Daily DFS Plays for 5/6
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We’re going to start doing daily DFS plays based on FanDuel pricing.  Check here to see who we think the best plays for the day are!

SP
Best Play
Gerritt Cole (9200) – The weather is a bit of a concern here, but in terms of starters they don’t come much safer than Cole, making him the perfect cash play.  This is not an elite play, however, as the Pirates offense has not been good thus far, Leake has looked solid, and the Reds offense has looked great.  I still like Cole, but I wouldn’t invest TOO much today.

Good Play
Lance Lynn (8300) – He has a tough match-up against Lester and the high-octane Cubs offense, however they do K A LOT.  Lynn has a great K rate and has a good shot at a win pitching at home for the Cards.

Big Upside (GPP only)
Carlos Carrasco (8700) – Carrasco can be the best pitcher in baseball, or completely fall apart.  He faces the Royals who are literally the worst team to pick a pitcher against because they don’t K and they put the ball in play a lot.  Carrasco will still get K’s though because his swing-and-miss stuff is just ridiculous.  He also has good BvP stats vs. the Royals for those of you who believe in that.

Cheap Options
Ubaldo Jimenez (6,900) – Going against a weak Mets offense, Ubaldo has a chance to be very good tonight.  I just don’t trust him outside of a GPP where I stack big hitters though.

Alex Colome (6,000) – He looked great in his first start, but probably won’t go past 5-6 innings and gets a good Red Sox offense.  He has good stuff though, so at a bottom-of-the-barrel price he could pay off.

C
Best Play
Stephen Vogt (4,000) – He’s mashing righties so far this year.  I don’t LOVE him tonight, however, as I think Gibson is better than people think.  I don’t see a huge game for Vogt tonight, and at 4k he’s REALLY expensive.  Still, he definitely has the most upside of the catchers.

Good Play
Russell Martin (3,500) – He’s on fire right now.  All of his HRs have come vs. righties thus far, but he usually hits lefties well and gets the declining CC Sabathia today.  He also has intimate knowledge of CC as he caught him previously.. so maybe he might know what’s coming and when.

Cheap Options
Salvador Perez (2,700) – He gets Carrasco tonight, which isn’t a great match-up.  However, Carrasco does occasionally blow up, and Perez is a high contact% hitter, so he’ll likely put the ball in play.  He should be a good cash game play for pretty cheap at a weak position today.

1B
Best Plays
Edwin Encarnacion (3,900) – He’s underpriced and facing Sabathia – could put up huge numbers.

Freddie Freeman (3,400) – Freddie gets tons of multi-hit games and faces a gas can in Jerome Williams tonight.  He’s at a great price to boot.  He doesn’t have EE’s upside but he is a very safe guy to get you points.

Good Plays
Albert Pujols (3,000)
Anthony Rizzo (4,300)
Miguel Cabrera (5,200)
Adrian Gonzalez (4,200)
David Ortiz (3,200)
Adam Lind (3,100)

Cheap Options
Kendrys Morales (2,600) – Gets Carrasco, but like Perez, should still put the bat on the ball and get you a few points with the potential for more if Carrasco implodes.

2B
Best Play
Devon Travis (3,600) – He mashes lefties, leads-off, and gets Sabathia in Toronto.  He’s in literally ALL of my lineups.

3B
Best Play
Josh Donaldson (3,900) – One of the top plays of the day as he destroys lefties and gets Sabathia tonight.

Good Plays
Luis Valbuena (2,900) – mashes righties, gets HR-prone Colby Lewis

David Freese (3,000) – mashes lefties

SS
Best Play
Jimmy Rollins (2,500) – He gets Wily Peralta who has let up a TON of hits thus far.  JRoll can hit HRs and steal bases and leads-off.  He’s a great, cheap option at a position that is super thin.

OF
Best Play
Nelson Cruz (5,200) – You need to make room for Cruz because he absolutely destroys lefties.  He’s also hitting very well away from SafeCo.  He’s the surest thing of a HR (or more) as they come.  GET HIM IN YOUR LINEUPS.

Good Plays
Chris Young (2,800) – Mashes lefties, gets Buehrle in Toronto’s bandbox.

Kelly Johnson (2,700) – On fire right now and mashing righties – he gets gas can Jerome Simpson tonight.

Cheap Options
Ben Revere (2,500)Foltynewicz gives up a lot of SBs.  Revere leads-off, has great contact% and steals bases… cash game lock.

Billy Burns (2,300) – He’s cheap, leads-off, and has a lot of speed to steal bases and hit for extra bases.

Ryan Raburn (2,500) – He mashes lefties and bats clean-up tonight against Duffy.

Kevin Kiermaier (2,200) – He hits righties very well, leads-off, and gets Masterson tonight.  At this price you can’t afford not to have him in.

Week 11 (June 9-15) Start/Sit
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*These Sit/Start recommendations are based on several factors including: Home/Away and Lefty/Righty splits for both this season and the length of the player’s career, number and location of games this week for each player, batter vs pitcher history against each other throughout their career, and more.  I only cover players who should ever be owned in any mixed league.  It’s relative to what you have available on your bench as alternatives – so don’t bench a good player, even if I recommend you sit him, if you don’t have a decent alternative.  Superstars are un-benchable even in weeks with tough match-ups.

