FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball: Best Picks for May 9

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has made a habit of crushing Brewers pitching. (Getty)

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has made a habit of crushing Brewers pitching. (Getty)

So many pitchers, so few fantasy roster spots. Well, actually, there’s just one pitching spot available for FanDuel lineups, but for Saturday, I wish there were 4 or 5 more.

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Just on the MLB’s night schedule alone, there a handful of aces and other quality options on the bump. Let’s check them out (in FanDuel salary order):

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, at Rockies ($11,200)
Madison Bumgarner, Giants, vs. Marlins ($10,100)
Dallas Keuchel, Astros, at Angels ($9,100)
Tyson Ross, Padres, at Diamondbacks ($8,300)
Jon Niese, Mets, at Phillies ($8,100)

The first names you notice are Kershaw and Bumgarner. While both of them are rounding into form, I found them too expensive for what I wanted to do with my hitting lineup. Sometimes you need to make the tough decisions for the greater good of the lineup.

I originally went with Niese, but he doesn’t have that dominate game in him; he’s not going to pile up the strikeouts or go many innings. And the Mets’ offense has vanished, which worries me for Niese getting the 4 points for a win.

That left Keuchel and Ross. Keuchel has been nearly unhittable, allowing just 21 hits in 45 innings (that’s ridiculous). Ross piles up the Ks and the Padres’ offense piles up the runs, a winning combo for a FanDuel pitcher.

So who did I go with? I can’t tell you now, it’ll ruin the surprise. You’ll have to scroll down two whole paragraphs.

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You can find the FanDuel scoring key at the bottom of the post.


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Here are the best FanDuel lineup picks for May 9:

Pitcher

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Dallas Keuchel, Astros, $9,100, at Angels

Keuchel (3-0, 0.80 ERA) is one of the best young arms in the league and gets the Angels at an opportunistic time. That last part is why I went with Keuchel over Ross. Here’s the case against the Halos: 1) They are batting .226, near the bottom of the majors, 2) Over the past 7 days, they’re hitting .211, 3) They’re scoring just 3.6 runs per game (3 per contest over the past week), 4) At home, where Saturday’s game is, they’re hitting .230, 5) They’re hitting .244 vs. lefties, like Keuchel, 6) #FearTheBeard



Catcher

Carlos Ruiz, Phillies, $2,200, vs. Mets

Ruiz has been ruining fantasy teams in 2015, but could be useful Saturday. At 9 for 30 vs. Mets starter Jon Niese and with that inexpensive price tag, Ruiz fits perfectly into my budget. Don’t get in the habit of using him, though.


First Base

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs, $4,400, at Brewers

Rizzo has feasted on the Brewers, particularly Saturday starter Kyle Lohse. The mammoth 1B is 10 for 21 with a homer vs. the struggling righty. Rizzo is one of the best – if not the best – play of the day. Lohse has allowed a whopping 9 long balls in just 34 2/3 innings.

Second Base

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Daniel Murphy, Mets, $2,800, at Phillies

Murphy is slowly emerging from his slow start, but he’s not quite there. Perhaps a matchup vs. Phillies righty Aaron Harang will help. Murphy is 8 for 23 with a dinger vs. Harang. Murphy was at his best in 2014 against the Phillies staff, hitting nearly .300 with 9 RBIs. The 2B crop was especially thin for Saturday and Murphy could be a cheap source of fantasy points.


Shortstop

Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals, $2,800, at Pirates

Peralta has homered in 2 of 3 games and is known to be a streaky hitter, so this is a very positive sign. “Don’t Call Me Johnny” hit 4 of 21 HRs in 2014 vs the Bucs and is 4 for 9 against Saturday’s starter Vance Worley. It’s a pretty ugly batch of shortstops for the evening FanDuel contests.


Third Base

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Todd Frazier, Reds, $4,000, at White Sox

Third base was the last position I picked. I had $4K, Frazier’s price. I’m extremely happy about this. Frazier is 5 for his last 11 and has homered in 3 of 5 games. And the White Sox have one of the worst staffs in the league at the moment.


Outfield

The Cubs' Jorge Soler blasts a double Friday. (Getty)

The Cubs’ Jorge Soler blasts a double Friday. (Getty)

Ryan Braun, Brewers, $3,500, vs. Cubs

Don’t look now, but Braun is heating up. 4 for 9 with a homer and 6 runs scored in the last 3 games. The notorious Cub clubber has really put the wood on Chicago starter Travis Wood’s pitches – 9 for 27 with 2 homers and 4 doubles. This could be the beginning of a very productive run for Braun.

Jason Heyward, Cardinals, $3,200, at Pirates

Heyward is off to a hot start this month (.320), but his power numbers have been absent all season. He’s 6 for 14 with a bomb vs. Vance Worley of the Pirates, so there’s a good chance he keeps up the pace. I wasn’t exactly enamored with the OF selections with the price tag of $3,200 and under, besides this guy…

Jorge Soler, Cubs, $3,000, at Brewers

Soler orbited the bases with a home run and ended with 6.25 fantasy points Friday. And Saturday he’s got that matchup with the Brewers and the can’t-keep-it-in-the-ballpark Kyle Lohse. At .379 for the month, the sun isn’t ready to set on Soler’s production. Excellent price, too. Another somewhat-attractive option at this price is Houston’s Jake Marisnick, but he’s mired in a 1 for 15 slump, so Soler it is.


Total Lineup Salary: $35,000 of an allotted $35,000

Each day, we’ll give you the rundown of who to pick for a winning lineup, so stay with us the entire season.


FanDuel Scoring

Hitters Scoring:

Single = +1 points
Double = +2 points
Triple = +3 points
Home Run = +4 points
Run Batted In = +1 points
Run = +1 points
Base on Balls = +1 points
Hit By Pitch = +1 points
Stolen Base = +2 points
Out = -.25 points

Pitchers Scoring:

Inning Pitched = +1 points (fractional scoring per out)
Strike Out = +1 points
Win = +4 points
Earned Run Allowed = -1 points


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