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Jake Arrieta ($8,000) takes on the Mets and their 90 wRC+ against right-handed pitching today. That mark ranks New York 26th in baseball while Arrieta continues to surprise in 2014. The Cub righty has posted a 9.22 K/9, a 2.37 BB/9, and a miniscule 0.33 HR/9 this season. That includes his recent clunker in Colorado. The 28-year-old has always had “stuff” but he’s been able to put it all together this year with his new team in Chicago. The stories of J.D. Martinez and Arrieta are a reminder that players can make adjustments to be successful in the majors when given the opportunity. This start is valued at $12.5 and ranks sixth on the Stream-o-Nator today. At $8K, he makes for an affordable number one starter while players like Jon Lester will cost you quite a bit more. On the topic of Lester, it may be wise to avoid him today. Not only will he cost almost $12K, but outside of Jason Heyward, the Braves have hit lefties well. Their 106 wRC+ against southpaws ranks 8th in baseball.

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Rafael Montero, SP: $5,700 – Montero toes the rubber against today’s lede. This is strictly a value play as it doesn’t get much cheaper than under $6K. The match-up favors the young Mets’ hurler however. The Cubs have the third highest strikeout percentage against right-handers in the major leagues (22.5%). Their 81 wRC+ against righties ranks dead last in baseball.

Kole Calhoun, OF: $4,500 – Calhoun has warmed up again lately. Whether it’s with his bat or his legs, the Angels’ leadoff hitter is in a prime position to put up good numbers every time he’s in the lineup. Today he’ll have the platoon advantage against right-hander Nick Tepesch and ranks third overall in the Hitter-Tron daily rankings. This game has a 9 1/2 run total so stacking hitters in both this game as well as Colorado is not a bad idea.

Adrian Beltre, 3B: $4,400 – Another hitter from the LAA@TEX matchup. Hector Santiago has pitched well recently, but the Rangers are just outside the top ten in baseball with a 102 wRC+ against southpaws. Beltre doesn’t like to have his head touched, but he sure does love to hit lefties in Texas. The Rangers’ third baseman has posted a whopping 196 wRC+ against left-handed pitching at home. At this price he’s a no-brainer.

Devin Mesoraco, C: $4,900 – Mesoraco had a night off Friday, so it’s fair to expect him in the lineup today in Colorado. This game is tied with the Texas game for the highest run total at 9 1/2. The Reds’ backstop has the power to go yard at Coors and the platoon advantage against left-hander Yohan Flande.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

30-40% chance of storms for SD@STL, KC@MIN, and PIT@WAS…100% chance of toilet issues for CIN@COL.

Doing Lines In Vegas (14-13)

I’m hoping to carry a winning record into the offseason. I’ll back up my DFS picks by taking the under for CHC@NYM (7).

 

  1. Hondo says:
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    You sure about the Coors weather? *scratches head*

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That water main break must have really screwed up a lot of DFS lineups yesterday :(

      • Hondo says:
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        @Mike: OK- I missed that,I just thought it got rained out last night.
        I did rent Negron for the day in my H2H,knowing that Brandon Phillips will be back soon.He’ll find new ways to torment me until I die.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah I was just kidding around about the toilets…I’ll tell Phillips to quit messin with ya!

  2. Bobbay says:
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    Hey mix master mike!
    Drop springer for kole Calhoun ?

    Next drop Stroman for aramis Ramirez or Adam laroche? My pitchers are Strasberg, cueto, Bumgarner, arrieta & zach wheeler.
    My RP’s are keuchel and Alex wood & I did use Stroman at RP before.

    Reason I was looking into aramis Ramirez is because I’m a d wright owner & with laroche I have duda at 1b
    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I could see swapping ARam for Stroman in that case.

      If it’s not a keeper, ride the hot hand in place of Springer. He is still another week+ away. Calhoun is a good one.

      • Bobbay says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks mike! It’s a redraft h2h points league, our playoffs begin on Monday sept 1 it’s a weekly lock league.

        Or if I keep springer I could drop Bruce , arrieta or wheeler for Calhoun

        Thanks again!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime. I’d lose Bruce and keep Springer around.

