DAVID WRIGHT IS A GOOD DAILY PLAY MONDAY
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 Monday, April 15, there are nine games in Major League Baseball, with one morning game. The Philadelphia-Cincinnati (7:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on ESPN. The N.Y. Mets-Colorado (8:40pm ET) is the free game of the day at MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Philadelphia at Cincinnati - 7:10pm ET (50 percent chance of thunderstorms)
L.A. Angels at Minnesota - 8:10pm ET (30 percent chance of snow showers, wind)
THESE FIVE WILL THRIVE
Clint Barmes, SS, Pittsburgh ($2,700 vs. STL): Barmes had not had his way with St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn ($9,700), but he is 4-for-13 (.308) with two doubles and three RBI, which is good for a solid .769 OPS. On a fairly light night in MLB, Barmes is an inexpensive middle infield option which will allow you to load up elsewhere.
Chad Billingsley, SP, L.A. Dodgers($9,100 vs. SD): Sure, Billingsley only has a 4-4 record in eight starts against the Padres since the beginning of the 2010 season, but he has a stellar 2.47 ERA during the impressive stretch. He has posted 44 strikeouts in 51 innings against the Padres during the span, and that includes zero homers and a great .204 opponent batting average.
John Buck, C, N.Y. Mets ($3,000 at COL): Buck's salary remains amazingly low even though he has been posting some impressive power numbers. While he is hitless in three career at-bats against Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio ($8,900), Buck playing at Coors Field has 'yes' written all over it, especially at this price level.
Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto ($3,600 vs. CHW): Lind has gotten off to a 3-for-25 (.120) start this season, but it's high time he snaps out of his funk. Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd ($8,300) should be the perfect elixir for Lind's ills at the plate. He is 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, a homer and six RBI in his career against Floyd. That's good for an impressive 1.099 OPS. If he can't hit Floyd, he can't hit anyone.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati ($4,400 vs. PHI): Phillips has hit Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee ($12,200) particularly well, going 8-for-26 with four extra-base hits. That includes three doubles, a homer, four RBI and a solid .538 slugging percentage. Just be careful and check the weather before finalizing your roster.
DON'T DIVE FOR THESE FIVE
Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cincinnati ($7,100 vs. PHI): Arroyo is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts against the Philadelphia Phillies since the start of the 2010 season, and the Philadelphia batters are hitting .300 against him in the past 16 innings.
Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego ($4,200 at LAD): Cabrera has posted just two hits in 16 career at-bats (.125) with no extra-base hits and four strikeouts in his career against Billingsley. Avoid.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($5,000 vs. HOU): Crisp (groin) has been dealing with a groin issue, and that has forced him out of the lineup for the past two games. He is considered day to day, but it's likely manager Bob Melvin gives him at least one more game to rest. He is an awful 1-for-15 (.067) with three strikeouts in his career against Houston Astros SP Erik Bedard ($8,700).
Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago White Sox ($8,300 at TOR): Floyd is just 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA in five appearances (four starts) against the Blue Jays since the start of the 2010 season. The Jays are hitting a collective .264 against him during the span, making him a rather risky play, especially on the road.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($5,000 vs. STL): While his teammate Barmes might handle the twig fairly well against Lynn of the Cardinals, Cutch hasn't done as well. He has gone for just two hits in 11 at-bats (.182) with no extra-base hits and three strikeouts.
New York Mets 3B David Wright ($4,600 at COL) is a great play at Coors Field, as he is batting .370 (10-for-27) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI since the start of the 2010 season in Denver. That's good for a very impressive 1.208 OPS. Washington Nationals 2B/SS Danny Espinosa ($3,500 at MIA) (wrist) was hit by a pitch on the right wrist Sunday. While X-rays were negative, Espinosa is likely to rest in Monday's series opener in Miami. Lastly, San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin ($4,600 at LAD) dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Chad Billingsley||LAD||$9,100||3B||David Wright||NYM||$4,600|
|P||Tommy Milone||OAK||$8,100||SS||Clint Barmes||PIT||$2,700|
|C||John Buck||NYM||$3,000||OF||Carlos Gonzalez||COL||$5,400|
|1B||Adam LaRoche||WAS||$4,100||OF||Seth Smith||OAK||$3,700|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||CIN||$4,400||OF||Shin-Soo Choo||CIN||$4,800|
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