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Pennant Races Heating Up

By Mike Moore - 1 year ago in MLB News

With a month to go in the 2018 Major League Baseball season, there are still many teams jockeying for a chance to make it to October. Some will do it with shut-down pitching performances and others will rely on the bats to hammer their way into postseason play. Either way, it’s all great news for daily fantasy baseball enthusiasts, as we can reap the benefits of the elevated play.

Now that the dog days in the rear view, it’s time to look at a few players that can not only help impact a playoff race, but put up big numbers in daily fantasy contests as well.

AL and NL West Crowns Could Come Down to the Wire

The Oakland A’s don’t seem to want to let the defending champion Astros run away with the division. While no one on the A’s pitching staff offers enough of a spark to warrant drafting them on any given day, a trio of players in Stephen Piscotty, Khris Davis, and Matt Chapman all have been great fantasy options recently. Each have cracked six home runs in the last two weeks, and all hover around the $4000 range on DraftKings.

The Rockies, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks are locked in a heated battle for the NL West. The hitting in Colorado has received most of the attention all season, and for good reason. But for those looking for a hot hand that won’t eat up a ton of salary, German Marquez represents a good option. Arizona has a ton of great pitching options, but as of late, it’s been Clay Buchholz providing the fantasy punch. With six quality starts out of his last eight appearances, the veteran righty has been more than worth his cost.

Clayton Kershaw is always awesome and will never not cost a pretty penny, but the Dodger hitters have been the real fantasy stars this past month. Manny Machado is working out nicely after his move from Baltimore. He continues to wear out pitchers despite switching leagues. Justin Turner has had a resurgence this season with an OPS over .900, but he’s been particularly hot in recent games, right when the Dodgers need him most.

Baseball’s Best Offenses Cooling Down

The heralded offenses in Cleveland and Boston were due to slow down at some point, but both teams have seen quite the dip in production recently. The lofty salaries of Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez were worth it when you were almost guaranteed 18 to 20 points a night, but with so many cheaper options heating up down the stretch, it may be worthwhile to seek out players from those teams who still have that extra level of intensity in their matchups. The Tribe and the Sox are so far ahead in their divisions, many key players may end up taking some days here and there to keep fresh for the playoffs.

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