The Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship is back. Will you grab a pitching ace and try and find bargains at the hitting positions? Or will you gamble on a cheap pitcher to take your team to first place? Whether you like your pitcher’s salary small, medium or large, we have you covered below.
Ace: Shaun Marcum, MIL vs. SF ($7,600). Yes, Timmy is on the mound for the Giants, but the San Francisco Giant offense without Buster Posey is about as scary as the San Francisco 49er offense with Alex Smith. Marcum is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He’s struck out four times as many batters as he’s walked. Sorry, Timmy, you ain’t winnin’ this one.
Middle Man: Chris Capuano, NYM vs. PHI ($5,100). Capuano has an ugly 5.36 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, but he actually hasn’t been all that bad this year, striking out 39 batters in 48.2 innings while walking only 15 guys. If he can bring his unlucky BABIP down and his strand rate up just a bit, he should revert back to last year’s numbers (3.95 ERA and 1.30 WHIP). He’s a solid streamer in most home starts like the one Friday.
Wild Card: Tyler Chatwood, LAA at MIN ($4,100). Chatwood looked to take a step in the right direction in his last start against the Braves, as he went seven innings while allowing just one run and striking out six batters. And face it, the Twins offense isn’t all that scary.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Scott Baker (vs. LAA), 2. Doug Davis (vs. PIT), 3. Chris Capuano (vs. PHI), 4. Tyler Chatwood (at MIN), 5. Chris Tillman (at OAK).
Ace: Jamie Garcia, STL at COL ($7,700). He’s 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA, and he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start all year long. I say Garcia looks like one of the best pitchers in the game right now, and he comes cheaper than FanDuel certified aces like Felix Hernandez and Jered Weaver.
Middle Man: Matt Harrison, TEX vs. KC ($4,800). Harrison’s coming off 8.1 shutout innings in Philadelphia, which came in his third straight quality start. With the Royals reeling after dropping their last five games and with the big boppers back in the Texas lineup, Harrison is well positioned for the all-important win.
Wild Card: Carlos Villanueva, TOR vs. CWS ($3,000). If you have access to the afternoon games, Villanueva is your man. In his first start of the season, he held the Yankees to just two hits and a walk in New York, going five innings while notching five Ks and picking up the win. Take advantage of his reliever-based price.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Matt Harrison (vs. KC), 2. Randy Wolf (vs. SF), 3. Tim Stauffer (at WAS), 4. Carlos Villanueva (vs. CWS), 5. Josh Outman (vs. BAL).
Ace: Jair Jurrjens, ATL vs. CIN ($6,900). After a scoreless 7.2-inning outing in Pittsburgh, Jurrjens is now 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through eight starts, and all eight have lasted at least six innings and featured two runs or fewer from Jurrjens’ opponent. He’s only issued nine walks, so it’s easy to see why runners have struggled to find scoring opportunities in his starts.
Middle Man: Tom Gorzelanny, WAS vs. SD ($6,200). We saw vintage Gorzelanny in his last start, as the Nationals pitcher surrendered six runs in five innings in Milwaukee. However, now he gets a mediocre Padre offense at home, and Gorzelanny still possesses excellent ratios. He’s struck out over a batter an inning in each of his last three starts, giving him 48 Ks in 53 IP.
Wild Card: Kyle Lohse, STL at COL ($4,700). Despite allowing two runs or fewer in eight of his ten starts this season, Lohse still comes in at under $5,000. He doesn’t give you many extra points via the strikeout, but Lohse has a higher chance at a win than most pitchers. As long as he keeps the walks in check like he has all season, he should cruise to another win.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Vance Worley (at NYM), 2. Jason Vargas (vs. NYY), 3. Dustin Moseley (at WAS), 4. Guillermo Moscoso (vs. BAL), 5. Josh Collmenter (at HOU).