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I’m sitting here with the 80’s classic Gung Ho on the TV. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton and Long Duck Dong, it tells the story of how a man tries to save a town by bringing in a Japanese car company to fill an empty car factory. In hindsight what great foreshadowing for the towns in the rust belt that became abandoned by the loss of all the manufacturing jobs. Filled with lots of people you might recognize, like George Wendt and John Turturo, it pulls at the heart strings of my childhood and all the forgotten movies we would watch. Now what does this have to do today’s DraftKings article. Absolutely nothing! I’m just sharing what I’m watching on TV……I’m kidding it has lots to do with today’s daily fantasy. In daily fantasy we have to be key on the match-ups and the value one guy has because he destroys a certain pitcher or team. Yunel Escobar is that guy for me today. Like this movie, we need to take a risk on the little guy when the stars align and use hope as a tool……and some numbers crunching helps too. He has 2HR’s, 10 RBI’s, 4 doubles, 3 BB’s and a .306 BA lifetime vs. CC Sabathia. Couple that with a small price tag and you have what I like to call my blue light special.  I’m rolling him out there even if the Hitter-Tron is farting in his general direction.  Someone put his dipstick back in!  Given that the Stream-O-Nator isn’t that hot on CC, though, I do think there’s room for this to work.

For those of you still new to this daily fantasy thing you really need to get in on this. I don’t always have time to be on the computer throughout the day but I can find a little time in the morning to get a line-up and take on 5,000 other players for a chance to win some sweet cash. If you sign up you can play the free games until you get the hang of it. You can also play H2H against each other or me if you would like to. My handle on there is J-FOH. Now get over to DraftKings and sign up already and while you’re at it, try your hand at the Sweet Spot.  This might be one of the few times in life that you are going after a sweet spot that’s not on your wife and she will not only not mind, but be happy about it.  Ok, on with the picks.

James Shields, SP: $10,700 – DraftKings loves their Ks and the Astros are in the bottom ten in that department so we can expect a good return here. I don’t care that George Springer got called up. It’s the Astros and I like to use a least one ace every time out. It keeps you in the game and as I write this his ownership is the same as CC Sabathia. I don’t know about you but that’s nuckin futs.

Danny Salazar, SP: $$8,300 – He has 14K’s in only 9.1 innings and he gets a very blah Tigers line-up. Wait that’s not right. The Tigers are a juggernaut with the bat and they have Miggy(1/1/4/.225). Not this year…so far. I like this matchup because DK loves the K’s and the wind should be blowing in from dead center at 19mph. In the words of the Guru “me likey!”

Jason Castro, C: $3,600 – sports a .429 batting average vs. Shields and is the only guy I like in that lineup tomorrow. Hopefully being sandwiched between Springer and Altuve help him become that top 5 catcher we all thought he could be. Fidel Castro would be proud of his namesake.

Justin Smoak, 1B: $3,600 – He kills Scheppers (2HR in 3 AB’s) and is hitting .300 in the current series vs. the Rangers. If you need to spend elsewhere then you need to save on the deals. The Smoak Monster will return….for a day

Matt Adams, 1B: $4,000 – There is no history with Fat Adams vs. Taylor Jordan, actually there is no history with Jordan vs. any of the Cardinals. So let’s talk about Mr. NL Moobies. He’s batting .429 this year vs. right handers and  .290 over his career. This is daily gambling and this is the kind of gamble I like to take. In honor of this gamble I’ll be going to the Hometown Buffett tomorrow.

Kolten Wong, 2B: $3,900 – I have a trend starting here and it’s a stack against Taylor Jordan and the Nats. I would like to say Matt Carpenter because of his eligibility at 2B but his price tag ($5,000) is a bit too high for me. I’ll take the stolen base *crosses fingers*

Dan Uggla, 2B: $4,300 – the power hitting component to my other favorite stack is mister .200. He’s been a Hot Schmotato of late and gets a pitcher who’s been DTD with a groin issue. Let’s pray Jimmy Rollins slips Ryno some Benadryl and he sleeps though the first 6 innings and leaves Burnett in too long.

Chris Johnson, 3B:  $3,600 – With a .500 BA and a homer against Burnett I’ll throw him out there in this stack. Philly’s little park will hopefully nullify his not great power and the price tag makes him a Camry for your lineup.

Dee Gordon, SS: $5,100 – The Billy Hamilton of the middle infield has been stealing bases like Grey steals hearts. With 7 steals in the last 5 games you can’t sit this man. Why wait, go plug him in now, I’ll wait for you.

Carlos Gomez, OF: $5,300 – Here is another spot I would like to spend a few extra dollars at. He completely kills Volquez with a career line of 3 HR and a .353 batting average in 17 AB’s. He’s also started the season strong and I like the off day spending spree on him.

