SATURDAY’S DAILY FANTASY PLAYS FOR MLB, CFB
For Saturday, Sept. 14, there are 16 games in Major League Baseball, including doubleheader between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets. The N.Y. Yankees-Boston, Cincinnati-Milwaukee and Oakland-Texas (1:05pm ET) games are regionally/nationally televised on FOX. The Cleveland-Chicago White Sox (7:10pm ET) game is nationally televised on WGN. The Kansas City-Detroit (7:08pm ET) game is also available free at MLB.com.
The weather is quite pleasant in a majority of Major League Baseball cities, but Minneapolis is a trouble spot, and a postponement would not be a surprise. There is a 60 percent chance of showers around game-time, with persistent showers and even a rumble of thunder lasting throughout the overnight period. It would be a good idea to shy away from all Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins as a result.
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Tampa Bay-Minnesota (8:10pm ET - 60 percent chance of rain/thunder)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parantheses)
Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati ($9300 at MIL - EARLY): Bailey has rolled up a 3-0 record with a tremendous 1.53 ERA over his past five starts, posting a .177 opponent batting average while striking out 37 batters over 35 1/3 innings during the span.
Kole Calhoun, OF, L.A. Angels ($3400 at HOU - LATE): Calhoun cooled off a little bit in Friday's game, going 1-for-5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. However, he is still hitting .400 (14-for-35) with two homers and nine RBI over the past 10 games. At this price level, he is a must-have in all leagues.
Freddy Galvis, 2B, Philadelphia ($3300 at WAS - LATE): Galvis is a bargain at this price level, as he is hitting .458 (11-for-24) with four runs scored, a double, two homers, four RBI and a 1.208 OPS over the past six games.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($4900 vs CHC - LATE): McCutchen has been on fire over the past six games, hitting .500 (11-for-22) with three doubles, a triple, three RBI and a 1.269 OPS. His .500 average during the span leads Major League Baseball.
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland ($4100 at TEX - EARLY): Moss is hitting .263 with 40 extra-base hits (16 doubles, two triples 22 homers) with 60 RBI and an .870 OPS against right-handed pitching. He also has three homers in 12 career at-bats against Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish ($11,900).
Ricky Nolasco, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($7900 vs SF - LATE): Nolasco has been on fire lately, going 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA over his past five starts, with the opposition hitting just .150 against his over the past 34 2/3 innings. He also has a 0.63 WHIP and 33 strikeouts during the stretch. At this price level, what's not to like?
Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore ($8400 at TOR - EARLY): Tillman is 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts against the Toronto Blue Jays this season, striking out 15 batters over 17 2/3 innings this season. He is a solid mid-level play in early action.
For Daily College Fantasy Football, the rewards of Fantasy will far outweigh the entertainment of the games this weekend. Outside of the Alabama-Texas A&M game, there are no marquee matchups. However, the UCLA-Nebraska game, as well as the Washington-Illinois battle should be able to keep the interest of the true die-hard fan of college football.
(DraftStreet.com salaries in parantheses)
Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina ($10750 vs Virginia Tech): Carden has rolled up 638 passing yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions through his first two games. The Carden to WR Justin Hardy ($13977) might be one of the most underrated in all of college football.
Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech ($14789 at Duke): Vad Lee returns to his hometown of Durham Saturday to face a Duke team which will be without starting QB Anthony Boone (collarbone). It certainly won't be easy for the Yellow Jackets, but Lee will play with a little extra incentive in front of friends and family, and the dual-threat should post a strong stat line regardless of the game's outcome.
Case McCoy, QB, Texas ($10054 vs. Mississippi): McCoy will draw the start in place of the injured QB David Ash (head, shoulder) against Mississippi, as the Longhorns look for a much-needed win. Texas might not win, but McCoy is worth a look as a QB2.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin ($9539 at Arizona State): Gordon is part of a three-headed RB monster in Madison, as the Badgers have boasted three 100-yard runners in each of their first two games. They'll actually be facing a good team Saturday, however, and Gordon should be the primary mail carrier.
Storm Woods, RB, Oregon State ($15307 at Utah): Woods and the Beavers should be able to do some damage against the Utes on the road in a potentially high-scoring game. Woods has two rushing scores in two games, and he is a tremendous option out of the backfield with 15 receptions.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke ($10912 vs. Georgia Tech): Crowded has rolled up 17 receptions through the first two games. As mentioned, the Blue Devils will be without Boone under center, but QB Brandon Connette ($12607) has been adequate. Crowder is the new Conner Vernon, and he'll rack up double-digit targets, likely acting as a short- and medium-range target.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt ($10067 at South Carolina): Sure, Vanderbilt is playing an angry South Carolina team on the road, but Matthews should not be the 18th-most expensive option at his position. He is a superstar in the making, and even if the the ol' ball coach and the Gamecocks double Matthews on defense, he'll still get plenty of targets and a load of receptions. Matthews is a bargain at this price.
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville ($10645 at Kentucky): Parker is averaging 103.5 receiving yards per game with three scores an an average of 23.85 Fantasy points per game through the first two outings. He is a steal at this price level.
Connor Hamlett, TE, Oregon State ($4349 at Utah): Hamlett has been targeted frequently, going for 13 catches, 97 yards and a touchdown through his first two outings.
Gabe Holmes, TE, Purdue ($3522 vs Notre Dame): Holmes has racked up nine receptions through the first two games, and he'll be relied upon rather heavily in a big-time game against Notre Dame. He might not post giant numbers, but he'll do enough to earn his meager Fantasy salary and then some.
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