Daily fantasy enthusiasts may want to keep their weather apps nearby tonight.
Once again, we have a rain situation in Colorado: the highest projected scoring game of the night. The Dodgers-Rockies experienced a just a delay yesterday, but I’m not so sure they’ll have that luxury tonight (60-90% chance of rain throughout). Definitely pay attention to this situation heading towards lineup lock. I will list players from this game as usual, in case things clear up throughout the day. However, be prepared to have a “Plan B” lineup nearby.
This column will focus on FanDuel’s main, later slate starting at 7:05 ET.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Jorge Soler – OF – CHC (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
You have to love the price point on Soler, especially considering the matchup against a mediocre pitcher (Lohse) in a hitter friendly atmosphere. We all know Soler has homerun upside, and he’s finally starting to heat up, tallying two multi-hit games over the past four, with a homerun and 4 RBI’s over that span. The non-prohibitive price point is a bonus, making Soler a calculated risk worth taking in all formats.
Scott Van Slyke – OF – LAD (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
If this Colorado-Los Angeles game does in fact play, I’ll be investing plenty in Scott Van Slyke. He owns a fantastic .402 wOBA .251 ISO against left-handed pitching. Cross-reference that with Jorge De La Rosa’s susceptible .341 wOBA against right-handed bats, and you have a nice little matchup play. Oh, the “Coors Effect” doesn’t hurt either.
Billy Burns – OF – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Burns has been rock solid atop the Oakland lineup, registering three multi-hit games in six starts. He didn’t get the start last night, but I’m fully expecting him to hit 1st or 2nd against a lefty tonight (putting Sam Fuld back on the bench). As mentioned, he’s always a candidate for multiple hits and stolen bases, especially holding the platoon advantage over J.A. Happ tonight.
Also Consider: Melky Cabrera – OF - CWS
Devin Mesoraco – C – CIIN (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Welcome back, Devin! Well…maybe. Mesoraco was set to bat cleanup as a designated hitter last night, but the game was postponed. Cincinnati will play a double-header today, so there’s a real possibility that Mesoraco plays in one, but not both games. Keep an eye out for the lineup card this evening. If Mesoraco is hitting 4th against Chicago’s lefty Rondon (in U.S. Cellular Park), that’s something I want to be a part of (especially for near minimum salary).
Adam LaRoche – 1B – CWS (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Cincinnati’s Jason Marquis has been pitching way beyond his means to begin the season. Regression is right around the corner, and his true colors of .358 wOBA against left-handed bats will eventually shine through. That’s good news for LaRoche (and the other White Sox lefties), who is starting to build some positive momentum (1.70 FP/game over past six) following a prolonged cold-streak.
Marcus Semein – SS – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Some of this is contingent upon where Semein hits in the lineup. There’s a chance he’ll get upgraded to 2nd or 3rd with Oakland stepping in against a lefty. If that’s the case, he’ll emerge as one of the better plays at a shallow position. If he continues to bat from the 7-spot, you may want to weigh some other options.
Also Consider: Daniel Murphy – 2B - NYM
Juan Uribe – 3B – LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Uribe represents another righty/lefty matchup to exploit in the fantasy oasis of Coors Field (if this game plays). Just do me a favor: if you decide to click Uribe into your lineup, just don’t watch him play. He swings for the fences every single time, and frankly, I’m not sure how the muscles in his back are still intact. Either way, he could get ahold of one, giving you that coveted upside desired in tournaments.
Khris Davis – OF - MIL (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Davis had his best game of the season last night, going 4-5 with a double, homerun, and 3 RBI’s. He’s in an excellent position to maintain that momentum, stepping in against Chicago’s generous lefty, Travis Wood. The fly-ball tendencies of Wood (43%) gives Davis another high upside opportunity in the friendly conditions of Miler Park.
Curtis Granderson – NYM – OF (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Speaking of fly-ball pitchers, Aaron Harang profiles as such (44%) with a .335 wOBA against left-handed bats. That’s good news for players like Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy. In addition, they’ll all enjoy a nice park shift in Philadelphia.
Also Consider: Brandon Crawford – SS – SF