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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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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