Daily Dish - Monday
August 18, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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The weather outlook in Minneapolis looks pretty ominous, as persistent rain and thunderstorms will be passing through the Twin Cities area for most of the afternoon and evening. There is a pretty high possibility that this game is postponed due to rain, so it might be a good idea to avoid all Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins.
Monday, August 18, 2014 - TV schedule
8:10 p.m. - Kansas City at Minnesota (MLB Network)
8:15 p.m. - Cincinnati 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.
8:10 p.m. - Baltimore at Chicago White Sox (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
8:10 p.m. - Kansas City at Minnesota (70 percent chance of heavy thunderstorms)
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $10,000 and Above)
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Washington ($17750 vs ARI): The Nats are heavy chalk, but Zimmermann is well worth the huge Daily Fantasy salary against an overmatched Diamondbacks team. Washington is 7-0 in their past seven as a favorite, and 10-4 in their past 14 against a left-handed starter. In addition, they have won six in a row overall and they're 5-0 in their past five at home. All signs point to a Nationals victory, and Zimmermann will reap the benefits.
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:
Justin Masterson, SP, St. Louis ($9850 vs CIN): Masterson is a huge Daily Fantasy value, especially on a night with a very light schedule. Last time out Masterson allowed just three hits with no walks and three strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. He'll be facing a struggling Reds club which is just 2-11 in their past 13 as a road underdog, 5-14 in their past 19 road games overall, and 18-39 in their past 57 trips to St. Louis overall.
Joe Mauer, 1B-C, Minnesota ($8650 vs KC): Mauer has owned Kansas City Royals LHP Jason Vargas over the years, going 10-for-24 (.417) with a double, six RBI and a .920 OPS. He is 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles, two homers, three RBI and a 1.176 OPS in six games since coming off the 15-day disabled list Aug. 11. He continues to be a great value each day due to his mid-level Daily Fantasy salary, and therefore he is a must-start. Remember, though, the weather is touch-and-go, so check back frequently and be ready with a substitute in the even of a cancellation. Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin ($8500) is a nice fallback option.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($9150 vs LAA): Petey has six hits in 18 at-bats (.333) with a double, two RBI and four runs scored over the past seven days, and he is hitting .339 with three doubles, a homer, seven RBI and 13 runs scored in the month of August. He should keep it going against Los Angeles Angels LHP C.J. Wilson, as Pedroia is a career .429 (9-for-21) hitter with three doubles, a homer, six RBI and a 1.214 OPS against the southpaw.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)
Ender Inciarte, OF, Arizona ($5000 at MIA): Inciarte extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games, going 23-for-71 (.324) with a double, triple, homer and five RBI with 11 runs scored during the impressive run. For a guy who has the longest active hitting streak in the majors, he continues to be an amazing value.
Kristopher Negron, SS-OF, Cincinnati ($6300 at STL): Negron is hot over the past seven days, going 8-for-20 (.400) with a triple, homer and two RBI, and he is hitting a solid .294 (15-for-51) in the month of August with two doubles, a triple, two homers, seven RBI and nine runs scored in the month of August. At this low salary, he is a great option at shortstop, and he can even be plugged in as an outfielder.
DOBISH'S DFS REPORT CARD AND LINEUP
When a lineup is submitted in the previous days' column, we'll take an honest look back and grade each pick based upon amount of salary paid plus production, etc.
P - Joe Kelly, BOS ($11300 vs HOU) -- D-
P - Jeremy Hellickson, TB ($11350 vs NYY) -- C+
C - Joe Mauer, MIN ($8750 vs KC) -- A
1B - Jose Abreu, CHW ($11550 vs TOR) -- C-
2B - Robinson Cano, SEA ($11600 at DET) -- B+
3B - Miguel Cabrera, DET ($11600 vs SEA) -- D
SS - Starlin Castro, CHC ($8250 at NYM) -- A
OF - Ender Inciarte, ARI ($5000 at MIA) -- A+
OF - Austin Jackson, SEA ($7850 at DET) -- B
OF - Yasiel Puig, LAD ($11800 vs MIL) -- D+
P - Jordan Zimmermann, WAS ($17750 vs ARI)
P - Justin Masterson, STL ($9850 vs CIN)
C - Joe Mauer, MIN ($8650 vs KC)
1B - Freddie Freeman, ATL ($11650 at PIT)
2B - Dustin Pedroia, BOS ($9150 vs LAA)
3B - Kyle Seager, SEA ($9400 at PHI)
SS - Kristopher Negron, CIN ($6300 at STL)
OF - Ender Inciarte, ARI ($5000 vs WAS)
OF - Mike Trout, LAA ($12600 at BOS)
OF - Bryce Harper, WAS ($9650 vs ARI)
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