Welcome back folks, we took the day off yesterday due to the horrible split of games, and potential weather problems in the East coast. We are back today, refreshed, and excited for Thursday's action. Draftkings split the card in to two today - 5 early games, 7 late games. I focused on the late games for today, since there are better options. Today we get a new toy to play with, as you will see in our lineup, we have a stacked outfield, nice power in the infield, and John Jaso of course. So lets get in todays lineups, and win some money.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals, $8,200 - Miller has been great as of late, and no I wasn't trying to make the opening line rhyme. Tonight he takes on the Phillies at home, who have been hitting pretty well over the past week, but they have faced some mediocre pitching in Atlanta. You can expect a good outing from Miller my prediction - 7 IP, 8K, 1ER.
SP 2 - Andrew Heaney, Miami Marlins, $6,500 - You know I had to do it. Heaney is a potential front of the rotation starter, who gets to face an offensively anemic Mets team in his spacious home park. I am not sure of what to expect from Heaney tonight, but I am willing to roll the dice on him.
C- John Jaso, Oakland Athletics, $3,800 - Do I really need to give you an explanation to why I chose Jaso? The rapidly declining Jake Peavy heads to Oakland to face a tough Athletics team, Jaso will be batting either lead off or second, with a plethora of scoring opportunities - and yes I just used the word plethora.
1B - Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,900 - Adams has been on an absolute hitting rampage since coming back off the disabled list. As you know by now, I always go with the hot bat, and at this price, and his matchup (David Buchanan), you can't go wrong. Tonight I expect nothing less than him hitting for the cycle. Yes the cycle. No I am not joking. Ok maybe I am.
2B - Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins, $4,800 - Dozier has been slightly cold the last few days, but he might still be feeling a little back pain, so I'll let it slide. Tonight he gets Jose Quintana, also known as "Mr. No Decision". Although the BvP history isn't great, the sample size is too small, and I think the platoon advantage leans towards Dozier.
3B - Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals, $4,100 - The Cardinals bats are starting to come alive - how many times have I said that this season? This time it might be for real, as they are feeling the pressure from their division rivals. Carpenter is always a safe bet, he hits for average, he scores runs, and he draws walks - he can also hit a dinger and steal a base occasionally, but lets not get greedy.
SS - Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox, $3,700 - The White Sox are set to face Yohan Pino, the Twins prospect pitcher who is older than me (actually we are the same age). Ramirez has cooled off significantly since his torrid April, but he is still very resourceful in DFS. I honestly don't know a whole lot about Pino, but the White Sox have a good offensive lineup that can run him out of the game early.
OF 1 - Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins, $5,500 - I am not sure if Stanton really needs a reason to be in any lineup, he is an absolute monster. Even though Zack Wheeler has owned the Marlins in the past, you can never count out Stanton from having a big game.
OF 2 - Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins, $4,800 - This is probably my favorite play of the day. Willingham isn't the sexiest outfield option, but he damn sure deserves to be on here. Willingham has two homers, five RBIs, and is batting .533 against Jose Quintana, although a small sample size, I still think Willingham has the upper hand in his matchup.
OF 3 - Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics, $4,600 - I had $4,600 left, and Brandon Moss was the perfect match for the last piece of my roster. Moss doesn't have much history against Peavy (3 at bats), but anytime I can fit him in my roster against a right-handed pitcher, you know ill take him. Moss is always a double dong threat, as are both our other outfielders, so lets hope for the best.
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