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.
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.
Paul Goldschmidt’s 16 DK points weren’t bad for the day’s lock, while a D-backs stack could have helped if you got Yasmany Tomas & Brandon Drury in it. Chris Archer’s 40.4-point outing made him a worthy ace for the day.
Both of my lineups lost, with Danny Salazar’s disastrous outing helping to tank the cash version.
Season status: Plus $9.50
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News & notes
Marco Estrada ($8,500) is the night’s biggest favorite at minus-158 over the Mariners … Dodgers-Rockies checks in with a predictably high projected run total of 10.5, but Padres-Rangers is close behind at 10 … There’s about a 50 percent chance of rain in D.C. for O’s-Nats.
Ryan Braun left Wednesday’s game with calf tightness, but he wasn’t expected to play today, anyway … Hanley Ramirez exited early with a trap muscle spasm, and his status is TBD … Ian Kinsler (hamstring) has missed five straight games, and is still day-to-day.
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How about Jays' leadoff hitter Kevin Pillar at $3,700 vs. Mariners SP Chase De Jong? De Jong’s stuff isn’t much to speak of, and he has allowed five home runs in 23 2/3 innings between the minors and majors this season. Pillar is averaging a healthy 8.1 DK ppg.
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Cash: I actually like Angels SP J.C. Ramirez ($6,800) in his matchup against a Tigers’ lineup that whiffs too much and might be without Ian Kinsler again tonight (though Kinsler is trending positively). Miggy/Castellanos/Upton are solid, but otherwise there are some bad bats in this lineup. Also, I don’t like today’s low-priced hitters much.
Tournaments: Aaron Hicks ($2,600) will probably bat second vs. Dallas Keuchel. The matchup isn’t great, but Hicks has been very good, averaging 10.4 DK ppg.
The pitching matchups put the Orioles (A.J. Cole), Reds (Ty Blach) and Giants (Bronson Arroyo) near the top of the list, along with the Dodgers and Rockies at Coors. I’ll try the Nationals against Dylan Bundy, whose 2.17 ERA masks low K and GB rates. The Nats will be a less popular stack tonight than usual.
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The Guys to Avoid
Brett Gardner/Jacoby Ellsbury against Keuchel, plus the overrated Trea Turner, who is below the Mendoza line with seven runs and two RBI in 20 games away from Coors Field. Turner will be omitted from my Nats’ stack.
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Position notes & suggestions
Starting pitcher: The combo of Yankee Stadium and two good-hitting teams suggest fading Dallas Keuchel and Michael Pineda … Zack Greinke ($10,800) and Michael Fulmer ($10,500) both look solid, but you can’t use both. I’d lean Fulmer if Mike Trout is out again, Greinke if not … Even though the Mariners have hit well lately, the underrated Marco Estrada ($8,500) is a solid choice against them. He’s a big favorite, and is whiffing more than a batter per inning … Your low-cost options are Ramirez ($6,800), Phil Hughes ($5,800) and Bronson Arroyo ($5,500). Hughes (White Sox) and Arroyo (Giants) face bad lineups, but the pleasantly surprising Ramirez carries the most strikeout upside versus the Tigers.
Catcher: You want Yasmani Grandal ($4,500) at Coors? Up to you, I guess … Buster Posey ($3,800) vs. Arroyo looks much better … If Alex Avila ($3,300) is back in the Tigers’ lineup, he’s worth a look vs. Ramirez ... Same for Brian McCann ($3,300) vs. Pineda.
First base: Lots of high prices here. If I’m spending, it’s on Ryan Zimmerman ($4,900) or Wil Myers ($4,700) vs. Martin Perez … Down the ladder a bit is Brandon Belt ($3,700), who has been disappointing, but faces Arroyo … Luis Valbuena ($3,200) will probably bat fourth or fifth vs. Fulmer.
Second base: As good as Pineda has been, I’m good with Jose Altuve ($4,700) … Same for Robinson Cano ($4,500) vs. Estrada. I prefer Cano to Altuve … Yangervis Solarte ($4,000) has been slumping, but Martin Perez could snap him out of it … The sub-$4K options are bad. Jonathan Schoop ($3,500), maybe?
Third base: I like both Coors options, but for above $5K, I’ll take Nolan Arenado over Justin Turner … Miguel Sano ($4,400) looks strong vs. Derek Holland … Isn’t Anthony Rendon cheap at $3,900? … I like Rendon slightly better than Kyle Seager and Eugenio Suarez at $3,800 each … Valbuena fits here as well.
Shortstop: The red-hot Jean Segura ($4,300) is fine if you don’t use Estrada … Elvis Andrus ($4,000) has been hitting for more power this season, and faces lefty Clayton Richard … Kike Hernandez ($3,800) leading off at Coors vs. Tyler Anderson is a great buy … Did you know that Zack Cozart ($3,700) is averaging 8.7 DK ppg? Good matchup vs. Blach, too … Jorge Polanco ($3,200) has batted second for the Twins in each of the last two games, and has a solid matchup with Holland. Polanco has a .349 career wOBA vs. LHP.
Outfield: Not a lot to like here today. Do you want to pay $5,400 for Bryce Harper? … Billy Hamilton ($4,200) has 167 DK points over his last nine games, but he’s worse vs. LHP … Mark Trumbo ($4,100) might be heating up, with two homers in his last three games. He’ll face A.J. Cole … Michael Pineda allows too many homers, putting Josh Reddick in play at a reasonable price ($3,900) … Kevin Pillar ($3,700) is a nice play vs. De Jong … Hicks is mentioned above … If Andrew Romine ($2,100) leads off again in place of Kinsler, you can consider him as well.