Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: DraftKings Strategy, DFS Rankings for July 30

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJuly 30, 2015

Houston Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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Trades are coming in hot and heavy, so daily fantasy baseball is becoming difficult to predict. With players donning new jerseys seemingly every day, matchups are constantly changing for owners, making it hard to keep up.

Luckily, we've been monitoring the top players and even found some gems to help stabilize lineups. Here is a look at rankings for the best players and multiple bargain-bin players to utilize.

Top DFS Players for July 30
Pos.No. 1No. 2No. 3
PitcherChris SaleCarlos MartinezJake Arrieta
CatcherRussell MartinBrian McCannKyle Schwarber
First BasemanJose AbreuJoey VottoChris Davis
Second BasemanJose AltuveIan KinslerJason Kipnis
Third BasemanJosh DonaldsonAlex RodriguezTodd Frazier
ShortstopCarlos CorreaTroy TulowitzkiFrancisco Lindor
OutfielderNelson CruzJose BautistaMichael Brantley
Rankings according to R. Cory Smith

Pitcher: Scott Kazmir, Houston Astros ($9,300)

The Houston Astros acquired Scott Kazmir because he's putting together a strong season. More importantly, he's been phenomenal against the American League West. The numbers, as they say, speak for themselves.

Kazmir wasn't slowed in his first start with Houston against a hot-hitting Kansas City Royals team, pitching seven shutout innings to earn the win. With an average of over 23 fantasy points in his last four starts, Kazmir is a lock for a low-end No. 1 or perfect No. 2 starter.

First Baseman: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies ($3,700)

Jul 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA;  Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) hits a two run homer in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Howard is still a shell of his former self at the plate, but he has been stout over the last week. He had two homers over the last three games before Wednesday. He's also seen his salary rise on DraftKings as a result, but he can still be found for less than $4,000.

In 14 at-bats against Shelby Miller, Howard has five hits with three home runs, a double and six RBI. Boasting a staggering 1.071 slugging percentage against Miller, Howard should provide a spark for both the Phillies and DFS owners on Thursday.

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

Jul 22, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (41) drives in a run with a double in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Similar to Howard, Carlos Santana has been a fairly inconsistent hitter this season. But Santana is rounding back into form with a hit in every start in the last five games. Oh, and three of those were extra-base knocks with a homer and two doubles.

The switch hitter has his weaknesses from both sides of the plate, but he has shown all of his power from the left side. Going up against Chris Bassitt, a righty, expect more huge numbers from Santana.

Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians ($3,400)

Jul 29, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Lindor is having a mammoth month of July for the Indians. Being surrounded by bats like Santana, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis, Lindor has produced at a high clip and truly looked like a star.

Suffice to say, don't let the overall numbers terrify you.

Lindor struggled to find the power he showed in the minors initially, but he had three of his five homers in the last eight games. That's also led to more than 10 fantasy points per game over that stretch, well above his six points averaged this season.

Outfielder: Gerardo Parra, Milwaukee Brewers ($3,700)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 28:  Gerardo Parra #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to second base against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at AT&T Park on July 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Franc
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Gerardo Parra has hit the ball well all season but has been absolutely crushing since the All-Star break. In 11 starts after the break, Parra had a hit in every game and multiple hits in five. He's also hitting .429/.494/.740 over the entire month of July.

While he hasn't enjoyed any success in his career against Jake Arrieta, he's also only faced him six times. Expect Parra to finally break through against the Cubs hurler with a solid start and great production from the No. 2 outfielder.

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