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Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

Dave, a long-time veteran of fantasy sports, began his career in 2004 at TalentedMrRoto.com. After a recent seven-year stint at ESPN.com managing the fantasy Q&A platform "The Answer Guys," Dave’s writings have appeared on ESPN.com, SI.com, MLB.com, and other sites. Thrilled to be with RotoWire, Dave will try to keep his priorities straight by not ignoring his wife, two kids and menagerie of animals.

Friday Lineup Card:

Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Phillies (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Nationals (Doug Fister – R), 7:05
Mariners (Roenis Elias – L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 7:05
Rangers (Jerome Williams – R) at Indians (T.J. House – L), 7:05
Rockies (Franklin Morales – L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:08
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at Mets (Jon Niese – L), 7:10
Angels (Matt Shoemaker – R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 7:10
Reds (Mat Latos – R) at Marlins (Jacob Turner – R), 7:10
Yankees (Chris Capuano – L) at Red Sox (Anthony Ranaudo – R)
Twins (Logan Darnell - L) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ – L) at Astros (Collin McHugh – R), 8:10
Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R), 8:15
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 9:35
Pirates (Edinson Volquez – R) at Diamondbacks (Vidal Nuno – L), 9:40
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Padres (Eric Stults – L), 10:10
Cubs (Kyle Hendricks – R) at Dodgers (Dan Haren – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Chris Dickerson, OF, CLE (Knee) – Left Thursday’s game due to discomfort.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Elbow) – Left Thursday’s game after suffering an elbow injury.
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD (Knee) – Was a late scratch from Thursday’s lineup due to inflammation.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Back) – Expected to miss a decent length of time due to the injury.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (Hamstring) – Did not start on Thursday.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL (Illness) – Did not play on Thursday.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL (Illness) – Did not play on Thursday.
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX (Knee) – Expected to throw a bullpen session over the weekend.

Players on the DL

Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Concussion) – Expected to start a rehab stint on Saturday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (Finger) – Expected to be called up on Friday coming off the DL.
Ricky Nolasco, SP MIN (Elbow) – Will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN (Thumb) – Missed Thursday’s game.
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (Shoulder) – Expected to be ready for Arizona Fall League play.
C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA (Ankle) – Expected to be activated on Saturday to start against the Rays.
Matt Cain, SP, SF (Elbow) – No major structural damage, according to Dr. James Andrews.
Tanner Scheppers, SP, TEX (Elbow) – Not expected to pitch again this season.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Elbow) – Not expected to pitch again this season.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX (Back) – Has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Felix Doubront, SP, CHC (Calf) – Placed on the 15-day DL.
Jason Vargas, SP, KC (Appendix) – Expected to start Saturday against the Athletics.
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL (Elbow) – Not expected to return this season.
Dan Johnson, DH, TOR (Hamstring) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Tyler Thornburg, SP, MIL (Elbow) – Was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Neil Ramirez, RP, CHC (Triceps) – Will start rehab assignment on Friday.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (Knee) – Expected to make another rehab start on Monday after a solid outing on Wednesday.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (Back) – Will restart his rehab assignment on Friday after being shut down for a week.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

July 31 Deadline Trades

Chris Denorfia, OF, SEA – (from San Diego for Abraham Almonte, OF, and Stephen Kohlscheen, RP)
Stephen Drew, SS, NYY – (from Boston for Kelly Johnson, 2B, and cash)
Jarred Cosart, SP, MIA, along with Enrique Hernandez, OF, MIA and Austin Wates, OF, MIA – (from Houston for Jake Marisnick, OF, Colin Moran, 3B and Francis Martes, RP)
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, WAS and cash – (from Cleveland for Zach Walters, SS)
David Price, SP, DET – (in a three-team trade in which Tampa Bay receives Drew Smyly, SP, Willy Adames, SS, and Nick Franklin, 2B; Seattle receives Austin Jackson, OF)
Jon Lester, SP, OAK and Jonny Gomes, OF, OAK – (from Boston for Yoenis Cespedes, OF)
Andrew Miller, SP, BAL – (from Boston for Eduardo Rodriguez, RP)
Martin Prado, 3B, NYY – (from Arizona for Peter O’Brien, C, and a Player To Be Named Later)
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B and James Russell, RP – (from Chicago Cubs for Victor Caratini, C)
John Lackey, SP, STL, Corey Littrell, RP and cash – (from Boston for Allen Craig, OF, and Joe Kelly, SP)
Gerardo Parra, OF, MIL – (from Arizona for Anthony Banda, RP, and Mitch Haniger, OF)

