Look to Miami if you’re fishing for DFS values Friday
There are 15 games in Major League Baseball on Friday, April 4. The Milwaukee-Boston (2:05pm ET - MLB Network), Philadelphia-Chicago Cubs (2:20pm ET - MLB Network), St. Louis-Pittsburgh (7:05pm ET - MLB Network) and N.Y. Yankees-Toronto (7:07pm ET - MLB Network) are each televised nationally.
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One MLB city with an outdoor venue has a 30 percent chance (***) or more of precipitation. 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.
*** 1:05pm ET - Atlanta at WASHINGTON (upper 50's - 30 percent chance of showers)
*** 3:05pm ET - Minnes0ta at CLEVELAND (upper 50's - 40 percent chance of thundershowers)
*** 7:05pm ET - Cincinnati at N.Y. METS (low 40's - 60 percent chance of light rain)
Every year the rain seems to follow one team. It might not necessarily cancel their games, but the club has several delays, and the rain clouds move on from town to town to affect them. This year, the early candidate for rainy team of the season is the Cincinnati Reds. They had some weather issues at home against the St. Louis Cardinals in their opening series, and now showers threaten them in Flushing.
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Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($11250 vs TEX): Longo has the good fortune to face Texas Rangers SP Joe Saunders in Friday's series opener. Saunders isn't a horrible pitcher, but he is a lefty. Longoria shredded left-handed pitching in 2013, posting a .301 batting average with 16 doubles, 10 homers, 31 RBI and a .949 OPS in just 173 at-bats as opposed to a .256 batting average vs righties in 441 ABs.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($13300 vs SF): The Dodgers are heavily favored to take down the San Francisco Giants in Friday's series opener. That's probably because he will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong, who hasn't been very good on the road in a while. And the Giants have lost four of their past five against a left-handed starter dating back to last season.
Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland ($14650 vs MIN): The Indians are the biggest favorites on the board Friday, so Vegas certainly thinks Salazar and the Tribe have a good chance to win their home opener. Salazar showed last season that he can be a high strikeout pitcher, so Daily Fantasy owners will certainly want to remember him. The key to Daily Fantasy success usually has a lot to do with starting pitching, and high-strikeout guys in favorable matchups are Fantasy gold.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland ($8450 vs MIN): Brantley has hit safely in each of his three games so far, posting two doubles, a walk and three RBI in 11 at-bats. He'll face Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey, a right-handed starter, in Friday's series opener. Nine of Brantley's 10 homers came vs RHP in 2013, and he hit .299 at home vs .270 on the road. The good times should continue to roll Friday.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington ($9400 vs ATL): Desmond has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, but he'll be matched up against Atlanta Braves SP David Hale in a very favorable matchup. The slump won't last forever for Desmond, and he could break out in a big way in the team's home opener.
Brian McCann, C, N.Y. Yankees ($9000 at TOR): McCann was rested for Thursday's series finale in Houston, but he'll be back in the lineup Friday for the series opener in Toronto. McCann is well rested, and he comes with a reasonable price tag. He is the 20th most expensive option behind the dish, making him a huge value.
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:
Carlos Corporan, C, Houston ($6600 vs LAA): Corporan is expected to make the start Friday with C Jason Castro (foot) dealing with a right foot injury. Castro was plunked on the foot by a pitch, forcing him out of Thursday's game. Corporan has a little upside, and he comes with a great price.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami ($6900 vs SD): Ozuna will face another left-handed pitcher, and he has handled himself well against southpaws since the start of last season. He hit .318 with an .838 OPS vs left-handed pitching last season as opposed to .259 with a .647 OPS against right-handers in 2013. So far this season, he is 3-f0r-5 with a solo homer against southpaws.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftDay.com
|P||Hyun-Jin Ryu||LAD||$13300||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$11250|
|P||Danny Salazar||CLE||$14650||SS||Ian Desmond||WAS||$9400|
|C||Carlos Corporan||HOU||$6600||OF||Marcell Ozuna||MIA||$6900|
|1B||Brandon Belt||SF||$9100||OF||Michael Brantley||CLE||$8450|
|2B||Howie Kendrick||LAA||$8150||OF||Giancarlo Stanton||MIA||$11950|
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