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 14-game night slate, which excludes Game 1 of Cubs-Rockies (Arrieta-Senzatela) and Rangers-Padres.
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.
The Cubs-Rockies cancellation caused a few issues, though we did warn you about it. We stacked 2-3-4 in the Dodger lineup (plus Yasmani Grandal), and 5-6-7-8 would have been the way to go. Thanks for nothing, Corey Seager. Or for seven points, anyway. Also, we knew someone would homer off Ricky Nolasco. Too bad we didn’t know that it would be Jed Lowrie, twice.
Our lineups didn’t do very well. Let’s shake it off.
Season status: Plus $11.50
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News & notes
The night’s biggest favorite is Charlie Morton ($7,600) at minus-169 over the Braves; Julio Urias ($8,000) is close behind at minus-168 over the Pirates … The highest non-Coors projected run total is 9.5 for Tigers-Diamondbacks (Justin Verlander-Robbie Ray); while the lowest is 7.5 for Pirates-Dodgers … Weather.com reports a 50-60 percent chance of thunderstorms during Yankees-Reds, but things appear to lighten up as the night goes on.
The Orange County Register says that Mike Trout (hamstring) is in “day-to-day limbo” … Jason Heyward (thumb) is on the DL, as is Martin Prado … Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) is still day-to-day, as is Michael Brantley (ankle).
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It’s Carlos Carrasco among the pitchers, as he faces a bad Blue Jay lineup and saves you money compared to Max Scherzer in cash games. For hitters, Aaron Judge is still very reasonable at $4,600 against Tim Adleman, who has allowed 18 home runs in 91 big-league innings.
Cash: Despite his Monday goose egg, it’s Yonder Alonso ($2,900) again. His salary and matchup with Alex Meyer can’t be beat.
Tournaments: Digging deep will find you Tigers C James McCann ($2,900), who has a .369 career wOBA with 16 homers in 267 PA vs. LHP.
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So many options with so many bad pitchers – Cubs, Yanks, Nats, Reds, Astros, Twins. I kind of prefer the Reds (Votto/Duvall/Suarez) due to price, but all are good. Possible pivots include the White Sox (vs. Santiago) and A’s (vs. Meyer). Remember that the White Sox have been very good against southpaws (.352 wOBA).
The Guys to Avoid
I’d stay away from Jays and Orioles due to the opposing pitchers. Also, with Drew Pomeranz being so good against lefthanded hitters (.257 wOBA, .571 OPS), I’d pass on Eric Thames.
Position notes & suggestions
Starting pitcher: As noted above, I prefer Carrasco ($10,600) to the more expensive Scherzer due to their matchups. The Orioles aren’t great, but the Blue Jays are worse … Robbie Ray ($9,200) looks better than you think against the Tigers, who rank 22nd in wOBA (.298) with too many strikeouts vs. LHP … Tampa’s Matt Andriese ($7,900) vs. the terrible Royals is certainly an option … Morton’s status as a big favorite is appealing. He has averaged 29 DK points over his last two starts, and has 39 strikeouts in 34 innings … Oakland’s Jharel Cotton ($7,800) looked strong last time out, and he’ll probably face a Trout-less Angels’ lineup.
Catcher: Gary Sanchez ($4,800) is in a great spot vs. Tim Adleman, but he’s soooo expensive … Buster Posey ($3,900) is more reasonable but has a lower ceiling … Brian McCann ($3,400) vs. Bartolo Colon? Yep … James McCann is mentioned above.
First base: Ryan Zimmerman ($4,900) tops the non-Coors options vs. Ubaldo Jimenez … Jose Abreu ($4,500) has seven double-digit DK games in his last 10, and faces lefty Hector Santiago … Cody Bellinger ($3,500), future Hall of Famer, faces the overhyped Ivan Nova … Alonso is mentioned above.
Second base: Daniel Murphy ($5,000) is in a great spot vs. Ubaldo … So is Robinson Cano ($4,300) vs. Jerad Eickhoff … Starlin Castro ($3,800) is one of many attractive Yankees vs. Adleman … Kolten Wong ($3,300) has a 13-game hitting streak, and leads off vs. Dan Straily … Chris Taylor ($3,100) homered Monday night, and has received more playing time lately. He’s not as good an option as Wong, as he bats sixth.
Third base: If you pay for one Coors hitter, it should be Kris Bryant ($5,500) vs. Kyle Freeland … At sea level, look first to Anthony Rendon ($4,600) vs. Ubaldo … Miguel Sano ($4,300) is at a nice price against a bad pitcher … Southpaw destroyer Eugenio Suarez ($3,600) faces the very shaky CC Sabathia … Gotta love Josh Harrison ($3,300) leading off vs. Urias.
Shortstop: Addison Russell ($4,400) is pretty cheap for a Coors hitter … Francisco Lindor ($4,500) looks pretty good vs. Mike Bolsinger, as does Corey Seager ($4,300). But for the price, I’d lean Russell or Jean Segura, who has been tearing it up lately … Again, I hate the cheap shortstops. One possibility is Giants 3B/SS Christian Arroyo ($3,100) vs. Zack Wheeler.
Outfield: Bryce Harper ($5,400) is the chalk vs. Ubaldo … A rested Aaron Judge ($4,600) looks strong vs. Adleman … George Springer ($4,500) hasn’t been bad lately in terms of hits and DK points, but he’s overdue for a homer. Maybe the slop-throwing Bartolo Colon will help … Adam Duvall ($4,200) must have dreamt happily about his Sabathia matchup … More Yankee options include Brett Gardner ($4,200) and Jacoby Ellsbury ($3,900) … Midrange guys I like are Avisail Garcia ($3,700 vs. Santiago), Josh Reddick ($3,600 vs. Colon) and Aaron Altherr ($3,500 vs. Ariel Miranda) … Brandon Belt ($3,500) fits here and at 1B … The solid, cheap play is Seattle’s Ben Gamel ($3,000) vs. Eickhoff. Gamel has three double-digit DK games in his last five.