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FanDuel Friday: Picking between King Felix or Kershaw

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FanDuel Friday: Picking between King Felix or Kershaw

If you're trying to win some money on Friday with FanDuel, now is not the time to get cute with your lineup. 

There are two studs on the mound tonight in Clayton Kershaw (at Padres) and Felix Hernandez (at Astros). 

One of our CSN Fantasy guys took the expensive route with Hernandez but another explains why a certain pitcher from the nation's capital could return just as good value tonight.

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As always, good luck with your lineup tonight and make sure to stay with CSN Fantasy for all your fantasy sports coverage. 

Mark Strotman

Part of me really wants to go with Clayton Kershaw tonight at San Diego, but that $12K price tag is a little too steep, even for me. Instead I'm going with Jordan Zimmermann, who gets a tasty matchup in Milwaukee against a Brewers offense ranked second-to-last in runs scored and dead last in batting average in the National League.

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Derek Norris is my catcher until further notice, while I gave myself some potential pop with Jose Abreu, Carlos Gomez (the only Brewer worth owning in that lineup) and Charlie Blackmon. Brett Lawrie is hitless in his last four games, but I like him to break out tonight against the Angels. Just a gut feeling there. Ian Desmond is as solid as they come for $2,800, while Dee Gordon gets my Russell Westbrook slot this week; just one hit in his last three games, but all that means is he's due for a big one tonight against the Rockies.

John "The Professor" Paschall

The Astros are starting to slide in the standings (losers of seven straight games) and their hitting numbers are poor. They have the second worst team average in the majors and are tied for the most strikeouts in the majors with the Cubs, making King Felix a salivating option tonight despite his hefty ($11,800 price tag). 

Franco has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the past week and his price tag makes him a must-own tonight. Forsythe has shown some power this year against left-handers while Ramos has done the same against right-handers. Bogaerts was bumped up to the No. 3 spot in the order for the Red Sox in hopes of his hot bat driving in some runs for the struggling lineup. Span has had back-to-back three hit games so he's a nice addition at his price tag and a good matchup against Fiers, who has yet to win at home this year. 

Colabello has cooled a bit lately after a scorching start but he's got a solid matchup against Kelly and the Red Sox. Abreu hits right-handers much better than southpaws (.297 9 HR 32 RBI vs. RHP/.225 2 HR 5 RBI vs. LHP) so his battle with a struggling Andriese is certainly worth his $3,800 price tag. 

Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a day when Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada took live batting practice for the first time this spring, off in the distance was a lanky White Sox prospect standing in the outfield grass.

But Alec Hansen was doing more than shagging flies. He was watching both hitters very closely.

“I was looking to see how much pop they had,” Hansen said of Abreu and Moncada. “I kind of look at that to see the difference in power between minor league ball and the major leagues. It’s nice to see it’s not a huge difference. That makes me feel a bit more comfortable.”

At 6-foot-8 — actually 6-foot-8-and-a-half, according to his spring training physical — Hansen is a big man with big plans for his baseball career. He might be quiet on the outside, but he has booming expectations for himself on the inside.

“I want to be the best,” Hansen said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

The best? The very best?

That’s what Hansen aspires to become, though later in our conversation, he did dial back a notch, settling for becoming “one of the best.”

Either is fine with manager Ricky Renteria, who is overseeing these uber-confident White Sox prospects and accepts their lofty expectations.

“I think their mindset is where it’s supposed to be,” Renteria said. “None of these kids are concerned or consumed with the possibility of failure. Much more they’re consuming themselves with the understanding that they might hit some stumbling blocks, but they’re going to have a way to avoid overcoming them and push forward and be the best that they can be.”

In his first full season in the White Sox organization, Hansen led the minor leagues with 191 strikeouts. He’s proud of that accomplishment but admitted something: He’s not that impressed because he didn’t do it where it really matters — in the major leagues.

When you watch Hansen pitch, it’s easy to see that the talent is there. His coaches and teammates rave about his ability. With his enormous size and power arm, he is loaded with strengths.  

Though there is one weakness that Hansen acknowledges he needs to work on.

“Sometimes I have a tendency to think too much and worry. I think worrying is the worst thing that I do just because I want to be perfect,” Hansen said. “I think everyone wants to be perfect, some more than others, and I worry about things getting in the way of achieving perfection.”

To Hansen, that doesn’t mean throwing a perfect game. He actually takes it one step further.

He wants to strikeout every single hitter he faces.

“I love striking people out,” Hansen said. “Not having to rely on anyone else and just getting the job done myself and knowing that the hitter can’t get a hit off me. That’s a great feeling. That they can’t put it in play. Like a line drive out. That’s terrible.”

At some point, Hansen will have to lower these impossible expectations for himself. This is an imperfect game. There’s no place for nine-inning, 27-strikeout performances. Players end up in the Hall of Fame because they learn how to succeed with failure.

In the meantime, Hansen is here in big league camp watching and learning anything and everything.

“I’m a good observer. I listen. I don’t really talk too much. I’m a pretty quiet guy. I like to sit back and observe and see how these guys go about their business. Just trying to be at their level, hopefully one day surpass them.”

Surpass?

“It’s kind of hard to surpass some of these guys. I mean, they’re at the tip-top, like the pinnacle of the sport,” Hansen said. “I guess you could say, to get on that level and then be one of the best in the league.”

He might be on his way.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.