Mets daily fantasy picks for 8/26 against Phillies

By Kenny DeJohn

Mets daily fantasy baseball advice is a gameday feature by co-editor Kenny DeJohn. On gamedays, these posts will look into the best Mets plays for Daily Fantasy Baseball — specifically on FanDuel. At most, we’ll pick four Mets to target, and we’ll include valid reasons as to why they need to be locked into your lineups. All advanced statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.

The Mets do business with the Phillies again on Wednesday night, and it’ll be rookie right-hander Jerad Eickhoff looking to stop the Mets from winning the third game of a four-game set in Philadelphia.

Eickhoff made his major league debut last Friday and struck out five over six scoreless innings against the Marlins. The Mets are a far more potent offensive club, however, so Eickhoff likely won’t escape with an 0.00 ERA.

Naturally, no Mets hitters have experience against the right-hander. But they certainly know the scouting report. Eickhoff, who came over from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, generally throws in the low-90s and has a curveball which operates as an effective second pitch.

His stuff is not overpowering, though, so Mets hitters should have no trouble putting the ball in play. It’s squaring the ball up that could propose an issue.

Below are the most likely Mets to find success against Eickhoff.

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Curtis Granderson, OF, $3,300

Curtis Granderson has posted at least two points on FanDuel each of the past six games he has played, including three contests with at least 6.25 points. He’s not scorching out, but his consistent production is something owners should target.

A .909 OPS, .237 ISO and .390 wOBA against righties make Granderson a force against Eickhoff. And because young pitchers are prone to mistakes, Granderson is a candidate to go yard at Citizens Bank Park.

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, $4,200

Yoenis Cespedes crushes righties to the tune of a .953 OPS, .258 ISO and .408 wOBA. Those are elite numbers.

Cespedes is often the most difficult to predict Mets hitter because of how streaky he can be, but his power potential against right-handers, evidenced by that great ISO, make him worth the price tag.

Plus, he has homered in each of the first two games of this series.

Daniel Murphy, 3B, $4,300

Daniel Murphy was 0-for-4 last night, but he hasn’t recorded negative points on FanDuel since he went 0-for-6 on Aug. 15. Against an untested right-hander, Murphy is the guy you want at third base.

He doesn’t offer much in the way of power against righties (.177 ISO), but he has a high walk-to-strikeout ratio against them (1.15), making him a candidate to at least find his way onto the bases a couple of times.

Murphy is a very safe play for tonight’s action.

Michael Conforto, OF, $2,700

I know I recommended Wilmer Flores this morning, and I still do endorse the second baseman. But after crunching the numbers again, Michael Conforto is a strong play at $2,700.

He crushes righties (.246 ISO), and while he hasn’t flashed a ton of power this season, he has the swing to take one out in Citizens Bank Park. You’d be foolish to at least not consider him at this price.