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The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings. He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season. What was supposed to be a Clayton Kershaw night has turned into a wide-open slate. The only ace, Jacob deGrom, is facing the high-scoring Chicago Cubs. Johnny Cueto, who has pitched like an ace, has the tough task of taming the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert, while the Boston Red Sox will hope some home cooking and Steven Wrights knuckler work miracles against the Los Angeles Angels. Its set up to be quite a ride, so fasten your seatbelts and point your GPS to Fridays Daily Notes.PitchingEliteDeGrom should be in consideration for June pitcher of the month, registering a 2.45 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 40 strikeouts to five walks in 33 innings. So why isnt he a no-brainer DFS anchor as he kicks off July? The New York Mets right-hander is tasked with taming the Cubs as the squads embark on a series in Citi Field. Theres strikeout upside as the prolific Cubs fan at an above-average pace, but the warm and fuzzy feeling desired from a cash game anchor just isnt there. Your mileage may vary.SolidVery good but not great is the best way to describe Sonny Grays June. But thats also an apropos characterization of the Oakland Athletics?right-hander, so it appears hes back on track after 30 2/3 innings with a 3.32 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, fanning 22 with just five free passes. A date with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates will be a great litmus test for the 26-year-old as the Bucs sport a respectable 0.329 weighted on base average (wOBA) versus righties and have the luxury of using a designated hitter. Its hard to justify using Gray in a GPP; the strikeout upside just isnt there but he does profile as a better cash game candidate than deGrom.While on paper Cueto incurs a big park downgrade with a visit to Chase Field to take on the Diamondbacks, as a former Cincinnati Reds hurler, Cueto is well acquainted with working in hitter-friendly ballparks. As such, hes in play for both DFS cash and GPP action. His penchant for going deep into games with a decent 7.7 K/9 provides the cash floor while the Snakes 24 percent strikeout rate facing right-handers avails the tournament upside. You also have to like his offenses chance to put up some tallies with Shelby Miller taking the hill for the home team.Will the real Drew Smyly please stand up? Those of a certain age, or fans of the Game Show Network, recognize that as a To Tell the Truth reference. To tell the truth, Smyly is one of the more frustrating pitchers to analyze. Just as he appears ready to get back on track, hes derailed. The latest crash came last time out against the Baltimore Orioles as the Tampa Bay Rays lefty was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs in five innings. That came on the heels of a pair of outings featuring 17 punchouts with nary a walk in 13 2/3 frames. Next up are the Detroit Tigers, a similar club to the Orioles, though this affair will be in the comforts of Tropicana Field. With a 10.0 K/9, Smyly is best deployed only in a GPP. Hes too risky for cash even in the pitcher-friendly venue.If you were told back in March that Jaime Garcia would give you 88 first-half innings, youd be ecstatic. However, your enthusiasm would be tempered once it was learned those would come with a 4.09 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Some of that is bad luck as the St. Louis Cardinals lefty carries a hefty 0.329 batting average on balls in play with a slightly high 11 percent home run-per-fly ball mark. But, he also hasnt been as sharp, as evidenced by a spike in walk rate. The veteran southpaw is in a great spot to get the second half going in the right direction as the Milwaukee Brewers make the trip to Busch Stadium for a weekend set with their NL Central foes. The visitors whiff at a 24 percent pace against left-handers, yielding Garcia as a top GPP option.Normally, a pitchers DFS potential is tempered facing the Los Angeles Angels as they dont strike out much. However, throw all that out the window when the pitcher is Steven Wright. The knuckleball specialist is largely eschewed by the DFS community, which always makes him a contrarian play. The Boston Red Soxs vaunted attack is scuffling, not only on the road but also at home. That said, returning to Fenway Park is usually a panacea for the club so run support could be in the offing against Jhoulys Chacin.In seasonal fantasy, theres a cliché that goes something like Hes so underrated that hes overrated. The DFS equivalent could be, Hes so contrarian that hes chalk. This applies to Michael Fulmer as he