Start a Daily Fantasy Revolution on Patriots’ Day!

Apr 21, 2014 by

Start a Daily Fantasy Revolution on Patriots’ Day!

The Red Sox and Orioles wrap up their four-game series at Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day – at 11am ET. This is always a great Daily Fantasy Baseball kind of day because you get to watch an early game (when else can you watch a game while still drinking your morning coffee?), but then there are no more day games, so you have 12 games at night to choose players from.

With a dozen games going on tonight, and the Patriots’ Day game eliminated, there are some interesting plays for tournaments tonight. The Boston Marathon happens this afternoon, too. That really makes me want to load up on runners in Daily play for some reason, but I’ll hold back.

Has anyone noticed how bad the two best offenses from a year ago have been this month? The Red Sox and Tigers rank well below average, and big hitters like Miguel Cabrera and Dustin Pedroia are struggling to get going. Both teams lost key components this offseason, with Prince Fielder going to Texas and Jacoby Ellsbury heading to the Bronx.

What’s interesting is that nearly all offenses in the majors are struggling this season, so don’t put too much weight in the early down weeks for Boston and Detroit. Those down weeks are making their superstars a little more affordable for Daily Fantasy Baseball play, so let’s look at this glass as half full.

Why are offenses down? There are actually a few reasons, in my opinion.

  1. It has been unseasonably cold this month up north and even in the south. But the northern teams are affected by it more so. Balls just don’t travel as far in dense, cold air.
  2. Pitchers are still ahead of hitters in the early weeks of the season. It’s much more difficult to hit a thrown ball than to throw a ball past a hitter.
  3. The effects of PED suspensions continue to affect the scoring averages across the majors.

Load up your rosters, pretend the other entrants in your tournaments are British soldiers from 1775, and FIRE!!!

 

Patriots’ Day Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

Here are Monday’s top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles! 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.

300x250_mlb_free500ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Jason Collette takes the lead again on the Daily Fantasy pitching rankings, and we have a handful of aces at the top of the list. King Felix Hernandez is the easy favorite, with a game at home against the free-swinging Astros. His 0.74 WHIP is sure to get even lower after Monday night.

On the other end of the spectrum, he likes the Giants at Rockies game to be great for both lineups. Hopefully, Pablo Sandoval can get untracked.

Also, in a short “ESPN Fantasy Now” video, Tristan Cockcroft discusses why Michael Morse is a great play against the Rockies also.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Hitters

Richard Valero picks out some of the best “Batter vs. Pitcher” plays of the upcoming evening, and he points out that Pirates 2B Neil Walker looks like a good play against Cincinnati. He also has four home runs over the past week of play.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming PItchers

Justin Klein shares his favorite low-cost pitchers to pick up for today’s games, including Wily Peralta, who happens to face Andrew Cashner and the Padres Monday night.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays

Beermakersfan lists a few of his favorite plays of the day at each position, including Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, who owns a .509 wOBA and is going up against Tom Koehler at Turner Field. Also suggested is Indians OF Michael Brantley who faces Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie.

“He has been one of my favorite OF plays so far this season and I feel like the salaries have yet to catch up because he’s another guy that just flies under the radar and gets the job done. A deeper look will tell you that he’s been solid thus far in 2014 with 16 RBI already and a great matchup on deck with Jeremy Guthrie. As you can probably tell by now, I’ve been picking on Guthrie and Brantley is probably my favorite Cleveland play tonight. He’s gone yard three times over his last six and hasn’t dropped a negative score over his last ten.” — Beermakersfan

RotoExperts.com

One of Dobish’s favorite “Big Ticket” items is Ryan Braun, who goes up against Cashner in Milwaukee.  But he really likes starting Braves SP Julio Teheran at home against the Marlins.

”The Miami Marlins have been a surprising team this season…at home. The Fish are 9-4 in the friendly confines of Marlins Park, but a dismal 0-6 on the road. That means Teheran and the Braves should have their way with the visitors. He had a complete game shutout with four strikeouts last time out in Philadelphia. What can he do for an encore?” — Dobish

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind Presented by FanDuel

Brad Johnson points out that the Rockies game and the Red Sox (early) game are two of the four best games according to Ball Park Factors updated daily. Since the Cubs game has some weather concerns, the fourth game to consider is the Brewers game against San Diego.

