Pedro Alvarez- Pedro Alvarez has opened the 2015 season with a solid power performance, and he is a solid daily play against right handed pitching. Alvarez doesn't have much upside to alter his season long value, but if the Pirates are playing a right handed pitcher, he has a solid chance at being an undervalued daily play. That is the case on Friday when the Pirates play Josh Collmenter, who tends to be slightly fly ball prone. At his current salary, he may been a solid value play on Friday. DraftKings Salary: $4,300.00
Addison Russell- Addison Russell delivered his first RBI and run of the 2015 season. Russell is an interesting name as he has been listed among the top five to ten prospects each of the past couple of seasons. I question how much fantasy value he will have in his first season though. Russell hasn't flashed significant speed since 2013 as he barely ran at all in 2014. He also hasn't flashed significant power since 2013. He does hit for a fair bit of average, but in his first stint as a major league player, it is tough to estimate exactly what his value may be this season. In keeper leagues, deep mixed leagues (12+ teams) and NL-Only Leagues, Russell has to be owned on his potential, but I'd caution against dropping a useful piece.
Alex Wood- Alex Wood has struggled a bit during the early going in 2015 to generate the strikeouts that made him a valuable piece in fantasy during the 2014 season. This feels more like a small sample size variance than a real issue at this point. Wood is throwing at approximately the same velocity, he hasn't drastically changed his pitching profile, and his zone rate is almost identical. I'm beating that Wood will see a bounce back over the next few starts to correct for early season issues. He is a player I like on Friday in daily fantasy based on his salary. Draftkings Salary: $8,800.00.
Giancarlo Stanton- The good news for Giancarlo Stanton owners is that it appears that the Marlins new $300 million dollar man is on pace to continue to slug his way to fantasy relevance. Stanton is still striking out almost 30% of the time, he is still walking about 15% of the time and he is still generating elite HR/FB rates while hitting a fair amount of home runs. If you drafted Stanton, everything is standard. If anything, it appears that Stanton will be running a bit more often, which means he may eclipse the 15 stolen base total.
Andrelton Simmons- Andrelton Simmons has begun the season in a more positive offensive light. The .308 BABIP he carries into Friday will likely regress negatively over the course of time, which will decrease the one truly useful aspect of his game to date, his batting average. Simmons remains a player that will not contribute speed or power to your fantasy lineup while providing inconsistent average on a week-to-week basis. Overall, he just doesn't do enough that he is worth owning in anything but the deepest NL-Only format.
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