MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: 8/27/13

With Matt Harvey out for the rest of the year, it appears Clayton Kershaw has the N.L. Cy Young all but sewn up.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Yusmeiro PetitRP21.63$18,0001.20
Alex WoodSP26.57$17,0001.56
Miguel Cabrera3B12.86$10,0001.29
Adam JonesCF16.97$6,7002.53
Michael CuddyerRF14.73$6,6002.23
Buster PoseyC12.93$6,4002.02
Paul Goldschmidt1B13.93$6,4002.18
Robinson Cano2B14.48$6,3002.30
Dexter FowlerCF14.29$6,1002.34
Ian DesmondSS12.6$5,7002.21
Brandon Belt1B13.71$4,9002.80

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The Top Three Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw – Kershaw is leading the majors in ERA, and even though he’s got one Cy Young and another runner-up finish under his belt, he’s still managed to improve. He’s walking fewer batters this year than he ever has, and his groundball to flyball ratio is the best of his career. As if you needed any more reason to start the N.L.’s best pitcher, he’s facing the Cubs, who have scored the 10th most runs in the N.L. and are third-to-last in batting average. Plus, their two best hitters are lefties.

Alex Wood – Wood is part of a loaded N.L. rookie class that also features Jose Fernandez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tony Cingrani, Shelby Miller and Wood’s rotation-mate Julio Teheran. That’s practically an All-Star pitching staff right there. Wood’s put up a 2.50 ERA and an even better 2.25 FIP in 57.2 innings this year spanning seven starts and 15 relief appearances. In four August starts, Wood hasn’t allowed more than one run, hasn’t pitched fewer than six innings in a start, and is averaging 5.75 strikeouts per start.

Yusmeiro Petit – Petit has pitched all of 10 innings in the majors since 2009, but he’s getting the spot start tonight for San Francisco. However, in 15 AAA starts this year, Petit put up an excellent 9.34 strikeouts per nine innings and a stellar 7.00 K/BB ratio. That’s flat-out nuts. (For reference, Adam Wainwright is the only pitcher in the majors this year to post a K/BB above 7.0. It’s only been done four times in the last 10 years.) So Petit might be worth a cheap flier. He won’t cost much.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Miguel Cabrera – You already know that Miguel Cabrera is having the best season in baseball this year, and it isn’t even close. But how about historically? Here’s a fun tidbit: only seven players in the history of baseball have put up a wRC+ better than or equal to Cabrera’s 206 mark this year. Their names: Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Micky Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby. So yeah. Cabera’s also facing Tommy Milone tonight, and Milone has given up 19 homer runs to righties while allowing them to slug .453 off him.

Adam Jones – If there’s one knock on Jones’s game, it’s that he doesn’t walk. Like, at all. Fortunately for daily fantasy players, OBP rarely counts for fantasy points. With that out of the way, Jones is an excellent source of power (27 home runs), average (.299) and is even good for some occasional steals (12). Tonight Jones is facing Felix Doubront, who is a solid pitcher, but has struggled against righties a bit in his career, allowing them to slug .427 off him.

Cost-Effective, Mid-Range Hitters

Ian Desmond – Desmond is quietly one of the best offensive options at shortstop. He trails only Troy Tulowitzki and Jhonny Peralta in wRC+, and Peralta is out for the rest of the year due to his suspension. Desmond’s 19 homers are third at the position and he’s also the only shortstop to put up at least 15 homers and 15 steals. (Heck, only one other guy, Jean Segura, has put up even 10 and 10.)

Brandon Belt – The #FreeBrandonBelt crowd has finally gotten their way these past couple years, and Belt is paying off big with a solid year. His 133 wRC+ is seventh in the majors, trailing Chris Davis, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion, Freddie Freeman and Allen Craig. Belt has been mashing righties this year, posting an .833 OPS against them. Tonight he gets Chad Bettis, owner of a 5.20 FIP, making his sixth big-league start.