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Clap along if you feel like that song got overplayed (Cuz it’s crappyyyyyy).  Clap along if you feel like Pharrell should’ve never sang (Cuz it’s crappyyyyyy).  Clap along if you know he coulda done a better thang (Cuz it’s crappyyy).  Clap along if you feel these lyrics are just a drain (Cuz they’re crappyyyyyyy).  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Pharrell Williams fan…back when he was a producer as part of The Neptunes duo.  The man knows music inside and out and it’s pretty clear he knows how to stick good tunes in your head.  Hell, even N.E.R.D. was boss.  Yeah, yeah, he sang…if you think the Beastie Boys sing.  Let me put it to you this way.  I’ll listen to Britney Spears.  It’s one song. It’s ‘I’m A Slave 4 U‘ and not out of any sense of irony or wry humor.  It’s all cuz of Pharrell.  Granted, I do it with the vocals stripped but whatever, you get the point: the man knows his beats and has a huge musical vocabulary.  Jazz, do-wop, 70’s soul, punk, disco…the man is a walking classics playlist with his own flare.  What does all this have to do with J.A. Happ you ask?  Eh, nothing really.  I just wanted to riff on Pharrell for a bit.  Before he was gathering Grammys with a weird hat, he was dropping quality track after quality track…and winning Grammys.  So basically nothing’s changed and the same can be said of Happ.  He’s still not a good pitcher.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t drop a quality start in the middle of of his mediocrity, especially when given such a prime matchup.  The Royals are either at or near the bottom of the barrel in terms of team wOBA, ISO, and OBP against lefties on the year.  Now that doesn’t make J.A. a safe bet, of course, but when you look at his price of $6,300 over on DraftKings, you have to consider how much he’ll aid you in rostering some bigger bats for a full Friday slate.  So now that we’ve covered the important things in life – Pharrell’s discography and Happ still being a bad pitcher with a good matchup – let’s give this Friday slate a whirl, shall we?

Marco Estrada, SP: $8,800 – I appreciate the price reduction on Estrada, DK, I really do.  Cubs have the 4th worst road wOBA and the 5th highest team K-rate on said road.  Call me crazy…sorry, just a minute, my phone is ringing off the hook…*sighs*.  I didn’t mean you should literally call me, I was in the middle of typing over here!  Just text me that I’m insane next time, ok?  Thanks.  Back to what I was saying, Estrada could be in for a big 10 K day given the matchup.  Put all your CHiPs in.

Corey Kluber, SP: $10,300 – Who is he facing today?  The Orioles?  Haha, no silly, he just throttled them…IN Baltimore.  Oh it’s Colorado?  Well that’s a different story.  Let me go in my way back time machine and produce my Corey Kluber Sleeper post whilst I remind you he went 7 strong against the Tigers about 2 weeks ago for 8 K and 3 ER.  Yeah, he’s creeping into ‘just start him’ territory.  Enjoy.

Bronson Arroyo, SP: $6,800 – Not as excited as I was with starting Josh Collmenter yesterday but still it’s silly to fight a low price against a floundering team.  The question here is more a fade or not to fade sitch.  I could see the merits in fading.  I could see the merit in starting him as well.  Basically I see merit in all of you, for better or worse.  What are you, Boy Scouts?  Badges all around!

Colby Lewis, SP: $6,100 – Given the stats on the year, I have no business suggesting Colby.  I honestly don’t have a good reason even not looking at that other than the Nats are just an average or slightly below average offense and Lewis has proven to be a decent pitcher since joining the Rangers.  If you prefer Pepperjack, I understand.  Moving on…

Josh Willingham, OF: $3,400 – The Voluntary Pig is here to serve you.  I was all over him like apple sauce on pork chops on Wednesday and was nowhere near him yesterday but given the pitcher, the park, the price….I’m hearing the sooey calls over here.  While we’re on the subject of bacon-twinkies, let’s go hog wild here and suggest a Twins stack that would include Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier.  And it goes without saying any team that faces Ricky Nolasco also gets stackable treatment.  But if I don’t say it, how would you know?  These are questions I have to ask myself.

Brian McCann, C: $3,900 – Yeah, every Yankee is in play today.  But does every Yankee that’s in the top 10 on the DFSBot and have a positive price differential? Nope, just the McCann can.  Can you?

Xander Bogaerts, 3B/SS: $3,800 – As yesterday proved, the Xandy man can against left-handed pitching, even when it’s Mike Minor.  With that said, David Price has been very up and down so far this season and has actually pitched better on the road than he has at home so far.  This is a ‘play it safe’ call here and probably better for cash games than tourneys.

Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B; $4,200 – He’s not cheap but he’s not overpriced either.  If I were Goldilocks, I’d say he was juuuuust right.  With a lefty on the mound and being at home, this one should turn into a Brew-Ha-Ha in short order.  The Brew stack is in full play here, peeps.

Tommy Medica, 1B: $3,200 – I don’t care about him falling a single short of a cycle, that’s not why I’m on him.  He was brought up due to injury and to hit left-handed pitching.  John Danks is on the mound.  Danks is a left-handed pitcher and I use the ‘pitcher’ term loosely.  He’s more of a BP machine.  Unhappy with your current 1B insurance?  Buy Medica (offer only available in MN, ND, SD, WI…oh and DraftKings of course).

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B: $5,200 – There’s no discount here and for good measure.  Dude just hit two bombs off of Big Game James yesterday.  Today he gets Jason Vargas. 2bgf-9320fjaq[‘323=qaf30j3…Sorry, all the blood in my head went ‘somewhere else’ and I passed out on the keyboard there out of excitement.  Toronto is yet another stackable game.  If there’s one thing I highly recommend to all of you, it’s to have at least one B-Jay today.

J.J. Hardy, SS: $3,500 – Dongs, schlongs…hrm, that one doesn’t quite work.  What I’m trying to say is you don’t need a HR from Hardy to cash on him as he’s had four 10+ point scoring games over his last 10 games and gets to face another guy you could stack against tonight in Brett Oberholtzer.  Yes, I’ve given you at five stack options on the day.  The question is, which one will be the best?  There can be only one!

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

They say April showers bring May flowers.  Apparently Boston didn’t get the memo it’s already May and almost June as there’s a 50% chance of rain set for most of the day in Beantown.  For that reason alone, you can avoid the starting pitchers.  That STLvsSF game also looks a bit dangerous with scattered thunderstorms and a 50% chance of precipitation but it was like that yesterday and there wasn’t even a rain delay.  Maybe they’re so scattered they’re not even near STL when they report these things.  It’ll probably rain in Eugene.  Maybe we’re at least 2% of that, you never know!

Doing Lines In Vegas

HOUvsBAL, NYYvsMIN, and TORvsKC are all at the over/under of 9 for the day.  I fully expect the Yankees game to get out of hand fast on both sides.  I’d consider both sides stackable but you already know that from my love notes above.  Honestly, there’s too much good stuff here and I can’t see any of those games not going to the over.  On the other side of the coin, Vegas thinks STLvsSF is the low-scoring game of the day.  Here’s to those scattered storms staying scattered and starting the two aces against each other.

From Around The Web

  1. gareth says:
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    Indians play the Rockies tonight.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @gareth: Thanks Gareth. Do you do a Razzball search for ‘Indians’ to be all up on this so quick?

      • gareth says:
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        @Sky: Nah, was just in the neighborhood.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I now officially have one good reason to go to Cleveland.

      • gareth says:
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        @Sky: if you check out the promo schedule, the hottest time to attend an Indians game this summer will be the Indians hall of fame induction weekend. Omar vizquel is being inducted. The 90’s teams are beloved here and Omar may be the fan favorite (he spent the majority of his career here dazzling with his defence and never actually left of his own accord like other 90’s stars). They are giving away Omar vizquel jerseys.

        http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cle

        There will also be a new permanent statue outside the stadium in Cleveland. There is already a bob feller statue outside progressive field and he will be joined by a jim thome statue, to be unveiled (along with a mini version fan giveaway) later this season.

        I know you love me talking tribe sky so I thought I’d keep you informed.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Nice, loved Omar. He played great when he was with the Mariners.

          So did you get a gig with the Tribe? Are you in marketing? Methinks you signed up for a ‘pay to click’ program with Chief Wahoo where you get a penny for each site you talk about them.

          • gareth says:
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            @Sky: haha. I will be a the ballpark the next 6 days. I’m looking forward to 75 degree weather and alot of baseball.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              That sounds awesome. Enjoy my man. Drink a beer for me. Oh, who am I kidding. I’ll drink a beer for me.

  2. Frank D. says:
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    Lets play a game…Predict Becketts line vs Pirates tonight. K’s, ERA and WHIP. Also does he get the Win?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Jigsaw, is that you? I don’t wanna have to dig a key out of my leg before my head gets torn apart. Beckett just threw 128 pitches so he’s a tough call for me. I’ll say he goes 6, gives up 2 and strikes out 4. Pirates just don’t strike out much as a team. With the way Liriano has been pitching, a win should be in the bag.

  3. gareth says:
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    I like that you highlighted xander and Willingham.

    I traded butler and joyce for xander about a month ago and he was cold for a while and got me worried. Hes improved lately.

