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 – 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. – 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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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rockies Rookie Rocking & Rolling

Apr 5, 2014 by

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rockies Rookie Rocking & Rolling

There’s just something exciting about using rookies in Daily Fantasy Baseball. It’s like opening up a gift your Aunt Sally brought you from Michigan. You’re really hopeful that it’s going to be something awesome, but the odds are it’s going to be a crappy framed picture of you and her, with her dog, Captain PawPaws.

This past week, however, several rookies have come through in a big way, including Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon, who blew up in a huge way Friday night 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. (And he kinda looks like Todd Helton, to boot!) Expect to see him among many experts’ Daily Fantasy Baseball picks in the coming days.

While Rockies manager Walt Weiss still plans to keep rotating his outfielders, according to, Daily Fantasy Baseball owners should be happy, compared to their traditional counterparts. Those partial weeks will help keep Blackmon’s salaries down on most Daily Fantasy sites.

For Saturday, Blackmon checks in at just $2,900 on FanDuel, which ranks about 104th among all outfielders. He’s not on rosters for Draft Day or Draft Kings yet, but you have to imagine he will be soon!

Another big rookie about to take center stage is Tyler Skaggs, who’s getting a spot start for the Angels against the free-swinging Astros Saturday night. That sounds like a cheap option many might choose for some tournaments tonight.


Saturday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

There are eight games before 7pm, so you should definitely have plenty of choices for both the early and the late games. 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. – News & Notes

I love the nightly roundup of tweets and comments from around the web about last night’s action. By checking this page out, we find out things like how Blackmon was just the 63rd player to go 6-for-6 in a game in major league history. Or how Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka gave up a homer to the first major leaguer he faced – after giving up just six home runs in Japan last season. Chris Meaney did a great job on this last night.

(Cool note, from @AdamRubinESPN – Jay Bruce has 45 homers vs. lefties since the start of 2010, which is the most of any major leaguer in that span.)

FanDuel - – Daily Notes

Jose Fernandez leads the second tour of aces on Saturday, as guys like Madison Bumgarner, Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, David Price and Stephen Strasburg also take the mound. ESPN writer Mike Sheets actually has Skaggs ranked among the worst choices for the day, but not as bad as John Danks and Kyle Gibson. Line up some hitters against the Twins and White Sox.

TheFakeBaseball – Streaming Pitchers

Michael Pineda starts for the first time in a couple years, and he’ll face the Blue Jays, and R.A. Dickey – who was not hitting his spots Monday at Tampa Bay. – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish likes 3B Cody Asche against the Cubs Saturday in the early games.

“Asche has a little bit of power potential in a lefty vs righty situation, even if he is facing Chicago Cubs ace SP Jeff Samardzija. The wind will be blowing out of Wrigley Field, albeit a little more to right field than left, but that’s always a hitter’s friend and bugaboo for hurlers.” — Dobish

Looks like Matt Joyce could be another good lefty-vs-righty play against rookie RHP Nick Martinez for the Rangers. – Saturday’s Daily Doubles

Dobish also notes in his column on VI that the wind is still blowing out to right field in Cleveland, which spells a good day ahead for Twins left-handed hitter Joe Mauer.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my Daily Fantasy Baseball picks might be for Draft Day Rapid Fire! (It posts a little later in the day.) 

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2014 Fantasy Opening Day Sale For Sale: $10,000

Mar 30, 2014 by

2014 Fantasy Opening Day Sale For Sale: $10,000

Welcome to the first day of the Daily Fantasy Baseball season! Playing on Fantasy Opening Day just makes the best day of the year even better. It’s like putting caramel on your buffalo wings!!!

Each day, our mission is to bring you links to the best Daily Fantasy Baseball articles on the web.

These articles might range from good picks for that day’s games, players to avoid, or just some helpful strategy pieces for the different Daily Fantasy sites.

If you write a Daily Fantasy Baseball article that you’d like me to add to this list, tweet @DailyFantasyD, or shoot me an email!

Fantasy Opening Day: Draft Kings (Chris) Sale Prices!

Once in a while, I’ll try to point out some interesting plays on different sites. For instance, White Sox starter Chris Sale, who struck out 226 batters last season, faces a Twins team that struck out 1,430 times last season – second-most in the majors.

There are a ton of aces going on Monday, including Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jose Fernandez, Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, Francisco Liriano, David Price, James Shields, Stephen Strasburg, Justin Verlander and Adam Wainwright.

Most sites have Sale as the fourth-most expensive pitcher for Monday, but Draft Kings has him listed at $10,000, which is the eighth-most expensive salary among pitchers, behind Fernandez, Hernandez, Liriano, Price, Strasburg, Verlander and Wainwright.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Links for Monday, March 31

(These links were posted Sunday night at 11pm. As new articles come in, I plan to update them, so check back Monday morning.) – Daily Diamond

Ben Pritchett handles the Daily Diamond cites Rangers SP Tanner Scheppers as his fourth-best pitching option for most Daily Fantasy sites.

“If Scheppers can stay in the strike zone, he should be more than serviceable. Some DFS touts will tell you to always pay for your starter, but Scheppers skills/price make him quite the interesting play.” – Pritchett – MLB Grind Down

Draft Kings Deposit Bonus-35x22-2Notorious loves Verlander for the Tigers’ opener, and he notes that the Royals were among the bottom of the league against right-handed pitchers last season. He also loves Phillies 2B Chase Utley against Scheppers, after Utley picked up his stats a bit down the stretch in March.

The Grind Down is a deep dive into every single game, and really is one of the best Daily Fantasy Tools around. – Fantasy Daily Notes

Another one of my favorite tools, the boys at ESPN rank each day’s starting pitchers for Daily play. A new wrinkle they’ve added is a “GS” column, which stands for projected “Game Score” for each pitcher. This uses Bill James’ original formula, which takes in the past three years and the past 21 days.

They have Sale ranked 11th in Game Score, 53, with Jose Fernandez (72) and Sonny Gray (64) leading the position.

“[Fernandez’s] numbers in two starts against the Rockies last year were silly good, as he posted a pitching line of 14 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BBs, 16 K’s. And don’t forget that the 21-year-old was absolutely filthy at spacious Marlins Park last season, going 9-0 with a 1.19 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 and an unbelievable opponents’ slash of .164/.228/.225 in 15 starts.” – Brian Gramling – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Love this breakdown of the Daily Games coming up, as Dobish details the weather and venues. He also likes Billy Butler’s bat against Verlander, mostly because of his BvP stats, plus because he’s cheap on – Tony’s Daily Nuggets

Tony Cincotta is a Fantasy veteran, and he makes some picks for StarFantasyLeague’s scoring system. He likes Jhonny Peralta despite a mediocre spring, and Scheppers, once again, because he’s also listed as a relief pitcher on their site.

Don’t forget to check the page before games start to make sure your players are playing!

Good luck! I hope we find you a winner on the day after Fantasy Opening Day!

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