Hunting For Some Good Eggs on Daily Fantasy Sunday

Apr 20, 2014 by

Hunting For Some Good Eggs on Daily Fantasy Sunday

It’s Easter Sunday, and you’re probably either getting into your Sunday best suit, ready to take the family to go enjoy a day of reflection, while also eating chocolate rabbits and hunting for colored Easter eggs – or you’re sleeping in. I’m on board with the latter, if only because chocolate rabbit’s feet get caught in my teeth. So today’s Daily Fantasy Sunday games will likely be a rush for you to get set up for, so we’ll keep the info fast and furious.

I plan on playing a few 50/50s on several sites today, including Draft Day, Draft Day and SportsTradex – which just has one of the coolest, easy-to-understand games around.

It looks like there are a few interesting pitching plays today, including what could be a pitcher’s duel between sophomore SP Shelby Miller and the Cardinals at Washington, against super-studly Stephen Strasburg, who just hasn’t gotten on track today.

I’m thinking of fading Strasburg and his 6.00 ERA so far this season for a GPP tournament, as he’s coming off a miserable start against the Marlins. (Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 457-foot bomb on Tuesday against him.)

Although, with Strasburg, his LOB% is at 57.1%, which is the sixth-worst rate in the league. He’s letting nearly half the players that reach base – score, in a manner of speaking. While that actually portends to that percentage climbing, as he moves back at least to the league average of 70% or so, it’s still not a number I like to see going against a Cardinals lineup that hits right-handers well (.270 on the season, good for fifth in the majors against RHP).

FantayAces, April, Bad PitchingOn the other end of the Daily Fantasy Sunday spectrum, I’m looking at the Phillies-Rockies game as a big-hit bonanza, with extra-base hits to go around for everyone. Roberto Hernandez is on the mound for the Phillies, in Coors Field, against Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio. While both have ERAs under 4.00 this season, the Rockies are the second-best team in the league in total bases against right-handers. Unfortunately, the Phillies are worst in the league, with just 133 total bases against RHP. So I’ll load up on some Rockies hitters, along with Chase Utley (.385 vs. RHP).
 

Sunday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are the top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Sunday! If I missed any articles, let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting me @DavidGonos. Also, for traditional Fantasy Baseball players, here’s an article I wrote on “11 Simple Rules to Trading Fantasy Baseball Players” you might enjoy.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Jason Collette, one of my favorite guys in the industry, ranks today’s starting pitchers for our Daily Fantasy Baseball enjoyment.

Reds ace Homer Bailey tops the list, which I’m happy to hear considering he’s my Tout Wars ace. (I also recently received an email inquiring his trade-ability. Not right now.)

Collette also concurs with my opinion of the Cardinals against Strasburg this afternoon.

“Which Stephen Strasburg will show up Sunday? Twice he has come out and struck out at least 10 batters in a start, and twice he has failed to make it through five innings in a start this season. He has looked dominant at times and very hittable at other times. The Cardinals have the second-lowest strikeout rate in the league at just 17 percent, as well as the second-lowest swing-and-miss rate at 18 percent. Add in the fact the Cardinals are one of the best teams at hitting righties, and the indicators make Strasburg a risky play today.” — Collette

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays

Iconfantasyjoe takes care of today’s daily plays for RG today, picking a handful of players at each position. He actually picks Strasburg to do well, with a “Bounce Back Alert” on his write-up.

“One of my favorite tactics across all sports is to use an elite player the game after he completely drops a dud. Strasburg just screams GPP play today as he returns home to the friendly confines of Nationals Park. At home, he pitches to an ERA more than one full run less than he does on the road. I know the Cardinals have a great offense, but they have yet to really get it going. If Stras can keep Matt Carpenter off the base paths, and work around Matt Adams, I believe he will bounce back at home. His ownership percentage will be down coming off the dud that he put up in Miami. For that reason alone, he should be someone to target in GPPs.” — iconfantasyjoe

RotoExperts.com — Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish lists out the weather and chances for precipitation for the 15 games on today’s docket. The Rangers game and the Rockies game seem to be the ones in the most danger.

One of Dobish’s favorite bargain plays of the day is Ike Davis, who is going up against the Brewers this afternoon.

