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Not a bad week for your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru as we cashed in on 15 of 20 contests we entered increasing our bankroll and getting us one step closer to a winter of umbrella drinks in Cancun (or at least a couple weeks in Tijuana). Want to join me poolside? Join the DraftKings Sweet Spot challenge and you could go on a permanent vacation. Their pool is filled with $400,000. If you’re new to the game, keep in mind DraftKings virgins get a free $2 ticket. If I win that thing I’m buying a small island off the coast of Ecuador and a new liver.

If you’re veteran to DFS leagues go ahead and skip to my lineup now as I give our new friends the Guru’s top 5 tips for winning cash with DraftKings.

When it comes to winning real money there are a few things to keep in mind: 1) Pitching leads the way and strikeouts are king. The Stream-o-Nator nails this on an almost daily basis. 2) Build stacks against the worst pitchers. 3) Check the Vegas odds on what games are predicted to have high scores. Vegas knows what they are doing, why not use them. 4) Know the overlay. DraftKings has guaranteed payouts (another reason they are the king) and when a tournament doesn’t fill, the money is still guaranteed. 5) Know the weather situation, know who’s in and who’s out of the starting lineups. Don’t be left with a giant zero because Joey Votto got a day off or it rained frogs in Cleveland. (Shameless plug: Follow me on Twitter @TheGuruGS as I tweet that kind of stuff daily plus yoga pants pics.)

Alrighty my Razzballers, here’s your dirty turbaned Guru’s lineup for Wednesday’s 4/16 contests on DraftKings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball.

Yu Darvish, SP: $12,600 – Darvish is averaging 30+ FPTS in his first two starts. I’m going to spend here as the guy has banked for me big already. We’ll look to save elsewhere.

Michael Pineada, SP: $9,200 – I’m not too high on the pine tar stained Yankee in real fantasy baseball (does that make sense), but I like him in this matchup. He gets the Cubs in Game 2 of the double bill today. The Cubbies are 7th in MLB in K’s. KA-CHING! Load up on the sticky stuff, Mr. Pine-Aid.

David Ross, C: $2,100 – Check the lineup first, but Ross is likely to get the start against the stanky lefty John Danks. It’s a value move here, let someone else spend big on Buster Posey while the Blue Wolf scores nearly as many points for less than half the price.

Paul Konerko, 1B: $3000 – Another value play as we spent big on arms, but the 75-year-old Konerko has bashed Sox starter Clay Buchholz to the tune of a .467 average.

Howie Kendrick, 2B: $4,100 – Kendrick kills Milone – 9/20 with two homers in his career. Start him tonight.

Pablo Sandoval, 3B: $3,600 – The Panda is averaging 9+ FPTS in his last four games and has two career homers against Paul Maholm. Like the chances for a big bomb tonight.

Erick Aybar, SS: $3,100 – Cheap price for a SS averaging 8+ FPTS in his last five games. Aybar also hits Milone pretty well with a .353 average. Actually, all the Angels hit Milone at .300+ clip.

Austin Jackson, OF: $4,500 – Action Jackson is 5/10 against the Indians Zach McCallister and has a good chance to score runs tonight in a game Vegas has the Tigers winning.

Yoenis Cespedes, OF: $4,100 – Nice price here for a guy with 8+ FPTS a game through the first 10 games.

Jonny Gomes, OF: $3,700 – We’re looking for cheap power here and Gomes can hit the lefties. Gomes has 10+ points in his last three starts. He takes Danks deep tonight.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

We had a rainout at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and they’ll play two today with the weather looking good. Cold, wind and rain in Minnesota today as we steer clear of Twins and Jays. It’s sunshine and rainbows (and retractable roofs) across the rest of the league.

Doing Lines in Vegas

With all the aces taking the hill across the league today the Vegas over/unders are relatively low. However, my main Vegas connection Ronnie Sharkskin likes runs to be scored in ARI/NYM, STL/MIL and HOU/KC.

