Justin Verlander to start the first game of the doubleheader Friday. Manager Jim Leyland is not ready to announce starter for the second game.
Verlander struggled somewhat in his recent outing, giving up 4 earned runs and 2 HR in 7 innings. However, his K/9 rate is actually up slightly this year, and he is averaging close to 1 strikeout per inning. His ERA overall this year is also in line with his career averages.ANALYST:
JV and the Tigers will be at home against James Shields and the Royals in Friday's opener. Verlander is 0-1 in three starts this season versus KC with a 2.75 ERA.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Kevin Durant scored 40 points (12-25 FGA, 13-13 FTA) with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks over 40 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.
The fact that Kevin Durant missed practically the entire 2014-’15 season and barely skipped a beat is insane. It’s almost like he was never injured in the first place. Anyways, over his last five games specifically, Durant has done serious damage. He’s averaged 33.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. The fact Durant has taken 25 shots in two consecutive games lets us know that Russell Westbrook is finally realizing who the alpha on the Oklahoma City Thunder is. Durant will always be costly in DFS because he has the ability for 70 point outbreaks such as Saturday’s game against the Warriors. Costly or not, he’s one of the best players in the world and is worth every penny. Analysis: James Grande
Harrison Barnes scored 19 points (8-14 FGA, 0-2 FTA) with four rebounds over 36 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.
After missing 16 games earlier this season, Barnes hasn’t been the same player as he was before the injury he suffered. He had one of his better games since returning, connecting on 57-percent of his shots and knocking down 3-of-6 three-point attempts. Barnes’ fantasy value is unfortunately capped because of the team he’s on. There’s no doubt in our minds he’d rather be just where he is than be a number one or two option on a bad team, but that sucks for fantasy owners. He becomes a restricted free agent this offseason where he could demand quite a large lump of change. Depending on whether the Warriors decide to make a run at Kevin Durant will ultimately decide if Barnes is back next year. If he’s not, he’ll be an excellent fantasy draft pick. Analysis: James Grande