MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/8/13

Bruce Chen is here for one reason, and one reason only: fantasy domination.

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Our baseball projections are updated throughout the day, so make sure to come back to double-check your optimized rosters for any last-minute lineup changes. Since most action happens later in the day, we will be ignoring the early games (if there are any) and focusing solely on the late contests. That way, you can use and tinker with our optimized rosters throughout the day.

Fantasy Feud Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Max ScherzerSP5.95$148,9600.04
Miguel Cabrera3B2.74$103,7920.03
David OrtizDH3.84$92,9760.04
Jacoby EllsburyCF2.27$89,4400.03
Shane VictorinoRF2.38$85,4880.03
Dustin Pedroia2B1.78$82,9920.02
Carlos BeltranRF2.28$74,8800.03
Prince Fielder1B1.79653120.03
Bruce ChenSP4.39$61,9200.07
Zach McAllisterSP4.22$59,8400.07
Mike AvilesSS1.44$46,5920.03
George KottarasC2.62$44,5120.06
Jarrod DysonCF1.79$42,2240.04

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The Top Three Pitchers

Max Scherzer – There’s not a whole lot to choose from for optimized lineups today, with only three late games, but Scherzer’s a solid pick any day. He’s got a 2.85 ERA and a 10.11 K/9. Look for him to rack up strikeouts against the Indians, who strike out fourth-most in the AL at 21.4 percent of the time.

Bruce Chen – Chen will face Jon Lester and the Red Sox in a battle of left-handers. Going nearly as unnoticed as the Royals’ recent scorching-hot stretch is Chen’s performance this season. In 57 innings, he’s posted an outstanding 2.03 ERA and his highest K rate since 2003. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last eight starts, and he hasn’t allowed more than three in a start all season.

Zach McAllister – Now we’re getting to the slimmer pickings. McAllister’s got just a 6.40 K/9, but he also sports a solid 3.47 ERA. Plus, he racked up a season-high seven strikeouts in just 5.1 innings in his last start.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera has been even better this year than in his Triple Corwn-winning campaign last season, but he still might have more competition for the MVP trophy. Basically every statistic ever invented makes this dude look good, but he’s back to mashing (.385 average, .692 slugging) in August after a down, by his standards, July (.288, .606).

Dustin Pedroia – Pedroia hasn’t hit for a whole lot of power this year – only eight home runs – but his .295/.375/.412 line is still respectable. He does still crush lefties though, hitting 44 points higher against them than righties, which could bode poorly for Chen.

Cost-Effective, Mid-Range Hitters

George Kottaras – Don’t be fooled by his dreadful .167 batting average – his .368 OBP and .431 slugging indicate a solid approach at the plate. Plus, his BABIP is an absurdly low .212, which suggests he’s had some bad luck and should be due for some regression. He has five home runs in just 95 plate appearances, so he can be a really cheap source of power.

Mike Carp – Carp has been quite the find for the Red Sox, posting a .302/.361/.562 line with 8 homers in just 180 plate appearances this season. He’s struggled a bit in August, but that small sample size shouldn’t be too worrisome; he hit .333 in July.