Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Picks For September 3


Apr 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a baseball bat laying on the field during the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the San Francisco Giants during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Five of the six games today are eligible for the big tournaments with only the Twins-White Sox matinee game missing the cut. There are still plenty of options to choose from tonight. Who are the best ones? Let’s take a look!

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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. The highest scorer of the day could be someone with no experience against his opponent. 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.

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Here are my FanDuel picks for September 3:

Next: The Battery Starts Us Off!

Aug 28, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Taylor Jungmann (41) pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Best Bet:

Taylor JungmannBrewers ($8,800): Jungmann has flat out dominated the Pirates this year. The team is hitting just .159 off of him (7 for 44) with just a solo home run by Starling Marte to show for it. He has only struck out eight, but with this kind of dominance, you can overlook the lack of strikeouts.

Honorable Mention:

Jordan ZimmermanNationals ($9,300): Zimmerman has held the current Braves roster to a .243 average in 152 at bats, but has only posted 22 strikeouts. Still, the has only allowed one homer and 11 RBI in those 152 at bats. That makes him a strong play tonight.

Stay Away:

Ryan VogelsongGiants ($6,300): The Rockies have hit .299 off of him in 127 at bats with a whopping 11 home runs and 21 RBI. Oh, and the game is at Coors Field if you need any more reason to stay away from Vogelsong. All Rockies and Giants hitters are good plays tonight!


Best Bet:

Nick HundleyRockies ($3,400): Hundley is 3 for 7 with a walk, a homer, and two RBI against Vogelsong. Oh, if he sits, Michael McKenry is 4 for 11 with three walks and two solo homers off of Vogelsong. Whichever catcher starts for the Rockies should start for you too.

Honorable Mention:

Buster PoseyGiants ($4,400): Posey is 2 for 5 with a walk, a double, and two RBI against Chris Rusin. He has struggled lately, but if any place can pull him out of it, it’s Coors Field. If any pitcher can do it, Rusin is a strong bet to let him.

Next: Next: The Corner Infielders

Aug 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) before the game in the first inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

First Base:

Best Bet:

Freddie FreemanBraves ($3,400): Freeman is one of the few Braves that has been able to hit Jordan Zimmerman. Freeman is 9 for 24 with four walks, three doubles, and three RBI against Zimmerman, and could get you some points for a reasonable price.

Honorable Mention:

Kendrys MoralesRoyals ($3,600): Morales is 4 for 6 with a double, a triple, and two RBI against Matt Boyd. The Royals teed off on the Tigers last night. Expect more of the same tonight against the young lefty Boyd.

Third Base:

Best Bet:

Nolan ArenadoRockies ($4,900): Arenado is 4 for 10 with two home runs and four RBI off Vogelsong. If you can afford him, Arenado could be the safest play of the night.

Honorable Mention:

Matt DuffyGiants ($3,100): Duffy has only faced Chris Rusin three times, but he has come away with a single, a home run, and two RBI.

Next: Next: The Middle Infielders

Sep 1, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits a 2 run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Second Base:

Best Bet:

Ian KinslerTigers ($4,300): Kinsler is 5 for 13 (.385) with a double and four RBI off of Edinson Volquez. The Tigers have not had much success against Volquez, but Kinsler is the exception. The only Tiger with a homer off of him is Alex Avila. It is his only hit in six at bats against Volquez.

Honorable Mention:

Danny EspinosaNationals ($2,500): Espinosa only has five at bats against Matt Wisler, but he has come away with two singles and a walk. He could be a cheap source of points at second base tonight.


Best Bet:

Jose ReyesRockies ($4,300): Reyes is 3 for 9 with three walks and a double against Vogelsong. More importantly, he will be on base when all the other people who have pounded Vogelsong do so again.

Honorable Mention:

Ian DesmondNationals ($3,400): Desmond has only faced Wisler four times and has only one hit, but it was a two run home run. He is a little expensive for a gamble, but if you can’t afford Reyes, he is likely the next best thing.

Next: Who Are The Best Outfielders?

Aug 8, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) singles in a run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


Best Bets:

Justin UptonPadres ($4,100): Upton is 10 for 20 with three walks, two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and three RBI off of Mat Latos. Upton looks to be the best bet of the night. This is a long period of success.

Nick MarkakisBraves ($2,800): Markakis is 9 for 25 (.360) with a walk and a solo home run off of Zimmerman. Yes, that is eight singles, but that is still positive points for a pretty low price.

Ryan BraunBrewers ($4,400): Braun is 6 for 21 with six walks, five singles, a home run, and five RBI against Francisco Liriano. Liriano has struck out a lot of Brewers, but they have got their knocks off of him as well (three homers and 11 RBI).

Honorable Mention:

Khris DavisBrewers ($3,300): Davis has only two hits in seven at bats against Liriano, but one of those is a two run home run. He is a better play in DraftKings because of this, but he could be worth a flier in FanDuel as well.

Marlon ByrdGiants ($4,500): Byrd is 5 for 11 off of Chris Rusin, but they are all singles. He did pick up a RBI though. This could be a lot to pay for a couple of singles, but you could also get a lot more out of him at Coors Field.

Stay Away: 

Carlos GonzalezRockies ($4,700): CarGo is a dismal 1 for 17 off of Vogelsong. Nearly everyone else has had success off of him, but Gonzalez is the noted exception.

Good luck tonight!

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