The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 8/1


The trade deadline is like crack for seam-heads like me. It’s a non-stop information orgy up until the 4pm deadline. With players moving all over the league, contenders staking their claim in this year’s playoff race and sellers building up and hording assets for the future. Yesterday’s deadline was one of the best I could remember with names like Jon Lester, David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey, Allen Craig, and Austin Jackson finding new teams. Several of the moves had an effect on player values in our daily fantasy world going forward. With playing time opening up for some players and opportunities closing for others, it will be weeks before all this truly shakes out. With that said, we have a full slate of games to build our team from tonight, a lot of new options to mull over and money to burn.


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SP 1 – Chris Sale, $12,600: Chris Sale is like water in the desert, I need him in my life to survive. He gets the Twinkies today in Chicago. Sale’s career vs. the Twins are impressive: 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA , .94 WHIP, and 61 K’s in 56 IP. The Twins are 20th in wOBA vs. LHP and have the second worst K% at 23.2% on the road. This should all set up for a big point total from Sale.

SP 2 – Doug Fister, $7,800: One of the better buys on the pitching roster tonight is Fister. The Phillies and their road wOBA of .299 roll into the Capital tonight, and I like Fister’s high floor. I’m expecting a serious crotch punch to a putrid Phillies lineup, you know cause he’s a Fister. It also doesn’t hurt that in two career starts against Philadelphia Dougie Fist is 2-0 with 1.20 ERA and .53 WHIP.

C – Stephen Vogt, $3,800: The A’s get Jeremy “Go Deep” Guthrie tonight as the Royals kick off a three game set in Oak-town. Guthrie currently ranks 7th in HR/9 as he’s allowed an average of 1.30. So the A’s are certainly a very stackable option in GPP’s tonight. I like Vogt to bear some fruit in a home matchup against the righty Guthrie. Vogt slash line at home against righties is .352/.379/.500 and is on the right side of the platoon.

1B – Brandon Moss, $4,900: Moss is a funny player in terms of splits as he hits for power against righties and is a better contact hitter against lefties. 19 of his 23 homers have come off RHP but his average against righties is .255. His home road power splits are pretty even with 11 dongs coming at home (eww) and a dozen on the road. Where I’m going with all this is he gets Guthrie at home. Guthrie is righty who gives up homers in bunches. Moss hits homers off righties. Needless to say Moss is my DONG OF THE NIGHT!

2B – Kolten Wong, $3,900: Over the last 30 days, Wong has been a top 5 2B in our game. His wOBA over that time is .381 which is top 30 in MLB over that time. He also brings a nice speed/power tool set to the table that’s always dangerous on DraftKings. He faces Wily Peralta tonight who’s been a mess in July surrendering 5 homers in 30 innings and 4.80 ERA. Priced in the sub-$4k range has me buying some Wong. That sounded Wong! Pun points!

3B – Yangervis Solarte, $3,400: In 9 games since joining the Padres, Solarte has rediscovered his early season from. Thus far he’s hitting .324 with 2 homers, 8 RBI’s, and 8 runs in his San Diego career. He’s a cheap option at third tonight and faces the always hittable Mike Minor.

SS – Jose Ramirez, $2,500: Punt Play Alert! With Asdrubal Cabrera moving to Washington it opens up playing time for Ramirez. He’s a solid contact/speed guy at a weak position, so he could be one of the biggest benefactors from yesterday’s trade deadline. That’s as long as Cleveland keeps Francisco Lindor in Columbus.

OF 1 – Chris Coghlan, $4,000: Not many players have been hotter than Coghlan coming out of July. The Northside’s CC was the 4th best hitter according to wOBA last month, and faces Dan Haren this evening at Dodger Stadium. Haren’s ERA in July was 9.47. Seriously he had more earned runs allowed (20) than innings (19) last month. Cubs stack attack? Maybe….

