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Before we go any further, pick up the phone and wish your mother a happy Mother’s Day. In honor of the woman who taught me not to play in traffic, pet strange dogs, or stick Legos up my nose, I’m playing it super safe today with my A-1 starter and drafting Clayton Kershaw ($13,000) in cash games. He’s a whopping $30 value on the Stream-0-Nator and I would be really surprised if he doesn’t post at least 25 points today. Then again, it doesn’t take much to surprise me anymore. I’m boring y’all! The biggest drawback to Kershaw today is what that hefty price tag does to the rest of your lineup, so it will be key to draft a solid number two starter and we’ll have to scrape together some pocket change for a couple hitters today.

Signing up for DraftKings is easy and if you use that link, you’ll get a free ticket for a contest with your first-time deposit. The winner of that contest gets entry into our $500k Showcase with a $100k top prize. Also, if you haven’t tried the DFSBot yet, check it out. It gives you an idea of who the best values are based on their projections versus their actual DK salaries for the day. This comes in really handy on a day like today when we splurge on pitching and need to find some cheaper bats. If you’d like to see how your lineup fares against the Guru and I, join our free 5-team contest. As always, double check the starting lineups and the weather before the day’s games begin. Here are today’s DraftKings picks for 5/11/2014…

Chris Tillman, SP: $8,100 – One of the cheaper plays at pitcher, Tillman draws the Astros at home. I also like Henderson Alvarez in San Diego, but for just a little more coin, Tillman makes a stronger play given he’ll strikeout more batters. Sometimes those strikeout points can save an otherwise ho-hum outing, and I don’t have much faith in the Astros’ hitters to begin with. The few that Tillman has faced in the past have done nothing against him.

David Wright, 3B: $5,000 – Wright basically owns Cole Hamels, with a .333 batting average and five homers in 66 at-bats against the lefty. Hamels has looked a little off anyway, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Wright take advantage once again.

Adam Lind, 1B: $3,800 – Lind has had some success against Weaver in the past although it is only a 24 at bat sample size. Lind kills righties in general, though, and his reduced price allows us to spend a little more at other positions in the lineup today. Rogers Centre is a nice environment for homers as well.

Shin-Soo Choo, OF: $5,100 – I go with Choo a lot in DFS since he can contribute a little of everything. Today I like him as well as cheaper Rangers plays like Leonys Martin ($3,600) and Rougned Odor ($2,000) against John Lackey, who is one of the easiest pitchers to run on. Also, this game is pegged for the highest run total with an O/U of 9.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms for COL@CIN and ARI@CWS.

Doing Line In Vegas (Overall 3-7)

I’ll go with the over in Detroit (8 1/2) and the under in Seattle (8).

Mike’s on Twitter @643ball 

  1. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    I went with the complete hunch lineup today which was constructed after 3 hard ciders at 2 am. FTW

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha! Love the hunch lineup

  2. SMLV1 says:
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    Springer facing Tillman, Holliday facing Morton or Rios facing Lackey? Pick one.

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @SMLV1: Make that between Rios and Holliday. I put Springer in my lineup and hes locked in. So do I Start Rios or Holliday?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d go Rios

  3. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    In order to pick up Rafael Montero I’d need to drop one of Jim Johnson, Ernesto Frieri or Melancon. I also have Street. We start only 2 RP, but given those 3, who knows which one is startable.

    Also not sure if Montero crack my lineup behind Felix, Strasburd, Greinke, Gerrit, Gray, Anibal and Stroman when we only start 4.

    I could drop Khris Davis who is now behind Braun, Cespedes, Gordon, Bruce, Kemp, Springer, Moss and Prado.

    Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s a great roster so it’s not like you got to have Montero, but Davis would be the drop if it were me.

  4. gareth says:
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    As an Indians fan I’ve thoroughly enjoyed nyger morgan on the tribe this year.

    An appearance today really highlighted the intangibles hes shown all year.

    Today:

    Bunt single and head first slide into first.
    balk.
    passed ball to third.
    sac fly to score a run.

    The guys energy seems to really be igniting the Indians. Did you see his catch the other day? Hilarious.

    As I type this he gets a good jump and makes a running juggling catch. Awesome.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha, for sure. What was that fake name he gave himself with the Brewers?

      • gareth says:
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        @Mike: tony plush.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Hahaha

  5. gareth says:
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    As a referece I have Santana at catcher.

    Im looking to drop 2 of the following:

    Wilson Ramos
    nick swisher
    Chase headley
    adam dunn
    ben revere
    khris davis

    Who’d you drop?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ramos, Davis

  6. gareth says:
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    G3!

  7. gareth says:
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    Haha. Nyger Morgan just hit a home run………

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice!

  8. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mike: What are your thoughts on Pearce of Balt?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      .816 OPS and 119 wRC+ vs lefties which is gobbledeegook for he might be a decent play for power against left handers in deep leagues or AL onlies

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