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Yesterday, Rubby de la Rosa threw 9 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (0 BBs) and 5 Ks, a semiprecious stone of a game. (Maybe I didn’t need to use a thesaurus for the word gem.) Rubby reminded me of Celine Dion and her baby. If I could hold Rubby to my ear, what would his future sound like? *paints Rubby on a seashell for makeshift future-telling device, puts seashell up to ear* I hear Johnny Gill saying, he will Rubby me the right way! That’s amazing! But how can we be sure Johnny Gill isn’t just saying that because no one has asked for his opinion on anything in 25 years? Wait, maybe we haven’t heard from him because he’s been living in a seashell all of these years. Rubby’s K-rate is 8, his walk rate is 2 and, yes, they’re even numbers, unless we’re going to the 2nd decimal, and 2nd decimals are for nerds! Speaking of which, his xFIP is 3.43 and he’s been a tad unlucky to have a 4.08 ERA. I don’t see Rubby as a potential ace breakout candidate, but I own him in multiple leagues, and like him since he throws hard, has solid control, should get cushy matchups and could have a fantasy number three to four year. Now how do we get Johnny Gill out of this seashell?! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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If there’s one thing I kill myself doing in DFS it’s talking myself into starting a pitcher against a decent offense and whiff on sticking with targeting the stinkers.

Tuesday, it was talking myself into Andrew Cashner because Vegas had the game at a very low number, with Cashner as a slight favorite. I ignored the data that told me that the Giants weren’t terrible against RHP, especially at home and they certainly didn’t strike out much to boot.

I decided the Brewers data was too early to call, so I didn’t spend up to get Zach Greinke, even though the Brewers had been terrible against RHP so far and struck out plenty to justify any risk of one of the Brew Crew connecting.

Also, I ignored the numbers that were telling me Shelby Miller was a good play against the Phillies, again due to high Ks, low numbers on the road and overall and that Vegas had Miller as a heavy favorite against forgotten Chad Billingsley.

Sometimes you have to look at the numbers, trust your process and do what you have to do. It also helps to lock yourself in a closet after setting your lineups so you don’t do a last minute panic switch that sends you to the poorhouse.

So what about tonight? Despite temptations to roster a personal fave, Chris Sale, on the bump against the Tigers, I am sticking to the data and going with Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole at home against the Reds. The Reds are 23rd vs. RHP this season and 27th on the road. Mix in Cole’s #3 status on the SIERA charts so far and Cole is my pick at $9,500 for my SP1 Wednesday night on DraftKings.

