Monday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update
There are nine games in Major League Baseball Monday, April 14. The Atlanta-Philadelphia (7:00pm ET) and Oakland-L.A. Angels (10:00pm ET) are nationally televised on ESPN.
Daily Fantasy salaries are from DraftDay.com, and they appear in parentheses
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is giving 3B Chris Johnson another day to get his mind right, and he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that CJ is fine and will play Tuesday in Philly. SS-3B Ramiro Pena ($8350) gets the nod at third base in Johnson's stead, and might be a decent mid-level play given his positional versatility.
The weather threat in Cincinnati appears to have subsided substantially. You'll still want to double-check the GREATER CINCINNATI ANIMATED RADAR before finalizing those Daily Fantasy lineups, but the threat is much less than it appears earlier in the day. ... For the Reds, if they do in fact play, C Devin Mesoraco ($7100) is in the lineup and batting seventh. He has been on fire since coming off the 15-day disabled list list, hitting safely in each of his four games. In fact, he has multi-homer games in three of those outings, and two of his hits have left the yard. At this price level, he is a steal.
A foot injury has Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna (foot) on the shelf for Monday's game against the Nationals. The outfield consists of CF Christian Yelich ($9350) in center field and leading off, OF Giancarlo Stanton ($11900) in right field and batting third, and OF Reed Johnson ($7150) making a rare start. Johnson bats seventh and starts in left field, and he could be a value play.
Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg is giving OF Tony Gwynn Jr. ($5000) another start in center field and in the leadoff spot. Gwynn has been red hot lately, posting five hits over his past 10 at-bats. At this price level, even but one of his hits during the span have been singles, he is a nice fill-in play for your outfield. His low salary will allow you to spend heavily at other positions, too.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Cardinals C Yadier Molina (rest) is getting a breather for Monday's series opener in Milwaukee. C Tony Cruz ($5000) is another one of those fill-in starters who provides plenty of salary relief.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Rays manager Joe Maddon has 2B-OF Ben Zobrist ($9600) sitting at the top of the batting order, playing second base. Perhaps he is trying to get as many at-bats as possible for Zobi against Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen ($9950). Remember, the Zorilla is 10-for-23 (.435) with a double, homer, three RBI and a 1.067 OPS all-time against Chen.
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