Seeing Red on a Manic Monday

Apr 7, 2014 by

Seeing Red on a Manic Monday

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

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – News & Notes

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of what these guys do on a nightly basis, going through and handpicking some of the best tweets and tidbits from the day’s action. It’s a nice primer for starting the day in baseball.

It’s just crazy to think that Chris Colabello is leading the American League with 11 RBI so far. He’s seeing the ball really well, right now, and he’ll face off against lefty Scott Kazmir this afternoon! Colabello’s already up in the $8,000 range on Draft Day, but he’s $3,900 at Draft Kings, and $2,500 on FanDuel. The salaries have climbed a bit this past week, but he could still be a bargain in the early matchups.

(With that said, he’s a 30-year-old slugger, whose batting average should dip considerably sooner than later. I’m not a huge fan of him in traditional Fantasy play just yet.)

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Fellow Rays fan (and current Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year) Jason Collette takes care of the Daily Notes today. He likes Cardinals’ SP Michael Wacha at home against the Reds (Joey Votto’s not having the best start to the season), and then John Lackey against Texas.

Draft Day, Daily Fantasy Baseball SitesInterestingly, he also has Reds SP Tony Cingrani ranked third, so he must expect a low-scoring Cards/Reds affair. Load up on Red Sox against SP Tanner Scheppers, however. He’s also not a fan of Matt Moore pitching at Kansas City.

<blockquote>” Tampa Bay has a history of poor play in Kansas City and Moore is struggling with his command this spring. That’s a bad combination when facing a Royals team that has the third-highest walk rate in the league at 11.2 percent.” – Collette</blockquote>

RotoExperts.com – Daily Fantasy Rundown

One of the top Daily Fantasy Baseball players in the industry, Drew Dinkmeyer, shares some of his favorite picks for today’s games.

Dinkmeyer likes Brian Dozier, who I still believe to be one of the more underrated second baseman in Fantasy, as he lines up against another lefty (Kazmir).

If you’re going to spend some money on your outfielders, both Mike Trout (at Houston) and Carlos Gonzalez (vs. CHW). For value plays, he likes White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton.

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for DraftStreet

Brett Talley likes using an Angels stack today against Houston, and a White Sox stack of players at Coors Field.

Hopefully, these articles help you bring back some money today!

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

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Welcome Homer: Reds’ Bailey Set for 2014 Debut

Apr 3, 2014 by

Welcome Homer: Reds’ Bailey Set for 2014 Debut

Before we get too far talking about Homer Bailey, I wanted to ask you to shoot on over to my column at SI.com, where I offer up “12 Tips for Daily Fantasy Baseball” — and if you like it, share it! If you don’t like it, share it! Jaykay! (Also, pretend I didn’t just say, “Jaykay.”)

Reds ace Homer Bailey makes his first start of the 2014 baseball season against St. Louis Thursday, after resting a groin injury he suffered in the middle of Spring Training.

Fantasy Baseball owners are hoping Bailey can conjure up some of the magic that allowed him to throw a no-hitter in 2012 – and then a second no-hitter in 2013. The problem is – Bailey signed a six-year $105 million contract on February 19, so that contract year we’ve been anticipating.

Bailey is just one of a small handful of star pitchers throwing today, as the Tigers send Anibal Sanchez out against the Royals, and the Nationals start Jordan Zimmermann against the Mets in Citi Field.

It’s getaway day, which means there are plenty of day games to get some action on, including the first start of heralded rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura for the Royals. Unfortunately, he goes up against Sanchez, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler at Comerica Park.

The term “getaway day” comes from the fact that Thursday is usually the final day of the early series of that week’s games. So teams and players sometimes play an early game, so they can travel that night to go to the next ballpark – or back to their home park. Sunday is this day’s equal, as teams are finishing up another series, and mostly play early afternoon games.

It’s not unusual to see star players get a day off on these days, so they get a little added rest – especially since they’re usually coming off a night game on Wednesday.

Getaway Day Greatness

SportsTradex, Daily Fantasy Baseball SitesTheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Neil Parker does a nice job of handpicking a couple starters to consider in your Daily Fantasy Baseball lineups, as well as your daily traditional leagues.

Parker likes Wandy Rodriguez against the Cubs this morning, and he comes at a relatively cheap price on several sites:

  • $11,400 – Draft Day, 8th-most expensive pitcher (early games only)
  • $7,300 – Draft Kings, 8th-most expensive pitcher (early games only)
  • $4,900 – FanDuel, 17th-most expensive pitcher (all games)

LockerRoomFantasySports.com — Pitcher Picks

Parker also wrote this piece for DraftStreet.com players — he likes the rookie Ventura on their game because of his price tag ($6,981). That’s half of Wandy Rodriguez’s salary today.

By the way, you can follow Parker on Twitter @naparker77 – he tweets regularly and is a valuable guy to follow in both baseball and football seasons.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish really likes Rays starter Chris Archer, who is fresh off a new 8-year contract worth up to $43.75 million. He’ll face the Blue Jays, with Brandon Morrow opposite him.

” He went 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three outings over 16 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays last season, posting 10 strikeouts with an opponent batting average of .226. Vegas has the Rays installed as a big favorite, and that’s good news for Archer’s prospects.”

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

ESPN’s Mike Sheets takes a turn at the Daily Notes page, and he does have Bailey tied with Sanchez as the highest projected scoring pitcher today.

On the other end of the spectrum, he likes the Orioles to light up Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. The lefty could have some big trouble with right-handed hitters Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy.

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

Photo Credit: Doug Gray

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