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!

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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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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!

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