Top Fantasy Football Trends For 2014

In 34 days, 4 hours and 30 minutes, the 2014 NFL season kicks off and with it comes Fantasy Football! The humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru released his Hot 100 rankings earlier today, the Razzball 32 in 32 in 32 Tour is about to hit the road (get your tix and check the schedule here) and now NFL.com has released their Top 100 Fantasy Football trends for 2014.

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We’re ready for some football!

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Fantasy Junkies: The Guru’s Fantasy Football Hot 100

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Before we jump into the  Fantasy Football Hot 100 Rankings, let your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru pull on your turban about something cool going down that will change the landscape of fantasy sports forever – The Razzball.com 32 in 32 in 32 Tour is ready to hit the road and The Guru will be along for the ride. We’re talking a 50,000 mile, rock and roll all night, party every day, psycho circus of fantasy ballin’ madness in full Razzball makeup! Starting next week, Razzball Radio and the Fantasy Sports Network will have shows from all 32 NFL cities and I’ll be posting the daily dirt here for all our Dirty Turbanites to follow along (and possibly contribute bail money). We hope to meet, greet, draft some teams and tip a few back with fantasy ballers from Seattle to Boston and all 30 cities in between. There are still some spots available, so get your tix here and you could win a trip to Vegas with the Razzball crew.

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Rankings are for 12-team Standard Leagues 

The Dirty Turban Hot 100

1. LeSean McCoy, RB

2. Jamaal Charles, RB

3. Adrian Peterson, RB

4. Matt Forte, RB

5. Eddie Lacy, RB

6. Jimmy Graham, TE

7. Calvin Johnson, WR

8. Dez Bryant, WR

9. Demaryius Thomas, WR

10. Julio Jones, WR

11. A.J. Green,  WR

12. DeMarco Murray, RB

13. Rob Gronkowski, TE

14. Jordy Nelson, WR

15. Marshawn Lynch, RB

16. Montee Ball, RB

17. Le’Veon Bell, RB

18. Arian Foster, RB

19. Julius Thomas, TE

20. Brandon Marshall, WR

21. Keenan Allen, WR

22. Alshon Jeffery, WR

23. Randall Cobb, WR

24. Peyton Manning, QB

25. Aaron Rodgers, QB

26. Zac Stacy, RB

27. Drew Brees, QB

28. Doug Martin, RB

29. Andre Johnson, WR

30. C.J. Spiller, RB

31. Antonio Brown, WR

32. Toby Gerhart, RB

33. Pierre Garcon, WR

34. Larry Fitzgerald, WR

35. Roddy White, WR

36. Giovani Bernard, RB

37. Torrey Smith, WR

38. Jordan Cameron, TE

39. Matthew Stafford, QB

40. Bishop Sankey, RB

41. Alfred Morris, RB

42. Victor Cruz, WR

43. Michael Crabtree, WR

44. Vincent Jackson, WR

45. Marques Colston, WR

46. Joique Bell, RB

47. Reggie Bush, RB

48. Andre Ellington, RB

49. Ryan Mathews, RB

50. Shane Vereen, RB

51. Rueben Randle, WR

52. Mike Wallace, WR

53. Jeremy Maclin, WR

54. Jordan Reed, TE

55. Percy Harvin, WR

56. Michael Floyd, WR

57. Stevan Ridley, RB

58. Cam Newton, QB

59. Frank Gore, RB

60. DeSean Jackson, WR

61. Rashad Jennings, RB

62. Lamar Miller, RB

63. Trent Richardson, RB

64. Matt Ryan, QB

65. Tony Romo, QB

66. Vernon Davis, TE

67. Jay Cutler, QB

68. Andrew Luck, QB

69. Wes Welker, WR

70. Nick Foles, QB

71. Jeremy Hill, RB

72. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

73. Dennis Pitta, TE

74. Robert Griffin III, QB

75. Golden Tate, WR

76. Terrance Williams, WR

77. Steven Jackson, RB

78. Tom Brady, QB

79. Jason Witten, TE

80. Bernard Pierce, RB

81. Kendall Wright, WR

82. Terrance West, RB

83. Ben Tate, RB

84. Eric Decker, WR

85. T.Y. Hilton, WR

86. Aaron Dobson, WR

87. DeAndre Hopkins

88. Chris Johnson, RB

89. Dwayne Bowe, WR

90. Sammy Watkins, WR

91. Kyle Rudolph, TE

92. Zach Ertz, TE

93. Greg Olsen, TE

94. Brandin Cooks, WR

95. Ben Roethlisberger, QB

96. Philip Rivers, QB

97. Reggie Wayne, WR

98. Danny Amendola, WR

99. Kelvin Benjamin. WR

100. Heath Miller, TE

Over the next few weeks, we’ll do a position-by-position breakdown. See you on the Razzball Tour.

