breakout 2013 campaign, going 14-8 with 3.7 WAR. A UCL injury sustained during Spring Training cost him his 2014 follow-up. After the strong results of the Solo home run situation study with Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey, I was excited to examine the 24-year old Corbin, whose strikeout rate is significantly lower than the two power righties. How did Corbin fare in Solo home run situations? Was he in line with Fernandez and Harvey, or were there other factors in play?
We scour the waiver wire to find players at each position that are worth your FAAB dollars. This week’s FAAB top targets features a pair of Diamondbacks, two up and coming middle infielders, and this year’s surprise at catcher. We’ll also focus on players whose splits can be particularly useful in leagues with daily roster changes. Recommended bids are based on a $100 budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all three major formats.
Daily Fantasy Baseball DiamondsDid 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.
Yesterday was a banner day for Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds. John Lackey, Shane Victorino and Chris Owings combined for 25.5 points at the rock bottom price of $13,400. Hopefully, readers cashed in on the picks and won big. Today’s diamonds include a quartet of undervalued assets with strong situational match ups. Check back Monday through Friday for my best value picks. Even better, subscribe and see every pick, every day for just $1 per week.
Yesterday, Carlos Santana returned from the baseball dead and put me in the win column with an 8.5 point effort. In all, five daily fantasy baseball picks combined for 13.25 points. Not ideal, but at $14,300 combined, $20,700 in budget allowed owners to round out the roster with stars. Hopefully, it resulted in a cash finish. Today, we’ll profile just three players as my lineup with feature six players in the $3,500 to $3,700 range. Included is a pitcher with a stellar pitching match up, shortstop who dominates at home and a forgotten outfielder who began the season on the disabled list. Check back daily for more diamonds and subscribe for just a dollar per week.
While charting pitches during Braden Shipley’s 2014 debut last week, a few off-day South Bend pitchers discussed what Shipley worked on in extended spring training. One facetiously quipped, “Obviously not his curveball,” indicating that Shipley’s third-best pitch has made notable improvements since last season. This is an important development and very good news for the Diamondbacks’ 2013 first-rounder.
Last week, I traveled about 1,000 miles to scout minor league baseball prospects. It was fun, but poor Internet service, combined with many hours away from a computer made daily picks impossible. Now back in Atlanta, a light travel week means a full slate of daily fantasy baseball diamonds for readers to enjoy! Today’s picks include a quartet of slumping MLB All-Stars with breakout worth match ups. Barring an overnight scouting trip, look for my daily picks every Monday through Friday only at ROTOscouting.
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