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As I look over my rosters for the year on DraftKings, the team I’ve won the most cash with is the Oakland A’s. The combination of Brandon Moss (who had two homers last night), John Jaso, Derek Norris, Yoenis Cespedes and even Josh Reddick have made bank for me all season. However, the player I’ve targeted most often is Josh Donaldson – especially against left-handers. Dongaldson has 15 jacks on the year and six of those have come off lefties in just 24 games. Guess who King Dong is facing today? The southpaw of suckitude known as Vidal Nuno. Stack them A’s and make sure the Bringer of Rain (as he calls himself on Twitter) is on your team – he’s your Guru’s dong of the day. *note to self: Buy Dong of the Day domain name, sell it to Brazzers, make millions, spend it all on DraftKings and expensive scotch, get liver transplant*

If you’re a DraftKing shark feel free to skip this section and get right to the lineup. If you’re a newbie to DFS play, here are your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru’s top 5 tips for building your bankroll. 1) Don’t wing it. Only play if you have time to do the research. Your friends here at Razzball make that pretty easy with the DFSBot and the Razzball Hotsheet. And, if you follow me on the tweet machine, I do tweet out roster 411’s and weather updates – give me a follow. 2) Don’t blow all your bankroll in a day. Ha! I know it looks enticing to stick your “optimal lineup” into 45 contests hoping to win billions. However, as a rule, most sharks will tell you never wager more than 10% of your bankroll. 3) If you’re really new to the game, experiment with lineups and enter them into all the free contests that the fine folks at DraftKings has to offer. You won’t win cash, but bragging rights and experience go a long way towards future riches. 4) Ok, here’s one I learned the hard way: Trust your instincts. Sure, it’s not very scientific, but gut instincts are usually based in some sort of knowledge (if you’ve done your research). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bailed on a guy at the last minute just to have him go off. I did it last night when I faded Brandon Moss for Justin Morneau when the rain in NYC scared me off. Moss hit two homers. 5) Don’t get stressed by a cold streak – Sky, get your head out of the oven! We all go through cold streaks. If you hit one, play cheaper games or free rolls and remember DFS is for “entertainment” purposes only. Ha!

With all the said, let’s get to the plays of the day. I’ll offer up some big names and some values plays. Let’s make it rain.

Cream of the Crop

Stephen Strasburg, P: $11,400 – Adam Wainwright is just too rich for my blood. If it’s an ace you want, look to Stras against the Phillies tonight. Strasburg has always pitched better at home (2.48 career ERA) and owns a 2.28 ERA vs the Phils in seven career starts. Philly is near the bottom in all offensive categories and 12th in strikeouts.

Chris Davis, 1B: $4,500 – This seems a little cheap, but I’ll take it with Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Goldschmidt the pricey baubles tonight. I’m expecting big things from the Donkey vs. an inferior righty in that Arlington jet-stream.

Josh Donaldson, 3B: $5,600 – Think you know about my man-crush on Donaldson by now. He’s hitting nearly .300 against lefties with an OPS 1.110 of I’ll have him on every team tonight.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS: $5,700 – Tulo is at home where he’s hitting .521, went deep last night and, this just in, Tulo is pretty good at baseball.

Nelson Cruz, OF: $5,600 – Cruz has more home runs than the entire Rangers outfield combined. Love an O’s stack tonight – but it’ll cost you.

Bargain Bin

Tony Cingrani, P: $7,600 – Tony C has not put up the kind of FPTS we need in his last four stats averaging about eight points a game. Ouch. Although Great American Ballpark is not exactly pitcher friendly, Cingrani has pitched well at home and should rack up some Ks and a W today. Just keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to pivot to another cheapie like Marco Estrada.

Scooter Gennent, 2B/SS: $3,700 – Scooter is a great value play, hits near the top of the order and has seven hits, four runs, a homer and two RBI over his last four games.

Adam Jones, OF: $4,200 – Can’t afford Cruz? Look to AJ who went 4/5 with a home run last night.

Corey Dickerson, OF: $4,000 – Have to like any Rockies when they are playing at home. In his last four starts, Dickerson is averaging 12+ FPTS.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

According to Razzball meteorologist Golden Sprinkles, we can expect rain for BOS/CLE, TOR/DET and strong storms are expected for SF/CIN.

Doing Lines in Vegas

The high scoring game of the night will be AR/COL. The sharks in Vegas have the over/under at 10 ½. I say it goes over.

  1. allen says:
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    Washington weather looks too risky to me to throw 11k at strasburg…but well see.

    • allen says:
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      @allen: baseball press says 17% chance but weather.com shows 40-60% chance from 7 pm on

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I hear ya, my other option tonight is David Price who has averaged 8 innings and 8 Ks over his last 4 starts.

      • allen says:
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        @The Guru: yeah everyone will be grabbin price tonight

        • allen says:
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          Speaking of going with gut…i got a feeling about solarte tonight..all 6 dongs have come vs righties and chavez is a bum

          • The Guru

            The Guru says:
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            Nice play. According my wOBA machine, Solarte has the highest weighted on-base average among second baseman on the night.

  2. willclark says:
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    How do you feel about an O’s stack w/o Cruz (Davis, Jones, Machado, Schoop). In order to get Cruz I’d have to downgrade from David Price and am already rolling with Estrada as a shakey pick for my other SP. Cruz would replace Billy Hamilton or Cespedes.

    • The Guru

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      I’m with you here, Will. I have a BAL stack going tonight as they’re in a great spot and Vegas has the o/u at 9 1/2. Nick Markakis could be a sneaky play tonight as well.

