Friday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pregame Update
There are 14 evening games in Major League Baseball Friday, Aug. 22.
EVENING TV SCHEDULE
7:05pm - San Francisco at Washington - OR - Atlanta at Cincinnati (MLB Network)
8:15pm - San Diego at St. Louis (70 percent chance of thunderstorms)
8:40pm - Cincinnati at Colorado (45 percent chance of thunderstorms)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)
Braves OF Justin Upton ($12300) enters play Friday with a 12-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active in the majors. He is hitting .400 (16-for-40) with four homers, 18 RBI, nine walks and 10 runs scored. That's good for a .750 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage.
BOSTON RED SOX
Red Sox OF Yoenis Cespedes ($9500) (personal) is back in the starting lineup Friday. He left the game Thursday early due to a family issue. ... DH David Ortiz ($12000) (soreness) is also back in the starting grid. He left Wednesday's game late to due what his skipper called "general soreness," and he missed Thursday's contest. ... 1B Mike Napoli (back) remains sidelined due to some back issues, missing a third consecutive game. ... The suddenly struggling 3B-OF Brock Holt gets a mental day off. ... SS-OF Mookie Betts ($5000) could be worth a look at this rather low price, as he has hit safely in four of his past five.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
If you're looking for a low-cost middle infielder, 2B-SS Carlos Sanchez ($5000) gets the starting nod at second base Friday at N.Y. Yankees. He can be used at either second base or shortstop and he sits in the favorable two-hole for manager Robin Ventura.
Indians 2B-SS Jose Ramirez ($5000) is another one of those low-cost middle infielders getting a start. He handles the duties at shortstop, and bats in the No. 2 spot of Tito Francona's order. ... Red-hot SS-3B Zach Walters ($5400) is in the lineup serving as the designated hitter. He has homered in back-to-back games, and he has four RBI over the past three games. At this price level and with big-time production, he should be considered a must-start. Plus, he'll save you plenty of salary for other positions. ... C Yan Gomes (head) is out of the lineup while he deals with an injury, so C Roberto Perez ($6850) gets the nod behind the dish. He has hit safely in four of the past five, and could be a decent low-cost option at backstop.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
The Angels acquired 2B Gordon Beckham ($6450) from the Chicago White Sox. It's unclear if he'll arrive in time for Friday's game, but he could be a nice low-cost alternative over the weekend. Perhaps a change of scenery is exactly what the doctor ordered for the former prospect.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Yankees 3B-OF Zelous Wheeler ($5000) is in the starting lineup, batting ninth and playing right field. Some Daily Fantasy providers might only have him available at third base, but take advantage of the low salary. He could well exceed salary expectations.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Cardinals C A.J. Pierzynski (rest) takes a seat for Friday's opener in Philly, so C Tony Cruz ($5000) handles the catching chores. Again, another low-cost alternative for DFS owners. ... OF Jon Jay ($8200) is in center field and batting sixth. He is tied with Atlanta's Upton for the longest active hitting streak at 12 games. Jay is hitting .514 (18-for-35( with two homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored during the impressive run.
Mariners OF Endy Chavez ($5400) is in the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing right field. He has hit safely in five of his past six games, and he has six RBI over the past eight games. Not bad production at this price level.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Rays C Curt Casali ($5500) gets another start behind the dish for manager Joe Maddon, but he is hitting just .157 overall and is better for his defense. Fantasy owners need not bother with him, as there are plenty of other low-cost alternatives more helpful in the offensive categories which matter most.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Yet another low-cost middle infielder option might be Blue Jays 2B-3B Steve Tolleson ($5000). He is in the starting lineup, playing second base and batting ninth. He is hitting .315 with six doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBI in 89 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season.
Nationals 2B-3B Anthony Rendon ($10200) comes with a high price tag, but don't let that dissuade you. He has hit safely in five straight games, and he has four runs scored, a triple and two RBI during the span. He has also hit safely in 12 of the past 13 games overall.
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