BARTOLO COLON HEADS UP THE DAILY VALUES THIS WEEKEND
A lot of Fantasy players either set daily lineups, or play in daily Fantasy leagues such as Draft Kings, Fantasy Feud, etc. During the course of the season, each day in Major League Baseball, we'll have a short and sweet blog to help guide you with your lineup decisions. And, in the late afternoon/early evening on busy nights in MLB, we'll have an updated blog with injury news, lineup changes, etc. to help you set the best possible lineup and pad your bank account.
For Saturday, April 6, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The live nationally televised games on FOX for Saturday afternoon (check local listings) feature the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-Texas, N.Y. Yankees-Detroit and St. Louis-San Francisco at 4:05pm ET. The Arizona-Milwaukee game is also free on MLB.com. For Sunday, April 7, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The L.A. Angels-Texas game will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8:05pm ET. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
SATURDAY DAY PLAYS
Jayson Nix, 3B, N.Y. Yankees ($2,000 at DET): Nix is expected to draw the start at shortstop with SS Eduardo Nunez ($4,000) (biceps) dinged up. Nunez left Friday's game after being hit in the right bicep by a pitch, and manager Joe Girardi said Nunez is unlikely to play. At the very least, Nix is a good value which allows you to stockpile studs at other positions.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($4,800 at TOR): The sample size isn't huge, but Petey is a perfect 3-for-3 in his career against Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ ($5,000). With New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano ($5,000) struggling mightily during the early going, as teams continue to pitch him away, Pedroia might be the best option on the board at the second base position.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit ($3,300 vs. NYY): Peralta is a fantastic value for this one, as he enters play with a career .471 (8-for-17) mark against New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes ($7,800). Add in the fact Hughes is coming off the 15-day disabled list early, and several of the Tigers should have strong performances in this one. Peralta is certainly due, as he is 1-for-12 with three strikeouts over his past three games since posting a multi-hit performance on Opening Day.
SATURDAY NIGHT FIVE
Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland ($6,800 at HOU): Colon is returning from suspension and should be a very popular addition to daily lineups, especially with a tempting price. Teammate Dan Straily recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts Friday night, and the Astros are a whiff-happy bunch, so Colon should be a Fantasy stud even if he allows a few runs.
Carl Crawford, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($4,400 vs. PIT): Crawford is expected to be in the lineup for Saturday's game, and he will likely sit Sunday against a left-handed starter. C.C. is 18-for-62 (.290) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI and three walks with a .715 OPS in his career against Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett ($9,200).
Khristopher Davis, OF, Milwaukee ($2,100 vs. ARI): Davis filled in for the injured OF Ryan Braun ($5,800) (neck) Friday, after the All-Star aggravated neck spasms during batting practice before the game. According to FOXSportsWisconsin.com, Braun could barely move his neck, and is a big question mark for Saturday. If he cannot play, Davis would be a nice, cheap option.
Michael Fiers, SP, Milwaukee ($9,800 vs. ARI): Fiers only faced the Arizona Diamondbacks one time last season, but he was masterful. He allowed just two hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in a victory June 30 at Miller Park. Look for Fiers to turn in another solid performance against the Snakes in a game the Brewers really could use.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, Milwaukee ($3,400 vs. ARI): Gonzalez slid over from first to third base Friday night when 3B Aramis Ramirez ($4,800) (knee) departed early due to a left knee ailment. Gonzalez is scheduled to have an MRI Saturday, so it's unlikely he plays in the night contests. Gonzalez is certain to be in the lineup one way or the other.
DON'T GET DOUBLED UP
Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox ($4,700 vs. SEA): Rios and the White Sox face a very difficult matchup against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez ($11,800). Rios has collected just five hits in 23 career at-bats, with no extra-base knocks and nine strikeouts. He has a career .217 on-base percentage and .435 OPS against King Felix, which is nothing to be ashamed about. However, he isn't a very good daily Fantasy option.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, N.Y. Yankees ($4,000 at DET): Youkilis cracked a home run in Friday's series opener, but he will have a difficult time duplicating the feat Saturday against Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer ($11,200). Youk has hit just .235 (4-for-17) with two doubles, one home run and four strikeouts in his career against Scherzer.
SUNDAY FUN DAY (check Twitter and team sites, as lineups could change)
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis (at SF): A lot of players might be intimated facing San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain, but Beltran isn't one of them. Beltran enters play Sunday with a career .389 (7-for-18) mark against Cain, posting two doubles, one triple and one homer and five RBI in his career. He has a 1.228 OPS against his former teammate in San Francisco.
Travis Hafner, 1B/DH, N.Y. Yankees (at DET): It doesn't happen often, but Hafner has actually hit fairly well against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander in his career. Pronk enters play with a career .277 average (13-for-47) with three home runs and 11 RBI against the Tigers ace.
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit (vs. NYY): Hunter has hit very well against New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia in his career. Hunter has collected 20 hits in 73 at-bats (.274), posting eight doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI. Hunter has managed eight walks and a solid .507 slugging percentage against the ace of the Bronx Bombers.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay (vs. CLE): Longoria has collected seven hits in 21 at-bats (.333) in his career against Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson. Sure, Longoria has struck out six times against the Indians hurler, but Longo also has a double, home run and six RBI.
Jesus Montero, C, Seattle (at CHW): Montero doesn't have much of a history against Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale, but he has three hits and a home in seven career at-bats, which is a .429 average.
SEVEN TO AVOID SUNDAY (check Twitter and team sites, as lineups could change)
Erick Aybar, SS, L.A. Angels (at TEX): Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish was nearly perfect in his first outing of the season, albeit against the barely Major League caliber Houston Astros. Aybar hasn't had much better success against Darvish so far, posting just two singles in 12 at-bats (.167) with no RBI, two walks and four strikeouts. That's a .167 slugging percentage.
Carl Crawford, OF, L.A. Dodgers (vs. PIT): With left-handed SP Jeff Locke on the bump Sunday, look for manager Don Mattingly to rest Crawford. The team is trying to take it easy with C.C., and there is no sense putting him in a difficult spot this early in the season.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado (vs. SD): Fowler certainly has gotten off to a hot start this season, especially with the power numbers. However, he'll face a difficult matchup Sunday, as he is just 2-for-12 (.167) with four strikeouts in his career against San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez.
Chris Johnson, 3B, Atlanta (vs. CHC): Johnson comes in with just one hit in seven career at-bats against Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija. 3B Juan Francisco has never faced the Chicago ace, and it wouldn't be surprising to see manager Fredi Gonzalez roll the dice and go with Francisco to see if he has better luck than Johnson.
Howard Kendrick, 2B, L.A. Angels (at TEX): Kendrick is even worse than Aybar (above), going hitless in nine career at-bats against Darvish. He has also been punched out three times against the Rangers talented hurler.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, Cleveland (at TB): Reynolds will be facing a high-strikeout pitcher in SP David Price, and that's never good for the Cleveland power hitter. While Reynolds has managed two career homers against Price, he has just three hits in 22 at-bats (.136) while striking out eight times against Price. Avoid.
Mark Trumbo, OF, L.A. Angels (at TEX): Trumbo is has managed just one single in 15 at-bats with one walk and five strikeouts in his career against Darvish. That equates to a .067 slugging percentage, which simply won't cut it at any price.
Be careful and check the weather forecast frequently before finalizing your lineups for Sunday in the Washington-Cincinnati game. There is a 50 percent chance of rain showers for Sunday in Cincinnati, and it might be quite windy.
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