Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Sunday baseball.
This will be a little bit different today, as we will only be focusing on the early slate of games. That is where the bigger money is at, and as much, where we want to focus the majority of our attention. There are a few pitching options I really like, and a few I think that can be exploited, so we should be able to put together some pretty competitive lineups. 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:
CHRIS SALE – Sale starts off our list of pitching options today, and is also the highest priced on the list. He should be in line for a good start, despite being on the road and up against a Miami offense that has done well for themselves for the most part this year. He has been pretty steady, which makes him a positive cash game option today as well. I would most likely classify him as the safest option on the board today, but I actually do not think you have to have him in your lineups. Still, he should be in line for a good game.
RICK PORCELLO – Porcello has been very, very good this year, and the team seems to do their part by scoring runs when he is on the mound. It will be more difficult for him to get a win, as Zack Greinke is a capable pitcher, but I think the team will be able to get it done for him. The Diamondbacks have allowed pitchers to put together some pretty nice performances against them, and it won’t surprise me in the least if it happens today.
TYLER CHATWOOD – Chatwood is probably the odd man out on this list, as he hasn’t been consistent, and he doesn’t really have the biggest upside. He is cheap, and he is pitching against a Phillies team that can definitely give up some big fantasy games. They strikeout enough that it should help Chatwood increase his scoring a bit more. Adam Morgan will be the opposing pitcher, and I do believe Chatwood should be able to put together a win tonight.
WILSON RAMOS – Surprise! For the second straight day, Wilson Ramos remains as the top overall catcher play on the slate. He’s a very capable hitter, and gets a pretty nice matchup against Tyrell Jenkins. He should be able to dominate this matchup, so if he’s playing today, you want him in your lineup.
GARY SANCHEZ – Sanchez has been having a pretty good start to his major league career. He is hitting the ball far better than Brian McCann has, and it is important for the Yankees to try to get their young guys playing time. Jake Odorizzi has been hittable this year, so there is a good chance that Sanchez is able to have a nice outing tonight.
CHRIS CARTER – It isn’t often that Carter is our top overall first base play. In fact, this may the first time on the year. Regardless of that, he’s got an excellent matchup tonight against Cody Reed. I would expect to see quite a few of the Brewers make this write-up, and they should be one of the more popular stacks of the night.
JOEY VOTTO –This Reds/Brewers game should be insanely fun to watch, as there are two absolutely brutal pitchers on the mound. Votto is in play tonight against the pitching mess that is known as Wily Peralta. I like this game to be one of the most productive of the day, and I wouldn’t blamed you if you stacked both sides of the ball.
D.J. LEMAHIEU – This is definitely the first time that LeMahieu makes the list. That isn’t really a slight against him, as he has been a very capable player and hitter this year. Adam Morgan is going to have a very tough tie sitting this Rockies lineup down, even if it is at home. He’s my top play in either format.
DANIEL MURPHY – I would prefer LeMahieu, as I think he is likely to be lower owned than Murphy, but this is also an amazing matchup for Murphy. Tyrell Jenkins is going to have his hands full with this Nationals lineup, and one of the top plays without question is one of the top hitters in the league in Murphy. I like his chances of crossing over 20 points today, and should be in at least some of your lineups.
WILMER FLORES – Flores will likely be very low owned, and it isn’t exactly unwarranted. He is very, very inconsistent. He is also priced very fairly, and there will be a bias against using him due to those inconsistencies. He has been known to have big games when everyone else is looking in other directions, so there is merit to using him in tournaments.
JONATHAN VILLAR – There should be no surprise here that Villar makes it onto this list. He’s had a very good year, and gets an excellent matchup against Cody Reed. It is very easy to see hi having a game into the twenties, and while he will cost you, he has been one of the most consistent fantasy performers on the year.
ZACK COZART – It’s been quite a bit of time since we’ve seen Cozart make the breakdown here, but we cannot ignore the very obvious matchup against Wily Peralta. He hasn’t exactly been on fire lately, but he should certainly be able to do some damage against Peralta. Don’t hate on the Reds stack here.
TREA TURNER – Another stack that seems to make sense would be the Nationals, who are likely to be a little lower owned than the Reds and Brewers. Turner has been amazing this year, and there is no reason that shouldn’t continue against Tyrell Sutton. He will cost you, but he should provide a nice ROI for your cost.
RYAN BRAUN – Braun profiles out as our top play of the day, and it really isn’t that surprising. His numbers against left-handed pitching have been very good this year, and Cody Reed is a low-tier lefty. He’s worth whatever you have to pay for him tonight, as he has been very good, and that should certainly continue tonight.
ADAM DUVALL – So, let’s see if we have this straight: play a guy who can hit the balls far and long against a guy who lets others hit the ball long and hard? OK! Duvall could very well have a huge game against Wily Peralta tonight. This Reds lineup is in an excellent position on the evening.
TYLER NAQUIN – The Indians are always an offense to pay attention to, especially when they are home. Naquin has really developed into a nice player this year, and the matchup tonight against Jered Weaver is one that he should be able to have a great deal of success with. The Indians are yet another good undercover stack.
MARCELL OZUNA – I do think Chris Sale should be able to put together a very nice lineup, but if he runs into any problems, it could very well be with Ozuna. He is going to be very low owned because of the matchup, as well as the fact that he has been very, very bad lately. Don’t let that sway you; he’s worth a stab in a tournament.
BILLY HAMILTON – Ahh, Billy Hamilton. I love how this lines up for him, so long as he can get on base. He can definitely have another multi-steal game against Wily Peralta and company. He isn’t a threat for power, but with stolen bases having such a high value, he is worth it just for that.