Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Wednesday baseball.
Like usual on Wednesdays, we are looking at a full, long day of baseball, and this one starts especially early at just after noon. We definitely have some very interesting pitching situations on these slates, which always makes the day fun. There is absolutely nothing that jumps out at me, but I’m sure as we dig a little deeper, we’ll find some options that stand out a little bit. Let’s make tonight a good one, as there are a number of great contests that are being offered on FanDuel. If you don’t have an account, use our link to sign up for FanDuel.
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With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:
JUSTIN VERLANDER – When looking over the pitching options tonight, Verlander is the one guy who pops out at me. I don’t love going up against the Mariners, but Verlander has a pretty good upside in this contest, and I think he’s got a relatively safe floor as well. It could be tough to get a win against King Felix, but something tells me that his teammates will give him just enough to lock up the win points.
DALLS KEUCHEL – I do like to use Keuchel when he is home, but he has been pretty consistent as the season has gone on overall, so I don’t mind the matchup here. We definitely do like to target the Twins with righties, but I will let this one pass. I think Keuchel has a reasonable floor in this contest, and the price is right to use him in tournaments.
ANTHONY DESCLAFANI – I don’t know how to better define DeSclafani than an unexciting option that isn’t likely to kill you or help you win a tournament. Sometimes, on nights like tonight where it is tough to figure out where you are going to get production at pitcher, I am willing to go that route. I think you are able to build a pretty nice team around him, which is another plus, and he could be able to secure the victory against Jaime Garcia.
CAMERON RUPP – Rupp has been hitting the ball pretty well lately, and that is one of the reasons he makes this list today. He’s relatively inexpensive, and gets a pretty good matchup against Scott Kazmir, who has been OK at best this year. Rupp has some nice power upside and makes for a fine tournament play tonight.
ANTHONY RECKER – Recker currently is putting together a nice outing right now. He’s got a single and two walks, which at his price is a pretty good output. Recker gets another pretty nice matchup tonight against Chase Anderson, who is always a threat to completely fall apart. He makes an excellent option at his price.
ANTHONY RIZZO – We put Rizzo on this list last night, and he turned in a nice performance of over 20 points. He is in a similar position tonight against Ricky Nolasco, who can always be picked on. Rizzo is the highest priced option at the position, but could certainly be worth it tonight.
KENNYS VARGAS – I know I just mentioned how I like Keuchel, but I think a few Twins bats could potentially be used in tournaments tonight as well. Vargas is one of them. He’s had a pretty decent year since getting called back up, and is priced fairly. He’s a tournament only option, but he could work out in a plus matchup for him.
BRIAN DOZIER – I feel weird about making it two consecutive Twins, but we know Dozier is one of the best against left-handed pitching, so this shouldn’t come out of leftfield. The asking price on him isn’t very much, which makes him an excellent tournament option, and he has seemingly found his power stroke lately.
RYAN SCHIMPF – I’m starting to get to the point where I’m wondering if I have a legitimate problem with suggesting Schimpf in these articles. He’s been about 50/50 for us, which I guess is fair, but he’s a guy who isn’t a great overall hitter, and at some point that 50/50 is going to slide to the benefit of our opponenets. Still, a matchup against Ryan Vogelson is good, and at Schimpf’s price, he’s unlikely to kill your lineups.
MANNY MACHADO – Once upon a time, Machado was a good hitter with a ton of power. Oh, wait a minute. Once upon a time is now. Yeah, OK, thought something felt weird there. Machado is a guy who you should have in your lineups on most nights, and Ross Detwiler makes him a nice option tonight, even at his high asking price.
JAKE LAMB – Lamb is starting to see his price tick back up again, and I am confident we will see that take place on Friday again after he demolishes Bartolo Colon. This is an excellent matchup for Lamb, and I expect him to put up big numbers against Colon today.
COREY SEAGER – This makes about the forth-straight day that Seager has made this list, and he has paid dividends in most of those matchups. I am a Hellickson fan, but he does struggle with left-handed bats. Seager has been great this year, and this is the type of matchup that he should really be able to exploit.
TREA TURNER – Josh Tomlin’s had some troubles with right-handed bats this year, and Turner has been pretty good during his most recent stint in the big leagues. It is amazing to think that like a month ago we were paying almost minimum price for him. I think that the Nationals should fare better in todays contest than yesterday, and Turner should play a role in that.
AARON ALTHERR – Altherr took Kenta Maeda out of the park on his first at bat last night, and tonight he gets an even better matchup against Scott Kazmir. The price is extremely fair for him under $3k, and he has nice power upside. He makes an excellent tournament play on the day.
BRANDON GUYER – Guyer was brought over to the Indians to give them another right-handed threat, as the team really only has Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis. He should find his way into the lineup, and I think there is a good chance that he can have a nice outing against southpaw Gio Gonzalez.
JACKIE BRADLEY JR. – Jackie Bradley Jr. saw his price randomly go up for this matchup against Nathan Eovaldi, but it isn’t the most shocking thing. Eovaldi has been pretty bad against left-handed bats on the year, and Bradley has been very strong. I like his upside here in what should be a higher scoring game.
CHRISTIAN YELICH – Yelich is priced very favorably for this matchup against a not-so-great Jeff Samardzija. Yelich is among the leaders in baseball in batting average, and is doing a good job at getting on base. I expect this Marlins team to be able to hand the Shark tonight en route to a nice outing for guys like Yelich.
STARLING MARTE – Marte sure did us dirty yesterday, as he was the lone Pirate that failed to do anything. That’s OK, because he saved all his energy up for today. Edwin Jackson is not a good pitcher, and Marte is the kind of hitter that he’s going to have trouble with. I expect Marte to come back in a big way tonight.