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Justin Verlander faces a prime matchup Tuesday

Justin Verlander faces a prime matchup Tuesday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 22, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball on Tuesday, April 22.

TV SCHEDULE:

7:08pm – Chicago White Sox at Detroit (MLB Network)
7:10pm – N.Y. Yankees at Boston (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

MLB cities with an outdoor venue and have a 30 percent chance or more of precipitation indicated by (***). Venues with a 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.

7:05pm – Kansas City at Cleveland (10 percent chance of precipitation, 13-16 mph wind blowing in from LF)
7:05pm – L.A. Angels at Washington (20 percent chance of precipitation, 12-15 mph wind blowing in from LF)
7:05pm – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (10 percent chance of precipitation, 12-15 mph blowing out to RCF)
7:08pm – Chicago White Sox at Detroit (0 percent chance of precipitation, 16-20 mph blowing out to LF)
7:10pm – N.Y. Yankees at BOSTON (60 percent chance of showers, 12-15 mph blowing out to LF)
7:10pm – St. Louis at NY METS (50 percent chance of showers, 10-13 mph blowing out to CF)
8:40pm – San Francisco at Colorado (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10-13 mph blowing out to LF)
10:05pm – Texas at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 15-18 mph wind blowing out to RF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

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Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($11950 vs SF): This is a bit of a risk, as Gonzalez (knee) is playing through some knee tendinitis. Double- and triple-check the lineups to make sure he doesn’t have any setback in pregame warmups. If Gonzalez is in the lineup, he is a great Fantasy play. Over the years he has dominated San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner, posting 12 hits in 33 at-bats (.364), including three doubles, five homers, nine RBI and a 1.342 OPS.

Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit ($17350 vs CHW): Instead of a pitcher’s duel against Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (elbow), Verlander will now be opposed by Triple-A call-up Charlie Leesman, as Sale hits the DL with a flexor strain. Verlander will face a weak-hitting Chicago offense, and despite a stiff wind blowing out to left field, Verlander is a safe Fantasy bet.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Derek Jeter, SS, N.Y. Yankees ($7700 at BOS): Jeter carries a 10-game hitting streak into Fenway Park Tuesday night, and he has rolled up some nice numbers against Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester over the years. Weather is a concern, so double-check the radar before finalizing your lineup for the night. The Captain is batting .333 (22-for-66) with a double, homer and eight RBI with a .783 OPS against Lester. That makes him a solid mid-level value.

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati ($9050 at PIT): Mesoraco continued to rake Monday night, opening the series in Pittsburgh with three hits, a run scored and an RBI. If you really want to split hairs, he was caught stealing. Mesoraco has hit safely in all 10 of his games since coming off the 15-day disabled list April 8, and he has seven multi-hit efforts during the span.

Brandon Moss, 1B-OF, Oakland ($9100 vs TEX): Moss is one to watch Tuesday, as there is a stiff wind blowing out to right field at O.co Coliseum, and he is facing a right-handed starter (Texas Rangers SP Nick Martinez) who is short on experience.

Christian Yelich, OF, Miami ($9050 at ATL): Yelich posted two more hits Monday night, extending his career-high hitting streak to 15 games. He has had a little trouble with strikeouts lately, but if you play with a Daily Fantasy provider who does not penalize strikeouts, Yelich is even more valuable.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Jedd Gyorko, 2B-3B, San Diego ($6950 at MIL): Gyorko has been struggling, and Daily Fantasy providers have really dropped his salary as a result. However, it is a good idea to include him, as he has a ton of upside at a very low price. Sure, he hasn’t been hitting, but he is a ‘punt’ candidate who could explode for a huge stat line, especially against a power pitcher. Or he could continue to struggle. But he comes with a low price tag, and he’ll allow you some salary flexibility to spend big up top, too.

 

Make sure to start Julio Teheran Monday in DFS

Make sure to start Julio Teheran Monday in DFS

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 21, 2014

There are 12 evening games in Major League Baseball on Monday, April 21. (We won’t be including picks involving the early game between Baltimore-Boston).