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The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/28

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Happy Monday,  faithful Dirty Turbanites. Another weekend in the books and yours truly is in the middle of a glorious hot streak. I cashed in 2/3rds of the contests I entered this weekend, including a nice top 25 finish in Saturday’s Moonshot. My bankroll is growing and I’m hoping to ride this wave of success all the way to the bank again tonight. I could sit here and be humble and say that I’ve been lucky, but who has time for modesty? I have the Midas Touch and I’m going to ride this momentum until the wheels fall off.

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SP 1 – Yu Darvish, $11,400: I don’t love any of the pitching options for tonight’s games, but there are a few I like. Darvish vs. the Yankees at home being the best of the bunch. Yu has looked marvelous in Arlington this year dropping a 2.49 ERA, 11.08 K/9, and a 2.35 BB/9. Sure the Yankees have been better of late and Darvish hasn’t been in his best form the last month or so, but he’s still the best bet for a high K number and 6+ innings on today’s board.

SP 2 – Jesse Chavez, $8,000: Chavez gets Houston today as he faces the Astros in back to back starts for the second time this year. In his previous 3 starts against them Chavez is 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a K/9 of 9.72. The Astros have the highest K% in baseball this season at 23.6%, and they’ve actually been striking out more the last month whiffing at a 24.5% rate. They also have the 5th lowest wOBA against right-handed pitching, hitting an abysmal .296. All of this should setup well for Chavez, I’m going to predict 9 K’s today and 7 innings of quality work. I’m anticipating a point total in the 20’s from Chavez.

C – Travis d’Arnaud, $2,600: I like d’Arnaud tonight for a couple of reasons mostly based around his cost. His price is under $3,000, he has some pop, and is getting the lion’s share of the playing time behind the dish for the Mets. He faces AJ Burnett today at home and is 1/3 with an RBI against him lifetime. So not a lot of data to draw from. When it comes down to it this a punt play with some upside, which is how I like my catchers.

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, $5,700: It’s not like you ever need to justify fitting Goldy into your lineup, but today sets up very nicely. He faces Homer Bailey for the first time of his career as the D-Backs travel to Great American Ballpark. Bailey is one of the most generous arms in the league when it comes to serving up dongs. EWWW. Any the who, true to his name Bailey is averaging 1.16 homers per 9. So I like Goldy’s chances of going deep. Did someone say Dong of The Night? I just did? Yes I did.

2B – Jordany Valdespin, $3,100: Punt play alert! Jordany has come up huge for me the last two days as a cheap option at 2B/OF. He put up 16 points on Saturday and 12 yesterday, so I’m riding the hot hand until it burns me. Yes this is the same philosophy that got me crabs. Not to worry readers they make a shampoo for it!

3B – Anthony Rendon, $4,500: This is a bit of a gut pick. I like Rendon and he’s been one of the most consistent performers at third base all year. Having put up double digit points in 3 of his last 5 games, I’m seeing the potential against Eovaldi tonight. Between Eovaldi’s July ERA of 6.38 and his home ERA of 4.85 I’m thinking the punishment should continue.

SS – Josh Rutledge, $4,300: Rutledge has been a man possessed since Tulo hit the DL. Scoring in double digits for 4 straight games leading up to last night’s goose egg. He gets Tsuyoshi Wada in Coors tonight, and I think he could be in for a big one. He hasn’t crushed lefties at home thus far, but his .263 average against them at Coors tells me he’s not baffled by him either. Buy the hot bat!

OF 1 – Kevin Kiermaier, $3,900: The Rays get righty Kyle Loshe at home tonight, and there is no one in the Rays lineup who hits righties better than Kiermaier. His .409 average, 3 homers, and wOBA of .488 tell that story. K2 is a great play whenever a righty faces the Rays.

OF 2 – David Peralta, $3,500: Peralta is a .338 hitter against righties and he gets Homer Bailey at Great American tonight. As I mentioned in my Goldy blurb Homer is staying true to his name this year and giving up dongs like a reformed porn star. I like the matchup, I like the hitting environment, and I like the price. I don’t like jelly donuts though. I can’t help it, I just don’t trust things filled with jelly. Sorry Billy Butler!

OF 3 – Jim Adduci, $2,700: Adduci is this week’s diamond in the rough. With a price tag under $3,000 clams and an everyday starting gig what’s not to like? I have a feeling I’m going to be using Adduci as a way to get premier pitchers and hitters into my lineup all week. With efforts of 9 and 15 points on Friday and Saturday the man has shown he’s worth a flier.

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 7/25

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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.

