Reversal of Daily Fantasy Fortunes

Apr 17, 2014 by

Reversal of Daily Fantasy Fortunes

One of the stranger themes of this early Fantasy Baseball season is the reversal of offensive power.

In the first week of the season, we saw the Miami Marlins break out with big numbers, only to be followed up by the Chicago White Sox leading the majors in scoring with 86 runs scored after 15 games this season.

On the other end of that spectrum are the Tigers, who were among the league leaders in runs scored over the past two seasons, with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. But now, minus Fielder, they’re having problems crossing the plate, as they rank 29th in the majors – just ahead of Kansas City.

The Red Sox, the top scoring team of 2013, now rank 24th in the majors, just barely above the Cubs and Astros, of all teams.

These shifts are sure to correct themselves in the coming weeks, but after the first two weeks, they’ve wreaked havoc with Daily Fantasy Baseball players!

Let’s see if we can’t figure it out for Thursday’s big games! There are a dozen games ahead of us this afternoon and evening including seven games on the evening docket.

Thursday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

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

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – Pitcher Picks

Neil Parker (@naparker77) shares his favorite hurlers of the day for DraftStreet’s setup. One of my favorites, Adam Wainwright, makes the list, despite his big salary.

“The Nationals average nine strikeouts a game and Adam Wainwright’s K/9 hasn’t dipped below 8.2 in his last four healthy seasons. Furthermore, the Nationals are far from healthy and Wainwright’s mound foe should struggle against a deep, potent and experienced Cardinals’ lineup.” — Parker

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Mike Sheets offers up a couple AL Central aces as his favorite starting pitchers of the day. Tigers SP Justin Verlander faces the Indians at Comerica Park, and White Sox SP Chris Sale goes up against the Red Sox. Tristan Cockcroft also likes Ian Kennedy for a spot start against the Rockies in San Diego.

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup For Draft Kings

Zach Sanders discusses yesterday’s news and picks “The Funky Five” for Thursday on Draft Kings, including Seattle SS Brad Miller, who faces Rangers’ starter Tanner Scheppers.

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind for FanDuel

Brad Johnson shares some spoiled grapes about how he lost to a guy that stacked against one of the pitchers the same guy took. The guy bet against himself somehow and still won, haha! Johnson also discusses some games tonight, including how he thinks the two games in Texas and the White Sox game are the ones to target offensively tonight.

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for DraftStreet

Blake Murphy picks five prized picks on DraftStreet, including closer Craig Kimbrel, who you can use on DraftStreet as a third pitcher for just $3,192.

“Kimbrel, in particular, seems a safe bet to pitch Thursday, as he had a side session on Wednesday with no discomfort and the Braves draw a Phillies team they’re likely to hold a lead on.” — Murphy

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Hitters

Ben Pritchett chips in today to choose a pair of hitters to target at each position, including Nick Franklin and Astros rookie OF George Springer.

“Get him in and get your popcorn ready. Whatever happens, he’s freed up space for you to spend elsewhere. Also, it’s possible every shark will have him even though it’s not an ideal matchup, so you need to be aware of playing defense against your would-be opponents.” — Pritchett

FantasyInsiders.com – Daily Diamond Pitchers

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsDave Loughran also likes Chris Sale, but he takes Royals ace James Shields as his top starting pitcher of the day. He cites Houston’s affinity for striking out so much against right-handed pitchers last year and now this year.

FoxSports.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Adam Meyer is a fan of spending on pitching today, and picking up guys like Rockies 2B D.J. LeMahieu on the cheap.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish suggests using a stack of players on the Rays this evening against the Yankees.

” In the past, a matchup against the New York Yankees and SP CC Sabathiawould be an instant avoid. However, Price has been right against the Bronx Bombers, going 6-3 with a 3.81 ERA with 69 punchouts over the past 82 2/3 innings spanning 13 starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. On the flip side, Sabathia is 3-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 14 starts against the Rays since April 2011, so Price looks to have a favorable matchup at home based upon trends.” – Dobish

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

Notorious breaks down every single game, with some picks to target and players to avoid in each game. He also points out how dominant Giants SP Madison Bumgarner has been at AT&T Park.

“n 13 home starts last season he posted a 2.33 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and a K/9 of 9.4. He has also had success against the Dodgers with an ERA just over 3.00 in his last 5 starts against them. I wish he was a bigger favorite, but I still think he makes a great cash game play.” —

TheFakeBaseball.com – Daily Fantasy Forecast

Marcus Hall shares some hitters and pitchers to take a look at, including Mariners 2B Robinson Cano, who he believes is priced as a great steal.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Fantasy Hitters

In 53 at-bats against CC Sabathia, points out Richard Valero, Rays 3B Evan Longoria is batting .396 with six home runs and 13 RBI.

 Good luck – and get ready for a huge Friday with a full slate of games and big games on all of the Daily Fantasy sites.

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

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30 Teams, 15 MLB Games, Dozens of Daily Fantasy Baseball Tournaments

Apr 11, 2014 by

30 Teams, 15 MLB Games, Dozens of Daily Fantasy Baseball Tournaments

Is there anything more awesome than a full slate of 15 games on a Friday night? You know, I mean, besides partying with a bunch of hot chicks that find baseball knowledge sexy.

