Welcome to the Sunday edition of WagerTalk Daily Fantasy Baseball contest cheat sheet. The Sunday Funday MLB slate is loaded with big games, despite it just being June, and the oddsmakers and DFS directors that establish salary have over and undervalued a large number of players and the matchups they face.
The Mets have resigned an original. Jose Reyes has rejoined the team that inked him as a teenager, in 1999, out of the Dominican Republic. He was a member of the organization for a dozen years, winning the National League batting title in 2011 before departing for a six-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins.
Reyes signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Saturday after the 33-year-old shortstop became a free agent earlier in the day. The infielder will report to Class A Brooklyn and is expected to play third base Sunday, the Mets announced. Reyes is slated to address the media after the game. MLB.com reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson estimated Reyes will play for a week to 10 days in the minors before joining the Mets. He will likely move on to Double-A Binghamton or Triple-A Las Vegas after a second game with Brooklyn on Monday.
This Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet offers a brief analysis and a short break down of who is in line to be the Studs, Duds and Sleepers this 24th Day of June. While breaking down specific matchups are an important variable in daily fantasy baseball — there are other factors — such as form, injuries, weather and of course the contest salaries that add to the intrigue and challenge of the event.
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Sunday’s WagerTalk Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet offers up suggested Studs, Duds and Sleepers.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH
Jose Fernandez SP Miami Marlins
Don’t look now but Jose the Fish is on the mound in South Florida today and when he pitches in Marlins Park he has been nearly unbeatable. Fernandez had won eight straight starts before suffering a loss June 11 at Arizona and taking a no-decision Tuesday against the better version of the Atlanta Braves. The 23-year-old was dominant against the Braves, though, striking out seven and allowing one hit over seven scoreless innings. He has allowed one run or fewer in seven of his last eight outings and the right-hander is 23-1 in his career at Marlins Park with a 1.48 ERA.
Justin Verlander SP Detroit Tigers
Detroit couldn’t put a better arm on the mound today while in search of avoiding a home sweep against the Indians. The Tigers, Verlander (7-5, 3.78), who allowed seven runs over five innings against Cleveland on May 3, is 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA since then and is living up to his Twitter speak in early May that he would dominate again, beginning this summer.
Jason Hammel SP Chicago Cubs
The Cubs, like the Nationals, are struggling to close out June on a high note and reports are coming in that Hammel isn’t 100 percent and it has affected his mechanics. No evidence or statements are coming from the Cubs organization that Hammel is in fact pitching hurt, but a “dead arm” is reportedly the reason for him being winless in his last three starts. In fact he is coming off his roughest outing of the season, last Tuesday, when he faced the St. Louis Cardinals. The 33-year-old surrendered a pair of home runs and allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Hammel is 2-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) against the Marlins in his career.
Tyler Duffey SP Minnesota Twins
Duffy has been listed on many a DFS “Sleeper” list the first two-plus months of this MLB season but the right-hander is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation and has been in poor form for a number of starts. His GB to FB ratio isn’t what it needs to be and he is in line for a long (short rather) day at Yankee Stadium. Duffy has not completed six innings in any of his last five starts. The righty is just 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA in five road starts this season.
Anthony DeSclafani SP Cincinnati Reds
DeSclafani put his best arm forward in his last start, since coming off the disabled list, holding the American League-leading Texas Rangers to two runs and five hits while striking out six in seven innings last Tuesday. The 26-year-old lasted only 2 2/3 innings at Atlanta in his previous turn but needed this start to get himself back into mound form. DeSclafani was spot on against the Rangers and cut his walks from three to one in his last two trips to the mound. The Padres don’t have a book on DeSclafani. The Reds right-hander is making his first career start against the Padres.
Wil Myers 1B San Diego Padres
The energizer bunny just keeps going. Myers is 3-for-10 with five walks, five RBI and three runs scored in the series against the Reds.
Charlie Blackmon CF Colorado Rockies
Blackman has five leadoff homers this season and 17 for his career – tied with Curtis Granderson for the most since 2013 – and his matchup against the Diamondbacks lefty Pat Corbin is favorable.
Carlos Beltran RF New York Yankees
We continue to add Beltran to the ‘Stud” category here at WagerTalk and for good reason. Beltran is 12-for-28 with three home runs and nine RBI in his last seven games
Anthony Rizzo 1B Chicago Cubs
Avoid all of the Chicago Cubs today against Jose the Fish Fernandez. Rizzo (back) returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the previous two games and went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to six games, but it is a possibility he will sit today playing in a day game after night affair with a back issue.
Willson Contreras 1B/C Chicago Cubs
Yes, the rookie is earning his money in his first big league action over the last week. Contreras has hit safely in all seven games in which he has had a plate appearance and is batting .400 with three homers and nine RBI. Today the Cubs face Jose the Fish in Marlins Park. Avoid
Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds
Votto is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the series vs. the Padres and it doesn’t matter who he faces, currently, his swing doesn’t present confidence.
Erik Kratz C Pittsburgh Pirates
The recently obtained catcher from Houston is 1-for-26 with 11 strikeouts since being acquired earlier this month.
Cameron Rupp C Philadelphia Phillies
Rupp is 6-for-19 with three home runs during his five-game hitting streak.
Jean Segura 2B Arizona Diamondbacks
Segura, who drew a career-high four walks in Saturday’s event at Coors Field, has scored in six straight and seven of his last eight games.
Brian Dozier 2B Minnesota Twins
Dozier hit safely in each of his last eight games and recorded at least one extra-base hit in seven straight
Yan Gomes C Cleveland Indians
Gomes is hitting .300 with two home runs and eight RBI in eight games versus the Tigers this season. What has he done against the rest of the league? The Tribe catcher is .172 with six homers and 21 RBI in 48 games against everybody else.
Cameron Maybin OF Detroit Tigers
Maybin is batting .453 with 17 runs scored and 12 RBI in 21 home games this season and has a solid matchup today against strike-throwing Tomlin of the Indians.
Coco Crisp OF Oakland Athletics
Crisp is 4-for-9 with two doubles, two RBI and five runs scored in the series against the Angels.
Mark Teixeira 1B New York Yankees
Teixeira (knee) went 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Saturday and is a possible rest today when New York faces Minnesota.
Jason Kipnis 2B Cleveland Indians
Kipnis left Saturday’s game in the seventh inning due to an illness and is questionable for the finale.
Matt Wieters C Baltimore Orioles
Wieters is 10-for-20 with three homers and nine RBI in his last six contests but is not expected to start in today’s Sunday afternoon affair.