USE TWINS TO MAKE A KILLING IN DAILY FANTASY FRIDAY
For Friday, Aug. 16, there are 16 games in Major League Baseball, including two afternoon games. The N.Y. Yankees-Boston (7:10pm ET) game is nationally televised on MLB Network. The Arizona-Pittsburgh (7:05pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com.
The weather is once again very nice throughout Major League Baseball's home cities. There is a slight chance of rain in Atlanta, but the heaviest of the weather will be earlier in the day, and should taper off as the evening goes on.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Washington at Atlanta (7:30pm ET - 30 percent chance of showers)
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
BEST TEAM TO 'STACK' WITH
Minnesota Twins hitters vs. Chicago White Sox LHP Jose Quintana
Key an eye on Game 1 of the doubleheader between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. There is a good chance Tigers SP Justin Verlander turns aside the Royals in the opener. If so, Royals SP James Shields might be a good play. Traditionally, doubleheaders are swept just 26.2 percent of the time, so keep an eye on the results of Game 1 and set your lineups accordingly. Overall, the Royals have won eight of their past 10 road games, and 17 of their past 23 overall. The Tigers are 7-2 in their past nine games against a team with a winning record, and they are 10-3 in their past 13 games against a left-handed starter. The Tigers are 7-3 in Verlander's past 10 home starts against the Royals, but just 1-5 in his past six outings against K.C. However, the Royals have won just once in their past 10 trips to Comerica Park.
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto ($8700 at TB): Dickey is two games under .500 overall for the season, but he is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in four outings against the Tampa Bay Rays this season, and he recorded his only complete game of the season against the Rays back on June 26. Dickey has lasted at least six innings in 10 consecutive outings dating back to June 15, and he has five or more strikeouts in five of his past six outings.
Derek Holland, SP, Texas ($8800 vs. SEA): Holland has posted a 1-0 record with a 1.42 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings against the Mariners this season. Roll with Holland at this solid mid-level price.
Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota ($4600 vs. CHW): Mauer has torn up White Sox pitching this season, going 17-for-44 (.370) with two homers, four RBI, 11 walks and a 1.100 OPS. That's his best OPS against any opponent (min. 15 AB).
David Ortiz, 1B, Boston ($5600 vs. NYY): Ortiz has rolled up amazing numbers against Pettitte over his career, seemingly unbothered by the lefty-lefty matchup. D.O. is 22-for-59 (.373) with eight doubles, a home run, 11 RBI, eight walks and a .994 OPS all-time against the Yankees' southpaw.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota ($3700 vs. CHW): Quintana might have a tough time handling the Plouffe. The Twins' third baseman is 5-for-17 with two homers and three RBI over the past four games. He is hitting .319 with a .907 OPS against lefties this season as opposed to a .208 average with a mediocre .603 OPS against righties.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, L.A. Dodgers ($5100 at PHI): Ramirez looked solid in his return to the lineup Wednesday, collecting two hits in five at-bats. He might have a solid showing against Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee ($9600), as he is 7-for-13 (.538) with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and a ridiculous 1.769 OPS all-time against Lee.
Josh Willingham, OF, Minnesota ($4400 vs. CHW): 'The Hammer' has comparable splits against righties and lefties, and neither have been very good in this forgettable season. However, he has shown signs of life lately, driving in a run in three straight games, and reaching base safely in four in a row. He is 5-for-9 (.556) with two homers, five RBI and a 1.822 OPS all-time against Quintana.
THESE FOUR WON'T SCORE
Robinson Cano, 2B, N.Y. Yankees ($6000 at BOS): Cano has done next to nothing in his career against Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront ($7500), going just 1-for-16 (.063) with no extra-base hits, no RBI, four walks, five strikeouts and a .313 OPS. He could easily turn those numbers around with a 3-for-4 night, let's say, but why risk it, especially at these prices?
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee ($4300 vs. CIN): Ramirez has not had very good success over his career against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake ($8100), going just 2-for-21 (.095) with a double, no RBI, four strikeouts and a .279 OPS. Couple that with the fact he is hitless in nine at-bats with three strikeouts since returning from the 15-day disabled list, and A-Ram should be avoided.
Luke Scott, 1B, Tampa Bay ($3100 vs. TOR): Scott was hitting pretty well in the month of July, but since flipping the calendar to August, he has been brutal. Scott is just 3-for-17 (.176) with no extra-base hits, no RBI, seven strikeouts and a marginal .440 OPS. Things do not figure to get better against Dickey, as Scott is just 1-for-13 (.077) all-time against the knuckleballer.
Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay ($4000 vs. TOR): Zobi has been unable to solve Dickey over the years, going just 2-for-16 (.125) with one triple, no RBI, five strikeouts and a poor .472 OPS against the Toronto knuckleballer.
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