The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 8/1

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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.

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Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz

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The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/30

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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.

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Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz

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The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/29

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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.

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The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/23

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Mike Minor is a dick! This is the only phrase I’ve been capable of muttering the last 12 hours. Putting up a vomit inducing negative 10 points last night, teams with Minor where underwater before they even started. Such is life with our daily fantasy addiction. The highs are high and the lows are Mike Minor. I hereby pledge no matter the matchup, price, or (though hard to imagine) potential hot streak. Mike “he ain’t major he” Minor is way out of the circle of trust. No longer will he hurt me with his implosions and inability to capitalize on juicy matchups (ex: The Marlins on the road). Mike Minor may you swelter in suck.

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Now that my ode to Mike Minor is complete. I wanted to talk about a topic any DFS nut worth his or her weight in internet dollars knows. That’s tailoring your roster to the contest you’re playing. The two basic approaches are on polar ends of the spectrum.

Guaranteed prize pools, and Leagues – these are the places to take chances on contrarian plays at pitcher. The logic behind this is you can use the saved budget to take advantage of a stackable matchup for a good offense. This can payoff big or can fail miserably. Believe me, I’ve lost quite a few internet dollars, and years off my life to a risky GPP lineup or two. I’ve also won hundreds of dollars due to the right risky lineup as well.

Head to Heads, and 50/50’s – I typically go with a more conservative approach in these set ups opting for well-established pitching options and reliable bats. Due to the lower budget available for bats I think it’s important to target players with speed or power upside.

Now that I’ve shared with you my two approaches I’m going to bed. Thanks anyway I’ll see you tomorrow. Oh you think I forgot the picks? Oh yeah that’s right! The picks!

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All prices based on DraftKings

SP 1 – Ian Kennedy, $8,300: I still can’t grasp why Kennedy’s price is always so low on DraftKings, but oh well no bother I’ll just own him everywhere. Seriously! Ian has been a solid play all season long putting up solid strikeout numbers and avoiding complete nuclear blow ups. He also gets the Cubs tomorrow at Wrigley. Not many teams like to strikeout as much as the Cubs. Kennedy has also avoided the HodgePadre label by defying logic and putting up better numbers outside the offense sucking vortex of Petco. Go figure.

SP 2 – Tsuyoshi Wada, $5,500: This is one of those GPP risks we talked about. He’s young and unknown but he faces the Padres and he did have a 120:28 K:BB ratio in 113.2 minor league innings. So I’m going to take a shot and use the 3,000 to 4,000 $ saved on some serious bats.

C – Evan Gattis, $4,000: Prior to hitting the DL Gattis was a regular in my DFS lineups. Now that he’s back I plan on using him a few times a week. Gattis has proven over the last year plus that he’s anything but a fluke. As he’s averaged out to 34/100 over his first full major league season. I wonder if his acquaintances from his drifter days ever see him on TV between bong rips and ask themselves if they know that guy?

1B – Albert Pujols, $5,100: I like the Angels stack against Chris Tillman tonight. Before I lost faith in Mike Minor and banished him from the circle of trust it was Tillman who was the target of my scorn. I like Albert to put one out tonight. I also like Jose Abreu after a night off as well. Choose wisely!

2B – Tommy La Stella, $3,400: La Stella lacks power and speed but makes consistent contact. His consistency and high spot in the Braves batting order make him an appealing choice at. $3,400. I’ve also lost all faith in Eovaldi at this point.

3B – Josh Donaldson, $4,600: Donaldson faces Brad Peacock tonight. Lifetime he’s 3/11 against the Bird but one of those three hits is a dong. Peacock is a terrible last name on so many levels.

SS – Dee Gordon, $4,400: Dee’s got to be the surprise of the season, as he’s reached the potential so many saw in him last season. Better late than never right? Well either way I’m rolling with Gordon tonight against Liriano. Mostly because Liriano is another former member of the circle of trust banished to the never again pile. I have a lot of pent up anger with pitchers I guess.

OF 1 – Andrew McCutchen, $5,600: Cutch has a couple of bombs off Haren in his career and oh yeah McCutchen is pretty good regardless. I know shocking stuff here on the Turban today!

OF 2 – Nelson Cruz, $5,000: This is admittedly a risky play as Cruz has 20, yes 20 strikeouts lifetime vs. Jered Weaver. He also has a couple of homers and Weaver has gotten worse as Cruz has gotten better. I’m betting against Weaver getting the best of this year’s Nelson Cruz. BTW this year’s Nelson Cruz comes with leather seats and Bluetooth standard. So what do you say can I get you into a Cruz today? That’s me selling Nelson Cruz.

OF 3 – Marlon Byrd, $3,900: Mad Bum hasn’t been good lately and Byrd is one of the few startable options in Philly. That’s my logic here. Unless you think Grady Sizemore is good. That would mean you just woke in the hospital from a 6 year coma, or you should be in the hospital for hallucinations.

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

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Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz

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