Todd Helton Doesn’t Play Every day, but You Want Him Today
Anyone else getting his tail kicked by the pollen this spring? I fell asleep sitting at the computer last night! Good news is that once again, finished in the money, despite getting a zero from Lucas Duda... that’s what happens when you forget to change your lineup before the day games start. But, finishing in the dough is also a result of trusting Bartolo Colon and Carlos Pena in the same game. Back to the snow-out though, don’t let that happen to you!
Let’s deal ‘em up!
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL – Value pick of the day! Gonzalez is 1-1 on the year, but he’s gone six innings in each with just two ERs in both as well. Toss in eight Ks on the year, and a team (Rays) that ranks second to last in OPS, and you have a steal at $4,700 on FanDuel and a value price of $8,000 on DraftKings.
Matt Wieters, BAL – Wieters has started the season slow, but he does have a hit in each of the last three games with a homer. For his history against David Price, Wieters is 9-for-29. The 10 Ks are concerning, but the catcher marketplace is pretty barren today with several day games.
Todd Helton, COL – Helton doesn’t see the playing time he used to, but he will today against Jonathon Niese. Even though it’s lefty-on-lefty, Helton is 7-for-16 with three doubles and a HR against Niese. Plus, Helton is rather cheap on all sites.
Jimmy Rollins, PHI – Like catcher, shortstop is fairly thin, but Rollins make for a good play at a decent price. He is 7-for-20 against Adam Wainwright and will cost you just $3,600 FD and $4,600 DK.
Jacoby Ellsbury/Daniel Nava, BOS – Neither Ellsbury nor Nava has much history against Zach McAllister, but they are both 2-for-3 – Ells with two doubles. Ellsbury is an elite-level talent to risk the small sample size with, and Nava crushes righties, so both are worth your investment.
Nick Swisher, CLE – Swish is your risk/reward option today, as he faces a familiar foe, Jon Lester. Swisher is 15-for-46 lifetime against Lester (.326 AVG) with six double and two HRs, but he also has struck out 12 times in those at-bats. The good news is that the risk won’t cost much at $3,500 FD, $4,200 DK.
Other Good Deals – Rickie Weeks $3,500 FD, Ty Wigginton $2,700 FD/$3,500 DK, Matt Adams $3,500 DK
Pablo Sandoval, SF – Kung-Fu Panda... although, at his size, maybe it should be Kung-Goo Panda... either way, Pablo is a mere 2-for-15 with five Ks against Yovani Gallardo. Spend your money elsewhere.
Ian Kinsler, TEX – Not having Kinsler as an option makes second base even thinner (Brandon Phillips or Rickie Weeks might be your only good plays). Kinsler is just 2-for-11 against Carlos Villanueva with a .523 OPS. There is always a chance a player like Kinsler can buck the odds, but you don’t need to pay the price to risk it.
Yadier Molina, STL – It’s hard to find catching today, I already admitted to that. Part of the reason is when studs like Molina have a bad history against their opponent. Molina is just 4-for-18 with three Ks against Cole Hamels. Being one of the highest-priced catchers already makes Molina a tough buy; this makes it worse.
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