Rounding the Bases: August 29

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, August 29nd, 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.

Last Tuesday was awful. Outside of Mike Trout, the rest of the donkeys in good matchups just could not come through. Hopefully we can get a different result tonight. Home Runs called this season: 16 in 31 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.


Matt Carpenter – STL –  $7,500

SINGLE: This has not been a good year for Matt Carpenter. For a guy who was a DFS darling over the last few years, things have not seemed to go very well. Yet still, we trust in him.

Tonight, he does get two favorable matchups. The first is against Matt Garza and his .362 wOBA, 45% fly ball rate and 37% hard contact. The second is that he does get this matchup at Miller Park.

His ownership is likely to be low, because he has not been so good this year.  We do not care about his whole year; just tonight. Just get it done for us tonight.


Eddie Rosario – MIN – $8,000

DOUBLE: Rosario has been brutal lately, but outside of that span has been pretty solid this season.

The biggest upside he gets tonight is the fact that James Shields is on the mound. Shields actually has some pretty noticeable splits that favor left-handed hitters. He has allowed a .422 wOBA, 46.5% fly ball rate, 23.3% HR/FB ratio and 34% hard contact.

Those numbers have not regressed at all this year. The Twins do not have a ton of left-handed talent that I really want to buy in on, but I do think Rosario is someone worth looking into.


Adam Duvall – CIN – $7,800

TRIPLE: I really like the spot for the Reds tonight. Not only are they in their home park, but they get a favorable matchup against Chris Flexen.

Flexen has looked at least decent at times, but on a whole, this does set up well for him. His .422 wOBA, 32% fly ball rate, 25% HR/FB ratio and 36% hard contact shows a pitcher that we want to pick on tonight.

The price on Duvall is pretty cheap all things considered, and it would not shock me to see him have a big game tonight.


Mike Trout – LAA – $10,200

LONG BALL: This now makes two straight weeks for Trout, someone who prior to last week, we actually strayed away from mentioning. After all, he is Mike Trout. He did not play yesterday, as it was apparent over the previous few days that he was tired, so we should get a rested Trout tonight.

He gets a phenomenal matchup against Chris Smith and his .374 wOBA, 42% fly ball rate, 28% Hr/FB ratio and 37% hard contact. Granted, it is not a huge sample size, but it does not look great.

Trout is the best player in baseball, and I expect him to come out mashing 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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