The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/30


Happy Hump Day, Dirty Turbanites. After a long and glorious hot streak, my winning ways came to an end last night as I finished out of the money for the first time in over a week. No need to shed internet tears for me, loyal readers. Remember, not only am I well-spoken and incredibly talented, but I’m also stunningly handsome.

ugly MLB decided to split the schedule again today so we have 6 games in the afternoon and 9 games on the PM schedule. Shockingly, I have a job and need to work during the day so I’m focusing on the night slate.

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SP 1 – Zack Greinke, $10,600: Over the last few weeks I’ve switched my strategy and begun to pay up for pitching. Tonight, I’m buying Greinke, I love the matchup against the whiff happy Braves andI have a feeling he could hit double digit K’s and out score the more expensive King Felix

SP 2 – Corey Kluber, $9,400: There aren’t many pitchers I own more shares of in fantasy leagues this year than Kluber. He’s also been a great play on dailies for most of the year. The matchup against a mediocre Mariners lineup tonight has me buying Corey K’s.

C – Caleb Joseph, $2,000: Punt Alert! Everyone’s favorite punt play gave way to Nick Hundley yesterday. This means he’s (more than likely) in the lineup tonight. At a cost of $2,000 he’s a great way to open up some cash for the big bats. CJ is like the Dollar menu of DFS – always tasty, but mostly causes extreme flatulence.

1B – David Ortiz, $5,400: Ortiz has been one of the few bright spots in the Sox lineup this year as he’s continued to hit regardless of the mediocrity around him. Over the last week, Papi has been hot, hitting 5 homers over the last 9 games. Tonight’s matchup vs Mark Buehrle looks tasty from a BvP standpoint. Ortiz is 25/79 with 4 homers and 14 RBI’s lifetime off the lefty. That’s a huge sample size and Ortiz is in the groove. Sign me up! Dong of the night.

2B – Yangervis Solarte, $3,400: Solarte is a great example of how quickly life can change. Back in April and May he was a .300 hitter in the Yankees lineup and now he plays for the Padres. What a ride! His 2014 season is like the baseball equivalent of Antoine Walker’s life!

3B – Brock Holt, $4,000: Am I building a Red Sox stack? I just might be. Not much data with this pick, but I like Holt and at $4,000 he’s one of my favorite players at the hot corner today. Doesn’t that sound like Gentleman’s Club? The Hot Corner, home of $150 hand jobs!

SS – Andrew Romine, $2,600: Suarez was pulled from last night’s game, so I’m expecting Romine to get the starting nod tonight for the Tigers. I’m hoping Andy Lettuce brings some green to my team. Oh and some vitamin A! Vitamin A is important guys!

OF 1 – Jose Bautista, $5,600: This pick was originally based on Joey Bats career BvP against Jon Lester. Due to the Red Sox desire to be the Tampa Bay Rays, they have decided to scratch Lester from his start, signaling a trade is on the horizon. I could go on all day about the stupidity of this move but I won’t. Instead, I’ll focus on Joey Bats and his current hot streak. In his last 7 games, Jose has scored in double digits 5 times. Over that span his lowest scoring game is 7. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t put one in the seats tonight.

OF 2 – David Murphy, $3,600: His numbers vs. Felix Hernandez are a total anomaly. He’s 24/78 with 3 homers and 16 RBI’s. That’s just crazy and it’s a pretty substantial sample size to draw from too. I’ll give Murphy a go and see if he can capture some of that magic again tonight.

OF 3 – Jonny Gomes, $3,200: Jonny Gomes loves a few things: Himself first and foremost, America, and hitting lefties. The man is to hitting lefties what Rajai Davis is to SAGNOF. He just crushes lefty pitching and his BvP lifetime against Buehrle is right in line with that train of thought – 11/33 with 4 walks tells me there’s a good chance for a profit tonight.

As always be sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and I toast your team with slightly chilled Manischewitz.

Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz



The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/8


Playing daily fantasy can be a bit of a grind, but when you hit big nothing feels better. However, when you get slapped upside the head with a cold streak nothing feels worse. As we hit the halfway point of the MLB season your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru has had a profitable run. Yet, when a cold streak comes a knockin’ you just have to push away and take a break. Over the last week I’ve scaled back my play with the holiday weekend and all, but I’m ready to dive back into the deep end of the DFS pool and I’m coming for your cash.


We have 15 games on the schedule with high over/unders for HOU/TEX, CHA/BOS, MIA/ARI and of course SD/COL. We’ll be looking to those games as well as keeping an eye on the Doppler in New York, Cleveland, Washington and Cincinnati.

Here’s your dirty turbaned Guru’s team for Tuesday 7/8. Good luck, cheers.

All values are based on DraftKings pricing.

SP 1 – Julio Teheran, $9,900: Sure it’s Tanaka Tuesday, but that’s one pricey pitcher. Let’s $ave a little for a player who’s just as good. Since mid-May, Teheran has a 2.37 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 67 innings.

SP 2 – Chris Young, $6,500: Let’s save a little more so we can $tack some bats and grab a player that’s averaging 20+ FPTS over his last four starts against a Twins team that is near the bottom of the AL in runs, homers and OPS.

C – Caleb Joseph, $2,000: Punt play alert. Caleb could run into one. If you want to $pend up look to Jonathan Lucroy and Wilin Rosario.

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, $5,700: The easy $tack tonight is the Colorado Rockies who went cold last night. While I think they will bounce back, I also think they’ll be heavily owned. Let’s zig while the competition zags and look to another high scoring game as the D-Backs face a middling lefty making just his second start on the year. I expect a big night from Goldy and he’s your Guru’s Dong of the Night.

2B – Martin Prado, $4,000: Love those D-Back right-handers . Prado has nine hits in his last 10 games and did go yard last night. Also deserving some attention tonight is Jose Altuve and Anthony Rendon. Scooter Gennett could make a good value play.

3B – Adrian Beltre, $5,100: Beltre is the beginning of our Rangers stack. Texas is a favorite tonight in what should be a high scoring game. Beltre has three homers in his last five games and is the best 3B on the board tonight.

SS – Elvis Andrus, $4,000: Sure go ahead spend on Tulo, I won’t argue. But he’ll cost you big. Give me a little value on Elvis who has nine hits in his last five games.

OF 1 – Shin-Soo Choo, $4,800: Choo has been a bit of a disappointment this year, but I’m going all in on the Rangers tonight and he should be right in the middle of the fun with a couple of runs and a steal. Want to spend up? I’ll have another team with Giancarlo Stanton who’s in a great spot tonight.

OF 2 – Alex Rios, $4,400: The final piece of the Rangers stack. Rios is averaging 10+ FPTS over his last four games and it’ll be a shootout in Texas tonight. Similarly priced options include the guy playing across the diamond in the Astros George Springer and Corey Dickerson out in Colorado.

OF 3 – Oswaldo Arcia, $3,600: Out of all the cheap outfielders tonight I’m going with Arcia despite having Chris Young on my team as well. Call it a gut play. Nice analysis, Guru. Quiet, disembodied voice that sounds like my ex-girlfriend Brenda. Where’s Waldo is my sleeper pick of the night. Other cheapies to look towards include Marcell Ozuna, Chris Denorfia and Josh Harrison.

Make sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and buy me a Mojito with your winnings.

Featured Writer: The Guru


The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 6/25


Good Afternoon Dirty Turbaners, it is I the Maharaja of daily fantasy baseball Ralph Lifshitz. I am the only known fake Jewish Maharaja in the known world, so I have that distinction going for me. I’m joining you on this glorious June day because the Guru approached me about purchasing a little Breaking Bad-blue. After I told him that I in no way had any meth for sale, he followed up by suggesting I contribute to the Turban a few times a week and bestow my DFS knowledge on y’all. I was more than happy to oblige that request and here I am.


Well, now that we’ve gotten awkward introductions out of the way, onto the DraftKings picks for the day.

