Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 9/26


As we enter the final weekend of the regular season, it is getting increasingly difficult to form a FanDuel lineup. With most of the league eliminated from playoff contention and rosters expanding, teams are plugging in different players, using their benches and bullpens liberally, and basically becoming unpredictable. It is like playing fantasy football in Week 17-- anything can happen. For that reason, I’ve shut down my DFS play for the season. I don’t like leaving that much to chance. But realizing that many FanDuelers will be playing until the final out on Sunday, I offer up some value picks for tonight’s games.

These picks are posted early in the day for your convenience – and without knowledge of the teams’ starting lineups. ALWAYS check the actual starting lineups and weather before finalizing your FanDuel entries. Also, keep in mind that these picks are based upon FanDuel’s dollar values and won’t necessarily be the best plays in other formats.

Editor's Note: be sure to check out RotoBaller's BvP (batter vs. pitcher) analysis tool, which shows you all the daily matchup stats for every single hitter in the MLB.

 

Starting Pitchers DFS Picks for 9/26

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsEXPENSIVE PICK: COREY KLUBER, CLE ($11,400): He is the only ace on the mound today. He is in the hunt for a Cy Young Award. The Indians MUST win to keep their slim wild card chances alive. And he is facing a flat Tampa offense.

VALUE PICK: RYAN VOGELSONG, SF ($6,500): Vogey gets to face the worst offense in baseball (Padres) in a pitchers’ park (San Fran). For that reason, he will be my non-Kluber pick of the day. For this price, he provides a lot of flexibility with your hitters.

 

Catcher DFS Picks for 9/26

JONATHAN LUCROY, MIL ($2800): At one point this season, Lucroy was going for over $4000, but as he cooled down (and the Brewers cooled down), his price plummeted into the “value range.” There’s a lot to like here today. The Brewers get to face an inexperienced lefty, the Cubs’ Eric Jokisch. Lucroy has been a lefty-killer all season (.361 wOBA), and he has hit the Cubs particularly well. Lucroy comes off a hitless series against the Reds, but things are set up for him to finish strong against Chicago's backups and youngsters.

 

First Base DFS Picks for 9/26

ADAM LIND, TOR ($2800): I’m not one who likes to skimp on a first baseman, but my job is to identify value. Any time the Blue Jays face a moribund right-hander, in this case Chris Tillman, Lind will be a solid inexpensive option. He only hits righty pitching, but he does it to the tune of a .414 wOBA. He has five hits in his last four games and is a decent home run candidate tonight in Toronto.

EXPENSIVE OPTIONS: Steve Pearce ($4100), Anthony Rizzo ($3800), David Ortiz ($4300)

 

Second Base DFS Picks for 9/26

ROBINSON CANO, SEA ($2900): It is really hard to believe that Cano is falling below the $3000 threshold on FanDuel. I saw the price and couldn't help but think it’s a mistake. Yes, Robbie’s power has been absent all season for the Mariners. But he is still a .318 hitter with an .850 OPS. Simply put, even in an off year, he is one of the best hitting second basemen in the game. He has a hit in nine of his last 11 games and faces Jered Weaver today, against whom Cano is 15-for-38 over the course of his career.

EXPENSIVE OPTION: Jose Altuve ($4600), but that’s REALLY expensive. Stick with Cano.

 

Third Base DFS Picks for 9/26

I see three options here at varying price points:

ANTHONY RENDON, WAS ($3800): Rendon loves lefties and faces rookie Andrew Heaney today. He also has six multi-hit games in his last 11 starts. He is the prime rib of third basemen today.

RAFAEL YNOA, COL ($3400): Ynoa is the hangar steak of third basemen today: a little trendy, priced a little high, yet reliable. Since taking over for the injured Nolan Arenado, Ynoa has batted .370 with 8 RBI in 56 plate appearances. Roberto Hernandez hasn’t pitched past the fifth inning in any of his last five starts, so he’s ripe for the taking.

MATT CARPENTER, STL ($3100): Matt Carpenter is a good, old-fashioned hamburger, and with a matchup against the DBack’s Trevor Cahill, he’s looking juicy. Cahill doesn’t fare well against left-handed hitters, who are hitting .348/.413/.529 against him this season. A left-handed Cardinal stack may be in order today.

 

Shortstop DFS Picks for 9/26

ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ, MIA ($2300): Like many days, shortstop is a wasteland today. My recommendation is to go cheap here and spend some money in your outfield. Hernandez is coming in at punt prices and has a decent chance to get on base a few times against Nationals’ Taylor Hill. You’re just looking for 2 or 3 points here, nothing huge. Enrique can do that for you.

GREGORIO PETIT, HOU ($2200): Same rule applies here, except this is a platoon pick. Petit faces lefty Jon Niese at Citi Field tonight. He is 10-for-28 against southpaws this season, with two homers and four doubles. At the FanDuel minimum, he’s worth a shot.

EXPENSIVE OPTIONS (if you must): Ian Desmond ($4000), Hanley Ramirez ($3700).

