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2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Daily Double Switch for August 23rd

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I like to do things a little differently for you on Saturday’s. Most of the contests come available as ‘early only’ or ‘late only’ options, so I’m going to give you lineups for both day and night contests. As always, watch the starting lineups as they roll in about an hour prior to each game’s first pitch. You can find me on twitter @RyNoonan if you have player specific questions.

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Game times and Weather

The early contests start at 1:05 pm est in New York, as the Yankees take on the White Sox. We have six early games today, and three have some dicey weather. Rain could be an issue in Minnesota (vs. Tigers), Chicago (vs. Orioles) and in D.C. (vs. the Giants). The night games per usual, kick off at 7:05 pm est.  Scattered thunderstorms appear to be on the way in Cincinnati for the Reds contest against the Braves.

Stacking options

In the early games, I like the White Sox and the Rays, while the evening will be focused on the Marlins and Brewers. The Rays face Mark Buehrle, who’s early season smoke and mirror show has come to an abrupt halt. The White Sox are in New York, going face to face with Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda’s been ok, but not anything that I’d shy away from. Jose Abreu takes him deep today. Look out for Ian Desmond today, too.

For the evening slate, I really like the Brewers chances of getting to Edison Volquez. His tendency to walk hitters will often extend innings, and the Brewers have the pop that’ll make you pay for those mistakes. I’m also focusing on the game in Colorado, but more so with the Marlins side of the coin. Here are today’s optimal lineups:

Early Only

POS PLAYER OPP FPPG SALARY
P J. Hellickson TB@Tor 14.1 $6,500  
P J. Zimmermann SF@Was 17.5 $9,600  
C Jose Molina TB@Tor 2.6 $2,100  
1B Jose Abreu CWS@NYY 9.5 $5,000  
2B Ben Zobrist TB@Tor 7.7 $4,300  
3B Miguel Cabrera Det@Min 8.7 $5,400  
SS Ian Desmond SF@Was 7.7 $4,300  
OF Jose Bautista TB@Tor 9.1 $4,900  
OF Bryce Harper SF@Was 6.2 $3,700  
OF Desmond Jennings TB@Tor 7.0 $4,000

Late Only

POS PLAYER OPP FPPG SALARY
P Zack Greinke NYM@LAD 21.4 $10,800  
P Wily Peralta Pit@Mil 16.3 $7,800  
C Devin Mesoraco Atl@Cin 8.0 $3,800  
1B Garrett Jones Mia@Col 6.2 $4,400  
2B Rickie Weeks Pit@Mil 4.0 $2,800  
3B Jeff Baker Mia@Col 4.0 $2,600  
SS A. Simmons Atl@Cin 5.6 $3,500  
OF Ryan Braun Pit@Mil 8.7 $4,700  
OF G. Stanton Mia@Col 9.9 $5,700  
OF Khris Davis Pit@Mil 7.5 $3,900

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