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Daily Baseball on a Budget - May 27th
Reggie Yinger | Friday May 27th, 2011
Mitch Moreland is swinging a hot bat for the Rangers. (Icon SMI)
Mitch Moreland is swinging a hot bat for the Rangers. (Icon SMI)
Daily fantasy baseball leagues are the perfect opportunity for fans of the game to put together a winning roster for a one night affair.  Thanks to the good folks at DraftStreet.com, fantasy managers have the opportunity to enjoy fantasy baseball without managing a team for an entire season.
 
When dealing with a daily baseball on a salary cap, it's important to maximize the value of your roster.  This task can be accomplished by knowing the matchups and finding a hot player who is playing under his current salary.  When you've filled out your roster with big name players and need players on a discount, give these players a look:

Mitch Moreland - 1B, Texas Rangers ($5,620)
Mitch Moreland against righthanded pitching this season is hitting .330/.393/.600 with five home runs and 15 runs batted in.  This lefty has also hit very well at home, posting a .307 batting average with a .948 OPS in 24 games.

A.J. Burnett - SP, New York Yankees ($8,898)
Usually fantasy players stay away from Burnett, but given his matchup against the Seattle Mariners, he's worth a look as a third pitcher on your roster.  In three starts at Safeco Field, he's 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings.  Seattle's offense is struggling to find any consistency scoring runs, so A.J. might be worth the gamble tonight.

Kelly Johnson - 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks ($6,232)
After a horrid start to the season, second baseman Kelly Johnson has hopefully found his stroke at the plate.  In his last six games, Johnson is hitting .318/.348/.864 with three home runs and a stolen base.  He hasn't had much success against Brett Myers of the Houston Astos in the past (.154 4-for-26), but hopefully his recent hot streak can outweigh his history against Myers.

Nelson Cruz - OF, Texas Rangers ($4,840)
I'm assuming Nelson Cruz has this low of a salary because he hasn't played much this season and is coming off the disabled list, but that shouldn't detour owners from plugging him into their lineup.  He doesn't steal as much as he used to due to hamstring injuries, but he's still got plenty of power in a potent Rangers' lineup.

David Price - SP, Tampa Bay Rays ($11,900)
David Price of the Rays is the eighth most expensive pitcher throwing today, but he might have the best matchup. Although the Cleveland Indians have been a surprise team thus far in 2011, David Price has a great track record against them.  In four career starts, he's 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.  No current Cleveland hitter has had much success against him, plus he's pitching at home where he's been great over his young career (19-7 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP).     

Player salaries from DailyBaseballData.com based on DraftStreet data.


Reggie YingerReggie is a writer and the co-founder of Baseball Press. He enjoys fantasy baseball and hates when players bunt in baseball.