DraftKings decided to split the Thursday slate in to two - 5 games early, 6 games late. I decided to pass, because the pitching matchups were terrible, and we would literally be playing bingo. I would rather not give advice, than give bad advice, and sometimes I need a mental break from DFS. Friday has 14 games on schedule, some good, some bad, some I don't care for, but I picked the value players I could find.
One last thing before I dive in to today's picks. I am going to put a poll up asking if the readers prefer DraftKings or FanDuel lineups, I am not sure which site the majority of you guys use, but I am open to switching formats if we get enough votes.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels, $8,500 - I like this spot for Weaver after he got his butt kicked against Oakland last week. The White Sox head to Anaheim after taking 2 out of 3 against the Dodgers. The White Sox are a lot scarier with Jose Abreu in the lineup, but they are still the White Sox at the end of the day.
SP 2 - Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals, $7,600 - You guys didn't even need to read this article to know I'm playing Roark, I love this play against the Padres, I won't slander them just in case I jinx it.
C - Brian McCann, New York Yankees, $3,600 - Jeremy Guthrie gets to face a lefty heavy Yankees lineup today, and at this low price McCann is a must buy. I like a lot of Yankees players, but McCann's power definitely gives him a boost.
1B - Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $4,800 - Gonzo in Colorado, against a rookie pitcher making his first big league start ever? Easiest pick of the night.
2B - Tommy LaStella, Atlanta Braves, $3,100 - This was the last player I entered in my lineup. La Stella won't give you power or speed, but as a punt play you could do worse, he is an on machine.
3B - Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles, $3,700 - Did I ever tell you guys this guy is my favorite player in baseball? Well now you know, so expect to see him in my lineups often, especially against lefties named Tommy Milone.
SS - Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $5,400 - I am probably overpaying for shortstop considering Hanley has been mediocre at best this season, but the future New York Yankee (bold prediction for the 2015 offseason) has too much upside to pass up especially in Colorado.
OF 1 - Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants, $4,300 - Not the sexiest of names, but he gets the job done, a good mix of power and speed, and he crushes lefties (Jon Niese takes the mound for the Mets tonight).
OF 2 - Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees, $4,700 - Pretty much summed up this play with McCann, there is no reason to not to take Yankee lefties tonight, Guthrie struggles against them, and he's due for a bad outing.
OF 3 - Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, $4,300 - I am not sure, but I think Adam Jones' batting average against LHP is .990, not sure check FanGraphs and let me know. With the way Jones has been hitting as of late, the lefty/righty splits, and the pricing - this is a no brainer.
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