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“This is a smart decision by the Nationals franchise to not let Stephen Strasburg pitch in the playoffs,” said every sports reporter two years ago. Let’s try another one, Google, just give me the search results from 2010 when Strasburg was first promoted. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime arm that the world has not seen since Sidd Finch.” Strasburg, Virginia even considered renaming itself Stephen Strasburg. I’m not joking. The hype was real, prematurely balding man. In the past seven months of baseball: Sonny Gray or Strasburg? Is it close? Who’s been better, Strasburg or Lance Lynn? Can I now ingest that laced-Halloween candy that I got from the sketchy guy that I’ve been saving for a special occasion? Yesterday, Strasburg left the game after three innings and two earned runs, saying he has irritation under his shoulder blade. The Nats say it’s an alignment issue that could be corrected by a chiropractor. He’ll be looked at by Jon Cryer from Two and A Half Men. Probably from his stupid inverted W. Why not just call it an M?! No idea how long Strasburg will be out, but obviously this isn’t great news. But, Part II: If Ifs And Buts Were Candy And Nuts, I’d Be A Diabetic Squirrel, it’s better Strasburg not pitch injured and keep getting rocked. But, Part III: But Lives, I’d grab Tanner Roark in case he’s moved into the rotation. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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A.J. Achter
A.J. Burnett
A.J. Cole
A.J. Ellis
A.J. Griffin
A.J. Murray
A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pollock
A.J. Ramos
Aaron Altherr
Aaron Barrett
Aaron Bates
Aaron Blair
Aaron Boone
Aaron Brooks
Aaron Cook
Aaron Crow
Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Dudley
Aaron Harang
Aaron Heilman
Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hill
Aaron Judge
Aaron Laffey
Aaron Loup
Aaron Luna
Aaron Mathews
Aaron Miles
Aaron Northcraft
Aaron Poreda
Aaron Rowand
Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sele
Aaron Thompson
Aaron Westlake
Abel Nieves
Abraham Almonte
Abraham Nunez
Adalberto Mejia
Adalberto Mendez
Adalberto Santos
Adam Bostick II
Adam Calderone
Adam Carr
Adam Conley
Adam Donachie
Adam Dunn
Adam Duvall
Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton
Adam Everett
Adam Greenberg
Adam Heether
Adam Jones
Adam Kennedy
Adam Kolarek
Adam LaRoche
Adam Liberatore
Adam Lind
Adam Loewen
Adam Melhuse
Adam Melker
Adam Miller
Adam Milligan
Adam Mills
Adam Moore
Adam Morgan
Adam Ottavino
Adam Pettyjohn
Adam Reifer
Adam Rosales
Adam Russell
Adam Stern
Adam Wainwright
Adam Warren
Adam Weisenburger
Adam Wilk
Addison Maruszak
Addison Reed
Addison Russell
Adeiny Hechavarria
Aderlin Rodriguez
Adonis Garcia
Adrian Beltre
Adrian Cardenas
Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Nieto
Adrian Rosario
Adrian Salcedo
Adrian Sampson
Adron Chambers
Adys Portillo
Akinori Iwamura
Akinori Otsuka
Al Alburquerque
Al Quintana
Al Reyes
Alan Embree
Alan Farina
Alan Johnson
Albert Almora
Albert Cartwright
Albert Pujols
Albert Suarez
Alberto Arias
Alberto Cabrera
Alberto Callaspo
Alberto Castillo
Alberto Gonzalez
Alberto Rosario
Alcides Escobar
Alden Carrithers
Alec Asher
Aledmys Diaz
Alejandro De Aza
Alejandro Machado
Alen Hanson
Alex Avila
Alex Burnett
Alex Castellanos
Alex Cintron
Alex Claudio
Alex Cobb
Alex Colome
Alex Cora
Alex Dickerson
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gordon
Alex Guerrero
Alex Hassan
Alex Hinshaw
Alex Liddi
Alex Meyer
Alex Periard
Alex Presley
Alex Rios
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Romero
Alex Sanabia
Alex Serrano
Alex Torres
Alex White
Alex Wilson
Alex Wood
Alex Yarbrough
Alexander Concepcion
Alexander Smit
Alexei Ramirez
Alexi Amarista
Alexi Casilla
Alexi Ogando
Alfonso Soriano
Alfredo Aceves
Alfredo Amezaga
Alfredo Figaro
Alfredo Lopez
Alfredo Marte
Alfredo Silverio
Alfredo Simon
Ali Solis
Allan de San Miguel
Allan Dykstra
Allen Craig
Allen Webster
Alvin Colina
Amauri Sanit
Amaury Cazana
Amaury Rivas
Anderson Delarosa
Anderson Hernandez
Andre Ethier
Andre Rienzo
Andrelton Simmons
Andres Blanco
Andres Torres
Andrew Albers
Andrew Aplin
Andrew Bailey
Andrew Baldwin
Andrew Bellatti
Andrew Bouchie
Andrew Brackman
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
Andrew Burns
Andrew Carignan
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carraway
Andrew Cashner
Andrew Chafin
Andrew Dobies
Andrew Dominguez
Andrew Graham
Andrew Gribbin
Andrew Heaney
Andrew Johnston
Andrew Kown
Andrew Lambo
Andrew Locke
Andrew Maggi
Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McKirahan
Andrew Miller
Andrew Oliver
Andrew Romine
Andrew Schugel
Andrew Susac
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Thompson
Andrew Werner
Andruw Jones
Andy Cannizaro
Andy Dirks
Andy Gonzalez
Andy Green
Andy LaRoche
Andy Marte
Andy Mitchell
Andy Parrino
Andy Pettitte
Andy Phillips
Andy Sisco
Andy Sonnanstine
Andy Tracy
Andy Van Hekken
Andy Vasquez
Andy Wilkins
Anel De Los Santos
Aneury Rodriguez
Angel Berroa
Angel Castillo
Angel Castro
Angel Chavez
Angel Guzman
Angel Nesbitt
Angel Pagan
Angel Salome
Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez
Angel Villalona
Angelo Songco
Angelys Nina
Anibal Sanchez
Anthony Bass
Anthony Carter
Anthony Claggett
Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony Fernandez
Anthony Gose
Anthony Hewitt
Anthony Huttenlocker
Anthony Lerew
Anthony Norman
Anthony Ortega
Anthony Phillips
Anthony Ranaudo
Anthony Recker
Anthony Rendon
Anthony Reyes
Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Seratelli
Anthony Shawler
Anthony Slama
Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Thomas
Anthony Varvaro
Anthony Vasquez
Antoan Richardson
Antonio Alfonseca
Antonio Bastardo
Antonio DeJesus
Antonio Jimenez
Aquilino Lopez
Aramis Ramirez
Arcenio Leon
Archie Bradley
Argenis Diaz
Argenis Reyes
Ariel Pena
Arismendy Alcantara
Armando Benitez
Armando David Zerpa
Armando Gabino
Armando Galarraga
Armando Reynoso
Armando Rivero
Armando Rodriguez
Arnold Leon
Arodys Vizcaino
Aroldis Chapman
Arquimedes Caminero
Arthur Rhodes
Arturo Lopez
Arturo Reyes
Asdrubal Cabrera
Asher Wojciechowski
Atahualpa Severino
Aubrey Huff
Audry Perez
Audy Ciriaco
Augie Ojeda
Austin Adams
Austin Barnes
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Austin Fleet
Austin Green
Austin Hedges
Austin Hubbard
Austin Hyatt
Austin Jackson
Austin Kearns
Austin Krum
Austin Nola
Austin Romine
Austin Wates
Austin Wood
Avery Barnes
Avisail Garcia
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I love when I tell you to pick up a player and he comes up days later. It makes me smile, and not one of those weird Japanese emoji smiles, but a full-faced grin. So, Andrew Heaney, you’re already okay in my book, even if that book is called, “Rookie Pitchers Will Fill You With Enthusiasm Until They Actually Pitch For Your Fantasy Team.” If you missed my Andrew Heaney fantasy with Friday’s Buy, where were you? Playing Patty Cake without your hands on the dance floor to Jason Derulo’s Wiggle song? Good story, brah. You should turn that into a novella. I’m giggling with excitement for Heaney like I’m Lisa Simpson, only instead of hehe I’m going HeHeaney. Pitching his home games in Crayola Canyon won’t hurt him, and the NL East is filled with a bunch of sad, sad hitting teams. Didja know the Marlins are the best NL East hitting team, and it’s not close? Fact! The Braves, Phillies, Nats and Mets could hold a two week round robin tournament and score less runs than goals scored in the World Cup. I went over the dangers of rookie pitchers in my Friday Buy, and what Heaney’s been doing this year in the minors. It’s all there. I will say now he should be owned in every league and is capable of winning the NL Rookie of the Year in only a little over a half a season. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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The Houston Astros who crawled through a river of shizz and came out clean on the other side. The entire organization looks up in the air, rain beating down. Hey, Bus Driver, take the Astros to Zanwhattwonahwho, they finally called up George Springer! No, I don’t know how to spell it! With a Z? For an organization that hasn’t had anything promising since Billy Hatcher homered off a left-field foul pole, it’s about time there’s something to look forward to. They were downright depressing there for about seven years. Here’s what I said this offseason, “In Triple-A, Springer had 18 homers after hitting 19 homers in Double-A. That’s not one year in Double-A and one year in Triple-A even though my syntax might lead you to believe that. He hit 37 homers last year in the minors. Hello, sexy, what’s your name? Do you like your creme de menthe on the rocks? Can I call you grasshopper? 37 homers is pretttttay, pretttttay good. I wonder if he can do anything else. *moves finger along his minor league line* Hmm, too bad he only stole 45 bases last year. Oh. Wait, come again? I mean, I just came again. 40-steal speed from a guy that nearly hit 40 homers? Yummo on that Thirty Minute Meal. Give me some Restaurant: Stakeout, my waitress is sexting her boyfriend during business hours! So, I guess his average is atrocious. Oh, he hit .311 in Triple-A? Yeah, I just had a fangasm; I have to change my undershorts. Is it all peaches and cream on this big slice of pound cake? No, there’s a K-rate that could portend him actually hitting .245 in the big leagues and I wish he were a year younger, but nothing is spelling D-O-O-M.” And that’s me quoting me! I lurve me some Springer and he’s ownable in every league. My preseason projections for him were 52/19/71/.254/22, but that was with a full season at-bats. Now that he’s missed about two weeks, I’d cut off a few counting stats, but not much. He could be a 20/20 player. Go get him! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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Something that may help you is my pitchers pairing post. Something else that may help you is our Fantasy Baseball War Room. Something else that may also help you is mocking Billy Butler. Nice moobs! So, these starters are all being drafted after 200 overall. Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Trinidad-and-Tobago) supplement to the top 100 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2014 projections. Also, I’ve gone over all positions for sleepers; to see them all 2014 fantasy baseball sleepers. Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2014 fantasy baseball:

