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MLB Daily League Lineups: Subscription Special & Results from 8/20

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In case you haven't joined in on the fun (and winning) yet, RotoBaller is promoting the heck out of our Expert Daily League Subscription Newsletter for the next week.  We are here to help you finish out the 2013 fantasy baseball season strong, and win your MLB daily leagues! 

During this promotional phase, you will receive a full free week (two separate articles on Tuesday and Friday of each week) of our expert daily league picks and analysis for the price of one week. Below, you can read our latest newsletter and examine our high-end picks from daily league play on 8/20. Remember; it's never too late to get into Daily League Fantasy Baseball and start making some bucks!


Without further ado, we give you our daily league picks and fantasy analysis from Tuesday night:

SP (Strong) - Tony Cingrani $7,600 - Without recommending any junky, low-end starters, we are starting off at a very nice price point for this evening and Tony Cingrani is scheduled to bring the heat to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Cincinnati tonight. His home ERA is a dominant 2.65 and opponents are barely hitting against him coming into tonight's matchup at just .213. He's racked up 44 strikeouts in just 34 IP and is number one on our SP projections to score 12+ FP with a very high probability of earning the win. Averaging 13.99 FP over his past five starts, we advise you take this young left-handed dart thrower to the bank tonight, and set your lineup with confidence knowing the Illinois native has your back.

SP (Value) - Lance Lynn $7,500 - There aren't too many nights that we feel this good about two different pitchers, but Lance Lynn is facing the mediocre-at-best Milwaukee Brewers on the road where we project him to score over 10 FP tonight and is #1 on our charts with the highest probability of any starting pitcher to earn a win for his team. Lynn has been extremely steady lately, averaging 6.43 IP and 12.99 FP per start over his past five. Opponents are batting an extremely pathetic .221 since the All-Star Break and the Brew Crew is only hitting at a .249 clip against RHP so far in 2013, so we know they are not primed for an offensive outburst against a high-quality pitcher. For only 21.4% of your budget, Mr. Lynn looks primed for a solid performance tonight.

C (Strong) - Yadier Molina $3,500 - Getting right back to work since his DL activation, Yadier Molina has averaged 4.81 FP over his past four contests and is crushing right-handed pitching to the tune of a .329 BA, six HR, 41 RBI and an .851 OPS. Talk about ownership! Hitting .421 thus far in August and projected to score a solid 4+ FP tonight, we love the Puerto Rican backstop to rack up some points against his former teammate Kyle Lohse. Get him in and cruise to a win!

C (Value) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia $3,000 - The man with the longest last name in MLB history is just who the doctor ordered as a value play tonight facing the San Francisco Giants on the road. Coming in as the #1 projected scoring catcher tonight, he also has a fairly high probability of jacking one out and astronomical 4:3 odds of driving in a runner. For that kind of price tag, we love the big boy from Bean Town as our value play behind the plate tonight.

1B (Strong) - David Ortiz $4,400 - There's not much we can say about Big Papi that you don't already know, but here we go anyway: He has done nothing but hit, hit, hit this season coming into tonight’s contest at a .323 BA with 24 HR and 78 RBI! He is absolutely destroying righties to the tune of a .356 BA and a 1.135 OPS, and to make the case even stronger for tonight, he absolutely owns his road opponents, hitting .330 with 16 HR and 38 RBI against them! This man is absolutely ridiculous and he faces the extremely junky Ryan Vogelsong tonight, who is just one mediocre fastball away from David Ortiz parking one in the bay! Projected to score 5+ FP tonight on the strength of the 2:1 Bugs Bunny-esque odds that he will do some yard work tonight make this enormous human being our big money play at 1B today.

1B (Value) - Adrian Gonzalez $3,500 - Facing the Miami Marlins and Jacob Turner on the road tonight, we like the 10% price tag for one of the best batting average guys at his position. Since batting average means consistency and consistency means an increased chance at winning our daily league matchups, we like his over-20% probability to hit a homer tonight and his projected 3+ FP that comes on the strength of 4:3 odds that he will pick up at least one RBI. With very few name brand player this cheap, we think A-Gonz is a sure bet to put a few points on the board tonight and keep the Dodgers in their winning ways.

