Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day With Daily Fantasy Baseball!

Apr 15, 2014 by

Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day With Daily Fantasy Baseball!

Full slate of 15 games on schedule for tonight – let’s see if our favorite Daily Fantasy Baseball writers can help us pick some winners.

Some think of today as Tax Day, while others know it as Jackie Robinson Day – a day to celebrate the day he made his major-league debut, breaking the color barrier in professional sports.

(Interesting side note: Go watch Ken Burns’ “Baseball” again and you’d find that there were actually black ballplayers in the majors in the late 1800s. They were eventually banned, and Robinson ended up being the first black player in modern baseball.)

There are three games with more than a 50-percent chance of rain, however, so keep an eye on the TB at BAL game, along wiith CHC at NYY and ATL at PHI.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Jackie Robinson Day

Here are the top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Tuesday! If I missed any articles, let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting me @DavidGonos.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

It looks like Andrew Brown is about to inherit a job, with a couple of the Mets’ other outfielders going down with injury Monday. He also likes Conor Gillaspie, who is really starting to grow into his full-time third base job with the White Sox.

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RotoExperts.com – All In Kid’s Daily Bets

Jake Ciely likes what Chase Headley’s doing over his past five games – and thinks he has a good sixth game in him tonight!

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Brian Gramling once again returns to rank ALL 30 PITCHERS tonight! I love this page, and I love the notes Gramling writes at the bottom.

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Hitters

Derek Carty comes back for another round of his favorite picks for the day. Stephen Strasburg is the top ace of the day, but he also has Brandon Morrow at Minnesota.

“Sure, there have been some breakouts and surprises like Chris Colabello, Josmil Pinto, and Brian Dozier, but when you consider that Colabello is on the way down (as should have been expected) and that their offense (third in the AL in runs scored thus far) has also largely been driven by overperformances from Jason Kubel and Trevor Plouffe (solid players but not this good), you see that this is really a below-average offense. I don’t foresee Morrow having much trouble with it.” — @DerekCarty

FoxSports.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Adam Meyer really likes the Angels today against the A’s, since four starters are hitting over .400 against Dan Straily.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Fantasy Hitters

Draft Kings Deposit Bonus-35x22-2Richard Valero is back on it with his picks – including Edwin Encarnacion against the Twins’ Phil Hughes tonight.

“The bat for EE hasn’t been great this year but he does have 5 hits in his last 3 games as well as a very favorable matchup today. Also right handed hitters are hitting .412 against Hughes this season. Get him in the lineup for sure today.” — Valero

TheFakeBaseball.com – Draft Kings

Zach Trexler picks his favorite players/prices on Draft Kings, including a catcher, second baseman and three outfielders (Spoiler alert: Shin-Soo Choo vs. Seattle)!

TheFakeBaseball.com – FanDuel Picks

Jason Guilbault looks at the top FanDuel options for the evening. Eeeeeverybody’s loving on Garrett Richards tonight, especially with his $5,700 FanDuel price.

So here’s the thing – I had a mid-afternoon mild emergency that involved dog poop for a dog I was dogsitting. Soooo today’s picks aren’t as in-depth as I had hoped they would be.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 42!

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Stocking Up on Money, By Stacking Up on Mariners

Apr 14, 2014 by

Stocking Up on Money, By Stacking Up on Mariners

How’d you do this weekend? Bring home any wins? I’m going to say — you saw enough success to make you want to come back and hit some more games for Monday night.

There are nine games tonight, all starting after 7pm — so I had some extra time to dig into some great Daily Fantasy Baseball articles!

Our new record — 17 links to 17 great articles. It’s quite a benchmark to aim for every day!

(By the way, games start late tomorrow also! I’m going to try and break the record again!)

Monday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are the top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Monday! If I missed any articles, let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting me @DavidGonos.

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Hitters

Derek Carty picks a couple players at each position, matches them up with their salaries on four sites, and shares his favorite value plays. He likes a big stack of Rays, going up against lefty Wei-Yin Chen in Baltimore.

“Longoria has the biggest platoon split among our Rays options today—a team whose contextual factors create the most favorable matchup of the day—making Longoria a near must-play.” – Carty

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Pitchers

Dave Loughran does the same picks/value plays on different sites as Carty, but for pitchers. His second-favorite pitcher play this afternoon is Braves SP Ervin Santana, who goes up at the Phillies.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Jason Collette is back and he shares his pitcher rankings for Monday’s games. Interestingly, he likes Arizona’s Josh Collmenter at home against the Mets over any of the other matchups. He also likes Reds ace Homer Bailey against the Pirates, however.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

Notorious goes through every game to pick out some winners. He’s a big fan of Robinson Cano, who is still looking for his first home run of the season, as he faces Rangers RHP Colby Lewis – fresh from a Triple-A rehab stint.