OF 2 – Oscar Taveras, $3,500: With Allen Craig heading out of town Tavares is in place for immediate playing time, and took advantage of it right away by homering last night. Tavares faces Wily Peralta tonight and if you don’t know my thoughts on him you didn’t read my blurb on Kolten Wong. I mean what’s Wong with you, you skip my blurbs?

OF 3- David Peralta, $3,500: I can’t tell you why I love David Peralta but he always seems to end up in my lineups. Maybe it’s the .300 average and the sub $4K price, maybe it’s his eyes, I don’t know. More than likely it’s the fact that he rakes against righties at home (.338 BA, 2 hr’s, 11 rbi’s, .402 wOBA). He gets a righty tonight in Edinson Volquez that’s known to have some serious diarrhea starts.

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 7/29


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 finale. However, your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru has had an up and down month. A terrible cold streak turned into a heater only to just break even on the month thus far. Let’s look to wrap up July with a win as I’m sick of just throwing money away.


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All values are based on DraftKings pricing.

SP 1 – James Shields, $8,400: Big Game James burned us a couple weeks ago, but the price is right for a starter with a 2.03 ERA and 28 Ks in his last four starts.

SP 2 – Trevor Bauer, $6,500: This is a roll of the dice and I can’t blame anyone that wants to pay up for Stephen Strasburg or Cole Hamels, but to fit in the big bats we want you have to find a way to save. Bauer seems a good cheap buy as he’s averaged 22 FPTS over his last four starts and has been very good at home with 48 Ks in 44 innings this season.

C – Stephen Vogt, $3,800: Vogt’s price is creeping up, but he’s still worth it. Vogt has 14 hits and six RBI over his last 10 games and a .415 wOBA against right-handed pitching.

1B – Brandon Moss, $5,100: Our A’s stack fell a little short last night so let’s double down on the team that leads the league in runs scored and RBI. 19 of Moss’ 23 homers have come against right-handed pitching this year and he’s your Guru’s Dong of the Night.

2B – Ryan Goins, $2,400: Goins had himself a night in Boston Monday with four hits, four RBI and 24 FPTS. Give us half that against the Sox struggling rookie Rubby De La Rosa and it’s a successful punt.

3B – Josh Donaldson, $5,100: Another piece of the swingin’ A’s stack attack. Dongaldson has hits in nine of his last 10 games and double digit FPTS in six of his last 10. The sharks in Vegas have the A’s as the biggest favorite on the board and scoring 5+ runs.

SS – Ramon Santiago, $2,500: Punt play alert, just make sure he’s in the lineup. Ramon does have FPTS in eight of his last 10 starts.

OF 1 – Jose Bautista, $5,700: Joey Bats has averaged 20+ FPTS over his last six games and faces a struggling Sox staff at Fenway Park where he’s hit 18 homers in 42 games .

OF 2 – Yoenis Cespedes, $5,400: The final piece of our A’s double down stack. Yoenis has 12 hits over his last nine games with three homers and 10 RBI.

OF 3 – Melky Cabrera, $4,900: The Melk Man went double dong last night with one bomb smashing through the windshield of a Sox fan’s SUV across the street from Fenway. Cabrera has been hot with 18 hits and 15 RBI over his last 10 games and the Fenway Faithful may want to just take the T.
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 7/25


It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Well, at least for us baseball fans. The trade deadline is rapidly approaching, the division and wild card races are heating up, and over the next few weeks a bounty of prospects should make their way to the bigs. It’s a fun time to be a baseball fan. The only thing that can make all this baseball any better is winning on DraftKings. Over the last couple of days I’ve started to kick things back into gear and gotten my bankroll going in the right direction. I know, it seems like every day you read a statement like this from The Guru or me. But it’s true! We really are everyday players of DFS that live and die by our wins. Thankfully we both cashed in a few contests last night. In fact The Guru just edged me in the Razzball 20 teamer.


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Here’s The Legendary Lifshitz DraftKings lineup for the night:

SP 1 – Wade Miley, $8,600: Miley has continued to keep his owners twerking to the bank the last couple of months. Since June 1, the Diamondback lefty hasn’t lost a game throwing up a 73:14 K: BB. Over his four July starts, Miley has been an ace sporting an ERA of 1.88, a K/9 of 9.10, and a BB/9 of 1.57. He gets the Phillies today who are a complete mess.

