Jose Abreu, Clayton Kershaw Sunday's best plays in Daily Fantasy
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Jose Abreu, White Sox (@ Mariners, Erasmo Ramirez) – Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double on Saturday, breaking out of a mini-slump in which he got just two hits in 13 at-bats over four games. Meanwhile, Ramirez has a 4.35 ERA and 5.27 FIP in 60 innings this season, giving Abreu a nice matchup on Sunday. Despite earning a loss, he had his best start of the year his last time out, allowing two runs in seven innings with 10 strikeouts. Regardless, Abreu should be able to take advantage.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (@ Brewers) – Daily fantasy leaguers really can’t go wrong selecting Kershaw on any day, but he’s an especially good choice on Sunday. In his last three starts, he has allowed a total of four runs in 25 innings, translating to a 1.44 ERA. He has fanned 23 batters while allowing 19 hits in that span. The Brewers have a good offense, hitting .256/.313/.412 as a team, but you don’t really worry about matchups with Kershaw.
Adam Jones, Orioles (vs. Cardinals, Lance Lynn) – Jones has had a really nice series against the Cardinals thus far, going 4-for-8 with a homer and three runs scored in two games. He has increased his slash line to .285/.314/.477 from .281/.308/.470 and is a good bet to keep it rolling against Lynn. Jones struck out in his only plate appearance against Lynn in his career, but with the way he’s swinging the bat, he is a strong play in daily fantasy leagues on Sunday.
Tyson Ross, Padres (@ Pirates) – Ross has nine consecutive quality starts, allowing a total of 11 runs with 67 strikeouts in 61 innings in that span.
Alex Cobb, Rays (@ Cubs) – Exploit the matchup here, as Cobb draws a Cubs team that is hitting just .239/.301/.383 with a 22.8-percent strikeout rate this year.
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (@ Blue Jays, Mark Buehrle) – Cabrera is in a rut, going 0-for-10 in his last four games, but he’s a good play against Buehrle on Sunday.
Brian Dozier, Twins (@ A’s, Jason Hammel) – Dozier is 13-for-37 with four doubles and three RBI in his last 10 games.
Michael Brantley, Indians (@ Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda) – Brantley has had a big series against the Yankees in the first two games, going 4-for-7 with a double, homer and two RBI.
Alex Rios, Rangers (@ Astros, Dallas Keuchel) – Rios is 5-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI in his career against Keuchel.