Rounding the Bases: August 8

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, August 8th, 2017. In this article, I will list my four top plays of the day, regardless of pricing. I know that typically content is given in tiered formats to give you options at different levels, and I will try my best, but I’m not going to force myself into that model.

To keep with the theme of baseball, I’ll list four players, from first to home, in increasing order of interest for me tonight. These guys may or may not be usable in all formats. I have become more of a tournament player over the last year, so that is where my mentality is normally at.

Things did not go well last Friday, as all of our picks has pretty quiet nights, and Jose Altuve did not even play. Hopefully, the ship will correct itself this week. Home Runs called this season: 14 in 27 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.


Hunter Renfroe – SDP – $7,500

SINGLE: Renfroe is a guy I like to take shots on here and there as a cheap potential long ball. That is the exact mentality we are moving forward with tonight. The Padres will be going up against Sal Romano, who just is not a great pitcher. On the year, against right-handed batters, Romano has allowed a .367 wOBA, 30.4% fly ball rate and 14.3% HR/FB ratio. The hard contact is fairly low, but that is not something that bothers me that much.

The Padres are almost always a low owned fantasy prospect, because quite frankly, they just are not a great team. Tonight, though, I am willing to look at Renfroe in tournaments to spice things up a bit.


Robinson Cano – SEA – $8,400

DOUBLE: Cano continues to remain relatively underpriced, despite being one of the better hitters in the game over the last several years.

On the mound for the Athletics tonight will be Kendall Graveman. He is a quality pitcher, but does have some weaknesses. One of those weaknesses is left-handed hitting. On the year, Graveman is giving up a .387 wOBA, 45.5% fly ball rate and 16.7% HR/FB ratio. Again, this is another guy who is not giving up a ton of hard contact, but I am not concerned.

Cano plays well in either cash games and tournaments and is someone I think is going to have a big game.


Andrew McCutchen – PIT – $9,300

TRIPLE: The Pirates are among my least favorite teams for DFS purposes. It seems like whenever they are in a good spot, they just cannot put things together. We got confirmation of that last night, as we watched them stumble around trying to figure out Jordan Zimmerman.

Tonight, Matthew Boyd will be on the mound. He isn’t horrible, but he is not someone we are going to avoid, either. He has allowed right-handers a .364 wOBA, 39.2% fly ball rate and 39.8% hard contact.

Those numbers play right into McCutchen’s hands. I would expect McCutchen to get on base, and at that point, stolen bases and runs become a serious probability. I can deal with him in either format tonight.


Freddie Freeman – ATL – $9,200

LONG BALL: Freeman is always one of my favorites, and is one of the few players that never seems to do me dirty.  Now that I have said that, I am sure this will not end well. It should, though.

He is going up against Pat Eflin who just really has not been impressive this year. He has given up a .383 wOBA, 38.6% fly ball rate, 21.9% HR/FB ratio and 40% hard contact against left-handed bats. All of those things should give you a lot of reasons to play Freeman, and he is going to be one of the top dogs in my lineups tonight.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Rounding the Bases. You can find more MLB content over at ReserchFantasy.

Nicholas Volinchak

Nicholas Volinchak

Nick has been playing fantasy sports for almost two decades. Starting off on sites like Sandbox in the mid to late 1990's, his love for all things fantasy became even greater when he found daily fantasy in 2012. Since then, he has expanded into multiple sports and has found a great deal of success in his endeavors. He is always willing to talk fantasy sports, so feel free to reach out to him on Twitter at @researchandwin.

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