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Greetings and salutations my fine and not so fine readers.  I’ve peppered you a bit this off-season with Draftkings info, dropping a Primer as well as a little Strategy Guide to wind your way through the @Draftkings world.  What’s the first link, you ask?  Oh nothing, just a way to sign-up for DK (that’s what I call Draftkings cuz we’re friends like that) that helps us along the way which if you’re reading gives you a guilt-laden excuse to sign up and help a brotha out.  Alright, now that the pimping is done, let’s get down to why you’ve arrived here.  Wait, what was that?  You want more links you say?  Well how about a big ‘ole Razzball Draftkings Contest one for this coming Friday.  Check the specs and see if it’s up your alley.  Also, though we’ll eventually have our very own DK evaluation tool, in the interim, feel free to use our Streamonator and our Hitter-Tron to flesh out if a matchup is worthy or not.  And BTW, I wasn’t just punning on DK’s name in the title, y’all.  I have a player in mind to kick out the jams with on opening day.  That players name is King Felix Hernandez.  Plus anytime you can squeeze in a Mel Brooks reference?  You do it.  The reality is, you’re gonna be hard-pressed to find pitcher value plays.  It’s opening day, everyone has their ace on the mound!  Besides, as I mentioned in some of the off-season DK content, spending your money on pitching is a wise play.  Don’t fight it, embrace it even if it costs you $11K.  Also as an FYI, this will probably, maybe be the longest post of the year you see on here.  As I’m sure you can understand, I had a little time before it came out.  So don’t hold me to diatribes of this nature in the future nor the other six writers we have coming at you soon.  Ya dig?  Yeah, ya dig.  And before we get to the next part of this little game, let’s keep one thing in mind: it’s opening day of a new season.  No one knows which team will suck or not.  We have our guesses but everything is predicated on a season that is behind us now.  Like Rafael Furcal says to himself in the mirror in March each year, ‘I feel fresh and ready to start the season.  Nothing can hold me back!’ before he trips on a doggy chew toy and breaks a fibula.  Wait, can you break a fibula?  I honestly don’t know, I’m no doctor except when on particular ‘adult’ sets.  All this to say, it might be messy to start the year, I’d stick with trusted arms and play matchups on hitting as best I can until some small trends start emerging.  Also, you’re reading this at 9:45 PST.  Seem like an odd time?  Well, get used to it cuz that’s when you’re gonna be getting these.  So work on your clicking speed and get your lineups right before everything goes horribly wrong.  Alright, blathering done, now lets get you lathered up about opening day with Draftkings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Chris Sale, SP: $10,000 – He’s good…hrm, duh.  Well ok, he’s also facing the Twins…yeah, another duh.  I don’t know what to tell you my friend, as much as I said last year is over and we’re starting fresh, I still say Minny still kinda stinks.  I’m basically not heeding my own advice here and relying on old information to dictate who I choose but…c’mon…Twins…

Francisco Liriano, SP: $10,200 – ESPN hates him for fantasy drafts this year.  Don’t know why.  Don’t care why.  I blame a certain person’s bald spot.  Neverthewho!  I’m breaking my own rules yet again.  Cubs.  They suck (for now).  Hard to fight 105 years of futility (for now).  Don’t be leery with Liriano (for now).  A 10 K performance is very reasonable to expect here.  IMPORTANT NOTE!  Better swap him in early if you’re game for it.  Like now…oops, too late!  Thank you diety of choice for late swaps, right?

Justin Masterson, SP: $8,500 – So I get it, he’s not Max Scherzer or anything but 9.09 K/9 last year and is pitching in Oakland, a proverbial ‘pitcher’s park’.  Maybe it’s all the left-handed bats he’s facing that has his price pushed down but not an unreasonable price to take that chance with.

Norichika AokiOF: $3,900 – Came at a discount entering most drafts this year and is fairly discounted on DK  For some reason, no one likes a lead off man who should see 700 PA on a team that likes to steal.  Kinda weird if you ask me.  Factor in the Tigers had the second worst CS% last year and there’s a recipe for a steal or two and maybe a run, hit, walk combo.  Chicks dig the long ball but DK digs the small ball: SB are worth five points, same as hitting a double.  Take that Billy Butler!

