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Cheers, my Razzballin’ droogs. Why am I sipping a fine Islay at this time of day you may be asking? Firstly, it’s the only scotch I buy (I didn’t say drink) and secondly I can afford it after doubling my bankroll in just one week of play on DraftKings. If you’re not playing, you’re letting cash get scooped up by the likes of me. Thanks, today I’ll buy a genuine alligator skin turban with my winnings. Now if you are a regular DFS player feel free to skip ahead to your humble-but-nontheless-handsome Guru’s picks of the day – they are money. If you have never played daily fantasy sports please allow me to pull on your coat about something here: Get your fanny perpendicular in the game now! I know the fantasy season can be a long haul in the RCLs. It’s a marathon not a sprint blah blah blah. However, with DraftKings every day is a new season, every game, every pitch, every at-bat is of upmost importance and there’s cold hard cash to be won. Quite simply it’s a lot of fun, damn addictive and I got a monkey that likes to party on my back – hi Tehol. And whether you know it or not, sweet innocent Razzballers, you have a distinct advantage on the competition – us. The best way to get in the money quickly is to have the best info available. If you wander into the shark infested waters of DFS without relevant data, predictive stats or a clue you will be chum. Using the Stream-o-Nator, Hitter-tron and our info on Vegas odds and weather forecasts (especially this time of year) gives you a leg up on the competition. Let the Thomas Magnum lookalike drop too much on Miguel Cabrera because he loves the Tigers. We’re going to jam Jose Abreu because we like money and Cuban sandwiches. So, give DraftKings a shot today, join a 50/50 league for a buck and watch your bankroll grow. Just remember us and send a drink our way when we get thirsty. We’re always thirsty. Cheers.

With all that out of the way (I kinda felt like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society there –  Carpe Diem!) let me step down from my atop my desk and get down to business. Here’s our picks for Wednesday’s 4/09 contests on DraftKings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Matt Garza, SP: $10,400 – Anibal Sanchez and Danny Salazar are the hot picks today and you won’t go wrong with eithher, but let’s look elsewhere. Don’t shy away from a high price tag when it comes to pitching. Pitching is king when it comes to DraftKings. In his Brewers debut a week ago, Garza held the NL East champion Braves to just two hits, one run and struck out seven in eight innings. Garza gets the Phillies today – a team he owns a 1.30 ERA against in five starts.

Masahiro Tanaka, SP: $9,800 – Tanaka gave up a home run on his very pitch in the majors last week. That was about it as he went on to strike out eight in seven innings. While Tanaka may not prove to be an ace he will be ace-like in the early going as teams get their first look at that nasty splitter.

Yadier Molina, C: $4,100 – Molina is hitting .333 with an OPS over 1.000 against today’s Reds starter Mike Leake. Leake better be wearing his Depends on the mound when facing Yadier.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B: $5,800 – Watch Goldy take Tim Lincecum deep at least once today – he has six homers in 17 AB against him. Timmy will just turn and watch the ball land in Frisco Bay and say, “Au Shizz.”

Ben Zobrist, 2B: $4,500 – Zoby has scored double-digit FPTS points in three of his eight games this season and nine points in another. He’ll hit those numbers again today versus Jeremy Guthrie who he is 10-for-31 against.

Evan Longoria, 3B: $4,900 – Stick with the Rays and Longo. The Stream-o-nator has Guthrie at a negative 5.5 for a reason.

Alexi Ramirez, SS: $4,200 – Ramirez has helped me cash out with 7+ points in five straight games including a 28 point night. Let someone else overspend on Tulo.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF: $5,600 – Cargo has been a beast. If only he played every game at home. Gonzalez has double-digit points in seven of nine games. Spend the extra cash and save elsewhere.

Matt Holiday, OF: $5,000 – Holiday is hitting a career .429 off Leake. Get him on your team, count money later.

Matt Joyce, OF: $3,700 – Here’s to rounding out our mini-stack of Rays. Joyce is 10-for27 with six RBI and a 1.030 OPS against Guthrie. This is the type of solid low end value that’ll put you in the money.

Other guys to jam today: Shelby Miller ($8,600), Shin-Soo Choo ($4,800), Giancarlo Stanton ($5,000), Curtis Granderson ($4,200), Aaron Hill ($4,200),

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

It’s all sunshine and unicorns in the forecast across MLB today. Also, the wind is blowing out to left at Wrigley which means homer possibilities and a great day to fly your Harry Carey kite.

Doing Lines In Vegas

OAK vs. MIN, TEX vs. BOS, HOU vs. TOR are all checking in at 9 today. While, Jake Peavy is 0-2 with a career 7.59 ERA against the Rangers, it’s the Astros/Blue Jays matchup that has the potential to turn into a football score as Lucas Harrell faces Brandon “Batting Practice” Morrow.

CHW vs. COL is your big number again today with the o/u at 10 ½. Feel free to stack against starters Erik Johnson and Juan Nicasio

  1. Lville Jim says:
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    Hoping to make a nice batty call with Joyce today.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m with you, Jim. The numbers are there, but will the fantasy gods smile upon us?

  2. Nico

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    Love these BTW!

    I feel like that Angels/Mariners game could be high scoring. As for Garza, it’s interesting that his GB% and SwStr% in his first start were significantly higher than his averages in the past (one game, I know I know..). I’m definitely going to keep track of his start today!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hey Nico, yeah, SEA/LAA could def go over 8 today. As for Garza, I’m rolling him out there today along with *gulp* Jason Hammel.

      • Nico

        Nico says:
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        @The Guru: Hammel! You didn’t like Wandy? That wind is scary in Chi Town today…

        • The Guru

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          Rolling the dice on his numbers vs. Pit.

  3. elipitt says:
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    I am a long time fantasy player, but just about to try daily. Any links to basic strategy?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      There are a lot of sites out there that offer their take. DraftKings has a FAQ on their site that is useful. If you want to be a serious fantasy player I’d suggest the book “Fantasy Football(and baseball) for smart people” by Jonathan Bales. Really good stuff, easy read, full of winning info that can help any fantasy player.

      • elipitt says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks, I have been a roto player for a long time. Any huge differences I should consider in daily? Looks like starting pitchers are weighted heavy, correct?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Pitching is king!

  4. MattH says:
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    Thanks Guru. And Sky. And Jay. Love the daily posts. Keep them coming. The White Sox stack yesterday was nuts. Joyce looks like a good pick. I took a chance on Heisey since he was in the lineup today.

    • Nico

      Nico says:
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      @MattH: Heisey a good pick today! Nice call!

      • MattH says:
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        @Nico: Thanks. The daily lineups are fun. You can really see who’s getting in and out of the lineups everyday.

    • The Guru

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      No prob, Matt. Was hoping more from my Rays stack today.

  5. Hawk says:
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    Thanks for the tip about the wind in Wrigley! I just threw a right handed batter stack from that game in!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No prob. Vegas opened with an o/u of 7 1/2. It’s going over me thinks.

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