Daily Fantasy Baseball Forecast for Sunday, August 02, 2015

Good morning, baseball fans! It's time for another day of daily fantasy baseball predictions for daily fantasy baseball. This column offers a high level overview for the days baseball games. We will examine which teams we expect to be the winning teams, high scoring games, low scoring games, potential rain-outs, and starting pitchers who could be a pretty good start in daily fantasy baseball. Each day I examine the schedule of baseball games and strive to determine the best games to stack players from or avoid for daily fantasy baseball. Today's daily fantasy predictions are for August 02, 2015, and as usual for a Sunday we all 30 teams are in action. Get ready to load your daily fantasy line up with players from multiple teams projected to put up high run totals today. We also expect pitching and defense to prevail in a minimum of a game that is predicted to be a very low scoring affair. We will investigate the particulars of both of the outlier games shortly. Without further introduction, It's time to investigate the daily fantasy forecast for the day.


Projected Winners and Losers

In this section we scrutinize which teams are projected to win today. Great Matchups describe games in which the odds of the favored team winning are relatively high compared to the average game. Average matchups refer to games that the favored team has a good chance to win, and coin flips indicate games that are just too close to call with any confidence. Probable pitchers are listed in parenthesis.

Great Matchups

  • St. Louis (Jaime Garcia-LHP) -over- Colorado (Yohan Flande-LHP)
  • Toronto (R.A. Dickey-RHP) -over- Kansas City (Edinson Volquez-RHP)
  • Baltimore (Ubaldo Jimenez-RHP) -over- Detroit (Daniel Norris-LHP)
  • Oakland (Sonny Gray-RHP) -over- Cleveland (Trevor Bauer-RHP)
  • Houston (Collin McHugh-RHP) -over- Arizona (Robbie Ray-LHP)
  • L.A. Dodgers (Mat Latos-RHP) -over- L.A. Angels (Cory Rasmus-RHP)

Average Matchups

  • Pittsburgh (Charlie Morton-RHP) -over- Cincinnati (Keyvius Sampson-RHP)
  • N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard-RHP) -over- Washington (Jordan Zimmermann-RHP)
  • Chicago White Sox (Jeff Samardzija-RHP) -over- N.Y. Yankees (Ivan Nova-RHP)
  • Seattle (Hisashi Iwakuma-RHP) -over- Minnesota (Mike Pelfrey-RHP)

Coin Flips (50/50 Matchups)

  • Atlanta (Julio Teheran-RHP) -vs- Philadelphia (Adam Morgan-LHP)
  • Milwaukee (Kyle Lohse-RHP) -vs- Chicago Cubs (Clayton Richard-LHP)
  • Boston (Wade Miley-LHP) -vs- Tampa Bay (Jake Odorizzi-RHP)
  • San Francisco (Mike Leake-RHP) -vs- Texas (Martin Perez-LHP)

High and Low Scoring Games

High scoring games are games in which the stats indicate that a lot of runs could be scored. These matchups are particularly ideal for stacking daily fantasy players on the same team, hoping for a big day from multiple players. Stacking players on the same team is an ideal strategy in large tournaments in which there are plenty of opponents to beat out. Offensive players depend on each other to score points from runs and RBIs, so choosing players on a team who you expect to score a lot of runs is typically a pretty good strategy for daily formats in which you are up against a large number of opponents. These are also the matchups in which you most likely want to avoid the starting pitchers and possibly even the bullpens.

High Scoring Games

  • Pittsburgh -vs- Cincinnati (1:10 PM)
  • Chicago Cubs -vs- Milwaukee (2:10 PM)
  • Detroit -vs- Baltimore (1:35 PM)
  • Tampa Bay -vs- Boston (1:35 PM)
  • N.Y. Yankees -vs- Chicago White Sox (2:10 PM)
  • Seattle -vs- Minnesota (2:10 PM)
  • San Francisco -vs- Texas (3:05 PM)

Pitcher's Duels (Low Scoring Games)

  • San Diego -vs- Miami (1:10 PM)
  • Washington -vs- N.Y. Mets (8:05 PM)


Pitchers to Target or Avoid

Please keep in mind that these pitching recommendations provide best results when used over large sample periods. These picks simply represent the pitchers who have the best chances of having a very good fantasy day compared to other available options.

Pitchers to Target

Pitchers who should be above average targets today due to favorable matchups include: James Shields, Jose Fernandez and Jordan Zimmermann. There are many good starting options today, and the list of good choices extends to: Noah Syndergaard, Jaime Garcia, R.A. Dickey, Sonny Gray, Collin McHugh and Mat Latos.

Pitchers to Avoid

Daniel Norris has a very bad matchup today and should be benched in all formats. Starters who are predicted to be poor options today due to unfavorable matchups include: Charlie Morton, Keyvius Sampson, Clayton Richard, Kyle Lohse, Jake Odorizzi and Wade Miley. There are also other pitchers who should be avoided today, including: Ivan Nova, Jeff Samardzija, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mike Pelfrey, Mike Leake, Martin Perez, Yohan Flande, Edinson Volquez, Trevor Bauer, Robbie Ray and Cory Rasmus. These recommendations will be incorrect from time to time, but over the long run these pitchers have a lower chance of success than the pitchers we recommend targeting based on our metrics.


Fantasy players who get rained out typically score zero points. The following games have a chance for rain delays: San Diego at Miami (30% chance of rain) and Seattle at Minnesota (30% chance of rain).

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