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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Happy Hitters Day with Plenty of Bad Pitching on Deck

Apr 19, 2014 by

Happy Hitters Day with Plenty of Bad Pitching on Deck

Looking at today’s starting pitchers, you’ll find there are several hurlers that have had some troubling first few weeks. Let’s take advantage of some bad pitching!

Twins SP Kevin Correia faces the Royals in his fourth start of the season. While he has finished six innings in two of his three starts, he has allowed more earned runs (11) than players he has struck out (10).

The Marlins throw out Henderson Alvarez to face Robinson Cano and his Seattle teammates. Alvarez has allowed 25 hits (and seven walks) in just under 15 innings this year.

In all, there are nine pitchers with ERAs above 5.00 throwing today, and you get to line up a bunch of hot hitters to go against them!

Today might be a good day to buy good pitching, with mediocre bats, with expectations that they’ll have better than average days. By loading up on great hitters, you’re rolling the dice with cheaper pitchers, and not taking advantage of the good matchups some of the lesser hitters have.

Saturday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are the top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Friday! 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

Mike Sheets takes a turn on the pitcher rankings for today’s games, and his top plays include Tigers SP Max Scherzer, Reds SP Tony Cingrani and, interestingly, Rangers SP Colby Lewis, who has a 6.75 ERA so far this season.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays

Bono6699 helps out with his picks of the day. He also likes Scherzer as one of his top pitching plays this afternoon. He also suggests slugging rookie catcher Josmil Pinto, who faces Royals lefty Bruce Chen (bad pitching).

“Only in his second MLB season Pinto has some pop in his bat, 7 HR’s and a HR to AB ratio of 1:15. I like this spot for Pinto to do some damage, as he homered off Chen in this situation last week. He is an affordably priced catcher, who will allow you to fit some other decent bats in your lineup. He is definitely someone who will be overlooked by many and makes a superb GPP play especially.” – bono6699

There aren’t really any more live articles this morning that I know about, but check these links throughout the day to see if they’ve posted some updates recently.

FantayAces, April, Bad PitchingRotoExperts.com

TheFakeBaseball.com

LockerRoomFantasySports.com

FanGraphs.com

RotoGrinders.com

FoxSports.com

RotoScouting.com

Saturdays are days meant to spend with your family … or playing a boatload of Daily Fantasy Baseball games, watching bad pitching and getting drunk!

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

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Twin Towers Makes for a Good Fantasy Friday

Apr 18, 2014 by

Twin Towers Makes for a Good Fantasy Friday

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve all seen what Twins 2B Brian Dozier and 1B Chris Colabello have done, and we’ve all expected them to quietly go away.

Dozier, actually, has been one of my favorites since late last season. Unfortunately, for the season, he’s batting just .207, and while he has five home runs, most of them have been solo shots. The best news that prospective Daily Fantasy owners should think about is that his BB% is up to 17.8% through the first month, which is twice as good as any other season in the majors. He’s staying patient, and still showing some power flashes.

On Thursday, both players ended up being the highest scoring Fantasy Baseball hitters of the day, helped by a double-header against Toronto, of course. Dozier went 3-for-8 with a solo shot and four runs scored. Colabello, meanwhile, knocked four runs in, going 5-for-7 on the day.

Colabello is batting .357 with one home run and 19 RBI this season. Did you catch that? One homer, with 19 RBI. He smacked seven homers in 160 at-bats last season, but he’s been hitting more liners than usual, which are finding open grass. Only Giancarlo Stanton has more RBI (21) this season than Colabello.

The Twins travel to Kansas City to play a three-game set against the Royals starting tonight, Fantasy Friday. Dozier and Colabello will go up against journeyman lefty Jason Vargas, so consider them if the price is right.

Fantasy Friday’s Daily Links

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

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top Lefty/Righty Splits

FantayAces, April, Fantasy FridayChet Gresham looks at the past three years of data for some hitters scheduled to play this evening. He breaks down the list of players by their lefty/righty splits using wOBA, and highlights the handedness of the pitcher he’s facing tonight.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Fantasy Hitters

Richard Valero picks a handful of batters he’s fond of tonight, including Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who hits John Lackey to the tune of .344, with 2 HRs and 6 RBI in 32 career at-bats. It’s crazy to think Crush has just one home run through 14 games this season.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Draft Kings For a Day

Speaking of the Orioles-Red Sox game, Zach Trexler likes David Ortiz going up against Chris Tillman tonight.

“Papi’s surface stats elicit yawns (2 HR in 59 AB), but he’s hitting fly balls at a sharp rate (46%) and is making the best contact rate of his career (86%). This price tag is too low to pass up for a guy capable of a multi-homer game.” — Trexler

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Brian Gramling (@briangramling) is back with his rankings for today’s starting pitchers. A couple youngsters hold the top spots in Sonny Gray facing the whiff-happy Astros, and Michael Wacha pitching at Washington. That game should be relatively low scoring, considering Gio Gonzalez (who Gramling ranks third) going for the Nats.

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup For Draft Kings

David Wiers takes his turn for Friday, recapping some Fantasy news from yesterday’s games, as well as sharing “The Daily Five” picks for Draft Kings, including Prince Fielder going up against Angels SP Jered Weaver.

“At home + having the platoon advantage = Prince busting out of his early season slump.” — Wiers

Good luck!

Let’s start this weekend off right with some big wins on Daily Fantasy Friday!

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Lessons Learned for Daily Fantasy Baseball

Apr 8, 2014 by

Lessons Learned for Daily Fantasy Baseball

We’re officially a week into the regular season now, and we’re starting to get a feel for what’s going on in the Daily Fantasy Baseball world.

We know that these Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins are not quite the White Sox and Marlins of yesteryear.

We also got reminded – several times over the past weeks – that closers continue to be the worst Fantasy position in the history of Fantasy Sports.

You’ve also likely learned that some of the beasts from last season are still in hibernation, like Chris Davis, Adam Jones and David Ortiz.

But today’s Tuesday! Today’s the day things really turn around for you. Nearly every team is in action today, and 10 of those games are happening tonight. That means there will be tons of variations to lineups, which means you’ll have a good shot at winning a big tournament!

Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

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

Top 10 Fantasy Hitting Performances of 2013TheFakeBaseball.com – Weather Warning

Shane Gallimore looks back at last night’s games in a Daily Fantasy Baseball perspective.

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 5 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Neil Parker (@naparker77) explains some DraftStreet strategy before picking five pitchers you might want to consider tonight.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Brian Gramling is back, and he has Max Scherzer and James Paxton at the top of today’s pitcher list, with Martin Perez and Henderson Alvarez pulling up the rear.

“On Tuesday, the 25-year-old [Paxton] has the great fortune of again facing the free-swinging Angels (52 K’s, 12 walks in first six games), this time at Safeco Field, where he has dominated in two career starts. In these 13 innings in a home uniform, Paxton has allowed just one earned run on eight hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts. He may not post seven shutout innings again, but I think he’ll pitch well enough to once again defeat the Angels and Hector Santiago (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB versus Seattle last week).” – Gramling

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish thinks rookie 2B/SS Marcus Semien is in for a good night at Colorado.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Daily Fantasy Picks (Evening)

Jason Guilbault offers up six players (two pitchers, four hitters) he likes for tonight’s games, including Daniel Murphy, who has a good history against SP Aaron Harang.

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for FanDuel

Brad Johnson suggests taking a look at both Lance Lynn (vs. CIN) and the Nationals lineup (vs. Henderson Alvarez), among other players.

No whammies! No whammies! Good luck tonight!

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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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