MATT WIETERS IS A NICE DAILY FANTASY OPTION ON MEMORIAL DAY
For Monday, May 27, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, including five evening games. The Chicago Cubs-Chicago White Sox (7:10pm ET) game will be nationally televised on WGN. The L.A. Angels-L.A. Dodgers (8:10pm) is also available free on MLB.com.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
The weather is not much of a concern on this Memorial Day holiday. However, the game Interstate 70 battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals appears to be in some jeopardy. The battle of Chicago might also be in danger of being affected by thunderstorms on the south side.
St. Louis at Kansas City (2:10pm ET - 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox (7:10pm ET - 60 percent chance of thunderstorms)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Erick Aybar, SS, L.A. Angels ($3,800 at LAD): Aybar (knee) looked good Sunday in Kansas City, showing no signs of the ill-effects of a knee injury which has been hindering him. Aybar is 8-for-26 (.308) with four doubles and six RBI over his past seven games, and he is a lifetime .438 hitter (7-for-16) hitter against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke ($10,100). Aybar also has four doubles, an RBI, two walks and just two strikeouts against the L.A. hurler.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/OF, Toronto ($3,300 vs. ATL): Bonifacio has rolled up some tremendous stat lines against Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson ($7,700), batting .389 (7-for-18) with a double, RBI, walk and two strikeouts.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit ($6,900 vs. PIT): Surprise. Cabrera faces old-face SP Francisco Liriano ($8,400), now with the Pittsburgh Pirates. During Liriano's time with the Minnesota Twins, Cabrera owned him, posting a .346 average (9-for-26) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, eight walks and six strikeouts. As usual, try and find a way to get Cabrera into your budget.
Wily Peralta, SP, Milwaukee ($6,300 vs. MIN): With a 1-4 record and 8.22 ERA in five May starts, Peralta appears to be an unlikely Fantasy option. However, at this low price against a fairly innocuous lineup, he is worth a roll of the dice. None of the current Minnesota Twins have ever faced Peralta, and that could work to his advantage. Sometimes you just need to go against the grain.
Clayton Richard, SP, San Diego ($7,000 at SEA): Richard (illness) will come of the 15-day disabled list Monday, and that's unfortunate for the Seattle Mariners. Richard is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts with 21 strikeouts over 32 2/3 innings against the Mariners since the start of the 2010 season. One of the only current Mariners who has done real damage against Richard, OF Franklin Gutierrez, remains on the DL.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore ($3,300 at WAS): Wieters is a tremendous value at this price level, especially given his career success against Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez ($10,000). He is 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, home run, three RBI, one walk and just two strikeouts. That's good for a 1.446 OPS.
Chris Young, OF, Oakland ($3,600 vs. SF): Young has hit San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner ($9,800) surprisingly well in his career, going 7-for-14 (.500) with two doubles, one homer, three RBI, three walks and three strikeouts. That's good for a 1.413 OPS. At this price level, Young is certainly worth a shot.
THESE EIGHT WON'T BE GREAT
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland ($4,700 at CIN): Brantley hasn't had a ton of success against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake ($7,000) in their brief encounters, collecting just one hit in seven at-bats (.143). He has a double and a walk in the span, but a .536 OPS is still rather subpar.
Josh Hamilton, OF, L.A. Angels ($3,700 at LAD): Hamilton has struggled mightily against Greinke, picking up just one single and one RBI in 19 at-bats (.053). He also has one walk and nine strikeouts against Greinke. Avoid.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($4,700 at WAS): Jones has had plenty of difficulties in his career against Gonzalez. He has managed just three hits in 16 at-bats (.188) with no extra-base hits, RBI or walks and three strikeouts.
Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh ($8,400 at DET): Liriano is the flavor-of-the-month in weekly Fantasy play once again, re-emerging as a useful option. However, daily owners will want to steer far clear of him in this matchup at Comerica Park. Since the start of the 2010 season, Liriano is just 2-6 with a 7.51 ERA over 12 appearances and nine starts. That's his most losses against any opponent during the span, and it is his second-highest ERA against any team.
Bud Norris, SP, Houston ($7,300 vs. COL): Norris (back) has left each of his past two outings due to back spasms, so it behooves daily Fantasy owners to avoid him against the Colorado Rockies.
Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland ($5,500 at CIN): Santana has collected just one double, one RBI and two walks while striking out an uncharacteristic four times against Leake in his career. Avoid, as he won't live up to his price tag.
Kyle Seager, 2B/3B, Seattle ($4,100 vs. SD): Seager is hitless in six career at-bats against San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard ($7,000), posting one RBI, one walk and two strikeouts. It isn't a huge sample size, but with so many other options on the board, Seager isn't worth te risk.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee ($4,000 vs. MIN): Weeks has really struggled lately, going 3-for-27 (.111) over the past nine games with no extra-base hits or RBI. In his career against Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia ($7,000), he is just a .200 hitter (5-for-25) with on RBI and eight strikeouts, so don't expect a breakout.
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