CHRIS DENORFIA IS A SURPRISE DAILY SLEEPER FRIDAY
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 Friday, April 19, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, all evening contests.
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
THESE 10 MIGHT BE PERFECT
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis ($4,900 at PHI): Beltran has owned Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay ($11,100) over his career, batting .326 (15-for-46) with a double, three homers and 11 RBI. That’s good for a .903 OPS, which not many can boast against Doc.
Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston ($8,100 vs. KC): Buchholz comes into this game with a pretty nice price as opposed to those with bigger names and $10K-plus salary figures. Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings in two starts against the Royals since the start of the 2010 season.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, Colorado ($6,800 vs. ARI): Chacin might be a very nice sleeper for daily leaguers considering he is 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) against the Arizona Diamondbacks since the start of the 2010 season. He has managed 50 strikeouts over 51 1/3 innings against the D-Backs while holding them to a .211 average.
Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto ($4,200 vs. NYY): Davis has been seeing regular playing time with OF Jose Bautista ($5,600) (back, ear) sidelined for a handful of games. Even if Joey Bats can play Friday night, you can bet your bottom dollar, or $4,200 in salary, that manager John Gibbons knows Davis is 7-for-12 (.583) with a homer and three RBI all-time against New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte ($9,300).
Chris Denorfia, OF, San Diego ($3,600 at SF): Denorfia should draw into the lineup again, as he has hit safely in nine of the past 10 games. In addition, he has posted a .406 career average (13-for-32) with five doubles, a triple and two RBI against San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner ($10,800).
Andre Ethier, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($4,700 at BAL): Ethier has fared pretty well over his career against Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel ($9,200), going 8-for-23 (.348) with a double, home run, six RBI and three walks. While he has seven strikeouts against Hammel, a .522 slugging percentage and .945 OPS against Hammel makes Ethier a very nice play.
Ramon Hernandez, C, L.A. Dodgers ($4,400 at BAL): It would be very surprising to see manager Don Mattingly choose to use C A.J. Ellis ($3,800) over Hernandez for Friday's game. That's because Hernandez carries a .474 (9-for-19) career batting average against Hammel, which includes five doubles, a triple and four RBI. Hernandez also has an .842 slugging percentage and 1.342 OPS against Hammel all-time.
David Ortiz, 1B, Boston ($5,600 vs. KC): Big Papi is expected to make his regular season debut after slowly recovering from his Achilles' tendon injury. He admitted mid-week he isn't quite 100 percent, and he struggled during his minor-league rehab assignment. However, he could get off to a good start with Kansas City Royals SP James Shields ($11,300) on the hill. D.O. is batting .314 (16-for-51) with nine doubles, three homers, 15 RBI and eight walks lifetime against Shields, the former Tampa Bay Rays All-Star.
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox ($9,900 vs. MIN): Peavy has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.07 ERA over nine starts against the Minnesota Twins since the start of the 2010 season. He has rolled up 51 strikeouts with just 11 walks over 55 2/3 innings, making him well worth the money for this home start.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington ($12,400 at NYM): Strasburg comes with an awfully heavy price, but he might very well be worth it. Strasburg has posted a 2-0 record with a 1.50 ERA in three starts against the Mets since the start of the 2010 season. He has held the Mets to a .159 batting average while posting 25 strikeouts and just six walks and one homer over 18 innings.
THESE 10 SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE
Clint Barmes, SS, Pittsburgh ($2,600 vs. ATL): Barmes has struggled in his career against Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson ($7,900), going just 1-for-13 (.077) with two strikeouts.
Allen Craig, 1B/OF, St. Louis ($5,100 at PHI): Craig hasn't had a whole lot of success during his brief encounters with Halladay. In fact, he has had none. Craig is 0-for-7 all-time against Halladay with two strikeouts and a .000 on-base percentage. Teammate 3B David Freese ($4,200) is also hitless in five at-bats against Doc with two walks and two strikeouts, so avoid him too.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas ($12,700 vs. SEA): Darvish is way overpriced considering he just fell to the Mariners in his last start last Friday. Darvish was able to strike out eight batters while yielding three earned runs and three hits over six innings. Last season, he was 2-2 against the M's with a 6.65 ERA over 23 innings. Sure, he struck out 23 batters, but he also walked 16.
Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto ($3,700 vs. NYY): Lind has struggled more often than not this season, and his life won't get any easier Friday, if he plays at all, against Pettitte. Lind has posted just three hits with a double, three walks and eight RBI in 21 at-bats against the veteran southpaw, which equals a .143 batting average and .190 slugging percentage.
Russell Martin, C, Pittsburgh ($3,600 vs. ATL): Martin has managed just one hit in 14 career at-bats against Hudson, walking once and striking out a whopping six times. A .071 slugging percentage simply won't do, even with a mid-level salary. Avoid.
Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona ($5,000 at COL): A trip to Coors Field is generally a pleasant experience, but it might not be so for Parra since he'll be facing his nemesis Chacin. Parra has managed just two hits and two walks with three walks over 15 at-bats (.133) lifetime against Colorado's Opening Day starter.
Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco ($3,700 vs. SD): Steer far clear of Pence, especially with a host of better alternatives on a full night. He is just 3-for-24 (.125) with a double, homer, one RBI and 12 strikeouts in his career against San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez ($8,800).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston ($3,500 vs. KC): Salty has been awful in his career against Shields, going 0-for-14 with two walks and five strikeouts. Needless to say, it wouldn't be shocking to see him out of the lineup completely. At the very least, he should be out of your lineup.
Juan Uribe, 3B, L.A. Dodgers ($3,900 at BAL): Uribe has managed just two hits in 17 career at-bats (.118) over his career against Hammel with three strikeouts. There is no justification for plugging Uribe into the active Fantasy lineup Friday.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($4,400 vs. WAS): Wright doesn't appear too comfortable facing Strasburg, and who really is comfortable in such situation? Wright is just 1-for-6 (.167) with four strikeouts in his career against the Washington ace.
Dobish's Late Games Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Clay Buchholz||BOS||$8,100||3B||Will Middlebrooks||BOS||$4,500|
|P||Jhoulys Chacin||COL||$6,800||SS||Starlin Castro||CHC||$4,500|
|C||Ramon Hernandez||LAD||$4,400||OF||Carlos Beltran||STL||$4,900|
|1B||Mark Trumbo||LAA||$3,900||OF||Chris Denorfia||SD||$3,600|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||CIN||$4,600||OF||Andre Ethier||LAD||$4,700|
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