Friday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update
There are 15 games in Major League Baseball Friday, April 11. The Boston at N.Y. Yankees (7:05pm ET) and Tampa Bay at Cincinnati (7:10pm ET) are nationally/regionally televised on MLB Network.
Daily Fantasy salaries are from DraftDay.com, and they appear in parentheses
Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (wrist) is out of the lineup Friday against the Nationals. SS-3B Ramiro Pena ($8550) is filling in, batting in the eighth spot of manager Fredi Gonzalez's batting order.
Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (back spasms) remains out of the starting lineup. While he told MASNSports.com that he is hopeful of returning Saturday, it's a good idea to avoid him in all Fantasy formats until he can prove his health in one full game without any setbacks. 2B-3B Ryan Flaherty ($8000) starts at shortstop and bats eighth, with 2B-OF Steve Lombardozzi ($8500) starting at second and batting seventh and 2B Jonathan Schoop ($5000) moving over to the hot corner, batting ninth. Schoop has been hot, and might be a decent low-end Fantasy play to save salary for other positions.
BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox are resting C A.J. Pierzynski, so C David Ross ($8550) gets the starting nod behind the dish Friday at N.Y. Yankees. Ross is batting in the eighth spot. ... OF Daniel Nava, who has been struggling with the twig lately, is also getting a day off. OF Jonny Gomes ($8850) gets a chance to see what he can do in the leadoff spot, a spot up for grabs, and previously filled by Nava.
Twins OF Josh Willingham (wrist) is out of the lineup against Friday, and he could be headed for the 15-day disabled list.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Yankees C Brian McCann (rest) is getting a night off to rest, so C Francisco Cervelli ($7050) bats fifth and makes the start behind the dish. Both Cervelli, and SS Yangervis Solarte ($5000) might be decent values. Solarte is starting at third base, batting sixth. However, most daily Fantasy providers only make him eligible at shortstop. ... OF Ichiro Suzuki ($9550) makes a start in left field, batting seventh. OF Brett Gardner (rest) is getting a rest.
Phillies OF Ben Revere, who struck out three times Thursday, is out of the lineup. OF Tony Gwynn Jr. ($5000) get the starting nod in center field and he will bat leadoff. He could be a sneaky play as a low-priced option, helping you to allot money to other areas of need such as pitcher. Just don't expect a giant stat line from Gwynn. ... Phillies 3B Cody Asche ($8850) (hamstring) is back in the lineup, batting eighth.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Rays manager Joe Maddon elected to use OF Matt Joyce ($8450) in left field over OF David DeJesus (rest), who is simply getting a rest in a National League park with the designated hitter spot unavailable.
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