As we move into the third week of the Major League Baseball regular season (it’s going so fast), let’s take a look at some Daily Fantasy Baseball studs who should be on your radar:
Jameson Taillon, PIT
Taillon takes the mound on the road against the Marlins. The Marlins are currently rank 27th in batting average at .218 and 9th in the league in strikeouts. Taillon has allowed just two Earned runs this year in his two appearances while tallying 16 strike-outs in the process. It also helps that the Pirates are number two overall in team offense, which will help to provide the run support Taillon will need.
Charlie Morton, HOU
The Texas Rangers head to Houston to face Charlie Morton on Saturday. Unfortunately for them, the Rangers are struggling to open 2018, as they are off to a brutal 4-10 start. The Rangers also lost their All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus and starting second baseman Rougned Odor to injury this week. The significant hits to the lineup leave the Rangers vulnerable. The team is also struggling with the bat, averaging a porous .230 team batting average. Morton has yet to give up an Earned run this year while striking out 13 batters and only giving up seven hits over his first two starts. Take advantage of the injury-riddled Rangers and start Morton with confidence.
Buster Posey SF
Clayton Richard has given up 10 Earned runs in his first two appearances of the year. Posey has a career .500 average against Richard in 12 at-bats. Posey is also enjoying a .375 average to start the season and has added 8 RBIs, to boot. Posey might not win the contest alone for you, but he should be in a reliable spot to help your team.
Freddie Freeman ATL
Freeman has started off the 2018 season red hot with 2 home runs and 11 runs batted in. Atlanta faces off against Chicago Cubs lefty Jose Quintana. Freeman is hitting .333 with one of his two home runs on the year coming off a lefty. I like Freeman’s chances to have a good hitting day against a struggling Quintana.
Brian Dozier MIN
The Minnesota second baseman has been hitting the ball quite well to start the season. He takes on Miguel Gonzalez of the Chicago White Sox. Gonzalez has pitched to an 8.68 ERA to begin his season. Dozier has found success in his career against Gonzalez, batting .412 in 17 at bats. I look for Dozier to continue his hot start and have a good day against the Chicago right-hander.
Travis Shaw MIL
The Brewers take on the Mets tomorrow with a Chase Anderson vs. Matt Harvey matchup. I expect a high scoring game, and Shaw should help the Brewers get some momentum. Shaw was outstanding on the road last year with 18 homers and 53 RBIs, as well. Shaw has a .296 road average to begin his season. Shaw has yet to hit a home run this season, but what a better way to get that started than by facing Matt Harvey, who is anything but a sure thing.
Corey Seager LAD
The Dodgers take on division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. Seager has found great success against the Diamondbacks projected starting pitcher Taijuan Walker as Seager has batted an impressive .444 against him. Walker’s last start vs. St. Louis was solid, however don’t be scared off by this. I look for the Dodgers to take advantage with Seager leading the charge.
Tommy Pham STL
Pham is batting .333 in his career against Cody Reed, who gets the start for the Reds. It could be a high scoring affair. The Cardinals also possibly provide value as an excellent stack option, which will be discussed in further detail. Pham is starting off the season slow but steady. Through the first couple weeks of the season, he is the 11th ranked outfielder in fantasy baseball. With Pham leading the charge, look for Cardinals to route the Reds.
Mookie Betts BOS
It feels as if Mookie Betts is nearly strikeout proof. The guy never seems to strike out. Betts will face Alex Cobb, who will be getting his first start of the season vs. the Red Sox, as the struggling O’s will try to survive the red-hot Sox. Betts is batting .370 to begin his 2018 campaign, with 2 home runs and 9 runs batted in. Look for Betts and the rest of the Red Sox to take advantage of the weak Baltimore Orioles starting pitching once again.
Stacks of the day
Stacks are a vital strategy in DFS baseball. My top favorite stacks are the Cardinals, Red Sox, and Pirates.
Facing off against the Marlins and their starting pitcher Trevor Richards, the Pirates have a great chance to light the scoreboard up on Miami. Look to start some combo of Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte or Josh Bell. Adding two or three Pirates in your lineup with Taillon can hopefully create an excellent lineup.
The Cardinals facing the Reds can also lead to a high scoring game. Previously mentioned, Tommy Pham, and other Cardinals such as Marcell Ozuna, Paul Dejong, and Jose Martinez should be looked at to help score multiple runs. I wouldn’t start the Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas but stacking the batters can lead to some cash.
Finally, the Boston Red Sox can take advantage of a horrible Baltimore Orioles team. All-Star Mookie Betts could be stacked with JD Martinez. These two can win you some cash alone. The pairing may be expensive, but it should be worth it.