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Daily Diamonds - Wednesday

It's an exciting time at, as Daily Fantasy Sports arrives. VI will provide daily games for pro baseball, including salary cap games, pick 'em games, bracket style games and live drafts. You can also try you hand at the Rapid Fire and Rapid Fire MAX contests. I have been a huge fan of these games, particularly the salary cap style games and Rapid Fire. Once you play a few games, you'll be hooked. Check back on this space each day for advice to help you cash big.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - TV schedule

8:15 p.m. - Boston at St. Louis (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. - Detroit at N.Y. Yankees (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
7:05 p.m. - N.Y. Mets at Washington (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
7:05 p.m. - Houston at Philadelphia (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
7:05 p.m. - Miami at Pittsburgh (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
8:15 p.m. - Boston at St. Louis (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms - starting 7th inning or later)

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

Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Baltimore ($13700 at TOR): Chen heads into this one on quite the roll, going 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA over his past five starts, posting 40 strikeouts in 32 innings. At this price level, he is a must-start in most Daily Fantasy leagues. With the Toronto Blue Jays just 2-10 in their past 12 games against a left-handed starter, Chen should be in line for the win.

Joe Kelly, SP, Boston ($10750 at STL): Kelly makes his debut for the Red Sox, and oddly enough it comes in the very place he came from - St. Louis. Kelly was part of the John Lackey trade, so he'll be very familiar with the ballpark and the hitters of the Cardinals. Kelly allowed four or more runs in three of his past four starts, but he was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two outings at Busch Stadium this season. He is worth a roll of the dice in an intriguing matchup.

Mat Latos, SP, Cincinnati ($14950 vs CLE): Latos enters Wednesday's start with a 3.11 ERA in his career at Great American Ball Park, which is the best mark of any pitcher with at least 15 starts at the park. He has lasted six or more innings in three straight outings, and six of the past seven with quality starts in each of his past two appearances. He is a solid play with some strikeout potential.

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:

Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($8700 vs TB): Crisp (neck) was able to return to the lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday, going 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI. He is expected to play in the field Wednesday, and is safe to move back into the active lineup in all daily leagues. At a mid-level price while sitting atop the lineup, he'll get plenty of at-bats to earn his salary.

Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland ($8550 at CIN): Even in a losing effort Tuesday, Gomes drove in one of his team's two runs. Over the past 24 games, Gomes is hitting .329 (27-for-82) with eight doubles, five homers and 17 RBI with a .978 OPS. At a mid-level price at a position without much pop, Gomes is a great play on the road.

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

Chris Coghlan, OF, Chicago Cubs ($5850 at COL): Coghlan heads into play wtih a .381 average (32-for-84) over the past 24 games with 10 doubles, four homers, 13 RBI and a 1.107 OPS, fifth-highest average in the majors. If he is in the lineup (check about 90-120 minutes before the game), he will be a great low-priced option wiith some power upside.

Derek Jeter, SS, N.Y. Yankees ($7300 vs DET): The Captain has fared pretty well against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander over the years, going 13-for-36 (.361) with a home run, two RBI and an .883 OPS. And those numbers came against a Verlander which was effective. This season, Verlander has been rather hittable. If you need a low-cost option at shortstop, Jeet is a good play.

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