Avisail Garcia, OF: $3,300 – Pretty much everyone on Razzball is smitten with this guy and I’m no exception.  Sicky, Icky Ricky Nolasco takes the mound for the Twins to combat Chris Sale.  He’s a flyball pitcher that will be pitching in a hitter’s park.  Though it’s fair to say the weather might help him a bit since the US experienced Frozen in both the Box Office and in real life, there’s still a good shot that this cheap OF play could pay dividends.

Dan Uggla, 2B: $3,200 – The reason here being moreso Yovani starting historically slow than Dan Uggla going all Angela Bassett on us and regaining his groove.  But Dan has had a good spring which may lead to a hot start.  Cheap way to find out and in a good ballpark while we’re at it.  Remember, no penalties for striking out nor on bad average.  Hackers appreciated as long as they go yard.

Brad Miller, SS: $3,100 – So it pays to read the site.  Miller is gonna be the cheapest starting SS option that might actually do something for you on opening day.  Unless you really think Yunel Escobar brings the goods.  Yeah, thought so.  Cheaper is Chris Owings, of course, as he just won the starting job but let’s see what Miller has to offer first, shall we?

Cody Asche, 3B: $3,300 – Now I’m not actually with Grey here even though he wrote a Cody Asche Sleeper post.  And I’m not saying that to be contradictory to the venerable and venereal ‘stache.  Nay, I have a simple reason for me thinking we’re all gonna see a hot Asche in Texas on Monday: Scheppers, Tanner.  Yeah, there’s your Rangers opening day starter and not by choice.  Consider this a reasonable thumbs up for philling your lineup with Philly parts on day one if you’re in a pinch.

Jose Abreu, 1B: $4,200 – This is me still picking on Ricky.  Sorry, not sorry, Ricky.  Have I mentioned this is opening day?  Nolasco is the Twins’ ‘Ace’.  I can think of another three letter word that starts with ‘A’ that better describes that shituation.  I’ll let you ponder on that on your own, ponderers.  Oh and what say you, HittertronDaddy likes.  Come here and let me rub your latin body down with some Pennzoil before I stick my hard OK THAT’S ENOUGH FROM HITTERTRON FOR TODAY KIDS.  If you wanna go cheaper and deeper, Matt Adams in a hitter friendly park is also game.

I’m Only Happen When It Rains

Went the Garbage song.  Sad when you’re actually a decent band and someone has the great idea to call you Garbage.  Not the best way to garner fans long term, friends.  My tribute band to them shall be called Compost…where was I?  Oh yeah, I’m talking weather.  Oddly, opening day – or is it opening day three?  Does Australia count?  Did yesterday?  Whatever MLB, you so cray – looks to be fine weather-wise.

Doing Lines In Vegas

Again, it’s early so we don’t know what teams will or won’t do but in future I’ll do my best to point out games that are expected to be high scoring based on Vegas odds.  It’s not a perfect predictor but if it’s down to trying to fill a lineup with a hitter, I’ll take the one game where Vegas thinks is going to turn into a shootout over what’s supposed to be a pitcher’s duel.  BALvsBOS is at 8 1/2 while PHIvsTEX and ARZvsSF are both at 8.  Yet another good sign that taking a few cheap Phillies makes sense.  Thanks Scheppers!  And with that I’m out.  See ya tomorrow!

  1. Joe G says:
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    Sky i have 2 spots for utility which ones you recomend me to start for this week aaron hil, johnny Peralta or kelton wong?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Peralta & Hill

  2. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Good calls on Brad Miller, Abreu, Avisail, Sale…Really I like them all but those ones may or may not be part of my lineup today.

