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  • Rajon Rondo

    Chicago Bulls

    Rajon Rondo (thumb) officially ruled out for Friday

    Rondo wants to get back on the court, but he was unable medical clearance to play on Friday. Isaiah Canaan will earn another start in his place. He's scored exactly 13 points and grabbed two rebounds in each of the past two games. After playing 34 minutes off the bench in Game 4, he picked up 36 in his start in the follow-up; the Canaan Ball could continue to push towards the 36-minute mark every night until Rondo returns. Over 106.2 minutes on the court this season with Butler and Wade while Rondo was off, Canaan had a usage rate of 19.2% and returned 0.59 FD ppm. He's just $2,600 on FanDuel, so he'll be a great value play on tomorrow's slate. Over at DraftKings, he has a salary of $4,300, which may be a little too high.

    As reported by NESN Other tagged players: Isaiah Canaan
    • nba
    • injury
  • Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals

    Casey Lawrence has more walks than Ks, but a 63.3 GB% in eight major league innings

    Casey Lawrence is a 29 year-old rookie who has walked more the 45 batters he's faces (eight) than he's struck out (six). He has generated a 63.3 GB% with just a 16.1 Hard% in his eight innings of work though. Theoretically, the Cardinals should punish him, as they have the second highest implied run line (4.9) on the slate, but unfamiliarity can sometimes work in the pitcher's favor and the profile gives us confidence in not much more than walks. Regardless, virtually all St Louis bats should be in play on the small slate. The second game of a double-header necessitates a few lineup omissions, Molina, Gyorko and Diaz in this case, but also some opportunities to save salary. Greg Garcia (113 wRC+ vs RHP since 2015) should make a nice infield punt play ($2.8K DK/$2.2K FD) for Chris Sale owners. Matt Carpenter (147 wRC+, .250 ISO vs RHP since 2015) is the top bat in the lineup.

    Other tagged players: Greg Garcia, Casey Lawrence
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 10.59 proj
    • 3.21 pt/$
    • $3,300
    • 8.07 proj
    • 1.83 pt/$
    • $4,400
  • Jake Lamb

    Arizona Dbacks

    Will Jered Weaver's luck finally run out tonight at Chase Field?

    The magician known as Jered Weaver has somehow continued to string together quality starts despite allowing an astronomical 2.74 HR/9 through his first four outings. He's set to take the mound on the road against a powerful Arizona Diamondbacks lineup that is littered with power and speed from both sides of the plate up and down the lineup. Despite a solid ERA to this point in the season, the dreaded regression monster is bound to catch up to Weaver and his .182 BABIP and 91.6% LOB% through four starts. At this stage of his career, Weaver is nothing more than a low strikeout pitcher (13.4% K% in 2016) that allows a ton of flyballs (48.2% FB% in 2016) which, in turn, leads to well above average home run rates (1.87 HR/9 in 2016). The Diamondbacks are the clear top offense to target on tonight's microscopic 4-game slate, evidenced by their 6.2 runs implied team total. This should lead to some massive ownership and begs the question whether they are worth a fade in tournaments in hopes Weaver is able to keep the magic going for at least one more start. Ownership concerns aside, there are several hitters from this Arizona squad that are elite options for all formats, headlined by Jake Lamb (132 wRC+, .379 wOBA, .281 ISO vs RHP since 2016), Paul Goldschmidt (129 wRC+, .375 wOBA, .193 ISO vs RHP since 2016), and A.J. Pollock (111 wRC+, .348 wOBA vs RHP since 2016). They are closely followed by teammates David Peralta (108 wRC+, .345 wOBA, .183 ISO vs RHP since 2016) and Chris Herrmann (.199 ISO vs RHP since 2016) if in need of a salary-saving option at the catcher position.

    Other tagged players: Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, David Peralta, Chris Herrmann, Jered Weaver
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 13.3 proj
    • 3.50 pt/$
    • $3,800
    • 10.32 proj
    • 2.24 pt/$
    • $4,600
  • Kendall Graveman

    Oakland Athletics

    Kendall Graveman throwing sinker 90% of time, generated just two swings and misses last start

    Kendall Graveman generated some excitement with a March boost in velocity, but has dropped nearly a half mile per hour in each start since his first, generating just two swinging strikes in his last start. He's throwing his sinker 90% of the time, but his once strong ground ball rate (above 50%) is now down around league average (44%). Despite hard contact at a 36% rate this year, he's stranded 100% of his runners with a .204 BABIP, which has kept his ERA more than two runs below his estimators. He has virtually no platoon split, so as usual with the Angels, it's Mike Trout (172 wRC+, .272 ISO vs RHP since 2015) or nothing. In 21 career PAs though, Trout has just an 84.2 mph aEV (one HR) on 19 BBE against Graveman. Kole Calhoun (112 wRC+, .162 ISO vs RHP since 2015) has a 95.5 mph aEV on 15 BBE.