  3. Buck Merdock says:
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    Better to own for the rest of the season McHugh, Kyle Hendricks, Jesse Hahn?

    Matchup-wise looks like Streamo likes Hendricks better

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hendricks works

  4. can't fight fate says:
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    Would you trade Josh Ham and J Shields for A Rendon and I Kennedy? I need help at 3rd and 2nd have C Santana and J Kipnis there. Santana is eligible at C, so I don’t feel like using him at 3rd.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, sounds like it works for your team. Agree Santana needs to be slotted at catcher.

  5. Paul says:
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    Hey Mike – what are your thoughts on Ventura going into H2h playoffs. I’ve had him a while but his whip and walk rate has been pretty scary lately…But he seems to have great matchups going forward. I have cole coming off the DL and am planning to grab Paxton off waivers – would you drop Ventura if need be to add those guys?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d prefer to have Ventura.

  6. nick the dick says:
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    Yo mike i want to grab avisail, do i drop singleton or kennys?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kennys

  7. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league I was offered trout pujols beltran for justin upton fielder oscar taveras and kris bryant. I have a pretty good chance to win it this year. I’m just worried that I’m trading away too much youth and depth. What should I do?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you have a chance to win this year while at the same time acquiring Trout, it’s a move I think you need to make.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Mike: thanks! I’m just worried that the playoffs is such a crap shoot. Gaining pujols and beltran for next year I feel will hinder my team of winning in the future.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime Ryan. While that’s true about Pujols and Beltran, don’t ignore the huge impact player you’re getting in Trout, who has many good years ahead of him.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Mike: so what should be my next move if I accept this trade? My of would consist of trout austin jackson crawford beltran vogt dom brown with mcgehee and pujols at my util spot

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I’d play Pujols at UTIL and roll with your outfield.

  8. TV says:
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    Thoughts on Lincecum today? Looking for a late afternoon starter. I’m avoiding Lester. Stacking LAD as I think ole Wily gets rocked today.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      SON likes him ($14) and my Phils rank 27th in the majors with a 84 wRC+ against RHP.
      I like the play.

      • TV says:
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        Thanks boss. Keep up the good work. This is a MUST read each day.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Thanks TV!

  9. Grif says:
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    Mike,
    In a dynasty league, which pitcher do you like better: McHugh or Fiers?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      McHugh.
      Kind of a coin flip really, but I think McHugh is a year or two younger.

  10. nick the dick says:
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    Man I drop Kennys for Avisail and then he goes and has a 3-4 night with a homer and 3 rbi and now I want him back!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Of course he does!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Mike: Eh Bomb Voyage I suppose….

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Avisail will knock one for ya

  11. Sherwood says:
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    Offered a deal.
    Who gets the better deal, it is a head to head keeper ..
    Neil Walker, Giolito and either Carlos Rodon/Jake McGee for Kolten Wong, C.Davis, Matt Adams,B.Shipley and Hunter Doizer.
    Any comments welcomed..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kind of depends on how many guys you keep and how long you can keep them.

      In terms of just straight players I like the Wong side

      • Sherwood says:
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        You can keep up to 50 players on your roster,salary resets after 4 years, there is no time limit how long you can keep a player. All of the players are on there first year. salary

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Gotcha. In that case I like the depth on the Wong side.

  12. J Boy says:
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    14 team roto keeper – Felix/Utley/Collmenter for Teheran/Wood/Kipnis – who you got for this year and also keeper-wise?

    Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kipnis side

  13. Dusty Baker says:
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    5×5 NL only Roto —— do I drop LaScalla for Gosselin? -and now that Alonso is out for the year, what Medicas value ros ? Do I move him to CI, and drop Coghlan ?-is Miley going to be the real deal ros, or is his latest run a fluke ? thanks

  14. Mike

    Mike says:
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    I’d hold Coghlan and La Stella. Definitely add Miley in NL-only for ROS.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If Fredi platoons them and gives Gosselin the bulk, I’d make the change but for now I’d hold.

  15. Robert says:
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    ROS: Reddick, Pollock, Fowler? Mostly need spped, but RBIs would be nice.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Fowler

      • Robert says:
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        @Mike: thanks

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