Welcome to Monday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem” and “dinkpiece”. Each day throughout the MLB season our daily MLB scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. Our analysis will help you consistently build winning rosters over the long run.
Weather: Looks like the PIT-CIN could be in danger of getting postponed. The forecast was clear last night but now it’s calling for 60% chance of rain all evening. Unless the forecast clears up, you are best served avoiding this game. Also, the wind seems to be blowing out just about everywhere including out to left field in Baltimore (helps the Tampa Bay RHB we like), out to left center in Philadelphia (good for our high expectations of the Atlanta offense) and heavily out to right field in Texas (good for our love for the value in Seattle’s LHB).
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Catcher – Our featured site for the catcher position is DraftDay
Wilin Rosario (COL) – Rosario is away from Coors, but he’s still so effective against LHP that he merits a top play mention. Rosario has just 119 PAs against LHP away from Coors in his career and the result has been a solid .363 wOBA and .175 ISO. His overall numbers against southpaws are massive. I wouldn’t overpay for Rosario in Petco, but where he’s closely priced to Montero (as he is on DraftDay) he’s a comparable option, particularly on sites more heavily weighted towards power numbers.
Miguel Montero (ARZ) – Montero had a really disappointing year last season but still has solid numbers against RHP since 2011: .285/.378/.454. He’s in a better park than Rosario on a higher expected scoring team and in a better matchup. Opposing pitcher Zack Wheeler has allowed a .347 wOBA and 1.13 HR/9 to LHB with poor peripherals (24.3 LD rate allowed, 14.9 walk rate). He’s a safer bet to reach base overall and on most sites outside of DraftDay Montero’s price makes the decision between him and Rosario easy.
Ryan Hanigan (TB) – Hanigan doesn’t give you much power upside but in a hitter’s park in a lineup we like to score and facing a LHP he deserves a look as a cheap option should you need salary cap relief. Hanigan has an absurd 1.78 EYE against LHP in 208 PAs. The only issue with Hanigan is I’m note sure how his lack of power will mesh against a FB oriented pitcher in Wei-Yin Chen.
Additional catcher notes: I’m pretty high on the Braves offense in general today so look to Evan Gattis (ATL) if you want to mini stack Atlanta. For the same reasons, JP Arencibia (TEX) makes for a high risk/reward play for cheap. Both of those catchers have strong power potential.