SP 2 – Alex Wood, $7,700: Let me mention that while I’m suggesting two cheaper options today, I would have no issue if you decided to spend a little more to get King Felix, Lester, or Price into your lineup. All three are consistent performers with little risk. With that said you have to love the matchup for Wood. He gets the Padres at Turner Field tonight in what should be another step in what I’m thinking could be a big second half for the lefty. I’d expect a top 5 night from Wood as he faces off against the worst offense in the majors.

C – Evan Gattis, $4,000: I professed my love for Gattis on Wednesday and he of course got the night off. I’m thinking he’ll be in the lineup tonight and ready to tee off on Jesse Hahn. Dong of the night!

1B – Lucas Duda, $4,000: Duda is 5/10 off Yovani Gallardo with two homers. When you have 10 at bats off a pitcher and your OPS is almost 2.000 I take notice.

2B – Rickie Weeks, $3,500: Rickie has been solid filling in for Scooter Gennett for the last few days. Putting up 7,7,8 and 11 points in his last 4 starts. It sounds like Scooter is still a couple of days away, so Weeks should get the start tonight.

3B – Pedro Alvarez, $4,000: This one is simple. Alvarez is a serious power hitter going into Coors and facing Brett Anderson. What’s not to like? Stack the Bucs.

SS – Josh Rutledge, $3,700: Filling in for Tulo, Rutledge has delivered. As he’s put up double digit point totals three of the last four nights. Rutledge is going to be a solid buy until he has a night that blows up his price tag. I’d expect it to come soon. Could it be tonight?

OF 1 – Andrew McCutchen, $5,800: Here’s a little secret that isn’t a secret at all. I’m stacking Pirates against Anderson tonight. In fact, all three of my outfield picks are Pirates. Obviously, McCuthchen is one of the best hitters in baseball and a trip to Coors only makes him more desirable. Well, desirable if you get boners over home runs. Hey, don’t laugh! It’s a serious condition known as Dong Erectus and it keeps me 500 feet away from Home Run Derbys.

OF 2 – Gregory Polanco, $4,400: After coming out the gate like gangbusters back in June, Polanco has cooled down considerably. After a 27 point night on Tuesday, I’m hoping Polanco is out of his funk and on his way to a big weekend in Denver. If you’re looking to spend a little more I fully endorse Brandon Moss tonight against Jerome Williams. In fact, I endorse all A’s tonight and will have a stack lineup based around it.

OF 3 – Josh Harrison, $3,900: I’m beating a dead horse with the body of a different dead horse at this point, but I like the Pirates at Coors. I’m actually dressed like Jack Sparrow right now. Harrison may be their second best hitter this season and I always like his potential for some steals. Another play in this price range that I considered was Mark Trumbo. He hasn’t homered since returning from the DL but I like him to get off the schnide tonight in Illadelphia.
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 7/22


As any DFS player knows, the daily grind of fantasy sports can be downright One Few Over the Cuckoo Nest-kind of maddening. When you hit a cold spell that drains your bankroll and has you questioning all that is sacred you may start to think fantasy cricket may be for you. Your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru hit one of those cold streaks before the break that approached Game of Thrones-winter-is-coming-sized proportions. (Cuckoos Nest and GOT references in the first paragraph?!)


However, the tide has turned as the season kicks off it’s unofficial second half. Last night I cashed in all seven contests I entered and doubled the bankroll.  Believe me, I needed it! The cold streak had dwindled the winter in Cancun fund to something that looked more like a winter in Detroit. Let’s keep the hot streak rolling tonight.

Here’s your dirty turbaned Guru’s team for Tuesday 7/22. Good luck, cheers. Want to play with the Dirty Turban degenerates tonight? Just hit this link.

All values are based on DraftKings pricing.

