Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: MLB DraftKings Strategy, Primer for June 24

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2015

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto celebrates with Eugenio Suarez (7) after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks in the fifth inning in the first game of a baseball doubeheader in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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The weekend hasn't started yet, but who says the fun can't begin on Friday? That's exactly what DraftKings offers fans, with a full array of options to pick apart in MLB daily fantasy.

While owners would love to load up on the best pitchers and sluggers, it's never that simple. DraftKings price sheets force you to form a balanced lineup. Here's a look at a strategy to tackle the July 24 slate of games.

 

First Baseman: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds ($5,700)

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Yes, the price tag is frightening. But between the matchup, Joey Votto's recent power surge and the ballpark he'll be hitting in, there's a reason why he's so pricey.

Votto is crushing at the plate since the All-Star break with 13 or more fantasy points in six of the last seven games. Five of those games have been multi-hit performances with four extra-base hits over that stretch.

Don't expect Votto to slow down in Colorado against the Rockies starting pitcher Eddie Butler. The 24-year-old hurler was rocked in his last outing, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits at home. In the crisp mountain air, Votto will make Coors Field his new home and daily fantasy owners very happy.

 

Second Baseman: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros ($4,500)

Jul 3, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) walks back to the dugout during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

As he has been all season, Jose Altuve is still on fire since the All-Star break. Over his last 10 games, the Houston Astros infielder has averaged over nine points per game with two home runs. He only has nine homers on the season, so that's a huge stat for the 5'5" player.

Similar to Votto, Altuve comes at a steep price. For a second baseman, $4,500 is quite a bit to spend. But with his production and the players that can be had at shortstop and in the outfield for a reasonable price, Altuve should be a lock in every lineup.

 

Third Baseman: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays ($4,000)

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 17: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 17, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Josh Donaldson is 10th on the DraftKings price sheet. I repeat, an All-Star third baseman is 10th in salary. With over 10 points per game in his last three outings, there's no reason not to put the Blue Jays infielder on your roster.

Before Thursday night, Donaldson had a reasonable two hits in his prior two games with two doubles, two RBI and a walk. The only problem was he had just one homer since the break—but that changed on Thursday. Coming off a game where he went yard against his former team, Donaldson can do the same against Felix Hernandez, a pitcher he has some familiarity with.

 

Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians ($3,200)

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians takes an at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

When Francisco Lindor was first called up, there was no question as to whether or not he could hit the ball. It was just a matter of when. The answer to said question: now.

Lindor has been raking recently with six multi-hit performances in his last 10 games. At a price tag of over $1,500 less than fellow rookie Carlos Correa, Lindor will outplay his value.

A switch hitter, Lindor has hit far better from the right side of the plate all season. With a matchup against lefthander Jose Quintana, who's allowed 18 hits and seven earned runs over his last two starts, Lindor is a can't-miss shortstop.

 

Outfielder: Billy Burns, Oakland Athletics ($3,700)

Jul 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns (1) rounds third base before scoring a run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

You know that whole multi-hit trend that I keep harping on? Yeah, well, Billy Burns just so happens to fit in that category as well. The Athletics outfielder has two hits in four of his last five games with a double.

But what makes Burns special is his ability to steal bases. He doesn't provide the power of a guy like Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, but he's a consistent player with speed. Tack on the fact that he's facing Jose Quintana, and Burns seems like a perfect option for a low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 outfielder.

 


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