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 15-game main 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.
Suggesting the low-priced J.C. Ramirez (20.8 DK points) was Monday’s highlight. The rest was pretty much a disaster, including the lineups. The Tigers getting one hit off Brad Peacock & Co. was especially bad.
Season status: Plus $1.50
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News & notes
Clayton Kershaw ($13,400) is the night’s biggest favorite at minus-270 over the Cardinals … Next up are Lance McCullers ($10,200, minus-195), Jon Lester ($11,100, minus-186) and Patrick Corbin ($7,000, minus-186) … The highest projected run total is 10 for Rangers-Red Sox (Cashner-Porcello) and White Sox-Diamondbacks (Covey-Corbin) … Rain is in the forecast for Mariners-Nats in D.C.
Joe Ross ($5,900) returns from the minors to start tonight for the Nats … Look for Nelson Cruz to play right field a couple of times while the M’s are in D.C.
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It’s not Kershaw at that salary. How about Andrew Benintendi, whose $3,900 salary is too low against Andrew Cashner, and can help you fit some more expensive players? The higher-salaried option here would be David Peralta ($4,700).
Cash: Matt Harvey has been bad enough that Manuel Margot ($2,800) has to be a strong consideration in the Padres’ leadoff spot.
Tournaments: If red-hot 2B Eric Sogard ($3,400) is back atop the Milwaukee lineup, he’s worth a look vs. Joe Biagini.
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It’s easy to love the Diamondbacks against Dylan Covey, who has allowed multiple homers in each of his last four starts. If you can stack some D-backs, go for it.
The Astros beat out the Brewers, Nats and Red Sox in my next tier of teams. A possible pivot could be the Mets against Jhoulys Chacin, who has an 8.77 ERA with a 1.83 WHIP in five road starts.
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The Guys to Avoid
Obviously, no Cardinals hitters against Kershaw. In BvP news, Andrew McCutchen has struck out 10 times in 24 plate appearances versus R.A. Dickey.
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Starting pitcher: If you pay up for Kershaw, your cash-game SP2 should probably be Jimmy Nelson ($7,600), Lance Lynn ($7,200) or Corbin. I prefer the cheaper Corbin, even though the White Sox hit lefties better than righties … Two of Lester’s nine starts have netted more than 20 DK points. Eh … McCullers is in play against a Tigers lineup that strikes out a lot. McCullers has been a MUCH better pitcher at home in his brief career (2.11 ERA, .282 wOBA) … Rick Porcello ($8,500) has whiffed 25 batters over his last five starts … If you’re going to dig deep, how about Harvey ($6,500) at home against against a bad Padres lineup? He’s combustible, but still getting decent strikeout numbers.
Catcher: Gary Sanchez, again good but expensive at $4,700 … Sal Perez ($3,800) looks much friendlier vs. Jordan Montgomery. Perez has eight home runs in 19 road games so far, and Yankee Stadium is a great place to homer … Evan Gattis ($3,600) is one of many Astros to consider vs. Jordan Zimmermann … Stephen Vogt ($3,100) is the cheap play vs. Jose Urena.
First base: Sure, Paul Goldschmidt ($5,400) is a guy you want to roster … Eric Thames ($4,800) has a nice matchup to snap out of his recent slump … I prefer Josh Bell ($3,900) to Justin Bour, LoMo and Matt Holliday in the same price range … Lucas Duda ($3,400) and Luis Valbuena ($3,100) are cheaper options to consider.
Second base: I prefer Jose Altuve ($4,900) to Daniel Murphy at the top of the food chain … Ditto for Jonathan Villar ($4,300) over Starlin Castro in the next tier … Neil Walker ($3,800) is in a terrific spot vs. Chacin … Yolmer Sanchez ($3,400) could lead off for the White Sox vs. Corbin.
Third base: Man, Jake Lamb ($5,500) and his teammates are expensive … Nolan Arenado ($5,100) might be worth the price vs. Zach Eflin, but I’d rather have Lamb … Miguel Sano ($4,600) is a HR threat against the recently vulnerable Dylan Bundy … Travis Shaw ($4,400) is another Brewer to consider … Josh Harrison ($4,000) can save you a few bucks compared to the others … Valbuena fits here, too.
Shortstop: Carlos Correa ($4,700) over Xander Bogaerts, Corey Seager and Jean Segura at the top … Why did Dansby Swanson ($3,600) get dropped to eighth again on Monday? Sigh … If you want to save here, it’s probably with Freddy Galvis ($3,300) vs. German Marquez.
Outfield: Bryce Harper ($5,400) and Mookie Betts ($5,000) are the premium plays … Michael Conforto ($4,800) and David Peralta ($4,700) look terrific in the next tier … George Springer ($4,300) is downright cheap for his matchup with the terrible Zimmermann … Benintendi’s price ($3,900) should put him in a lot of lineups, as noted above … Hi, I’m Josh Reddick ($3,600), and I’ll be part of your Astros’ stack … Christian Yelich ($3,400) is too cheap … I don’t know who will lead off for the D-backs, but Gregor Blanco ($3,200) carries a friendlier price than Rey Fuentes ($3,600) … Margot is mentioned above.
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