Build your DFS lineup around Adrian Beltre Thursday
There are 11 games in Major League Baseball Thursday, July 24, with four afternoon contests.
1:05pm - San Francisco at Philadelphia -OR- Texas at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network)
7:10pm - Miami at Atlanta (MLB Network)
10:05pm - Detroit at L.A. Angels -OR- Baltimore at Seattle (MLB Network)
1:05pm - San Francisco at Philadelphia (30 percent chance of showers)
3:35pm - Houston at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to RCF)
8:10pm - Chicago White Sox at Minnesota (30 percent chance of showers)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Jeff Samardzija, SP, Oakland ($16800 vs Houston): The Athletics are heavy favorites in Thursday's afternoon series finale against the Astros. Houston has made things more difficult than Oakland would have imagined, splitting the first two games. The A's have only outscored the Astros 11-10 during the series. Samardzija is 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 appearances (three starts) against the Astros since the start of the 2011 season, posting 29 strikeouts in 30 innings during the span. Since joining the A's he is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 22 innings. He has also lasted seven or more innings in each of the three outings.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($9800 at N.Y. Yankees): As mentioned many times in the past, it is a bad idea to base your Daily Fantasy decisions solely on batter vs pitcher history. However, there are exceptions, especially when the combatants have had a lengthy history. Beltre is 14-for-33 (.424) with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and a 1.156 OPS all-time against New York Yankees SP Brandon McCarthy.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta ($9950 vs Miami): It won't happen often, but you can squeeze Freeman into your lineup with a mid-level salary. That's because he has just one hit over his past 19 at-bats. However, that hit was a homer in Wednesday's game against the Marlins. He has eight of his 13 homers against right-handed pitching, and he is 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and a 1.378 OPS in his career against Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez.
Hector Noesi, SP, Chicago White Sox ($9550 at Minnesota): If you're looking for a low-priced Daily Fantasy pitcher to save salary to spread on offensive players, Noesi is your man. He is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA over his past three starts, and he has 18 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings during the month of July. And he allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings with four strikeouts in a no-decision June 20 at Minnesota.
Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas ($5100 at N.Y. Yankees): Odor has been hot over the past seven days, hitting .389 (7-for-18) with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .287 with 13 extra-base hits (six doubles, five triples, two homers) and a .764 OPS against right-handed pitching, so he is worth a look against McCarthy.
Moises Sierra, OF, Chicago White Sox ($5000 at Minnesota): Sierra is likely to be in the lineup for manager Robin Ventura, and, if so, he is a great Daily Fantasy option due to his minimal salary. Sierra has hit safely in each of his past four starts, and he is 8-for-16 (.500) with a double, homer, five RBI and a 1.276 OPS in his career against Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes.
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