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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Stocking Up on Money, By Stacking Up on Mariners

Apr 14, 2014 by

Stocking Up on Money, By Stacking Up on Mariners

How’d you do this weekend? Bring home any wins? I’m going to say — you saw enough success to make you want to come back and hit some more games for Monday night.

There are nine games tonight, all starting after 7pm — so I had some extra time to dig into some great Daily Fantasy Baseball articles!

Our new record — 17 links to 17 great articles. It’s quite a benchmark to aim for every day!

(By the way, games start late tomorrow also! I’m going to try and break the record again!)

Monday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

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

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Hitters

Derek Carty picks a couple players at each position, matches them up with their salaries on four sites, and shares his favorite value plays. He likes a big stack of Rays, going up against lefty Wei-Yin Chen in Baltimore.

“Longoria has the biggest platoon split among our Rays options today—a team whose contextual factors create the most favorable matchup of the day—making Longoria a near must-play.” – Carty

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Pitchers

Dave Loughran does the same picks/value plays on different sites as Carty, but for pitchers. His second-favorite pitcher play this afternoon is Braves SP Ervin Santana, who goes up at the Phillies.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Jason Collette is back and he shares his pitcher rankings for Monday’s games. Interestingly, he likes Arizona’s Josh Collmenter at home against the Mets over any of the other matchups. He also likes Reds ace Homer Bailey against the Pirates, however.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

Notorious goes through every game to pick out some winners. He’s a big fan of Robinson Cano, who is still looking for his first home run of the season, as he faces Rangers RHP Colby Lewis – fresh from a Triple-A rehab stint.

“In 2012 Lewis gave up a .771 OPS to LH batters and Cano is my top 2B play of the day. I really think the Mariners will knock Lewis around a bit and Cano hits RH pitching almost as well as anyone. Cano against a weak RH pitcher in a hitter friendly park? Yes please!” – Notorious

RotoGrinders.com – Daily Batter Breakdown

Varncass suggests jumping on the Devin Mesoraco bandwagon, now that he’s heating up, and I’m right there with him. This guy was bound for a breakout season at the plate, and it’s starting to happen. Get him now while he’s still cheap. He’s at a hitter’s park against a left-handed pitcher, so tonight’s a good night to jump on.

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsRotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays

Louiescards picks a pair at each position, including Troy Tulowitzki, who he suggests paying good money for Monday night at San Diego.

RotoScouting.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds

Mike Newman likes Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard going up against “home run prone Ervin Santana” and the Braves.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish notes that Albert Pujols has hit safely in nine consecutive games, and he has three home runs and six RBI in his past five games. He’s starting to outplay his bloated Daily Fantasy salary on most sites.

He also likes Justin Smoak for Seattle, citing a jetstream to right field at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

RotoExperts.com – Daily Fantasy Rundown

Leonem and Dinkpiece also like Cano to “get hot in Texas,” and they share a couple catcher picks before you have to pay for their premium package. It’s a nice system, since you get to see if they do well on a few picks before paying up for the rest.

RotoExperts.com – All In Kid’s Daily Bets

Jake Ciely shares his favorite plays of the day, which includes one of the hottest outfielders in the game – Justin Upton. Did you know Upton is now tied with Hank Aaron for the Braves’ franchise record for most home runs in consecutive Aprils? … And Upton has 15 games left!

FoxSports.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Adam Meyer continues his column on Daily Fantasy Baseball, and he concurs with Ciely, choosing the younger Upton as his “Must-Start of the Day.” Upton goes up against Robert Hernandez in Atlanta.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Fantasy Hitters

Richard Valero shares his favorite plays of the day, including Joey Votto, who’s going up against Wandy Rodriguez. Votto has seven extra-base hits against Wan-Rod in 54 career at-bats.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Justin Klein loves Rays P Chris Archer against Baltimore, but he’s also a fan of Santana and Zack Wheeler, who faces Arizona.

“Sooner or later this kid will put it together this season. After two rough starts Wheeler is a bit of a sketchy play Monday at Arizona, and that is why he’s still available in 26% of Yahoo leagues. The ERA & WHIP are going to come down, and the 12/2 K/BB ratio is a great sign. The fact that Arizona is stumbling helps as well. I’m pitching Zach on Monday and recommending you do the same.” – Klein

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup For Draft Kings

Zach Sanders goes over his “Daily Five” of players he likes with today’s matchups and their Draft Kings salaries. While Collette likes Collmenter against the Mets, Sanders thinks 3B David Wright still has an excellent matchup – especially with the cheap price tag ($4,400).

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind for FanDuel

Brad Johnson jumps on the stack-up-your-Rays-vs-Orioles bandwagon, but he also thinks the Marlins against Jordan Zimmermann could be a nice payoff.

“The Marlins jumped on him last time. Aside from the terrible outing and poor control, I can’t find any indicators of injury.” – Johnson

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for DraftStreet

Brett Talley shares a couple charts that show players with reverse splits (good against the same-handedness pitcher) and the reverse splits for switch hitters. He suggest starting some of these guys when they’re facing like-handed pitchers, since DraftStreet’s salaries for them will dip for those matchups.

Let us know how you end up doing after tonight’s games.

Who are your favorite Daily Fantasy Baseball writers, and am I missing any?

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

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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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