DFS: DraftKings Top Plays For Sunday May 18th

Christian Petersen

The daily fantasy grind never stops. Here are our recommended plays for Sunday's DraftKings lineups

So it's Saturday night, and I got clobbered in DFS tonight due to my pitching.  I took Scott Kazmir who got ejected in the second inning, and Homer Bailey who gave up about 40 runs.  As I sit here in shock how at how badly my pitching choices ended up - I decided to research tomorrow's games and write about it.  As you may have noticed I usually don't write on weekends - but I am bored, and thought you guys might be itching to play some DFS tomorrow.   The weather looks great in all cities tomorrow, so I wouldn't be too concerned about games being postponed or delayed, so lets dive in to this and try and win some cash.

All players' prices based on DraftKings values

SP 1 - Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies, $10,600 - Lee has looked a lot better in May than April so far, and his home/road splits are night and day.  Today he takes on a Votto/Bruce-less Reds lineup that got torn to shreds by Cole Hamels last night.  Go with the Phils today.

SP 2 - Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees, $8,500 - Kuroda will face the anemic road offense of the Pittsburgh Pirates today in a traditional double header (games will be played back to back).  Kuroda has improved from his rough start, but is still not pitching at the level he was last season.  I am a little worried about Pedro Alvarez and the short porch, but he hasn't been great as of late.

C - Wellington Castillo, Chicago Cubs, $3,200 - Castillo has 4 hits in 14 at bats against Marco Estrada - 3 of them are dingers, could be a nice little punt play.

1B - Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,800 - Adam Lind hits well over 300 in Arlington in his career.  Today he gets a rookie pitcher in Nick Martinez, who I feel bad for since he has to face the hard hitting lineup of the blue birds - oh well we aren't here to feel sorry for pitchers, we are here to exploit them.

2B - Daniel Murphy, New York Mets, $4,900 - I am not sure there is a hotter hitting 2B in the National League than Murphy (Dozier is obviously the best 2B in baseball since the game was invented).  In Murphys' career, he has hit well against Jordan Zimmermann - .316 average, with 3 homers, and 7 RBIs.

3B - Luis Valbuena, Chicago Cubs, $3,000 - This lineup was really hard to build so I really had to fish for value, and look what I found a guy who can hit righties for $3,000.  Valbuena has 2 hits off of Estrada, both are dingers - I will take my chances.

SS - Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves, $3,200 - As mentioned with Valbuena, I am fishing here.  Jaime Garcia returns to the majors today to face an Atlanta offense that hasn't been too great as of late, but Simmons splits show that he hits lefties pretty well, and I thought I'd take a gamble on him.

OF 1 - Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics, $3,800 - I am not a fortune teller, but I assume everyone will be taking Rockies, Athletics, and Giants tomorrow in GPPs.  I like Crisp tomorrow since he bats lead off for a team that punishes right handed pitchers, and tomorrow the A's take on the bi-polar Justin Masterson.

OF 2 - Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers, $4,800 - Kemp is on fire as of late - I guess he isn't heartbroken about Rihanna anymore.  Today he takes on Bronson Arroyo who he has owned in his career.  Kemp will most likely bat fifth in the lineup, so he should RBI opportunities.

OF 3 - Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals, $4,100 - Werth is usually a safe bet to produce fantasy points - today his counterpart is Zack Wheeler, a good young pitcher who gets in trouble a little too much for my liking.  I wouldn't advise a Nationals stack since their lineup is so depleted, but Werth is worthy of a roster spot - and no that wasn't a corny joke.

As always be sure to check the weather in the city your players are playing in. Don't forget to check lineups either, nothing worse than having a rostered player on your squad that isn't in the lineup.

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