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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Lessons Learned for Daily Fantasy Baseball

Apr 8, 2014 by

Lessons Learned for Daily Fantasy Baseball

We’re officially a week into the regular season now, and we’re starting to get a feel for what’s going on in the Daily Fantasy Baseball world.

We know that these Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins are not quite the White Sox and Marlins of yesteryear.

We also got reminded – several times over the past weeks – that closers continue to be the worst Fantasy position in the history of Fantasy Sports.

You’ve also likely learned that some of the beasts from last season are still in hibernation, like Chris Davis, Adam Jones and David Ortiz.

But today’s Tuesday! Today’s the day things really turn around for you. Nearly every team is in action today, and 10 of those games are happening tonight. That means there will be tons of variations to lineups, which means you’ll have a good shot at winning a big tournament!

Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

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

Top 10 Fantasy Hitting Performances of 2013TheFakeBaseball.com – Weather Warning

Shane Gallimore looks back at last night’s games in a Daily Fantasy Baseball perspective.

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 5 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Neil Parker (@naparker77) explains some DraftStreet strategy before picking five pitchers you might want to consider tonight.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Brian Gramling is back, and he has Max Scherzer and James Paxton at the top of today’s pitcher list, with Martin Perez and Henderson Alvarez pulling up the rear.

“On Tuesday, the 25-year-old [Paxton] has the great fortune of again facing the free-swinging Angels (52 K’s, 12 walks in first six games), this time at Safeco Field, where he has dominated in two career starts. In these 13 innings in a home uniform, Paxton has allowed just one earned run on eight hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts. He may not post seven shutout innings again, but I think he’ll pitch well enough to once again defeat the Angels and Hector Santiago (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB versus Seattle last week).” – Gramling

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish thinks rookie 2B/SS Marcus Semien is in for a good night at Colorado.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Daily Fantasy Picks (Evening)

Jason Guilbault offers up six players (two pitchers, four hitters) he likes for tonight’s games, including Daniel Murphy, who has a good history against SP Aaron Harang.

FanGraphs.com – Daily Fantasy Strategy for FanDuel

Brad Johnson suggests taking a look at both Lance Lynn (vs. CIN) and the Nationals lineup (vs. Henderson Alvarez), among other players.

No whammies! No whammies! Good luck tonight!

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