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-Nator, Hitter-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.
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.
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.