Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

PITCHER

Zack Greinke, ARI vs. SD ($46): Greinke may not be a big strikeout guy any more, but he's had two great outings this season and is in position for a third against San Diego. Most recently against the Padres, he went eight innings while giving up one run… and still lost. The Padres have been one of the worst teams against righties with a .291 wOBA, as well as a high K rate (23.9 percent). With the Diamondbacks the biggest favorite on the day, Greinke is worth the money.

Brett Anderson, CHC at PIT ($25): While going big with Greinke can be a good idea, going cheaper with Anderson could also pay off. He got lit up last outing, but that was also against one of the best hitting teams in the league in Milwaukee. The expectation is that Anderson matches what he did he his first two starts, making it five or six innings and giving up a run or two. The reason to back him is not only because the Cubs are decent favorites, but also the Pirates have been bad against lefties with a .268 wOBA and 23.4 percent K rate.

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CATCHER

Tony Wolters, COL vs. WAS ($13): Wolters has only had success against righties this season (.345 wOBA) so this is a great spot to back him in a home game. Joe Ross was fine in his only outing but is still a guy that struggles with lefties, as seen in last season's .356 wOBA allowed and below average 17.8 percent K rate.

FIRST BASE

Joey Votto, CIN at MIL ($23): With Matt Garza making his season debut on the mound, it's not a bad idea to back Votto. He's been inconsistent early on, but still has a decent .352 wOBA against righties and isn't striking out (6.8 percent K rate). Garza allowed a .354 wOBA against lefties last season and had a rather high 5.23 xFIP.

SECOND BASE

Rougned Odor, TEX vs. MIN ($12): Things haven't been easy for Odor since the first week of the season, but a matchup with Phil Hughes could change that. Hughes isn't striking lefties out (17.2 percent K rate) while giving up a .407 wOBA. Odor has only hit righties so far (.314 wOBA) and Hughes is the type of pitcher that could get him back on track.

THIRD BASE

Jake Lamb, ARI vs. SD ($17): Some will avoid the Diamondbacks after Jhoulys Chacin carved them up for eight scoreless innings last time out. But doing that in back-to-back starts, and this time on the road, won't be easy. Lamb got one of the three hits in that game last week and he's gotten a hit in all but two games this season. Better yet is his early .432 wOBA and .326 ISO against righties. As for Chacin, he's allowing a .373 wOBA with 11 of his 12 earned runs this season coming against lefties.

SHORTSTOP

Brad Miller, TB at BAL ($16): Miller had a rough start to the season, although he's looked much better in the last couple of weeks. His numbers are mediocre so far but are steadily edging toward 2016's .342 wOBA against righties. Ubaldo Jimenez was great last start, but he's not someone to trust at this point in his career. He gave up a .378 wOBA to lefties last season to go with a 4.65 xFIP.

OUTFIELD

Charlie Blackmon, COL vs. WAS ($21): After a slow start, Blackmon found his juice the last couple weeks and will be ready for this matchup. Blackmon has an early .383 wOBA and .325 ISO against righties, while Ross has always had issues with lefties, as seen in last year's 4.67 xFIP.

Robbie Grossman, MIN at TEX ($14): Grossman has been consistent at a small price this season, sporting a nice .430 wOBA against lefties. While he has limited power, Martin Perez has issues locking down righties, from his early .360 wOBA allowed this year to last season's 4.92 xFIP.

Nomar Mazara, TEX vs. MIN ($16): After a rough 0-for-19 skid, Mazara got back on track Sunday and should carry that over against Hughes, who's struggled mightily against lefties this season, allowing a .407 wOBA which carries over from last season's .412. Mazara is young but has had success against righties, opening 2017 with a nice .395 wOBA and low K rate (15.3 percent).

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. Adam Zdroik plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: zdroik, DraftKings: rotozdroik, Yahoo: StreakMaster.
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Adam Zdroik
Adam, a 2019, 2018 and 2017 Finalist for FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's soccer editor. He also runs RotoWire's Bracketology, as well as writes on other various college basketball content. He has previously worked at ESPN and Sporting Kansas City, and he is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.
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