Raise your hand if all the possible rained out games scared the crap out of you, made you change your lineups 100 times, and all your strategizing and planning went down the drain. Yup, that was my Tuesday, as I literally panicked all day and made some pretty bad decisions, but its ok. Today I come for vengeance. The MLB has three early games today that aren't on the card, so we get a pretty big slate of games - 12 to be exact. As usual I have a list of players I think should do well, so plug them in to your rosters as you wish.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - John Lackey, Boston Red Sox, $9,500 - Lackey takes the mound against the Braves today, the team with the second lowest wOBA (.282) against RHP in the league, and the fourth highest K% against RHP (22.8%). This seems like a great matchup for Lackey, although there are a lot of great pitchers available tonight, but he has good value under $10,000.
SP 2 - Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees, $8,400 - Kuroda faces the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis; I call this a blessing in disguise since he gets to pitch in a nice big park instead of Yankee Stadium. Although he might not be the sexiest option on the board, Kuroda is usually good for a quality start and I prefer him over Anibal Sanchez who is facing the scary Oakland A's.
C - Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners, $3,300 - Zunino is a good punt option at catcher today since he gets a LHP today in C.J Wilson. Zunino hits lefties far better than righties, and I like his homer upside tonight.
1B - Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $5,100 - Homer Bailey comes in to Los Angeles today to face the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. Isn't it ironic that Homer gives up a lot of homers? With that being said Adrian Gonzalez has hit five dingers off him in 21 at bats. I'm sold.
2B - Derek Dietrich, Miami Marlins, $3,600 - My go to punt second basemen versus RHP. Lets face it, Jordan Zimmermann hasn't been great this season, and Dietrich hits well off RHP. I can see the Marlins walking out of Washington with a series win tonight.
3B - Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,700 - How about them Blue Jays? No pitcher is safe against them - Alex Cobb got his butt kicked last night. Chris Archer takes the mound tonight, and boy do I feel sorry for that kid. Lawrie hits in the 6th spot versus RHP so expect him to have a lot of RBI opportunities tonight.
SS - Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $5,100 - Hanley, like A-Gon has made Baileys' life miserable - two homers in 18 at bats. I'd feel bad for Homer, but he just got a massive contract so he can use $100 bills to wipe his tears.
OF 1 - Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox, $3,600 - I like Viciedo tonight versus T.J House (whoever he is). House got knocked around in Baltimore the other night, and I expect the same tonight in Chicago. I would look into grabbing a bunch of Pale Hose right-handed bats for tourney play.
OF 2 - Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies, $3,400 - This is a spec play as Carlos Gonzalez left the game last night so I expect him to miss today's game, and Dickerson should get slotted into his spot in the outfield. Dickerson has decent upside against T.P.F.K.A.F.C (the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmano).
OF 3 - Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians, $4,300 - On the flipside of T.J House, Hector Noesi takes the mound vs the Indians and this might be a really high scoring game. Bourn leads off for the Indians, and they should score a bunch of runs versus the not so great right-handed pitcher. A side note: Jason Kipnis should be back tonight so I wouldn't be against using him at 2B depending on the price.
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