FANTASY BASEBALL BEAST BASH
SATURDAY APRIL 27 2019
Saturday is one of the best days to play Fantasy Baseball, specifically, the main slate. Saturday Night Baseball is the one day of the week where you can a prime time baseball game without thinking about anything else besides baseball. There is also an added bonus of fewer games during the Saturday Primetime Slate because there is baseball the entire day! Today, we will focus on that main slate.
FIRST BASE – JOSE ABREU ($3900) vs. RYAN CARPENTER
Abreu was on this list for Friday’s Slate, he hit a HR. He will make the cut again for this Saturday Night showdown. There are probably 30+ MLB Teams that would not consider Ryan Carpenter a Major League Quality pitcher, unfortunately for the Tigers, they have to throw him out there to the Sox. The White Sox offense is hitting the ball hard, and Jose Abreu will continue to smack his line drives all around the field.
FIRST BASE – ANTHONY RIZZO ($4100) @ ZACK GODLEY
Rizzo is still not really showing the 40+ HR potential that he has flashed in his career, but a matchup against Godley does look good on paper. Godley is not getting the same movement on his pitches from Christmas past, and Rizzo is always ready for those mistake pitches in the zone. The price tag at $4100 for a guy hitting near .200 does not sound appealing, but the upside is there and Daily Fantasy Baseball is a one day season.
SECOND BASE – ROBINSON CANO ($3800) vs. BRANDON WOODRUFF
For the record, I feel Robinson Cano is too expensive. $3800 you better get your stats, but Cano does not guarantee that as he is surrounded by a bunch of players that are not hitting the ball. However if Cano does get the right circumstances, like runners in scoring position, than Cano will deliever a strong fantasy performance. Cano only has 3 HRs on the season, but Woodruff is the type of pitcher who will not be able to get around the living legend.
SECOND BASE – ROUGNED ODOR ($2600) @ MIKE LEAKE
Odor is back, and while it is hard to judge him on one bad game since his return off the DL, it is important to remember everyday is a new day. Mike Leake does not matchup well against Odor who does not really have any pitches to get by the upper cut of Odor. The price is good enough to take the risk and hope for the best results.
SHORTSTOP – TIM ANDERSON ($4200) vs. RYAN CARPENTER
Tim Anderson is more expensive than anyone could have ever imagined, but he is hitting over .400 on the season and has a matchup against one the weakest lefty starting pitchers in the game right now. Tim Anderson is also coming off of a Walk Off HR against the Tigers on Friday, and you can guarantee he will take that momentum with him on Saturday. With the rest of the White Sox crew hitting the ball better than they have been hitting it all season, throw Tim Anderson in your lineup.
THIRD BASE – YOAN MONCADA ($3900) vs. RYAN CARPENTER
Moncada is hitting above .320, he is on fire coming off of a 3 hit game, and he is facing a pitcher that does not belong in the major leagues. When you add it all together, you will see that Moncada is ready to continue his raking against the Tigers with plenty of RBI opportunities all game long.
OUTFIELD – MIKE TROUT ($5000) @ JORGE LOPEZ
You definitely need to pay up for Trout if you are going to include him on your squad, but a common rule to folllow in Daily Fantasy Baseball is if Mike Trout is facing a pitcher that you do not really respect, chances are you should get Trout on your team. He is definitely 100% healthy as he has attempted a Stolen Base since his return from injury. Everyone in KC is at the ball park to see what the legend can do, might as well have him on your squad since everyone is expecting the best.
OUTFIELD – KOLE CALHOUN ($3400) @ JORGE LOPEZ
Kole is one of the hotter OF options in Fantasy Baseball with HRs in 3 straight games, including 2 HRs last week. Going up against Jorge Lopez, a pitcher who does not have dangerous stuff by any means, expect Kole to continue to rip the ball all over the field. Despite how well Calhoun is hitting the ball, he is only hitting .200 for the season, but Lopez should not be a pitcher you need to worry about. Start Calhoun, get at least a few runs in the process.
OUTFIELD – NOMAR MAZARA ($3300) @ MIKE LEAKE
Nomar had a very start to the season, but his recent hot streak of 3 HRs in his last 2 games to bring his total to 5 should be the perfect reminder that we are still very young in the Fantasy Baseball season. Leake is not a scary pitcher to go up against, and Nomar has the perfect swing going to take up any fastball down the middle into the seats.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
The White Sox stack looks great on paper, and it should be great in real life as well. Ryan Carpenter is only forced to make this apperance because he is on a horrible team that is not deep enough in their farm system to avoid it. Carpenter does not have the pitches to blow by any hitter, and on the road you can expect a lot of trouble.
While the Rangers are on the road, Mike Leake does not pose much of a threat no matter what ball park he is in. Leake does not have the junk to fool any hitter, nor the speed to blow by any hitter. The Rangers may have had a rough season up to this point, but a game against Leake where he is missing his targets can lead to the flood gates opening.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Angels have yet to really get it going, but they have been productive as of late even beating Tanaka and the Yankees a couple days ago. Jorge Lopez is not really what you would call a great MLB pitcher, and the Angels have enough hot bats to make an impact in this game.
There are your Saturday BEAST plays. Now go out there and BEAST!