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FanDuel Friday: Taking a chance on the high upside of Carlos Rodon

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FanDuel Friday: Taking a chance on the high upside of Carlos Rodon

There are several top-notch pitching options in Friday's slate of games with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Michael Pineda, Bartolo Colon and Dallas Keuchel all scheduled to start. 

But the starter that may give you the most bang for your buck is White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon, who impressed in his first major league start against the Cincinnati Reds, striking out eight while allowing just four runs on two hits. Rodon should find success with a high strikeout total against a lefty-heavy Oakland Athletics lineup at the O.co Coliseum.

Find out who else we like tonight in our lineups below and feel free to tweet us questions @CSNFantasy:

John "The Professor" Paschall

I’m in a gambling mood so I took a chance with my pitcher for tonight’s slate of games. But Rodon has the upside to do well in his second start because of his high strikeout total. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of a leash on Rodon so I’m not worried about an innings limit either for this game. The A’s offense isn’t overwhelming, though they can sneak up on you at any point.

Because Rodon was so cheap, that allowed me to select an All-Star lineup of hitters.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Ramirez has been on fire for the White Sox lately, coming in on an eight-game hitting streak, and will face Jesse Hahn, who has been roughed up in his last two starts. Beltre has had better success this year against lefties and has started to find his stroke after a slow start to the season. Cabrera and Kinsler’s power this year has come against righties, making their matchup against Carlos Martinez seem enticing. Martin, on the other hand, may not have the power against lefties like he does righties, but he’s hitting .444 against southpaws compared to .256.

I’m still waiting for Stanton’s home run against the Dodgers to fall from the sky. Did I mention he’s also crushing right-handed pitching with all eight of his home runs this year against them? Watch out, Julio Tehran. 

Michael Smith

Nothing is more important in baseball than pitching, both good and bad.  There are several top shelf options for starters today, like Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel, but with so many poor starting pitchers tonight I wanted to save my salary for offense.  With that in mind I went with a mid-tier option in Bartolo Colon.  Colon is still somehow getting it done with a 6-1 record, to go with a 3.30 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 46 innings, and he is a solid favorite to get the win tonight against a Milwaukee team that strikes out the 3rd most in the majors.  Now looking at offense, there are 3 or 4 starting pitchers who I want to target with my position players.  Chad Billingsley and Bruce Chen are both past their prime and are making their 3rd and 2nd starts of the season respectively.  Both pitchers have an ERA over 9.00 so far, so there should be plenty of opportunities for both the Diamondbacks and Rangers.  After a slow start Adrian Beltre has been heating up over the last week, and at $3,100 I think will be the best value play of the day with the potential to be the day’s top offensive player.  I also wanted to stack Dodgers hitters, so I went with Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier.  Don’t let the low over/under of this game prevent you from using as many Dodgers as you like, as the number is more a reflection of Clayton Kershaw’s ability to shut down the Rockies.  The Dodgers have scored the most runs in the National League and Eddie Butler is not a good Major League pitcher.

Mark Strotman

I made the cardinal sin of putting in two hitters against my batters, but my Russell Westbrook Picks of the Week are still Dee Gordon and now Giancarlo Stanton. Teheran was the best value I could get while still rounding out my potential power numbers nicely with Norris, Fielder and Cain. As always I love speed in my outfield, which is why Cain and Hamilton are again in my lineup. Moustakas has slowed some but is still pretty nice value here, even if he's facing a 5-0 Michael Pineda. The big ones here are Gordon and Stanton. If you can start with those two and fill in around them, you'll be looking at a payday. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

After last season's personal tragedy, Tim Anderson ready to unleash real self

After last season's personal tragedy, Tim Anderson ready to unleash real self

GLENDALE, AZ --  There’s a different Tim Anderson at White Sox spring training this year.

You can see it on his face  You can hear it in his voice.

