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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 Thursday, April 25, there are 12 games in Major League Baseball, with three afternoon contests, and nine evening games. The Toronto-N.Y. Yankees (7:05pm ET, MLB Network) game will be televised nationally. The Cincinnati-Washington (7:05pm ET) game can be viewed free at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
Weather will once again get in the way of plans of fans, teams and Fantasy owners Thursday in Detroit. Weather has really been a problem for the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers series, and will once again be touch-and-go at Comerica Park.
Kansas City at Detroit 1:08pm (50 percent chance of rain)
...other than that, everywhere else has a 20 percent chance, or less, for rain.
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto ($3,900 at NYY): Arencibia has been a nice source of power during the first month of the season, and he has had a lot of success in his career against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda ($9,300). While he has just one homer and two RBI in his career against Kuroda, he is 6-for-12 (.500) with two doubles, a .917 slugging percentage and 1.417 OPS.
Billy Butler, 1B/DH, Kansas City ($4,700 at DET): While Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander ($12,700) is extremely consistent against the Royals, if he is going to suffer a chink in the armor, it will be against Butler. The Royals' slugger is 21-for-53 (.396) with four doubles, two homers and nine RBI in his career against No. 35, while posting a 1.033 career OPS against Verlander.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia ($4,300 vs. PIT): Sure, it isn't much of a sample size, but Howard is 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI in his career against Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald ($8,400). That type of success certainly makes Howard worth a look on a less-than-full schedule.
Brandon Inge, 2B/3B, Pittsburgh ($2,000 at PHI): Inge 'should' get the start Thursday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies and SP Cliff Lee ($12,100). Inge didn't start Wednesday, but he still picked up an RBI in his only at-bat, giving him two RBI in two games since making his season debut Tuesday. He is a lifetime .372 (16-for-43) hitter against Lee, with a double, three homers and eight RBI. Sure, he has 15 strikeouts against Lee, but a 1.042 OPS is hard to ignore at this price level.
Yorvit Torrealba, C, Colorado ($2,000 at ARI): Torrealba, the personal catcher for SP Jorge De La Rosa ($8,200), is expected to start Thursday, so avoid the more expensive C Wilin Rosario ($4,500). Torrealba has managed just three hits in 15 at-bats against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill ($8,200), so don't expect the world. Still, at this level he is worth starting, as you can save plenty of money elsewhere. Perhaps using guys like Inge, Torrealba, etc. will allow you to squeeze in a high-end pitcher, or even two.
Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia ($5,000 vs. PIT): Like Howard above, Utley doesn't have a long history against McDonald. But in their brief history, Utley has dominated. He is 4-for-6 (.667) with a home run, walks and no strikeouts, which is good for a 1.167 slugging percentage and 1.917 OPS.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit ($12,700 vs. KC): No, really?!? Using the highest-priced pitcher on the board is wise? Say it ain't so, Dobish. Some Fantasy owners will actually shy away because of the high price tag, but find ways to save salary elsewhere. Verlander is 6-0 with a 3.31 ERA in nine starts against the Royals since the start of the 2010 season, and he has 64 strikeouts over 65 1/3 innings during the span, allowing just three homers during the span. Just remember to check the DTW local radar frequently before finalizing your roster, as weather is a concern.
THESE FIVE WON'T THRIVE
Mark Buehrle, SP, Toronto ($7,100 at NYY): Buehrle hasn't beaten the New York Yankees since April 10, 2004, a span of nine starts. He'll be facing a beatable lineup, but he isn't worth the risk. He allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts in a no-decision in his last start against the Yankees April 20.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Colorado ($4,700 at ARI): Stay far away from Cuddyer, who is just 2-for-18 (.111) with one home run, one RBI and two strikeouts in his career against Cahill. That's good for just a .158 on-base percentage, .278 slugging percentage and .436 OPS.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City ($4,300 at DET): Hosmer has been a disaster against Verlander, going 2-for-20 (.100) with just one RBI and four strikeouts in his career against the Tigers' ace.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto ($4,100 at NYY): Lawrie is batting just .138 in 29 at-bats since his regular season debut in mid-April, and it doesn't look to get much better Thursday in the Bronx. He is just 1-for-10 (.100) with no RBI and four strikeouts in his career against Kuroda.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City ($4,000 at DET): Not that Fantasy owners are rushing out to use the cold-hitting Moose, but he really shouldn't be used Thursday. He has managed just three hits in 18 at-bats (.167) against Verlander in his career with no extra-base hits, two RBI and five strikeouts.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Clay Buchholz||BOS||$8,900||3B||Brandon Inge||PIT||$2,000|
|P||Justin Verlander||DET||$12,700||SS||Robert Andino||SEA||$2,000|
|C||Yorvit Torrealba||COL||$2,000||OF||Nelson Cruz||TEX||$4,100|
|1B||Ryan Howard||PHI||$4,300||OF||Vernon Wells||NYY||$4,100|
|2B||Chase Utley||PHI||$5,000||OF||Kendrys Morales||SEA||$4,000|
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