The fantasy baseball season may be winding down with football taking its place, but don’t let that stop you from entering some FanDuel baseball leagues today and winning some cash. As I’ve done every Saturday, here is my optimal roster for today’s games. You can choose to roll with some, none, or all of my picks, but hopefully this roster helps get you off to the right start in a big money-winning day!
Bud Norris ($7,400) — road vs. CHC (Kyle Hendricks)
No team has more strikeouts since the All Star break than the Cubs, and they’ve actually whiffed an incredibly bad 94 times in their past 7 games. Norris has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning in the second half and should have no problem racking up the Ks against a very free-swinging Cubs lineup.
Victor Martinez ($4,300) — road vs. MIN (Yohan Pino)
Picking V-Mart is always a great choice, especially when you can get him as your catcher. Hitting .328 with only 4 strikeouts in August and facing a bad fly ball pitcher in Yohan Pino, Martinez is in for a big day.
Garret Jones ($2,500) — road vs. COL (Jordan Lyles)
Jones has been heating up lately and has reached base 7 times in his past 3 games. He also has great numbers against Jordan Lyles (9 for 16, 2 HR, 9 RBI) in his career and gets to hit in Coors Field, so he’s an awesome pick for just $2,500 today.
Brian Dozier ($3,600) — home vs. DET (Buck Farmer)
Even though Dozier has been in a serious slump as of late (hitting just .202 since the All Star break) he gets to face a bad rookie with fly ball tendencies in Buck Farmer today. Hopefully today is the day that Dozier finally bursts of that slump, and he’s got a great matchup to make it happen.
Kyle Seager ($3,200) — road vs. BOS (Brandon Workman)
Nearly all of Seager’s home runs this year (17 out of 19) have been hit off of right-handed pitchers, and the righty Workman has been really struggling lately. Seager also has been in a little slump of his own, and like Dozer he has the perfect matchup to change that.
Ian Desmond ($3,700) — home vs. SFG (Tim Lincecum)
Tim Lincecum just doesn’t know how to get this guy out. Desmond is batting a ridiculous .714 through 14 career at bats against Lincecum and sports an insane 2.000 OPS in those at bats. Those numbers really speak for themselves, and Desmond is in for a big afternoon.
Giancarlo Stanton ($5,100) — road vs. COL (Jordan Lyles)
Giancarlo Stanton batting in Coors Field today!? The game’s best home run hitter squaring off against a weak Rockies starting pitcher!? Yes please!! I didn’t get much out of picking Stanton last week, so hopefully this week I am redeemed and he hits another bomb.
Yasiel Puig ($3,000) — home vs. NYM (Jacob deGrom)
Why Yasiel Puig is priced the way he is today I have no clue, but you better be making sure you take advantage of it. Especially facing deGrom who literally just got off of the DL, Puig has the potential for a huge game with barely any risk at his current price tag.
Jonny Gomes ($2,200) — home vs. LAA (C.J. Wilson)
Whenever Gomes is facing a lefty, you’ll want to make sure he’s in your lineup, especially because he comes at the cheapest price you can possibly pay to own someone. He also does much better at home than on the road, so with two very favorable splits Gomes is primed for a high-scoring day at a low scoring price.
Zach is the Lead Fantasy Baseball Writer for FantasyBallblogger
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