Rounding the Bases: Aug. 15

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, August 15th, 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. Home Runs called this season: 16 in 28 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.

 

Eric Thames – MIL –  $8,700

SINGLE: Thames has been pretty bad for the most part, so bad in fact that a guy that we looked at as a long ball a lot of the year is now listed as a single. He had a little two game run just a few nights ago, but his two weeks look pretty bleak

Tonight, he will take on Ivan Nova who is really not too great. His .354 wOBA, 30% fly ball rate, 18% HR/FB ratio and 34.6% hard contact. Those numbers give me at least some hope that we can see Thames break out of things tonight. The price is still a little, but I am more than willing to buy in on him in tournaments tonight.

 

Lorenzo Cain – KC – $8,400

DOUBLE: Cain has become one of my favorite DFS plays over the last few weeks. Last night is a perfect example. He can go 1-5, but not leave you completely hanging because he was able to grab a stolen base in the process.

Chris Smith is on the mound against him tonight, and he just has not been great. Even though the sample size has been somewhat small, he is giving up a .381 wOBA, 42.4% fly ball rate, 28.6% HR/FB ratio and 35.8% hard contact to right-handed hitters.

Cain possesses that combination of power and speed that is so valuable in DFS, and I want to use him tonight. Plus, the Royals are never really a highly owned team.

Jay Bruce – CLE – $8,800

TRIPLE: What in the world has gotten in Bartolo Colon? The last two times he has taken the mound, we have been in full pounce mode, only to have our hearts ripped out. It is not fair.

Tonight, he gets the Indians, who should be able to get to him. After all, the .367 wOBA, 43.2% fly ball rate and 41.9% hard contact against lefties is really, really bad.

I am expecting Bartolo’s dominant two start stretch to come to a screeching halt tonight. The Indians should put up some runs. If they don’t, I will seriously start questioning everything about life.

 

Nelson Cruz – SEA – $10,200

LONG BALL: Nelson Cruz is the guy I want to go after tonight. He has been playing exceedingly well, and gets a nice matchup. If you have been playing MLB DFS for awhile, you will know that we wait for these nights that Cruz is going up against a left-handed pitcher.

Wade Miley is the victim tonight. The numbers aren’t great. They are not even good. I know everyone wants to dig deep into the stats, and I typically will do that, but I do not think this is a case where it needs to be done. He will be highly owned, but has a great chance for success.
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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