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Is there anything more boring than that guy who won’t shut up about his fantasy team? It’s like when your ex-girlfriend used to try to tell you about The Bachelorette during prime scotch drinking time. And that’s why you’re an ex, Brenda!  However, the team I constructed last night in our little Razzballin’ 50/50 took first out of 200 and I plan on putting this $1.80 worth of winnings towards that new and improved liver. Thanks, Obamacare! I’m not trying to bore y’all with the details, but it was the bargain basement plays that put me over the top. Players like Kolten Wong, Danny Valencia and Jonny Gomes weren’t sexy picks, but they scored more than Ian Kinsler, Hanley Ramirez and Andrew McCutchen combined.  When it comes to constructing a roster for DFS play those bargain basement players mean just as much as your big named expensive stars. Your Razzballin’ tools like the Stream-o-NatorHitter-Tron, and the all-new DFSBot are must reads if you’re playing for cash and bragging rights with our pals at Draftkings.

When it comes to DFS play, I play for profit, sure, but I also play for fun and enter various lineups in cheap Cash Games and Head-to-Heads. The other night I threw together an all-speed team and it cashed. I also played an all-Carlos team that almost cashed. Damn you, Carlos Quentin! Tonight, I’m looking to construct the all-bargain-basement team that’ll feature nothing but players under $4,500. Wish me luck! Feel free to scatter a few of these guys through your roster or be bold and play them all!

With all that said, we have 11 games on the evening slate, some pricey bats and there’s some weather to pay attention to in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Colorado. Here’s your dirty turbaned Guru’s all-bargain-basement team for Wednesday’s 5/21 contests on DraftKings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball. Good luck, cheers.

Jered Weaver, SP: $11,000 – Ok, so it’s not all a bargain basement team, but we have to pay for pitching and why not grab the best on the board tonight. Weaver has not given up more than two runs in his last six starts and gets an Astros team that is second in the league in strikeouts.

Tyson Ross, SP: $9,200 – Ross has been rocking lately averaging 7+ Ks and just a run a game in his last three starts. He gets the Twins at Petco tonight and that’s money.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C: $3,400 – Salty is one of those players that can go 0-4 or hit two bombs. Tonight we’ll settle for one homer off Kyle Kendrick.

Adam Lind, 1B: $3,900 –  There are a number of pricey first baseman tonight, but for your Guru’s bargain basement team let’s look to Lind who can crush righties and gets Clay Buchholz at Fenway.

Derek Dietrich, 2B: $3,600 – wOBA (weighted on-base average) is one of the key stats I check when constructing a lineup and Dietrich’s wOBA for the night is higher than Dustin Pedroia, Brian Dozier and Dee Gordon – all players that’ll cost you big.

Conor Gillespie, 3B: $3,700 – I know names like Evan Longoria, David Wright and Josh Donaldson are sexy, but they’re also pricey dates. I’ll take Gillespie who hits in the top of the order and went 3-for-4 last night.

Eduardo Escobar, SS: $2,800 – Escobar is quietly averaging nearly 6 FPTS a game this season and has a hit or run in 10 straight games.

Seth Smith, OF: $4,400 – I love me some wOBA and The Lisperer has one of the highest of night. Believe in the power of the wOBA.

A.J. Pollock, OF: $4,000 – This is a risky play, especially against Michael Wacha, but the fish that saved Phoenix has done me right again and again this season and I’ll roll him out there tonight.

Jason Heyward, OF: $3,800 – In 10 ABs against Kyle Loshe, J-Hey has two doubles and a home run. He’s been heating up lately with eight hits in his last four games.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Scattered thunderstorms expected for BAL@PIT, SF@COL, chance of scattered showers for ARI@STL and firenados may have already burned down most of California.

Doing Lines in Vegas

The sharks in Vegas say there will be fireworks (as opposed to firenados) in the SF@COL game and look for TOR@BOS to be another high scoring affair.

