Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: DraftKings Strategy, DFS Rankings for July 23

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2015

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The action is starting to heat up again after the All-Star break, with several players looking to perform before the trade deadline. With the deadline set for next Friday, plenty of time remains for players to improve their stocks or make cases to stick around on playoff teams.

What does all that mean for DraftKings fantasy owners? There is a wide variety of talented players to choose from, even on a day with just 11 games. Here's a look at the best players regardless of price and other low-salary targets to fill out your July 23 lineup.

Top DFS Players for June 23
Pos.No. 1No. 2No. 3
PitcherClayton KershawLance McCullersTyson Ross
CatcherYasmani GrandalSalvador PerezJonathan Lucroy
First BasemanPaul GoldschmidtAdrian GonzalezEric Hosmer
Second BasemanJason KipnisJose AltuveJustin Turner
Third BasemanMatt CarpenterCarlos SantanaXander Bogaerts
ShortstopCarlos CorreaAlcides EscobarJhonny Peralta
OutfielderLorenzo CainCarlos GomezBryce Harper
Information courtesy of DraftKings.com

 

Pitcher: Wade Miley, Boston Red Sox ($6,400)

Jul 7, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) pitches during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Wade Miley is not putting together one of his better seasons at the MLB level. But after two strong starts in his last three outings, Miley is finally showing some of his potential. He posted more than 20 points in both of those outings with six or more strikeouts.

Don't have any faith in Miley? Well, we don't either on a normal basis. But at $6,400 with a matchup against the Houston Astros, Miley should rack up fantasy points. With the Astros leading the MLB in strikeouts this season, expect several K's from Miley at Minute Maid Park.

 

First Baseman: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals ($3,900)

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 22:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals runs to first after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images
Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Eric Hosmer is the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy baseball: He doesn't get any respect. The Kansas City Royals slugger is raking with an average of more than nine points in his last 10 games, but he can be found at a price point of just $3,900.

After going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and an RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, he continued a five-game hitting streak. Tab Hosmer as your starting first baseman and expect him to crush against John Lackey.

 

Second Baseman: Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers ($3,400)

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 25: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on against the Chicago Cubs during the game at Wrigley Field on June 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Despite missing a few games recently, Justin Turner has done the most with his opportunities this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers roll out a series of different lineups, so Turner might not play Thursday.

But if he does, he'll be worth a start.

Why? Because the Dodgers infielder has tallied 13 or more fantasy points in four of his last six starts. Oh, he's also hitting .372 with 11 homers against right-handed pitchers. Don't miss out on Turner if he gets a spot in the Dodgers lineup Thursday.

 

Third Baseman: Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians ($3,800)

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Jason Miller/Getty Images

His inconsistency at the plate has made him a risk for much of the season, but Carlos Santana has been crushing opposing pitchers recently. Even in a list of great third basemen, Santana stands out with more than 10 fantasy points in his last 10 starts.

At a price of $3,800, Santana is a solid value for a third baseman. With all 10 of his homers against right-handed pitching, Santana should have no problem tallying points against Jeff Samardzija.

 

Outfielder: Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates ($3,100)

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24:  Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on June 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Gregory Polanco's numbers, like Santana's, have not always been pretty. However, his 10 hits over the last seven games and his average of more than nine fantasy points per game tell a different story.

Owners won't need Polanco as a No. 1 or No. 2 outfielder, but locking him up in the final spot is worth the $3,100 tag. Carrying a .258 average and 16 stolen bases against righties, Polanco will more than fill the void. In order to fill out a lineup with power, a speedy option like Polanco is ideal.

 


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