Fantasy Baseball: Daily Pitcher Rankings (May 24th)
DAILY DRAFTSTREET TEAM (May 24th):
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C: A.J. Pierzysnki – $6,905
1B: Paul Konerko – $8,467
2B: Brandon Phillips – $7,245
3B: Todd Frazier – $4,586
SS: Zack Cozart – $5,532
OF: Drew Stubbs – $6,264
OF: Alejandro De Aza – $5,938
OF: Chris Heisey – $5,442
UTI: Dan Uggla – $6,098
UTI: Alex Rios – $4,473
SP: Jason Vargas – $10,413
SP: Ryan Vogelsong – $12,189
RP: Addison Reed – $1,548
SP: Anibal Sanchez – $14,688
GOOD DRAFTSTREET VALUES:
Jesus Montero – $5,390
A.J. Pierzynski – $6,905
Justin Smoak – $3,691
Albert Pujols – $6,480
Howie Kendrick – $4,281
Gordon Beckham – $5,004
Alex Liddi – $3,977
David Freese – $5,361
Alexei Ramirez – $3,421
Brendan Ryan – $4,483
Mike Carp – $4,350
Alex Rios – $4,473
Adam Dunn – $6,836
Daily Pitcher Rankings (May 24th)
1. ANIBAL SANCHEZ ($14,668) VS. SF
How good is Anibal against SF you ask? In 4 starts he owns a 0.87 ERA, and when he faced them earlier this season he allowed 1 ER in 7 INN. No doubt this is going to be a pitcher’s duel as both him and Vogelsong have been throwing lights out.
2. JUSTIN VERLANDER (NL) @ CLE
Verlander is coming off of a CG, 1 Hitter, 12 K performance against the Pirates. The Indians offense is much better than Pittsburgh, and Verlander owns a career 4.82 ERA against them in 27 starts. Six different Indians have already HR’d off of Justin in his career, and although he is still ELITE. He may have a rough start in this one.
3. RYAN VOGELSONG ($12,189) @ MIA
Vogel has been nearly unhittable this season. Vogel in his last 4 starts owns a .096 ERA just to give you some sort of idea. Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are starting to heat up, and they will need to be the sparkplug to provide some offense. Earlier this season Vogel held the Marlins to 1 ER in 7 INN, Stanton was able to hit a double as the highlight.
4. JASON VARGAS ($10,413) VS. LAA
Vargas owns a 1.27 home ERA, and a 2.39 ERA against the Angels in 9 starts. Vargas was not so great against two solid offenses on the road, but that was the road and this is home. I expect Jason to show off his arm and make it difficult for the Angels to get anything going.
5. JUSTIN MASTERSON (NL) VS. DET
Masterson has been amazing at home this season with a 2.62 ERA. Compare that to his road 9.00 ERA. The Tigers offense does not have a lot of momentum right now, so Masteron may be able to sneak past that 5.14 career ERA against the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera is really the only Tiger to make an impact off of Justin, so the odds could be in his favor.
6. DAN HAREN ($10,881) @ SEA
Haren has not had a QS since April 28th at Cleveland. Since that start, he owns a 5.84 ERA and it is not getting any better. Seattle comes into this game with a lot of momentum after winning the series against the Rangers. Haren currently has a road 4.63 ERA, and I do not like his career 2.60 ERA against the Mariners to stay. His arm is an issue, and look for Kyle Seager, and Alex Liddi to keep their momentum going.
7. JAKE WESTBROOK ($11,000) VS. PHI
Jake is slowly starting to head in the wrong direction. Beating the Phillies will be crucial after back-to-back skeptical starts against the hot hitting Cubs (at the times), and Dodgers. Westbrook owns a 3.52 ERA against the Phillies in 3 starts, and their offense is not exactly on fire. I expect Jake to get on the right track, but watch out for Hunter Pence who is hitting .583 against the overachieving right hander.
8. HOMER BAILEY ($9,262) VS. ATL
Bailey surprisingly allowed 1 ER in 6.2 INN in Atlanta on May 14th. That start was also against Randal Delgado, and now the game moves to Cincy. Bailey owns a career 2.13 ERA against the Braves in 2 starts, and has yet to allow a HR to any player. I expect Homer to get the job done in this one with the Braves offense starting to get cold.
9. JOE BLANTON ($11,285) @ STL
Blanton was horrible in his last start allowing 6 ER in 4.1 INN against Boston. The Cardinals offense may be just as good as Boston, if not better. Blanton does have a career 3.03 ERA, and a nice road 3.48 ERA. Will he have a QS? Probably not, but he will not do as bad as you would think. Matt Holliday just seems like a player who is ready for a HR.
10. RANDALL DELGADO ($9,315) @ CIN
Delgado owns a road 5.40 ERA. However in his last start against the Reds on May 14th, Delgado shutout the Reds in 6.2 INN with 4 Ks. Although you want to believe that will happen again, the point is he is not the same pitcher on the road. I do not expect this start to be so pretty, and I know Joey Votto and Jay Bruce are overdue for some HR’s.
11. ERIC STULTS ($8,013) @ NYM
Stults is not a fantasy name you can depend on. But in his first two starts, both have been quality of 6 INN and 2 ER. Both were also against solid AL teams, and now he faces a pretty weak Mets offense. Look for Stults to be a major sleeper for the day.
12. JEREMY HEFNER ($7,199) VS. SD
Jeremy makes his 1st start of his career, and against the Mets could not be any easier. So far as a reliever he owns a 2.25 ERA with 5 Ks in 8 INN. The Padres offense does not have a lot going for them, but it seems difficult to trust Hef with no experience despite the matchup.
13. PHILIP HUMBER ($7,947) VS. MIN
Humber has been worse at home with a 5.48 ERA. He also owns a career 4.73 ERA against the Twins. With Justin Morenau very hot in the middle of that lineup, it is hard to really like Humber in this one. If Ben Revere plays, look for him to be a spark-plug to really make the day difficult on Phil.
14. COLE DEVRIES ($7,569) @ CWS
Cole does not come into this game in a good situation. The White Sox just scored 7 runs, and DeVries is making his first ever MLB start. Adam Dunn has to be ready to go deep, and I just cannot imagine a rookie pitcher for the Twins slowing down this offense. Oh Francisco Liriano, why did you have to be such a bust this season.