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So you’re still fairly new to DraftKings.  You have that deer in the headlights look Grey had when moving to Palm Springs 10 years ago when he first entered the Cougar Bar expecting a safari-type experience.  I’m here to whisper sweet nothings of winning ways just like those recent divorcees woo-ing that mustached young fantasy writer Mr. Albright.

If you’re still new to DraftKings, our friends over at the leading fantasy sports daily league site hold their weekly RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE contests every Friday where you get to play against our own resident expert Rudy Gamble. Just click on the link and for only $5.00 you enter in a limited pool where the winner gets entered into their huge $100,000 Punch Out where the top prize is $20,000!  Even if you don’t finish first, spots 2-10 get payouts and you get to rub it in Rudy’s face when you take him down (he still hasn’t won yet!).

On the down low – here’s the best strategy to win – it’s all about your pitching.  Ok, so a lot of regulars have figured that out, but you gotta spend big on the best matchups or go home.  Also, spend on your Ks.    At two points a pop, if your pitcher goes deep and racks em up, you’ll be a DraftKings winner.  If you’re still a little intimidated by the rules and scoring, DraftKings has a really user-friendly page dedicated to their scoring here, which is easy to follow and project for when making your picks.  And as always, you can shoot questions below or tweet me @jbgilpin.  Hope to see you this Friday!

Flashback montage to last week’s picks:

SP – Anibal Sanchez W  CG  1 H  3 BB  12 Ks  (50.9 Pts)

CI – Edwin Encarnacion 2-5  2B  (8 Pts)

MI – Kelly Johnson 2-4  3B  R  (13 Pts)

OF1 – Adam Dunn 0-4  BB  (2 Pts)

OF2 – Will Venable 1-4  (3 Pts)

UTIL – Nick Swisher 0-4  (0 Pts)

TOTAL – 76.9 (Previous weeks’ finishes – 68.8, 47.7, 67.3, 92.4, 75, 83, 96)

Well, the proof is in the pudding as they say – that picking the right pitcher makes all the difference.  Despite having a pretty crappy hitter turnout, I still had a higher scoring week with that near no-no from Anibal.  Despite almost going no-hitter on us, as I mentioned on the Podcast the scoring was still two points less than his 17 K gem, so strikeouts are king.  Or DraftKing.  If ya know what I mean…

Here’s my picks for Friday’s action:

SP – Hisashi Iwakuma ($9,100) – As I mentioned on the Podcast, Iwakuma should be the hands-down favorite best value for your pitcher Friday night.  He’s got great K numbers to boot and can go deep into games.

CI – Adrian Beltre ($5,200) - Since I’m spending fairly low on my other hitters below, I am going to prematurely shoot my wad on what hopes to not be a dry run.  Speaking of Tobias quotes, I’ve been really depressed at how bad the new season of Arrested Development has been four episodes through.  Anyway, Beltre is 4-8 against opposing pitcher Wade Davis along with a pair of walks, and gets to crush him at home in Arlington.

MI – Jhonny Peralta ($3,100) - Hard to believe the numbers Peralta is putting up this year, hitting .339 with 5 homers and 2 steals.  Ok, so the steals aren’t real, but hitting Friday against Orioles’ starter Miguel Gonzalez (who he’s 1-3 against) at Baltimore has me excited for some cheap production at a tough position.  Maybe a homer and some good RBI opportunities.

OF1 – Carl Crawford ($4,000) - Another guy I mentioned on Monday’s Pod was Carl Crawford at a great budget hitting at Coors this Friday.  The speed is fantastic, with steals worth 5 a pop and triples at 8 points in DraftKings scoring, plus Crawf has some power in that thin air (homers are 14 pts with 10 per and at least 1 RBI and 1 Run).  Great value as your first OF.

OF2 – Domonic Brown ($3,800) – Yovani Gallardo is not a very good pitcher, and is uber-prone to homers.  So tough to watch as a Brewers fan.  Hitting at home in Citizen’s Bank Park, Brown’s 11 homers (kinda quietly piling up to me) could see an additional boost with Gallardo throwing his horrible fastball up there.

UTIL – Raul Ibanez ($3,300) - Hoping to have one last season in his tank, Ibanez has actually been a really hot hitter the past couple of weeks, and will be hitting against human BP Mike Pelfrey on Friday night.  You don’t love it’s in Minnesota, where hopefully Iwakuma is blankin’ em, but Ibanez is 11-35 (.314) against Pelfrey with a homer and 8 ribbies.  Like him as another cheap option.