TV SCHEDULE: 7:00pm – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (ESPN)

WEATHER REPORT

MLB cities with an outdoor venue and have a 30 percent chance or more of precipitation indicated by (***). Venues with a 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.

8:05pm – Arizona at CHICAGO CUBS (70 percent chance of thunderstorms)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($10750 vs SD): Braun put on a hitting clinic over the weekend against Pittsburgh Pirates pitching, collecting six hits, including three homers, and six runs scored. He will look to carry that momentum home into Monday’s game against San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner. While it is a semi-difficult matchup for Braun, his Daily Fantasy salary remains rather low for a guy hitting as well as he has lately.

Zach McAllister, SP, Cleveland ($11300 vs KC): It would be nice to spend freely and pluck Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez against the lowly Houston Astros, but are you really willing to commit 20 percent of your budget on one guy? The Indians are 6-0 in McAllister’s past six starts, and 7-1 in his past eight when Vegas has the Tribe installed as a favorite. The Indians are also 11-5 in their past 16 against a right-handed pitcher, so that means McAllister could be in line for a win at home, and he comes at nearly half the price of King Felix.

Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta ($13650 vs MIA): The Miami Marlins have been a surprising team this season…at home. The Fish are 9-4 in the friendly confines of Marlins Park, but a dismal 0-6 on the road. That means Teheran and the Braves should have their way with the visitors. He had a complete game shutout with four strikeouts last time out in Philadelphia. What can he do for an encore?

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati ($8950 at PIT): Mesoraco will slow down at some point, but right now he is raking and his Daily Fantasy salary makes him an absolute steal. Since coming off the 15-day disabled list April 8, Mesoraco has hit safely in each of his nine games, posting multi-hit efforts in six of those outings. Mesoraco has six doubles, three homers and 11 RBI while posting a robust .515 average. There is no real good reason not to use him everyday unless his Daily Fantasy salary is raised too high, or he starts to cool considerably.

Christian Yelich, OF, Miami ($9050 at ATL): While it is generally not good to use a batter against one of your pitchers, Yelich cannot be ignored. He carries a 14-game hitting streak into Monday’s game. While his streak hasn’t been littered with huge Fantasy performances, it is nice to know a knock or two is more than likely, especially at a cheaper price.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Brennan Boesch, OF, L.A. Angels ($5150 at WAS): The left-handed hitting Boesch could be a really sneaky Daily Fantasy value in a lefty-righty matchup against Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark, who isn’t exactly Sandy Koufax. Take a chance, and you’ll be able to afford more studs up top.

Casey McGehee, 1B-3B, Miami ($7050 at ATL): Again, not huge on using guys against my starting pitcher, but McGehee has been putting up solid stat lines at a cheap price. He has four RBI over the past five games, and he has collected at least one hit in five straight outings. Over the past eight games, he has amassed 11 total hits.

Pay for Joey Votto in DFS Sunday

Pay for Joey Votto in DFS Sunday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 20, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball on Sunday, April 20.

TV SCHEDULE

1:35pm – St. Louis at Washington (MLB Network)
1:40pm – N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay (MLB Network)
7:05pm – Baltimore at Boston (ESPN)

WEATHER REPORT

MLB cities with an outdoor venue and have a 30 percent chance or more of precipitation indicated by (***). Venues with a 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.

2:10pm – Minnesota at Kansas City (10 percent chance of precipitation, but 12-16 mph wind blowing to LF)
2:20pm – Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs (0 percent chance of precipitation, but 10-14 mph wind blowing to LF)
3:05pm – Chicago White Sox at Texas (30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
3:10pm – Philadelphia at Colorado (30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

Robbie Ross, SP, Texas ($11250 vs CHW): Ross has seen his Daily Fantasy salary shoot up over his past couple of starts, so he is no longer an absolute must-have. However, he is facing a Chicago White Sox lineup which has had a power outage lately. And Ross has rolled up 20 or more Fantasy points in each of his first three outings. He gets the Pale Hose at home, and should rack up a handful of strikeouts and a possible win.

