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There are several aces on the mound today including Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, and Stephen Strasburg. If you’re looking for a value play Trevor Bauer is the man for the job. His last outing was a rough one, giving up five earned runs in just under five innings against the Twins. Today he’ll face the Astros and their 91 wRC+ against right-handed pitching which ranks 20th in the majors. Houston also strikes out a lot. In fact, only the Marlins have a higher strikeout percentage against righties. So while Bauer carries some risk compared to some of the other options today, he’s also one of the cheapest at $5,900. At that price you can certainly pair him with one of the more expensive aces. Bauer’s previous start against the Diamondbacks was eight innings strong with nine strikeouts. That’s the upside we’re gambling on, as Arizona’s wRC+ is only five points lower than Houston’s.

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Ian Kennedy, SP: $8,500 – Kennedy isn’t as great a value as Bauer in terms of his price, but he’s still less expensive than the aces. As you’ll see from the hitter’s picks, that extra money will come in handy. Kennedy faces off against the Diamondbacks, who sport a 86 wRC+ against right-handed pitching this season. That’s tied with the Red Sox and Braves for 23rd lowest mark in baseball.

Andrew McCutchen, OF: $5,000 – McCutchen came back from the rib injury and promptly went yard on Friday. In just eleven at bats against Mike Fiers, the Pirate centerfielder has taken him deep four times with nine runs batted in. Look for him to do more damage against the Brewers today.

Nolan Arenado, 3B: $5,100 – It’s hard not to like this Marlins-Rockies series in Coors. Arenado had 12 hits in his last 24 at bats entering Saturday’s games with a homer, five runs scored, and three runs batted in. He should continue to feast against left-hander Brad Hand.

Christian Yelich, OF: $5,200 – Another expensive Coors pick, Yelich had a ten-game hit streak entering Saturday’s games. Seven of those ten were multi-hit efforts. He has the pop to go yard, but even if he just tallies a couple hits, a couple runs, or a steal he’ll provide valuable points for DFS. Yelich has the platoon advantage against right-hander Christian Bergman today.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

We’re in the clear! Enjoy it.

Doing Lines In Vegas (15-13)

I’ll take the under in Arizona (8).

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  1. Rob says:
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    Hey mike who would you add & start this week

    Jake odorizi (@baltimore vs Chris tillman & start 2 is in TB vs Red Sox vs Allen Webster)

    John lackey (@ Pittsburgh vs Francisco Liriano & start 2 vs in STL vs cubs vs Travis wood)

    Michael Pineada (@ KC vs James shields & start 2 is @ Toronto vs Drew Hutchinson)

    Mike Fiers 1 start vs SF vs peavy I could put him at RP but would you start him over keuchel?

    Also which bat do you like the most/ would add;
    Oswaldo Arica, Carl Crawford, jon jay, avisaill Garcia, Trevor plouffe, kolten Wong,

    Thanks !

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Odorizzi, Arcia

  2. SMLV1 says:
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    Like the chances of a Win for Chase Anderson @Home vs. SD?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup

  3. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mike,
    I remember there used to be a sagnoff blog… Going to try and catch up with SB’s ( down 13!) this week. I picked up Jordan Shafer (cross my fingers). Dyson is an option but does not play everyday…

    Is there a team or player who stands out this week? I know that SD plays Mil and LAD… Crawford doesn’t play against lefties and he has two in five games. Betts or Holt a good option this week? Will they even play daily?

    Can you recommend which teams are good to steal against?

    Thanks for letting me pick your brain.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      SAGNOF still runs on Monday afternoons here :)

      Cubs, Pirates, Padres, Marlins, Giants all with 90+ steals allowed

      Rockies have the worst CS%

      Gentry is another option, but like a lot of these guys, he doesn’t play everyday. Schafer is probably your best bet right now if you’re in a weekly lock league. Jose Ramirez, Jake Marisnick, Inciarte other options.

      Betts is fine, but not sure about his playing time either to be honest.

  4. Alex says:
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    I have a pitchers dilemma: I need to drop an arm for a bat… Keep Familia (picked him up after dropping Mejia) or Hawkins (picked him up off waivers recently)? I need one of them.. Another option is to drop Liriano. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anytime…I would hold Liriano. I’d keep Hawkins for saves, Familia for Ks. Depends what you need more really.

  5. J Boy says:
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    I’ve officially had enough of waiting for Cuddyer
    Now that he’s back on the DL yet again – who’s the pickup in roto – Torii, Kennys or Morse? This is my bench bat to plug in for off-days, etc.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Frustrating…Vargas

  6. 740 says:
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    Sup Mike, drop Kipnis for Myers or Hold?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold. The decent MIs are harder to find

  7. RazzbALL or nothing says:
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    Hey Mike – Do you like Duda over any of the following ROS: C. Carter, K. Vargas, J. Harrison, B. Moss or K. Calhoun? It’s for a Util spot so position doesn’t matter.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, I’d take Duda there

  8. Ryan says:
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    12 team keeper league (keep all players). I’m out of contention, so rebuilding for next year.

    Which side would you rather have for the future?

    Brantley, Segura, Fowler OR Roark, S. Marte

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Brantley side

  9. Light Black says:
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    Scott kazmir is fing useless

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hear ya. Rough start

      • Light Black says:
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        @Mike:

        Three of the past 4 Sundays he has lost me my h2h matchup single handily. All I needed was 4ks and a 1.15 WHIP and to hold a .50 ERA differential. Him and Stras lately. My team crusies all week, then on the last day implodes by these two knuckleheads. Frustrati
        ng as all hell lol.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          man that blows

  10. Chris says:
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    I’ve got Salvador Perez at C but he’s not been good in several days. Somehow Gattis is on waivers. Which do you prefer for the next three weeks of playoffs. Perez or Gattis? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Gattis

  11. Jose says:
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    Hey mike- it seems Michael Brantley has been in a bit of a slump, would you consider benching him this week in a h2h points / weekly lock league? On my bench I have Oswaldo Arica & avisaill Garcia

    Gracias señor! Buenos noches fantasy world!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t bench him, no.

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