Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Sunday baseball.
As has been the case for the better part of the last few months, most of the action on both FanDuel and DraftKings will take place on the early portion of the slate. That isn’t to say there aren’t some good contests taking place late. All the pitching options seem to be at least a little volatile, but that is what makes playing in tournaments fun sometimes. 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:
YU DARVISH – So, after further review, I don’t think pitching is as bad as I initially thought. I don’t trust the four highest priced pitchers, but I think Darvish is in a really good position today. Houston is a lineup that can definitely string together runs, but at the same time, they can strikeout at a very high rate. Darvish has put together some tough outings, but they aren’t the types that will cost you even your cash games. I am fine with a guy who has a floor in the low 30’s, especially in the case that Darvish could end up being the top-scoring pitcher on the night.
GERRIT COLE – Cole can be a bit of a head-case at times. If he starts to unravel, that is it, your night is absolutely done. He is a very strong pitcher, but if a team gets into his head, he will collapse. At the same time, he is capable of putting together very good, safe outings that we look for in our lineups. Cincinnati is not the most imposing of lineups, and the Pirates do get a good matchup against Dan Strailey, so a win here is likely.
DYLAN BUNDY – Bundy makes the list on the heels of three straight outings that were positive. He is still developing as a starting pitcher, after spending quite a bit of time working out of the bullpen. The White Sox area lineup that can definitely sputter and struggle, and if Bundy has his stuff going, he is in a good position to make on of the best point per dollar plays. It doesn’t hurt that he’ll face off against James Shields, making a win likely.
JONATHAN LUCROY – Lucroy gets an excellent matchup against Joe Musgrove today in what should certainly be a high scoring event, at least on the Rangers side. Lucroy is one of the best catchers in all of baseball when it comes to hitting, so he makes an excellent cash game and tournament option tonight.
JETT BANDY – There is no telling if Bandy will make the lineup today, but he should. He has played at a very high level since coming up, and offers a nice upside for his price. He’s close to minimum price, which makes him an excellent option if you are spending up on pitching tonight.
ALBERT PUJOLS – I would have to consider Pujols more of a tournament play on the night, as he is likely either to give you a 30 points outing or a 3 point outing. That is a lot of variance, and he really doesn’t string together enough big games to warrant cash game consideration. For the same reason that Bandy makes the list, Pujols makes the cut in this matchup against James Paxton.
JAMES LONEY – Loney’s had a fairly good year since getting picked up by the New York Mets. Anibal Sanchez can occasionally string together solid outings, but he is always as well able to cough up the huge outings we love. Loney is a guy I like to target because he isn’t always highly owned and carries a cheap price tag, making him an excellent tournament option.
DEVON TRAVIS – Travis is one of my favorite guys to target when he is squaring off against low-tier righties. Today, he’ll get Yordano Ventura, who can certainly give up his fair dose of hits and runs. I like his chances of having a big outing, and has put together three straight double-digit performances.
RYAN SCHIMPF – Schimpf’s price is starting to get to the point where it isn’t as easy for me to just plug him in and move on as it closes in at $3k. Jerad Eickhoff is a good enough pitcher, but he’s struggled enough with left-handed hitting that I don’t feel too bad about putting Schimpf into my lineups today in tournaments.
JAKE LAMB – Jimmy Nelson is one of the better pitchers on the Brewers pitching staff, but that doesn’t mean we want to shy away from playing batters against him. Lamb is having a very strong year, and he’s always capable of putting together a monster night. I like the chances for the Diamondbacks to do that tonight.
KRIS BRYANT – Bryant is going to cost you, but he does have an excellent matchup on the night against Sean Manaea. He’s been one of our favorite targets on the year, and this Cubs lineup should be able to put together a nice game against them. Bryant is my favorite of the bunch, and he will make it into my lineups tonight.
JAVIER BAEZ – Baez is one of my favorite Cubs to use when he’s going up against lefties, and that is the case today. He’s priced very fairly so that you can build a nice lineup with him in it, and he’s got some pretty nice upside as well. He makes a great cash game play today.
TREA TURNER – Turner has a pretty poor matchup today against Madison Bumgarner, but I’m not going to shy away from it. He is very good at hitting left-handed pitching, and Bumgarner has been having some struggles with keeping runners off base. I am a big fan of using him in tournaments today.
AARON ALTHERR – Altherr had a decent outing last night, coming through with a double and a RBI, so back to the well we will go tonight, as he gets another fair matchup against Jared Cosart. He’s got a great opportunity to make value in this matchup, and should be a staple in your cash games today.
MARK TRUMBO – I would expect for Trumbo to be highly owned today against James Shields who is having a poor 2016 season. Trumbo hasn’t exactly lit things up in the last ten games or so, but this is an excellent opportunity for him to turn things around. He’s priced well enough for me, and I am expecting a nice outing today.
JAY BRUCE – Bruce finds himself in another great position, as he gets to take on Anibal Sanchez. Bruce has found a nice home in New York, and is falling right into place, continuing his home run ways. I think there is a big opportunity tonight for him to take one out of the yard today.
KIRK NIEUWENHUIS – Nieuwenhuis is never a sexy option, but he can offer some upside at a really cheap price. We suggested him the other night, and he came through with a single and a steal, which isn’t much, but enough that it doesn’t kill you. He’s got some power upside in this contest, as Archie Bradley can give it up.
MATT JOYCE – Joyce has made this article a few times in the past ten days, and while he hasn’t left us with nothing, it has been pretty close. I like the matchup today against Dan Straily, and Joyce should continue to be low owned.