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The 32 day party kicked off last night in the Pacific Northwest with many of the Razzb-All-Stars tearing up World Sports Grille.  Nick Cappozzi, Guru, Sky and Tehol devirginized the clean streets of Seattle bringing Razzball swagger the size of the Space Needle.  The National Football League is kicking off the preseason and if you need any help on that front check out the football side of things.  But here at Razzball we got plenty of love to spread around and the baseball season is approaching its climax.  As the 32in32in32 tour departs on its journey around the country, King Felix Hernandez is staying put, headlining the after party at Safeco, unofficially sponsored by DraftKings.  With the Braves lubricating the equation, the $12,700 Felix Hernandez is primed to be C-blocking.  It should be comical watching the Brave swingers strikeout all night.  Ladies will likely have better luck at the plate tonight.  So far in the 6 game West Coast swing, the Braves have managed just barely more than 2 runs per game and more than 9 Ks per game including facing Eric Stults.  Felix is running hot too, with 24 Ks over his last 21 IP while giving up only 3 ER combined against very proficient offenses in the Orioles, Angels and Indians.  I’m RSVPing now and ensuring I get Felix in every DraftKings lineup today.

Outside of King Felix, I aim to bring you the coupons of the day.  I know you’re aware that Mike Trout is a phenomenal hitter and Jose Abreu is hotter than Kate Upton.  I have my recommendations, but the real genius lies in the DFSBot.  Rudy’s phenomenal tool cranks out the day’s best value plays and even breaks it down to expected $ per point.  As the Ombotsman has proven, the DFSBot has been a much more accurate method of ranking value than Draftkings salaries have been.

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Clayton Kershaw, P: $14,100 – I’m fading Kershaw today.  At $1,400 above Felix and facing an offense that is cranking out runs right now I can’t ride with him.  No dis on Kersh, but I can’t drink the Cris if there ain’t no caviar.

Jimmy Nelson, P: $6,600 – This is a really nice price tag to help alleviate the blow of the King’s ransom, allowing you to spend nearly $4k per hitter.  Big Jimmy is starting to settle in to his big league digs as he’s improved on his last start each time out since being called up last month.  He’s facing the Giants who pretty much setup 6 Ks regardless of the pitcher.

Alex Wood, P: $7,000 – Facing off against Felix today is Alex Wood who, among his many talents, throws the ball with his left hand.  He’s averaged 10.0 K/9 over his last three starts and faces a Mariners offense who is warming a bit but is extremely LHB heavy.  The M’s strike out at a 22.3% quip against southpaws and have the 2nd worst wOBA against them at 0.283 just barely behind the Friars.

Nick Markakis, OF: $3,900 – Markakis is very warm at the moment with 3 multi-hit games in his last 4 and back to back days with a jack.  He also has an extremely strong track record against Buehrle with a lifetime line of 20 for 46.

Adam Jones, OF: $4,600 – He mashes lefties and a number of his teammates have great BvP numbers against Buehrle.  He’s got lots of ways to put up a big day.

Drew Stubbs, OF: $4,500 – Normally I’d say Stubbs is overpriced here, but this is a classic example of reality not justifying fantasy.  Who cares, let’s not wake up from our dream.  Stubbs is rockin a 1.036 OPS against LHP and a 1.035 OPS at home.  Vegas likes a lot of runs in this game so feel free to load up on Cubs and Rockies alike.

Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF: $4,500 – Since last week when I drooled over Zobrist his salary has increased by $500.  It’s clear he’s heating up but he also has BvP on his side with a 6 for 12 line against Hammel who also happens be on the bad end of the lefty-righty split and is pretty much the most hittable pitcher in baseball at the moment.  Over his last three starts, Hammel has TOTALED -3.2 points at DraftKings.  Yes, totaled, as in adding all three starts together equals negative 3.2.

James Loney, 1B: $3,600 – Loney is so slappy right now trickling singles and doubles all over the yard.  He has hit in 9 of his last 10 and is 12 for 39 against the derping Hammel.  I’m leaning towards stacking Rays today.  Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier are all in play here as well.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

As has been the case all year, thunderstorms threaten gameplay from Chicago and heading east to the seaboard.  Also chances of showers in Colorado.  Too many teams to list.  Make sure you check your weather reports leading up to first pitch.

Doing Lines in Vegas

Stackables – BAL @ TOR, TEX @ CHW both sit at 9; CHC @ COL at 10.5.

Pitchers of Sharps – MIA @ PIT at 7 (Hand @ Morton), NYM @ WAS at 7 (Wheeler @ Gonzalez), CIN @ CLE at 7 (Cueto @ Tomlin), LAA @ LAD at 6.5 (Santiago @ Kershaw), ATL @ SEA at 6 (Wood @ Hernandez).