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Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz

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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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The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/18

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The last four baseball-less days have been excruciating. Sure the Home Run Derby and the Jeter over the pants hand job fest…oops, I mean Mid-Summer Classic took my mind off it a little, but all I could do was think about Daily Fantasy. Wednesday and Thursday were two of the most painful days of my life. And that’s saying a lot – after all I did see all the Twilight movies at my wife’s request. I mean that’s painful!

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Wednesday night I went to the super market to go shopping for the family and just ended up wandering around until the cops asked me to leave. I was in the Freezer section talking about Xander Bogaerts BABIP…..to a bag of waffle fries. Needless to say things got bad, REAL BAD. But here we are back in the swing of things! Baseball is back, there are daily fantasy rosters to be made, and other people’s ca$h money to win. Gambling addiction is not only fun, dangerous, and exciting. It’s also great at distracting you from the mundane details of everyday life! Now onto the picks.

All prices based on DraftKings

SP1 – Stephen Strasburg, $10,500: 10.73 K/9 and a 1.87 BB/9 that’s nearly a difference of 9 between his K/9 and his BB/9. The only person in that range is David Price. Stras gets the Brewers who are no easy matchup, but I don’t expect him to get blown up. He’s the best bet on the board for a quality outing and 8-9 K’s.

SP 2 – Jose Quintana, $8,600: over the last month not many pitchers have been hotter than Quintana putting up 21 and 34 points in his last two starts. The lefty has a K/9 of 10.43 and a BB/9 of 1.84 over those appearances. He gets Houston tomorrow who surprisingly have hit lefties pretty well ranking in the top 5 against them. The Astros still don’t scare me and the K% against southpaws is still high at 22.5. I’m betting on the hot streak continuing tonight.

C – Christian Bethancourt, $2,300: Bethancourt probably doesn’t have too many starts left with the Braves before Evan Gattis returns. I’ll give him a ride today as an upside punt play at catcher.

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, $5,800: Goldy gets Edwin Jackson at Chase Field tonight. That matchup sounds as appetizing as drinking Blue Label out of Scarlett Johansson’s navel. In other words PERFECT!

2B – Arismendy Alcantara, $3,700: The Double A Battery has been charged up since joining the Cubs right before the break. He’s hit .391 and averaged 14.8 points per game on DraftKings. He’s got solid power and speed and is always a candidate for the ever elusive, ever sexy slam and legs. He’s in the desert tonight facing Trevor Cahill. What’s not to like? Scorpions? Sure! But are we talking about the insect or the band?

3B – Anthony Rendon, $4,200: The Nationals 2B/3B has had a great first half putting up solid numbers across the board. He’s typically one of my favorite plays at 2nd and 3rd. He faces Kyle Loshe tonight, who Rendon is 1/3 against with a homer. Small sample size but it’s powerful! I said that all the time in college.

SS – Xander Bogaerts, $3,300: Okay fellow Sox Fans he’s had a really bad month. That happens to 21 year old rookies. It’s insane the amount of hate I’ve heard directed his way over the last couple weeks. He hit .135 in June and is at .132 thus far in July, but let’s not forget he hit .278 in April and .327 in May. Young hitters go through slumps. He’s still a future star with an advanced approach and good power. It’s also no coincidence that he started to slide a little after the signing of Stephen Drew. End rant! As for today he costs $3,300 and I’m looking for the X-Man to get on the good foot for the second half. Plus I made a bet that Xander will out hit Brock Holt in the 2nd half.

OF 1 – Jay Bruce, $4,500: This is simple, Bruce is a lefty power bat at Yankee stadium against a so-so fly ball pitcher. I’m going all dong of the night on JB. Bruce don’t let me dowwwwn Bruce! Sorry I have to reference that song after every bold prediction about Jay Bruce. It’s in my contract, and by contract I mean my made up agreement with Guru.

OF 2 – David Peralta, $3,700: He’s a .300 hitter facing Edwin Jackson at Chase Field tonight. I mean it’s not Goldy vs Jackson is to Drinking Blue Label out of Scarlett Johansson’s navel perfect, but it’s still good. It’s more drinking Dark and Stormys from Rihanna’s navel. Sounds good right?

OF 3 – James Jones, $3,400: This is all about some cheap speed. At this price if I get two hits and a steal I’m coming out in the black. I’m looking for speed the way Don Johnson was looking for a heartbeat. Speaking of which for a good looking guy his standards were pretty low huh? A heart beat is your qualifier? You were an 80’s sex symbol Don look for a tight waist and pretty face Doode.

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

aaralph
Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz

@Ralphlifshitzbb
#DirtyTurban

The Daily Degenerate Fantasy Baseball Picks 7/7

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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!!

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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.

aaralph
Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz

@Ralphlifshitzbb
#DirtyTurban