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Felix Hernandez ($12,300) takes the mound against the Rays at the Trop today. He’s an expensive but worthwhile starter against a team that hasn’t exactly been an offensive powerhouse this season. While the Rays have only struck out at a 17% clip against right-handers, King Felix has been as good as they come. A 9.00 K/9 coupled with a BB/9 under 2.00 and a 53% ground ball percentage are real pretty peripherals. Throw in the 0.30 HR/9 (3rd lowest in the majors) and I can’t see the Rays solving him. They didn’t exactly pound rookie Roenis Elias yesterday, either. Clayton Kershaw is the other big money play at pitcher, but I’ll lean away from Coors Field for over $12K.

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C.J. Wilson, SP: $10,700 – If spending $12,000 on a pitcher doesn’t float your boat, perhaps C.J. Wilson does. He’ll face the White Sox, who sport a 23.9% strikeout percentage against left-handed pitching. That’s the fourth highest in baseball.

Henderson Alvarez, SP: $7,800 – Alvarez doesn’t have flashy numbers, but he makes a good value play to pair with one of the more expensive arms. He’s coming off a CGSO against the Rays, and he draws the Cubs. As a team, the Cubs are rocking a 72 wRC+ against right-handers, which is dead last in baseball. wRC+ is a metric based off of wOBA (every DFS player’s favorite stat).

Ian Kinsler, 2B: $4,800 – Kinsler is hitting .421/.477/.842 with four home runs and two steals against John Lackey in a decent sample size of 38 at bats. It should also be noted that Lackey continues to struggle with holding baserunners. He’s allowed the fourth most steals in baseball this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kinsler get the green light today.

Jay Bruce, OF: $3,400 – Bruce had a pitiful May, but he’s starting to show signs of life in June including a slam and legs in yesterday’s win over the Phillies. He’ll have the platoon advantage against David Buchanan (R), who just isn’t a very good pitcher. Bruce is worth the gamble at under $4K. Give Todd Frazier ($4,300) some love today, too.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Things look real iffy in Pittsburgh for the Brewers/Pirates game, where there’s a 50-70% chance of thunderstorms all day. There’s also a good chance (40-60%) of bad weather in Colorado for the Rockies/Dodgers match-up. Less of a risk, but worth mentioning, is the 30% chance of storms in Texas for the Indians/Rangers game. That one is significant since it has the highest over/under of the day (10).

Doing Lines In Vegas (4-13)

Let’s take the under today for SEA@TB (6 1/2).

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  1. Mello Yello says:
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    Never thought I would be so happy to play the Rays…party like it’s 1999 man!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha

      yeah they are scufflin

  2. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Kemp or D. Brown
    NL only 5×5 Roto Keeper

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Still Kemp for me

  3. happyharry says:
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    GM Mike,
    Your thoughts on trading My Blackmon, Yelich and Porcello for
    His Tavares and Archer…….12 team,H2H,6X6 3 yr. keepe.
    Blackmon was a FA p/u and not keepable, I will be keeping Tavares$9 and Archer$1 if I trade. Yelich $1 and Porcello $2. I have to drop an OF to activate Hamilton, so it was going to be eaither Blackmon, Yelich, Arcia or Pagan and I really like Archer at $1

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Yelich, but I also like Archer more than Porcello at this point and for next year.

      If you see it as atrade that is netting you 2 surefire keepers, go for it. It’s a pretty even swap IMO.

      • happyharry says:
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        Thanks for all your expertise and prompt response!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  4. tyson says:
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    start sit:
    bailey vs Phi (heard he struggles vs lefties)
    shields vs NYY
    archer vs SEA
    cj wilson vs CHW

    as it stands now, im sitting shields.. his last 3 outings have been, well, terrible

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree, Shields

  5. Joel says:
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    Starting Bruce and benching Springer today. Sound good?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, sounds good to me

      • Joel says:
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        @Mike: thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem

  6. Big League Choo says:
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    QS/L league i sent my Hutchison for Eovaldi because guy needed a start….good trade for me?

    I like Hutch, but a flyball pitcher in the Rogers Centre sounds like trouble to me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seems like a fair deal. Agree the ballpark is more favorable for Eovaldi…nice trade.

  7. tyson says:
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    ive asked this q before, but want to see your thoughts on it. how would you rank wilson, kennedy, archer ROS, In that order? (that’s the consensus i’ve got)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup

  8. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    My team in NFBC 12 tm roto standard 5*5 with 2 catchers and 9 pitchers set weekly and hitters set Mon-Thurs and Fri-Sun.