  1. MattTruss223 says:
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    Yoga pants just earned you a twitter follower kind Guru!

    Ozuna @ $3800 isn’t a bad value OF option either, coming of a 4 hit game. Hard not to love Gomes at the Cell vs a lefty though.

    • The Guru

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      I tip my turban, Mr. Truss.

      Gomes is a boom or bust, but the price is right. Ozuna is a good play also. I may have went with him, but at $3,800 he was $100 out of my budget. Lets hope Jonny runs into one tonight.

  2. ryanbraunbrotherbryan says:
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    Grey or theGuru-

    In a 12 team mixed-roto league
    my pitching staff is as follows:
    scherzer, the alphabet (smardjia), kazmir, gallardo, jesse chavez, fister, and kuma
    i have 6 starting pitcher slots.
    i’ve been riding some hot pitching starts but I’m worried that the wheels are gonna fall off soon.
    Do you think it’s a good enough staff to compete for the year (top 5?) or should I make a trade…

    • The Guru

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      Sure it’s good enough. You’ll get Iwakuma back soon (he’ll make a rehab start this weekend), that’s like a trade upgrade right there. No need to panic. young grasshopper.

  3. rbbrother says:
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    Grey or theGuru-

    In a 12 team mixed-roto league
    my pitching staff is as follows:
    scherzer, the alphabet (smardjia), kazmir, gallardo, jesse chavez, fister, and kuma
    i have 6 starting pitcher slots.
    i’ve been riding some hot pitching starts but I’m worried that the wheels are gonna fall off soon.
    Do you think it’s a good enough staff to compete for the year (top 5?) or should I make a trade…

  4. Pacochu says:
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    I fared well last night. My account was down to $3 since I withdrew some winnings and had a couple games that just missed the cash. But, I managed to win one of the Daily dollar contests, winning $22. I also lost on one contest because of the last minute decision to swap Strasburg into a different lineup when I saw the game wasn’t going to be rained out. Doing so caused me to no longer afford Trout. Big point swing there. More money would have been mine.

    I have two lineups going in the early games, Pitching was pretty limited, but I hope to get some cash for the later games. I have’t had the time to look up guys for tonight. When I do, I’ll try and post some of my picks.

    • The Guru

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      Yes, Stras left a big burg all over my team. Fortunately, he did that too a lot of teams and I owned Trout who saved me with that ninth inning bomb. KA-CHING!

      I went Cueto and Peralta in the early games. Looks like it’s working out so far. Thanks for Razzballin’.

      • Pacochu says:
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        @The Guru:

        I have Cueto/Peralta and Cueto/Liriano. Cueto is hitting the 90% drafted point in a couple of my games.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          And with good reason. I didn’t trust Liriano today. Sorry, Stream-o-Nator. My bad.

  5. JoeyTwinz says:
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    Another twitter follower as well, Guru. Just broke my Draft Kings cherry as well.

    Guru, please continue to post what Ronnie Sharkskin likes in Vegas, love the info. I had capped the over in the STL/MIL myself, so it was nice to see someone else back that too.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks, Joey. Welcome to your new addiction! And good luck.

  6. Clubber Lane says:
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    Im going Gentry tonight in the late night tourney. He’s leading off for the A’s. What do you think G money?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sorry to get to you so late. It’s a cheap option for sure that could net a few points and let you spend elsewhere.

  7. Ron says:
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    I really respect all of the writers on this wonderful site so I’m trying to get a range of thoughts about this potential trade. Grey hasn’t had a chance to respond yet but like to know your thoughts too.

    12-team H2H Points league with -1 for strikeouts. I have just been offered Harper and Altuve for Freeman. With the team I have should I do this deal?

    Here is my roster:
    C: Perez
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Everth
    OF: Trout, J. Upton, Werth
    Util: Pujols, A-Gon
    BN: Moss, Rizzo, Miller
    DL: R. Zimmerman
    NA: Baez

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