Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Friday May 25th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Friday May 25thFantasy owners dig the long ball, but it is some small ball experts that top my list of must haves for tonight’s MLB action.

Value plays:

Ichiro Suzuki – We always here about the power potential of Ichiro, and against Ervin Santana, it has come to fruition. Of his 28 hits, 10 have gone for extra bases, with six of those being doubles. His .402 OBP indicates his willingness to take pitches, and he is still capable of stealing a base or two. Look for Ichiro to frequently occupy the base paths tonight, making him a bargain in daily fantasy baseball games.

Michael Bourn – With a sudden power surge, Bourn is on the type of streak that makes fantasy owners take notice  heading into action tonight. He had his first career multi homer game on Tuesday and connected for another blast last night, and figures to continue the hot hitting against Johnny Cueto. Bourn is batting .375 agianst the Reds starter, and with a .400 OBP, a stolen base is a good bet for the speedster. The power is a fluke, but the fact that he is seeing the ball well heading into a favorable matchup is more than enough for me to endorse the Brave outfielder.

Mike Young, Elvis Andrus, and Ian Kinsler – The Rangers are a run scoring at home, and if these 3 infielders have anything to say about it, that’ll continue tonight against Toronto. The trio has a .455 batting average against Brandon Morrow, with all 3 batters hitting at least .375 against him. Young leads all current Rangers with a 1.078 OPS, and is a good bet for a multi hit game in Texas tonight.

Players to avoid:

Carlos Beltran - Beltran is experiencing a resurgence, ranking atop the National League in HR’s. But I don’t like his chances against Cliff Lee tonight, as he is only a .167 hitter against the Phillie ace. Beltran has been hot of late, with yet another 3+ hit game last night, but with the only Cardinal who hits Lee well (Lance Berkman) on the disabled list, men on base figure to be difficult to come by. The best case scenario for Berkman is one meaningless hit, something his fantasy baseball owners aren’t looking for from a $150,000 outfielder.

BJ Upton and Ben Zobrist – A banged up Tampa Bay team is relying heavily on these two, a bad sign when Jon Lester opposes them. The duo has a mere 17 hits in 80 at bats and have struck out 25 times. It doesn’t help the Rays tandem that Lester is finally hitting stride, giving up 1 or fewer earned runs in 3 of his last 5 starts. Look for Lester to limit the Rays all night long, making none of them worth a look in daily fantasy baseball games.

Mike Napoli – The Rangers may score runs, but it won’t be because of their C/1b. He has managed only 2 hits in 14 career at bats against Brandon Morrow, and has struck out 7 times. He doesn’t see the ball well against the 27 year old righty, and figures to have very little success (if he even starts) tonight against the Blue Jays.

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