Tuesdays are generally a boring day of the week, except when it comes to Daily Fantasy Baseball at DraftTeam, as we’ve got our weekly MLB $2,000 Triple Play contest — the best thing to happen to Tuesday since Ruby.
Boston C Ryan Hanigan ($7,887), who had been out since May 1 with a broken bone in his hand, was activated on Thursday, and it took him a couple of games to shake off the rust, but on Monday he went 3-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. This veteran backstop is no offensive star, but even though he was the only starting this year because of injury he was enjoying his best season since 2012 before getting hurt. The way Boston’s offense is kicking into gear now, Hanigan could be a sneaky play against Dan Haren and the Fish Tuesday.
In late-July last year, we advised avoiding Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt ($13,599), and sure enough, he went 0-for-4 and struck out twice that night. This time, despite a very tough opponent in Texas SP Yovani Gallardo, we are going to go with the NL’s All Star first baseman. He heated up last week (although cooled somewhat the last couple of days), and has always hit Gallardo well (5-for-9 with a double, three walks and three RBI). With a walk in seven straight games, Goldschmidt has added to his NL lead with 66 free passes on the season (hence his amazing .466 OBP).
We love the rookie season Atlanta 2B Jace Peterson ($7,399) is putting together, and believe he’d have been a better pick as the NL All Star at second base than DJ LeMahieu. However, Peterson seems to be hitting a bit of a wall, having gone 4-for-28 over the last week and change, so we’re avoiding him for now. A better choice at the keystone corner for Tuesday is Oakland’s Ben Zobrist ($8,933).
- Baltimore SP Kevin Gausman ($13,290) has not yielded a home run since April 19 and over his last six starts he has a 2.04 ERA. It’s about time the O’s set this kid free.
- Speaking of young hurlers that are finally getting their shot, how about Andrew Heaney ($22,626) of the Angels? All he’s done is go 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his first two starts. Not bad considering how badly he was beaten up with the Marlins last year.
- Oh what the hell? Let’s keep the young pitcher theme going. Seattle’s Taijuan Walker ($27,371) has won his last five starts, recording a 1.67 ERA in the process. Did we mention he’s just 22? Well, there you have three reasons that the future of pitching in the AL in bright.
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