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The Daily MLB Fantasy Pulse- 5-16

Daily-Fantasy-PulseYesterday’s Studs

Raul Ibanez- The Mariners offense would have been the stack to beat last night, thanks to Phil Hughes 7 ER in 0.2 IP. Ibanez led the way with 2 homers and a crazy 6 RBI.

Shin-Shoo Choo- Alex Sanabia is really as bad as he looks. Choo was the most helpful player in daily fantasy as he was started in more than a quarter of Draft Day’s 1$ GPP and rewarded owners by going 4/5 with 2 homers and 3 runs scored.

Mike Trout- Stephen Drew doesn’t get this spot because anyone who used him either needed a cheap filler or was simply using bad process. Trout, on the other hand, is always a stud and last night went 2/3 with 2 walks, a double, a home run, and 2 runs scored.

5/16 Pitchers

Stephen Strasburg- I am avoiding Verlander and Darvish tonight. The Texas and Detroit offenses are just too powerful and one fast ball up in the zone would equate to no value for your fantasy team. It doesn’t help that they are playing at the Ballpark in Arlington. Strasburg is a cheaper option, facing the worst offense in baseball, according to runs scored. Additionally, they are playing at San Diego which is the pitcheriest of pitchers parks (yes, I know that is not a word). Easy play against a high K%, low LD% rate offense.

Mat Latos- If you are apt to spending heavily on pitchers, today is your dream day. Strasburg with the worst offense in the best pitchers park and Latos against the 2nd worst offense in what is likely almost as hitter friendly as the Padre’s park. Miami without Giancarlo has made guys like Scott Feldman and Mike Leake look like All-Stars. I believe Latos is a strong candidate to breeze through a complete game and get a win against Jose Fernandez tonight.

5/16 Hitters

Mike Trout- Any Angels right hander that you want to stick in your lineup tonight, I’m okay with. Jose Quintana is a mediocre talent with a 90 MPH fastball who is liable to get battered by Angels lineup that is finally starting to heat up. With Trout, Pujols, Hamilton and Trumbo all hitting, Trout will be the biggest fantasy beneficary because of his run scoring and on base skills. Love him tonight.

Pablo Sandoval- The Panda didn’t come through last night in cake matchup, but facing Jhoulys Chacin in the confines of Coors Field is a great matchup for the switch hitting Sandoval who is 7 for 17 with 2 homers in his career off of Chacin.

Jacoby Ellsbury- While I respect Alex Cobb and his 3.09 ERA, he is not a total avoid for daily fantasy players. Ellsbury is 50 points better against right handed pitchers and has been on base every game since May 5th. All left handed Boston batters are a solid option if you don’t like the position tonight.

Evan Longoria- The Boston hitters are okay, but if I’m stacking tonight, I’m going all Angels and Rays. Felix Doubront is just bad. He has a 6.40 ERA, and while his FIP has a crazy 4 point differential, it’s clear that he just isn’t great. Weak lefties won’t fare well against Longoria, who is hitting an insane .370 off of lefties and slugging .565. Longo is the #1 play of the night.

Sean Rodriguez- If you want value, whichever right handers end up in Tampa Bay’s lineup tonight will supply plenty of it. Rodriguez is hitting .314 off of lefties this year and is going to be in a lineup that scores tons of runs tonight.

Top 5 BvP Lines

Jacoby Ellsbury  L 7 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 .286 .286 .714 1.000
Dayan Viciedo  R 5 5 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.600 2.600
Carlos Gomez  R 8 5 1 0 2 3 2 0 0 1 .625 .700 1.500 2.200
Troy Tulowitzki  R 53 18 5 1 4 6 5 10 1 0 .340 .397 .698 1.095
Pablo Sandoval  S 17 7 1 1 2 4 3 1 0 1 .412 .500 .941 1.441

About Davis Mattek

Davis Mattek is a 20 year old English major at Kansas State University who founded his own website, Sports Wunderkind, late in 2012. In addition to running his own site, Davis is a full-time contributor at Fantasysports.org and a part time contributor at Dynasty League Football, The Fantasy Fix and Rotoviz.

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