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For the most part, I fancy myself a Bo Jackson (pre-MNF injury disaster) of the fantasy game, but at times, I can have my Drew Henson moments. I know I’m not alone here, and this past weekend was tough for those of the same ilk to keep their baseball blinders in place. The NFL Draft certainly was a distraction, and the deep dives into BVP, splits, and all other mind-numbing stats turned into shallow dives at the crappy motel pool that usually result in paralysis. As a result, my bankroll hasn’t moved much in the last three days (especially in the preferred, upwards direction), but what can I say? I love watching grown men cry into their phones and am always in awe (for lack of better terms) of the real-life Count Chocula, Mel Kiper, and his obsession with hand and arm size. But alas, all picks are in, and it’s time to turn my full attention back to the pixie dust version of America’s pastime – and you should join me – especially on DraftKings.

I am just a small cog in the machine that is Razzball, so keep it here for plenty of great DFS content all season, and check out the recently unveiled DFSBot to gain an extra edge on the competition; it still has that new car bot smell. Mmmmm … bot.

Tyler Lyons, SP: ($7,300) – King Felix will probably be the most popular SP play of the night, but to me, pinching pennies on pitching is the way to go. The Cubs are averaging just over one run per game against LHP, and Lyons has looked legit thus far. He holds a stellar 9.00 K/9 and has been limiting solid contact (15.8 LD%).

Cesar Ramos, SP: ($5,800) – I had to double-check that this was a real person, but Ramos does in fact exist, and he’s facing Seattle, who as a team, is ranked 28th in OPS vs LHP (.627) with the most K (105).

Jason Castro, C: ($4,000) – Castro loves himself some RHP, as all his HR and 86% of his RBI have come off right-handed hurlers. He’s also heating up a bit, recording hits in five of his last six games, including a three-run dong in Baltimore yesterday.

Allen Craig, 1B/OF ($4,400) – Craig has doubled his DK points production at home, and he’s hitting .320 against Travis Wood (in 25 AB), whose three-year splits against the Cards are as pretty as shaved baboon ass (5.83 ERA and .315 BAA). Stack addicts may want to get their fix in St. Louis (weather permitting) with guys like Yadier Molina ($4,500) and Matt Holiday ($5,200).

Howie Kendrick, 2B ($4,700) – Kendrick has been a road warrior (.391/.455/.580), and he’s 7-for-20 lifetime against Mark Buehrle (with a HR) – beauty, eh?

Chris Owings, SS ($3,200) – In this, his rookie year, Owings has enjoyed the comforts of home (.444 AVG) and has scored double-digit DK points in two of his last three games. He’s no lock against Jordan Zimmermann, but he makes for a nice punt option in GPPs.

Josh Donaldson, 3B ($4,100) – This is the cheapest Donaldson’s been all year, and it’s probably due in large part to his HR drought that started on April 26. Donaldson mashed against south paws last season (1.043 OPS), and I like his chances of taking John Danks deep (at least once) tonight. It also doesn’t hurt that his price is oh so right.

Mike Trout, OF ($5,700) – If you’re thrifty with pitching, Trout is easily affordable. He’s only slugging .706 vs LHP this season. Yahtzee!

Yoenis Cespedes, OF ($4,400) – Dude’s got power like he hails from Grey Skull, but he’s actually from Cuba. That doesn’t matter, though. What matters is he’s hitting .304 against LHP at home (career), and let’s face it, John Danks … he stanks.

Jason Heyward, OF ($3,700) – Heyward holds an astronomical career 1.406 OPS at AT&T Park, and he could tee-off on Tim Lincecum, who is allowing left-handed batters to hit .343 against him this season. He’s started slow, but yesterday’s HR could suggest better times are on the horizon. Plus, he’s dirt cheap – Macklemore is psyched!

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Oh, the weather outside is weather: rain could threaten DET/BAL, NYM/NYY, and CHC/STL, so monitor those games closely. Other than that, it’s clear skies and solid roofs.

Doing Lines In Vegas (Overall 2-2)

The house bent me over its knee last week, but no thank you, sir, may I not have another? Let’s go with:

The over in CHW/OAK (7.5) – there’s just too much power in this one.