    As reported by Baseball Savant Matchups Other tagged players: Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 25.77 proj
    • 3.30 pt/$
    • $7,800
    • 14.48 proj
    • 1.83 pt/$
    • $7,900
  • Taijuan Walker

    Arizona Dbacks

    Taijuan Walker is projected for second highest point and strikeout total on the night slate

    Players not paying for Chris Sale tonight may see Taijuan Walker as their next best option. He’s struggled a bit early on because he’s had issues throwing strike one (53.6 F-Strike%). All of his starts have come against the Dodgers (great against RHP) and Giants (tough to strike out), but while the park remains a big negative, at least he gets to face the Padres (25.2 K% vs RHP). As an added bonus, the San Diego lineup does not appear to be at full strength tonight. Walker has the second overall projected point total on the night slate according to the RotoGrinders Player Projections and also second in the Daily K Predictor as well (6.26). If not using Walker, he has a slight reverse split since 2015 (RHBs .328 wOBA - LHBs .310 wOBA), which could favor Hunter Renfroe (117 wRC+, .276 ISO vs RHP career), who is also a solid bargain ($3.6K DK/$2.8K FD), and Wil Myers (116 wRC+, .207 ISO vs RHP since 2015), who has a 68.8 Hard% over the last week. Despite the favorable hitting environment, Walker is not the most attractive target to attack with hitters tonight.

    As reported by Rotogrinders Player Projections Other tagged players: Hunter Renfroe, Wil Myers
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 28.62 proj
    • 3.67 pt/$
    • $7,800
    • 16.76 proj
    • 1.88 pt/$
    • $8,900
  • Corey Kluber

    Cleveland Indians

    Delay potential in Cleveland, but no rain risk for night slate in Kevin's update

    Kevin's updated forecast does not include rain related risk for any of the four games in the night slate, though the earlier game in Cleveland (vs Houston) could see a late start. Read Kevin's full report on our Weather page and follow him on Twitter (@KevinRothWx) for further updates.

    As reported by RotoGrinders Weather Page
    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
    • 39.69 proj
    • 3.74 pt/$
    • $10,600
    • 23.57 proj
    • 2.36 pt/$
    • $10,000
  • Kyle Lowry

    Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry's usage rate has dropped to 15.9% with Ibaka and DeRozan on the floor this postseason

    Over the past two games with Norman Powell in the starting five, his usage has fallen even further to 9.3% and he's produced 0.48 FD ppm across 40.1 minutes. Lowry didn't have much time on the court with Ibaka prior to the playoffs due to his injury - they only played 72.8 minutes together - so it wasn't clear how the team might gel together. As a comparison, before Ibaka headed to Toronto in a trade, Lowry commanded a usage of 27.1% and delivered 1.04 FD ppm. Clearly, the roster change has had a negative effect on his fantasy production. Due to Ibaka's foul trouble and coach Dwane Casey's new rotations, Lowry was afforded 11 minutes without either guy on the floor in Game 5. In that time he enjoyed a usage rate of 38.5% and roughly scored 17.4 of his 38.6 FD points. With an extra shooter on the floor in Powell, Lowry took a backseat in scoring, finishing with 16 points on nine shots, which was fourth among starters. A good chunk of his production came through assists as he had ten and had an assist rate of 36.9%; it makes sense for him to contribute more in the category with efficient scorers to pass to, but it seems we should expect a reduction in points. While he will be able to earn fantasy points, it appears that he has to rely on his time without the other guys to do big damage. That means he comes with added risk and his ceiling is capped with Toronto's new strategy. Most fantasy players will likely go with a combination of Conley and one of Malcolm Brogdon/Tony Parker as there aren't many options at the position. That makes sense as Conley has been playing some excellent basketball and Parker has raised his usage 8.0% to 30.4%, his production has increased 0.04 FD ppm to 0.79, and he's played 30+ minutes the past two games. However, on a two-game slate, it's tough to differentiate. Pivoting to Lowry presents a high risk/high reward situation as he'll likely come with low ownership. If interested in a bet that Lowry can begin making a bigger impact on offense now that Ibaka has played 25 or fewer minutes in consecutive games, it could provide a nice advantage on a night that will feature plenty of duplicated lineups.

