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Daily Doubles - Thursday

Editor's Note: Daniel Dobish, an award-winning writer and veteran in the Fantasy industry, has joined the team. Be sure to check out his Daily Fantasy Analysis throughout the entire MLB season!


Thursday, April 24, 2014 - TV schedule

12:35 p.m. - Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (MLB Network)
1:10 p.m. - St. Louis at N.Y. Mets (MLB Network)
7:07 p.m. - Baltimore at Toronto (MLB Network)
7:10 p.m. - N.Y. Yankees at Boston (MLB Network)


-- Each day we'll provide a look at MLB cities with outdoor venues which have a 30 percent or more chance of precipitation. It's rather risky to insert guys into your Daily Fantasy lineup in games with a good chance of delay or postponement.

1:10 p.m. - St. Louis at N.Y. Mets (0 percent chance of precipitation, 20-24 mph wind blowing out to RF)
2:20 p.m. - Arizona at Chicago Cubs (20 percent chance of precipitation, 18-22 mph wind blowing out to LF)
7:10 p.m. - N.Y. Yankees at Boston (0 percent chance of precipitation, 13-16 mph wind blowing out to RF)

Thursday's games are divided by EARLY games - 12:05-2:20pm ET first pitch, and LATE games - 7:05-10:10pm ET first pitch. EARLY and LATE games are indicated in parentheses.

BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $10,000 and Above)

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland (vs KC - EARLY): Brantley has been hot lately, posting a .333 average (9-for-27) with a double, three homers and eight RBI over the past seven days. The good times should continue despite a lefty-lefty matchup against Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen, as Brantley is 10-for-19 (.526) lifetime with a 1.155 OPS against the Royals' southpaw.

Chris Colabello, 1B-OF, Minnesota (vs TB - EARLY): The casual fan might not be familiar with Colabello's name just yet, but Fantasy owners certainly know who he is. Colabello has racked up 26 RBI so far in the month of April, and he has hit safely in eight straight games. In fact, he has five multi-hit games during the span, and he has rolled up 12 RBI. Don't be afraid to spend the money on Colabello, even if you aren't familiar with him.

Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit (vs CHW - EARLY): Scherzer comes with a high price tag, but he will be worth the money. Since the start of the 2011 season, Scherzer is 7-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 14 starts against the Chicago White Sox, posting 92 strikeouts over 91 2/3 innings.

MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $7,500 and $9,999)

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston (vs OAK - LATE): Altuve will be facing Oakland Athletics southpaw SP Scott Kazmir, and that's good news for his Fantasy prospects. Altuve is hitting .429 with a .954 OPS against lefties this season as opposed to a .194 average with eight strikeouts and a mediocre .536 OPS against righties.

Bruce Chen, SP, Kansas City (at CLE - EARLY): Despite the fact I suggested Brantley above, Chen can be a good Daily Fantasy value. The Indians enter Thursday's getaway game with just one win in their past six games against a left-handed starter, and the Royals are 7-3 in Chen's past 10 outings. The Royals are also 5-2 in Chen's past seven outings against the Indians, so he might be a nice mid-level option.

Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto (vs BAL - LATE): Hutchison was a little uneven April 6 against the Yankees, but over his past two outings he has rebounded nicely. While he hasn't won since his first outing of the season on April Fool's Day, he has racked up 14 strikeouts over his past 11 1/3 innings while yielding just two earned runs. If the Blue Jays could provide him a little run support, he could have at least three wins. In his first meeting with Baltimore April 12, Hutchison allowed just four hits with two walks over six scoreless innings.

THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)

Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia (at LAD - LATE): Byrd has struggled mightily over the past eight games, Byrd is just 4-for-26 with 11 strikeouts. However, he could snap out of his funk against a familiar face, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dan Haren. Byrd is 10-for-21 (.476) with two doubles, a triple, two homers and a 1.474 OPS in his career against Haren.

Yunel Escobar, SS, Tampa Bay (vs MIN - EARLY): Escobar is a nice low-price Fantasy option thanks to his solid career numbers against Minnesota Twins SP Ricky Nolasco, who has been terrible with his new team so far this season. Escobar is hitting .345 (10-for-29( with three doubles, a homer, three RBI and a .918 OPS all-time against Nolasco.

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