Week 1 Draft Day Rapid Fire Picks

Sep 7, 2014 by

Week 1 Draft Day Rapid Fire Picks

This is easily one of my favorite Daily Fantasy Football games every year – and I believe these Week 1 Draft Day Rapid Fire picks are going to make us some money!

It’s such an easy game to play – and you don’t even have to gamble any money!

You can play it for free, with a chance to win $1. That’s a good deal!

It’s basically a game where you pick one player among five pairs of players you think will do the best this week.

For instance, here’s who they have going in Week 1.

Week 1 Draft Day Rapid Fire Picks

Week 1 Draft Day Rapid Fire Picks

So, let’s break those matchups down real quick.

Class of 2012 QBs: If you believe Luck is going to be in a shootout, he might be the better pick for you. Foles lost a lot this offseason when DeSean Jackson went to Washington, but he now has Darren Sproles and a better Zach Ertz. MY PICK: Foles

Battle of NY QBs: I already mentioned how I love Geno this week on DraftKings, but that’s in salary play. Manning faces a tough front seven, but if he gets even a little bit of time, he’s going to hurt this secondary. MY PICK: Manning

Mediocre NFL WR1s: The Patriots picked up CB Darrelle Revis this offseason, and the Saints should pick apart this Falcons defense once again. MY PICK: Colston

Sophomore vs. Veteran: I’m going to need Patterson to prove something to me before I take him over V-Jax. MY PICK: Jackson

Tight Ends in Texas: The 49ers is missing about half of its starters from a year ago defensively, but this Cowboys defense could be the worst in the NFL again. MY PICK: Davis

Let us know who your picks are in the comments below! We’re up against the house, so we can help each other with our Week 1 Draft Day Rapid Fire picks!

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Sunday Prayers for Big GPP Tournament Wins?

Apr 13, 2014 by

Sunday Prayers for Big GPP Tournament Wins?

Most games will be over by the time the sun sets tonight, so you’ll want to get your lineups in there for GPP tournaments by 12:30pm ET, then adjust accordingly as the day rolls on.

Some pitchers still looking for their first win include: Tony Cingrani, Edwin Jackson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Moore.

Also, something to keep in mind on Sundays is that many times, a catcher will get a day off, allowing his backup to get the day start after a night game. This is a great way to move in some cheap backup catchers into your lineup.

Sunday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Unfortunately, today I went golfing with my brother and nephews. Every year, we do a weekend dedicated to my father on Masters weekend, down at my brother’s place in Lake Okeechobee. This is the 7th Annual Don Gonos Memorial Masters Weekend Extravaganza! We get together and do all the things my dad loved – golfing, drinking, fishing, playing poker, watching golf, drinking, eating, arguing, saying regretful things, drinking, apologizing, gambling and drinking.

So today’s links aren’t directly to the columns, but rather, to the website that hosts them. So really, you’re just two clicks away from fantastic Daily Fantasy Baseball content. Leave a comment or tweet me @DavidGonos, if I missed any articles.

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsESPN.com – Daily Notes


RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread






Don’t feel bad if you lose today – even God has a tough time choosing catchers on Sundays!

I’ll still be playing in some tournaments and some 50/50s, so 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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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


ESPN.com – Daily Notes





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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Top 10 Daily Fantasy Hitting Performances of 2013

Apr 5, 2014 by

Top 10 Daily Fantasy Hitting Performances of 2013

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon had a huge game Friday 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.

That ends up being a pretty darn good Daily Fantasy score, worth 21 points on FanDuel, 47 points on Draft Kings, and an astounding 105 points on Draft Day.

So that got me thinking about some of the best Daily Fantasy hitting performances of 2013 — and I decided to write a post about it!

(I’m also writing a post about the Top 10 Daily Fantasy Pitching performances of 2013, so keep an eye out for that.)

Top 10 Daily Fantasy Hitting Performances of 2013

Top 10 Fantasy Hitting Performances of 2013Since each Daily Fantasy site has a different scoring system, I decided to run the totals on four of my favorites, then average them out to find what the consensus best games were. So I used the scoring from FanDuel, DraftDay, Draft Kings and DraftStreet.

1. Dioner Navarro, C, Chicago Cubs vs. CHW, May 29

  • 3-for-3, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB = 61.93 avg Fantasy pts

First, it’s incredible that a catcher had the best hitting day of any player in 2013.

Second, it’s also incredible that it was a Chicago Cubs player that led all hitters, considering the Marlins are the only team with fewer hits last year in the majors.

And third, DIONER NAVARRO!?! On his fourth team in as many years, Navarro was batting .200 on the season before this game – and then .241 after it. It’s safe to say, he had insane value this day, with a super low salary on every site.

T2. Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Detroit at TEX, May 19

  • 4-for-4, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB = 60.81

T2. Shane Victorino, OF, Boston vs. BAL, Aug. 29

  • 3-for-3, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB = 60.81

4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, San Francisco at SD, Sept. 4

  • 4-for-5, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 out = 59.56

5. Alfonso Soriano, OF, N.Y. Yankees vs. LAA, Aug. 14

  • 3-for-3, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB = 58.44

6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston at TOR, April 7

  • 4-for-5, 1 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 1 out = 56.94

7. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado at CIN, June 5

  • 3-for-5, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 K, 2 outs = 56.56

8. Kelly Johnson, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay vs. MIA, May 27

  • 4-for-5, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 1 out = 55.19

9. Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Detroit at HOU, May 4

  • 4-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB = 55.06

The only player on this list of hitters to make it twice. A list, mind you, that doesn’t have Mike Trout on it.

10. Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland at DET, Aug. 28

  • 4-for-5, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 K = 54.63

Ranking the top Daily Fantasy hitting performances of 2013 should also help us in-season, as we see some of the best outings of 2014 unravel.

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Cano Can Do: Seattle’s Offense Starts Strong

Apr 4, 2014 by

Cano Can Do: Seattle’s Offense Starts Strong

The Mariners lead the majors with 28 runs scored after the first few days of the season, and the offseason’s biggest free agent is playing well with his new team. Robinson Cano has a base hit in each game, with four walks and four runs scored, but his presence has brought the entire lineup to a higher range offensively – so far.

Cano and 1B Justin Smoak lead the team with six hits apiece, but some love should also be showered on Dustin Ackley, who has made the transition from second base to the outfield successful so far. Shortstop Brad Miller has a pair of home runs, and continues to be an excellent under-the-radar starter.

Granted, we’re four games in, but how many times have we seen a big free-agent hitter start off slowly with his new ballclub.

Guys like Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Carl Crawford are just a small sampling of first-year disasters for hitters following a big free-agent contract signing with a new team.

Looking ahead, the Mariners play at Oakland for the next three days, including starters Dan Straily, Tommy Milone and A’s ace Sonny Gray. In two starts against the Mariners last season, Gray allowed two earned runs in 12 innings (1.50 ERA), so we’ll see if he can keep it going against a revamped M’s lineup.


Fantastic Friday DFS Tournaments

Friday always brings some great tournaments, as every team is in action and it starts the baseball weekend. Here are some of the top Daily Fantasy Baseball tournaments of note for tonight.

Draft Kings, Daily Fantasy BaseballDraftKings.com: There are only a few days left to qualify for the “$400,000 Walk-Off” tournament on Draft Kings. You can enter a $2, $5, $12 or $27 qualifier every day until Monday, April 7, or you can just buy an entry ticket for $200 for April 8. The top 400 finishers among the 2,240 entrants will win some money – including a $100,000 first-place prize.

FanDuel.com: FanDuel tops the Friday tournaments with their MLB Strikeout contest, with $40,000 in prizes. The entry fee is just $25, with a cap of 1,784 entrants.

DraftDay.com: While DD doesn’t have a big tourney for this Friday, they are advertising their “Big League Blast” tournament that has been a fan favorite for a while now, with $250,000 in prizes.

FantasyAces.com: For just $3 or $4, against a small pool of players, you can win a ticket to their “$500 Frozen Rope” tournament.

DraftStreet.com: They’re running their “$100k Big Score” tournament today, which is guaranteed, with just a $22 entry fee. There should be some overlay here, with 5,000 available entry spots and only about half filled up so far. The winner takes home $20,000!


Fantastic Friday DFS Links

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.

Speaking of Twitter, make sure you’re following @DFSLinks, which shoots out links to Daily Fantasy Sports articles, like this one, all day long. I recently added them to our “Top Daily Fantasy Baseball Twitter Accounts to Follow,” along with RotoScouting.com’s @MikeNewmanRS, making it an even 51 accounts!

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – News & Notes From Last Night’s Games

Add this to your daily ritual, as the guys at LRFS go through Twitter and pick out some especially good tweets about last night’s action. The tweets are from all over, including beat writers and Fantasy writers. Love this column!

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Neil Parker is back with another pair of streaming pitchers to consider for both Daily Fantasy leagues and for Daily Fantasy Baseball contests. (And he threw in a shout-out to DailyFantasyDaily.com, so we like him even more for that!)

One of Parker’s favorite cheap options for Friday is Cubs SP Travis Wood, who throws against the Phillies.

“Wood is all smoke and mirrors, but only five pitchers posted more quality starts than his 25. Philadelphia’s lineup is beatable, making Wood a viable option, although, far from a lock to register a win. Expect him to help keep his ratios in check and chalk up a couple punch-outs.” – Parker

FoxSports.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Adam Meyer considers Pirates sophomore Gerrit Cole a must-start option in most formats today. Cole had a 2.85 ERA with 75 strikeouts in just over 75 innings after the All-Star break last season.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

We got a winner out of Dobish on Thursday with Chris Archer, and for Friday, he’s a big fan of Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The sophomore pitcher pitches in the earlier set of games, and he ranks fourth in price on DraftDay.com, third on FanDuel and fifth on Draft Kings.

” The Dodgers are heavily favored to take down the San Francisco Giants in Friday’s series opener. That’s probably because he will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong, who hasn’t been very good on the road in a while. And the Giants have lost four of their past five against a left-handed starter dating back to last season.” — Dobish

Dobish also writes for VegasInsider.com in his “Daily Diamonds” column, where he picks Marlins starter Tom Koehler to keep it going for the surprising South Florida start.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Brian Gramling is back with his Daily Notes for Friday, with Anibal Sanchez, Jake Peavy and Masahiro Tanaka among his favorite starting pitchers of the day. His favorite cheap play, however, appears to be Braves starter David Hale, who starts at Washington, against Jordan Zimmermann (flu).

Gramling also likes Angels SP Garrett Richards against the Astros today.

” Richards has never started at Minute Maid Park, but he has pitched a pair of scoreless relief outings there. He’s also facing Lucas Harrell, who is coming off a miserable spring training in which he posted a bloated 7.80 ERA and 2.07 WHIP over five starts with seven walks and just three strikeouts. ” – Gramling

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

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