Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: MLB DraftKings Strategy, Primer for July 31

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2015

July 22, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) on deck before hitting in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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New faces in new places. That's the theme in MLB with so many trades taking place over the last 48 hours. While those trades won't slow down, neither does daily fantasy baseball.

That's why we're still plugging away with more strategy for the Friday slate of games. With a full schedule ahead as weekend series begin, here's a look at the best players to target for the end of the month.

Catcher: Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles ($3,300)

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Just 119 at-bats into the season, it's hard to get a true read on Matt Wieters. But after collecting four hits in his last two starts, Wieters is beginning to look like the three-time All-Star catcher the Orioles expected.

Much of that success has come from the left side of the plate for the switch-hitter. Going against a young right-handed pitcher in Buck Farmer—and his 9.22 ERA over three starts—look for massive numbers from Wieters again.

First Baseman: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds ($5,000)

The Cincinnati Reds offense is far from the Big Red Machine, but Joey Votto has been a one-man wrecking crew recently. Boasting double-digit points in eight of his last 10 games, Votto is certainly worth the massive asking price.

Any concerns of his hitless night on Wednesday were put to rest with a multihit performance on Thursday. Oh, and he's also facing Jeff Locke, who has allowed 11 runs over his last three starts. Holding a .455 on-base percentage against Locke, Votto is a safe bet for every lineup.

Second Baseman: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies ($4,100)

DENVER, CO - JUNE 09:  DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies rounds third to score on a single by Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies off of Randy Choate #36 of the St. Louis Cardinals to take a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning at Coors Field on Jun
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The hitting streak might have come to an end, but DJ LeMahieu is still red-hot at the plate.

LeMahieu nearly had a 20-game hitting streak until earlier this week. He has to start all over now, but he has nearly 12 fantasy points per game over the last 10 matchups. That's still a massive amount for a player with a matchup against a struggling Michael Wacha on Friday night.

Expect the good times to keep on rolling with the Rockies infielder with a solid night against the St. Louis Cardinals. With three games at over 20 fantasy points earlier this week, there's no reason to be concerned about LeMahieu.

Third Baseman: Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates ($3,400)

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Similar to Wieters, Pedro Alvarez hasn't been the most dependable fantasy option this season. However, he's rounding back into form in a big way in recent games, with his homer on Thursday night serving as the exclamation point.

He's produced double-digit points over the last three games. He's averaging over nine fantasy points in the last 10 starts. In his last seven games, Alvarez has three home runs. At $3,400, he'll certainly outperform his value for owners.

Outfielder: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels ($4,500)

July 26, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY
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At this reduced price following his stint on the disabled list, we can't overlook Mike Trout. Even against Clayton Kershaw, there's no need to fear with Trout as a bargain No. 1 option. In his three plate appearances against the reigning National League MVP, Trout has two hits with a double.

The sample size is small, but it's clear who got the best of whom in the first meeting.

Trout was on a torrid pace with 26 fantasy points per game before his injury. Expect him to perform in a high-pressure situation against Kershaw—you know, like he always does.


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