DAVID PHELPS IS A NICE VALUE PLAY IN DAILY FANTASY FRIDAY
For Friday, June 21, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, with one afternoon contest. The Baltimore-Toronto (7:07pm ET) game is available free on MLB.com.
On this first official day of summer, the weather is looking rather pleasant all throughout Major League Baseball. The only city with at least a 30 percent chance of precipitation is St. Louis, and even then it is just a threat of isolated thunderstorms. Feel confident starting players from all games, as the chances of a delay and/or postponement are extremely minimal tonight.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Texas at St. Louis (8:10pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto ($3,900 vs. BAL): Cabrera has racked up five hits over his past 14 at-bats, recovering from a mid-June swoon which saw his average slip to .274 from .288 from June 7 to 15. His average should continue to go up with Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel ($7,000) paying a visit. Cabrera is 5-for-13 (.385) with a double, two homers and five RBI in his career against the Orioles' hurler.
Robinson Cano, 2B, N.Y. Yankees ($5,600 vs. TB): The good news for Tampa Bay Rays SP Roberto Hernandez ($7,400) is that most of the Yankees who serious damage against him are on the 15-day disabled list. However, Cano is still around, and he is 11-for-24 (.458) with a double, four RBI, two walks and a 1.000 OPS. Like most nights, he is the best option at the position.
Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland ($7,400 at SEA): Colon has rattled off wins in six consecutive starts, including a victory against the Mariners last time out June 16. He has struck out at least three batters and lasted six innings in each of the outings, and he has strung together seven straight quality starts dating back to May 9. Yes, he has a difficult matchup against SP Hisashi Iwakuma ($9,800), but the way he has been going, Colon is the better of the two from a Fantasy perspective.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit ($5,000 vs. BOS): Peralta creamed a ninth-inning fastball from Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey Thursday night for a walk-off homer to propel his team to victory. The power stroke should continue Friday, as he is 6-for-22 (.274) with a double, two homers, four RBI and five walks in his career against SP Jon Lester ($8,300).
David Phelps, SP, N.Y. Yankees ($5,000 vs. TB): Phelps is a fantastic, low-priced option among the pitchers. He is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) against the Rays, and he gets them at home. The Yankees have won six of Phelps' past seven starts at home, and nine of his past 12. The Rays, meanwhile, are 2-7 in their past nine games against a right-handed starter. You do the math, and then save salary to spread across the board on your hitters - or a stud secondary SP.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, L.A. Dodgers ($4,200 at SD): Ramirez has ridiculous numbers against San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard ($5,000), going 9-for-12 (.750) with a double, two RBI and a 1.603 OPS. That's hard to ignore.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($5,400 vs. NYM): Judging by the numbers, many Mets hitters are intimidated by Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels ($9,500). Wright is not one of them. He is 18-for-54 (.333) with three doubles, a triple, four home runs, 11 RBI and a solid 1.017 OPS against the hard-throwing Phils starter.
THESE 10 WON'T BE PERFECT
John Buck, C, N.Y. Mets ($4,500 at PHI): Buck has been unable to solve Hamels over his career, going just 2-for-25 (.080) with 10 strikeouts. While the two hits both left the yard, he is a significant risk, especially at this price level.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($4,400 at SEA): Crisp hasn't had much success against Iwakuma over his career, managing just one double in 10 career at-bats with an RBI, walk and a subpar .382 OPS.
Lucas Duda, OF, N.Y. Mets ($4,300 at PHI): Duda has put bat on ball nicely over his past seven days, going 7-for-21 (.333) with a pair of doubles, three runs scored, an RBI and five walks. However, the Cali native has had a hard time over the years against Hamels, posting just one single in 12 career at-bats (.083) with no RBI, three walks and seven strikeouts.
Adam Dunn, 1B, Chicago White Sox ($3,900 at KC): Dunn has had his difficulties against Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie ($7,400) over the years, posting just two singles in career at-bats (.091) with two RBI, four walks and 11 strikeouts.
Jeff Francoeur, OF, Kansas City ($4,000 vs. CHW): In case the idea of starting 'Frenchy' crossed your mind for some reason, don't do it. He is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts lifetime against Chicago White Sox SP Hector Santiago ($6,300).
Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego ($3,600 vs. LAD): Don't expect big things from Headley in a power-on-power matchup against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw ($12,900). Headley is just 8-for-42 (.190) with two doubles, three RBI, two walks, nine strikeouts and a weak .465 OPS.
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona ($3,700 vs. CIN): Montero has shown some signs of life recently, starting to break out of a season-long funk at the dish. However, he'll be back in the doldrums Friday, as a visit from Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto ($9,600) is not helpful. Montero is a career 0-for-10 with a walk and a strikeout against the Cincy ace.
Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF, Seattle ($3,500 vs. OAK): Morales has stumbled at the plate when facing Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon ($7,400), going 1-for-14 (.071) with no extra-base hits, RBI or walks and three career strikeouts against the crafty righty.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox ($3,800 at KC): Ramirez has rolled up 11 hits over his past 29 at-bats (.379), including three doubles. However, his recent hot streak should come to a screeching halt against Guthrie, as he is just 3-for-33 (.091) lifetime with a double, no RBI and a .310 OPS against the Kansas City starter.
Michael Saunders, OF, Seattle ($3,700 vs. OAK): Saunders has posted just one career hit, a single, in 11 at-bats against Colon while managing only one RBI, one walk and five strikeouts. That's good for a .258 OPS.
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