Go with Angels in the outfield and infield Sunday
There are 15 games in Major League Baseball on Sunday, April 6. The N.Y. Yankees-Toronto (1:07pm ET - MLB Network), Baltimore-Detroit (1:08pm ET - MLB Network), San Francisco-L.A. Dodgers (8:05pm ET - ESPN2) are each televised nationally.
No MLB cities with an outdoor venue has a 30 percent chance (***) or more of precipitation. 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.
No MLB cities have a precipitation chance of 20 percent or more on Sunday.
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)
SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?
A.J. Burnett, SP, Philadelphia ($14650 at CHC): Burnett will cost a pretty penny Sunday, but he is clearly no longer an ace-caliber pitcher. Still, against the Chicago Cubs, he might actually look the part. He is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in seven starts with a complete game against the Cubs since the beginning of the 2011 season. And in that time, he has 44 strikeouts over 43 2/3 innings. It will look like Turn Back the Clock Day at Wrigley, as vintage Burnett shines through.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, L.A. Dodgers ($10000 vs SF): Compared to the other options on the board at first base, Gonzalez is a Daily Fantasy steal. He has a slash line of .290/.375/.551/.926 in 69 career at-bats against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain, which is more than enough sample size. The 20 hits against Cain includes nine extra-base hits.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($12700 vs STL): McCutchen is one of the most expensive position players on the board, but he is well worth the investment. He is a .429 career hitter (12-for-28) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and a 1.202 OPS in his career against St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright.
Erick Aybar, SS, L.A. Angeles ($8650 at HOU): Aybar has posted some impressive numbers over the years against Houston Astros SP Scott Feldman, so he had to be happy seeing the veteran hurler land inside the NL West during the offseason. Aybar will get to see Feldman early and often. Aybar is a .476 career hitter (10-for-21) with two doubles, two triples and a 1.262 OPS against Feldman, which makes him a steal at this price level.
Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City ($9450 vs CHW): Butler is an interesting Daily Fantasy option. While batter vs pitcher historic numbers are not gospel, especially when dealing with a sample size of 20-25 or fewer at-bats, they need to be taken a little more seriously when we get into the 25-30 at-bat range or more. Butler is a career .412 hitter against Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale, posting five XBH (including three homers) with 10 RBI and a 1.183 OPS.
If you spend big up top, you're going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
J.P. Arencibia/Robinson Chirinos, C, Texas ($5000 at TB): Chirinos got the starting nod Saturday night, so Arencibia is likely to start behind the dish in Sunday's matinee. Either way, both catchers are listed at the Daily Fantasy minimum price, so use the starter to save money and load up at strong positions.
Alfredo Simon, RP, Cincinnati ($5000 at NYM): If you like to gamble, Simon is your man Sunday afternoon. He faces a fairly favorable matchup against New York Mets SP Jon Niese, who is fresh off the 15-day disabled and working with a bit of restriction. Simon also comes with an ultra-low salary, which will help you to load up on the cream of crop at most hitting positions.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftDay.com
|P||A.J. Burnett||PHI||$14650||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$11250|
|P||Alfredo Simon||CIN||$5000||SS||Erick Aybar||LAA||$8650|
|C||J.P. Arencibia||TEX||$5000||OF||Andrew McCutchen||PIT||$12700|
|1B||Adrian Gonzalez||LAD||$10000||OF||Mike Trout||LAA||$14450|
|2B||Howie Kendrick||LAA||$8150||OF||Kole Calhoun||LAA||$9700|
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