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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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.)

FantasyInsiders.com – 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

RotoGrinders.com – 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.

ESPN.com – 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

RotoExperts.com – 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 DraftDay.com.

RotoExperts.com – 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 DailyMLBLineups.com 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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