The weekend fun is just around the corner but that won’t stop us from having some fun on FanDuel! The only downside of playing FanDuel tonight is the lack of Major League Baseball games taking place around the country. In all only six games are in action limiting us both at the plate as well on the mound.
For us we are starting our FanDuel lineup out tomorrow night with David Wright for the New York Mets. Wright who recently returned from the disabled list has had some solid success against Aaron Harang who will be taking the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies.
In his career, Wright is batting .433 in 30 career at bats against Harang with five extra base hits including a home run to go with eight runs batted in. Since returning from the disabled list, Wright is two for nine with a home run, walk and three runs batted in.
The next move we debated is which Major League starter do we want anchoring the rotation for us? The options include Carlos Martinez for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Gerrit Cole for the Pittsburgh Pirates as the top two options. One concern we fear with using either one of those starters is the high percentage of FanDuel owners that will elect to use each of them.
Here is the MLB FanDuel Lineup as well as options for Thursday August 27th, 2015.
Starting Pitcher – Gerrit Cole ($10,000): Earlier this season many had them as the favorite to take home the National League Cy Young. For us all we need him to do is pitch like that against the Miami Marlins. Cole has seven double digit fantasy performances over his last ten outings.
Option 2 – Drew Smyly ($7,400) & Option 3 – Joe Ross ($8,100)
Catcher – Carlos Ruiz ($2,300): Ruiz is a perfect fantasy option at the catcher position. The Philadelphia Phillies catcher is riding a four game hitting streak that features a pair of runs batted in as well as two doubles. Overall Ruiz is 11 for 32 for his career off of Jon Niese with four extra base hits.
Option 2 – Yadier Molina ($2,700) & Option 3 – Wilson Ramos ($2,800)
First Base – Ryan Zimmerman ($3,400): We debated both Zimmerman as well as Paul Goldschmidt. In the end we went with the cheaper alternative who has put together back to back games with at least five fantasy points.
Option 2 – Paul Goldschmidt ($4,600) & Option 3 – Joe Mauer ($2,500)
Second Base – Daniel Murphy ($4,200): Murphy may be a little more expensive than many would like at this slot. That being said the Mets second baseman is hitting .346 in nearly 30 career at bats off of Harang with six extra base hits.
Option 2 – Robinson Cano ($3,800) & Option 3 – Danny Espinos ($2,900)
Third Base – David Wright ($3,600): As we stated up above Wright was the starting point for our FanDuel MLB Lineup this Thursday. Wright will also be coming off a day off something that could additionally help his production.
Option 2 – Trevor Plouffe ($2,900) & Option 3 – Kyle Seager ($3,100)
Short Stop – Eduardo Escobar ($2,600): Looking for somewhat of a FanDuel bargain landed us with the Minnesota Twins second short stop. Escobar has six hits over his last four games including three doubles, one home run and four runs batted in.
Option 2 – Trea Turner ($2,600) & Option 3 – Jung-ho Kang ($3,600)
Outfielder – Brandon Moss ($2,200): If you are looking to cash in on a GPP tournament than a player like Moss could be the option. The Cardinals outfielder has the power to hit one out any night of the week. The downside has been ability to produce for most of the 2015 season. This play only works for us as it provides us with some solid salary cap flexibility.
Outfielder – Mark Trumbo ($2,800): Trumbo is another solid option for Thursday as he entered Wednesday riding in eight straight game. In that stretch, Trumbo picked up three home runs to go with six runs driven in.
Jason Heyward ($3,800): Looking to fill out our FanDuel MLB lineup we elected to go with another member of the Cardinals outfield. This time it is Heyward who we selected coming off six hits over his last four games including hitting his 11th home run of the season.
Option 4 – Matt Kemp ($3,900), Option 5 – Trayce Thompson ($3,000) & Option 6 – Stephen Piscotty ($3,300)