From Around The Web

  1. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I did a double ace lineup a couple of turns ago with Sale and Kershaw, and it cashed pretty nicely. Filling the lineup with scrubs is pretty fun if you find some punts that have good nights. I’m rolling out the Felix and Kershaw double tonight in a contest or two. with that said, I really hope Caleb Joseph is in the lineup.

    • BTXJ

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      @ralph lifshitz: i wrote a macro that automatically puts joseph in my lineup whenever i enter a contest

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @BTXJ: Really can you do that? I’m serious….

        • BTXJ

          BTXJ says:
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          @ralph lifshitz: haha probably, but i was just kidding. way out of my realm…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @BTXJ: I sort of assumed that but I needed to ask. It would save me so much time if you could.

  2. Schlurricane

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    And hits a dong like last night!

    I think finding fantasy value in scrubs is the guilty pleasure of fantasy geeks everywhere!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Schlurricane: It really is, I’m all over Jose Ramirez since the Indians shipped out Asdrubal. He’s $2,500 is 2b/ss eligible and has a nice speed/contact profile. He had 38 steals last year in AA and 19 in 60 games in AAA this year.

      • Schlurricane

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        @ralph lifshitz: Actually, scratch that. I hope Caleb Joseph earns a golden sombrero tonight. Otherwise he’s going to end up overpriced in the mid-to-high $3Ks. A dong would make it three in a row!

  3. Paul says:
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    Are Morton’s 2 starts (v MIA / SD) > Salazar’s 1 (v CIN) this week? H2H league tracking Ks, ERA, WHIP, W, QS…

    Thanks!

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Paul: yes

    • Schlurricane

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      @Paul: Definitely…

  4. Chris says:
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    Hello Schlurricane:

    Would you consider this trade:

    Get – Josh Hamilton and Round 20 next year draft
    Give – Austin Jackson and Round 10 next year draft

    H2H league, mix, 3 keepers

    If you consider the trade not fair, what trade of rounds would be reasonable.

    Thanks,

    • Schlurricane

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      @Chris: I’d do that cuz I’m jumping off Au Jax if I can going to Seattle. But I’d argue his value is based on HRs and he should be fine. I bet you can get him to take a 12-13 pick instead.

      • Schlurricane

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        @Schlurricane: excuse me, his value is not based on home runs and should be fine

        • Chris says:
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          @Schlurricane:
          Thanks Schlurricain.

          what about:

          Get: Holliday + Freeman + Round 10
          Give: Edwin + Round 5

          H2H, 12 teams, 3 keepers.
          My keepers would be Freeman, Rizzo and Stanton.

          Thanks.

          • Schlurricane

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            @Chris: If you have a shot to win this year then that is an absolute no brainer. Freeman is just about to enter the power years of his career so I really like acquiring him in dynasty leagues this offseason. Encarnacion is definitely the best player in the deal, but he’s looking at another partial season. You win the trade for this year and quite possibly lose some value for 2015 by moving back in the draft and with a POSSIBILITY of E5 playing a full year. By 2016 Freeman easily usurps Encarnacion in value in my opinion. If you’re out of it this year that’s your dilemma. If you’re close I’d pull the trigger on it.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Not for nothing, it’d be great if the Pirates would go ahead and DL Cutch so yahoo can pick it up and I can move him to the DL and clear the roster spot to activate Baez from the minors. Cuz otherwise I’m going without a SS tonight.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: oh jesus jumping christ, now they’re saying he has a broken rib but won’t be placed on the DL? Who ‘s running this team, Ronald McDonald?

      • Schlurricane

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        @Steve Stevenson: or the dread pirate Roberts

  6. Nicholas Pieroni says:
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    Been struggling at SS all year. Hardy, Bogarts, Alcantara, etc. Just picked up Baez. Got offered Hanley for Tyson Ross. H2H pts league where Ross has been pretty dominant. Other Sp’s are Sale, Stras, Liriano, Stroman, Arrieta, Kazmir, Alex Wood, Kimbrel, Robertson, Holland and Pineda on DL. Hold or pull the trigger? Anyone know is Ross will be on an innings limit? Thanks

    • Schlurricane

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      @Nicholas Pieroni: what is the penalty for strike outs?

      • Nicholas pieroni says:
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        @Schlurricane: minus 1

        • Schlurricane

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          @Nicholas pieroni: I’d probably take that trade but wait a week on Baez first. He’ll likely come out with a flourish before pitchers figure him out.

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