Stream Team: Lilly Back on Track
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another qualifying round into the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship. Will you make the safe play and take Tim Lincecum in Oakland, even at his premium price? How about a solid ace in the $7K and $8K range? I think you’re better off going cheap at the game’s most important position, allowing you to build a killer lineup. If you want to go that route, check out our selections below for some affordable options.
Ace: Ted Lilly, LAD vs. HOU ($6,700). Lilly started the season slow, but smart owners quickly traded for the veteran expecting things to even out. That’s exactly what happened, as Lilly now has his ERA under 4.00 and his WHIP down to 1.20. With a 56:15 K:BB ratio, he’s his normal accurate self on the mound. He’ll face a team he’s dominated in the past on Friday, and his career numbers against the Astros (7-2, 2.30 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 73:20 K:BB in 90 IP) suggest he’s your best value among the aces.
Middle Man: Chris Capuano, NYM vs. LAA ($5,100). Capuano has put together some quality numbers over the past ten days, allowing one run over 13 combined innings in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Over his last eight starts, the Mets lefty has allowed two runs or less six times. Meanwhile, the Angels have struggled to score runs this year — in fact, they have just 33 runs to their credit in 13 games this month. I’m looking for Capuano to come through with another quality outing at home.
Wild Card: Brad Hand, FLA at TB ($2,000). After holding Atlanta to one hit and one walk through six innings in his major league debut (with six Ks, no less), Hand fell apart against Arizona in his second start, walking five batters in five innings. Which is the real Brad Hand? Probably somewhere in the middle, and with Wade Davis on the mound opposite him, Hand could pick up his first win with a middling performance.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Chris Capuano (vs. LAA), 2. Brian Duensing (vs. SD), 3. Mike Leake (vs. TOR), 4. Freddy Garcia (at CHC), 5. Clayton Richard (at MIN).
Ace: Tim Stauffer, SD at MIN ($6,900). Stauffer is riding high after posting shutouts in two consecutive starts, throwing 15 scoreless innings while allowing only nine hits and four walks, striking out 13 batters along the way. His K:BB ratio is nearly 3.0, and he’s the owner of a sparkling 3.28 ERA in 14 starts this season. The big question is whether San Diego can score enough to get him a win as well. It took 11 starts for Stauffer to receive his first “W”, then just two more starts to pick up his next one. Will the good times keep rolling?
Middle Man: Rubby De La Rosa, LAD vs. HOU ($5,500). De La Rosa hasn’t been particularly masterful in his first two starts of the season, but he’s managed to record wins in both while striking out a batter an inning. Sounds like a quality FanDuel pick to me. Just like on Friday, we continue to pick on the Astros, because — well, they’re the Astros, owners of a 25-45 record.
Wild Card: Alex Cobb, TB vs. FLA ($2,100). We went with the Marlins pitcher in this series yesterday, and now we travel across the diamond to find a potentially huge bargain with the Rays. Cobb has posted two straight solid starts, including striking out seven Tigers in 5.2 innings on Monday. He’ll be up against the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act of Ricky Nolasco, who has about a 50 percent chance of handing Cobb the win on a silver platter.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Tim Stauffer (at MIN), 2. Carlos Carrasco (vs. PIT), 3. Randy Wolf (at BOS), 4. Rubby de la Rosa (vs. HOU), 5. Paul Maholm (at CLE).
Ace: Francisco Liriano, MIN vs. SD ($7,000). I’ll forgive you if you haven’t been paying attention to Liriano lately, since he was so terrible at the beginning of the season, but now it’s time to take a good look at what’s he’s done recently. The lefty has managed to bring his ERA down to 4.67 from 7.07 over the span of four starts by allowing a total of four runs in 26 innings while striking out 29 batters. His most recent start came at home against Texas, and he held the explosive Rangers offense to just one run on two hits and no walks while posting nine Ks. Is he back for good? I’ll take that chance against the Padres.
Middle Man: Josh Collmenter, ARI vs. CWS ($5,500). The rookie suffered through his first terrible start in his last outing, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings against the Giants earlier this week. Even with the dud, Collmenter is sporting a 1.86 ERA and 0.86 WHIP through 53.1 innings, spanning seven starts and seven relief appearances. Better yet, he’s rocking a sweet 34:10 K:BB ratio. If he can bounce back from that Giants start, he could give us yet another great line — remember, he had thrown 12 scoreless innings over his two starts previous to the five-run performance.
Wild Card: Jeff Karstens, PIT at CLE ($4,000). Remarkably, Karstens hasn’t more than two runs in a start since May 3, and more than three runs in a start since April 17. He can thank an incredible Cliff Lee-type run keeping runners off base, as Karstens has walked just three batters in his last eight starts combined. Yes, that’s not a typo. If he can keep the control up, he stands a great shot at grabbing a win against the slipping Indians, who have fallen from the best record in baseball to second place in their own division.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Jonathon Niese (vs. LAA), 2. Jeff Karstens (at CLE), 3. Dustin Moseley (at MIN), 4. Jason Vargas (vs. PHI), 5. Tim Wakefield (vs. MIL).