RED HOT HOMER BAILEY IS A GREAT PLAY FOR FRIDAY
For Friday, Sept. 27, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The L.A. Angels-Texas (8:05pm ET) or Cleveland-Minnesota (8:10pm ET) games are regionally/nationally televised on MLB Network. All games on the Major League Baseball slate are available free at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parantheses)
THESE FIVE WILL THRIVE
Norichika Aoki, OF, Milwaukee ($4100 at NYM): The Brewers have long since faded from the playoff picture, but Aoki has not slowed down. He has tapped the plate eight times over the past seven games, leading the majors in runs scored over the past seven days. In fact, no other Major Leaguer has more than six. He is 13-for-29 (.448) with four doubles and a 1.101 OPS during the span.
Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati ($8500 vs PIT): Bailey should enjoy some home cooking against the Pirates in a hugely important game. He is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA over his past five starts, striking out 30 over the past 34 innings while holding the opposition to a .183 batting average.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland ($5200 at MIN): Brantley is almost single-handedly trying to help the Indians into the postseason with his heroics at the dish. He is hitting a cool .560 (14-for-25) over the past six games, leading the majors in average over the past seven days. He has five runs scored, a double, two homers, nine RBI and a robust 1.400 OPS.
Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland ($7000 at SEA): Colon is a great value at this price level, despite the fact he is matched up against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez ($10200). Colon is 2-0 with a 3.00 in two outings against the Mariners this season, striking out seven over 15 innings. He is also 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA over his past five outings, posting an impressive 1.17 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 30 innings.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland ($3700 at SEA): Donaldson has been a sound investment for most of the summer, and he has stayed hot in September. Donaldson has seven hits over his past 21 at-bats (.333), and over the past 30 days he has been even better. Over the past 26 games, he is hitting a cool .371 (36-for-97) with 11 doubles, a triple, five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.121 OPS. That is the second-best average in the American League during the span, and his OPS is tops in the majors over the past 30 days.
...IF YOU LIKE TO ROLL THE DICE
Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco ($3500 vs SD): Pence leads the majors over the past 30 days with 27 RBI, and he has nine homers with a strong 1.013 OPS during the span. It's even more amazing considering he is in the midst of a 26 at-bat hitless streak! He is due, and he could erupt against San Diego Padres SP Burch Smith ($6700). At this price level, Pence is worth using. If he continues his struggles, it won't cost you a ton, but if he gets back on track, he'll easily exceed his salary.
Michael Bourn, OF, Cleveland ($4500 at MIN): Bourn (wrist) has been restricted from swinging a bat, although manager Terry Francona told The Cleveland Plain Dealer that the team planned to "see how aggressive we can get" with Bourn during pre-game workouts Friday. It still sounds like Bourn is a big, big question mark, not only for Friday, for the rest of the regular season. Avoid.
Andre Ethier, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($3800 vs COL): Ethier (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brian McCann, C, Atlanta ($3000 vs PHI): McCann (adductor) left Thursday's game due to a strained adductor muscle, and it's unclear whether he'll be available for the weekend. With a postseason spot already sewn up, there is no reason for the team to push it with their starting receiver, so Fantasy owners shouldn't push it either.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit ($N/A at MIA): Peralta was activated from the restricted list Friday, after serving his 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Oddly enough, if he plays Friday, or over the weekend, it will come in Miami, the same locale as the infamous Biogenesis Clinic which took so many Major Leaguers down.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($4800 vs MIL): Wright (concussion) passed concussion tests after being hit in the batting helmet by a pitch Thursday. However, his status for the weekend is uncertain, and he should be avoided until he can prove his health.
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