LAA (+100) at TOR – C.J. Wilson is 2-0 in his last four starts vs the Blue Jays, and I like the Angels’ chances of lighting-up Buehrle.

From Around The Web

  1. costaricanchata says:
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    you’re recommending trout ?
    how’s he been doing lately ??

    • BTXJ

      BTXJ says:
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      @costaricanchata: if you have the funds..

      running a little cold, and for that reason i like him – ownership % will be down. what can i say – love high ceilings. buehrle’s hot start is smoke and mirrors – look who he’s faced so far.

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @BTXJ: yep. Betting on recency over true talent is a bad idea. Trout’s Trout.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I ‘m rolling with Lyons and Collmenter today, seems like as good a day as any to penny pinch. I don’t have much faith in the pricier options outside of Felix and (to a much lesser extent) CJ Wilson. The Bot loves Collmenter today from a value perspective and I do too, if only because the Nat’s lineup is beat up and his cheap price opens up some $ to spend on hitting.

    As for my lineup I’m with you on Cespedes, Kendrick, Trout, and Donaldson, all good plays today. I also bought in on Yadier and Holiday’s past successes against Wood. My question is, what are your thoughts on Chris Davis and JJ against Porcello tonight? Their career numbers against him are great. Davis is 5 for 15 with 3 homers and Hardy is 7 for 17. Obviously Davis is fresh off the DL and Hardy has been hot garbage but I’m hoping for a little spark from the O’s tonight.

    • BTXJ

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: collmenter just missed the cut for article, but yeah, he’d probably be my #3 b/c I’m fading all 5-figure SP. I was eying Crash yesterday (for today) thinking he would be rusty, making him a sneaky contrarian play today (esp. at that price). But I think his 2-for-4 hurt his chances of that and now expect he’ll be heavily owned. That being said, still very solid play and probably a must in cash games. To be honest, didn’t give JJ much consideration, but you’re right about past success, and he hasn’t homered yet, so he’s def due. Dirt cheap too…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @BTXJ: Yeah I figured Hardy was a decent lottery ticket for the day. Just as you said I figure he’s due.

        I’m not a big Kendrick fan and sort of looked at my computer sideways when I read you were recommending him at $4,700, but after looking there’s really no 2nd base options I like more than Howie today. I’m hoping the correction for Buehrle comes this evening.

        • BTXJ

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: not a huge howie fan either but basically have a blank check to fill offense today. and yeah, buerhle’s peripherals suggest he’s been incredibly lucky, and against mediocre competition, to boot.

  3. Allen says:
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    Heres how I am rolling tonight..

    Felix
    Lyons

    D. Norris
    K. Johnson
    J. Altuve
    J. Donaldson
    I. Desmond
    J. Bautista
    J. Ellsbury (Bartolo Colon, Yes please)
    G. Springer (Hittertron loves him tonight)

    I feel alright paying through the nose for felix…too many crapshoots at SP tonight IMO

    • BTXJ

      BTXJ says:
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      @Allen: can’t argue against the King – just think he’s a far better cash play than GPP tonight – i’d put O/U of ownership % around 60%. you are right about the crap shoot – should be an interesting night. good luck, allen.

  4. Greg says:
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    Sweet advice on Lyons. Will you give me my $3 back?

    • BTXJ

      BTXJ says:
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      @Greg: made a whole lot of sense on paper – that’s why he was 40% owned in major GPP and i don’t think everyone played him b/c of me. there was not one “expert” that didn’t say he was a top plat tonight. sorry, man – if you can’t take the heat, stay out the kitchen. if it makes you feel better, i lost more than $3 b/c of his blowup.

      • Greg says:
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        @BTXJ:

        Pure ball busting, my man. You deserve it, but still nothing but giving you a hard time.

        • BTXJ

          BTXJ says:
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          @Greg: I deserve worse now that ramos imploded. Knew cheap pitching was way to go, just chose the complete wrong two!

  5. and1mcgee says:
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    my asshole is bleeding from yesterday’s beating ..

    • BTXJ

      BTXJ says:
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      @and1mcgee: yeah, man, sorry. mine too. can’t believe i wasn’t all over brad fuckin peacock…wtf.

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