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Daily Dish - Thursday

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Thursday's slate is split between four afternoon games, and nine evening affairs. Weather should only be a problem in the Boston-St. Louis game, and the weather looks really threatening. It's possible that this game does, in fact, get in, but there will likely be a delay either before the game, or during the game, perhaps shortening the starts for SPs Vince Workman and Adam Wainwright. Avoid those guys due to the weather.


Thursday, August 7, 2014 - TV schedule

1:05 p.m. - Detroit at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network)
2:10 p.m. - San Francisco at Milwaukee (MLB Network)
7:07 p.m. - Baltimore at Toronto (MLB Network)
7:15 p.m. - Boston at St. Louis (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. - Detroit at N.Y. Yankees (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, perhaps by mid-game)
2:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Colorado (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
7:15 p.m. - Boston at St. Louis (80 percent chance of thunderstorms)
10:05 p.m. - Minnesota at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 12 to 15 mph wind to RCF)

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

Roenis Elias, SP, Seattle ($12800 vs CHW): Elias and the Mariners are heavy favorites against the White Sox. While Elias isn't a top-flight Daily Fantasy starter, he is a decent mid-level No. 2 option. He has failed to go six innings in each of his past five starts, but he still has six or more strikeouts in four of those appearances. Elias has allowed a total of just three runs in the past three starts, managing an impressive 1.69 ERA during the stretch. If he can get some run support, he has a good chance at a win in this home 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:

Yohan Flande, SP, Colorado ($8850 vs CHC): Flande cemented a spot in the rotation over Franklin Morales with a dominant performance in his last start July 28, which came at Chicago Cubs. He allowed just two runs, four hits and a walk with a career-high eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Look for Flande to get some run support at home in this one.

Josh Harrison, 3B-OF, Pittsburgh ($9800 vs MIA): Harrison has been raking for Daily Fantasy owners, and there is no reason to believe that stops Thursday. He comes into play with a 10-game hitting streak, and he has at least one extra-base hit in nine of those outings. During the impressive 10-game span he has six doubles, a triple, five long balls and seven steaks. With that kind of production he probably should have a Daily Fantasy salary with five figures, yet he is still reasonably priced. Take advantage.

Chase Headley, 1B-3B, N.Y. Yankees ($7700 vs DET): Headley launched a solo bomb in Wednesday's game against the Tigers, and he has hit safely in 12 of his 15 games since joining the Bronx Bombers. He might draw the start at first base with 1B Mark Teixeira (hand) ruled out after leaving Wednesday's contest.

Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($9550 at TOR): Jones had hit the skids with a .194 average over his past seven games, but remember he is still hitting .372 with 10 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 16 RBI with a 1.091 OPS against left-handed pitching in 113 at-bats. And it isn't much of a history, but Jones is 6-for-13 with a double and a 1.038 OPS in his career against Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ.

Daniel Murphy, 2B-3B, N.Y. Mets ($9800 at WAS): Murphy has posted two or more hits in three consecutive outings, and he has at least one RBI in each of the games, too. Murphy has rolled up multi-hit games in eight of the past 11, raising his average from .278 to .302 since July 24. Murph has rolled up solid stats against Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann, too, going 13-for-41 (.317) with four doubles, three homers, seven RBI and a .967 OPS in his career against the Nats' hurler.

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

Caleb Joseph, C, Baltimore ($5350 at TOR): Joseph is expected to draw the start in Thursday's game after getting a day to rest Wednesday. He has homered in each of his past three starts, going 5-for-11 with a double, three homers, five RBI and three scored during the span. He comes with a near minimum Daily Fantasy price, making him a steal if he is in the starting nine.

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