SP 1 – Mike Minor, $7,700: Minor hasn’t been so good lately – just check that 4.86 ERA. He also hasn’t been very lucky  – an xFIP of 3.61 suggests he’s a lot better than that. Minor will begin a $econd half bounce back on the road against the Marlins tonight.

SP 2 – Erasmo Ramirez, $5,800: We’re looking to $ave on the pitching tonight. Sure Adam Wainwright and Scott Kazmir are nice plays if you want to pay up (and we’ll have another team with those two), but we have some big bats to stack tonight. Let’s roll the dice on Erasmo who has all the talent and a great matchup against the K happy Mets.

C – Cameron Rupp, $2,300: Punt play alert, but Rupp is averaging 7 FPTS over his last seven $tarts. Want to pay up? Look to Brian McCann or Wilson Ramos.

1B – Jose Abreu, $5,200: The Cuban Crusher leads the league with 29 homers, but has yet to send one deep in the $econd half. That changes tonight. Abreu is your Guru’s Dong of the Night. Miguel Cabrera is a pricier option and, if you’re looking to save a buck, take a look at Mike Napoli in Toronto.

2B – Anthony Rendon, $4,800: Here it comes, the first piece of our Nats $tack attack in Colorado against a no-name Rockies starter with an ERA over 7. It paid off last night, let’s double down. Robinson Cano is also in play and a nice punt could be Brian Roberts of the Yankees.

3B – Ryan Zimmerman, $5,100: Love all the Nationals righty bats tonight. Can Bryce Harper bat right-handed? Zimmy is averaging 9+ FPT$ over his last 10 games. For a cheaper option look to Kyle Seager in Seattle.

SS – Ian Desmond, $4,600: Des dropped 32 FPTS on our fake teams last night as he went 5-for-5 with a homer, 3 runs and 2 RBI. Give us half that tonight and we’ll be in the $$$. Want a punt play? How about Derek Jeter. The sharks in Vegas have the Yanks scoring 5 runs tonight.

OF 1 – Jayson Werth, $5,300: Jay$on is the final piece of our pricey Nats stack. However, I’m happy to pay up for double dong potential – that sounds like the worst CraigsList ad ever.

OF 2 – Jacoby Ellsbury, $4,700: Think the Yanks make for a $neaky $tack tonight as Vegas has them scoring a bunch. If Vegas is right, Ells will be in the middle of the fun as he’s averaged nearly 20 FPTS over his last 4 games.

OF 3 – Brett Gardner, $4,400: Gardner should be leading off tonight and has that speed/power combo that makes $bank$. Other outfielders worth targeting tonight include the two boppers in Baltimore – Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones.
Make sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and buy me a Margarita with your winnings.

Featured Writer: The Guru


The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/21


Happy Monday, Dirty Turbaners! Hopefully you all had an incredibly productive weekend full of drinking and gambling on sports! That’s exactly what consumed my weekend, as I cashed in a contest or two every night. It was a beautiful thing as my bankroll more than doubled. The best of the bunch was a last second victory due to a 9th inning RBI single by A-Gon in the Sunday Night game. Heading into the break I was on a monstrous cold streak, but I’ve managed to right the ship and get myself back on a bed of green.


Let’s keep the momentum going tonight. I’ve studied the board and I think I’ve got a lineup that will rake in some dough and get us on the way to taking other people’s money.

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All prices based on DraftKings pricing

SP 1 – Chris Sale, $12,100: Not many players are more consistent in our daily game than Sale. He’s in the company of Kershaw, Wainwright, and King Felix on the Mt. Rushmore of Daily Fantasy in 2014. Going deep into games and racking up K’s, Sale is always worth the price. He squares off against the Royals today who are coming off a tough matchup against fellow lefty Jon Lester. The Royals looked lost yesterday, and I would expect that trend to continue as they face the best of what the American League has to offer in Sale.

