I decided to sit yesterday out due to the volatility of the schedule, and weather concerns. I'm glad I did, because I would have posted a dud lineup, and it would have been a long stressful night for all of us. Since I missed yesterday, you guys get a Saturday roster. Before we get in to Saturday we got Friday, and I think we should kick off the weekend right by putting out an awesome lineup. I targeted a few games for tomorrow, where I think we can exploit weak matchups and make some cash.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners, $12,500 - King Felix is taking on the Astros, not really much to explain here. The Astros like to strikeout, and Felix is a strikeout pitcher, you didn't need a so-called expert to help you with this pick.
SP 2 - Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies, $11,200 - I decided to pay for pitching tonight. Pitching can really carry you on any given night, and the depleted Nationals' squad is in for a rough ride with all their injuries. If you don't want to spend almost half your budget on pitching, look at Mike Minor (priced at $6,800) to pair with one of these guys.
C - Nick Hundley, San Diego Padres, $2,200 - This is almost the minimum price for a player. We took Hundley due to the fact that most our budget is tied up in to pitching, and he is an excellent punt play if he plays tonight. He is 5 for 10 against Bronson Arroyo, with a homer. That's enough upside for me to punt a player.
1B - Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals, $3,200 - The Royals are starting to hit the ball finally, even though they aren't of the long ball variety. Hosmer has two career home runs off Rick Porcello, and the way he's been hitting lately, it wouldn't shock me if he goes yard tonight.
2B - Brian Roberts, New York Yankees, $3,500 - Roberts is a solid play at 2B given his price. Roberts is still a good hitter, and is a threat on the bases when he gets on. He owns a career .316 average against David Price, and the way Price has been pitching in his last couple outings, I wouldn't be shocked to see him get knocked around a bit tonight in the Bronx.
3B - David Wright, New York Mets, $4,600 - I keep plugging Wright in to my lineup, and he keeps disappointing me, he even cost me $100,000 one night. The nights I don't play him he does well, but I wont give up on him. The Mets are at Coors Field in Colorado this weekend, and I will be stacking them in tournaments all weekend.
SS - Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners, $3,200 - How the mighty have fallen. Miller was a fantasy darling the first couple of weeks, but he hasn't done much as of late. I like him tonight in Houston against Brad Peacock, in fact I like a lot of the Mariners' lefties tonight, so don't shy away from them.
OF 1 - Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals, $3,300 - I think Gordon is underpriced, when guys like Sam Fuld are priced higher than him, we got a problem. As mentioned with Hosmer, Porcello doesn't do well against Gordon. I'm starting to see a trend in which Royals' lefties rake off Porcello, hmmm... interesting.
OF 2 - Brandon Barnes, Colorado Rockies, $3,300 - Yeah this outfield isn't sexy, but I expect Carlos Gonzalez to miss a game or two after exiting last night. Barnes has been pretty good for the Rockies, and he produces decent fantasy points for a low priced outfielder.
OF 3 - Ryan Raburn, Cleveland Indians, $2,800 - Before you spit your coffee on the screen after seeing this pick, check out Raburns' stats against John Danks - .351 average, eight extra base hits, three homers, eight RBIs. Those are some pretty impressive stats; lets just hope the weather in Cleveland doesn't ruin our sneaky pick.
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.