Today is a tough one if you’re playing daily fantasy. There are not a ton of historically dominant matchups to lean on, and those that do have historical dominance have been ice cold of late. Still, I was able to find some decent plays. Here are some favorable matchups for your Daily Fantasy Leagues for Wednesday, 7/17.
Freddie Freeman – Freeman has faced Chase Anderson 13 times, and Anderson has never gotten him on strikes. Freeman is 4/12 with a homer, a double, and a walk. He’s also homered in 2 of the last 3 games, so he’s starting to break out of a short slump. The word “slump” isn’t something you usually want to invest in when playing daily leagues, but Freeman is always a good bet to do something positive with the bat.
Jose Abreu – At the risk of putting you in a bind by naming two first baseman, another good option is Abreu. He squares off against Danny Duffy on Wednesday, against whom he’s had some success. In 53 AB, he’s racked up 17 hits, including 2 home runs and 2 doubles. He’s also taken 5 walks, and for a guy who doesn’t walk much, that’s a decent ratio.
Eddie Rosario – Fresh off the DL, Rosario went 2-4 on Tuesday. He’s 3-7 against Jason Vargas in his career, so not much history there. But Rosario was swinging the bat really well when he went down on June 26, and he now has multiple hits in 7 of his last 11 games.
Danny Santana – There’s another Santana in the league right now, and he’s garnering a lot of fantasy attention. This pick is based mostly on his results of late as he’s hitting .471 over the last 7 days with a 1.467 OPS. He’s shown some pop as well, launching 7 homers in the last month. He faces off against Robbie Ray on Wednesday, coming into the matchup with a home run in two plate appearances against the D-backs lefty. Overall, Santana has put up a solid season with a .313 batting average and continues to be a solid fantasy play.
Mike Clevinger – Today’s pitching matchup is Mike Clevinger at home against the Tigers. In 63 total plate appearances, current Tigers’ hitters have mustered just 8 hits against him, including just 1 homer (shocker: Miguel Cabrera). The OBP is minuscule at .238, and the slugging is punchless at .250. Clevinger has also been very good over his last two outings, allowing 1 ER in 11 innings while fanning 15.
The Leadoff Batter’s Report Card: Every DFS article, I will update you on my previous predictions and how they panned out. Here are the results from Sunday, July 14.
Aaron Judge: 2/3, 1 BB Grade: B
Kyle Schwarber: 1/3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB Grade: A
Carlos Santana: 1/2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, Grade: A
Matt Adams: 1/4, 1 RBI Grade: C
Jose Berrios: 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 3 BB, ND Grade: D
Overall 7/14 Grade: B-