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Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Sep 19

Yesterday I had some issues updating my entry after lineups were submitted, so my Official Lineup below contains two players who didn’t start — Justin Turner and Gregory Polanco. Oh well! For the players that did play, my pitchers were very good as Gio Gonzalez and Danny Salazar combined for 50 points, and both Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer had big games as well. Overall...
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3 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: What if Christian Yelich Had More Power?

Photo Credit: Scott Lost in Giancarlo Stanton’s monstrous year is this: Christian Yelich, a popular breakout pick, has been very good. Back in March, he was one of my favorite targets. He was young, disciplined, had some speed and showed good bat-to-ball skills, allowing solid contact more often (he never pops up!). I was able to land him on multiple teams. And he’s been an asset...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Buyers Shouldn’t Ignori Aoki

You know a hitter is going well when I look to pick him up, see he's taken, then look again a few hours later to make sure I wasn't incorrect the first time. Then I call over Cougs and tell her to look up the player, just to make sure I'm not missing something. Then I summon my dog to the computer, and he's good for nothing, but he does look cute trying to work...
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Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, Sep 20-22

The 2014 MLB season wraps up next Sunday, so this is the last full edition of our Weekend Daily SP Rankings! On Saturday Dallas Keuchel takes on the Mariners at home in what should be a dynamite outing. As we mentioned the other day when C.J. Wilson took on Seattle, the Mariners can’t hit LHP. Wilson promptly pitched seven innings of one-hit ball. Keuchel has faced Seattle three...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Cursory Thoughts on 6 Breakout Seasons

For anyone who’s stumbled upon our site prior to this April, you probably have seen our Top 200 Countdown. During the offseason we release around three intense player profiles per day counting down the top 200 players in our rankings for the upcoming season. We get pretty detailed with our analysis in these profiles, and we do it for us just as much as we do it for you. While the...
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pollock Paints A Green Basepath

If you're one of the seventy percent of ESPN fantasy owners who haven't jumped on board the A.J. Pollock train, let's fix that for the weekend. The Diamondbacks' 26-year-old outfielder has hits in 9 of his 13 games since returning from the disabled list and also has four steals. He'll get a four-game set in Colorado heading into the weekend which is great for...
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Battle Flex, Week 3: A Injury Of Your Peers

Last week, I got a big fat punch of what's happening in my mouth with my flex picks. I don't think I've ever been as wrong as when that one time I thought it was a good idea to draft Jay Bruce ahead of Giancarlo Stanton. Hey dumba*s, wrong sport! You'll have to excuse me, I'm still stuck in baseball and crossing my sports. To call my calls a train wreck is insulting...
Via Razzball Football
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Toolkit: Sample Sizes Part 1

With the season winding down, the leaves changing, and fantasy 'ships on the line, I posted a question over on the Reddit Fantasy Baseball sub last week.  I asked what fantasy baseball topic redditors would most like to hear about on these electronic pages.  There were many great responses and although I only committed initially to writing about the subject that got the most...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: September 19

We are coming down to the bitter end of the 2014 campaign, but there is still time to get on the Draftkings bandwagon. With a little more than a week left, there are still numerous opportunities to either make some big bucks or at least have a little fun while you are waiting for your Sunday slate to come up. The brain drain coming from the baseball world makes this a perfect time...
Via The Fantasy Fix
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jake LaBatta

I wonder if Jake Smolinski had a sister that put out in high school. I could've swore I hooked up with an Eva Smolinski after her friend Dawn rejected me. Were my Cavariccis cuffed a little too high for you, Dawn? My B.U.M. Equipment sweatshirt too faded? I still hate you! Well, enough about me! *smacks self* Get a grip, man! Smolinski is hitting .408, and crushing pink...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Friday, Sep 19

Clayton Kershaw takes the cake with one of the year’s best ratings in his start against the Cubs. As for the rest, let’s turn to the rankings! Taijuan Walker, an afterthought for pretty much all of 2014, takes on the Astros on Friday. Kevin Gausman and Allen Webster will face off in Baltimore. It’s a risky start for Gausman but one I would probably make (hence the almost-there...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, Sep 18

Yesterday’s Official Lineup scored 116.90 points and finished 2,094th-of-8,017 in the Daily Moonshot, missing the GPP cash but performing well in the double-ups. My pitchers were great as a quad-A Nationals lineup was easy fodder for Alex Wood, and Jeff Samardzija lived up to expectations against the Rangers (though he would have been better had they not blown the game in the ninth...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Carlos Carrasco

In mid-April I said Carlos Carrasco would not last as a starting pitcher because he was unable to get hitters out a second and third time through the order. He’s always had exceptional stuff and before the season I thought he should have been the Indians closer. In his last seven starts (not including last night’s dominant shutout against the Astros) he has a 1.40 ERA, 0.84 WHIP...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: AL Breakout Starting Pitchers

Corey Kluber Evaluating pitchers is much harder than evaluating position players. In many ways, the four main fantasy categories are completely inadequate in truly pinpointing quality in pitching. Sure, ERA and strikeouts are pretty good. WHIP is a little more elusive because of the fielding element. I think we would all agree that wins are a complete joke as a statistic. Yet, fantasy...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Get To Know Him - Jake Arrieta

UPDATE:Since his June 18th start, when this post was originally written, Arrieta has made 15 more starts, winning 6 of them, and even with 2 rough starts in August, never saw his season ERA hit 2.90.  We followed along closely in the 2nd half, and based on our scoring system, Jake Arrieta was the 40th best pitcher in fantasy baseball after the All-Star Game.  Arrieta is one of...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

I Gotta Steve Something Pearce

Here's an example from your own life. You walked into a bar and negged the first girl you saw. Told her she had nice hair, then immediately asked her how often she dyes it. Never worked before. This girl laughed and talked to your dopey ass. She even thought it was charming when you told her to pay the bar tab. Went home, had great sex and the next morning she's moving...
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Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Sep 18

So, who’s the better start: Doug Fister @MIA or Felix Hernandez @LAA? That’s what the rankings are for! (They also say Fister by a hair.) R.A. Dickey @NYY scares me because of the ballpark and the long ball, but I think on average this is an appropriate ranking. Tsuyoshi Wada against the Dodgers could be an interesting start as LA struggles against LHP. Vidal Nuno at Colorado...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup Maximizer: Don’t Cross Cody Ross

Man, I have not watched a Braves game in a frog's leap, but lemme tell you, Freddie Freeman takes batting seriously. It is no joke when he steps to the plate. First off, Too Close by Alex Clare is his walkup song. Not a bad choice to set a  dramatic tone. What happens is Freeman enters the batter box, takes a quick glance back at the catcher and umpire, as if he's making...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Daily Double Switch for September 17th

Welcome back folks! Another beautiful night of baseball is approaching us tonight. Just a quick note before I jump into the content, be aware that since teams have clinched playoff berths you may see some young guys get more at-bats while the regulars get some rest. Don’t be so quick to just plug a guy in your lineup, always double check! Sign up at DraftKings! Weather There is...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Sep 17

Yesterday my Official Lineup came out blazing as Corey Kluber was dominant against the Astros and Wilmer Flores kept crushing with a two-homer, 43-point effort. Then Scott Kazmir, who was shaky but successful for his first couple innings, completely lost it and ended up posting a 1.75-point day. All-in-all, though, the Official Lineup scored 127.10 points and finished 1,358th-of...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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