LOCK IN RYAN DEMPSTER FOR STRIKEOUT UPSIDE
Picking starting pitchers for Friday night won’t be easy. There are indeed a handful of tempting selections. Here are some of the prime-looking picks.
Houston hitters are batting .246 vs. Ryan Dempster ($10,300 on DraftKings). Dempster has to be considered a top choice for tonight. Dempster has 33 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched so far this year and faces a lineup with the regular potential for lots of whiffs.
Current Detroit Tigers on their roster are hitting a combined .183 vs. Paul Maholm (7,900). The Braves starter has looked good early this year, but using any pitcher against the Tigers is a big risk.
Jake Peavy (9,700) is another one of my favorite choices for tonight. He is looking sharp early this year and has held current Tampa Bay hitters to a .220 average.
If you want a better-looking bargain than Maholm, Cleveland batters are hitting .201 vs. Ervin Santana (7,800), who faces the Indians at home tonight.
Homer Bailey (9,000) has held Washington batters to a.136 combined average, but Davey Johnson has started to tinker with the Nationals lineup and they started to show signs of life on Thursday, so avoid Bailey this time.
Kyle Kendrick (7,100) has held New York Mets hitters to a .246 combined average. He is actually even more of an attractive bargain than Santana.
San Diego is hitting a combined .235 vs. Tim Lincecum (10,300). The San Francisco starter looked better last time out, but I have to see more successful starts before I start using him again.
Ultimately, I just cannot pass on Dempster. Peavy is my primary option next to him. If I choose to go cheaper with another alternative with Dempster, I’ll take Kendrick over Santana based on wanting to exploit the Mets instead of going against the Indians, who do have a better lineup for sure.
Here are some “non-marquee” hitters to consider for Friday night.
Jhonny Peralta (3,400) is 4 for 9 with with two doubles and a home run against Paul Maholm. Peralta will save you some money, but I am not expecting a bountiful return.
Dan Uggla (3,700) is 4 for 10 with a double and two home runs against Anibal Sanchez. Uggla is inconsistent, but you can use him when the matchup is right, like here.
Alejandro De Aza (4,900) has three doubles among his five hits against Roberto Hernandez. But that’s just too much money for me to spend on a player of his overall caliber.
Adam Dunn (4,100) has three doubles and a home run among his seven hits in 22 at-bats against Hernandez. Dunn homered last night, and I actually do like him here because of the results and sample size, too.
Michael Brantley (4,400) is 5 for 17 with a double and a home run against Ervin Santana. Brantley is a decent option to save you some Fantasy cash in the outfield.
A.J. Pierzynski (3,400) has a double and home run in three at-bats against Scott Diamond. He continues to be a very nice choice to save some money at catcher.
Manny Machado (3,600) is 2 for 2 against Tommy Milone. Machado has started well this year, and even though the sample size is small, he is an optimum pick.
Michael Morse (4,500) is 3 for 3 against C.J. Wilson, but Morse has cooled off and should be avoided for now.
Peter Bourjos (3,500) has a double and home run in three at-bats against Aaron Harang, who is definitely a starter to take advantage of. Roll with Bourjos here.
Michael Young (4,100) is 4 for 5 with two doubles against Dillon Gee. That’s a sample size you just cannot ignore.
John Mayberry Jr. (3,700) is 4 for 11 with two home runs and a double against Gee. Roll with Mayberry if he gets the start, and he should, as Charlie Manuel likes to play matchups with Mayberry.
Cody Ross (4,100) has two doubles in five at-bats against Juan Nicasio.
Yuniesky Betancourt (3,300) is 7 for 16 with a double, triple and a home run against Josh Beckett.
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