Start
Catcher
Wilin Rosario
Chris Iannetta

1B
Adam Lind
Lucas Duda
Juan Francisco

3B
Todd Frazier
Pablo Sandoval
Kyle Seager
David Wright

2B
Gordon Beckham
Howie Kendrick

SS
Alcides Escobar
Alexei Ramirez

OF
Andre Ethier
Seth Smith
Corey Dickerson
Jason Heyward
Norichika Aoki
Josh Hamilton
David Murphy
Lucas Duda
Angel Pagan
Dexter Fowler
Matt Joyce

SP
Jon Lester
Jason Hammel
Dan Haren
Anibal Sanchez
Corey Kluber
Mike Minor
Travis Wood
Francisco Liriano

Sit
Catcher
N/A

1B
Adam Dunn
Eric Hosmer
Mark Teixeira
Allen Craig
Justin Smoak

3B
David Freese
Kelly Johnson
Yangervis Solarte

2B
Kelly Johnson
Yangervis Solarte
Kolten Wong

SS
Erick Aybar
Jhonny Peralta
Jimmy Rollins
Dee Gordon

OF
Matt Holiday
Oscar Taveras
Allen Craig
Carlos Beltran
Christian Yelich
Curtis Granderson
George Springer

SP
Jason Vargas
Jesse Chavez
John Danks
Bud Norris
Aaron Harang
Gavin Floyd
Gerrit Cole

Week 10 (June 2-8) Start/Sit
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*These Sit/Start recommendations are based on several factors including: Home/Away and Lefty/Righty splits for both this season and the length of the player’s career, number and location of games this week for each player, batter vs pitcher history against each other throughout their career, and more.  I only cover players who should ever be owned in any mixed league.  It’s relative to what you have available on your bench as alternatives – so don’t bench a good player, even if I recommend you sit him, if you don’t have a decent alternative.  Superstars are un-benchable even in weeks with tough match-ups.

Start
Catcher
Wilin Rosario
Miguel Montero

1B
Allen Craig
Anthony Rizzo
Adam Lind
Garrett Jones
Lucas Duda
Juan Francisco

3B
Todd Frazier
Juan Francisco

2B
Gordon Beckham
Aaron Hill
Brandon Phillips

SS
Jean Segura

OF
Austin Jackson
Leonys Martin
Seth Smith
Michael Cuddyer
Corey Dickerson
Charlie Blackmon
Allen Craig
Curtis Granderson
Alfonso Soriano
Matt Joyce
Garrett Jones
Lucas Duda
Marlon Byrd

SP
Collin McHugh
Chris Archer
Jose Quintana
CJ Wilson
Dan Haren
Yovani Gallardo
Cole Hamels
Tanner Roark
Nate Eovaldi
Henderson Alvarez
Jacob de Gromm
Phil Hughes
Gavin Floyd
Dallas Keuchel
Corey Kluber
Jason Vargas
Mark Buehrle

Sit
Catcher
Kurt Suzuki

1B
Billy Butler
Adrian Gonzalez
Brandon Moss
Adam Dunn
Paul Konerko
Mark Teixeira

3B
Danny Espinosa
Pedro Alvarez

2B
Ben Zobrist
Kolten Wong
Danny Espinosa

SS
Andrelton Simmons
Ben Zobrist
Jhonny Peralta
JJ Hardy

OF
Norichika Aoki
Ben Zobrist
Carlos Beltran
Matt Kemp
Andre Ethier
BJ Upton
Brandon Moss

SP
Jon Lester
John Lackey
Ian Kennedy
Aaron Harang
James Shields
Rick Porcello
Zack Greinke
Drew Hutchison
Hyun-Jin Ryu
RA Dickey
Shelby Miller
Lance Lynn
Eric Stults

Week 8 Start/Sit
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*These Sit/Start recommendations are based on several factors including: Home/Away and Lefty/Righty splits for both this season and the length of the player’s career, number and location of games this week for each player, batter vs pitcher history against each other throughout their career, and more.  I only cover players who should ever be owned in any mixed league.  It’s relative to what you have available on your bench as alternatives – so don’t bench a good player, even if I recommend you sit him, if you don’t have a decent alternative.  Superstars are un-benchable even in weeks with tough match-ups.

Start
Catcher
Carlos Ruiz

1B
Lucas Duda
CJ Cron
Justin Smoak
Ryan Howard
Nick Swisher

3B
Lonnie Chisenhall
Pablo Sandoval
Kyle Seager

2B
Brandon Hicks
Howie Kendrick

SS
Brandon Hicks

OF
Angel Pagan (if healthy)
Mike Morse
David Murphy
Garrett Jones
Seth Smith
Lucas Duda
Jason Heyward
Nick Swisher
Michael Brantley

SP
Yovani Gallardo
Dallas Keuchel
Aaron Harang
Corey Kluber
Tony Cingrani
Ervin Santana
Erik Bedard
Jon Niese
Jon Lester

Sit
Catcher
Kurt Suzuki
Josmil Pinto
Alex Avila

1B
Adam Lind
Juan Francisco
Allen Craig

3B
Mike Olt
Juan Francisco

2B
Mike Aviles

SS
Erick Aybar
Mike Aviles
Zack Cozart

OF
Matt Joyce
Torii Hunter
Melky Cabrera
Colby Rasmus
Allen Craig
Marcell Ozuna

SP
Jason Vargas
Colby Lewis
Scott Feldman
Zach McAllister
Hiroki Kuroda
Homer Bailey
Matt Cain
Francisco Liriano