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 13-game, night slate, meaning no Yankees-Cubs or Giants-Reds.
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.
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Max Scherzer was a worthy lock and Yunel Escobar had four hits as the day’s bargain, but the stacks didn’t help much.
Our cash lineup did pretty well with 129.7 DK points, while the tournament lineup (powered by a Matt Andriese-Derek Holland SP duo) won a small amount after some swaps due to the absences of Mike Trout and George Springer.
Season status: Plus $13.50
News & notes
Stephen Strasburg ($10,600) is the night’s biggest favorite at Philly … The highest projected non-Coors run total is nine for Red Sox-Twins … Your weather trouble spots appear to be Marlins-Mets and Brewers-Pirates.
Francisco Lindor for $4,300 against Jason Hammel. Unless you want to pay up for Trea Turner or Chris Owings, the pickings are slim at shortstop. Lindor’s price is reasonable for his matchup with Hammel, who has a 6.65 ERA with 19 strikeouts against 13 walks in 21 2/3 innings.
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Cash: Yonder Alonso ($2,900) faces doesn’t have the greatest matchup vs. Michael Fulmer, but he has six homers and has been batting near the top of the A’s order.
Tournaments: Mike Foltynewicz ($7,400) has averaged 20.6 DK points over his last three starts, and faces an undermanned Cardinals lineup.
As usual, the Nats are logical against Philly rookie Nick Pivetta. My favorite alternatives are the Indians (vs. Hammel), Red Sox (vs. Phil Hughes) and White Sox (vs. Wade Miley). If you use the Indians, you’ll need to choose between Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion at first base (I’d take Santana).
The Guys to Avoid
I won’t pay premium prices for the Rockies’ hitters against a solid starter like Zack Greinke.
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Saturday’s schedule is bereft of good starters – Rick Porcello might be the best one on the board. Sunday should see Clayton Kershaw manhandling the overmatched Padres, and we’ll have Yanks-Cubs under the lights at Wrigley.
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Position notes & suggestions
Starting pitcher: Strasburg, Danny Salazar ($10K) and Chris Archer ($9,600) look like the plays at the top. With Salazar and Archer facing some bottom-tier lineups, they’re better options than Strasburg or Yu Darvish … Kenta Maeda ($9,800) looks pretty good against the Padres, too … Fulmer ($8,000) goes against an Oakland offense that has whiffed in 24.5 percent of its plate appearances vs. RHP … Folty is mentioned above.
Catcher: If the Marlins pummel the Mets' Rafael Montero, J.T. Realmuto ($3,500) could benefit … Alex Avila ($3,400) is in a solid spot vs. Andrew Triggs … Hopefully, Brian McCann ($3,200) will bat fifth vs. Jesse Chavez … Jett Bandy ($2,600) doesn’t play every day, but if he does he’s a good value vs. struggling Chad Kuhl.
First base: Paul Goldschmidt ($5,500) at Coors is good but expensive … Gotta like Freddie Freeman ($4,900) at home, even vs. Lance Lynn … Jose Abreu ($4,800) looks pretty good, too, but I prefer Freeman … Carlos Santana ($4,200) should lead off vs. Hammel … Alonso is mentioned above … Rickie Weeks ($2,600) is always an option when a lefty is on the mound.
Second base: Daniel Murphy ($4,800) makes a lot of sense vs. Philly’s Nick Pivetta … I won’t argue with Brian Dozier ($4,400) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, but prefer Dustin Pedroia ($4,100) against Phil Hughes. Pedroia has five HRs with a 1.248 OPS in 43 PA vs. Hughes … The cheapest I’d want to go at this position is Josh Harrison ($3,500) vs. Jimmy Nelson.
Third base: Of course we like Jake Lamb ($5,100) at Coors … Miguel Sano ($4,200) looks reasonable vs. E-Rod … Justin Turner ($3,800), still underrated … Harrison fits here, too … Riding Marwin Gonzalez’s hot streak will cost you $3,300 … Minnesota’s Eduardo Escobar ($2,700) batted fifth on Thursday, and hits lefties fairly well (.330 career wOBA).
Shortstop: Man, Trea Turner is pricey … Francisco Lindor ($4,300) looks downright cheap vs. Hammel by comparison … Corey Seager ($4,400) faces Jhoulys Chacin in SD … Tampa’s Tim Beckham ($2,900) hit two more homers last night, and gets to face Liriano. It would be nice if he batted higher than sixth.
Outfield: Make sure Trout and Harper are in their respective lineups before you roster them … Mookie Betts ($4,800) vs. Hughes looks better than the $5K-plus guys … If David Peralta ($4,700) is over his flu, he’s my favorite Diamondback at Coors … Hammel isn’t very good, and history suggests that he’s going to start giving up home runs. Michael Brantley ($4,300) could be a beneficiary … Seven homers allowed in 25 IP for Miami’s Tom Koehler, who pitches to Jay Bruce ($4,200) tonight … Christian Yelich ($4,100) is more solid than spectacular, but he’s got a good matchup with Montero … Andrew Benintendi ($3,800) is too cheap vs. Hughes … Avisail Garcia ($3,800) could bat cleanup vs. Wade Miley if Frazier can’t play … Keep riding the Michael Conforto ($3,700) train vs. Koehler … Steven Souza ($3,400) leads off sometimes vs. LHP. He’s been slumping, though … I know Archer is good, but Kevin Pillar’s price ($2,900) is awfully low.