Yordano Ventura, SP, Kansas City ($14450 vs MIN): Ventura is starting to make a name for himself, and Fantasy owners love his strikeout potential. He has rolled up 13 strikeouts over his first two outings while averaging 38.0 Fantasy points per outing. While there will be a stiff wind blowing out to left field at Kauffman Stadium Sunday, if Ventura is missing bats like he has over the first two outings, that wind won’t be a problem.

Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati ($14050 at CHC): Votto has rolled up some impressive numbers in his career against Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Villanueva, going 7-for-18 (.389) with a double, homer, three RBI and a 1.032 OPS in his career. Since the start of the 2011 season, Votto has just one homer at Wrigley Field, but he has a .305 average (29-for-95) with 13 doubles, a triple, 17 RBI, 18 walks and a .912 OPS.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Jonny Gomes, OF, Boston ($8450 vs BAL): Gomes is expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against SP Ubaldo Jimenez, a pitcher who has been struggling this season. Gomes has done well against U over the years, going 5-for-15 (.333) with a pair of homers. It isn’t a giant sample size, but his power combined with Jimenez’s struggles make him worth a roll of the dice at a mid-level price.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Texas ($9450 vs CHW): Kouz launched his second homer of the season Saturday, pushing his hitting streak to 10 games. He has played himself into an everyday role, and he has managed seven extra-base hits over his past seven games. He also has four multi-hit efforts over the past seven games. If he is in the lineup against Chicago White Sox SP Erik Johnson, who has struggled for the most part, Kouz is a solid mid-level option while hot.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($9750 vs BAL): Pedroia has had a nice history against Jimenez, going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, four RBI and a 1.187 OPS. He is the ninth-most expensive option at second base, but he could be one of the most productive Sunday.

Nate Schierholtz, OF, Chicago Cubs ($8000 vs CIN): Schierholtz has really struggled lately, posting just one hit over his past 16 at-bats. However, a visit from Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey could be the medicine to cure his ills. He has seven career hits over 15 at-bats (.467), including a pair of doubles, a homer, three RBI and a 1.267 OPS against Bailey. Sure, it isn’t the biggest sample size, but he comes with a low price tag, and he is worth the risk.

Christian Yelich, OF, Miami ($9050 vs SEA): Yelich pushed his hitting streak to 13 games in Saturday’s game, as he went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored. He continues to be a productive Daily Fantasy option, and he’ll do so again in Sunday’s series finale.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Ike Davis, 1B, Pittsburgh ($7350 vs MIL): Davis posted a pair of hits, including a double, with two runs scored in his debut for the Bucs on Saturday. He’ll be in the middle of manager Clint Hurdle’s lineup again, facing a right-handed starter with Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada toeing the slab. Davis has the chance to exceed his Daily Fantasy salary expectations by a mile.

NBA Picks for DraftStreet.com $100K Big Score DFS Game

NBA Picks for DraftStreet.com $100K Big Score DFS Game

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 19, 2014

It’s time for the National Basketball Associated postseason, and DraftStreet.com has a great contest for the first two days of the playoffs. It’s a two-day salary cap league for the games of Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 with a $100,000 Big Score Guaranteed Prize Pool and 300 positions paid. There is a $55 entry fee which you could turn into as much as $20,000 for first place. And if you’re a first-time depositor atDraftStreet.com, you will receive a 100 percent bonus up to $200.

TV SCHEDULE

Saturday – Brooklyn at Toronto, Game 1 – (ESPN, 1230pm ET)
Saturday – Golden State at L.A. Clippers, Game 1 – (ABC, 330pm ET)
Saturday – Atlanta at Indiana, Game 1 – (ESPN, 700pm ET)
Saturday – Memphis at Oklahoma City, Game 1 (ESPN, 930pm ET)

Sunday – Dallas at San Antonio, Game 1 (TNT, 100pm ET)
Sunday – Charlotte at Miami, Game 1 (ABC, 330pm ET)
Sunday – Washington at Chicago, Game 1 (TNT, 700pm ET)
Sunday – Portland at Houston, Game 1 (TNT, 930pm ET)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

James Harden, SG, Houston ($19049 vs POR): Harden faces a great first-round matchup against a Portland scoring defense which allowed 102.8 points per game, second-worst during the regular season among all playoff teams. Actually, only Houston (103.1 PPG) was worse. In four games against the Blazers this season, Harden averaged 30.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.3 APG and 2.3 SPG. In other words, he had his way with Portland.

DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers ($16226 vs GS): Jordan is a rebound and blocked shot machine, and he fared really well against the Golden State Warriors this season. He should be especially productive with C Andrew Bogut (rib) sidelined. In four games against the Warriors, Jordan averaged 10.3 PPG, 15.3 RPG and 3.5 BPG with 1.3 SPG. If he can just hit those averages, he will be a steal in Game 1 for Daily Fantasy owners.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland ($14662 vs HOU): Batum is a solid mid-level salary guy who will have the luxury of facing the worst scoring defense among all playoff teams. Batum was better across the board at home than away, averaging 13.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 5.6 APG in 41 games at the Rose Garden this season. His scoring in four games against the Rockets this season was marginal, as he averaged just 10.5 PPG, but he had 6.0 RPG, 5.8 APG and 1.3 BPG to go along with 1.5 SPG. He can contribute in so many different categories, and is a nice play even when he isn’t filling up the basket.

Kawhi Leonard, SF-SG, San Antonio ($14309 vs DAL): Leonard averaged nearly a double-double against the Mavericks this season, going for 12.8 PPG and 9.8 RPG in four meetings this season. His rebound total was the highest against any opponent this season. Leonard also tossed in 2.0 APG and 1.5 SPG, so Daily Fantasy owners should expect him to exceed salary expectations against the Mavs.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Draymond Green, SF, Golden State ($10601 at LAC): Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was still debating whether to start Green or C Jermaine O’Neal in Game 1, but regardless of who starts, Green is a far better Fantasy option than the slow-footed O’Neal. Green faced the Clips four times this season, but actually averaged only 16.3 minutes per game. They haven’t seen a lot of him, and that could actually bode well for Green. He is expected to play a much bigger role in this series with Bogut on the shelf. If Green does start, he logged 31.3 minutes per game as a starter, so he is that much more valuable than off the bench. But even off the bench, again, he is better than O’Neal.

Danny Green, SG-SF, San Antonio ($9752 at DAL): Remember last season when the lights shined the brightest, Green was unconscious from behind the arc and was one of the most talked about players in the postseason. Is there another Robert Horry-type playoff performance in his future? Well, he averaged three 3-pointers in four meetings with Dallas this season, hitting from 60 percent from behind the stripe. Green also hit 57.1 percent of his field goal attempts against the Mavericks overall. He could be an interesting play at a nice price.

ONES TO AVOID

Andrew Bynum, C, Indiana ($8070 vs ATL): If you were hoping to slide Bynum in as a deep sleeper in the middle, don’t. He has been ruled OUT for the entire first round of the playoffs, and his situation will be re-evaluated later. Where have we seen this movie before?

Danny Granger, SF-SG, L.A. Clippers ($6130 vs GS): Granger (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 1, but he has been sidelined since March 27 due to a hamstring strain. There is likely to be considerable rust, and even at a nice price he is too risky of a play in Daily Fantasy.

Al Horford, PF/C, Atlanta (N/A at IND): There was some hope, perhaps wishful thinking, that Horford (pectoral) might be able to contribute at some point during the postseason. It isn’t going to happen in Game 1, and he is more than likely still done for the season.

Good luck in the DraftStreet.com $100,000 Big Score Guaranteed Daily Fantasy League!

Stack with Rays in late-game DFS Thursday

Stack with Rays in late-game DFS Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 17, 2014

There are 12 games in Major League Baseball on Thursday, April 17, with five games with first pitch between 1:05-3:45pm ET (early games), and seven games with first pitch between 6:40-8:10pm ET (late games). Some providers might not include the 6:40pm ET game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

We’ll preview the late-game schedule of games.