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  1. BTXJ

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    along with DD and salty, g. jones at $4200 rounds out a nice mini marlins stack 2nite

    • The Guru

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      Agreed. There’s always that chance for a Kyle Kendrick explosion and Vegas likes the fish in this one.

      • BTXJ

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        @The Guru: yea, he has redonk #s vs RHP at home – OPS north of .900 – ok i’ve said to much. great read, guru!

        • The Guru

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          Thanks, man and good luck tonight.

  2. mike iwakuma says:
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    Carpenter or dee gordon for the rest of the year?

    • The Guru

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      I keep waiting for the regression fairy to hit little Dee Dee. Hasn’t yet. If you need steals I’d stick with Dee, but Carpenter is the better all around player.

      • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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        Fairies often work quietly.

        Gordon, last 14 days: .191 / .269 / .255
        Gordon, last 7 days: .158 / .238 / .158 (0 SB)

        • The Guru

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          She has arrived!

          • mike iwakuma says:
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            @The Guru: just an update. I did the trade. Dee cant steal bases if he dont get on base the rest of the year so i pulled the trigger.

            • The Guru

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              True that, good luck.

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Any thought’s on Ryu? I think his price is pretty nice at $8,200 and he gets in the Mets in Metco. I suppose the hesitation would be whether or not his innings will be limited.

    I’m hoping Posey is out again tonight, Sanchez is a nice punt play. Or a smear away from a Dirty pun point……

    • The Guru

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      Ha! I’m going to give Ryu a play on a team or two tonight. Those Mets do like to K and like you said the price is right.

  4. purevol says:
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    I drafted last night, with some minor tweaks. one of the best low budget stars for me, that stands out is Todd Frazier. Here is my lineup for tonight: (there were a couple CWS guys that looked good in DFSbot, but i went in a different direction because im rolling the dice on Guthrie)

    Blackmon, Charlie
    Lucroy, Jonathan
    Sandoval, Pablo
    Trout, Mike
    Loney, James
    Dietrich, Derek
    Gordon, Dee
    Myers, Wil
    Guthrie, Jeremy
    Ross, Tyson

    • The Guru

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      I don’t trust Guthrie, but it might work. I usually win on 50/50’s with one ace lock and then a guy like Ross who I really like tonight.

      Myers batting leadoff tonight might work. I don’t like Loney vs a lefty and I usual pay up for 1B. Lind, Francisco, G. Jones, Dunn might be cheap plays. The guy I like at first is A-Gon, but he’s pricey. Rain in COL has me kind of worried along with Matt Cain has me off Rockies mostly tonight.

      Good luck tonight. Thanks for sharing the team. Fun to see the different directions people go.

      • purevol says:
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        @The Guru: definitely was thinking about the rain too. i have to change my garage door opener gear thingy…maybe i will change my mind and make some other moves before 7! thanks for the feedback

        • The Guru

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          Anytime. Looks like the Rockies game is good to go. Trying to make a lineup with Tulo and it’ll be tough. Ha!

          • purevol says:
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            @The Guru: did OK last night, entered a several contests for $5 and won $8.40…net winnings $3.40 – i love it!! lots of fun for me.

            • The Guru

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              Nice work. The DFS monkey is on your back now! Cheers.

  5. Rubik's Pube says:
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    I’ve been getting my shit pushed in the last few nights on Draft Kings. I’m taking tonight off!

    • The Guru

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      Sometimes you just have to push away from the table or play the free games. I believe it was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus that said, “Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. “

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @The Guru: You are a wise man Guru. Now I may have enough money to buy my childrens the name brand potted meat tonight. Hot dog!

  6. Mike W says:
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    Guru, who do you like for the rest of the year….Desmond Jennings or Kole Calhoun? I have Jennings now, but don’t use him much. Looking for who has more upside.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Mike, I’d roll with Kole. Think he has a real shot at a 15 HR/15 SB season ahead of him ROS.

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