    I picked up Willingham for Reddick yesterday so hopefully I get to see some consistent home runs and rbi’s instead of Reddick’s 2 hits every twenty at bats.

    This may shock you, but I actually dropped Nick swisher and Justin masterson from my rcl team this week. My Indians homerism can only go so far dammit!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sounds like you’re at step 7 in the 12 step recovery program. If I played fantasy baseball with homerism, I’d come in 12th every year. Damn Mariners…

      Honestly not a big Xander guy. I wish you luck on that front, just don’t think he’s more than a middling infielder. From Reddick to Willingham was a good move. He’ll probably at least hit .260 and get on base more consistently. Too bad he and Reddick couldn’t trade offenses, though…

      • gareth says:
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        @Sky: yeah not a huge xander fan, but with his his ss/3b eligibility I can rotate him and gyorko based on matchups and form. Kipnis just got activated so it gives me the freedom to do this. I have headley and alcides as my other regulars that I can bench here and there.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cool, I getcha

      • gareth says:
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        @Sky: In regards to Willingham’s offensive support, I noticed yesterday that be was hitting 5th and that dozier, mauer, plouffe and arcia were hitting in front of him. Some of those guys actually get on base at a decent clip. A newly healthy arcia and Willingham at least make the twins offense slightly ok.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @gareth: Sure, Minnesota’s not the Padres. They’re just a middle of the road offense in my book. Hard to get overly excited.

  4. Allan says:
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    Bruce is now under 200 for the season. Do I drop him for Morse, Brantley, Crisp, Pagan, Hunter or someone else? Its a shallow league so there’s plenty of hitters available.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      How shallow? He’s still a top 50 player, you don’t have someone else you can drop? Brantley/Pagan/Crisp/Morse/Hunter is how I’d rank them.

  5. Pat says:
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    Hey– a 5×5 deep NL-only league: which side do you like more ROS, Juan Uribe and Antonio Bastardo or Mark Reynolds?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      My answer is the same as it was yesterday…

  6. Fungazi says:
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    How are you liking this lineup:

    SP Kennedy/Koehler
    C- Navarro
    1B – Edwin
    2B – Wong
    3B – Reynolds
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Bautista/Melky/Quentin

    Cheap on SP and slight Tor stack

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Fungazi: Not digging Kennedy in Chicago, myself. Not the best offense but they can get them over the wall there, especially against a FB pitcher. You nabbed some good bats. Koehler definitely a boom or bust play but he’s reasonable if it’s a GPP. Wong isn’t in the lineup tonight, though. You’re gonna have to pivot off him and even if he were, you wouldn’t want him in there against a lefty.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Sky: Some good calls my man. Was going against ChSox because of their high K’s. So I changed out Kennedy to Estrada and moved in a semi-punt at 2b Grant Green vs lefty. Good luck!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Fungazi: Could go even cheaper and go with Danny Santana for Minnesota. Leading off today and under $3K. Either way, good luck!

  7. Nikko says:
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    I was offered this proposal and this is what the person offering said, “I’ll trade you any two person combination of Davis, cano, and Donaldson plus laroche, janssen, or chapman for Braun, strasburg, and rendon” also I was offered: Cano and Davis for Braun and Straus. Thought?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Nikko: Cano I’m not that hip on. Do you need saves? Trades where they’re throwing the world at you usually aren’t the best. Any time more than 3 players on each side gets involved, both parties should come back to the table with what they’re actually trying to do/get.

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I have no idea why but I like Tom Koehler in GPP’s tonight. The Marlins are a damn good home team and the Braves strikeout and a ton and sort of stink.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, completely agree. I rolled a frisky pitching lineup out last night that had Peacock & Collmenter. Too bad the hitters sucked or it would’ve done swimmingly.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Sky: haha I wish I did. I played Guru h2h last night paid for Haren and Dickey and they both sucked it up.
        Hey do you have me covered in the comments for tomorrow?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: You’re covered! Thanks my man.

  9. Just Make Pitch says:
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    Who do you like between Quentin or Medica for this weekend-series in CHW? Feel like Quentin should actually play all three games at DH.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Just Make Pitch: Medica will get at-bats but I only want them when they’re coming against LHP. Quentin for me.

  10. AMolnar says:
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    cespedes, jennings, cuddyer, ortiz, teixeira, xander, kemp, hunter, pagan — pick the top 5 to start tonight.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @AMolnar: Cespedes, Teix, Xander, Kemp, Jennings

  11. RapCity says:
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    Ben Zobrist (2B/OF on DFK) returns tonight, batting second vs Brandon Workman; going for $3700 on DK. He’s not listed on the DFSBot or daily projections–that or I’m too dumb to find him. Any value there?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @RapCity: At $3,700, there’s plenty of value. Nice find. Get on it.

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