Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

Pitcher

Gerrit Cole, PIT vs. STL ($42): The All Star Break may have come at a bad time for Cole, who was rolling in five starts leading up to the time off, going 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 31.1 innings. That included a seven-run shelling at the hands of the Giants, but also six innings of one-run ball against the Cardinals, a team he's posted a 2.82 ERA against over the past three seasons. St. Louis has just a 93 wRC+ and .184 ISO against righties on the road.

Charlie Morton, HOU vs. MIN ($41): Morton's appeal may be more that of the offense that supports him. He's won five of his last seven starts, and with the Astros playing .674 ball, he's a good bet to pick up another W Friday. He's been significantly better at home, owning a 3.00 ERA and 1.24 WHIP against 5.40/1.52 on the road. Minnesota has a 22.7 percent strikeout rate against righties on the road, the 11th highest total, giving Morton the potential for some extra scoring.

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Catcher

Bruce Maxwell, OAK vs. CLE ($9): There isn't much upside in a player who has four extra-base hits in 53 at bats, but Maxwell has fared much better against opposite-handed pitchers, owning a .381 wOBA and 143 wRC+ against .222/35 against southpaws, giving him a stable floor. The price is the real appeal here, and Carlos Carrasco's .315 wOBA allowed to lefties as opposed to .269 to righties doesn't hurt.

First Base

Miguel Cabrera, DET vs. TOR ($17): Buying at least a small piece against Jays' starter Aaron Sanchez seems prudent after Sanchez allowed five runs over 1.2 frames in his return from the disabled list last time out. Cabrera hits better at home, and while he enjoys southpaws, his .385 wOBA, 141 wRC+ and .276 ISO against same-handed pitchers at Comerica Park is nothing to scoff at, and 19 players check in at an equal or higher price.

Second Base

Wilmer Difo, WAS at CIN ($7): Difo has earned regular playing time since Trea Turner went down and has provided a hot bat in the process, raising his average from .191 to .245 over the last eight games thanks to a 9-for-16 start to July. Reds' starter Tim Adelman has a 4.62 home ERA and has allowed at least three runs in four straight starts. Difo offers a cheap buy into a high powered offense playing in a hitter-friendly park.

Third Base

Kris Bryant, CHC at BAL ($21): O's starter Kevin Gausman looked to be turning the corner over three starts before coming apart against the Twins prior to the break. As such, I'm not advocating a full Cubs stack, but a safer choice in Bryant makes sense given Gausman's potential to implode. Bryant has a team-high .373 wOBA against righties and while he's hit southpaws harder, Gausman has been more vulnerable to same-handed batters, allowing a .379 wOBA and .890 OPS compared to .364/.830 to lefties.

Shortstop

Brad Miller, TAM at LAA ($15): Miller went 4-of-9 with two extra-base hits and three RBI in three games after his activation from the DL prior to the break. His season-long struggles won't be immediately forgotten, but this is a guy who hit 30 homers last season, with 27 coming against righties, whom he posted a .342 wOBA and 117 wRC+ against. Angels' starter Ricky Nolasco has a 4.89 ERA at home and is allowing a .345 wOBA to opposite-handed hitters.

Outfield

Corey Dickerson, TAM at LAA ($17): If Miller and his season-long woes don't fit into your plans, Dickerson seems like a safe choice against the aforementioned Nolasco. He checks in with a .394 wOBA and 148 wRC+ against righties on the road, the latter of which ranks 31st amongst all hitters. There isn't an immediately obvious offensive stack Friday, but Nolasco has allowed five runs or more in three of his last five outings, making for as good of a play against, and Rays' bats are priced modestly.

Matt Holliday, NYY at BOS ($14): Holliday is finally set to return from the disabled list after a viral infection, and brings a steady .376 wOBA , .208 ISO and 134 wRC+ against lefties into the contest, which ranks third among Yankee regulars. Low ownership seems likely given the "DL" tag he shows with, and BoSox starter Drew Pomeranz carries a 4.28 home ERA as opposed to a 3.06 road total.

Kyle Schwarber, CHC at BAL ($8): If you're not willing to pay up for Bryant against Kevin Gausman, Schwarber makes for a nice high ceiling, low risk proposition with his price still near the minimum. Schwarber was 4-for-10 in a three-game set against Pittsburgh prior to the break, and, despite his struggles, has a .310 wOBA and and .245 ISO against opposite-handed arms. It's a larger sample size, Schwarber had eye-popping .407 wOBA and 161 wRC+ as a rookie in 2015 over 176 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. Chris Bennett plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: k30kittles, DraftKings: k30kittles.
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Chris Bennett
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