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Daily Diamonds - Monday

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!


Monday, May 5, 2014 - TV schedule

7:05 p.m. - St. Louis at Atlanta (ESPN)


-- 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.

7:05 p.m. - L.A. Dodgers at Washington (30 percent chance of showers)
7:05 p.m. - San Francisco at Pittsburgh (30 percent chance of showers)
8:05 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (0 percent chance of precipitation, 12 to 15 mph wind blowing in from CF
10:05 p.m. - Seattle at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 18 to 22 mph wind blowing out to RCF

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

Zach McAllister, SP, Cleveland (vs MIN): McAllister has struggled on the road, posting a 1-2 record with a 5.59 ERA in four outings with an opponent batting average of .260. However, he is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two home starts with an opponent average of .212. Good thing this one is at Progressive Field, and the Indians are heavy favorites in the eyes of Vegas.

Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago Cubs (vs CHW): The Cubs have been playing a little better lately, taking two of three from the rival Cardinals over the weekend. Now, they'll face their cross-city rivals from the south side. Samardzija will also have the luxury of a stiff northerly wind blowing due in from center field keeping plenty of balls normally destined for the bleachers well within the friendly confines.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami (vs NYM): Stanton has been on fire this season, already hitting double digits in the home runs category. He is hitting .308 with three doubles, two homers, five RBI and a 1.092 OPS in 26 at-bats against left-handed pitching, and he is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two homers, four RBI and a 1.151 OPS against Mets SP Jon Niese.

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:

Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado (vs TEX): Arenado continues to roll right along, as he extended his career-high hitting streak to 24 games in Sunday's game. He is just two short of the franchise record set last season by OF Michael Cuddyer. Arenado's Daily Fantasy salary has started to creep up, but he remains a tremendous bargain given his outstanding run.

Juan Lagares, OF, N.Y. Mets (at MIA): Lagares had a three-hit game in Sunday's series finale in Denver, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games. He has been on a roll since coming off the 15-day disabled list. And for what it's worth, he is 3-for-3 with a triple and RBI against Miami Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi.

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

J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit (vs HOU): Martinez has two starts over the past four games, and manager Brad Ausmus might give Martinez a start against his former team. If Martinez is in the lineup, he is a cheap source of RBI, and he will also save you plenty of salary to allocate elsewhere.

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