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Another Cuban has washed ashore, dreaming of American capitalism and getting seriously laid in Miami. The Cardinals signed shortstop, Aledmys Diaz. Let’s give you a comparison that may or may not do it for you. Diaz hit 12 homers and stole 11 bases with a.315 average in his last year in Cuban ball. Recent raftee by the Dodgers, Alexander Guerrero hit 21 homers, stole 2 bases and hit .290. Right now, Guerrero might be losing the starting job to Dee Gordon who can’t hit his weight, and he weighs 143 pounds. It’s nice that another Cuban gets to realize his dreams like Yasiel Puig and Tony Montana, but I’m not even sure if Diaz will make an impact this year, or ever. Despite his name resembling “All Days,” he’s being projected as a bench player. Oh, and I just had a great idea. I’m not sure who can make this happen, but we should get Fidel Castro on the podcast to talk about baseball. Speaking of which, we’re recording the first podcast of the year today and it should be on-site tomorrow. You can hardly wait. No, you! Anyway, here’s what else I’ve seen in Spring Training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

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If I am correct on my predictions, the NL pennant race will be a fun one.  I see three teams with playoff potential, and a fourth that is just shy of it.  Sorry San Diego fans, this isn’t your year. [Ed. Note — JERK!]  Good news though, the Chinese calendar says it is going to be the year of the Tony Gwynn soon. [Ed. Note — I take it back. Sorta.] (You can check out the AL West Spring Training Preview here, the AL Central Spring Training Preview here and the NL East Spring Training Preview here.)

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