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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Daily Double Switch, May 21st

The Daily Double Switch is back today and I’m ready to get you going for all your daily fantasy play needs on Draftstreet. There is plenty of action to choose from, so take advantage of it by signing up via the link below. Let’s get into this 15-game slate.

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Weather:
DET/CLE: Rain at 40-50%
CIN/WSH: Rain at 40-50%
BAL/PIT: Rain at 50%
LAD/NYM: Rain at 50%
COL/SF: Rain at 40-50%
ARI/STL: Rain at 30-50%

Positional Breakdown:

Starting Pitchers

There are many solid plays when it comes to pitching, but none that really jump out at me as the top play of the day. Tanner Roark is definitely one guy that jumps out at me with his 16k price. He’s facing the Reds who are the worst hitting team in the last two weeks. They are hitting .211 during that span while Roark has a 2.21 ERA in two starts in the same span. Tyson Ross has been dominant in his last two starts registering 16 Ks in 14 innings. He is also sporting a 1.29 ERA in those starts. He faces the Twins at home in a game that should have a low total.

Nick Tepesch is an interesting play against the Mariners who have been one of the worst offenses lately. In the last two weeks they are hitting just .227. He struck out 8 in his one start in the MLB so far, so there is definitely upside to this pick as well as unknown risk. Tommy Milone has been better at home in the last few seasons, but he’s on the road today. I still like him though. The Rays aren’t a great hitting team in the last two weeks and Milone throwing from the left side neutralizes some key hitters. Joyce and DeJesus will be affected by the LHP and Longoria has been weak against LHP so far this season.

Others to Consider: Ervin Santana, Michael Wacha

Catcher

Derek Norris against a LHP anyone? The guy has huge upside as we’ve seen by his two home run game against Gio Gonzalez just a week or so ago. He faces Eric Bedard today in what should be a good matchup for Norris. Hector Sanchez could be a very viable option if he gets another start with Buster Posey being hurt recently. He’s hitting .400 with limited at bats in his last 15 days, but it’s the fact he’ll be at Coors Field that makes him exciting.

Others to Consider: Devin Mesoraco, Hank Conger

First Basemen

Edwin Encarnacion is on another level right now. He has 9 home runs in his last 15 days. He hit two of them against Boston yesterday in the series opener. He faces Buchholz who has been an average at best pitcher this season. Freddie Freeman is definitely an option against Kyle Lohse. Lohse will give up his hits and him and Justin Upton are hot right now. Those two seem to do well when both are hot and they could do real damage against a hittable Lohse.

As odd as it sounds, I really wouldn’t get mad at using Chris Davis today against Wandy Rodriguez. His price is so low that he could still get two at bats against RHP and make value there alone. Rodriguez isn’t that great and is still battling an injury, so a short appearance could provide huge value for Davis.

Others to Consider: Matt Adams, Mike Napoli

Second Basemen

Kolten Wong is back up with the Cardinals and has been doing well with them this time around. He has 5 hits in his three games against the Braves with 3 RBI and 3 runs. He’s a very good option against McCarthy who isn’t great against LHB. Although I do like Tepesch today, I really like Robinson Cano as well. He had a great game against Colby Lewis last night and is easily the top play at second base if you can afford him.

Jedd Gyorko has a double in each of the last two games in that Colorado series and there’s no reason for him to be as low as he is on Draftstreet. He’s super value and if you’re punting then he’s the option I would go with. Phil Hughes is pitching well this season, but he’s not going to be unstoppable.

Others to Consider: Grant Green, Derek Dietrich

Third Basemen

Juan Francisco has to be the guy to focus on here at third base today. He gets Buchholz and that juicy platoon matchup for him. He has five home runs in his last 15 days and even has a .308 average during that time. Not hitting in Toronto sucks, but he’ll be in Boston, which isn’t bad either.

Pablo Sandoval is heating up and there’s no better time to pick a hot player than at Coors Field. He gets to hit from the left side, which he has been much more successful at this season and gets Chacin. Chacin has struck out just three batters in his last two starts. In limited numbers so far this season, Danny Valencia has been solid against LHP. He’s hitting .333 in 30 at bats and gets one today against Jose Quintana. Chris Johnson is as cheap as Gyorko is and should be just as good and probably a little safer. He’s hitting .319 in his last 15 and faces Lohse who I’ve already discussed. If you don’t want to go Francisco as a higher priced play then Johnson is Jwhom I’d probably roll with.

Others to Consider: Luis Valbuena

Shorstop

Troy Tulowitzki is hitting 6,000 at home this season, so he’s obviously a play each time at Coors Field. Alexei Ramirez had a great game from the three hole and should be there again against Guthrie. I’d probably pay up the extra 2k for Tulo at that point, but if you can’t make any adjustments then Ramirez is a guy I would trust.

If you want to save some money at this position then there a few decent options to go with. Jean Segura in the two hole hitting in front of Ryan Braun is always a guy to consider. If he’s there then take a look at him. Also, Derek Jeter is at 3.2k, but gets a tough matchup against the Cubs. If you see something you like then punt away with Jeter.

Others to Consider: Andrelton Simmons, Ian Desmond

Outfielders

Justin Upton is red hot these days with home runs in three straight games. Typically I would say not to chase points, but this is one of those days when his price and past show me he’s a great play. Upton is known for his weeklong stretches of crazy hot hitting. He’s also hitting .382 at home compared to .195 on the road this season. Nelson Cruz has four home runs in his last ten games with three in the last seven games. 16 of his 20 extra base hits have come against RHP this season, but the numbers are sneaky. He has 4 extra base hits in 26 at bats, which is a much better XBH rate than against RHP. He gets to face Wandy Rodriguez today.

If we’re talking hitters against Rodriguez then Adam Jones has to be considered as well. He has a hit in each of his last 10 games with three home runs. He’s under 7k and makes for a very good play today with his .474 average against LHP. Amazingly, he has 9 extra base hits in 38 at bats against them. That’s one every four at bats. Tyler Colvin has been great since joining the Giants on the 10th. He has ten hits in his last seven games including six doubles, one triple, and one home run. That means that eight of his ten hits have been for extra base hits. He faces a RHP at Coors Field tonight. Seems like a no-doubter for me if you’re looking for someone at his price range.

Kyle Blanks is a sneaky option today if he gets a start. He has six home runs compared to nine in the past three seasons when facing LHP. While those numbers aren’t eye popping, he has been a better hitter against LHP and he gets one today. Mitch Moreland isn’t usually whom you think of when picking Rangers, but he’s been one of their better hitters this season. He’s hitting .294 on the season and has four hits in his last two games including a home run. He’s hitting .311 against RHP this season compared to a measly .167 average against LHP.

Others to Consider: Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, Angel Pagan

Top Stacks:
San Francisco: Pagan/Morse/Catcher/Colvin
Colorado: Blackmon/Dickerson/Tulowitzki/Gonzalez
Baltimore: Cruz/Jones/Davis

Lineup:

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