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for DraftStreet

Brett Talley gets all smart on us and does some analysis on if playing Daily Fantasy Baseball affects our opinions of players in traditional Rotisserie play and vice-versa. He also shares his five favorite picks for Monday, including Oakland’s Dan Straily as a cheaper option, going against the Rangers.

FoxSports.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Ian Kinsler is Adam Meyer’s “Must-Start of the Day,” as he faces John Danks tonight.

”Last week, Kinsler batted .364 (8-22) with one home run, seven RBI, and a stolen base. Look for his hot streak to continue since his career numbers against John Danks is favorable (12-37 with four homers). Though Kinsler hasn’t seen many lefties this season, he is still hitting .444 against them (4-9). Plus, in his new Detroit home, Kinsler is 14-41 (.341).” – Meyer

RotoScouting.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds

Mike Newman chooses a “quartet of slumping MLB All-Stars” that are worth leaning on for tonight’s matchups.

”Today, Ian Desmond faces Garrett Richards and his career xFIP of four-plus on the road. Washington is in the top-10 for friendliest run scoring ballparks and the Nationals shortstop was 52% better than league average at home versus RHP in 2013.” — Newman

What better way to celebrate the beginning of the American Revolution than to play some Daily Fantasy Baseball games – with a twack of beer!

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

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Sunday Funday: Yu Better Believe It!

Apr 6, 2014 by

Sunday Funday: Yu Better Believe It!

You’ve waited all offseason, and sweated out some scary moments in spring after drafting the Rangers’ ace – but now, you finally get to reap the rewards (hopefully) of Yu Darvish’s right arm.

Darvish goes up against a Rays offense in St. Petersburg that ranks fifth in the majors in scoring, but second in on-base percentage (.372).

Darvish will be opposite future Rays ace Alex Cobb, who looked nothing like a future ace in his first start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Also, after last night, I’ve decided I’m drafting every pitcher in the minor leagues with the last name, “-ernandez.” Jose Fernandez and Felix Hernandez are both 2-0 this season, after picking up their second wins on Saturday. There is no truth to the rumor that R.A. Dickey is changing his name to R.A. Dickernandez.

And let’s not overlook the game by Tyler Skaggs, who led all pitchers in Fantasy points Saturday, picking up a win after eight shutout innings against the Astros.
 

Sunday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Articles

Remember, there are mostly day games on Sundays, as teams get ready to travel to their next series that start either Monday or Tuesday. So we’re looking at 1pm Daily Fantasy starts on most sites. 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.

Draft Day, Daily Fantasy Baseball SitesESPN.com – Daily Notes

Darvish is the top pitcher in ESPN’s projected “Game Score,” but he’s also likely to be the most expensive pitcher on Daily Fantasy Baseball sites. An interesting note is that Nate Eovaldi, who pitches for the hottest offensive team in the majors in Miami, is ranked third from the bottom, despite the fact he’s touching 99 mph on the gun. He’s going up against the worst offense in the majors, right now, as the Padres have scored just eight runs in five games.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

There aren’t any games in trouble due to weather today, so we should have a full afternoon of action, according to Dobish. He also mentions that Billy Butler has performed well in the past against White Sox ace Chris Sale.

” Perhaps you’re not comfortable using Gonzalez (above), or simply do not want to wait until 8pm ET first pitch to see your Fantasy option play. Well, Butler has tuned up Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale over the years, posting a .412 average (14-for-34) with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.183 OPS.” – Dobish

Finally, Dobish likes J.P. Arencibia against the Rays, but he warns that you should check the lineups to make sure Robinson Chirinos doesn’t get a follow-up start.

Sorry for the short column, but not many sites are posting articles on Sunday it seems – or at least, they’re not up by the time I post this article.

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

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