    As reported by Bryan Pauquette
    • nba
    • general-strategy
    • 36.34 proj
    • 4.23 pt/$
    • $8,600
    • 39.41 proj
    • 5.05 pt/$
    • $7,800
  • Khris Davis

    Oakland Athletics

    Khris Davis (129 wRC+, .280 ISO vs RHP since 2015) faces a RHP with a reverse platoon split (RHBs .348 wOBA)

    Ricky Nolasco has walked just three batters this year, affording him a 14.9 K-BB% even with a below average K%, but his GB rate has dropped nearly 10 points (0.67 GB/FB) off his career rate with a 34.2 Hard%. That’s a lot of hard contact in the air and in fact, his 10 Barrels allowed this season are tied for second most in the majors. He also has a fairly significant reverse platoon split (RHBs .348 wOBA, 33.9 Hard% - LHBs .310 wOBA, 31.9 Hard% since 2015), which might explain the absence of Stephen Vogt tonight in favor of Josh Phegley. Khris Davis (129 wRC+, .280 ISO vs RHP since 2015) is the top rated bat in this lineup with a bit of a reverse platoon himself. He's also one of the top projected values on DraftKings tonight ($2.7K), along with Matt Joyce (125 wRC+, .221 ISO vs RHP since last season), who costs near the minimum on either site. Sale owners might also consider Yonder Alonso, who has been red hot over the last week (200 wRC+, 46.2 Hard%) and costs around $2.5K on either site.

    As reported by RotoGrinders Player Projections Other tagged players: Josh Phegley, Matt Joyce, Yonder Alonso, Ricky Nolasco
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 11.16 proj
    • 3.10 pt/$
    • $3,600
    • 8.45 proj
    • 2.28 pt/$
    • $3,700
  • Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    Chris Sale has dominated in a Boston uniform (38.9 K%, 15.8 SwStr%) with at least seven IP in every start

    Chris Sale has been absolutely dominant in a Boston uniform. Gone are the days of pitching to contact and by missing bats at an elite rate again (38.9 K%, 15.8 SwStr%), he's actually accomplished his originally intended goal of consistently going deeper into games. He's gone at least seven in every start with at least 10 Ks in each of his last three. The weather is cool (mid-50s) with a slight breeze blowing in from right (8 mph), about as favorable pitching conditions as you'll see in Boston. The Yankees have the lowest implied run line on the slate (3.0) by over half a run. Sale has the top strikeout projection on either slate (8.25) on the RotoGrinder's Daily K Predictor, along with being the top overall projected pitcher on either site as well. Aside from ownership considerations, with the potential to be upwards of half of all lineups, there's really no legitimate performance related reason to consider fading him or choosing any Yankee bat. Chase Headley does have two career HRs in 14 PAs against him, but with just an 85.5 mph aEV on eight BBE.

    As reported by RotoGrinders Daily K Predictor Other tagged players: Chase Headley
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 44.48 proj
    • 3.94 pt/$
    • $11,300
    • 26.62 proj
    • 2.06 pt/$
    • $12,900
  • Andrew Benintendi

    Boston Red Sox

    Benintendi, Moreland project as potential top DK values on small night slate against Tanaka

    The Red Sox are right in the middle of the board, projected for almost exactly four runs tonight against Masahiro Tanaka, who has settled down over his last two outings (20.4 K%, 7.4 BB%, 59.6 GB%), after struggling through his first two. The upside isn't what you'd like from a $9K pitcher against the Red Sox (16.2 K% vs RHP), but he may be the top overall pitcher on the board behind Sale tonight. Mookie Betts (144 wRC+, .206 ISO vs RHP since 2015) is the top overall bat in the lineup against a pitcher with virtually no platoon split, though Andrew Benintendi (153 wRC+, .191 ISO vs RHP career) projects well, priced at just $3.7K on DraftKings and Mitch Moreland (110 wRC+, .211 ISO vs RHP since 2015) may be a top DK value ($3.1K) as well, according to the RotoGrinders Player Projections. Several Boston bats have piled up 20 or more PAs against Tanaka over the last few years, but none have more than a single HR or three extra-base hits against him. Conditions in Boston are still expected to be very cool (mid-50s) with a bit of a breeze blowing in from RF (8 mph).

    As reported by Rotogrinders Projected Ownership Other tagged players: Mookie Betts, Masahiro Tanaka
    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 10.66 proj
    • 2.81 pt/$
    • $3,800
    • 8.13 proj
    • 2.20 pt/$
    • $3,700
  • Isaiah Canaan

    Chicago Bulls

    Isaiah Canaan will start Friday; Rajon Rondo not expected to play

    Rondo wants to get back on the court, but it's highly doubtful he gets medical clearance to do so. Canaan has scored exactly 13 points and grabbed two rebounds in each of the past two games. He earned 36 minutes in Game 5 and could continue to push towards the 36-minute mark every night until Rondo returns. Depending on his price, he could be a great value play again on tomorrow's slate.

