FantasyScore Daily Fantasy Baseball Primer: Tuesday 6/9/15
Season-long fantasy baseball leagues can be tiresome. You have to set your lineups each day, play the waiver wire for new players, and when it's all said and done, you still might be out of it by the All-Star break.
Fortunately, we've got an alternative to your season-long fantasy baseball woes: FantasyScore.com.
FantasyScore has tons of games to choose from and compete in for real cash prizes every single day. All you need to do is sign up, enter a lineup based on salary restrictions, and join contests against baseball fans just like you.
With an interesting slate going on tonight in baseball, it's a perfect time to try it out. And to help you, we're giving out our FantasyScore optimized lineup, which you can find below.
If you were to describe today's FantasyScore optimal lineup, it would be "stud pitching and Coors Field."
The algorithm picked out Corey Kluber and Francisco Liriano, two pitchers who are capable of striking out double-digit batters each time they're out.
Kluber will be at home against a Mariners lineup that ranks just 27th in Major League Baseball in wOBA against right-handers. The M's also strike out at a 23.6% rate in the split, which is the third worst in the bigs. Put that together with a low over/under, and you've got yourself the ideal starting pitching option in DFS.
Liriano has a relatively decent matchup as well, but it's not as strong as Kluber's. The Brewers have a righty-heavy lineup, which doesn't exactly mesh well with the southpaw, Liriano. But this season, Milwaukee has just a .270 wOBA against left-handed pitching, which is only better than the White Sox. They're also striking out at a 23.0% rate against lefties, and are facing a pretty dramatic park shift in going to PNC Park. Liriano is in great shape.
I'll save you all from reading about Coors Field, because it's obvious why the game is being targeted. Instead, let's take a look at two of the cheapies in today's lineup.
The first is Kurt Suzuki, who will face Chris Young of the Royals tonight. Suzuki doesn't have the platoon advantage here, and Young has been strong against righties on the year. But it's hard to resist that $2,100 price tag -- the Twins are expected to score about 4.5 runs, per Vegas, meaning there should be plenty of opportunity to make up for that cost. It's a punt, but a strategic one given the high team total.
And then there's Jeff Baker. The Marlins get lefty Mark Buehrle, and they're a stack-worthy team tonight, as they trail only the Blue Jays in wOBA against left-handers this year. Over his career, Baker has a .374 wOBA and .215 ISO against lefties. And if we look at recent Marlins lineups, when they do get left-handed pitching, he typically bats in the clean-up spot. At $1,600? Of course we should use him.