    C: Grandal and Suzuki
    1B/3B/CI/UT: Goldy/Donaldson/Alvarez/Chisenhall
    2B/SS/MI: Rendon/Andrelton/Gyorko
    5 OF: Heyward/Yelich/Revere/Duda/Castellanos

    SP: Stras/Sale/Cashner/Samardzija/Gray/Archer/Quintana/Simon
    RP: Frieri/Rondon/Allen/Qualls/Melancon

    Bench: Votto, Moreland (underwhelming since spending some moderate FAAB $ on him, but not ready to dump yet especially with hot Tex summer and Morales signing elsewhere….HA just as I am writing this post I get an alert from MLB at-bat saying Moreland out for a couple months, guess this means I keep Melancon!), AJ Pollock (he’s being dropped for a Gyorko replacement)

    The last couple of weeks, Andrelton does just enough over weekend games to prevent me from dropping him for Owings, should I finally make that plunge?

    I have my Gyorko replacements all dropping Pollock lined up in order of FAAB ($1000 budget with about $400 left for my team) amount $ bidding: Owings, Schoop , Danny Santana cuz SS/OF eligibility and steals, Espinosa, Lemahieu, Gennett, Brad Miller (who I dropped a month ago), La Stella, Aviles, Eduardo Escobar.

    Grandal has got to go and Iannetta and Pinto are only acceptable replacements (well, there’s d’Arnaud as well). Saw Kubel is first casualty of Morales signing, how much do you think it affects Pinto?

    This doesn’t qualify as a 5-alarm fire for my team like needs at C and MI do, but much as Melancon has contributed to my team and Grilli’s injury history, would you drop him for Joba?

    Am also dropping Moreland for in this order: Dickerson (would crack my lineup immediately, big FAAB $$$) and then under $10 purchases of in order of importance Matt Joyce, Venable, De Aza (cut him 2 weeks ago of frustration), Stubbs, Josh Harrison.

    Would you change anything or bidding order of my FAAB bids this week?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Owings of that group.

      I guess Ianetta, d’Arnaud got sent down to AAA…Morales will eat into Pinto’s DH appearances is my guess.

      Agree to add Dickerson. I like De Aza as well.

      Nathan looks terrible, but I’m not sure you’re gaining any ground dropping Melancon for Joba if he’s not getting saves.

      • Symptom of the Universe says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks!

      • Symptom of the Universe says:
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        @Mike:

        How big would you go on Dickerson out of $1000?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime. ~ 12-15%…depends how aggressive your league is…

          • Symptom of the Universe says:
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            @Mike:

            Pretty aggressive some weeks, Gregerson went for $220 earlier in the year and when Blackmon was doing his thing in April he went for $150 and I only put $30 or so on him. I put in $75 for Chavez a month ago and he went $130. Sadly, my 2 biggest purchases went bust ($85 for Moreland runner-up bid was $55 didn’t think he’s near talent level of Dickerson but needed some sort of Votto insurance plus he was Rangers starting 1B kinda like when people were overpaying for Cedric Benson on Packers in drafts a couple years ago in football and $105 for Mujica when Uehera had elbow scare). Chisenhall and Castellanos have been studs for $30 each and Suzuki was only $2, Melancon $10, Simon $25, Duda $20. Team is hovering between 6-8th place most days cuz’ of my crappy luck in wins category and being last in batting avg. (mid-pack in R/RBI/SB and 4th but real close to 2nd in HR 1st place team in that cat has 20 more than everyone else and 1st in ERA and K/9 (not a category but yep) and gaining major ground in saves only 15 or so behind 1st place), think if I go $120+ on Dickerson I should hold off big purchases for a while and he can be a difference maker?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Difference maker I’m not sure, but he’s a good play while CarGo is sidelined and will provide your team with depth going forward. Go at least 15% if your league is aggressive and paying attention.

  9. Bob says:
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    Hey there mister mike!
    Which do you like for this week in the RP spot; Tomlin’s one start next sat or dice k’ for two starts?

    Thanks mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Prefer Dice-K this week

  10. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    None of my Razzballin’ bros want to play me anymore. *cue sad piano music, walks away Bruce Banner-style*

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Let’s go H2H on the late games…I’ll send you an invite

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        It’s a lobster roll vs. cheesesteak game!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Haha….wiz wit!

  11. Mello Yello says:
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    The Turbin vs. the GM…only in America!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha!

  12. gareth says:
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    Nice call on king felix. 15 strikeouts!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks. glad he was worth the big price tag today

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