Welcome to our daily look at daily fantasy baseball. We’ll use DraftKings salaries to give you some tips and advice on the day’s action. We’ll play the nine-game night slate. Sorry, Coors fans..
Remember to check lineups and weather as gametimes approach. We’ll publish this piece in the mornings, and a lot can happen during the day. If Dusty Baker decides to bench Bryce Harper at the last minute, don’t blame us!
I’ll plan to wager $6 per day on DraftKings - $5 on a cash lineup, $1 on a tournament version (usually single-entry) – and track my progress all season. If you’re a more serious player who doesn’t want to trust his or her bankroll on a guy who enters six bucks a day, I’ll understand.
Not bad at all. Bargains James McCann and Yonder Alonso (twice) both homered, while lock Carlos Carrasco had a strong start (31.95 DK points). On the other hand, the Reds’ stack didn’t work out, and we told you to avoid Eric Thames’ latest home run.
Our cash lineup was very strong thanks to Alonso, Robinson Cano and Ben Gamel, while the tournament lineup crashed and burned.
Season status: Plus $15.50
News & notes
The night’s biggest favorite is Yu Darvish ($10,700) at minus-205 over the Padres. Chris Archer, Stephen Strasburg and Kenta Maeda are all minus-170 or higher … The highest projected run total is 10 for Tigers-Diamondbacks (Boyd-Godley), while the lowest is seven for Rays-Royals (Archer-Hammel) … Be very careful about the Twins-White Sox game, as weather.com forecasts a 95 percent chance of thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and midnight (as of 6 a.m. ET).
Mike Trout will probably be out again today … Robinson Cano is day-to-day with a quad injury … Ian Kinsler (hamstring) is day-to-day … Robbie Ray had a Nuke LaLoosh line on Tuesday: Five innings, five hits, five walks, five runs, eight strikeouts and a wild pitch.
At $4,700, Paul Goldschmidt looks like a relative bargain against Tiger lefty Matt Boyd. Never forget that Goldschmidt has a .430 career wOBA vs. LHP. For context, that wOBA would rank in the top 20 all-time.
Cash: There isn’t a single sub-$3K player I’m interested in rostering tonight. Can we call Alex Avila ($3,200) a bargain vs. Zack Godley? Yes? Good.
Tournaments: Dodgers 2B Chris Taylor ($3,100) has been hot, with 57 DK points over his last four games.
Aren’t the Nats always an option? So are the Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Brewers and maybe the Rays if you want to be different. As much as I like the D-backs, I wish they’d drop Jake Lamb in the order against southpaws.
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The Guy to Avoid
See above – Lamb can’t hit lefties at all, with a career BA of .170, wOBA of .259 and K rate of 32.1.
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Position notes & suggestions
Starting pitcher: Archer ($10,800) against the Royals looks obvious, as does Yu ($10,700) vs. the Padres. It’s a close call between the two, but I prefer Archer in pitcher-friendly Tampa … Danny Salazar ($9,700) probably has a better matchup than both, and he’ll save you a little salary … Remember that Maeda ($9,200) is a big favorite over the Pirates … I hate the cheap pitchers tonight, but if you want to take a chance, one option could be Francisco Liriano ($7,700). The Indians rank 25th in wOBA vs. LHP (.286), and Liriano always brings strikeout upside to the table. In six starts this season, he has three of 20.5-plus DK points, and another three with six or less … The other is ground-ball machine Luis Perdomo ($6,000) against the mediocre Rangers. Perdomo has averaged 15 DK points over his last three starts, which isn’t bad.
Catcher: Matt Wieters ($3,800) bats too low in the Nats’ order, but he has always hit lefties (.350 career wOBA), and this position is typically thin … Yasmani Grandal ($3,700) has five hits and 36 DK points in his last two games … Alex Avila ($3,200) looks good and cheap vs. Zack Godley … Jett Bandy ($2,700) doesn’t play every day, but if he’s in the lineup vs. Kyle Kendrick, you can consider him.
First base: Lots of options here today … Among the high-priced guys, I prefer Goldschmidt over Zimmerman/Hanley/Thames for his matchup with Boyd … Matt Carpenter ($4K vs. Koehler) and Cody Bellinger ($3,900 vs. Kuhl) are acceptable alternatives for less salary … Can you believe that Logan Morrison has eight homers already? He’s $3,300 vs. Hammel.
Second base: Dustin Pedroia ($4,100) is our top target against the struggling Chase Anderson … Hey. Brad Miller ($3,700) finally homered again on Tuesday! He’ll probably bat second against Hammel … Kolten Wong ($3,600) should be back in the leadoff spot for the Cards in a good matchup vs. Koehler … Arizona’s Brandon Drury ($3,300) isn’t a bad option vs. Boyd.
Third base: Anthony Rendon ($4,600) leads the pack here vs. Miley … Justin Turner ($3,800) has six double-digit DK games in his last 10, and faces the shaky Kuhl … I prefer Turner to Nick Castellanos at the same salary, but not by much … Brewers cleanup hitter Travis Shaw ($3,500) looks very reasonable vs. the awful Kendrick.
Shortstop: Corey Seager ($4,600) is clearly the top play at a shallow position, but he’ll cost you … If you don’t want to pay for Turner, Bogaerts, Seager, Francisco Lindor or maybe Aledmys Diaz, try Chris Owings ($3,600) against Boyd. Owings bats second vs. LHP, against whom he has a .405 wOBA in 39 PA this season. I know that’s a small sample, but Owings is pretty good, with 8.7 DK ppg this season.
Outfield: Mookie Betts ($5,200) has seven hits, two homers and 61 DK points over his last two games … Andrew Benintendi ($4,400) is another Red Sox hitter in a good spot, and he has 85 DK points over his last four games … Jayson Werth ($4,200) batting second vs. a LHP is pretty good … Do you think Christian Yelich ($4,000) is mad after getting ejected Tuesday? Even if not, he’s a solid play … A.J. Pollock ($3,900) and Yasmany Tomas ($3,700) can be part of your D-backs’ stack … Shin-Soo Choo ($3,600) has been heating up a bit … Who wants to bet on a leadoff homer for Corey Dickerson ($3,400) vs. Hammel … Below Domingo Santana ($3,300), I’m not a fan of the cheap OFs. I guess you can consider Kevin Pillar ($3,100) against Danny Salazar, but Salazar is always a threat to dominate opposing hitters.