 

As always, if you have any questions about anyone else, or for any other DraftKings contests, shoot them below, thanks for checking our friends out!

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  1. yavone wilkinboners says:
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    should I GAMBLE ON Kyle. Loyse, hes on waivers???…10 team league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yavone wilkinboners: Yea I think he’s worth an add and a spot start vs. MIN tomorrow. Great matchup and you can go from there

  2. ATLBravesFan says:
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    Dumb Question Alert:

    Do you have to fill out the entire roster, or can you leave some spots blank and bank on elite players getting you enough counting stats?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ATLBravesFan: Interesting, not a dumb question at all and not something I had even thought about and an interesting strategy. Pretty sure you can let me get back to ya.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ATLBravesFan: Nope you have to fill out every spot

  3. Smoaked Meat says:
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    16 team H2H 12 keepers. Start 4 SP 1 RP one at each IF position, 3 OF 3 utility
    I have achado Longoria and Moustakas at 3b and thinking that I need to grab me profar while someone is still wiling to part with it. Am I nuts to offer a deal where I trade Longoria and Rendon for Matt Moore and profar?
    my keeper pitchers are Chapman Kershaw and Hernandez
    other keepers are Stanton Harper Santana – machado and longoria for now and then I can choose from others I am holding like smoak logan morission moustakas hosmer leonys martin…..

    Ive been a prospect junkie who keeps selling established for prospects and picks so I get a great pitching staff. the practice has worked well ad I have won money the last 2 years but this year the injuries are killing me. I guess the question is do you think Profar is really specia and enough to give up the next few years of longoria in his prime as one of my u spots? Open to a lot of insulting comments here

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Smoaked Meat: You dumb bast– haha just kidding no insults from me I think that’s not a bad deal. I’m not a Rendon fan, so I actually like the Moore and Profar side better with the difference between Longo and Moore worth Profar making up the gap. He’ll have his kinks and he won’t ever by HanRam in his prime, but solid #3-4 ss in a year or two for 5 years will be nice. I like offering that one.

      • Smoaked Meat says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Thanks for the input. Is a longoria chapman – for pujols and kemp better or worse in your opinion. While I love chapman and that k potential- I think you can always find a closer that is decent. Thoughts?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Smoaked Meat: Definitely would rather have Pujols Kemp. of your two offers, getting Kemp and Pujols is the best.

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    What do you think the Phils can get out of the Big Z? Worth a flyer in a H2H weekly line up 14 teamer with that RP eligibility?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Hmmm I probably wouldn’t risk him in any league, even if he opens with a decent start or two, he’ll have horrific ones too. Maybe 10 starts with some long relief is all I could see.

  5. jjj says:
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    who wins this trade wainwright, heath bell, hosmer for liriano, qualls and braun??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jjj: The Braun side, while Wainwright is close to an elite pitcher and probably is, Braun is an elite player.

  6. OaktownSteve says:
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    Daily league today 35k cap

    Phelps 5300
    McCann 3400
    Freeman 3900
    Uggla 3500
    Arenado 2300
    Tulo 4400
    Cargo 5600
    Fowler 3800
    Ozuna 2800

    Going with Braves and Rockies mini stacks. Not sure Sanchez repeats his recent performances even though Pittsburgh is a pretty neutral draw. Tough match ups for Burnett and JZimm. Figured roll with Phelps against the mutts and put few extra bucks behind the offense.

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      @OaktownSteve:

      Yeah um never mind.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Hah I streamed Phelps in a few leagues. At least he was out of there quick, like a rough blown save instead of worse.

  7. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… Heydo you think I should try to sell Justin Upton or hold onto him?? I don’t even remember when he put up more then a couple points! Actually he’s killing me with all negative points cause we have -1 for K’s in our league..

  8. Frank White says:
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    Maybe I should do J Upton straight up for Harvey or J Upton n Miller for Harvey and Alex Gordon or Hamilton??

  9. Frank White says:
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    Hey dude… I dropped Jim Henderson when he went on DL and picked up K- Rod. Henderson did really good for me. Is he going back to being the closer when back? Do you think I should pick him back up?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yeah Henderson should be back in the role, but he might get eased into hit, he uses a lot of weird leg motion, no need getting him too amped up right when called up. I think Upton straight up is fine, but think you can get more than just Harvey, you can at least offer.

  10. jjj says:
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    trying to acquire Braun:
    was proposed this trade:
    Wainright, chapman, swisher for Hellickson, valverde and braun?? What do you think

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jjj: I really hate Hellickson but still would take the Braun side. Best player in the deal.

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