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The overdue Jason Kipnis will hit well for DFS owners Saturday

The overdue Jason Kipnis will hit well for DFS owners Saturday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 26, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball Saturday, July 26, with one mid-afternoon game (4:05pm ET – St. Louis at Chicago Cubs). Most Daily Fantasy providers will NOT include that game, so we’ll exclude it.

TV SCHEDULE

1:05pm – Toronto at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network)
4:05pm – Washington at Cincinnati (FOX Sports 1)
7:10pm – Cleveland at Kansas City (FOX Sports 1)
8:10pm – Pittsburgh at Colorado (MLB Network)
9:05pm – L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

1:05pm – Toronto at N.Y. Yankees (20 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to LF)
4:05pm – Washington at Cincinnati (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, 10 to 13 mph wind to LF)
7:05pm – Arizona at Philadelphia (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, 10 to 13 mph wind to CF)
7:10pm – Cleveland at Kansas City (10 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to LCF)
8:05pm – Oakland at Texas (0 percent chance of precipitation, temperatures in the low 100′s at first pitch)
8:10pm – Chicago White Sox at Minnesota (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
9:05pm – L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to CF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox ($11900 at Minnesota – LATE): On Friday, Abreu joined Tony Oliva and Jose Canseco as the only Cuban-born players to crack 30 homers in a rookie season. He is hitting .365 (23-for-63) with three homers and seven RBI during his 15-game hitting streak, the longest active run in the majors. He’ll be facing Minnesota Twins SP Logan Darnell, making his first major league start. That’s a bad combination for Darnell, as Abreu has an extra-base hit once every 7.1 at-bats against left-handed pitching.

David Ortiz, 1B, Boston ($11200 at Tampa Bay – LATE): Big Papi (back) returned to the starting lineup Friday, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Ortiz will be glad to see Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson back on the hill, as he is a .375 career hitter (9-for-24) with a double, triple, three homers, four RBI and a 1.391 OPS against the Tampa Bay starter.

Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta ($19800 vs San Diego – LATE): The struggling San Diego Padres offense came alive with five runs in the series opener Friday, winning 5-2. Don’t expect it to happen again. Teheran is 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 10 starts at home this season, striking out 67 batters over 73 innings with a .176 opponent batting average at Turner Field.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City ($8350 vs Cleveland – LATE): Gordon is hitting .346 (9-for-26) over the past seven days with a double, five walks and three runs scored. The good times should continue against Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister, as he is hitting .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and a 1.083 OPS against the Tribe starter.

Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland ($9300 at Kansas City – LATE): Kipnis has lit up Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie over the years, going 10-for-17 (.588) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI and a 1.638 OPS in his career. He is hitless in the first nine at-bats of this series, and just 3-for-27 (.111) over the past seven games, so he is certainly due.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Jeff Baker, 2B-3B, Miami ($6150 at Houston – LATE): Baker has hit safely in 10 straight games, posting an impressive .444 (12-for-27) average with five RBI during the span. Don’t expect much power, but of course that’s not what you’re paying for. A hit and a run scored likely nets enough points to more than pay for his low Daily Fantasy salary.

ONES TO AVOID

Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto ($11350 at N.Y. Yankees – EARLY): Hutchison has been roughed up by the New York Yankees this season, going 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts while allowing a .345 opponent batting average, and the Blue Jays have lost 17 straight games at Yankees Stadium dating back to September 2010.

Friday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Friday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 25, 2014

There are 14 evening games in Major League Baseball Friday, May 25.

EVENING TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm – Toronto at N.Y. Yankees – OR – 7:10pm Boston at Tampa Bay (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

8:40pm – Pittsburgh at Colorado (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing to RCF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

DRAFTDAY.COM RAPID FIRE PICKS

At DraftDay.com, a ‘Rapid Fire’ Daily Fantasy game is available. You have five head-to-head matchups, and you simply choose which player you believe will have more Fantasy points that day. If you win a majority (at least three) of the matchups, you win. You can risk as little as $1.10 to win $2, $5.50 to win $10, $11 to win $20 (my personal favorite) or $22 to win $40. It’s simple and fun.

Jon Lester, SP, Boston over Alex Wood, SP, Atlanta: Lester faces a team much more familiar with him, but he is also a much better pitcher, scoring more consistently this season. Wood has a favorable matchup, and he is at home, but I still don’t trust him.

Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee over Anthony Rendon, 2B-3B, Washington: Rendon is facing Cincinnati Reds All-Star SP Alfredo Simon, albeit at home, while Gomez has a favorable matchup at home against New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler, who has won just twice in the past nine starts.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona over Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City: I am all over Goldschmidt in Daily Fantasy, as he could go off in Philadelphia against a struggling Kyle Kendrick. Gordon is a .308 (8-for-26) hitter against Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin, but Goldschmidt has more power potential.

Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington over Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia: The left-handed hitting LaRoche is another power potential guy, and he has a favorable matchup against Simon, a right-hander who has pitched well, but who has done most of his damage on the road.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta over Jayson Werth, OF, Washington: Freeman has really, really, really struggled lately. However, he is a facing a right-hander in San Diego Padres SP Jason Hahn who he could handle well. He has nice power potential, and Werth is hitting just .261 vs right-handed pitching as opposed to .364 against lefties.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed ($5000) has a minimum Daily Fantasy salary, and he is in the starting nine with SS Didi Gregorius resting. If you want to save salary and ‘punt’ the shortstop position to squeeze in a high-priced pitcher, outfielder, etc., Ahmed is another low-cost starting alternative.

BOSTON RED SOX

Red Sox 1B David Ortiz ($11550) (back) is back in the middle of the lineup. However, with such a tricky injury and a tough matchup against Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price, it might be best to see Big Papi prove his health in one full game before pulling the trigger on him again. At this price, he is a huge risk.

HOUSTON ASTROS

With OF George Springer on the 15-day disabled list, 2B-SS Kike Hernandez ($5350) gets the starting nod in center field, batting in the two-hole for manager Bo Porter. Hernandez offers salary cap relief while being useful at multiple positions. Since he’ll get regular at-bats up top, he could be a nice sleeper. … 1B-OF Jesus Guzman ($5000) is another low-cost alternative who is in the starting nine, as is OF L.J. Hoes ($6050) with his slight power potential. … SS-3B Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) is out, so INF Gregorio Petit is up from Triple-A and starting at shortstop. He is a last-minute add, so he might not be available with most Daily Fantasy providers. If he is, he is another minimum salary guy you can use.

MIAMI MARLINS

Marlins C Jarrod Saltalamacchia ($7700) is getting the start at designated hitter in an American League park, and C Jeff Mathis ($5400) gets the nod behind the dish in Houston. Both are low-cost Daily Fantasy options who will save you salary for the other positions. … 2B-3B Jeff Baker ($6150) carries a nine-game hitting streak into play, yet he remains relatively cheap. In fact, he is hitting .478 (11-for-23) with five RBI during the span with a .652 slugging percentage. Not bad.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (rest) is out of the starting lineup, as C-1B Martin Maldonado ($5000) gets the start. He is a nice ‘punt’ option at receiver, allowing you to spend a few more dollars at other more valuable spots.

NEW YORK YANKEES

Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki ($5000) is in the starting lineup, and that’s no surprise. Ichiro is a career .421 hitter (24-for-57) with a double, triple, five RBI and an .897 OPS against Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle. … Yankees 3B Chase Headley ($8000) is a mid-level option with some power potential Friday against a lefty. While his average has been poor against southpaws this season, he has connected for three homers in just 67 at-bats vs LHP.

TAMPA BAY RAYS

Rays OF Matt Joyce (rest) gets the night off with OF Brandon Guyer ($6600) getting a start in left field while batting third. While working against Lester is certainly not easy, Guyer is in a position to do some damage, and he comes with a low cost.

TEXAS RANGERS

Rangers 2B Rougned Odor ($5100) continues to hum along, posting another two-hit night Thursday at N.Y. Yankees. He has multi-hit games in four of his past nine outings. Just don’t expect a lot of power.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Blue Jays 2B-SS Munenori Kawasaki ($6550) gets the starting nod at the hot corner, and he is in the two-hole. The regular at-bats and low salary coupled with facing fellow countryman New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda makes him intriguing.

Paul Goldschmidt is a must-start DFS option Friday

Paul Goldschmidt is a must-start DFS option Friday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 25, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball Friday, July 25, with one mid-afternoon game (4:05pm ET – St. Louis at Chicago Cubs). Most Daily Fantasy providers will NOT include that game, so we’ll exclude it.

TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm Toronto at N.Y. Yankees – OR – 7:10pm Boston at Tampa Bay (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

4:05pm – St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, 13 to 16 mph wind blowing to LF)
8:40pm – Pittsburgh at Colorado (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing to RCF)

(DraftTeam.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Ryan Braun, RF, Milwaukee ($13174 vs N.Y. Mets): Braun enters play with the longest active hitting streak in the National League, posting at least one hit in 12 straight games. He is 18-for-47 (.383) with three homers, 11 RBI and six runs scored during the impressive stretch. When Braun is running hot, he is one of the most dangerous hitters in the game, and well worth his lofty Daily Fantasy salary.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona ($11686 at Philadelphia): Goldschmidt has belted 15 of his 18 homers this season against right-handed pitching, and he will be facing a righty in Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick who is just 2-5 at home this season. Over the past seven days, Goldie is 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles, two homers, four RBI, four walks and six runs scored, and the good times should continue to roll Friday.

Zack Greinke, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($20774 at San Francisco): Greinke has dropped two straight after getting bagged by the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday. However, he allowed just two runs with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a win over the Giants May 10, and he is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts with 16 strikeouts in 13 innings against San Francisco this season. Look for Greinke to rebound, and he should have OF Yasiel Puig (hand) back in the lineup providing him run support, too.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Aaron Hill, 2B, Arizona ($9954 at Philadelphia): Hill has hit safely in eight straight heading into Friday’s game in Philadelphia, and he has a good chance to increase that streak this weekend in the bandbox known as Citizens Bank Ball Park. Hill is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored during the stretch, and again, Kendrick is struggling on the hill for Philly. Hill could have a night.

Desmond Jennings, CF, Tampa Bay ($9638 vs Boston): Jennings has seen enough from Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester to know what to expect, and generally the results have been favorable. He is 9-for-27 (.333) with four extra-base hits (two doubles, one triple, one homer), two RBI and a .972 OPS. Jennings had been scuffling a little bit recently, collecting just four hits in 28 at-bats until a three-hit game in St. Louis Wednesday. Look for him to carry over the momentum into Friday’s affair.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Brian Roberts, 2B, N.Y. Yankees ($6854 vs Toronto): Roberts could come alive against Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle, a guy he has hit well over the years. Roberts is hitting .321 (18-for-56) with four doubles, two homers, five RBI and an .833 OPS in his career against the veteran southpaw. He comes with a cheap price tag and a little power potential, always a nice combination.

Dayan Viciedo, RF, Chicago White Sox ($5542 at Minnesota): Viciedo (hamstring) missed a game Wednesday due to tightness in his hamstring, but he returned Thursday. He might as well have sat out, as he was hitless in five at-bats, and is now in an 0-for-15 slump. However, that makes him a tremendous bargain, and you can save plenty of salary to allot to other positions. Viciedo should come alive against Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia, who has struggled mightily this season. And, Viciedo is a .545 career hitter against the Twins’ righty, albeit in just 11 at-bats.

Build your DFS lineup around Adrian Beltre Thursday

Build your DFS lineup around Adrian Beltre Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 24, 2014

There are 11 games in Major League Baseball Thursday, July 24, with four afternoon contests.

TV SCHEDULE

1:05pm – San Francisco at Philadelphia -OR- Texas at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network)
7:10pm – Miami at Atlanta (MLB Network)
10:05pm – Detroit at L.A. Angels -OR- Baltimore at Seattle (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

1:05pm – San Francisco at Philadelphia (30 percent chance of showers)
3:35pm – Houston at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to RCF)
8:10pm – Chicago White Sox at Minnesota (30 percent chance of showers)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Jeff Samardzija, SP, Oakland ($16800 vs Houston): The Athletics are heavy favorites in Thursday’s afternoon series finale against the Astros. Houston has made things more difficult than Oakland would have imagined, splitting the first two games. The A’s have only outscored the Astros 11-10 during the series. Samardzija is 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 appearances (three starts) against the Astros since the start of the 2011 season, posting 29 strikeouts in 30 innings during the span. Since joining the A’s he is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 22 innings. He has also lasted seven or more innings in each of the three outings.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($9800 at N.Y. Yankees): As mentioned many times in the past, it is a bad idea to base your Daily Fantasy decisions solely on batter vs pitcher history. However, there are exceptions, especially when the combatants have had a lengthy history. Beltre is 14-for-33 (.424) with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and a 1.156 OPS all-time against New York Yankees SP Brandon McCarthy.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta ($9950 vs Miami): It won’t happen often, but you can squeeze Freeman into your lineup with a mid-level salary. That’s because he has just one hit over his past 19 at-bats. However, that hit was a homer in Wednesday’s game against the Marlins. He has eight of his 13 homers against right-handed pitching, and he is 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and a 1.378 OPS in his career against Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez.

