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Thursday 27th Apr 2017

Once again this season, the Touts are playing a Friday Daily Contest with our friends at DraftKings.

We are indeed up and running with Tout Daily, and you can follow the standings right here

Mike Fiers ($7200): There are surely safer selections than Fiers today, but for his third start the Astros hurler gets to face the Rays. Tampa is a fun young team with some good hitters, and they are hitting .256 versus right-handers, but the team also leads the league in whiffs (actually tied with the Brewers), something Fiers can certainly exploit. Meaning, I am betting power pitching will prevail over power hitting.

Starlin Castro ($3300): The Yankees second sacker is not just smoking hot, hitting .439-3-9 over the past ten days, but Castro, who has proved his mettle after life in Chicago, faces struggling rookie Tyler Glasnow and his 0-1, 12.15 mark over 6.6 innings and two starts thus far.

Don't forget, you can hit me up @lawrmichaels and also feel free to comment, flatter, cajole, ridicule, bewitch, bother, and bewilder in the comments section below. 

With no vested interest in any teams, these NHL playoffs have been a delight to watch, and my lack of sleep is at the forefront. My playoff beard grows greyer each season, but after 25 playoff years and four Stanley Cups with my Wings, this is a welcome change for once. Here are a few players who have really caught my eye thus far.

Phil Kessel ($6400, Pittsburgh Penguins): With six points so far and two multi-point games, Kessel and his comrades are having no issue in the scoring department. Stopping the pucks seems to be the issue in this series, and as long as Columbus is playing the Pens, I’m stacking Penguins regardless of the costly lineup. Kessel is third in these playoffs with 17 shots as well. 

Alexander Radulov ($5400, Montreal Canadiens): Radulov has been the one constant for the Habs offense after being shut out in Game 1. He has two goals and four assists in the last three games, which is good for a three-way tie for second in scoring in these playoffs with the aforementioned Kessel and his teammate Jake Guentzel at six points. In this epic goalie battle, it’s nice to find the one constant on the offensive end, so play Radulov with confidence. 

Be sure to reach me @PolkaPat to talk anything hockey and read my rantings at Fighting Chance Sports as well. 

Another rugged week, another cluster of missed cuts. But, as with golf on the links, one good shot, err, pick, makes everything groovy.

So, for TPC San Antonio this week, who do I like when the golfers are not down by the Riverwalk or the Alamo? Let's see.

I have to admit with the meltdown of my principle picks the past few weeks, again DFS golf is as tough as the game itself, and there is a smaller field here in the wake of the Masters fuss, so let's see who I like. And don't forget you can duke it out against me and cut your chops playing $3 DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Charley Hoffman ($10,700): Charley played pretty well at the Masters, and he won this bad boy last year, so I am sort of going experienced hot-hand here.

Adam Hadwin ($9100): He finished tied for 22nd at the Heritage and has averaged 83.2 points per week.

Luke Donald ($8700): Donald also finished strong at the Heritage and has finished in the top three in two of his last three Valeros.

Ryan Palmer ($8600): Another hitter in the Zone, Palmer also had a strong finish to the Heritage coming off a weekend with 18 birdies.

Nick Taylor ($6700): Coming off his fourth Top 25 showing over 12 tourneys this year, Taylor's putting and long shots were among the best last week.

Matt Jones ($6300): Jones has played in just five tourneys this year but has finished in the top five three times. And, he plays TPC San Antonio well.

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Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and remember you can also hit me up @lawrmichaels.

We have an attractive seven-game slate for Thursday night on DraftKings. There are a number of quality pitching options. I am going to pass on the expensive Noah Syndergaard ($11,800) and go with the reasonably priced James Paxton ($9,600) with his 21 inning scoreless streak to start the season as my ace for the day. Danny Duffy ($8,200) appears to be mispriced on DraftKings after being priced as high as $9,700 with a solid start to the 2017 season.

There are a couple of hitters that spike out very high on the BvP radar. Jayson Werth ($3,500) hits R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball very well, going 13-for-27 with two home runs. I was surprised to learn that Freddie Freeman ($4,400) has very good career numbers against Stephen Strasburg. Freeman is 14-for-35 with four home runs versus Strasburg and is priced low on Thursday.

Once again this season, the Touts are playing a Friday Daily Contest with our friends at DraftKings.

As in previous years, the season will be broken into monthly contests with the top three point getters each cycle moving onto a Championship round the final month of the year.

So, again I will be previewing a couple of my picks each week in the contest, and we will both tweet the link so you can track, but also every week the Touts favorite selections will be published on the site each Friday morning. 

Furthermore, each Wednesday, "Fout Wars" will return. If you remember from the football season, we followed the Tout Weekly results there in virtual real estate which gives a nod to the former Chargers QB.

So, follow Todd Zola, Jeff Erickson, Lenny Melnick, Jake Ciely, Patrick Mayo, Tristan Cockcroft, and others.

Clayton Kershaw ($13,500): Facing the Diamondbacks at home, Kershaw is expensive, but the Snakes have among the lowest walk rates (7.4%) and highest strikeout rates (24%) in the Majors thus far. Over 91 at-bats against lefties, Arizona is hitting .220-2-10. Advantage Clayton.

Yunel Escobar ($3100): Escobar has come out of the blocks hot, hitting .366-1-4 over his first 41 at-bats, following consecutive .300 seasons. The right-handed hitter gets to face lefty Danny Duffy at home, and for $3100, a single and a walk mean a profit. And, if anyone can do that, it is Escobar.

Don't forget, you can hit me up @lawrmichaels and also feel free to comment, flatter, cajole, ridicule, bewitch, bother, and bewilder in the comments section below. 

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