2B (Strong) - Brandon Phillips $3,400 - The most talkative 2B in the business has been doing some damage with his bat over the past four games, averaging 4 FP per game during that span. We're looking to save you some shekels tonight at both 2B slots in our recommendations, so make sure you get one of these studs in. Phillips is facing Corbin, a LHP, whom he has done fairly well against thus far in 2013 with an .807 OPS, seven HR and 25 RBI. Add in the fact that he is hitting .308 in August with two homers and we think he's ready to go bonkers tonight in his home park.

2B (Value) - Ian Kinsler $,3200 - Some days the elite second basemen are just priced very low, and on those days you need to make a good effort to get those name brands into your lineup. Hitting atop the semi-potent Rangers offense, Kinsler brings his near-certain probability of scoring a run and a projected 3+ FP to the ballpark tonight in Arlington to face his cross-state rivals, the Astros. Like we've already said, one of these two guys will be going bonkers tonight and we sure hope you are the beneficiary.

SS (Strong) - Troy Tulowitzki $4,000 - When Tulo is priced below a million dollars, we like to think about jumping in with two feet! Tonight is a night that we will strongly consider it as he is facing a very green opponent on the road in Philly (where balls fly out at a faster rate than a tennis ball gun set to full speed). Considering he did some yard work last night and they didn't raise his price by 25%, we love his robust 3:1 odds of smacking one out tonight and his juicy projections to score 4+ FP. If you have the scratch to spare, make an investment in one of the best power hitters in the today’s game.

SS (Value) - Jose Reyes $3,800 - Usually we would not say that any player is a "value" at $3,800, but today Jose Reyes is inspiring us to do so, as we expect him to have a big night in the Bronx against Phil Hughes. Ranked just behind Tulo today for the shortstop scoring list, Hip-Hip Jose is projected to score 4+ FP on the strength of a very high probability of both swiping a bag and scoring at least one run. Reyes is a nice play on most days, but with his price tag hovering under $4K, we think he's a good play at a position without many dynamic options.

3B (Strong) - Pedro Alvarez $3,400 - Doing some big bad yard work last night, we think El Toro is priced very nicely to face the RHP Tyson Ross tonight on the road. With homers in two out of his past three games, this streaky power hitter is projected to score north of 3.0 FP and has favorable  3:1 odds of jacking one out yet again tonight. Regardless of his all-or-nothing approach, Pedro Alvarez remains an intriguing daily league fantasy option because he is kind of like the third-base version of Adam Dunn, but on a better team and closer to the prime of his power-hitting career.

3B (Value) - Matt Dominguez $2,700 - Making his first ever appearance in our newsletter, we figured we'd give you some wiggle room at the hot corner tonight by recommending the young man from Houston. He brings over a 25% probability of touching them all tonight and a reliable 3+ FP projection to tonight's game against the Rangers at the Band Box (oops make that “Ball Park”) in Arlington. Get him in, as he has averaged 5.44 FP over his past four contests and the numbers are very much in his favor tonight.

OF (Strong) - Andrew McCutchen $4,700 (averaging five FP per game over is past four contests and projected to score 4+ FP on the strength of a 25% probability to hit a HR); Jose Bautista $4,100 (facing an extreme fly ball pitcher in Phil Hughes in an extremely HR-friendly park in Yankee Stadium, projected 3+ FP and 4:1 odds of watching one fly out tonight); Adam Jones $4,300 (cranking out the hits faster than Def Jam in the 90s, Jones has a four-game hitting streak and is projected to score 3.5+ FP with a 20% probability of hitting a four-bagger tonight).

OF (Value) - Bryce Harper $3,800 (low price tag because of the Lefty vs Lefty matchup, but we project him to score over 4.0 FP tonight with a very high probability of jacking one out); Carlos Beltran $3,300 (projected to score 4.0+ FP with a better-than-average chance of hitting a homer and a very high probability of scoring a run); B.J. Upton $2,300 (you can't get more bargain pricing than this, so jump right in on his better-than-average odds of hitting a homerun tonight and a projected 3.5+ FP, we also like his high probability of scoring a run in the potent Braves lineup).




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