2014 Fantasy Baseball, Daily Double Switch for May 7th
Good morning everyone! The addition of Logan to the TFF team has been great as I’m sure you’ve already noticed. He has taken over some days of the Daily Double Switch to help hook you guys up with content all week long. Today though, I’m going to be giving you guys the top players I’m looking at for each position on Draftstreet (as always).
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SEA/OAK: Wind at 18mph blowing out to RF
COL/TEX: Wind at 20 mph blowing in from RF
There are a bunch of studs to choose from today, so there are plenty of options for any game slate you are playing tonight. For the early slate, it’s really hard not to like Stephen Strasburg. The guy only has 58 Ks in 40 innings so far this season and faces a team that Ks a lot. One stat I do like is how LHB are hitting .203 against him meaning he could likely neutralize hitters like Dee Gordon and Adrian Gonzalez. He’ll be low owned in full day slates and will be a great option.
James Shields is the likely high-owned guy even after a terrible start against Detroit. He is averaging almost one strikeout per inning and faces the worst hitting team against RHP in the worst place to hit. This play just screams obvious. Adam Wainwright is that other option to love in this as even a guy like Travis Lyons has owned the Braves lately. He has four starts so far this year of seven innings and zero earned runs.
What about for value? Well, I’m a big fan of Jake Peavy against the Reds and their weak lineup right now. He’s been great in five of his six starts this year and although he does give up walks/hits, I like him tonight. Lower than that, Dan Strailly against the Mariners is a great option. They struggle against RHP and will be in Oakland where they play much better.
Even lower than those two players is Ricky Nolasco. Yes, I’m recommending him for those that want to go cheap! The Indians lineup has struggled against RHP and even a guy like Michael Brantley is hitting in the .250s against RHP. I think he’s a great pick to hit value today.
Others to Consider: Rick Porcello
The options don’t look all that great today for catchers, but there are some I like. I think Jarrod Saltalamacchia is a fine option against Zack Wheeler. He’s hitting .333 I his last 15 days with four home runs and has done well against RHP so far this season. Alex Avila has typically been a value option at the position, but his recent success (.348 with two home runs) has pushed his price up to almost 6k. He’s an option against Peacock, a guy who gives up a .333 average against LHB.
Miguel Montero is hot and that’s evident by his .311 average in last 15 days. He’s adding runs and RBIs as well hitting in the middle of that Diamondbacks order. For value though, I like a guy like Martin Maldonado who is hitting well and has been great against RHP. He faces Bronson Arroyo, a RHP who is giving up a .480 average to RHB.
Others to Consider: Derek Norris/John Jaso
As always, there are a ton of first base options to choose from. Albert Pujols against a LHP is always a player to like. He faces Vidal Nuno and his high ERA. I also like Brandon Moss today against Felix Hernandez. Odd to pick against Hernandez, but Moss did have that home run against Yu Darvish the other day.
One player I really like tonight and will be starting my lineups with is Garrett Jones. He’s hitting over .300 against RHP with 11 extra base hits this season. Five of them are home runs. He gets Zack Wheeler today who is allowing RHB to hit over .360 against him.
CJ Cron is a great option for value as he’s under 5k and should be in the four or five hole tonight against the LHP. He’s hitting .333 and is a big prospect for them. If you go cheap at first base then I think he’s the guy you have to go with.
Others to Consider: Edwin Encarnacion, Paul Goldschmidt
Second base is a thin position for me today. There are no high-priced guys I’m in love with, so I’ll be looking at a guy like Brandon Phillips. He’s going to shine in the spotlight with Jay Bruce out. He had a nice game last night as well. Aaron Hill is another option that is about the same price. He had a home run last night and a four-hit game the night before that.
The only real value option I would consider at this position is Gordon Beckham. He had a three-hit night last night and faces Travis Wood who is going to give up some hits.
Others to Consider: Emilio Bonifacio, Marcus Semien
While Nolan Arenado has been a force this season at home, he still hasn’t been bad on the road. And honestly, it’s not like hitting in Arlington is that much worse. He’s a good option and sees his price drop almost 2.5k today. Although I do like Dan Strailly tonight, I think it’s insane not to look at Kyle Seager for his 6k price. He’s hitting .319 in his last 15 days with five home and hits RHP much better than LHP.
Josh Harrison has been hitting at the top of the Pirates order lately and sees himself right at 5k. I don’t mind him at all with the way he’s hitting lately. Tim Lincecum is a really up and down pitcher, so if he blows up it’ll be playing big time in Harrison’s favor likely hitting leadoff.
Others to Consider: Adrian Beltre
Starlin Castro is one of the best hitters on this Cubs team lately, so you have to consider him against a weaker LHP in John Danks. He’s been very consistent and hits in the four hole. If Jean Segura hits towards the top of this Brewers lineup tonight then I like him. He faces Arroyo who gets torn up by RHB and Segura has done well against RHP so far this season.
Jonathan Villar seems like a really sneaky play tonight against Rick Porcello. In Porcello’s career, LHB have been a thorn in his side and Villar has been hot. He’s 7 for his last 21 with two home runs and a triple. I think he’s a very solid option and should be low owned. To name a guy lower than Villar, but still a good option, I think Everth Cabrera is worth a look. I know he’s only hitting .164 in his last fifteen days, but he’s under 3k. It’s hard to pass on him at that price at a position that is good to punt at.
Others to Consider: Troy Tulowitzki, Elvis Andrus
Giancarlo Stanton has been great lately hitting .313 in his last 15 with four home runs. He gets a guy who mainly throws fastballs tonight and we all know Stanton can hit a fastball. I like the middle of that Marlins order a lot today against Wheeler. Right now, everything looks like a beach ball for Torii Hunter. He’s hitting .408 in his last fifteen and has a 12 or 13 game hit streak right now. He’s also hitting right in front of or just behind two of the hottest hitters right now. He’s in a prime spot for runs or RBIs .
On my show last night, Brett Talley (The Fantasy Fix writer) was all about Mike Carp if he’s in the lineup tonight. I tend to agree with him. He has a good matchup against Mike Leake and is under 6k on Draftstreet. Juan Lugares has been red hot since returning from the DL and has hits in just about every game he’s played in this season. He’s hitting .375 since being back and although Tom Koehler has been great this year he is likely to falter with his BABIP being so low.
George Springer looked really good yesterday and is easily an option at his under 4k price. He has a six game hit streak and had three hits last night. Avila has been great at throwing base runners out in this Houston series, so don’t expect some stolen bases, but I do think he’s good for at least one hit against Porcello.
Others to Consider: Mike Trout, Carlos Gomez, Adam Jones, Christian Yelich
You can go any way about this that you want today. There are guys to spend money on and there is even a guy under 10k I recommend. I wouldn’t use Nolasco in a cash game, but in a GPP I see no reason not to consider him. This allows you to pick just about any other SP combo you’d like while maintaining a respectable lineup.