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 omits Rockies-Cubs
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.
Jake Odorizzi (23.6 DK points) was just fine as our lock, but the bargains and stacks didn’t help much on a low-scoring night. Mentioning two different catchers with two homers apiece (Gary Sanchez, Derek Norris) was nice. Note for the future on Sanchez: He now has four homers in nine plate appearances vs. David Price.
After some lineup-related adjustments, the cash lineup won, and one of the tournament versions snuck in for a small payout. Thanks to Odorizzi, Sanchez and Trea Turner for carrying them.
Season status: Minus $26.50
News & notes
Corey Kluber ($12,400) is the night’s biggest favorite at minus-245 over the White Sox, but there’s a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms in Cleveland at 7 p.m., per weather.com … Tigers-Red Sox (Zimmermann-Johnson) checks in with the highest projected run total at 10. Three other games (Mets-Braves, Brewers-Diamondbacks, Orioles-Yankees) have projected totals of 9.5.
Look for Dustin Pedroia to come off the DL tonight for the Red Sox … SPs Dallas Keuchel (neck) and Kyle Hendricks (hand) are on the DL … Manny Machado (wrist) sounds pretty shaky for tonight … Nelson Cruz (calf) sounds like he’ll be back tonight … Kevin Kiermaier (hip) was on crutches after Thursday’s game, and could be DL-bound … Chris Iannetta batted second and had seven RBI for the D-backs? Whaaaat?
USA Today SportsBob DeChiara
Corey Kluber seems like the obvious choice, right? Among the hitters, there’s no position where we can say one guy is the clear choice, but Ian Kinsler ($3,900) is probably as good a play as his more expensive counterparts at second base. Kinsler is a lefty masher (.379 career wOBA) who will be in his usual leadoff spot against soft-tossing Red Sox southpaw Brian Johnson at Fenway.
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Cash: Jose Bautista ($3,500) is two for his last 28 with 10 strikeouts. But slumps always end, and Seattle’s Sam Gaviglio is just the guy to help Bautista, with a low K rate and five homers allowed in 23 innings. It’s hard to love Bautista right now, but this value is pretty good.
Tournaments: Tigers C James McCann ($3,100) is scheduled to come off the DL tonight, and will face lefty Brian Johnson at Fenway. McCann has hit four home runs in 32 plate appearances against southpaws this season.
USA TODAY SportsNick Turchiaro
Where do we begin? With the Red Sox and Tigers in what should be a high-scoring game (I prefer the Sox if we’re going to choose one). The Astros and D-backs are right up there with them, though Matt Shoemaker is a better pitcher than the guys throwing at Fenway. I’m not a huge fan of the Nats tonight, because while Rangers SP Andrew Cashner isn’t very good, he tends to keep the ball in the park.
Beyond those elite plays, the Braves look very good at home against Matt Harvey, as do the surging Jays at Seattle. No clever pivots here.
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The Guys to Avoid
No White Sox against Kluber, obviously. Also, Ervin Santana ($11,000) has obviously been very good, and faces the weak Giants lineup on the road. But two of Santana’s last four starts have been bad, and the K/BB ratio still suggests that his success has been somewhat fluky.
Starting pitcher: Kluber is clearly the best starter on the board against a White Sox team that ranks 28th in wOBA vs. RHP (.295) … Tanner Roark ($8,800) is a big favorite versus a Rangers lineup that lost Adrian Beltre again this week … Brad Peacock ($7,900) has whiffed 25 batters over his last three starts, and faces the Trout-less Angels … I want to talk myself into Michael Wacha ($7,300) vs. the Phillies, but he’s been terrible lately … Since coming to San Francisco, Matt Moore ($6,900) has been a different pitcher at home – he has a 2.88 ERA in 11 starts at AT&T Park … The argument for Royals’ rookie Eric Skoglund ($6,700) is that the Padres can’t hit, and it’s not a bad argument … I prefer Jhoulys Chacin ($6,400) on the other side of that game, as the Royals can’t hit, either. Chacin has maintained a solid K rate this season, and has been much better at home (1.36 ERA).
Catcher: J.T. Realmuto ($3,900) looks solid vs. Glasnow … Austin Hedges ($3,800) has 11 homers, and faces lefty Skoglund … Tyler Flowers ($3,600) is my favorite cash play vs. Harvey … James McCann is mentioned above.
First base: Soooooo many options here, and we’ll talk about many of them … Paul Goldschmidt ($5,600) is very expensive, but always worth considering at home vs. a mediocre pitcher. Maybe if you go cheap on pitching … Eric Thames ($4,800) looks good at homer-friendly Arizona vs. Delgado, but I think I prefer Justin Smoak ($4,700) vs. Gaviglio … Matt Carpenter ($4,300) is snapping out of his slump, with homers in two straight games. I like him over Miggy and Duda in the mid-$4000s … Matt Adams ($4,200) is more of a tournament option vs. Harvey … Let’s hope Mitch Moreland ($3,700) bats cleanup vs. Zimmermann … Baltimore’s Trey Mancini ($3,300) would be the cheap play vs. Montgomery.
Second base: Jose Altuve ($5,300) and many of his teammates are in play vs. Shoemaker … Between $4K-5K, I prefer Jason Kipnis ($4,200) vs. Gonzalez, followed by Neil Walker. I could be talked into Jonathan Schoop ($4,300) if he bats second again … Kinsler is mentioned above … Red-hot Eric Sogard ($3,600) is in play at Arizona … Logan Forsythe ($3,500) will be a good value if he leads off vs. Garrett … Oakland’s Chad Pinder ($2,500) can fit many lineups if he bats second vs. Cobb.
Third base: Near the top end, I’ll take Josh Donaldson ($4,800) over Jake Lamb and Travis Shaw … Justin Turner ($3,600) will be a nice value vs. Garrett if the Dodgers activate him from the DL tonight … Forsythe fits here, too … Atlanta’s Rio Ruiz ($2,800) is your cheap play vs. Harvey.
Shortstop: Carlos Correa ($5,300) over Trea Turner and Zack Cozart at the top of the salary range … Francisco Lindor ($4,400) over Xander Bogaerts in the next tier, but it’s close … If you don’t like Peacock, Andrelton Simmons ($3,700) has been solid as the Angels’ leadoff hitter … Sogard and Pinder fit here, too … If Troy Tulowitzki ($3,300) is going to flash power at some point, Gaviglio would be the guy to do it against.
Outfield: Many good plays here, so we’ll condense a bit … At $5K-plus, it’s J.D. Martinez ($5,400) followed by George Springer. Martinez has 10 homers in 25 games since coming off the DL … Between $4,500-5,000, it’s Michael Conforto ($4,900), then Ender Inciarte ($4,700), then Andrew Benintendi ($4,700). Their opposing pitchers all rank among the worst nine in MLB in HR/9 rate … Mookie Betts ($4,300) looks too cheap, but we said that on Wednesday when he burned us … BvP alert: Matt Kemp ($4,100) has three homers in 15 plate appearances vs. Harvey … Jose Bautista ($3,500) might be in a miserable slump, but he’s way too cheap vs. Gaviglio … Mancini fits here, too … Brian Goodwin ($3,000) has batted second a couple of times this week for the Nationals, and faces Cashner … Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Eric Young Jr. ($2,500) can be productive even at the bottom of the order. EY Jr. has eight double-digit DK games out of 11 since getting promoted.
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The Quintana-Carrasco matchup should be pretty good on Sunday. Also, look for Mariners OF Mitch Haniger to come off the DL at some point. Haniger averaged 11.4 DraftKings points in 21 games before suffering an oblique injury.