“In 2012 Lewis gave up a .771 OPS to LH batters and Cano is my top 2B play of the day. I really think the Mariners will knock Lewis around a bit and Cano hits RH pitching almost as well as anyone. Cano against a weak RH pitcher in a hitter friendly park? Yes please!” – Notorious

RotoGrinders.com – Daily Batter Breakdown

Varncass suggests jumping on the Devin Mesoraco bandwagon, now that he’s heating up, and I’m right there with him. This guy was bound for a breakout season at the plate, and it’s starting to happen. Get him now while he’s still cheap. He’s at a hitter’s park against a left-handed pitcher, so tonight’s a good night to jump on.

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsRotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays

Louiescards picks a pair at each position, including Troy Tulowitzki, who he suggests paying good money for Monday night at San Diego.

RotoScouting.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds

Mike Newman likes Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard going up against “home run prone Ervin Santana” and the Braves.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish notes that Albert Pujols has hit safely in nine consecutive games, and he has three home runs and six RBI in his past five games. He’s starting to outplay his bloated Daily Fantasy salary on most sites.

He also likes Justin Smoak for Seattle, citing a jetstream to right field at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

RotoExperts.com – Daily Fantasy Rundown

Leonem and Dinkpiece also like Cano to “get hot in Texas,” and they share a couple catcher picks before you have to pay for their premium package. It’s a nice system, since you get to see if they do well on a few picks before paying up for the rest.

RotoExperts.com – All In Kid’s Daily Bets

Jake Ciely shares his favorite plays of the day, which includes one of the hottest outfielders in the game – Justin Upton. Did you know Upton is now tied with Hank Aaron for the Braves’ franchise record for most home runs in consecutive Aprils? … And Upton has 15 games left!

FoxSports.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Adam Meyer continues his column on Daily Fantasy Baseball, and he concurs with Ciely, choosing the younger Upton as his “Must-Start of the Day.” Upton goes up against Robert Hernandez in Atlanta.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Fantasy Hitters

Richard Valero shares his favorite plays of the day, including Joey Votto, who’s going up against Wandy Rodriguez. Votto has seven extra-base hits against Wan-Rod in 54 career at-bats.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Justin Klein loves Rays P Chris Archer against Baltimore, but he’s also a fan of Santana and Zack Wheeler, who faces Arizona.

“Sooner or later this kid will put it together this season. After two rough starts Wheeler is a bit of a sketchy play Monday at Arizona, and that is why he’s still available in 26% of Yahoo leagues. The ERA & WHIP are going to come down, and the 12/2 K/BB ratio is a great sign. The fact that Arizona is stumbling helps as well. I’m pitching Zach on Monday and recommending you do the same.” – Klein

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup For Draft Kings

Zach Sanders goes over his “Daily Five” of players he likes with today’s matchups and their Draft Kings salaries. While Collette likes Collmenter against the Mets, Sanders thinks 3B David Wright still has an excellent matchup – especially with the cheap price tag ($4,400).

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind for FanDuel

Brad Johnson jumps on the stack-up-your-Rays-vs-Orioles bandwagon, but he also thinks the Marlins against Jordan Zimmermann could be a nice payoff.

“The Marlins jumped on him last time. Aside from the terrible outing and poor control, I can’t find any indicators of injury.” – Johnson

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for DraftStreet

Brett Talley shares a couple charts that show players with reverse splits (good against the same-handedness pitcher) and the reverse splits for switch hitters. He suggest starting some of these guys when they’re facing like-handed pitchers, since DraftStreet’s salaries for them will dip for those matchups.

Let us know how you end up doing after tonight’s games.

Who are your favorite Daily Fantasy Baseball writers, and am I missing any?

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Going Gaga Over Gallardo

Apr 12, 2014 by

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Going Gaga Over Gallardo

Remember back when you used to get up early on Saturday mornings, just so you could watch cartoons four like four straight hours? Today is similar, only except for getting up early for cartoons, you have to get up early to set your Daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for six afternoon games!

If you sleep in, however, you’ll still be able to play a game using the eight nighttime contests, which happens to be led by Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo, who has had a great start to the season.