leads the Detroit Tigers into Tropicana Field for a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The home teams bats have been productive lately, but a lot of that damage came against lefties and their wOBA faccing southpaws is the leagues best.ddddddddddddAgainst right-handers theyre below average while punching out one quarter of the time. On such a varied slate, Fulmer is likely to be a popular GPP pick.Lets save some bandwidth for streamers by briefly identifying the remaining solid DFS options. If you want embellishment, please post in the comments below or shoot a tweet to @ToddZola. Julio Teheran and Tanner Roark are favorable options for cash games while Nathan Eovaldi, Mike Fiers and Jorge De La Rosa profile nicely for tournaments.StreamersUnfortunately, there arent a lot of enticing options to spot in, but well point out the better options since were getting close to the end of the head-to-head scoring period.Wade LeBlanc impressed the Seattle Mariners brass enough to get a second start, banishing Nate Karns to the bullpen. The journeyman southpaw takes on the dangerous Baltimore Orioles, but the affair is in Safeco Field and the visitors whiff at an above-average clip against lefties. Those needing to protect ratios may want to look elsewhere, but if youre chasing wins, the Mariners sticks have been productive so LeBlanc should have some runs to work with.In five June starts with the Atlanta Braves, new Los Angeles Dodgers righty Bud Norris boasted an impressive 2.15 ERA with 29 whiffs in 29 1/3 frames. Studies demonstrate pitchers throwing well usually continue, so despite facing a Colorado Rockies squad that handles righties well, Norris is in play since the Rox do most of their damage in Coors and this meeting is in Dodger Stadium.If Colin Rea can keep the top of the New York Yankees order in check, he should be in good shape as the Yankees as a squad sport a pedestrian 0.314 wOBA against righties. Plus, the game is in Petco, which means a park downgrade and likely no Alex Rodriguez.Martin Perez hasnt pitched as well as his 3.44 ERA suggests, as evidenced by a weak 4.4 K/9 and wild 3.8 BB/9. Against most clubs, the narrative would be expect regression to kick in, but with the Minnesota Twins on the docket, the Texas Rangers southpaws in play for this Target Field encounter.AvoidWhile there are some very risky choices, no one warrants complete avoidance other than the trio of Jeff Locke, Miguel Gonzalez and Jhoulys Chacin, who all check in with projected Game Scores of 45 or below, in the auto-avoid range.HittingFriday could be a day to focus more on individual players in favorable spots as opposed to team stacks since the available pig-piles dont feel as explosive as usual. But there are some locales worth considering, beginning in Minute Maid Park with?Miguel Gonzalez?taking the ball for the visiting Chicago White Sox. The Houston Astros picked it up in June, stroking a 0.364 wOBA against right-handers for the month. Regardless of handedness, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer are always dangerous. Marwin Gonzalez is a tough out along with lefties Luis Valbuena, A.J. Reed and Colby Rasmus. The latter three are best utilized in a tournament stack.The Oakland Athletics are another club hitting better as of late. Theyre in a good spot to keep the lumber pounding against southpaw Jeff Locke. _____ Crisp, Marcus Semien,?Jed Lowrie, Danny Valencia,?Jake Smolinski?and Josh Phegley spearhead an attack that gets better if Khris Davis shoulder is well enough to allow him to play.From the Department of Silver Linings, the Boston Red Soxs recent hitting woes have dropped the prices of the likes of Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. A return to friendly Fenway to face Chacin could be just what the doctor ordered.Whenever theres a late pitching change, its prudent to see if the prices of the affected hitters are out of whack. When the actual change is Bud Norris, a middling righty in for Kershaw, owner of the most valuable left arm on the planet, opposing left-handed hitters could be an absolute steal if they were priced expecting Kershaw. Be sure to check Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez as they could be bargains.Most likely to go yard: Josh DonaldsonJosh Tomlin struggles with the long ball and since he doesnt display significant splits, lets anoint Donaldson in Rogers Centre as the hitter despite lacking the platoon edge.Most likely to swipe a bag: Ben RevereAnthony DeSclafani does a poor job controlling the running game and is also prone to walks. Revere may not be the most patient hitter but hell be even more impatient if he gets on base. Look for him to take off if afforded the chance. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '