Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers. I hope you enjoy your independence, while you play some daily fantasy over at FanDuel. Today I am going to start an experiment. I will use my DFS lineup from the previous day as an entry, and see how it does. It does seem odd, but I always think I am a day early on plays. For instance I took Oswaldo Arcia one night in a big tourney, he went 0-4 that night, costing me 1st place, the next day he hit a homer, a single, 4 rbis, and 2 runs. I will keep you guys posted everyday on how it goes, until Ray tells me to stop. Tonight we have a jam packed schedule, everybody is playing tonight except the Blue Jays/Brewers since it's Canada Day. With that being said I am going to shut up and get in to todays picks.
All players' prices based on FanDuel values.
P - Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners, $8,000 - Like yesterday, I am going to fade the guy who is pitching against the Padres, for the reason that they will be highly drafted. If you want to take Mike Leake, go ahead. I like this matchup for Iwakuma who got shelled in his last outing against Boston. Tonight he faces the free-swinging Houston Astros, and should be in line for a win.
C - A.J. Pierzynski, Boston Red Sox, $2,200 - The one thing I love about FanDuel is that a lot of their catchers are priced at minimum, so you can find good value there. Tonight I took Pierzynski who faces right-hander Edwin Jackson. I think this is a good matchup for Pierzynski, and has a chance to take him deep.
1B - Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles, $3,300 - Davis hasn't lived up to last years success, but it's pretty difficult to top 50+ homers. Today he squares off a struggling righthy Nick Martinez, it might just be what the doctor ordered.
2B - Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners, $3,900 - Cano is in a perfect stadium for him. He really should have signed in Houston. He went 2-5 with a homer last night, and I expect more of the same tonight against Jared Cosart.
3B - Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers, $4,400 - T.J. McFarland takes the mound for the Orioles tonight, but I don't expect him to last more than a four or five innings. Even though I expect a short outing, I really love Texas bats tonight. Beltre crushes lefties, and is definitely worth the heavy price.
SS - Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners, $2,700 - Miller finally found his swing again, and is in the perfect park for it. Minute Maid park is a great hitters park, especially for lefties, the Mariners make an interesting stack tonight, and shouldn't cost too much outside of Cano and Seager.
OF - Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates, $4,700 - McCutchen has a .651 wOBA at home versus left-handed pitchers - yes .651, that is not a typo. Taking his wOBa in to consideration, and that Wade Miley loves giving up home runs, this is a match made in DFS heaven.
OF - Alex Rios, Texas Rangers, $2,800 - Rios price across all DFS formats has plummeted. I know I always mention use the hot bat, but the price and the matchup are too good to pass up on. If you want to save some budget, take Rios, you really could do worse at $2,800.
OF - Rajai Davis, Detroit Tigers, $3,000 - Davis annihilates left handed pitching. Davis' wOBA at home against lefties is .362, which is pretty damn good for a lead off hitter known for speed. With Brad Mills taking the mound for Oakland, a lefty I don't trust, I will be looking at many Tigers today, but Rajai is top of the list as far as outfielders go.
As always be sure to check the weather in the city your players are playing in. Don't forget to check lineups either, nothing worse than having a rostered player on your squad that isn't in the lineup.