Marlon Byrd, OF: $4,200 – I know Razzicans, this is my Creeper of the Week and it may look like some self promoting, and it is.  He hits .300 the last three years vs. lefties and this match-up is one of the reasons I selected him. Do the Dirty Bird with me….no pants.

I’m Only Happy When it Rains

With no rain scheduled to fall we should have all games being played. Good winds will be at Minnesota, 14 mph out to right center, and at San Francisco, 14 mph to straight away center. Bad winds for hitters is at Detroit at 19 mph blowing in from dead center.

Doing Lines in Vegas

Sea @ Tex (9) – I think this one could go over with two pitchers who have gotten lit up already this year

Tor @ Min (8 1/2) the morning game has a higher total than the second game and I have my doubts. What do you think?

KC @ Hou (8) This is a tough one. I think Shields will shut the Astros down, but Feldman is a tough call for me and Vegas feels the same. He’s a wild card. 

 Atl @ Phi (7 1/2) My stack attack special for the Braves. I’m predicting 10 runs in this one

  1. costaricanchata says:
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    longoria is the guy that owns c.c.
    how’s the gambling going ?
    anybody winning ??

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: yes he does, but the price tag is kinda high on him today and you got to spread your dollars out.

      I’m doing OK, I’ve won a little money and been playing some H2H vs Sky lately. Honestly daily fantasy is my new favorite format. I have far less time this season to watch games and make adds so I play this and get my fix. I played two games this morning and will be doing another for the late games,

      Have you tried it?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @J-FOH:

        nope .
        been playing “Beat the Streak” .
        it’s free .
        you should try it
        and write a column about it .

        • J-FOH says:
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          @costaricanchata: I played it in the past, actually i forgot about it, I’ll check it out again

  2. Wboggs says:
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    What lines of the ones you mentioned to you have most confidence in?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Wboggs:

      cold as all get out
      in minnesota .

  3. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    My DraftKings win streak ended last night. Now I’m living under the bridge. Again. But, thanks for the 80’s movie flashback. Made me think of “Night Shift.” ‘Member that one? “Doctor Detroit”? Anyone?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @The Guru: Doctor Detroit is hilarious. It’s the reason I decided to study comparative lit (I’ve only just decided that this is true). Also James Brown at his not worst.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Guru: Two classic white pimp movies. I own them both on DVD and watch them annually. Honestly as a child I saw nothing wrong with growing up to be a pimp as long as you treat your Ho’s right

  4. Kid A says:
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    Gung Ho is the perfect little time capsule of the 80’s fear of the Great Japanese Takeover of America that never really materialized. And racist as hell. Fat Norm rambling around third in slow motion is funny as hell though.

    Hubris made Keaton disappear. He was A-list, Batman, making F-You money and started getting difficult. Hollywood realized what they had, a short and balding prima donna, and he stopped getting offers.

    I crossed paths with him in New Orleans at the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras, and he did nothing to make me think he was anything other than a dick.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: wow I really hit close to home with you today. There is still a chance for us, Goodfellas, Gung Ho, if you’re a big fan of Volunteers I’m calling in a favor and shipping you some of that fancy beer you like.

      I’m glad someone referenced the softball game scene, I omitted hoping someone would come through on that one….well done

      Too bad about Keaton, he was on a great run in the 80’s: Night Shift, Johnny Dangerously, Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, Clean and Sober, the Dream Team and Batman. I think when someone is a sold contributor to their craft and falls from grace with their ego we can say they committed a Keaton…hello Kendry Morales

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: One of the best jokes is when he’s in Japan and tells them his dad was over here with the army in 1940

  5. MattH says:
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    Has anyone seen my family??

    Just kidding. I love the quarter arcade. I’m enjoying the daily fantasy. I would enjoy it more if I’d stop rostering Encarnacion. Kouzmanoff has made up for it.

    I’m taking some Blue Jays against Pelfrey tonight. What you think, JFOH?
    I like Dee Gordon too. Those steals @ 5 points can add up quick.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattH: every time I stack the jays I lose. I would rather stack the rays tonight. CC gives up a lot of hits….because he sucks

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: Hey maybe Wil Myers can’t get one of theose hit thingies. To go along with 3 K’s of course.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: Wil has been making me look like a Jack ass in the writers league.

  6. Piranhaman says:
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    Salazar.. Shit! This guy seems overrated. Too early? I can’t trust any two pitch SP any more. Hope I can trade him away..

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Piranhaman: im disappointed too. In one league I had him and Cobb as my 2&3….FMFFFFFFFBBL

  7. MTree says:
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    Hey man when do you put these articles up?

    I was refreshing up until noon hoping to get some tips for the 1pm games, but I didn’t see it.

    Thanks,

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MTree: I come out at 9:30 am.

      • MTree says:
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        @J-FOH:

        No way, do you know why none of my web browsers show your posts when they come on? Is there a direct link I am missing?

  8. de nachos says:
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    Yunel 2-3 tonight. Prettay, prettay good.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: crazy what a little research will do for you

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