I’ve got nothing for preamble again. Dog days, and all. But I’m at your mercy – give me a topic to research and it’ll be in here tomorrow!
The Daily Five
Tyler Cloyd – $6,503
A case of ‘too cheap to pass up if remotely serviceable,’ Cloyd is actually just the fifth cheapest starter on the day but the only cheap arm with a good match up. Cloyd draws the Mets, owners of a .298 wOBA against right-handers and a 21.8% strikeout rate. For Cloyd’s part, his peripheral stats (3.97 ERA) are a bit more supportive than his 5.06 ERA, but you’re playing him for the match-up here.
Burch Smith – $10,425
This one is a bit riskier if the Dodgers don’t give days off across the board like they did Friday. That seems unlikely, but it seems equally unlikely that they’ll trot out a lineup with all of their starters. Consider that Smith has major strikeout potential and that the game is in Petco, and you can make a case for a six-inning, seven-strikeout start that provides points even if it isn’t pretty.
Scott Kazmir – $11,897
I get the feeling that pitching recommendations are more valued in these parts than hitter ones, so I’m throwing out a third recommendation – this will give you three starters at a total cost of under $30k, leaving nearly $8k per hitter. Anyway, Kazmir racks up a strikeout an inning and has solid ratios (4.34 ERA, 3.78 FIP). And while the Astros have an average .314 wOBA against southpaws, they also strikeout 25.5% of the time.
Carlos Santana – $6,835
Santana is starting to become a lower-risk catcher play since he rarely plays behind the plate. With catchers receiving plenty of of days, he’s a name you can usually pencil in, which has value in and of itself. Santana will take his 126 wRC+ against righties to the dish against Paul Clemens, who hasn’t been good since his 2011 Double-A stint.
Adam Eaton– $6,728
It’s unfair to call Collin McHugh a bad pitcher until there’s a larger sample, I suppose, but I don’t hesitate for a second to jump on him at Coors Field. The D-Backs have been giving Eaton steady run and he’s been responding pretty well, plus he comes cheap.
This post, covering one of the leading sites for daily fantasy, is sponsored and made possible by the generous support of Draftstreet. FanGraphs maintains complete editorial control of the postings, and brings you these posts in a continued desire to provide the best analytical information on the latest in baseball.
Print This Post