Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Hitter Picks For July 20


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20 of the 30 teams are in action, which gives us plenty of options to choose from. Who are the best ones? Let’s check out what the stats say about that!

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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.

Here are the FanDuel hitter picks for July 20. For the pitcher picks, check here. For the picks not based only on stats, go here.

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First Base:

Best Bet:

Brandon Belt, Giants ($2,800): Belt has rocked Ian Kennedy so far in his career. Belt is 10 for 31 (.323) with four walks, two doubles, a triple, two homers, and four RBI off of Kennedy. That makes him a great bet for FanDuel and DraftKings alike.

Honorable Mention:

Joey Votto, Reds ($3,500): Votto is 4 for 11 with two walks, a double, and a solo home run off of Clayton Richard in his career. There is a really good chance that he adds to those numbers tonight.

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  • Third Base:

    Best Bet:

    Todd Frazier, Reds ($3,500): Everything at third base is a small sample size. Nick Castellanos has the best track record with a career 3 for 4 mark off of J.A. Happ. Considering Castellanos left yesterday’s game after taking a ground ball to the face, I would bet that he is not in the lineup. That leaves Frazier’s 2 for 3 with a double off of Clayton Richard as option number one.

    Honorable Mention:

    Kris Bryant, Cubs ($3,300): Bryant has only faced Michael Lorenzen three times, but he has a walk, a double, and a RBI off of him. This looks like a great matchup for him once again.

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    Second Base:

    Best Bet:

    Brandon Phillips, Reds ($2,800): Phillips is 4 for 12 with three walks, a homer, and two RBI off of Clayton Richard. He could provide great value at the position tonight.

    Honorable Mention:

    Robinson Cano, Mariners ($3,300): Cano is on a tear right now, so is a great option no matter what the stats say. Well, the stats say likewise. Cano is 4 for 9 with a walk off of Alfredo Simon. He has no counting stats, but I would be willing to bet that changes tonight.

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  • Shortstop:

    Best Bet:

    Ian Desmond, Nationals ($2,200): Desmond is one of the few that has had any kind of success off of Matt Harvey. Desmond is only 4 for 14 (.286) off of Harvey, but he does have three walks, a double, and a solo home run. It’s tough to gamble against a guy like Harvey, but the stats are there.

    Honorable Mention:

    Alexi Amarista, Padres ($2,200): Amarista has not been in the starting lineup since Pat Murphy took over as the manager, but his stats support him getting the start. Amarista is 7 for 17 with two walks, two doubles, and six RBI off of Tim Hudson. The Padres would be foolish not to start him, but check the lineup to make sure if you use him.

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    Best Bet:

    Buster Posey, Giants ($4,500): Posey is 16 for 40 (.400) with four walks, three doubles, a homer, and seven RBI off of Ian Kennedy. It may be worth it to splurge for Posey tonight.

    Honorable Mention:

    Jacob Realmuto, Marlins ($3,100): Realmuto has heated up lately. He has only faced Rubby De La Rosa four times in his career and tallied only one hit. That one hit was a two run homer though. If you can’t afford Posey, Realmuto is a solid option.

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  • Outfield:

    Best Bets:

    Juan Lagares, Mets ($2,200): Lagares has torched Gio Gonzalez in his career. Lagares is 8 for 19 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and four RBI off of Gonzalez. He should provide great value at a bargain price tonight.

    Matt Kemp, Padres ($3,400): Kemp has been a monster in July, and has some good career numbers against Tim Hudson. Kemp is 8 for 24 with a walk, two doubles, a homer, and three RBI off of the veteran righty. Play Kemp with confidence tonight.

    Michael Cuddyer, Mets ($2,400): You will have to check the lineup closely if you play Cuddyer since his sore knee forced him out of yesterday’s extra innings game. There is a strong chance that he won’t play, which is unfortunate. Cuddyer is 6 for 16 with six walks, a double, a homer, and three RBI off of Gio Gonzalez. Cuddyer would be a great bargain if he knee is okay for him to play.

    Honorable Mention:

    Jay Bruce, Reds ($3,500): Bruce is 4 for 11 with two doubles and a RBI off of Clayton Richard. There is a good chance for positive points from Bruce tonight.

    Dexter Fowler, Cubs ($2,600): Fowler has only faced Lorenzen three times, but is one hit was a solo homer. Lorenzen didn’t fare very well in his first career start against the Cubs. There is a good chance that he won’t here either.

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