    The Oakland game scares me and SOnny’s cheap price tag of $6400 or so is so tempting. but it could be a rain delay or a rain out. Either one could keep SOnny from starting.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah opening day it’s always a hard call

  3. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Sky.. Yeah I’m a big fan of Draft Kings but my bad I have a question about something else.. Here’s my lineup..
    Matt Wieters
    Prince Fielder
    Gyorko
    Wright
    E. Andrus
    Adam Jones
    J. Bruce
    Alex Gordon
    Utility- M. Cuddyer
    Desmond Jennings
    Bench-
    Leonys Martin
    Pitching –
    Bumgarner
    Alex Cobb
    Homer Bailey
    Matt Moore
    Masterson
    Samardzija
    Jimenez
    Dillon Gee
    Glen Perkins
    Alex Wood
    Erasmo
    Drew Hutchison
    I so badly wanna add Kolten Wong but I have no idea who I can cut. In my league you get a lot of points for pitching so the more the better so that’s why I usually keep one bench guy for batting. Anyway this Wong guy sounds like he has to be on every team. What would you do if you were me?? Thanks!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Frank you don’t really have a guy to drop for him

      • Frank White says:
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        Good looks… Hey you know ever since I’ve been using all your help from you guys, which has been about a year and a half, I’ve been killing it. No jinx!!! Lol made playoffs first time in basketball, won the championship last year in baseball and I’m in the championship right now in basketball. I may ask some stupid questions sometimes but all’s I know is you guys are awesome!! I swear by the end of every season I have only 65 – 70% maybe guys left that I drafted cause the waiver wire is so important. Keep on keeping on y’all!!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Frank White: Awesome Frank, we’re all glad we can help!

  4. MattH says:
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    Just now reading this. I was busy filling out my lineup, i mean working. Why do i get the feeling I’m going to lose my family 2 months in because of this? I decided on Samardzija and Sale. Which means Liriano will throw a complete game. ha.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @MattH: Haha. Don’t worry, your family had already written you off the moment spring training opened.

  5. Slippy says:
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    Not a draft kings Q but for my 12 team league. Who you got at 2B? Rendon, uggla, ackley, Wong, or dozier? And at SS I have A. Simmons but I really want to swap out for brad miller. Good move? Thanks and look forward to reading all season.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks man! I like Ackley more than most. Think he’ll stick this year and give good average and counting stats; Wong a close second for me, FWIW. I’d definitely swap Miller in for Simmons, personally.

      • Slippy says:
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        @Sky:

        lol. Awesome. Since I’m a mariners homer anyway, ill take your advice! Who should I be starting in my utility spot rizzo or limp wristed reddick? Thanks again.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, Mariners fan here but I’m no homer, I swear! I’m guessing we’re talking tomorrow now? I’d go Reddick

  6. Principal Blackman says:
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    Not to jinx you, but you might just get your 10Ks out of Liri.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Quiet you! I’m just glad my Asche call looks nice right now. 1/1 with a 2B and an RBI. 7 points…BOOM.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Sky: Gotta love (hitting against) that Tanner Scheppers.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Dude is getting rocked. I mean, I would too if I were my team’s 5th starter facing Cliff Lee on opening day. Dude is probably a complete bundle of nerves right now.

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @Sky: Jimmy Rollins can smell his fear.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Principal Blackman: that smell is coming from the backside of his pants…it’s quite unmistakeable.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        Also, I did almost jinx the both of us, with Franny letting the first two runner aboard in the fifth. Luckily, the Cubs.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yep, like I said…quiet you! Haha

  7. Fister Furbush says:
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    Great call on Lirianos’ 10 K performance today sky.

    P.s. Who is that in your user image?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, thanks Fister. With regards to the avatar:

      • MadDog says:
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        @Sky: Your pic reminds me of that part of Dead Poets Society where the class is looking at old photos and Robin Williams whooshing and whispering “caaaaarpeeee dieeeem.”

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @MadDog: Ha, that’s awesome! I Mike Carp’e Diem’ed today. Wasn’t as fulfilling.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: yr a money giving moblin. cool. hope it’s the $100 ones or bigger, not the $10 ones.

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