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Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: May 10, 2015

Good morning everyone! Below we’ve got a discussion on the pitching situation for today’s slate on DraftKings. We’ve also got a discussion on which teams are the best to pick hitters from as well as player rankings for each position.

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It appears there may only be a few weather concerns in Cleveland and in Detroit tonight. Please monitor these situations before rostering players from these games. Also, note that today is full of day games after night games. Certain players might see a day off, so make sure all players are in the lineup before putting them in yours!

Pitching Perspective 

It’s a King Felix Day!! Felix Hernandez ($11,700) is the second most expensive pitcher today (behind Clayton Kershaw), but he’s the best option. Felix will deal today from Safeco Field, a great pitcher’s park and will take his above average GB% and K/9 to the mound. He’s expensive, but I think he needs to be a staple of your cash game lineups today. He’s also a great GPP play due to his huge upside.

Kershaw ($12,400) is set to take the mound in Coors Field assuming they finally play a game there today. Everything I mentioned about Kershaw in the write up yesterday holds true today. He’s tough to trust for cash games based on the price and the field, however you can have exposure to him in tournaments due to his immense upside. There are enough options today that you don’t have to stretch up to him in cash games to pair with King Felix.

Down from the very top tier, Garrett Richards ($10,200) has a matchup with the Houston bats. This is a stiff price to pay for Richards, who sports great K potential in a good strikeout matchup, but after fitting in Felix it will be tough to afford a pitcher of this magnitude. Therefore I think he makes for a great GPP play, but I won’t be paying up for him in cash games.

After dropping down just a little bit, there are a bunch of pitchers that could be “considered” for games on Sunday. Jordan Zimmermann ($9,200), Danny Salazar ($8,600), Alex Wood ($8,300), Michael Pineda ($8,100) and Andrew Cashner ($7,700) all have certain circumstances that warrant rostering on Sunday. Of the group, Pineda is my favorite for cash games, especially given his price tag relative to the group. Salazar is the best for tournaments due to his elite strikeout upside.

Stack Options

Although there are a bunch of options for pitching on Sunday, there are equally as many options for stacking purposes. For that reason, I’m going to focus more on proposing teams and situations to stack, instead of listing an endless list of potential players.

Starting in Coors Field, all of the Dodgers right-handed hitters are in play. Yesterday manager Don Mattingly put out an all right-handed lineup against Jorge De La Rosa. Obviously that game didn’t play, but there might be a similar lineup construction today. If that’s the case, look towards Howie Kendrick ($4,700), Justin Turner ($4,800) and Alex Guerrero ($3,500).

I won’t be touching Rockies against Clayton Kershaw, but if you’re looking to get exposure in tournaments, make sure you stick to the right-handed guys.

Away from Coors Field, the action picks up at US Cellular again today. The game currently has a total of 9.5 and features young right-hander Michael Lorenzen and veteran left-hander John Danks. Essentially everyone is in play in this game, with my favorites being the top of the order of each lineup. The White Sox offer the most salary relief, something you’ll need in order to reach up to Felix.

Next you can head to the Bronx. The Yanks take on flyball pitcher Bud Norris at home. Yankee Stadium enhances left-handed power, and the Yankees have a few left-handers with good pop. Ellsbury, McCann, Teixeira and Gardner should all be in your mind for tournaments.

Don’t forget about Miller Park, where the Cubs and Brewers put up a ton of runs last night. The opportunity is there again, but I doubt we get quite as many runs as the game last night. I prefer Cubs hitters in tournaments, and the Brewers left-handers (Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett) are great fill-in options in both tournaments and cash games.

The Rogers Centre could show some more fireworks. Clay Bucholz and RA Dickey shouldn’t frighten you off any of the hitters in this game. I like both teams as tournament options, particularly the Blue Jays.

Last but not least, the Mets are in Philadelphia. Chad Billingsley will oppose them and the Mets get a huge park shift in their favor. Lucas Duda is one of my favorite first base options today and his salary is low relative to the other big boppers. I think the Mets could be a sneaky stack option in tournaments.

Player Rankings


  1. Devin Mesoraco – $4,500 – Cincinnati Reds
  2. Brian McCann – $4,000 – New York Yankees
  3. Carlos Santana -$4,300 – Cleveland Indians

First Basemen

  1. Jose Abreu – $5,200 – Chicago White Sox
  2. Lucas Duda -$4,000 – New York Mets
  3. Edwin Encarnacion -$5,000 – Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Adam Laroche – $3,700 – Chicago White Sox

Second Basemen

  1. Howie Kendrick -$4,700 – Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Justin Turner -$4,800 – Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Alex Guerrero -$3,500 – Los Angeles Dodgers


  1. Jimmy Rollins – $4,500 – Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Jhonny Peralta -$4,200 – St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Hanley Ramirez -$5,000 – Boston Red Sox

Third Basemen

  1. Todd Frazier – $5,100 – Cincinnati Reds
  2. Evan Longoria -$4,500 – Tampa Bay Rays
  3. Kris Bryant -$4,300 – Chicago Cubs


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – $5,100 – New York Yankees
  2. Andrew McCutchen -$5,000 – Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. Jose Bautista -$5,000 – Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Marlon Byrd -$4,600 – Cincinnati Reds
  5. Melky Cabrera -$4,400 – Chicago White Sox
  6. Scott Van Slyke -$4,200 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Starting Pitchers 

  1. Felix Hernandez -$11,700 – Seattle Mariners
  2. Clayton Kershaw -$12,400 – Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Garrett Richards -$10,200 – Los Angeles Angels
  4. Michael Pineda -$8,100 – New York Yankees
  5. Danny Salazar -$8,600 – Cleveland Indians
  6. Andrew Cashner -$7,700 – San Diego Padres
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