 

Outfield DFS Picks for 9/26

J.D. MARTINEZ, DET ($3800): Anthony Swarzak is a middle reliever making a major league start. The Tigers are one of the league’s best offenses. This all adds up. Martinez has been on a tear of late, with eight multi-hit games over his last 13 starts. He gets pitches to hit in a lineup with other stars to navigate around. I think the Tigers will score some runs tonight, and J.D. Martinez will be in the middle of it. Victor Martinez and Miggy Cabrera are coming in at $4000+ tonight, so J.D. is a good value at $3800.

JORGE SOLER, CHC ($3400): The last time Soler faced Jimmy Nelson, he hit two doubles. That’s is a terribly tiny sample size, but the point is that the Cuban rookie can take advantage of inexperienced pitching. He has pretty quietly gotten off to a torrid start to his MLB career. In his 21 career games, he’s only taken three 0-fers. I see him as at worst a solid 3-4 point play tonight, with the potential for big numbers in the Miller Park bandbox.

JAYSON WERTH, WAS ($3600): Werth is another hitter who can take advantage of a young lefty pitcher. He is hitting .320/.430/.464 against lefties and, though injuries have sapped his power, has been getting on base a lot lately. His price comes in at a more-than-reasonable level for his production potential. If you have the coin, you might want to consider one of the more pricier options (listed below). If not, Werth is a good choice to fill out your lineup.

EXPENSIVE OPTIONS: Michael Brantley ($4500), Jose Bautista ($5100), Andrew McCutchen ($4100).

More Recent Articles

 

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – Jo Adell

The most coveted type of player in fantasy baseball is the batter who can hit home runs, steal bases and hit for contact. Stolen bases are harder to find, as more big-league teams are opting to take a cautious approach to baserunning. Additionally, batting average has declined because hitters are striking out more often, as... Read More


ADP Cost Analysis - Gleyber Torres vs. Corey Seager

Fantasy baseball players acquire draft position through osmosis. The more drafts that take place, the larger sample we gain of how owners of all experience levels feel about someone. Granted, inexperienced players often rely on rankings from experts, which goes to form ADP into something resembling common rankings, but the outcome is unimpeachable, collected data... Read More


ADP Cost Analysis – Aaron Nola vs Lance Lynn

With fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, those of us who partake in this joyous game are now looking through as much draft data as possible in a bid to find players we love who have lower average draft positions (ADP) than we believe they should. All this to eke out as much draft... Read More


2020 Regression Candidates: Breakout Outfielders

Every season in MLB you can count on the fact that you will have breakout performances from players. Sometimes these breakout performances can be seen coming a mile away and sometimes they catch you entirely by surprise. Regardless of which type of breakout we see, you will almost always have to pay up for that... Read More


Bases Loaded Podcast - Quality Start Episode 1

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) and Matt Williams (@MattWi77iams) of the Turn Two Podcast come together for a new co-pod series called "Quality Start". This will be a joint effort and episodes will be found on Bases Loaded as well as the Turn Two Podcast. We are joined by Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) as well for this one.... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Adrian Houser

In life, there seem to be two kinds of people, the flashy and the boring. “Flashy” people like high-end materialistic things such as nice clothing or an expensive car. "Boring” people prefer the simpler things in life like spending time with their loved ones. This seems to be true when it comes to fantasy baseball,... Read More


Taking Out the Trash: Pitchers Who Should Junk Their Worst Pitch

Pitch mix changes can make or break a player’s season. That obviously goes for fantasy value as well as real-life. We've already seen how throwing an effective pitch more often could make a huge improvement a la Patrick Corbin. Sometimes pitchers just need to eliminate a pitch to see their numbers improve. Consider the following: Mitch... Read More


ADP Showdown – Trevor Story vs. Trea Turner

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported and position player workouts are getting underway, which means baseball season is officially upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already started dealing with tough draft position... Read More


Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher Statcast

Statcast metrics such as Barrels and Brls/BBE are great ways to evaluate a batter's performance, so it is only natural to assume that the metrics would be predictive for pitchers as well. As much as batters want to hit a Barrel every time, pitchers want to avoid them at all costs. Yet there is evidence... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More


Bases Loaded Podcast - All Things Fantasy Baseball w/ Nick Pollack (@PitcherList)

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is  joined by Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) and they discuss all things fantasy baseball! Subscribe to the Bases Loaded podcast, part of RotoBaller Radio's Podcast Network. Like and Subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well! Be sure to also tune... Read More


Finding Combo-Player Values Using Z-Scores and ATC Projections

Towards the end of last season, I asked the question – “Draft Speed or Pound the Power?” Loaded in this seemingly simple query are two contradictory approaches – one for power and one for speed. Power Approach 1: Home run totals are dramatically up in baseball these days. Therefore, there are many power bats available... Read More


ADP Showdown - Whit Merrifield vs Austin Meadows

Spring training is officially underway, which means baseball season is upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already begun dealing with tough draft position decisions. The outfield position is deep as always, but... Read More


2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Third Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More


2020 Dynasty Leagues: Players to Sell (Premium Content)

As draft day approaches in dynasty leagues, the window to sell-high on a big name has never been better. The first days of spring training are a chance to cash in on players who may have hit their peak value before the 2020 season begins. Bartering is a matter of risk vs reward. You hate... Read More