Why is it so great, having 30 teams going at it within a six-hour window? Think about it this way – this is the first time all season we’ve been able to choose from lineups on all 30 teams for Daily Fantasy Baseball tournaments.

This means we’re going to have cheap players blow up and affect thousands of lineups, and we’ll have super expensive players that many avoided because there are so many other options.

Life is good!

Scoreboard watching will never be the same!

So in celebration of this, I thought I’d invite you to play in several tournaments I’m going to play in tonight. These won’t be expensive tournaments, but they will be awesome!

Friday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsHere are the top articles for Friday with the best Daily Fantasy Baseball information out there! Did I miss any? Drop it in the comment section, or tweet me @DavidGonos.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Neil Parker (@naparker77) does his best to help us win all of those tournaments above, with a pair of pitchers he expects to do well, in spite of their ownership percentages.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Hitters

Among Richard Valero’s top-five hitters, he has two catchers, two third basemen and two outfielders. (One player is eligible at two spots!

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 3 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Parker also makes some picks over at LRFS, specifically for Draft Street’s setup, which allows for three pitchers. Angels rookie starter Tyler Skaggs gets the nod here.

“Skaggs has long been a highly regarded pitching prospect, who is finally getting his chance for the Angels. The Mets head to LA among the leagues worst for drawing a free-pass and have struck out 88 times in just 9 total games. Skaggs will look to build off his excellent first start of the season and the price is right here.” – Parker

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Once again, we’re looking at a day full of aces, with pitchers like Yu Darvish, Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale and Jose Fernandez toeing the rubber tonight. This might be a good day to pair an ace with a bargain pick in hopes of bringing home some tournament dough.

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup

David Wiers chooses five players he likes in Draft Kings’ setup for tonight. One of those players is Tigers OF Rajai Davis ($3,600), who plays at San Diego.

” Yes, I’m going against my boy in Andrew Cashner here, but I think the Tigers will be aggressive on the base paths while in Petco. Hard to imagine someone other than Davis enjoying the green light more.” — Wiers

Photo Credit: Ken Koller

Happy Friday! Win some money — as a second-place finisher, of course.

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

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Welcome Homer: Reds’ Bailey Set for 2014 Debut

Apr 3, 2014 by

Welcome Homer: Reds’ Bailey Set for 2014 Debut

Before we get too far talking about Homer Bailey, I wanted to ask you to shoot on over to my column at SI.com, where I offer up “12 Tips for Daily Fantasy Baseball” — and if you like it, share it! If you don’t like it, share it! Jaykay! (Also, pretend I didn’t just say, “Jaykay.”)

Reds ace Homer Bailey makes his first start of the 2014 baseball season against St. Louis Thursday, after resting a groin injury he suffered in the middle of Spring Training.

Fantasy Baseball owners are hoping Bailey can conjure up some of the magic that allowed him to throw a no-hitter in 2012 – and then a second no-hitter in 2013. The problem is – Bailey signed a six-year $105 million contract on February 19, so that contract year we’ve been anticipating.

Bailey is just one of a small handful of star pitchers throwing today, as the Tigers send Anibal Sanchez out against the Royals, and the Nationals start Jordan Zimmermann against the Mets in Citi Field.

It’s getaway day, which means there are plenty of day games to get some action on, including the first start of heralded rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura for the Royals. Unfortunately, he goes up against Sanchez, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler at Comerica Park.

The term “getaway day” comes from the fact that Thursday is usually the final day of the early series of that week’s games. So teams and players sometimes play an early game, so they can travel that night to go to the next ballpark – or back to their home park. Sunday is this day’s equal, as teams are finishing up another series, and mostly play early afternoon games.

It’s not unusual to see star players get a day off on these days, so they get a little added rest – especially since they’re usually coming off a night game on Wednesday.

Getaway Day Greatness

SportsTradex, Daily Fantasy Baseball SitesTheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Neil Parker does a nice job of handpicking a couple starters to consider in your Daily Fantasy Baseball lineups, as well as your daily traditional leagues.

Parker likes Wandy Rodriguez against the Cubs this morning, and he comes at a relatively cheap price on several sites:

  • $11,400 – Draft Day, 8th-most expensive pitcher (early games only)
  • $7,300 – Draft Kings, 8th-most expensive pitcher (early games only)
  • $4,900 – FanDuel, 17th-most expensive pitcher (all games)

LockerRoomFantasySports.com — Pitcher Picks

Parker also wrote this piece for DraftStreet.com players — he likes the rookie Ventura on their game because of his price tag ($6,981). That’s half of Wandy Rodriguez’s salary today.

By the way, you can follow Parker on Twitter @naparker77 – he tweets regularly and is a valuable guy to follow in both baseball and football seasons.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish really likes Rays starter Chris Archer, who is fresh off a new 8-year contract worth up to $43.75 million. He’ll face the Blue Jays, with Brandon Morrow opposite him.

” He went 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three outings over 16 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays last season, posting 10 strikeouts with an opponent batting average of .226. Vegas has the Rays installed as a big favorite, and that’s good news for Archer’s prospects.”

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

ESPN’s Mike Sheets takes a turn at the Daily Notes page, and he does have Bailey tied with Sanchez as the highest projected scoring pitcher today.

On the other end of the spectrum, he likes the Orioles to light up Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. The lefty could have some big trouble with right-handed hitters Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy.

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

Photo Credit: Doug Gray

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