SP 2 – Julio Teheran, $9,400: I love Teheran almost as much as an Ayatollah on a bender. When Julio is on the mound my world is all hummus and sixth wife shopping!  But seriously, Julio’s been a little off his last two starts putting up a stinker against the Mets and a mediocre outing against the Cubs. Lucky for us Teheran gets the Marlins at home tonight. If there’s anything we’ve learned about the fish this season it’s that they hate being out of water (see what I did there?). As their road production is amongst the worst in the majors. Owners of a .295 road wOBA, a 25.2% K%, and a road wRC+ of 85. There aren’t many teams pitchers should be more excited to face at home.

C – Caleb Joseph, $2,000: Caleb Joseph is like the Ramen Noodle of daily fantasy – helping you pinch pennies early in the week to afford that steak dinner on Friday (Chris Sale). He’s not good and you don’t expect much, but he does the job.

1B – Adrian Gonzalez, $4,300: A-Gon was last night’s hero of the evening winning the Dodgers the matinee of their series in St. Louis, as well as putting me over the top in a 3 team cash league. I’m giving my boy some love, but it’s more than that. As Mr. Gonzalez’s career BvP against Edinson Volquez is sweet as he’s 4/14 with two bombs. I’m hoping he can regain some of his early season form and put one into the seats at PNC tonight.

2B – Ramon Santiago, $2,300: Here’s an upside punt play I’ve been riding since Brandon Phillips went down a few weeks ago. Not only is Santiago cheap, but he’s been pretty solid. Putting up double digit totals (13, 17, 13, and 11) 4 times since the 7th of July. He hasn’t been feast or famine either, Having scored less than 7 points only once in his last 8 starts. The only caveat, make sure he’s in the lineup.

3B – Anthony Rendon, $4,600: Rendon and the Nationals travel to Denver tonight to face off against the Rockies and Franklin Morales. Rendon loves hitting lefties like Morales, putting up a wOBA of .416. Vs. southpaws. He’s actually done most of his lefty bashing away from Nationals Park, as his road lefty wOBA is a fat .502! This all sets up great for tonight’s matchup as he travels to the most hitter friendly stadium in the bigs. So let’s review, Rendon + Lefty + road game (X) Coors = Must start. Got it? Good!

SS – Xander Bogaerts, $3,300: X-man rewarded my faith in him with a 20 point night on Friday. Looking to get back to his pre-June levels of production, Xander should stay on the right track against Drew Hutchinson and the Blue Jays tonight. Expect to see Xander in my picks quite a bit going forward while his price is this low. Not many everyday players of Bogaerts ability cost under $3,500.

OF 1 – Ryan Zimmerman, $4,800: Zim has been a beast the last few weeks averaging 10.8 points over the last 12 games on DraftKings. As I mentioned in my Rendon write up, the Nats get a good matchup against Franklin Morales at Coors tonight. I’m betting on Zimmerman continuing his hot hitting in the mile high city. He’s hit lefties well this year putting up a wOBA of .365 to go with a wRC+ of 134. I think Zim’s one of the best bets on the board today, so plug him in.

OF 2 – Colby Rasmus, $3,700: Grey Albright of Razzball has a theory that Colby Rasmus only hits homers on short schedule days. I’m not sure if that’s true, but it is a short schedule day and Rasmus has started to heat up. Having put up good totals on back to back days over the weekend, I’m taking a shot and hoping Grey’s theory holds true.

OF 3 – David Peralta, $3,500: Pickings are slim for outfield options under 3,600 today, and I’m not going to throw just anyone at my loyal readers. So I’m going with a reliable option I’ve been starting a lot over the last month or so in Peralta. He gets Justin Verlander today in the desert, and that doesn’t mean what it meant back in 2012. If anything this year Verlander has become synonymous with the term blow up, giving up 4 runs or more in 8 of his last 12 starts. He’s also struggled against left handed batters like Peralta on the road allowing a wOBA of .319, and that’s with an xFIP of 4.64. So I’d expect those numbers against left-handed batters to swell over the next couple of months. Peralta has also done most of his damage against righties hitting .351 with 3 homers, and wOBA of .392. Sorry Kate but get your bosom ready to sop up Mr. Verlander’s tears once again.