Gallardo is now 2-0 in his first two starts of the season, and he has yet to allow an earned run in 2014. He faces off against the Pirates, who are struggling a bit to start the season.

The Bucs are batting just .234 on the young season, and Gallardo has just two walks and seven strikeouts after two starts. He’s an intriguing choice on a day when aces like Adam Wainwright, Jered Weaver, Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke and James Shields take the mound.

Saturday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are the top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Saturday! Drop a note in the comment section, or tweet me @DavidGonos, if I missed any articles.

Unfortunately, I’m fishing on Lake Okeechobee today at my brother’s place in Pahokee (home of Anquan Boldin!), so I’m unable to update all of the links below to their exact columns. However, I did provide you with a bunch of links that should have some great Daily Fantasy Baseball content. Check them often for new articles.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

SportsTradex, Getaway DayTheFakeBaseball.com

LockerRoomFantasySports.com

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

FanGraphs.com

RotoGrinders.com

FoxSports.com

RotoScouting.com

I’ll still be playing in some tournaments and some 50/50s, though, using my phone to load up on studs and bargains. Let us know who your favorite picks are in the comments!

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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30 Teams, 15 MLB Games, Dozens of Daily Fantasy Baseball Tournaments

Apr 11, 2014 by

30 Teams, 15 MLB Games, Dozens of Daily Fantasy Baseball Tournaments

Is there anything more awesome than a full slate of 15 games on a Friday night? You know, I mean, besides partying with a bunch of hot chicks that find baseball knowledge sexy.

Why is it so great, having 30 teams going at it within a six-hour window? Think about it this way – this is the first time all season we’ve been able to choose from lineups on all 30 teams for Daily Fantasy Baseball tournaments.

This means we’re going to have cheap players blow up and affect thousands of lineups, and we’ll have super expensive players that many avoided because there are so many other options.

Life is good!

Scoreboard watching will never be the same!

So in celebration of this, I thought I’d invite you to play in several tournaments I’m going to play in tonight. These won’t be expensive tournaments, but they will be awesome!

Friday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsHere are the top articles for Friday with the best Daily Fantasy Baseball information out there! Did I miss any? Drop it in the comment section, or tweet me @DavidGonos.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Neil Parker (@naparker77) does his best to help us win all of those tournaments above, with a pair of pitchers he expects to do well, in spite of their ownership percentages.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Hitters

Among Richard Valero’s top-five hitters, he has two catchers, two third basemen and two outfielders. (One player is eligible at two spots!

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 3 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Parker also makes some picks over at LRFS, specifically for Draft Street’s setup, which allows for three pitchers. Angels rookie starter Tyler Skaggs gets the nod here.

“Skaggs has long been a highly regarded pitching prospect, who is finally getting his chance for the Angels. The Mets head to LA among the leagues worst for drawing a free-pass and have struck out 88 times in just 9 total games. Skaggs will look to build off his excellent first start of the season and the price is right here.” – Parker

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Once again, we’re looking at a day full of aces, with pitchers like Yu Darvish, Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale and Jose Fernandez toeing the rubber tonight. This might be a good day to pair an ace with a bargain pick in hopes of bringing home some tournament dough.

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup

David Wiers chooses five players he likes in Draft Kings’ setup for tonight. One of those players is Tigers OF Rajai Davis ($3,600), who plays at San Diego.

” Yes, I’m going against my boy in Andrew Cashner here, but I think the Tigers will be aggressive on the base paths while in Petco. Hard to imagine someone other than Davis enjoying the green light more.” — Wiers

Photo Credit: Ken Koller

Happy Friday! Win some money — as a second-place finisher, of course.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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Just 9 Games on Getaway Day

Apr 10, 2014 by

Just 9 Games on Getaway Day

Today is getaway day, once again, but there are just three games on the afternoon slate, before we get into six games later tonight.

We saw a pair of Pirates hit a pair of dingers each yesterday, as Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin both hit two solo shots apiece. That’s four home runs – and just four RBI.

Kinda awesome and kinda painful.

One of the more interesting matchups tonight will be between the Red Sox and Yankees, who start a four-game set. Boston throws out Clay Buchholz, whose 2014 is already worse than his 2013. And the Yankees will counter with the resurrected Michael Pineda.

Also, I wanted to give props to a couple more peeps to our must-follow list, bringing the total to 53 Twitter accounts you should follow for Daily Fantasy Baseball information:

 

Thursday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are Thursday’s top articles for Daily Fantasy Baseball! Did I miss any articles, drop it in the comment section, or tweet me @DavidGonos.

