THURSDAY’S PRE-GAME DAILY FANTASY UPDATE
The rain continues to fall in downtown Chicago, although it has tapered off some. The rain has even ceased progressively from the northwest suburbs through downtown, and at Wrigley Field on the north side of town, it isn't raining at all. However, the game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs looks likely to at least start with a delay, if it isn't washed out completely. It is tentatively set for a 1:20pm CT start, or about 90 minutes away. I feel better about this game going off now than I did a few hours ago, but it still could be delayed some, and an interruption during the day exists due to more rain off to the south and west.
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
You'll definitely want to avoid players from all eight of the teams below. While it is conceivable one or more of the games below will be played, the weather looks really bad in each of the cities. Check the radar link for the latest:
Texas at Chicago Cubs - 2:20pm ET (100 percent chance of rain/thunderstorms)
N.Y. Mets at Colorado - 3:10pm ET (90 percent chance of snow, 1-2 in.)
Boston at Cleveland - 7:05pm ET (80 percent chance of thunderstorms/wind)
Miami at Cincinnati - 7:10pm ET (80 percent chance of rain/thunder/wind)
OF Michael Cuddyer (leg) is being held out of Thursday's game due to a leg issue. Whether the injury is minor or major is unknown, but with freezing rain and chilly conditions, the team likely wants to play it safe. OF Dexter Fowler ($5,700) moves from leadoff to the two-hole, and plays center field, with 2B Josh Rutledge ($5,400) moving from the two-hole to the seventh spot. OF Eric Young Jr. ($5,100) is the new addition to the lineup, and he'll bat first and serve as the right fielder. Even though each of these guys are playing, and the games looks to be on, they all have salaries which are a bit high given the conditions. SS Troy Tulowitzki ($6,000) (elbow) is also back in the lineup.
The Astros optioned out 1B/3B Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, so make sure he is well off your radar screen. 3B Brandon Laird, the brother of veteran Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird, gets the chance to show what he can do.
The Marlins placed SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Not that he was the best daily Fantasy option, but the shortstop position is an even bigger black hole in Miami now. 2B/3B Chris Valaika ($2,000) made the start Wednesday, and INF Nick Green has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to help out. Neither is particularly attractive from a Fantasy perspective, unless of course you want to punt the position one night for salary relief at other positions.
NEW YORK METS
OF Lucas Duda (back) remains sidelined, as the Mets do not want to chance Duda aggravating his injury with freezing rain and chilly conditions in the Denver area. The outfield will consist of Jordany Valdespin ($5,000) in left field and batting leadoff, with veteran OF Marlon Byrd ($2,000) in center field and batting sixth. OF Mike Baxter ($4,400) will handle right field and bats seventh. The Mets also sent backup C Travis d'Arnaud (toe) has a non-displaced fracture in his left big toe, and he is back in New York. C John Buck ($4,600) starts and bats fifth. Of all the players above, Byrd might be the biggest boon to your budget. Inserting him will allow you to spend freely at most other positions.
OF Domonic Brown (back) left Wednesday's game due to a mid-back injury in Cincinnati, and returned to Philadelphia for an MRI. Therefore, he is a rather obvious must-avoid for today's game.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Two regulars are getting routine days off for the Giants. 1B/C Buster Posey ($5,500) is getting a day off from manager Bruce Bochy, and 2B Marco Scutaro ($4,500) will also get some rest. C Hector Sanchez ($3,900) gets the nod behind the plate, while SS Nick Noonan ($2,500) fills in at second base.
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