As you know, I love fantasy baseball.
In fact, I find it to be at least ten times more fun and challenging than fantasy football.
In my experience, the roster and lineup management cream usually rises to the top more in fantasy baseball than football simply because of the increased amount of games and daily decisions the baseball season requires.
For the most part, I’ve played the standard head-to-head fantasy baseball format with varying categories from league to league. This year, I’ve decided to branch out a bit and try my hand at the daily fantasy baseball leagues. I will probably rotate through a few of them to see which one I like best.
If you need an explanation of what daily fantasy sports leagues are, read this.
Fantasy Baseball Daily Picks
Since I will be doing research each morning that I submit a team, I figure it only makes sense that I leverage what I learn into a quick post that can help others with their roster decisions.
Below are a handful of guys I really like and a handful of guys I don’t like for April 11th based on matchups, recent trends, ballpark, or a mix of all three.
While the names may seem obvious, remember that in daily leagues you are choosing between all players at all positions; these picks are meant to help you separate the best from the best for today.
Guys I Really Like Today:
3B Adrian Beltre
He and the Rangers are playing at home, which always a positive. Beltre is hitting .300 with a homer and 3 RBI on the season, including three straight two-hit games, and it could be a lot more – he had a lot of hard outs in the White Sox series. The opposing pitcher is Kevin Millwood, who Beltre has faced 74 times in his career. His OPS is only .695 against Millwood, but at this stage in their respective careers Beltre is far superior and the familiarity should benefit him.
1B/OF Kendrys Morales
Morales is off to a nice start this year, hitting .375, though he is without a homer or RBI. Perhaps this is the day Morales goes deep. Despite playing in the cavernous Target Field, Morales has faced today’s pitcher Carl Pavano six times in his career. He is 3-6 with 2 HRs against him.
SP Jered Weaver
With names like Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum also scheduled to pitch today, it’s important to point out that not only was Weaver lights out in his first start (8 IP, 0 R, 10 K, 4 H, 0 BB) he gets to face the anemic Twins today. I like that a lot better than Halladay against the re-tooled Marlins lineup or Lincecum against the Rockies.
OF Justin Upton
Upton is only hitting .222 early in the season, and he has to bat today at Petco Park, but he has a great history against Padres starter Cory Luebke: 5-10 with 3 HRs.
Guys I Don’t Like Today
1B Albert Pujols
El Hombre just isn’t a good value today. He’s off to a slow start, he’s playing at Target Field, and he’s only 2-9 lifetime against Carl Pavano. You can get more value elsewhere.
SS Jose Reyes
Reyes actually has a strong lifetime batting average against Roy Halladay: 12-29 (.414). However, it’s a pretty empty batting average from a fantasy standpoint as he has zero steals and just one RBI to go along with it. Plus, you look to Reyes for runs, and Halladay doesn’t give up many of those.
OF Carlos Gonzalez
CarGo has faced Tim Lincecum 27 times in his career and has 7 hits against him, including two homers. That’s not great, but it’s below his norm. Considering Gonzalez’s slow start (.176 batting, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs), I’d like to see some production before I trust him against Lincecum.
Hopefully this post helps. If it catches on, and if I maintain interest in the daily fantasy baseball games, I’ll keep on providing these daily picks and evolve it however you all want me to. Good luck!