    As reported by Nick Friedell Other tagged players: Rajon Rondo
    • nba
    • breaking-news
    • 17.66 proj
    • 9.81 pt/$
    • $1,800
    • 19.48 proj
    • 5.13 pt/$
    • $3,800
  • Matt Moore

    San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers and Giants game looks as though it will be a low-scoring affair

    Two pitchers with significant upside in Matt Moore of the Giants and Jose Urias of the Dodgers take the mound today in San Francisco in a game that has a low run total of 7 1/2 runs. Urias has all the upside in the world with a high K rate but his problem is he will likely be limited in terms of how long he will pitch thus making him a risky option. Moore has struggled this season but has shown upside in the past. Facing a Dodgers team that struggles against southpaws though he makes for an intriguing GPP option, especially with most players likely targeting the other pitcher in this game, Carlos Martinez, or Justin Verlander. While the bats from both offenses are better left alone, you could make a case for using the right-handed bats of Enrique Hernandez, Justin Turner, and Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers and the right-handed bats of Hunter Pence, Christian Arroyo, and Buster Posey (especially at a particularly thin catcher position) from the Giants.

    As reported by Alex Pavlovic on Twitter Other tagged players: Julio Urias, Buster Posey, Justin Turner
    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • roster
    • general-strategy
    • 28.47 proj
    • 3.60 pt/$
    • $7,900
    • 16.29 proj
    • 2.17 pt/$
    • $7,500
  • Adam Lind

    Washington Nationals

    Zimmerman and Rendon get day off for Nationals opening up some Coors Field value

    Two of the normal Washington starters, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon, are getting the day off with Adam Lind and Wilmer Difo taking their spots on the field. Difo is a risky option at the bottom of the order but he's cheap. Lind is just as affordable and batting 5th in the Nationals line up becomes an almost immediate chalk option in Coors Field. The other four left-handed bats (Eaton, Turner, Harper, and Murphy) for the Nationals all remain expensive, elite options. The right-handed bats of Rockies hitters Nolan Arenado, D.J. LeMahieu, Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds are the top options there with Patrick Valaika a viable punt option at SS batting 7th. Both pitchers (Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies) are obvious fades.

    As reported by Chelsea Janes on Twitter Other tagged players: Wilmer Difo, Trea Turner, Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds
    • breaking-news
    • roster
    • general-strategy
    • 9.9 proj
    • 3.19 pt/$
    • $3,100
    • 7.57 proj
    • 1.76 pt/$
    • $4,300
  • Nick Castellanos

    Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Tigers bats nice pivot off of Coors field facing the struggling Hisashi Iwakuma

    Most will target the Coors Field game for their hitter exposure today and will look to the Cardinals offense against Matt Latos if they choose to pivot off of that game. This makes the Tigers offense facing a susceptible Hisashi Iwakuma a particularly attractive option today for the afternoon slate. Iwakuma has just a 10.8% K rate this season with a walk rate topping that number at 12.1%. He's always been particularly vulnerable to giving up power to right-handed bats making the likes of Justin Upton, Nick Castellanos and Ian Kinsler strong options, with Victor Martinez, Tyler Collins, and Alex Avila all worthy as one off's or as part of a Tigers team stack. Justin Verlander is a solid option at SP but faces a tough Mariners offense in a game that has some weather concerns. He's a risk, but worthy of GPP consideration, while Nelson Cruz and Taylor Motter are secondary options from the Mariners lineup.

    As reported by Detroit Tigers official Twitter feed Other tagged players: Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander, Nelson Cruz
    • breaking-news
    • roster
    • general-strategy
    • 9.5 proj
    • 2.71 pt/$
    • $3,500
    • 7.21 proj
    • 2.12 pt/$
    • $3,400
  • Carlos Martinez

    St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals offense and Carlos Martinez top options for afternoon slate

    With Noah Syndergaard scratched again, Carlos Martinez becomes the clear cut top option at SP for the early slate of games facing a weak Toronto Blue Jays offense. He'll likely be a highly-owned option and carries a certain amount of risk as he has been highly inconsistent so there is a ton of merit to fading him. That said, the Blue Jays have a 23.9% strikeout rate and just a .124 ISO and .274 wOBA against RHP and without a DH in a NL park could be even worse. The opposing pitcher, Mat Latos, is simply put terrible and is an easy fade and an even easier target in terms of opposing hitters to utilize. Fade the Blue Jays bats and look to Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz, Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals top of the order as a great way to pivot off the Coors Field game.

    As reported by Toronto Blue Jays official Twitter feed Other tagged players: Matt Carpenter, Jedd Gyorko
    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • roster
    • general-strategy

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