Thanks to Fantasy Pros and Fan Duel, I will once again be competing in the Daily Fantasy Accuracy Cup in 2016. Each week, myself and 44 other daily fantasy writers will compete in a Fan Duel contest for actual cash money. Our scores will be totaled, along the way, and by the All-Star Break we’ll have decided which writer gives the most accurate advice. Each week, I will post my lineups here on Brewer Rat, along with some analysis. Here is my Week 1 lineup:
Pitcher: Francisco Liriano – Pirates, @Cin
Liriano’s high ground ball rate should help protect him from Great American Ballpark’s home run inducing ways. His excellence against lefties will help as well, as Cincinnati’s biggest threats are all left handed (Votto, Bruce, Hamilton).
Catcher: Chris Iannetta – Angels, vs. Surkamp
Iannetta is basically an all-or-nothing play, but what else would you be looking for at Catcher? Stolen bases? vs. Lefties, Iannetta had a .116 wRC+ in 2015. Despite his .230 avg, he still put up a .359 OBP and a .405 SLG against lefties. The hope here is that he gets a double or two and possibly scores a couple runs. Tonight he’ll face lefty, Eric Surkamp, who is not very good.
1st Base: Eric Hosmer – Royals, vs. Santana
Hosmer broke out in a big way last year, and he did it in large part by crushing RHP. He posted a .885 SLG against RHP, and 14 of his 18 homers came against righties. Meanwhile, Ervin Santana has had some major struggles against lefties, so look for Hosmer’s $3,300 price tag to be quite the steal.
2nd Base: Kolten Wong – Cardinals, @Wisler
Wisler has had some struggles against lefties, and Wong pretty much only hits righties, so this seems like a no brainer.
3rd Base: Matt Carpenter – Cardinals, @Wisler
It could be a long night for Wisler, considering how many LHB the Cards can throw at him.
Short Stop: Brandon Crawford – Giants, vs. Stripling
Who is Stripling?
Outfield – Jose Bautista – Blue Jays, vs. Joe Kelly
Joe Kelly posted a HR/FB rate of 19.2% against RHB last season. That should get worse in a hitter’s park like Toronto, against a team of right-handed power hitters like the Blue Jays. Bautista might be the best of that bunch when it comes to hitting RHP (.301 ISO and 35 HR against RHP).
Outfield – Gregory Polanco – Pirates, @Simon
A young player ready to break out, Polanco gets to face a righty like Simon in a small park.
Outfield – Alex Gordon – Royals, vs. Santana
Alex Gordon’s injury cost him some time last season, but don’ t let the shortened season fool you. A healthy Gordon dominates right-handed pitching. The Royals lefties will get to pull the ball at Miguel Sano, as he tries to navigate that gigantic outfield in KC.