Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Hitter Picks For July 17


Jul 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The National League all stars stand for introductions prior to the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball is back in full swing after a few days off for the All Star game. That means we here at Fantasy CPR are back to our daily recommendations. Here you will find picks based purely on past stats. You can find Dave Fuqua’s picks here, and Chris Brent’s picks here.

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NOTE: these picks are based solely on statistics. Some players have never faced their opponents, or have very little experience against them. I am not saying that none of those are good picks. This is based on statistical analysis only. If you have a gut feeling, then by all means, follow that. This is not an exact science.

Next: First Up: The Corner Infielders

Jul 11, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler (16) doubles in two runs in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

First Base:

Best Bet:

Billy Butler, Athletics ($2,800): Ervin Santana has a nice track record against the A’s, but not against Butler. Butler’s .258 average is nothing to write home about, but he has six walks, a double, five homers, and nine RBI in 31 at bats. All that for a bargain price of $2,800. With Miguel Cabrera on the DL, Butler is easily the best option tomorrow night.

Honorable Mention:

Chris Carter, Astros ($3,000): Martin Perez has also fared well against Houston. Aside from Carter, that is. Carter is 6 for 13 with two walks, a double, two homers, and four RBI off of the Texas pitcher. Given that this is his first game of the year, Carter stands a great chance to add to those numbers.

Stay Away:

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  • Third Base:

    Best Bet:

    Nolan Arenado, Rockies ($5,000): Arenado is definitely worth paying the price for. He could have James Shields be his pitcher for the Home Run Derby. Arenado is 7 for 11 with a walk, a double, three homers, and five RBI off of Shields. You will be hard pressed to find better stats anywhere else tomorrow.

    Honorable Mention:

    Aramis Ramirez, Brewers ($3,100): Aramis is 7 for 20 with three walks and two RBI off of Charlie Morton. However, he does not have an extra base hit off of him. He is still a decent option for points if you can’t afford Arenado.

    Stay Away:

    Evan Longoria is just 1 for 13 off of Drew Hutchison in his career.

    Next: Let's Check The Middle Infield

    Jul 6, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (9) fields a ground ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Second Base:

    Best Bet:

    Neil Walker, Pirates ($3,200): Walker is a cool .500 (8 for 16) off of Mike Fiers with three doubles and a solo home run. Look for Walker to be on base regularly again tomorrow.

    Honorable Mention:

    Jedd Gyorko, Padres ($2,200): Gyorko might be the best bargain around tomorrow. He is 12 for 18. That is not a typo. 12 for 18 in his career off of Jorge De La Rosa. He has also walked five times with his five doubles and three RBI. He hasn’t taken De La Rosa deep, but are you really going to complain with him on base that much?

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  • Shortstop:

    Best Bet:

    Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($4,200): Honestly, the only reason Tulo is here is because I have to pick someone. His 2 for 8 with a double off of Shields is the best out there. Jean Segura (.158) and Starlin Castro (.091) are the only other that have more than five at bats against tomorrow’s mound opponents. This is a position where you have to go with a hot hand and hope for the best.

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    Jul 11, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) celebrates his home run against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


    Best Bet:

    Victor Martinez, Tigers ($3,600): Thankfully, V-Mart is still eligible at catcher. He is 8 for 24 with a walk, a double, three homers, and nine RBI off of Ubaldo Jimenez in his career.

    Honorable Mention:

    Geovany Soto, White Sox ($2,200): Check the lineup before you roll with Soto, but you would think that his 3 for 7 with a homer and five RBI in his career off of Chris Young would get him in the lineup either at catcher or DH tomorrow night.

    Stay Away:

    Jonathan Lucroy is a miserable 1 for 14 against Charlie Morton. Spend your money elsewhere.

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  • Outfield:

    Best Bets:

    Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers ($3,500): Cespedes has picked up some slack with Miggy out. Now he gets to face Ubaldo, whom he is 3 for 7 with two walks, a homer, and three RBI off of. I feel good rolling with Cespedes tomorrow.

    Andrew McCutchen, Pirates ($4,900): McCutchen has punished Mike Fiers in his career. He is 6 for 16 with a walk, four homers, and nine RBI off of the Brewers righty. If you have the money, McCutchen is one of the better picks of the night.

    Matt Kemp, Padres ($3,200): Not only is Kemp heating up, but he gets to face a pitcher that he has owned in his career in Jorge De La Rosa. Kemp is 18 for 44 with two walks, five doubles, a triple, three homers, and a whopping 16 RBI off of Jorge. Play Kemp with confidence!

    Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies ($4,200): CarGo is 6 for 14 with a walk, a double, two homers, and three RBI off of James Shields. You really can’t go wrong with Rockies either tomorrow.

    Honorable Mention:

    Ryan Braun, Brewers ($4,600): Braun is 8 for 20 with three walks, three doubles, a homer, and five RBI off of Charlie Morton. I am going with a few Brewers tomorrow night. How about you?

    Carlos Gomez, Brewers ($4,600): It really is a toss up between Gomez and Braun in FanDuel. Gomes is 5 for 11 with a homer and three RBI, but he steals more bags. Braun is a better bet in DraftKings, but for FanDuel, Gomez’s speed makes this about even.

    Melky Cabrera, White Sox ($2,900): Melky is 4 for 6 with two doubles, a triple, and a RBI off of Chris Young. It’s a small sample, but it’s good enough for me!

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