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Daily Dingers - Sunday

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.


Sunday, August 10, 2014 - TV schedule

2:10 p.m. - L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee (TBS)
8:07 p.m. - Washington 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.

1:10 p.m. - Miami at Cincinnati (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms - around mid-game)
2:10 p.m. - San Francisco at Kansas City (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
8:07 p.m. - Washington at Atlanta (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)

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

Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto ($11600 vs DET): Bautista will be hitting against a familiar face Sunday afternoon, as former Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price dons a new uniform. Joey Bats hopes that the results will be the same, however. He is hitting .341 (15-for-44) with two doubles, five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.150 OPS in his career against Price. Look for Bautista to post strong numbers at the player in Sunday's series finale, more than earning his Daily Fantasy salary.

Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati ($19550 vs MIA): Cueto and the Reds are huge chalk against the visiting Marlins Sunday, and for good reason. Cueto has been an unstoppable forced lately, winning three straight starts, and each of his past five decisions since July 2. During the streak he has a victory against these Marlins back on July 31 in Miami, allowing just one earned run, four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings.

Jason Hammel, SP, Oakland ($12400 vs MIN): Hammel and the Athletics are huge favorites against the visiting Twins, who look to snap a 12-game losing streak to the A's. Hammel hasn't exactly pitched to expectations, losing his first four starts with the team since his acquisition from the Chicago Cubs. However, he worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his last outing against Tampa Bay, and should do well against the punchless Twins.

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:

Mark Trumbo, OF, Arizona ($8000 vs COL): Trumbo has been lost in the desert since arriving, but lately he has started to show some signs of breaking out. He has hit in six consecutive games, and eight of his past nine outings, raising his batting average from .189 to .224 since July 30. During the run he is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with a pair of doubles, a homer and seven RBI. At a mid-level price he is worth a roll of the dice.

David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($8250 vs PHI): Wright hasn't exactly hit for power, posting just two extra-base hits over his past 22 games, and only one double and no homers since July 29. However, he has still hit safely in eight straight games, and he is a career .300 hitter (15-for-50) with three doubles, three homers, seven RBI and an .861 OPS all-time against Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick.

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

Daniel Butler, C, Boston ($5000 at LAA): Butler's fellow Boston backstop, C Christian Vazquez, spent the entire 19 innings behind the dish Saturday against the Angels, so Butler is in line to start Sunday's series finale. At a Daily Fantasy minimum salary, he is worth using, as it won't take much for him to live up to his salary expectations while allowing you to spend valuable funds elsewhere.

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