Sometimes the game of baseball can humble you. Other times, it can make you quite cocky, like if you've been playing Oakland A's outfielder Billy Burns lately.
All the 25-year-old has done in his last 11 games is slash .375/.412/.995, hit two home runs, knock in six runs, score 11 more and steal four bases. He's gone for positive FanDuel points in 10 of those games, including the last nine following an 0-for-4 performance on May 25. Riding a nine-game hitting streak as the A's begin a series with the AL East-worst Boston Red Sox, this is a no-brainer to get one of the young and most exciting outfielders going right now into your lineup. He's still going to cost you just $3,400, $200 less than Carlos Gomez AND Carlos Gonzalez. If you've followed us long enough you know fantasy and FanDuel is all about value, so getting Burns while he's still on the cheap side is a must to begin your lineup. Then go from there.
To give you some more advice heading into the weekend, here's what our experts think of tonight's slate of games.
John "The Professor" Paschall
The Mariners have struck out the third most times in the majors this year, they have the third worst batting average in all of baseball and they are losers of six straight games. Enter Odorizzi, who has been a stud this year for the Rays. He has yet to give up more than four earned runs in an outing so far in 2015 and has gone at least six innings in every start. While his strikeout numbers aren't elite, he may get a boost with a free swinging Mariners team tonight.
One trick I've started to notice lately is sometimes FanDuel will have some quality veterans at a cheap price tag. Last week it was Hanley Ramirez and this week it's Holliday. Also, Cespedes is a must-start tonight (if he's over his illness). He has owned Quintana over his career, recording six hits in 10 plate appearances including four home runs.
Bogaerts and Eaton have both really found their stroke lately and are cheap tonight. The Red Sox shortstop is hitting .333 against lefties this year, though Kazmir won't be an easy matchup.
Going cheaper with those options mentioned above allows me to spend big on some Chicago stars tonight in Abreu and Bryant.
Finally, the Rockies are projected to have the most runs tonight so putting the lineup's catalyst in LeMahieu makes a ton of sense and fits in the budget.
All aboard the Billy Butler train. As mentioned in the intro, he's riding a nine-game hitting streak and squares off against a Red Sox team that has lost eight of its last 11 games.
Still, while Butler is a must-insert in your lineup I still like what Wade Miley can bring to the place for the Red Sox tonight. Before he blew up in Texas last week (4 IP, 5 ER) he had allowed just three earned runs in his last three starts, spanning 21.2 innings. He faced Oakland back on May 13 and threw 6.2 innings of five-hit, shutout baseball. Boston has to get back on track at some point; perhaps Miley's streak of good play can do it.
Derrick Norris is going to be my catcher until further notice, while Jose Abreu seems to be in a groove following his three-game absence earlier in the week. Carlos Gomez is quietly starting to heat up, while A.J. Pollock is already there - the $4,700 price tag may seem steep, but he's playing worth every penny at this stage.
Wong, Tomas, and Reyes are fillers: Reyes is batting .320 in his lsat 11 games, Tomas has six hits in his last three games and Wong is coming off a big game in LA last night (plus, it's always fun to have a guy playing on the West Coast).
During the Detroit Tigers seven-game losing streak they have averaged a minuscule 2.7 runs per game so it's only logical that my starting pitcher for Friday evening is Jose Quintana. The White Sox 26-year-old left hander has ramped-up his strikeout total with an 8.20 K/9 rate in 2015. Expect him to keep the Tigers at bay, turning in a quality start at a low-cost option.
I stacked my lineup with a couple Rockies in D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado, who have both been on a ridiculous tear, and have a nice matchup in the high altitude against Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who is susceptible to giving up the longball (seven allowed this season). Derek Norris and his five multihit games in his last nine starts is a no-brainer at catcher given he's going up against a guy making his MLB debut. My sleeper is Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario. He's cheap at $2600 and is facing one of the worst starters in baseball in Kyle Lohse.