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For Friday, May 17, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, with one afternoon contest. The N.Y. Mets-Chicago Cubs (2:20pm ET) game is nationally-televised on WGN. The Arizona-Miami (7:10pm ET) game is available free on MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
We have been pretty lucky as Fantasy players over the past week or two as far as the weather is concerned, with our last postponement coming May 7 in the Detroit-Washington interleague game. Before that, we had one postponement (with two in Kansas City) during a three-day span from May 2-4, and then none before that since April 26 (again, in Kansas City). However, there is a moderate chance that we get a PPD on the schedule Friday night, so it's a good idea to shy away from Fantasy players in each of the games below.
Interactive radars (follow along throughout the day)
L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta (7:30pm ET - 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Boston at Minnesota (8:10pm ET - 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Milwaukee at St. Louis (8:15pm ET - 50 percent of PM thunderstorms)
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS DANDY DOZEN
Dustin Ackley, 2B, Seattle ($3,600 at CLE): There is something about Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez ($8,800) that Ackley has liked in their brief encounters. Ackley is 4-for-6 (.667) with a home run and two RBI in his career against U. Ackley has been rolling along lately going 3-for-11 with a double, two RBI and four walks over his past four games, so he is certainly worth a look at this salary level.
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto ($4,100 at NYY): It's either boom or bust when Arencibia faces New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda ($9,200). The catcher is 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles, one homer and two RBI in his career, but he also has six strikeouts. Two of his 10 homers this season have come against the Yankees.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco ($10,200 at COL): If you want to go high on pitcher salary, Bumgarner is a solid play. He allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win against Colorado April 8, and he is 6-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 starts against the Rockies since the start of the 2010 season. He is 3-2 with a respectable 3.53 ERA in six starts at Coors Field during the span.
Robinson Cano, 2B, N.Y. Yankees ($6,000 vs. TOR): If you want to spend heavily on your second baseman, there is no other choice than Cano. He is 8-for-20 (.400) with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI against Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle ($6,900). That's good for a .950 slugging percentage and 1.405 OPS.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore ($5,800 vs. TB): Davis has rolled up some solid numbers in his career against Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson ($8,300), batting .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, one home run and six RBI. While he has no walks and seven strikeouts, a .722 slugging percentage and 1.167 OPS is hard to pass on.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($5,300 vs. TB): Jones has managed a solid .323 career (10-for-31) average against Hellickson, with a double, three solo home runs, a walk and three strikeouts. The chances of a home run by Jones in this one are pretty good.
Garrett Jones 1B/OF, Pittsburgh ($4,300 vs. HOU): Jones has rolled up big numbers against Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles ($6,200), going 6-for-12 (.500) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI. That's good for a 1.583 OPS over his career against the Houston righty.
Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia ($10,200 vs. CIN): Lee allowed two earned runs over seven innings in a no-decision April 15 in Cincinnati, and now he'll try his hand against the Reds at home. Lee is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 39 1/3 innings over five starts against the Reds since the start of the 2010 season, including a complete game.
Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota ($4,700 vs. BOS): Mauer carries a 14-game hitting streak into play. The last time Mauer went without a hit was way back on April 29 in Detroit. During the span, Mauer went 8-for-18 (.444) with five doubles and an RBI in four games against the Red Sox. Mauer has posted five hits in 13 career at-bats (.385) against Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz ($10,800) with three doubles, an RBI, two walks and no strikeouts.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($5,200 vs. HOU): 'Cutch' has killed Lyles over the years, going 8-for-13 (.615) with three doubles, four RBI and two doubles with no strikeouts. He is a must-start in all Fantasy daily formats, regardless of price.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota ($4,500 vs. BOS): Morneau has eight singles in 16 career at-bats against Buchholz with three RBI, no walks and three strikeouts. His numbers aren't huge against the Boston hurler, but he should have a multi-hit game, and at this price level that isn't terrible.
Vernon Wells, OF, N.Y. Yankees ($4,700 vs. TOR): Wells has ripped his former team to the tune of a .379 average (11-for-29) with three homers, six RBI and eight runs scored. That's good for a .690 slugging percentage and 1.077 OPS. In his career, Wells is 24-for-50 (.480) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBI against Buehrle, so the good times for Wells are likely to continue.
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Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas ($4,200 vs. DET): Andrus hasn't fared very well over the years against Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello ($5,800), posting just one single in nine at-bats (.111) with an RBI, two walks and two strikeouts.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($5,500 at STL): Normally, Braun is an obvious Fantasy stud. However, he is just 8-for-34 (.235) with a double, home run, five RBI and five strikeouts in his career against St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia ($9,400). It isn't that Braun will be a total bust, but he is not worth starting with his high-end daily salary.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($4,700 vs. KC): Crisp was hitless in his return from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, and he shouldn't get it going Friday against Kansas City Royals SP James Shields ($10,200). Crisp is just 3-for-17 (.176) with no extra-base hits, no RBI and no walks with four strikeouts in his career against the K.C. ace.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado ($8,000 vs. SF): JDLR is not a good play in this matchup against the divisional rival San Francisco Giants. De La Rosa lost in San Francisco April 8, allowing three runs in six innings then, and he is 1-4 with a 4.29 ERA in six starts against the Giants since the start of the 2010 season.
Josh Hamilton, OF, L.A. Angels ($3,900 vs. CHW): At this salary level, Hamilton is an awfully tempting play. However, he is just 1-for-8 (.125) in his career against Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale ($10,700). 'BroHam' isn't worth the risk.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay ($8,300 at BAL): Hellickson has been hit hard by a couple of Baltimore's key players, and he was trampled for five earned runs, eight hits and just two strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a loss against the Orioles April 3. Over his past seven starts against the Orioles, Hellickson is 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA.
Jordan Lyles, SP, Houston ($6,200 at PIT): Lyles has been horrendous against the Pittsburgh Pirates during his career, going 0-4 with a 7.77 ERA over 24 1/3 innings. While he has 31 strikeouts and just three walks during the span, he has also allowed 33 hits, with the Bucs hitting a collective .311 against him.
Lyle Overbay, 1B, N.Y. Yankees ($3,600 vs. TOR): It's hard to imagine Overbay will be in manager Joe Girardi's lineup against Buehrle, as Overbay is hitless in 18 career at-bats against the crafty lefty. Even if Overbay starts, he wouldn't be worth using at half of his salary.
Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco ($5,100 at COL): Pagan is 5-for-10 (.500) with two doubles and two RBI over his past two games, but he is not worth using against De La Rosa. He has managed just three hits in 18 career at-bats (.167) against the Colorado hurler, posting just one RBI with three strikeouts.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto ($4,300 at NYY): Rasmus has really had a hard time against Kuroda over the years, going 3-for-24 (.125) with a triple, home run, one RBI and 10 strikeouts, which is good for a subpar .458 OPS.
Kyle Seager, 2B/3B, Seattle ($4,200 at CLE): Sure, Seager has had just five career at-bats against Jimenez, but he has no hits and one strikeout. Look elsewhere for your productive at either second or third base.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore ($3,800 vs. TB): Wieters has had difficulties in his career against Hellickson, hitting just .190 (4-for-21) with no extra-base hits, one RBI, four walks and two strikeouts. A .190 slugging percentage simply won't do at these prices.
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