” Davis posted a pair of hits, including a double, with two runs scored in his debut for the Bucs on Saturday. He’ll be in the middle of manager Clint Hurdle’s lineup again, facing a right-handed starter with Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada toeing the slab. Davis has the chance to exceed his Daily Fantasy salary expectations by a mile.” — Dobish

Those are the live articles that have already been posted this morning for Sunday’s games, but check these links throughout the day to see if they’ve posted some updates recently.

TheFakeBaseball.com

LockerRoomFantasySports.com

FanGraphs.com

RotoGrinders.com

FoxSports.com

RotoScouting.com

I love Daily Fantasy Sundays because most of the games are played in the afternoon, much like how most of the Friday games are at night. So you have a lot of choices and a lot of action going on at once. I with you a great Sunday, whether it’s with your family hunting eggs and scarfing chocolate bunnies in your Sunday best, or watching baseball all afternoon!

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

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rockies Rookie Rocking & Rolling

Apr 5, 2014 by

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rockies Rookie Rocking & Rolling

There’s just something exciting about using rookies in Daily Fantasy Baseball. It’s like opening up a gift your Aunt Sally brought you from Michigan. You’re really hopeful that it’s going to be something awesome, but the odds are it’s going to be a crappy framed picture of you and her, with her dog, Captain PawPaws.

This past week, however, several rookies have come through in a big way, including Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon, who blew up in a huge way Friday night against Arizona. In his third start of the season, he went 6-for-6 with three doubles, a home run, 5 RBI and four runs scored. (And he kinda looks like Todd Helton, to boot!) Expect to see him among many experts’ Daily Fantasy Baseball picks in the coming days.

While Rockies manager Walt Weiss still plans to keep rotating his outfielders, according to MLB.com, Daily Fantasy Baseball owners should be happy, compared to their traditional counterparts. Those partial weeks will help keep Blackmon’s salaries down on most Daily Fantasy sites.

For Saturday, Blackmon checks in at just $2,900 on FanDuel, which ranks about 104th among all outfielders. He’s not on rosters for Draft Day or Draft Kings yet, but you have to imagine he will be soon!

Another big rookie about to take center stage is Tyler Skaggs, who’s getting a spot start for the Angels against the free-swinging Astros Saturday night. That sounds like a cheap option many might choose for some tournaments tonight.

 

Saturday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

There are eight games before 7pm, so you should definitely have plenty of choices for both the early and the late games. 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

I love the nightly roundup of tweets and comments from around the web about last night’s action. By checking this page out, we find out things like how Blackmon was just the 63rd player to go 6-for-6 in a game in major league history. Or how Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka gave up a homer to the first major leaguer he faced – after giving up just six home runs in Japan last season. Chris Meaney did a great job on this last night.

(Cool note, from @AdamRubinESPN – Jay Bruce has 45 homers vs. lefties since the start of 2010, which is the most of any major leaguer in that span.)

FanDuel - WFBCESPN.com – Daily Notes

Jose Fernandez leads the second tour of aces on Saturday, as guys like Madison Bumgarner, Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, David Price and Stephen Strasburg also take the mound. ESPN writer Mike Sheets actually has Skaggs ranked among the worst choices for the day, but not as bad as John Danks and Kyle Gibson. Line up some hitters against the Twins and White Sox.

TheFakeBaseball – Streaming Pitchers

Michael Pineda starts for the first time in a couple years, and he’ll face the Blue Jays, and R.A. Dickey – who was not hitting his spots Monday at Tampa Bay.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish likes 3B Cody Asche against the Cubs Saturday in the early games.

“Asche has a little bit of power potential in a lefty vs righty situation, even if he is facing Chicago Cubs ace SP Jeff Samardzija. The wind will be blowing out of Wrigley Field, albeit a little more to right field than left, but that’s always a hitter’s friend and bugaboo for hurlers.” — Dobish

Looks like Matt Joyce could be another good lefty-vs-righty play against rookie RHP Nick Martinez for the Rangers.

VegasInsider.com – Saturday’s Daily Doubles

Dobish also notes in his column on VI that the wind is still blowing out to right field in Cleveland, which spells a good day ahead for Twins left-handed hitter Joe Mauer.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my Daily Fantasy Baseball picks might be for Draft Day Rapid Fire! (It posts a little later in the day.) 

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