Daily Dish - Monday
May 18, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
Editor's Note: Daniel Dobish, an award-winning writer and veteran in the Fantasy industry, has joined the VegasInsider.com team. Be sure to check out his Daily Fantasy Analysis throughout the entire MLB season!
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $10,000 and Above)
Monday, May 19, 2014 - TV schedule
7:05 p.m. - Detroit at Cleveland (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.
8:10 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Kansas City (0 percent chance of precipitation, 19 to 22 mph wind to LF)
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston (at LAA): Last season it would have been unheard of to even consider a Houston Astros starting pitcher, especially in a divisional road game even on a light night. However, did you know Keuchel leads the majors in ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio this season at 3.52? Keeping the ball down has helped him to strong results. There are a lot of people wondering when the bottom will drop out for the lefty, but that is only likely to happen if he starts getting the ball up in the zone and balls start leaving the park. Having batters beating the ball into the ground helps him out tremendously.
Drew Smyly, SP, Detroit (at CLE): Until the Cleveland Indians prove they can hit left-handed pitching, Daily Fantasy owners are wise to use southpaws against them whenever possible. Smyly is reasonably priced by most Daily Fantasy providers even though he is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA with 15 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings in three starts during the month of May. He has lasted six or more innings in three of his past four starts. The Indians are just 1-5 in their past six outings against southpaws, so look for nice Daily Fantasy results from the Tigers' hurler.
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:
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox (at KC): Ramirez will get a look at Kansas City Royals LHP Jason Vargas, and there will be a jetstream blowing out to left field at 19 to 22 mph during Monday's series opener. That bodes well for Ramirez, who has hit Vargas well in his career. He is 8-for-18 (.444) lifetime against Vargas with two dingers, four steaks and a 1.222 OPS.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington (vs CIN): Werth has hit well in the month of May, posting a .353 average (18-for-51) with a double, home run and three RBI. Overall this season he has an .815 OPS with five homers and 19 RBI. He will look to add to those numbers against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake, a pitcher he has had limited at-bats, but decent success, against. Werth is 7-for-17 (.412) with a double, homer, two RBI and a 1.123 OPS against Leake all-time. Sure, it isn't much, but those numbers coupled with Werth's solid May make him a must-have on a light schedule.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Cleveland (vs DET): The Indians have been abysmal against left-handed pitching this season, which is one of the reasons they have struggled in the standings. They recalled prospect Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus to try and give them some punch against southpaws. The Indians will face lefty Drew Smyly and the Tigers Monday in a nationally televised game, and it could be the coming out party for Aguilar.
Paul Konerko, 1B, Chicago White Sox (at KC): If you're not comfortable using the rookie Aguilar above, then consider Konerko. Sure, he has struggled. A LOT. But he faces a righty vs lefty matchup, and there will be a strong wind blowing out to left field at Kauffman Stadium Monday night. All of those factors could help us get a look at vintage Paulie, for one night at least. Remember, 1B Jose Abreu (ankle) is on the 15-day disabled list, so someone has to pick up the slack. Konerko is a .438 career hitter (7-for-16) with two doubles, a solo home run and a 1.250 OPS against Vargas.
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