SportsTradex, Getaway DaySI.com – 5 Things to Look For in Your Pitchers

Heyyy, look who joined the party! I take a look at five attributes you should look for in your Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers. Next week, I’ll tackle hitters.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Mike Sheets takes his turn with today’s abbreviated slate before the big weekend. He likes Stephen Strasburg to get his first win of the season against the Marlins. Cliff Lee follows up as his second-favorite pitcher. His starting pitcher rankings also hint that loading up on Blue Jays (vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel of Houston) and Nationals (vs. RHP Tom Koehler of Miami).

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish points out that the Cubs game has a 50 percent chance of showers, so keep that in mind this afternoon. He also likes Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong against Arizona.

” The Diamondbacks have managed just one victory in the past six meetings with the Giants. San Francisco is 7-0 in their past seven home games against a right-handed starter, and 5-1 in their past six games overall. In addition, the Giants are 18-8 in the Vogelsong’s past 26 home starts, and 15-6 in his past 21 starts as a home favorite.” – Dobish

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

May the Daily Fantasy Force be with you on getaway day! Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks!

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Looking for Another Giant Day From a Giants Pitcher

Apr 9, 2014 by

Looking for Another Giant Day From a Giants Pitcher

Last season, Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter at San Diego and had one of the best days among all Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers in 2013. He faces the free-swinging Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and daily players are hoping he can get some of that magic back.

(As a matter of fact, I went back and looked at the top 10 Fantasy Baseball hitting performances of 2013, and you might be surprised to see who landed on that list!)

You might also recall, I went through the top 10 Daily Fantasy hitting performances of 2013 on this site over the weekend.

Some of today’s interesting stories include:

  • Josh Beckett will make his first start since May of last season, due to a rib injury, but he’ll be going up against Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez.
  • Is Ryan Braun done punishing Phillies pitching, after he hit three home runs on Tuesday?
  • Looking at the best pitching parks in the game, only Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park are in action today.
  • Can the White Sox rookies keep it up? Jose Abreu and Marcus Semien destroyed Rockies pitching at Coors Field Tuesday, and the team as a whole hit six home runs. They play again today at 3:10 pm.

 

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are your top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Wednesday! If you know of an article I’ve missed, drop it in the comment section, or tweet it at me @DavidGonos.

Before we get rolling too far into today’s links, I wanted to point you to #LuTV, which is a video show put on by some of the guys at LuDawgs.com. They did a nice job for Wednesday’s games below:

TheFakeBaseball.com – SP Streamers

Justin Klein takes his turn at choosing his favorite starting pitchers for Wednesday’s games. He likes Ervin Santana in his 2014 Braves debut, going up against the Mets and SP Zach Wheeler.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Weather Links

Chet Gresham pulls in a link from WeatherSpark.com, which has updated weather graphs and maps, for each of the major league cities that don’t have retractable roofs – or play in Tropicana Field.

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 5 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Chris Meaney once again goes over last night’s games to find the top tweets of the baseball world. One interesting tweet was by BaseballReference.com about Ryan Braun:

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Props to Dobish for pointing us toward White Sox rookie 2B/SS Marcus Semien yesterday. For Wednesday, he talks golf. Great.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

Nobody looks as deep into a day’s matchups like these guys, and Notorious takes his turn, figuring out good/bad hitters/pitchers for today’s/tonight’s games/matchups. I/can’t/stop. (Every time I read the name “Notorious,” it makes me sing that old Duran Duran song from “A View to a Kill,” I think, where it starts off, “No-, No-, No- Notorious!” Yeah, I’m not proud of that.)

He suggests using Bryce Harper against Miami’s Jacob Turner, and he wonders if today is the day Harper hits his first home run of the season – with a discounted price on many sites.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Gramling likes both the Red Sox and Yankees today, with Jake Peavy and Masahiro Tanaka pitching, and he has our coverboy for today, Tim Lincecum, as the sixth-best starter of the day. He also mentions another AL pitcher that’s worth watching today.

“[Indians starter Trevor] Bauer has been shaky to start his career, producing a 5.67 ERA and 1.74 WHIP over eight major league starts. But his fastball was consistently clocked in the mid-90s in spring training, which should help him get closer to his gaudy 10.2 K/9 rate over four minor league seasons.” – Gramling

Photo Credit: Damen Jackson

I hope you pick some great Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers and win some tournaments today – unless it’s against me! Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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