Daily Dingers - Tuesday
August 19, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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The weather is pretty nice all across Major League Baseball Tuesday, with only the Steel City as a slight concern. There is a low chance of a postponement, and really we are unlikely to see any delays.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - TV schedule
8:10 p.m. - Toronto at Milwaukee (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.
7:05 p.m. - Atlanta at Pittsburgh (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
8:15 p.m. - Cincinnati at St. Louis (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $10,000 and Above)
Scott Kazmir, SP, Oakland ($18200 vs NYM): Kazmir and the Athletics are heavy favorites in this interleague battle despite entering play on a five-game losing streak. The A's are 6-2 in Kazmir's past eight outings, however, and 17-5 in his past 22 as a favorite. That bodes well for his Daily Fantasy outlook, and he might pitch with a little extra incentive against the team which drafted him No. 15 overall in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft.
Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore ($12900 at CHW): Tillman is a great Daily Fantasy option, and he has a surprisingly low price tag considering he is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three August starts, and the fact he has lasted six or more innings in 11 of his past 13 outings. In addition, Tillman has lost just once over his past 11 outings. What's not to like, especially considering that the White Sox are just 2-6 in their past eight against the O's, and theyre 0-5 in Jose Quintana's past five home starts against a team with a winning record.
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:
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($9600 at MIA): Beltre has started to warm up in Augus, hitting .286 (16-for-56) with two homers, six RBI, 10 walks and five runs scored. Not great, but not terrible. In their brief dealings, Beltre is 4-for-6 (.667) with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and a 2.667 OPS against Miami Marlins SP Jarred Cosart. Sure, that's not enough history to solely base your decision on, but four extra-base hits in six at-bats is still hard to overlook.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($9950 at CHW): Jones has cooled a bit in the month of August, hitting just .226 (14-for-62) with two doubles, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs scored. However, he'll be facing a southpaw, and that's when he is at his best. Jones is hitting .369 with 10 doubles, a triple, eight homers, 17 RBI and a 1.094 OPS vs LHP as opposed to just .257 with a .688 OPS vs RHP. And for what it's worth, he is 5-for-9 (.556) with a double, two homers, three RBI and a 1.970 OPS against Quintana.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)
Ender Inciarte, OF, Arizona ($5000 at WAS): The rookie Inciarte keeps on rolling, pushing his career-high hitting streak to 18 games. However, he continues to get very little respect in terms of Daily Fantasy salary, as he continues to carry a minimum price tag. Sure, he doesn't have a lot of pop in his bat, but he also doesn't strike out, he scores plenty of runs and he has stolen base potential. More importantly, he continues to provide salary relief to spread across other positions.
Erik Kratz, C, Kansas City ($5000 at COL): Kratz might get the starting nod after C Salvador Perez (knee) left Monday's game due to discomfort in the right knee. If Kratz does catch SP James Shields Tuesday, he will be worth a look at a minimum Daily Fantasy salary in a prime hitter's ballpark.
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 - Jordan Zimmermann, WAS ($17750 vs ARI) -- C-
P - Justin Masterson, STL ($9850 vs CIN) -- C-
C - Joe Mauer, MIN ($8650 vs KC) -- D-
1B - Freddie Freeman, ATL ($11650 at PIT) -- B-
2B - Dustin Pedroia, BOS ($9150 vs LAA) -- C
3B - Kyle Seager, SEA ($9400 at PHI) -- D
SS - Kristopher Negron, CIN ($6300 at STL) -- F
OF - Ender Inciarte, ARI ($5000 vs WAS) -- B+
OF - Mike Trout, LAA ($12600 at BOS) -- B+
OF - Bryce Harper, WAS ($9650 vs ARI) -- D
P - Ryan Vogelsong, SF ($13400 at CHC)
P - Chris Tillman, BAL ($12900 at CHW)
C - Erik Kratz, TEX ($5000 at COL)
1B - Adam LaRoche, WAS ($10000 vs ARI)
2B - Jason Kipnis, CLE ($8700 at MIN)
3B - Adrian Beltre, TEX ($9600 at MIA)
SS - Ian Desmond, WAS ($9250 vs ARI)
OF - Ender Inciarte, ARI ($5000 at WAS)
OF - Adam Jones, BAL ($9950 at CHW)
OF - Giancarlo Stanton, MIA ($12900 vs TEX)
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