We’re just about a week away from MLB rosters expanding (September 1st) so the real influx of new talent hasn’t quite arrived just yet. Once it does though, the options for daily fantasy baseball salary cap games are going to be countless. You’re going to see plenty of guys that already have some MLB experience as well as numerous that are getting a look at the show for the very first time. Either way, virtually all of them are going to come at a bargain price for the contests so rounding out your squad is going to be real easy soon enough. For now though, we’ll just cover some of those that we like and which ones to avoid for the weekend games and we’ll search for some new faces next time.
Five to Consider
Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL (8/24 @ PIT) — He may be just 4-for-25 over his last seven games, but Ramirez does have two home runs and seven runs scored in that span. On top of that, he’s batting .370 against Wandy Rodriguez with one home run, a double and a triple over 46 at-bats.
Rafael Furcal, SS STL (8/24 @ CIN) — Not only is Furcal 9-for-28 (.321) with six runs scored and a pair of RBI over his last seven games,, he is batting .400 with two doubles over 20 career at-bats against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Adam Jones, OF BAL (8/25 vs TOR) — Jones have been having his ups and downs lately, but a match-up against Toronto could be just what the doctor ordered. In 30 at-bats against the Jays this season, Jones is batting .433 with five home runs and eight RBI and is batting .364 through 22 at-bats with two home runs and a double against Jays righ-hander Brandon Morrow.
Carlos Lee, 1B MIA (8/26 @ LAD) — El Caballo is batting .312 with five home runs against right-handed pitching this season and loves facing Dodgers righty Aaron Harang. Through 46 career at-bats against him, Lee is batting a robust .370 with a home run, four doubles and a triple.
Alex Rios, OF CHW (8/26 vs SEA) — He’s batting .301 on the year and is on the verge of another 20-20 season; just two stolen bases away right now. Against right-handers this season , he is hitting .311 with 13 of his 20 home runs coming against them. He is also batting .375 with a double, a triple and a home run over 23 at-bats against Mariners righty Kevin Millwood.
Five to Avoid
Carlos Gomez, OF MIL (8/24 @ PIT) — While he’s improved to a .254 average against left-handed pitching, which keeps him in the lineup regularly, Gomez just doesn’t do well against Wandy Rodriguez. Over 23 at-bats against him, Gomez is batting just .174 with 13 strikeouts.
Omar Infante, 2B DET (8/24 vs LAA) — He’s batting just .250 over his last seven games and just doesn’t hit right-handers as well as he does southpaws. To make it worse here, Infante is batting just .190 over 21 career at-bats against Angels hurler Zack Greinke.
Ryan Doumit, C MIN (8/25 @ TEX) — Doumit has really been struggling at the plate lately, batting just .185 over his last seven games. He went 0-for-5 in his first game at Arlington on Thursday and is batting just .174 in 23 career at-bats against Rangers starter Ryan Dempster.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP KC (8/25 @ BOS) — Guthrie may be on-fire over his last few starts, a match-up with Boston could smack him back into reality quick. He’s got a 5.33 ERA over his last 10 starts against the Red Sox and has a 7.04 ERA in five starts at Fenway Park.
Drew Stubbs, OF CIN (8/26 vs STL) — He’s batting just .250 over his last six games and hasn’t hit a home run since August 5. To make matters worse, he’s hitting just .188 in 16 at-bats against Cards’ starter Adam Wainwright.
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites, including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or for direct questions or comments you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.