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 7/7


Welcome back, Dirty Turbaners! I hope everybody had an asskicking fourth filled with fireworks, food, alcohol, and whatever else you do. The Lifshitz family and I spent the fourth bracing for two storms. One of the tropical variety and the other a visit from my mother-In-law. She’s a cross between Sybil and Hannibal Lecter and makes Hitler look cuddly. She’s wonderful!!



Besides riding out the storms of Arthur and She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, I’ve also being riding a brutal cold streak. One that’s taken from me money, smiles, and sanity. Well today it’s ending because I’m sacrificing a small farm animal and praying to the baseball gods. How is PETA already outside my window? Anythewho here’s the picks!

All prices based on DraftKings

SP 1 – Mike Minor, $8,000: I’m going sort of cheap on the pitching side today. I’m looking at some mid-grade high upside arms with solid matchups. Choice #1 is Minor against the Mets. The last few turns haven’t been kind to Minor as he’s struggled against Houston and the very Mets he faces tonight. Quite honestly Minor is better than that, and I expect improvements.

SP 2 – Jake Odorizzi, $7,800: “Eggs” has been frustrating this year. Sometimes he’s glorious as the the 10.29 K rate illustrates and other times infuriating. Most of the frustration in regard to Odorizzi stems from his inefficiency. His K’s are immense, but he can struggle to get out of the 5th inning many times, due to running up his pitch counts. Today’s opponent the Royals doesn’t walk much, and though effective, doesn’t put the fear of god in me. I’m thinking 6 IP, 7 K’s, and a W for Jake.

C – Wilson Ramos, $3,900: Catcher is a funny position in DFS. Most times I punt the C spot in my lineup, picking up a player like Caleb Joseph and using the points on bats and pitching. On the rare occasion though I splash the cash and grab a premium option like I have with Ramos today. Chris Tillman stinks and I wouldn’t be all that opposed to a Nationals Stack Attack tonight. I’m exploiting the matchup plain and simple.

1B – Justin Morneau, $4,600: Dr. Morneau will be back in his lab at Coors performing surgery on a Padres pitcher tonight. If there’s two things I like from a fantasy perspective it’s a Rockie hitting at home and drafting hitters facing Padres pitching outside of Petco. I get both with Justin.

2B – Jose Altuve, $4,900: Over the last month not many have been shorter or hotter than Altuve. He’s like baseball’s Malin Akerman! Only I’m far less turned on by Altuve. Anyway, he gets a great matchup tonight against Miles Mikolas, whoever that is. He sounds like a Greek Jazz musician but not a good pitcher.

3B – Todd Frazier, $4,500: Frazier faces Edwin Jackson tonight. I like starting hitters against Edwin Jackson. I’m a simple man really

SS – Mookie Betts, $3,200: The last time I suggested Mookie was in my Wednesday picks and he rewarded my good faith with his first big league homer. I’m still waiting on his first big league steal. It’s coming one of these days and I think sooner rather than later.

OF 1 – Corey Dickerson, $4,400: I love my outfield today starting with Dickerson. At home against righties Corey has a .552 wOBA, a .446 BA, 5 homers, 17 RBI’s, and 5 steals. How could I not want some of that?

OF 2 – George Springer, $4,300: He faces that Greek dude we talked about before. I already forgot his name but I know he’s a righty. Springer kills righties so I’m rolling with George. I’m not opposed to an Astros stack I just don’t trust anyone in their lineup outside of Altuve and Springer. Maybe you do, and if that’s the case stack away.