Hector Noesi, SP, Chicago White Sox ($9550 at Minnesota): If you’re looking for a low-priced Daily Fantasy pitcher to save salary to spread on offensive players, Noesi is your man. He is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA over his past three starts, and he has 18 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings during the month of July. And he allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings with four strikeouts in a no-decision June 20 at Minnesota.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas ($5100 at N.Y. Yankees): Odor has been hot over the past seven days, hitting .389 (7-for-18) with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .287 with 13 extra-base hits (six doubles, five triples, two homers) and a .764 OPS against right-handed pitching, so he is worth a look against McCarthy.

Moises Sierra, OF, Chicago White Sox ($5000 at Minnesota): Sierra is likely to be in the lineup for manager Robin Ventura, and, if so, he is a great Daily Fantasy option due to his minimal salary. Sierra has hit safely in each of his past four starts, and he is 8-for-16 (.500) with a double, homer, five RBI and a 1.276 OPS in his career against Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes.

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 23, 2014

There are nine evening games in Major League Baseball Wednesday, July 23.

EVENING TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm – San Francisco at Philadelphia
(ESPN)

WEATHER REPORT

7:05pm – Texas at N.Y. Yankees (50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms — arriving about mid-game or so…)
7:05pm – San Francisco at Philadelphia (70 percent chance of thunderstorms — also arriving about fourth inning or so…)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Dodgers have two minimum Daily Fantasy guys to choose from Wednesday, as C Drew Butera ($5000) and SS Miguel Rojas ($5000) are each in the starting lineup. … SS Hanley Ramirez (wrist) and OF Yasiel Puig (hand) are each sidelined, so be sure to stay far away from them and their hefty salary.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

The Athletics are a giant favorite tonight, according to the Vegas line, and that means SP Jesse Chavez ($13700) has to be considered for Daily Fantasy purposes. While he is just one game over .500 overall this season, he is 4-2 with a stellar 2.13 ERA in eight home starts with 40 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings and an opponent batting average of just .219 at O.c0 Coliseum. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two outings against the Astros this season, striking out 11 batters in 11 innings.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Despite back-to-back two-hit games, Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is out of the starting lineup against San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner. 1B-OF Darin Ruf ($5000) might be a decent low-end Daily Fantasy option, and he can be used as either first base or outfield to save you some salary.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

The Pirates will place OF Starling Marte (head) on the 15-day disabled list after he took a fastball off the helmet Friday. He had been cleared of concussion over the weekend, but apparently has suffered some sort of setback. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said he wasn’t even sure yet if it is 7-day, or 15-day, but either way he is OUT for Wednesday and beyond. … OF Travis Snider ($5000) is a great low-cost replacement, as he plays left field and bats in the two-hole. … 1B Ike Davis ($6000) had a homer, three hits and two RBI in Tuesday’s game, and gets another crack Wednesday. At this salary level, he is worth a roll of the dice against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dan Haren. … Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) is also OUT of the starting lineup. 3B-OF Josh Harrison ($7000) gets the starting nod at the hot corner.

SAN DIEGO PADRES

Padres OF Cameron Maybin has tested positive for amphetamines, and he has been suspended by Major League Baseball 25 games.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

The Giants roll with 2B Ehire Adrianza ($5300) as their starting second baseman Wednesday, and he will bat in the two-hole. 2B-SS Joe Panik (ankle) left yesterday’s game with an ankle sprain, and is out today. Again, Adrianza is a good low-cost option at a rather shallow position, and he’ll get regular at-bats. If you want to spend heavily at other spots, particularly pitcher, then Adrianza isn’t a terrible option.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

If you’re looking for a low-cost Daily Fantasy alternative behind the dish, Blue Jays C Josh Thole ($5000) is in the lineup tonight. The personal catcher of SP R.A. Dickey ($13950) bats in the seventh spot of the order. He had a hit in three at-bats in his last start July 18, posting eight Fantasy points to earn his meager salary.