BTW all of my articles will be followed up with hearty internet handshakes for the men and gropey creepy Uncle lingering a little too long hugs for the ladies.

All values are based on DraftKings pricing.

SP 1 – Mat Latos, $9,200: This is as much about his opponent as it is about him, or the fact that his wife Dallas would probably blow me up on twitter if I didn’t suggest him. That biyatch is cray! She also reminds me of a stripper I met in West Virginia at a club called “Southern Exposure.” Is it the same person? Could it be? Noooooo? Anythewho, Latos gets the weak hitting and whiff happy Cubbies today at Wrigley. The Cubs have the 3rd highest K% in all of the Majors at 23.1% a .2 behind the K% leading Marlins. They are also 28th in runs scored, 28th in RBI’s, 29th in Batting avg., 29th in wOBA, and 29th in wRC+. I’m not sure I have more ways to tell you they stink. Oh wait there you go….they stink! Latos’ K rate has been down this season in his 2 starts since returning but I expect it to recover to his K norm of 8.

SP 2 – Collin McHugh, $9,000: The Mighty Mick of Texas has been En Fuego this year as he’s cruised along in his 11 starts putting up 2.76 ERA supported by 9.92 K%, .55 hr’s per 9. He’s gotten. Tad lucky with his BABIP with a .255 but his FIP is 2.97 and his LOB% is 73.1. So nothing is crazy out of whack. He gets the strikeout prone Braves today and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him approach double digit K’s. The braves have a K% of 22.9%, just behind the aforementioned Cubs. They are also 25th in wOBA and 24th in wRC+.

C – Caleb Joseph, $2,000: Guru has talked about punting catcher before and that’s what this is, an upside punt play. Joseph has been hot and a price of $2,000 opens up a lot of cash for other places in my lineup. Makes sure he’s in the lineup, if he is, there’s a lot of Jelly in these donuts Frank!

1B – Edwin Encarnacion, $5,800: He who trots with parrot has been this season’s Sultan of Swat, banging 24 dongs this season. Yikes that’s a dirty sentence! Even more remarkable is he had only two homers going into May. Since then he’s hit 22! The only thing that seems to be able to slow him down is Mark Teixeira’s elbow. What, does Teixeira’s elbow think it’s John McDonald’s knee? Encarnacion stayed in the game, though he seemed noticeably dazed in his next at bat drawing a walk and not realizing it. If he’s good to go and in the lineup I see no reason not to trust him. If he’s out of the lineup go Goldy for $400 bones less.

2B – Derek Dietrich, $3,200: I feel like the only person that loves Dietrich more than Guru is his own mother. It seems like he’s suggested Double D nearly a dozen times thus far in 2014. Since his return to the bigs after a brief stint in the minors, Dietrich has scored a run in each game. Not to worry, the reason for the demotion was Double D’s defense, because he’s been one of the better offensive players at the keystone in 2014. In fact Dietrich’s been a top 10 2nd baseman according to wOBA and wRC+, coming in ahead of brand names like Pedroia, Kipnis, Zobrist, Dee Gordon, and Brandon Phillips. He faces A.J. Burnett who happens to throw a fair amount of breaking balls, this is good for Dietrich because he has hit breaking balls pretty well thus far in his young career.

3B – Todd Frazier, $4,700: Three of my next five picks are Reds as I’m mini-stacking against Edwin Jackson at Wrigley. Truth be told Jackson has been a bit unlucky not really earning his 5.12 ERA according to his peripherals but it’s not like Jackson hasn’t been blow-up prone throughout his much traveled career. I’m anticipating an implosion tonight on Chi-Chi’s Northside and I expect Frazier to be the catalyst. During his breakout 2014 T-Frazy has hit righties to the tune of .276 with 13 of his 17 knocks coming against them. He’s 4-for-12 lifetime against Jackson, which truthfully doesn’t tell me much other than he won’t struggle against him.