OF 3 – Bryce Harper, $4,300: Harper is yet to go nuts since coming back from the DL. He’s now a week in and faces Chris Tillman. I’m thinking big things for Bryce tonight. The Nationals are another very stackable lineup tonight.
As always 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 7/4


Happy 4th of July Dirty Turbaners! This is by far my favorite holiday of the year. I mean what’s not to like? It’s a day filled with cookouts, warm weather, cold beer, and the ladies are wearing far less clothing than usual. That’s a winning combination by any measure! The 4th is a day where we get to celebrate our national identity by getting drunk and playing with low grade explosives. Is there anything more American? What’s that??? Yes, riding a giant bald eagle, dressed as John Rambo, wielding bookend semi-autos would be pretty American too. But where am I getting a giant bald eagle? I’ll just settle for a dozen or so cold ones and a box of roman candles, thank you very much!


You know what else is super American? Baseball….and gambling on it! We have a full slate of games today including an 11 am start time in DC where the Cubs and Nationals will kick things off. 11 am is a little too early for me, so I’m going to focus my attention on the games beginning at 1:30 and later. There are a ton of great matchups on today’s slate, including a few that feature aces on the hill in Kershaw, Yu Darvish, and Chris Sale. So there are lots of pricey pitching options to consider. My job today is help you figure out where to trim cost so you can get one or two of these premium arms in your lineup. Happy 4th of July indeed! With all of that said….LET’S GO!

All Prices Based On DraftKings

SP 1 – Yu Darvish, $12,500: Darvish wins out over Kershaw today as the top pitching option entirely based on the matchup. I’ll take a dominant pitcher in Metco facing the Mets over a dominant pitcher in Coors facing the Rockies 10 times out of 10. End. Of. Story. If you decided to go Sale here to exploit the Mariners weakness against lefties, I’m with it.

SP 2 – C.J. Wilson, $8,300: Do you think this is the first time in each of their respective lives that C.J. Wilson and C.J. Cron have had to differentiate between C.J.’s? Do you think Mike Scioscia calls them C.J. W and C.J. C? Anythewho, I like Wilson today against the Astros for a couple of reasons. Number 1 the Angels are great at home with a 27-14 record. Number 2 the Astros are bad on the road going 16-25. The third and chief among them is the Astros strikeout a ton and Wilson and his 8.31 K/9 are primed to exploit that. I like C.J. W for 7 IP, 7 K’s, and a W.

C – Chris Iannetta, $3,500: I’ve talked about Iannetta against lefties before and I fully expect him to do some damage against Keuchel today. He’s got a homer against him in the past, let’s hope for another one today.

1B – Michael Morse, $3,700: Morse has a homer off of Eric Stults in the past and he’s a cheap option at first today which is what I need if I’m going to get one of the tops arms in my lineup.

2B – Scooter Gennett, $4,000: Scooter is 2/6 lifetime off of Alfredo Simon but the two hits are homers. I’m buying a scooter and riding him to the fireworks today. Can you get a DUI on a scooter?

3B- Casey McGehee, $3,600: Sure he’s boring, but he’s gone ten straight games with 5 points or more on DK. This pick is nice and safe like a warm blanket and a Ben Stiller movie. Or as some would say my Friday night!

SS – Eugenio Suarez, $3,400: More than anything else here I’m buying the upside with the price. Alex Cobb has been bad lately and Suarez is capable of a couple of hits and a run. That would be a huge win at this price.

OF 1 – Khris Davis, $4,000: Davis has been out the last few games with a shoulder strain, he’s expected back in the lineup tonight. So that’s something to monitor. If Khris with a K is indeed in the lineup he’s a good bet to go yard. Much like his teammate Scooter Gennett he’s got a couple of homers off of Alfredo Simon lifetime. I’m looking for some power today so I’m riding BvP numbers to the bank.

OF 2 – Oscar Taveras, $3,500: If you’re like me you’ve been waiting for the “Chosen One” to take his place as a Fantasy juggernaut for what seems like forever. Well he’s back up in the bigs for the second time this season and has hits in back to back games. I’m hoping he gets all Murica today and gives us some fireworks.

OF 3 – David Peralta, $3,500: He’s been hot of late, including putting up 26 points last night. Options are also pretty thin at this price today so I’m rolling with Peralta. Also nothing makes you feel like a genius more than getting a big night from a low cost option.

As always 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