FantasyAces MLB: Friday Picks

FantasyAces MLB: Friday Picks

This article is part of our FantasyAces MLB series.

Fantasy Aces has a great baseball product that offers games at every level and in a variety of formats. Whether you play Traditional or Salary Pro, this article will help you find the optimal plays and build a lineup that'll help build that bankroll. With September call-ups, you can find some very good value on under-priced former minor leaguers, though it's always important to check the lineups to make sure they are playing.

Pitcher:

Dallas Keuchel ($8,250): I'll start by saying I defaulted to Keuchel. He's probably the best pitcher of the night and the matchup with the Angels isn't a terrible one. Sexy, right? I'm not all that high on any pitcher. None of the matchups scream value to me, so I default to the stud.

Steven Matz ($6,000): A very talented young southpaw at $6,000; you could do worse. I don't love the matchup with the strikeout-elusive Braves, but when price and talent coincide such risks can be made.

Catcher:

Welington Castillo ($5,050): I don't love the idea of spending up like this on a boom-or-bust catcher, but you have to like the boom potential Castillo possesses. I wouldn't spend on him in cash games, but he makes quite a bit of sense as a high upside GPP swing.

1B/3B:

Matt Carpenter ($4,900): We know who Carpenter is by now. With his continued role as the leadoff hitter in a high run projected game, he makes quite a bit on sense for less than $5,000.

Evan Longoria ($4,950): As much as I dislike the Rays against righties, I love them against lefties. Wade Miley is a mediocre lefty and the Rays could very well line up with nine right-handed batters, and Longoria is the best of the bunch.

2B/SS:

Logan Forsythe ($4,650): Forsythe's recommendation comes from the same thread as Longoria's – he's just a little bit less in every category (talent and price included).

Jose Peraza ($3,500): I don't know if Peraza comes back into the balance Friday night, but at his price, he's worth a cheap grab if he does. The middle infielder has both hitting and base-stealing upside. Target Corey Seager if Peraza continues to ride the pine, but that hamstring is no longer the issue here.

Ketel Marte ($3,650): Marte is still too cheap. He leads off and has great base-stealing ability. The bats behind him have really been heating up too, increasing his chances to score runs if he can get on base.

Outfield:

Stephen Piscotty ($4,250): The Cardinals' minor league system comes through again, as the newest call-up is sporting a .329 batting average and .890 OPS in the majors. Piscotty's numbers are a tad unsustainable with an irregularly high BABIP, but he's still cheap and batting second in a Cardinals order projected to score some runs.

Mikie Mahtook ($3,100): You absolutely have to love the price on this guy. The Rays are, from what I see, a sneaky play as a very affordable stack against Wade Miley. Mahtook is coming off a home run last time out and has been fairly successful since being called back up.

Justin Ruggiano ($3,500): Another September call-up cheap in price and high on upside, Ruggiano has two home runs in his last seven at-bats.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Alex Spalding plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: ajump08, DraftKings: ajump08.
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Alex Spalding
Alex splits his expertise between College Basketball, NBA, NFL, MLB, and Saturday morning BPL. You'll find him under the username ajump08 on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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