SS – Jonathan Villar, $3,200: Coming into 2014 I had Villar pegged as a sleeper at the SS position. Though he produced some solid power/speed numbers early, his batting average was wretched enough to earn him a demotion to the waiver wire on all my fake teams. Well, after a long stretch of sub Mendoza line hitting, Villar has started to heat up again the last two weeks. Hitting .263 with 3 steals and a homer. I’m not saying there aren’t better options out there but I’m confident on the return at the price point.

OF 1- Billy Hamilton, $4,900: Over the last month Hamilton has started to justify the hyperbole so many of us had spewed over the last couple of years about Hamilton. He’s been a top 10 batter in all formats putting up a 19/3/16/13/.308/.807 stat line over the last 30. Speed plays on DraftKings and Hamilton is the second chip in my Reds stack tonight.

OF 2 – Jay Bruce, $4,500: The last puzzle piece to my hopefully successful Red’s stack has started to put his early season woes behind him hitting 9/2/6/1/.296/.985. The all-time numbers against Jackson aren’t great at 3/17 with 6 K’s, but I’m going to take a chance on Bruce. When he gets hot he’s scorching.

OF 3 – Logan Morrison, $3,500: This is all about my complete lack of faith in Clay Buchholz returning to BullFrog and Rosin form. Morrison had two jacks against Lackey on Monday and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go yard again.

Make sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and I toast your team with slightly chilled Manischewitz.

Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz


The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 6/24


I don’t mean to just go on and on about my fake teams – that’s about as interesting as your girlfriend trying to tell you about The Bachelorette. However, your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru is on fire. The turban is smokin’! Last night I cashed in all four contests and I’m not about to just start throwing money away.


Here’s your dirty turbaned Guru’s team for Tuesday 6/24. Good luck, cheers.

All values are based on DraftKings pricing.

SP 1 – Clayton Kershaw, $12,700: Warning: The price is high. The Royals have been hot and don’t strike out a lot. And there’s the risk of starting a guy coming off a no-hitter. But, Kersh is simply the best in the game. We gotta find a way to make it work. Less expensive options include Scott Kazmir and Homer Bailey.

SP 2 – Andrew Heaney, $6,500: Heaney looked good in his MLB debut and will face a Philly lineup that is 24th in the league in runs scored. Let’s hope this bargain bin arm pays off.

C – Caleb Joseph, $2,000: Punt play alert. Have to save somewhere to get Kershaw. Want to pay up? Grab the ‘spensive Molina in Yadier. Joseph did go 3-for-3 last night with a homer. Make sure he’s in the lineup though.

1B – Allen Craig, $4,400: Craig delivered an O-fer last night at Coors, but here’s hoping he’s adjusted to that mile high air. I smell a Cardinals stack. If you’re looking for a pricey play look to Miggy or Jose Abreu.

2B – Derek Deitrich, $3,200: I’m not impressed with the keystone position tonight unless you want to spend on Cano or Kinsler. Deitrich delivered 10 FPTS Monday and I’ll have him on all my teams tonight at this price.

3B – Evan Longoria, $4,300: Ok, Longo has not delivered like we hoped this year, but he’s been heating up lately with eight hits in his last 10 games with three doubles and two dongs.

SS – Jhonny Peralta, $3,700: We rolled with Jhonny last night he delivered nine FPTS. He faces a lefty tonight and he kills the lefties. I did mention this is Coors Field right?

OF 1 – Matt Holiday, $4,900: Matt Holiday + a left-handed pitcher ÷ Coors Field = $$$$. Don’t trust Matty at Coors look to the Rockie outfielders Dickerson and Blackmon.

OF 2 – Adam Jones, $4,600: Adam Jones is crushing lefties this year to the tune of a .500+ wOBA. This is your Guru’s pick for Dong of the Night.

OF 3 – J.D. Martinez, $3,600: We need a cheap outfielder to fill out the roster and a shot of J.D. is just the thing. Over his last five games, Martinez has eight hits and three home runs.

Make sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and buy me a Whiskey Sour with your winnings.

Featured Writer: The Guru