TV SCHEDULE

Early Games

1:05pm – Atlanta at Philadelphia (MLB Network)
1:08pm – Cleveland at Detroit (MLB Network)
7:05pm – Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (MLB Network)
7:05pm – St. Louis at Washington (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

MLB cities with an outdoor venue and have a 30 percent chance or more of precipitation indicated by (***). Venues with a 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.

There are no venues with more than a 20 percent chance of precipitation Thursday. However, wind will be a factor.

1:08pm – Cleveland at Detroit (0 percent chance of precipitation, but 18-20 mph wind straight in from CF to home)
3:45pm – L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation, but 13-16 mph wind to straightaway CF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($12500 at PIT): Since the start of the 2011 season, Gallardo has been money against the Pirates, even last year when the Bucs were a contender. Gallardo allowed just two earned runs with six strikeouts over six frames in a no-decision against the Bucs last Saturday in his first meeting against Pittsburgh this season, and he is 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA over his past 10 starts. And at PNC Park, he has been even better, going 2-1 with a 0.92 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings over his past three visits.

David Price, SP, Tampa Bay ($14800 vs NYY): In the past, a matchup against the New York Yankees and SP CC Sabathia would be an instant avoid. However, Price has been right against the Bronx Bombers, going 6-3 with a 3.81 ERA with 69 punchouts over the past 82 2/3 innings spanning 13 starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. On the flip side, Sabathia is 3-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 14 starts against the Rays since April 2011, so Price looks to have a favorable matchup at home based upon trends.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($9900 vs NYY): Longo has really stumbled out of the chute this season, managing just one homer, and none over the past 11 games. However, a visit from Sabathia could be just what the doctor ordered. In his career, Longoria is 21-for-53 (.396) with six doubles, six homers and 13 RBI with an OPS of 1.364. We tend to avoid relying solely upon batter vs pitcher numbers, but the history is lengthy in this particular instance.

Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox ($9200 vs BOS): Ramirez had a clout and two steaks in Wednesday’s marathon loss to the BoSox, extending his longest active hitting streak to 15 games. He hasn’t fared tremendously well against Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, managing just six hits over 25 at-bats (.240) with a marginal .616 OPS, but he has been red hot lately, and that trumps production and trends from past years.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City ($7050 at HOU): The Royals lost OF Lorenzo Cain (groin) to a groin strain Wednesday, albeit the least severe variety. Still, it’s hard to imagine Lo Cain playing in Thursday’s series finale. If he is sidelined, look for Dyson to get the start. He could be a cheap source of steals and runs scored, more than earning his low Daily Fantasy salary.

Ryan Hanigan, C, Tampa Bay ($5000 vs NYY): Just like Daily Fantasy owners, Major League coaching staffs analyze statistics and trends when setting lineups. You can bet your bottom dollar that the fact C Jose Molina is 0-for-19 all-time against Sabathia is one of the first things Rays skipper Joe Maddon and the Tampa braintrust saw standout when formulating tonight’s lineup. Hanigan has a handful of hits in a handful of at-bats against Sabathia, which is not enough to say he is a must-start. But it’s better than J-Mo’s 0-fer. Hanigan is has a Daily Fantasy minimum salary, and he will help you to afford several studs across the board.

ONES TO AVOID

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($8700 vs MIL): Alvarez has managed just one hit in 22 career at-bats (.045) with 10 strikeouts all-time against Gallardo. That in itself is enough to avoid.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($12700 vs SD): If your Daily Fantasy provider includes the Rockies-Padres game on the schedule, you’ll want to avoid the most expensive player in that game, CarGo. He has managed just four hits in 29 career at-bats (.138) with 13 strikeouts and a poor .477 OPS against San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy.

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington ($12400 vs STL): Starting Harper (quadriceps) Thursday would be a clown move, bro. Seriously, he left Wednesday’s game with a quadriceps strain. And even if he does play, facing the likes of St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright is rarely good for anyone’s Fantasy appeal.