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Daily Diamonds - Sunday

There are plenty of weather trouble spots, but while there is a possibility of a delay or two, we are unlikely to see any postponements. Be careful of the windy spots, too. With a stiff wind blowing out, pitchers are a concern, and with a stiff wind blowing in, that can affect the normally effective power numbers of sluggers.


Sunday, August 17, 2014 - TV schedule

1:08 p.m. - Seattle at Detroit (TBS)
8:07 p.m. - Oakland 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.

1:35 p.m. - Houston at Boston (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms - arriving 6th inn or later)
2:10 p.m. - Toronto at Chicago White Sox (0 percent chance of precipitation - 12 to 15 mph wind to RF)
2:10 p.m. - Kansas City at Minnesota (40 percent chance of t-storms - 10 to 13 mph wind from LCF)
2:15 p.m. - San Diego at St. Louis (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
3:05 p.m. - L.A. Angels at Texas (20 percent chance of precipitation - 11 to 14 mph wind from RF)
4:05 p.m. - Philadelphia at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation - 12 to 15 mph wind to CF)
5:05 p.m. - Pittsburgh at Washington (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)

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

Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay ($11350 vs NYY): Hellickson is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA over six starts against the New York Yankees since the beginning of the 2011 season. He has 22 strikeouts over 39 innings during the span with an opponent batting average of .200. Hell Boy is a solid pitching bargain as opposed to some other higher priced options on the board.

Joe Kelly, SP, Boston ($11300 vs HOU): Kelly has been impressive since coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals in a deadline deal, posting a pair of quality starts and two no-decisions. HE has allowed just three earned runs over 13 innings during the span. He isn't much of a strikeout pitcher, but he will get a few here and there. If you're looking for a mid-tier pitcher with good win potential, Kelly is your man.

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:

Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs ($8250 at NYM): Castro had his 14-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, but he has still hit .393 (24-for-61) with three doubles, a homer, seven RBI and a .905 OPS in the month of August. He is facing a righty, and he is hitting .280 vs RHP as opposed to .308 vs LHP. However, he has 22 doubles and 11 homers with 50 RBI against righties, and the good times should continue against New York Mets SP Rafael Montero.

Austin Jackson, OF, Seattle ($7850 at DET): Jackson has done little over the first two games against his former team, going 1-for-9 with a double and two strikeouts. However, he is hitting .320 with seven doubles, a triple, a homer, 12 RBI and an .806 OPS against left-handed pitching as opposed to a .246 average with a .664 OPS vs RHP. Look for A-Jax to have a strong game and more than live up to his salary.

Joe Mauer, C-1B, Minnesota ($8750 vs KC): Mauer is still eligible at catcher, and that makes him ultra-valuable. He saw the longest active hitting streak in the majors end at 15 games, but he has still hit safely in 15 of the past 16 with 14 RBI and a slugging percentage over .500.

Ben Zobrist, 2B-OF, Tampa Bay ($9450 vs NYY): The ultra versatile Zobi is hitting .328 (20-for-61) with seven doubles, six RBI and just eight strikeouts in 15 games in the month of August, posting an .834 OPS. And in his career against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda, Zorilla is a .278 hitter (5-for-18) iwth two doubles, a triple, two homers, four RBI and a 1.242 OPS.

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

Ender Inciarte, OF, Arizona ($5000 at MIA): Inciarte carries the longest active hitting streak in the majors into Sunday's series finale. He is hitting .314 (22-for-70) with a homer, four RBI, 10 runs scored and a .352 on-base percentage. At a minimum Daily Fantasy price, he is worth a look. Using him also allows you to spread valuable salary across other more valuable spots.


P - Joe Kelly, BOS ($11300 vs HOU)
P - Jeremy Hellickson, TB ($11350 vs NYY)
C - Joe Mauer, MIN ($8750 vs KC)
1B - Jose Abreu, CHW ($11550 vs TOR)
2B - Robinson Cano, SEA ($11600 at DET)
3B - Miguel Cabrera, DET ($11600 vs SEA)
SS - Starlin Castro, CHC ($8250 at NYM)
OF - Ender Inciarte, ARI ($5000 at MIA)
OF - Austin Jackson, SEA ($7850 at DET)
OF - Yasiel Puig, LAD ($11800 vs MIL)

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