Rounding the Bases: August 18

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.

Outside of Eric Thames, we did not have a bad night considering there were no home runs. Lorenzo Cain, Jay Bruce and Nelson Cruz all had nice games. I will take points even if they are not from home runs, and I am sure you will too. Home Runs called this season: 16 in 29 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.

Manny Pina – MIL –  $7,800

SINGLE: It is not very often that we are going to be looking to put a catcher on our list that isn’t named Gary Sanchez. Tonight, could be a bit different. I think this is a good matchup and the price is nice. The Brewers head to Coors Field to take on German Marquez and the Colorado Rockies. While the Coors impact has seemingly been diminished this year, I think I want to look there.

Marquez does not have a super high wOBA against righties at .328, but the 40.7% fly ball rate, 14% HR/FB ratio and 37% hard contact will not play well in Coors. With pitching being expensive tonight, Pina offers some salary savings coupled with some upside for your lineups.


Yuli Gurriel – HOU – $9,200

DOUBLE: Alright, I went with one cheap option, but let’s get to the bats I really want to have a part of tonight.

Sean Manaea is a promising young talent who is experiencing growing pains. I do think he will develop, but this is not the matchup for it to take place. His .343 wOBA, 39% fly ball rate and 38.5% hard contact will make it difficult for him to achieve success tonight.

Gurriel is not typically a very popular option in the DFS world, but I will take the lower ownership in a good matchup. Do not sleep on him tonight.


Nomar Mazara – TEX – $9,200

TRIPLE: Mazara has been one of my favorite fantasy plays since he got called up last year. Often times in situations like this, I am loyal to a guy who was basically free and did well for me and has not seen extended success. I think to some extent at times that can be said of Mazara, but I do believe on a whole, he has been a stellar player.

Tonight, he gets James Shields, who has seen his statistics turn into fairly dramatic splits. Against righties, he is at least decent. Not so much against lefties. On the year, he has allowed a .444 wOBA, 49.1% fly ball rate, 23.6% HR/FB ratio and 36.6% hard contact.

That sets Mazara up in a very nice spot tonight, and I want to get some exposure to him.


Cody Bellinger – LOS – $10,800

LONG BALL: It will be interesting to see if players prefer to go the route of paying for pitching or trying to skimp a bit to take advantage of some of the positive hitting matchups. Bellinger is someone who should be popular tonight, despite the price, as he goes up against Jordan Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is good to have a soul-crushing game every now and then, so I do have some concerns, but the stats say this should be a good matchup. The .387 wOBA, 41.2% fly ball rate, 16.1% HR/FB ratio and 40.5% hard contact all make me believe that he should give up some runs tonight.

Bellinger is a prime candidate to go deep, and at his price, he almost needs to. That does not mean I don’t want exposure, though.
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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