Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Hitter Picks For July 24


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The Cubs and Phillies have a matinee game on the north side, but that still leaves us eight (or nine) starters from the other 28 teams to choose from. Who are the best bets to get you into the money tonight? Let’s take a look at who has succeeded in the past.

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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 my FanDuel hitter picks for July 24:

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First Base:

Best Bet:

Albert Pujols, Angels ($4,300): Pujols has mauled Colby Lewis much like bears do to their prey. The Machine is 9 for 20 (.450) with three walks, two triples(!), two homers, and eight RBI off of Lewis. Expect more of the same from Pujols tonight, even though he has cooled off a bit.

Honorable Mention:

Billy Butler, Athletics ($3,000): Butler is 14 for 33 (.424) with three walks, a double, three homers, and eight RBI off of Jake Peavy in his career. He could get close to the production of Pujols at a much better price.

Jose Abreu, White Sox ($2,900): Abreu is one of the few that has hit Corey Kluber well. Abreu is 9 for 25 (.360) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI off of Kluber. At this price, he could be one of the steals of the night!

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  • Third Base:

    Best Bet:

    Evan Longoria, Rays ($2,500): Longoria might be the best bet of the day at his price. He has torched Chris Tillman in his career. Longoria is 15 for 40 (.375) with five walks, three doubles, six home runs, and nine RBI off of Tillman. I would be hard pressed to take anyone over Longoria at third tonight, especially for this price.

    Honorable Mention:

    Justin Turner, Dodgers ($3,400): Turner has only faced Jon Niese six times, but he has a walk, a single, a double, a homer, and two RBI off of him. That is a pretty good track record, even with a small sample size.

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    Second Base:

    Best Bet:

    Ian Kinsler, Tigers ($3,700): Kinsler is 6 for 10 with a double, a triple, and four RBI off of Rick Porcello in his career. You may have to pay for production at second base tonight, and Kinsler is the safest option.

    Honorable Mention:

    Omar Infante, Royals ($2,200): For whatever reason, Infante has manhandled Scott Kazmir in his career. Infante is 10 for 24 (.417) with three walks, four doubles, two homers, and seven RBI off of the new Houston hurler. I love Infante at this price.


    Best Bet:

    Jose ReyesBlue Jays ($3,400): If Reyes is in the lineup (he left last night’s game in the eighth inning after fielding a grounder with his mouth), he is a strong bet. Just make sure that he is in the lineup before deploying. Reyes is 4 for 8 with a homer and two RBI off of Felix Hernandez. He might be worth paying for tonight.

    Honorable Mention:

    Jean SeguraBrewers ($2,900): Segura is an impressive 5 for 6 with a walk, a double, an a RBI off of Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin. He doesn’t really have the upside, but he is destructive on the base paths as well.

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    Best Bet:

    Jason CastroAstros ($2,200): Castro isn’t always in the lineup nowadays, but his past history against Jeremy Guthrie should get him in there. Castro is 4 for 12 with two walks, a triple, two homers, and four RBI off of Guthrie. Well, even if Hank Conger gets the start, he is worth using too. Conger is 4 for 6 with a solo home run off of Guthrie.

    Honorable Mention:

    John JasoRays ($2,700): Jaso is back in the lineup, and he should stay there be it at DH or catcher. It doesn’t matter to us FanDuel players, just as long as he gets to the plate. He is 4 for 16 with five walks, two doubles, and a RBI off of Chris Tillman.

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  • Outfield:

    Best Bet:

    Michael BrantleyIndians ($3,900): Despite the lefty on lefty matchup, Brantley has smoked Jose Quintana in his career. He is 11 for 23 with two walks, three doubles, a homer, and six RBI off of Quintana. He is a strong play at this price.

    Mike TroutAngels ($5,200): Trout is 9 for 24 (.375) off of Colby Lewis with three walks, two triples, two homers, and eight RBI. He is absolutely worth the price tonight if you can afford him and a stud pitcher.

    Melvin Upton, Padres ($2,200): Upton is a guy flying under the radar that could do some serious damage tonight. Upton is 11 for 37 (.297) with a walk, a double and six solo home runs off of Dan Haren. That’s right. Six home runs off of Haren. He should be in every DraftKings lineup, and has a great chance to put up some numbers in the FanDuel format as well.

    Matt KempPadres ($3,500): Kemp is 11 for 39 (.282) with a walk, three homers, and six RBI off of Haren. If you don’t trust Upton, Kemp should be an asset as well.

    Honorable Mention:

    Kole CalhounAngels ($4,000): Calhoun is 9 for 19 (.474) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI off of Colby Lewis. If you can’t afford Trout, Calhoun is a very suitable plan B.

    Torii HunterTwins ($2,800): Hunter has only faced Michael Pineda three times, so why am I recommending him? He has two home runs and five RBI in those three at bats. Hunter is worth gambling on at this price.

    Jose BautistaBlue Jays ($4,800): Bautista is 7 for 23 off of Felix Hernandez with six walks, a double, and two solo home runs. This is kind of a steep price, but Bautista is sure to get some points tonight.

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