The irony of yesterday's pitching picks is too funny. We paid big bucks for Dan Haren, and he was brutal to say the least, on the other hand we played Zack Wheeler at a significantly cheaper price and he was awesome - other than that solo homer he gave up to Marlon Byrd. It would have been nice to pair Wheeler with Josh Collmenter. Another thing I realized is that any time I use a players picture as the photo for the article, the player puts up a dud game, at first I thought it was a coincidence, but something's got to give at this point. Anyways there goes my usual review of yesterday, so lets move forward to today's games.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves, $10,600 - I am honestly not sure when was the last time Teheran gave up an earned run, this guy has ridiculous control, and seems to get more strikeouts as the weather gets warmer. Tonight he is in Miami, facing a Marlins team that is actually looking quite legit - but not against RHP.
SP 2 - J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays, $6,300 - Happ has strung along a few good outings, and faces a Royals team that isn't that good offensively (especially against lefties). Although the Royals hit R.A Dickey yesterday, I expect a quality start out of Happ.
1B - Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves, $4,500 - For the record, I am not an Atlanta Braves fan, but it seems like I include them in my Top Plays articles every day. The reason I do have Braves in my lineup today is because they hit homeruns and a lot of them. I like Freeman today; he is priced pretty reasonably at 1B, and has homer potential.
2B - Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins, $4,800 - Dozier has been pretty quiet over the last week or two, but a trip to Yankee stadium, and facing Vidal Nuno can always bring a hitter out of a slump. I expect a slugfest tonight in the Bronx - but with my luck, bet the under.
3B - Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins, $3,900 - As mentioned with Dozier, I expect this to be a high scoring game. I will look to use right-handed Twins hitters, and left-handed Yankees' hitters.
SS - J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles, $3,500 - Another frequent play of mine, who has yet to hit a homer this season (which is strange). Hardy is known for having pop for a shortstop, yet he is hitting for average this season. Hardy is a solid producer, and facing a LHP, which he usually fares well against.
OF 1 - Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles, $5,500 -Cruz's home/road splits are absolutely insane - .342 average, with 12 homers and 35 RBIs... ON THE ROAD!!!!! Not to mention he is hitting close to .400 against left handed pitching. The price is high, but the investment is great.
OF 2 - Curtis Granderson, New York Mets, $3,600 - I like Grandersons' spot tonight due to the fact he bats cleanup, and A.J Burnett has to the potential to be awful. If luck is on our side tonight, Granderson can have a big game; this is a good value play at this price.
OF 3 - Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners, $3,400 - Did DraftKings not get the memo that this dude is on fire? Yeah he faces Justin Verlander tonight, but Verlander has been dog poop. I like Saunders' power/speed combo, he is always in line for a big night - especially with the way he has been playing as of late.
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