“I’m busting out of the shell. I’m talking more,” he said as he sat down for an interview with NBC Sports Chicago (in the video above).

It’s not the new Tim Anderson. It turns out, it’s the real one that’s been there all along.

“This is me. It’s always been me. I never knew how to express myself. I feel like I’m being a lot more open,” Anderson explained. “That’s what I want to give to fans. Let them know the real me. You’re cheering for me. Why not know me? I’m being open and kind of let fans into my life.”

The White Sox shortstop has learned a lot about life in the past year. It all started in May when the White Sox were in Baltimore to play the Orioles. Anderson received a phone call at 4 a.m. It was news from back home.

It was the worst phone call of his life.

His best friend Branden Moss had been murdered in the parking lot of a Tuscaloosa, Ala., bar after helping the victim of a fight.  

The two were like brothers. Anderson is the godfather to Moss’s young daughter. Moss was the godfather to Anderson’s 2-year-old daughter.

“It was heartbreaking,” Anderson said.

While Anderson grieved, playing baseball seemed like it would be a perfect escape for his pain. Only it wasn’t. Far from it.  Baseball might have made things even worse.

In fast-paced sports like football and hockey, players don’t have much time to think. It’s react, react, react. Whatever might be happening off the field feels like a million miles away.

Not in baseball.

The game moves at a much slower speed. There’s plenty of time for your mind to wander. Thoughts kept going back to Anderson’s lost friend, taken from him in an instant.

At 23, he didn’t have the tools to deal with the emotional pain and excel at baseball at the same time.

“The year was rough. I wasn’t having fun in between the lines. I was making the game harder than it was. I was thinking too much. I was feeling sorry for myself and the list can go on. When my friend died it definitely took a lot out of me. I had a dark moment,” Anderson said. “Some days I didn’t feel comfortable coming to the ballpark because I knew it was going to be a bad day.”

Making matters worse, there were many nights when Anderson didn’t sleep. Not a wink. Still, he dragged himself to the ballpark and somehow tried to play.

The results weren’t pretty. On June 22, Anderson already had 16 errors at shortstop, most in the majors. At the plate, he was hitting .256/.284/.374 with six home runs and 19 RBIs.

He knew he was better than that. He also knew something else: He needed help.

In July, Anderson started meeting with a therapist who was able to unlock the pent up thoughts and emotions that he was burying inside him.

The therapist would write down everything that Anderson was feeling on paper and then read it back to him.

“Just going in and talking and pouring everything out of you. It lets you hear what you’ve been going through,“ Anderson said. “When she did it, it was a lot. I took what she read to me, balled it up and threw it away. I got lighter. It was a brightening. Those counseling sessions definitely helped me.”

Soon, Anderson was back to being himself both on and off the field.

In the month of August, he had 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 16 RBI.

“Woof. I was hot,” he said after hearing those stats. “That’s Tim. That’s more Tim that we need to see.”

In September, he batted .327 with 3 home runs and 9 stolen bases.

“We need a lot of that this year. That’s the way I want to go. That’s the way I want to go about it. Get back to what got me here.”

There was still an issue with his plate discipline. He had 32 strikeouts and only 1 walk in September.

“We play a tough sport as it is. They’re going to come,” Anderson said about the walks. “I mean, when I walk more, what are you going to tell me? ‘Start swinging more?’ It’s one of those things. It’s a give and take. We’ll see what happens.”

In 2017, Anderson received a crash course in adversity. What did he learn from all that pain and misery?

“Tough times happen, but they don’t last forever.”

Now that he’s survived the personal storm from last season, he wants “another shot at it. I feel like last year went left. This is new season.”

So, what does he envision for himself in 2018?

“Having fun, smiling a lot, picking up my teammates, hugging on the coaches and players. A lot of love, more so than stats,” Anderson said. “I’m fired up. I’m excited. I feel like I’m ready to lead this pack. We got a great group of guys. We’ve got a chance to do something special.”