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR – (Hamstring)
Tyler Thornburg, RP, MIL – (Elbow, transferred to the 60-day DL)
Gavin Floyd, SP, ATL – (Elbow, transferred to the 60-day DL)

Called Up

Chad Jenkins, RP, TOR
Kennys Vargas, 1B, MIN
Roger Kieschnick, OF, ARI
Austin Adams, RP, CLE
Blake Treinen, RP, WAS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Josh Wall, RP, PIT
Jake Elmore, SS, OAK
Ryan Wheeler, 3B, COL
Donnie Joseph, RP, MIA
Taylor Teagarden, C, NYM
Nick Franklin, 2B, TB
Rob Scahill, RP, COL
Tommy Milone, SP, MIN
Tyler Colvin, OF, SF
Zach Walters, SS, CLE
Billy Burns, OF, OAK
Angel Sanchez, SP, PIT
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL
Preston Guilmet, RP, BAL
Kenny Wilson, OF, OAK
Tony Abreu, 2B, SF
Scott Elbert, RP, LAD
Jason Lane, OF, SD

Claimed

Esmil Rogers, SP, NYY – (from Toronto)
Angel Sanchez, RP, PIT – (from Chicago White Sox)

Released

Jose De Paula, RP, SF
Scott Sizemore, 3B, NYY
Luis Vasquez, RP, ATL

Closer Watch

Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen isn’t a household name as far as saves go but the Indian’s closer hasn’t given up a run since June 21, while striking out 59 hitters in 45 innings overall this season. I’ll take that any day on my roster even if the saves come in sporadically due to opportunites.

Toronto Blue Jays – I’m sure that Casey Janssen’s job is safe, but it’s worth noting that he’s been hitting a rough patch of late where hitters are tagging him pretty hard. Over Janssen’s last six appearances dating back to June 20, he has given up six runs in 5.1 innings pitched while only striking out two hitters in the process. The wacky thing about those appearances? Janssen has managed to lock down three saves in the process. Keep an eye on him and snag Aaron Loup if you’re looking to protect Janssen.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Craig 1B BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Capuano 11 7 5 2 6 0 0 .636 .636 1.455 2.091
D. Ross C BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Capuano 15 4 4 2 2 1 4 .267 .313 .800 1.113
S. Victorino OF BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Capuano 10 4 4 1 1 1 3 .400 .500 1.000 1.500
C. Young OF NYM vs SF
7:10PM
R. Vogelsong 10 2 2 1 2 2 0 .200 .333 .600 .933
B. Posey C SF @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 15 6 3 1 2 1 2 .400 .438 .733 1.171
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 17 4 3 2 4 0 5 .235 .278 .647 .925
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 50 19 9 2 6 3 9 .380 .436 .640 1.076
M. Carpenter 3B STL vs MIL
8:15PM
W. Peralta 12 5 2 1 1 3 2 .417 .533 .750 1.283
M. Holliday OF STL vs MIL
8:15PM
W. Peralta 13 4 1 1 4 1 2 .308 .400 .538 .938
J. Jaso C OAK vs KC
9:35PM
J. Guthrie 18 4 2 2 5 4 4 .222 .348 .556 .903
J. Reddick OF OAK vs KC
9:35PM
J. Guthrie 19 6 3 0 0 1 5 .316 .350 .526 .876
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI vs PIT
9:40PM
E. Volquez 14 7 5 1 4 3 0 .500 .611 1.000 1.611
J. Upton OF ATL @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults 12 3 1 1 4 3 4 .250 .400 .500 .900
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Wei-Yin Chen BAL vs SEA
7:05PM
77 13 2 1 2 6 14 .169 .229 .221 .450
Doug Fister WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
64 15 4 0 4 2 13 .234 .268 .294 .561
Jon Niese NYM vs SF
7:10PM
98 22 7 1 7 7 17 .224 .275 .312 .586
Chris Sale CWS vs MIN
8:10PM
101 21 6 2 9 5 36 .208 .258 .303 .562
Cold Batter Matchups – August 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ackley 2B SEA @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
R. Cano 2B SEA @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 22 4 2 1 1 3 6 .182 .280 .364 .644
K. Seager 3B SEA @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 14 1 0 0 0 1 2 .071 .133 .071 .205
G. Jones 1B MIA vs CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 24 4 1 1 1 2 9 .167 .231 .292 .522
D. Wright 3B NYM vs SF
7:10PM
R. Vogelsong 10 2 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
M. Morse OF SF @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 18 3 3 0 1 0 4 .167 .167 .333 .500
H. Pence OF SF @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 29 3 0 0 0 4 7 .103 .212 .103 .316
E. Nunez SS MIN @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .200 .300
J. Willingham OF MIN @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 22 4 1 0 2 3 12 .182 .280 .227 .507
R. Braun OF MIL @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 55 11 5 2 6 2 15 .200 .250 .364 .614
J. Lucroy C MIL @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 12 3 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
G. Parra OF MIL @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 13 3 1 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .308 .538
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 43 7 4 0 1 3 14 .163 .234 .256 .490
M. Adams 1B STL vs MIL
8:15PM
W. Peralta 12 2 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
J. Jay OF STL vs MIL
8:15PM
W. Peralta 17 5 0 0 1 0 3 .294 .294 .294 .588
A. Callaspo 3B OAK vs KC
9:35PM
J. Guthrie 19 3 0 0 0 1 0 .158 .200 .158 .358
N. Punto 2B OAK vs KC
9:35PM
J. Guthrie 13 1 0 0 0 0 6 .077 .077 .077 .154
A. Hill 2B ARI vs PIT
9:40PM
E. Volquez 14 1 0 0 0 1 4 .071 .133 .071 .205
M. Montero C ARI vs PIT
9:40PM
E. Volquez 21 4 1 0 3 4 4 .190 .346 .238 .584
C. Coghlan OF CHC @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 16 4 1 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .313 .563
C. Nelson 3B SD vs ATL
10:10PM
M. Minor 10 1 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .100 .282
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Edinson Volquez PIT @ ARI
9:40PM
66 18 9 3 11 12 9 .273 .398 .493 .891


Recommended Pickup

J.P. Arencibia, C/1B, TEX – I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m overreacting to Arencibia’s monster output on Tuesday against the Yankees where he went 4-for-5 with two homers and seven RBI on the night, right? Well, maybe a bit; however, the issue to consider here with Arencibia is that he has massive power potential even at the suffering of a consistent and steady batting average. He is also very streaky, which normally doesn’t bode well for us fantasy owners who rely upon consistent production. Still, Arencibia is an intriguing pick-up since it seems the Rangers are intent on playing him every day as their first baseman for the remainder of the 2014 season. The added playing time, along with Arencibia’s turnaround at AAA- Round Rock (.320/.542/.862, 14 HR, 31 R and 41 RBI in only 190 AB), makes him worth taking a chance on, even if it’s just for the short term while you’re waiting for your regular catcher or corner infielder to return from injury.

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Draft Kings Value Picks

SP: Jonathon Niese, NYM ($6,700)
C: J.P Arencibia, TEX ($3,500)
1B: Jon Singleton, HOU ($3,700)
2B: Jedd Gyorko, SD ($3,400)
SS: J.J. Hardy, BAL ($3,500)
3B: Brock Holt, BOS ($4,000)
OF: Kole Calhoun, LAA ($4,300)