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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, July 24, 2014 - TV schedule

1:05 p.m. - San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Network)
1:05 p.m. - Texas at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network)
7:10 p.m. - Miami at Atlanta (MLB Network)
10:05 p.m. - Detroit at L.A. Angels (MLB Network)
10:10 p.m. - Baltimore at Seattle (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.

1:05 p.m. - San Francisco at Philadelphia (30 percent chance of showers)
3:35 p.m. - Houston at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to RCF)
8:10 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Minnesota (30 percent chance of showers)

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

Jeff Samardzija, SP, Oakland (vs HOU): The Athletics are the biggest chalk on the board, and they should be in great shape in an afternoon game as they look to win the series. Oakland has only outscored Houston 11-10 through the first two games, splitting the pair. But Samardzija has a lengthy history against the Astros, going 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 appearances against the Astros since the start of the 2011 season. He is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 22 innings over three starts since joining the A's, lasting at least seven frames in each outing.

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:

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas (at NYY): It is poor form to base your Daily Fantasy lineup decisions solely upon batter versus pitcher history. However, there can be some exceptions when the history is over 25 at-bats. He is 14-for-33 (.424) with four doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI with a 1.156 OPS all-time against New York Yankees SP Brandon McCarthy. Beltre can be had at a mid-level salary with some Daily Fantasy providers.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta (vs MIA): Freeman has scuffled lately, and that's actually good news. His Daily Fantasy salary has tumbled significantly, making him a bargain against Miami Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez. Freeman has just one hit over his past 19 at-bats, but that was a homer Wednesday against the Fish. And he is a .417 career hitter (5-for-12) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI and a 1.378 OPS all-time against Alvarez.

Hector Noesi, SP, Chicago White Sox (at MIN): If you're looking to scrimp on pitchers, saving valuable salary to spread across the board on offense, Noesi is your Daily Fantasy sleeper. He is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA over his past three starts, racking up 18 strikeouts over the past 21 1/3 innings. He also was fairly effective in his last appearance against Minnesota, allowing four earned runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings June 20 at Target Field.

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

Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas (at NYY): Odor has rolled up seven hits over his past 18 at-bats (.389) with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored. He comes in with an extremely low Daily Fantasy salary even though he is hitting .287 with 13 extra-base hits and a .764 OPS against right-handed pitching. That's one XBH for every 10.5 at-bats, meaning great value.

Moises Sierra, OF, Chicago White Sox (at MIN): Look for Sierra to be in manager Robin Ventura's starting lineup Thursday. He has posted at least one hit in each of his past four starts, and he has rolled up eight hits in 16 career at-bats (.500) against Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes, including a double, homer, five RBI and a 1.276 OPS.

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