How is Mauer Still So Cheap?!
More congrats in order today as the Knicks won their first division title since 1994. Elsewhere, the NCAA Tourney is over and the NBA playoffs haven’t started, so you know what that means... NFL Draft talk galore! We’re here for Daily Fantasy Baseball, so save the mock drafts for someone else. Time to deal ‘em up.
Chad Billingsley, LAD – Billingsley faces the soft-hitting Padres tonight, who are still without Chase Headley – the only Padre with multiple extra base hits against Bill. Anyone with a significant history against Billingsley (over six ABs) is hitting under .167, except for Will Venable, with a mediocre .280 AVG. Plus, Bill costs just a few bills (sorry, had to) on FanDuel at $6,600.
Joe Mauer, MIN – I have mentioned him daily on our podcast (link below), and Mauer will continue to get love from me as long as FD keeps pricing him behind the likes of John Jaso, Miguel Olivo and Welington Castillo. Mauer is just $3,300(!) and went deep last night. I don’t care that he was 0-for-4 in the other at-bats... he knocked one out, and that’s big points in Daily Baseball.
Alfonso Soriano, CHC – Soriano owns Kyle Lohse. Lifetime, he’s 20-for-53 with four doubles, four HRs and 12 RBI – also good for a 1.079 OPS. With his slow start (.179 AVG), Soriano is dirt cheap at $3,100 FD and $4,200 on DraftKings.
Denard Span, WAS – Since he just came from the AL Central, Span has plenty of history against Gavin Floyd, and he loves facing him. Span is 17-for-35 against Floyd, so while there is no power, Span’s price of $3,500 FD and $3,900 DK is too good to pass.
Others – Salvador Perez $3,800 DK, Jed Lowrie $3,700 DK, David DeJesus $3,900 DK, Josh Rutledge (at 2B) $3,500 FD, Maicer Izturis $3,100 FD, Chris Heisey $3,100 FD.
Homer Bailey, CIN – Matt Holliday: 11-for-25 with 1.321 OPS, Yadier Molina: 6-for-16 with 1.287 OPS, Jon Jay: 5-for-14 with 1.043 OPS. Even Allen Craig took his one hit in three ABs against Bailey deep for a HR. At $7,200 on FD, Bailey is priced out of your consideration.
Troy Tulowitzki, COL – One of the few players that warrant spending big money most days is one to avoid completely today. Tulo tops the SS position at $4,700, but for whatever reason, he can’t hit Barry Zito for the life of him. Tulo is just 6-for-41 against Zito with eight Ks and one BB for a .146 AVG and .382 OPS.
Chris Davis, BAL – The fire has been extinguished. Since his barrage, Davis is 1-for his last-9 with – what do you know – three Ks. Yet, there Davis is atop the 1B prices at $5,200 ahead of Albert Pujols by $500 (who I like a lot today, by the way).
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