Looking for Another Giant Day From a Giants Pitcher

Apr 9, 2014 by

Looking for Another Giant Day From a Giants Pitcher

Last season, Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter at San Diego and had one of the best days among all Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers in 2013. He faces the free-swinging Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and daily players are hoping he can get some of that magic back.

(As a matter of fact, I went back and looked at the top 10 Fantasy Baseball hitting performances of 2013, and you might be surprised to see who landed on that list!)

You might also recall, I went through the top 10 Daily Fantasy hitting performances of 2013 on this site over the weekend.

Some of today’s interesting stories include:

  • Josh Beckett will make his first start since May of last season, due to a rib injury, but he’ll be going up against Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez.
  • Is Ryan Braun done punishing Phillies pitching, after he hit three home runs on Tuesday?
  • Looking at the best pitching parks in the game, only Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park are in action today.
  • Can the White Sox rookies keep it up? Jose Abreu and Marcus Semien destroyed Rockies pitching at Coors Field Tuesday, and the team as a whole hit six home runs. They play again today at 3:10 pm.

 

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are your top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Wednesday! If you know of an article I’ve missed, drop it in the comment section, or tweet it at me @DavidGonos.

Before we get rolling too far into today’s links, I wanted to point you to #LuTV, which is a video show put on by some of the guys at LuDawgs.com. They did a nice job for Wednesday’s games below:

TheFakeBaseball.com – SP Streamers

Justin Klein takes his turn at choosing his favorite starting pitchers for Wednesday’s games. He likes Ervin Santana in his 2014 Braves debut, going up against the Mets and SP Zach Wheeler.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Weather Links

Chet Gresham pulls in a link from WeatherSpark.com, which has updated weather graphs and maps, for each of the major league cities that don’t have retractable roofs – or play in Tropicana Field.

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 5 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Chris Meaney once again goes over last night’s games to find the top tweets of the baseball world. One interesting tweet was by BaseballReference.com about Ryan Braun:

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Props to Dobish for pointing us toward White Sox rookie 2B/SS Marcus Semien yesterday. For Wednesday, he talks golf. Great.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

Nobody looks as deep into a day’s matchups like these guys, and Notorious takes his turn, figuring out good/bad hitters/pitchers for today’s/tonight’s games/matchups. I/can’t/stop. (Every time I read the name “Notorious,” it makes me sing that old Duran Duran song from “A View to a Kill,” I think, where it starts off, “No-, No-, No- Notorious!” Yeah, I’m not proud of that.)

He suggests using Bryce Harper against Miami’s Jacob Turner, and he wonders if today is the day Harper hits his first home run of the season – with a discounted price on many sites.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Gramling likes both the Red Sox and Yankees today, with Jake Peavy and Masahiro Tanaka pitching, and he has our coverboy for today, Tim Lincecum, as the sixth-best starter of the day. He also mentions another AL pitcher that’s worth watching today.

“[Indians starter Trevor] Bauer has been shaky to start his career, producing a 5.67 ERA and 1.74 WHIP over eight major league starts. But his fastball was consistently clocked in the mid-90s in spring training, which should help him get closer to his gaudy 10.2 K/9 rate over four minor league seasons.” – Gramling

Photo Credit: Damen Jackson

I hope you pick some great Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers and win some tournaments today – unless it’s against me! Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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The Fantasy Day After: Is Cain Able?

Apr 1, 2014 by

The Fantasy Day After: Is Cain Able?

Remember that time a guy named Tanner Scheppers ruined your Fantasy Opening Day? … Yeah, that sucked. He was a horrible early April Fool’s Day prank on all of us.

Lesson learned: Don’t lean on a guy that’s making his first ever start – on Opening Day. As a matter of fact, Scheppers was the first player since 1981 to make his first career start on Opening Day. (Although, the guy in ’81 was Fernando Valenzuela.)

Don’t worry, though, as you can tell – you weren’t the only one to get “Scheppered,” with minus-14 points from the youngster. As a matter of fact, Scheppers was the most purchased player on DraftDay.com yesterday, as he was rostered on 29.9 percent of Monday’s lineups. He only cost $5,000, though, which is likely the reason. He was the lowest scoring player on the day. You would have had 14 more points if you used David Gonos as your starting pitcher.

You could have paid three times Scheppers’ salary and picked Stephen Strasburg, who was the second-most used player at 23.6 percent. While he scored 29 points, that was a mediocre fantasy output compared to other aces with similar prices, like Adam Wainwright (51), Felix Hernandez (49) and Jose Fernandez (47).

Before we go further, here’s a reminder about the top 48 Daily Fantasy Baseball writers to follow on Twitter!

Opening Day (Cheap) Stars on Draft Day

  1. Cody Asche, 3B, PHI: 69 pts
  2. Alejandeo De Aza, OF, CHW: 63
  3. Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA: 63
  4. Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA: 54
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS: 53
  6. Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS: 52
  7. Matt Joyce, OF, TB: 45
  8. Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA: 43
  9. Casey McGahee, 1B, MIA: 43
  10. Ben Revere, OF, PHI: 42

Today is Another Day! Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy

Matt Cain lines up against Arizona for his first start, and while ESPN ranks him as their favorite pitcher of the day, he’s coming off a spring in which he posted a 7.47 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

They have Kyle Lohse ranked second, at home against Atlanta, and that seems even a little crazier. Is this an April Fool’s joke? I’m not buying it.

Unlike Opening Day, there aren’t any big matchups between two stud pitchers, but I do like Alex Cobb against the Blue Jays, and starter Drew Hutchinson. This seems like a slam dunk to me – you know, like Scheppers.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish warns about playing any Indians and A’s on Tuesday, as there is a 100-percent chance of precipitation, and you might be left with some empty roster spots because of a rainout.

“The weather forecast looked grim for Monday’s game, too, but the weather pulled out to the east of the Bay Area and the opener was played without a hitch. Currently, the forecast states a 100 percent chance of precipitation from 7pm PT through 10pm PT, so there could very well be a delay or postponement. However, check back later in the afternoon before finalizing your roster. Things could very well clear up such as they did Monday.” – @DanielEDobish

Dobish also likes some of the Yankees players today, as they have their Opening Day a day later than the rest. He suggests Derek Jeter against an overmatched Astros team.

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind

Just after I mentioned that I like Cobb, I see that Brad Johnson loves Hutchinson today in traditional fantasy play. Citing Hutchinson’s awesome spring still makes me a little reticent.

They also have a cool chart with “Daily Updated Park Factors” that discusses how the parks line up for right- and left-handed hitters.

I’ll try to add some more links later, as they come in, but RotoGrinders doesn’t have anything up yet  for Tuesday. Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I pick as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks on Day 2. 

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