CHRIS HEISEY IS A DAILY SLEEPER PLAY WEDNESDAY, PLUS NBA PICKS
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 Wednesday, April 3, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The Boston-N.Y. Yankees and San Francisco-L.A. Dodgers (10:00pm ET, ESPN) are all nationally televised. The Detroit-Minnesota (4:10pm ET) game is also free at MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
Robinson Cano, 2B, N.Y. Yankees ($5,000 vs. BOS): Cano has absolutely owned Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz ($7,700) over his career, posting 12 hits in 25 at-bats (.480). He has four doubles, a home run and three RBI with a 1.240 OPS. Cano is the highest priced option at his position, but well worth the money. Save elsewhere to get him into the fold.
Chris Heisey, OF, Cincinnati ($3,800 vs. LAA): Heisey steps into the starting lineup with OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) having suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the opener. Ludwick will actually have surgery to repair damage to his labrum, and he is out three months. Look for Heisey to see regular at-bats.
Tommy Milone, SP, Oakland ($7,800 vs. SEA): Milone is a good value in Wednesday's game, as he posted a 2-1 record with a 2.64 ERA in five starts against the Seattle Mariners in 2012. The good news is that this game takes place at home, and at night. Last season, Milone was 7-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts at home, and 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 21 night starts. In away games, he was 6-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 16 outings, and in day games he was 3-5 with a 5.12 ERA in 10 games. The splits are in Milone's favor, and as far as daily Fantasy pitching options are concerned, he is relatively cheap.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Pittsburgh ($7,700 vs. CHC): Rodriguez was dominant against the Chicago Cubs in 2012, going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERAin three starts over 20 innings, striking out 12 batters and allowing just one home run. He also dominates one of Chicago's biggest guns (see the section below). Rodriguez might give up a good number of hits, but he manages the game well and will pick up the win in this one.
Scott Sizemore, 2B, Oakland ($3,100 vs. SEA): Sizemore is expected to make his first start of the regular season at second base, and it's good time for manager Bob Melvin. While it is not a tremendous sample size, Sizemore has managed two hits in three career at-bats against Seattle Mariners SP Joe Saunders ($6,800). If you're looking for a cheap middle infielder option, especially to allocate more Fantasy salary to other positions, especially your pitchers, then Sizemore might be worth a shot.
Chris B. Young, OF, Oakland ($3,800 vs. SEA): Manager Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle that Young will make a start Wednesday, although it is uncertain if he plays in the field or serves as the designated hitter. Either way, Young has some power potential, and he comes in with a very cheap price. He is worth a roll of the dice.
Ben Zobrist, OF, Tampa Bay ($4,600 vs. BAL): Zobrist has been outstanding against Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen ($7,700) during his career. He has managed seven hits in 15 at-bats (.467) with a home run, two RBI and a 1.133 OPS. Conversely, OF Desmond Jennings ($4,800) is not a good play against Chen, as Jennings is hitless in 12 at-bats all-time against the Baltimore starter.
STRIKE 'EM OUT, THROW 'EM OUT
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto ($5,200 vs. CLE): It seems everyone hits Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez ($7,900) these days. Well, everyone except for Bautista, who comes into play Wednesday with a career average of .077 (1-for-13) against Jimenez. The Blue Jays slugger has no RBI, one walk and four stirkeouts in his career against U, and just a .154 slugging percentage.
Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta ($4,700 vs. PHI): Heyward has struggled during his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay ($10,500), collecting just three hits in 17 at-bats (.176) and an on-base percentage of just .222. He does have a home run and six RBI, but he is not worth the risk with a full slate of games.
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox ($9,400 vs. KC): While Peavy seemingly has a very favorable matchup on paper, look at his numbers against Kansas City last season. He was 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA against the Royals in 2012. He allowed 12 earned runs in just 19 innings in three starts against the Royals, allowing 28 hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts. Kansas City batted .346 against Peavy in 2012.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs ($4,200 at PIT): Manager Dale Sveum certainly knows the numbers, and it wouldn't be a shocker to see Sori out of the lineup for this one. If he does start, he should be avoided by all Fantasy owners. Soriano has managed just five hits with 12 strikeouts over 41 at-bats in his career against Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez ($7,700). That's a .122 batting average with an awful .195 slugging percentage.
Texas Rangers 1B/OF Lance Berkman ($4,600 at HOU) has a 14-game hitting streak at Minute Maid Park, which includes his final three games in a Houston Astros uniform, and his past 11 games as a visitor with the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. ... San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro ($3,700 at LAD) has managed just one hit through his first eight at-bats this season, but he has nine multi-hit games against the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. ... Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford ($4,300 vs. SF) was rested Tuesday, but he will be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Wandy Rodriguez||PIT||$7,700||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$4,600|
|P||Tommy Milone||OAK||$7,800||SS||Jose Reyes||TOR||$4,800|
|C||Derek Norris||OAK||$3,600||OF||Chris Heisey||CIN||$3,800|
|1B||Freddie Freeman||ATL||$4,300||OF||Chris B. Young||OAK||$3,800|
|2B||Robinson Cano||NYY||$5,000||OF||Ben Zobrist||TB||$4,600|
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