  3. pistole pete says:
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    Rotation is good: Bum, Gray, Shields, Kluber, Cobb

    Bullpen: Kimbrel, Chapman, Allen, Qualls

    I like to have some wiggle room in streaming (i.e: Wheeler this week), so I was thinking of trading Cobb for Robertson.

    Thoughts?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No.

      • pistole pete says:
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        @The Guru:

        i just don’ t see qualls as a LT option…what would you propose?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          You already have the two best closers in the game. What, are you trailing in saves?

          • pistole pete says:
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            @The Guru:

            It’s a H2H weekly points league…saves are a solid 15 points, so they do matter. I just don’t trust Qualls or Cobb

            • The Guru

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              Sure, go for it.

  4. Hawk says:
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    Hey Guru

    I figured I’d have some fun on a Fanduel freeroll. Threw in the lineup below:

    P: Dice-K
    C: Jeff Mathis
    1b: Chris Davis
    2b: Scooter Gennet
    3b: Josh Donaldson
    SS: Troy Tulowitzki
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Nelson Cruz
    OF: Corey Dickerson

    I’ll let ya know how it works out :)

    • The Guru

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      Let’s hope Dice-K finally reveals the gyro! Love all the hitters, though.

      • Hawk says:
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        @The Guru:

        It was either Dice-K, Nick Martinez or Brandon Workman aka Bad, Worse and Likely Suspended.

        • The Guru

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          Ha! It just might work. Dice K does have 32 K’s over 29 innings – and 20 walks.

          • Hawk says:
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            @The Guru:

            Heh, all 3 are gonna get lit up. 15 MPH wind blowing in at Wrigley is the only straw I’m grasping at.

            I’m stacking against them in other games that I’m paying for lol.

  5. BTXJ

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    thx for not fueling the singleton fire – hoping his ownership stays at least under 70% GPP : /

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Shhh…gotta keep somethings to ourselves.

  6. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Completely brain farted last night. Didn’t check the line ups and shelled out 5400 bucks for Goldie who warmed the pine for last nights game. Lesson learned kiddos. Always check the damn line ups before you shell out 1/10th of your total budget!!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Ouch, that one hurts. What the hell is Gibson doing not playing Goldy against a leftie in COL. Absolutely bat sh*t insane!

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @The Guru: I thought the same thing. That is why I didn’t even bother checking the line up. Gibson is a fucking retard. I’ll be surprised if he has a job managing by next spring

        • Rubik's Pube says:
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          @Rubik’s Pube: Luckily I still won but I was fuming the first time I checked the box score after the game started

          • The Guru

            The Guru says:
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            Gibby’s got to go. Luckily you still cashed. Send Gibson a fruit basket with your winnings.

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Do you want to battle?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Lets do it!

  8. Allan says:
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    Why does dfsbot have koehler dead last? The rays have been awful. Koelher seems like a great value play to me.

    • The Guru

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      It’s a boom or bust play for sure. He’s had 30 point games at DK and he’s had negative games. I’m avoiding him tonight. His 80.2% LOB rate is very unlikely to last, as his .241 BABIP.

  9. Eric says:
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    Hey I just had a line up question. Would you rather have Frazier or Zimmerman ROS in an OBP league? Is it relatively close?

    • The Guru

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      The injury history scares me a bit, but go with Zimmy.

  10. Cream Corn says:
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    No numbers to back it up but as as die hard Cards fan I can tell you, soft tossing lefties kill us, Vargas might be an option for some dumpster diving

    • The Guru

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      Very interesting, I was thinking those Cards bats might go off tonight…hmmmm. Think I’ll scrap that stack.

  11. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h weekly points keeper league

    a 4th place team but being quickly sliding down since I was ravaged by injuries., slowly fading with Jose F. , Weiters, Votto, Cain all hurt and Cano not doing much.

    Buddy keeps trying for votto and cano. My Cano, votto, Beckett for Kipnis, Hardy, Brantley and either mike Minor or cole Hamels.

    Big bats are cano, votto, Mauer, Craig, Morneau, pence, Alvarez, Yelich, Alex Gordon, bogaerts, Reyes

    Staff is Gerrit cole, Cain, Ian Kennedy, Hutchinson and Beckett.

    Stashed Polanco and Harvey as keepers and just grabbed Singleton.

    Worth the deal? If so, which starter, Hamels or minor. Minor and Brantley could be a rd 12 keepers if that helps.

    • The Guru

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      I wouldn’t make that dead, especially in a keeper.

  12. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru good stuff as always I’m deep at first looking to move Singleton. Do you think all of these offers are fair to both sides. without seeing teams and needs? Hope you can help, thanks!

    Are there any you do not like?

    Singleton for W Peralta
    Singleton for Lohse
    Singleton for Lackey
    Singleton for Hudson
    Singleton for Jesse Chavez
    Singleton for Zach Wheeler
    Singleton for Buerhle
    Singleton for Kazmir
    Singleton for Kuechel

    I think I’m in the ball park value wise plz let me know if you think I’m too high or too low

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I think you’re right on. I’m trying to do some of the same moves.

  13. Chris says:
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    Thanks

  14. James says:
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    12 team keeper league…I’m currently in last place looking to make a substantial move. I have the Shelby side.

    Which side wins this season? Which side wins in the future?

    Shelby Miller + Jesse Chavez + Kendrys Morales OR Hisashi Iwakuma + Alex Cobb

    • The Guru

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      This one hurts my brain so I’ll go with the first thing I thought of: Iwakuma/Cobb. In both cases.

  15. Steve says:
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    Would u drop Laroche to pick up Dickerson ???
    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Sure

  16. DC SMOOV says:
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    You dropped some newbie stuff in here. I’ve had the itch to try DFS for a while and decided to go for it. What games are best to start with, the H2H or big pools, or just whatever seems like fun/affordable?

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