Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: Best MLB DraftKings Picks, Advice for September 2

Curtis Calhoun@@CalhounCurtisFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2015

Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: Best MLB DraftKings Picks, Advice for September 2

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    Wednesday's plethora of MLB games allows DraftKings participants to make the most out of low-value offensive options. Pitching aces such as Max Scherzer, Matt Harvey and Clayton Kershaw are a few of the upper-tier pitchers set to take the mound on Wednesday.

    With a focus set on bargain positional players in order to make room for high-quality pitching options, here are the best DraftKings fantasy baseball picks for Wednesday.

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians ($5,400)

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    Encarnacion has been one of the best hitters in baseball lately with a .373 batting average since the All-Star break. He dominated in August, batting .407 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI.

    The 32-year-old hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down as of late. Encarnacion has recorded a .400 batting average and an incredible 1.120 slugging percentage over his past seven games. The risk associated with the veteran first baseman is his high strikeout rate, as he has struck out in nearly 17 percent of his at-bats this season.

    Encarnacion and the Blue Jays face a tough challenge against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who has allowed just two earned runs over his past two starts. However, Bauer struggled mightily in his last start against the Blue Jays, allowing six earned runs and seven hits on May 3. As long as he keeps up his incredible hitting, Encarnacion is a must-start in all formats.

Matt Kemp, OF, San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers ($3,800)

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    Kemp’s value has dropped over the past week due to his .179 batting average over his past seven games. However, a favorable matchup makes him a great fantasy baseball selection for Wednesday.

    Kemp and the Padres face Rangers ace Cole Hamels, a pitcher against whom Kemp has thrived over his career. The 30-year-old has recorded an astounding .389 batting average through 18 career at-bats against Hamels. While his recent batting average has been poor, he has hit safely in 20 of his past 21 games played.

    Kemp should continue his hot hitting against Hamels, and his low asking price makes him a solid pickup for Wednesday.

Trayce Thompson, OF, Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins ($2,700)

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    Since making his major league debut on August 4, Thompson has made a name for himself with the White Sox. He has recorded a .455 batting average through 15 games played this season and has showed no signs of slowing down.

    Thompson faces a favorable matchup against Twins starter Tommy Milone. Milone has allowed seven earned runs combined over his past two starts. However, the former USC standout performed well in his past start against the White Sox, allowing just two earned runs against the team on June 22.

    There’s a possibility that Thompson’s impressive start to his MLB career may be a fluke, but there’s an equal possibility it’s the start to something special. Regardless, his current value makes him a steal in DraftKings.

Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($11,900)

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    Harvey has been dominant this season with an 11-7 record and a 2.48 ERA for the National League East-leading Mets. He has been especially impressive over his past seven starts with a 3-1 record and a 1.11 ERA.

    Harvey will face a struggling Phillies team that has the worst record in MLB. The Phillies rank 27th in MLB with a .305 team on-base percentage and 26th with a .385 team slugging percentage. Harvey has had his way against the Phillies with a 5-1 career record against the team.

    Harvey has a great opportunity to allow history to repeat itself and have another solid performance against the Phillies.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants ($14,600)

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    Kershaw has returned to his all-league form after a rocky start to 2015. The 27-year-old has recorded a 4-0 record with a 1.17 ERA over his past seven starts and has helped the Dodgers stay in control of the National League West division.

    Although Kershaw has flourished recently, he will face an offensively-charged Giants team on Wednesday. The Giants lead the National League with a .268 team batting average and rank third in MLB with 1,218 hits this season.

    Kershaw is a must-start despite the fact that he will face a red-hot Giants team. The defending National League Cy Young Award winner is a low-risk, high-reward pick for Wednesday.


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