MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 6/18/13

Some days, it doesn't matter that Randall Delgado hasn't started all year when it's the Marlins he's facing.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Yu DarvishSP32.57$36,3000.90
Esmil RogersSP16.46$19,0000.87
Robinson Cano2B14.95$6,4002.34
Adrian Beltre3B12.37$5,8002.13
Jimmy RollinsSS11.83$5,3002.23
Nate McLouthLF11.46$4,9002.34
Melky CabreraLF12.15$4,9002.48
Jonathan LucroyC12.41$4,7002.64
Todd Helton1B11.12$4,3002.59
Will VenableOF11.22$4,2002.67
Gerardo ParraOF11.56$4,2002.75

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The Three Top Pitchers

Yu Darvish - He has a 34.0 percent strikeout rate. Let that sink in for a second. In a given game, over one-third of the batters Yu Darvish faces will be headed back to the dugout shaking their head. No other MLB pitcher is even above 31.4 percent (and it took a 10 K game from Max Scherzer yesterday to get there). No matter the price, when Yu's against an A's team right around the league average for strikeouts and is trotting out an opposing pitcher with only a 1.349 WHIP and 16.3 percent K rate, how could we not love Darvish tonight?

Randall Delgado - Don't get it twisted - this is 100 percent a matchup play. Randall Delgado has not started an MLB game and pitched in exactly one since coming over to the D'Backs in the offseason trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Given his career numbers, he's right around a league average pitcher, as his .283 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) against is good but his 17.4 percent strikeout rate and 10.0 percent walk rate are not. However, the Marlins can make anybody seem like an ace: they're dead last in OBP, dead last in slugging (by 37 points!), and the lowest walk rate in the majors. Delgado's lack of history may be a good thing; it has kept his cost tonight down.

Alfredo Figaro - Another day, another mid-priced option to exploit because of his matchup. (Honestly, if you're going a high-priced option and it isn't Yu, I question your choices. And for multi-pitcher platforms, other than possibly Verlander, no other top-priced options are exceptional values today.) Want a low walk rate? Figaro's 3.7 percent BB rate should suffice. And although his 19.3 percent strikeout rate may only be around league average, the Astros themselves hold the MLB's worst K rate at 25.7 percent of total plate appearances. Couple that with a fifth-worst .297 Houston OBP, and I'm excited for Figaro's potential.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Adrian Beltre - I've already mentioned Jarrod Parker's 1.349 WHIP and 16.3 percent K rate, but there is one number that should look particularly juicy to the Rangers' third baseman: 3.7. That's the percentage of plate appearances Parker has given up a homerun this season, over a full percent above the MLB average. Beltre's own 4.8 percent homerun rate should have a field day; we have Beltre projected at 0.25 HR, 0.81 R, and 0.84 RBI tonight.

Robinson Cano - Oh, the complete and utter domination of Robinson Cano. His 0.325 projected average leads all second basemen by .011. His 0.26 HR leads by .04. His 0.84 R leads by .09. His 0.88 RBI leads by .14. There really isn't a single category where you could make the case for a different second baseman, so despite the high cost, why would you go a different direction from the clear best player in all categories? Lower your cost elsewhere, Hyun-jin Ryu's league-average advanced analytics beckons.

Mid-Range Cost-Effective Hitters

Jonathan Lucroy - Houston starter Jordan Lyles' 3-1 record and 3.48 ERA may look solid. His 1.316 WHIP, 18.4 percent strikeout rate, 2.2 percent homerun rate, and 7.2 percent walk rate, however, reveal him to be nothing more than a league-average pitcher. Granted, league-average is probably the best Houston can ask for this season, but it doesn't mean that's a reason to bet against Jonathan Lucroy as your catching option. His low 11.2 percent strikeout rate and 2.7 percent homerun rate meshes nicely, while his .284 BABIP should rise towards the mean given his .310 career rate and his 23 percent line drive rate this season.

Todd Helton - Here's is my lack of Colorado Rockies trivia showing: I had no idea his nickname was The Toddfather. Never heard it in my life. But I love it. And even though the Toddfather has seen his stats steadily declining since the Bush presidency, his current .711 OPS and 24 percent line drive rate makes him still worth playing against an average matchup. How does Esmil Rogers' career .351 BABIP and 1.605 WHIP sound? Just fine by me.