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So I’m out of town this week, then all the sudden while I have left my upper lip unshaven and drinking a daiquiri (the latter a true story), I get thrust into this twitter chain (@jbgilpin) about a keeper question from Nick the podcast host. What it devolved into was a battle for just how bad R.A. Dickey projects in a keeper league from this point forward. My answer – “turrible!”

But what do I really get out of it if I’m wrong or right? No one will remember that chain when Dickey is cut by the Blue Jays in 2015 and can’t keep his ERA under 4.80. It’d be like saying in 1999, “that Robert Downey Jr. is going to be a Hollywood G in 10 years just you wait.” 10 years pass and people are like, “meh, whatevs.” Or, “‘derp’, whatever brah. I coulda told you that!”

That’s why daily fantasy leagues exist – for obliteration of long-term memory loss and bragging rights each and every day. In another RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE Can You Beat Rudy Gamble, the stakes are still at $10 per entry with the top billing a ticket into their huge $500,000 Midsummer Classic, with the winner bringing in six figures at $125k. Spots 2-10 in our Razzball contest will bring in $20 and past that will sulk and write about how bad their picks were (wah emo song!). And for Razzballers who are new, any first-time depositors (you can throw in as little as $5 to get started) will get a free ticket into a Midsummer Classic qualifier, a $5 value just for joining. But you’ve got to hop into the Razzball contest quick (still exclusive through the link above – only Razzball Nation gets past the bouncer) as we’re filling up our DraftKings tournies every week!

A quick déjà vu to last week:

SP – Ricky Nolasco 5.2 IP 9 H 2 BB 3 ER 1K (2.15 Pts)

CI – Freddie Freeman 0-4 (0 Pts)

MI – J.J. Hardy 2-4 1 HR 1 RBI 1 R (17 Pts)

OF1 – Nate McLouth 1-4 1 R (5 Pts)

OF2 – Jason Heyward 0-4 1 BB (2 Pts)

UTIL – Torii Hunter 2-4 2B 2 R BB (14 Pts)

TOTAL – 40.15 (Previous weeks’ finishes – 47.65, 54.3, 93.85, 76.9, 68.8, 47.7, 67.3, 92.4, 75, 83, 96)

Well, despite a pretty bad showing here I was still solid last week with the remainder of my roster. I made it all the way up to 3rd a few hours in, but fell out of the money late and finished 14th – my first a time out of the money. I love the live scoring though, kept me glued to the contest. My second pitcher, Hector Santiago, kept Nolasco from killing me, and I wish was my pick here to balance out my lowest score. But the great thing about DraftKings is it’s a new week and a new battle. Here’s who I like on Friday night:

SP – Dillon Gee ($7,400) - Pitching fantastic lately, Gee has burst onto the scene and gets a great matchup Friday night at home against the scuffling Nats offense. No Bryce Harper means skipping out on Gee is just out of the (clown) question, bro.

CI – Edwin Encarnacion ($4,500) - For a guy hitting over 20 homers, Encarnacion is a solid value Friday night as he’ll be mashing in Fenway against the double-digit ERA of Allen Webster. Love the homer chance here.

MI – J.J. Hardy ($4,100) - As I mentioned on this week’s pod, I’m going heavy on the Orioles’ and Yankees’ hitters this week and sticking with one of my usuals with the Hardy boy yet again. He’s 3-8 against opposing pitcher David Phelps and I think another Oriole outburst is about to come. What would that sound like? Sorry I skipped out on bird calls class…

OF1 – Ichiro Suzuki ($4,000) – That Ichiro is so hot right now… And sticking with the theme a guy I like a lot in what should be an offensive game. Not offensive like Paula Deen but lots of runs. Ichiro has been hitting higher in the lineup with his hot bat, and right after I said this game would be against the terrible Freddy Garcia on the podcast, the Orioles sent him down. Fear JB’s picks! Look for them to bring up a AAA punching bag for the Yanks to tee off on.

OF2 – Adam Jones ($5,300) - I’ve spent pretty frugally (frugalish? frugulent?), especially with my pitcher, so my big ticket spending will be on Jones, who like J.J. is also 3-8 career against Phelps who will fear the Camden Yards. Going to be a nice night to be in Orange in Baltimore!

UTIL – Zoilo Almonte ($3,000) – Officially one of the coolest names in baseball, Almonte is getting some run as the terrible Vernon Wells gets weighed down to earth, and Almonte is taking his shot and running with it. Even when he has his first starting 0-fer he nabbed a base last night and I think will be a solid value play Friday night.

  1. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    So this Draftikings contest is a once a week, Friday thing? And this is different from Rudy’s daily league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Yup every Friday they have one exclusive to us… It’s a ton of fun with Rudy in there usually not doing too well :) I was doing well until last week, stupid Nolasco…. Just click on that top link and you’ll be in lemme know if you got any questions!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: How/what do you “win”? The winner each friday gets a free entry for the big bucks? Like you were doing well until last week….do those good weeks get you anything? Or does it now matter unless you win? Is it cumulative somehow? Or are you just donating $10 every week? OMG I’ve got questions, yo!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Hah, so the contest is capped at 40, and whoever wins gets entry to their biggest contest which is $200. Then 2nd through 10 get $20 and double up. I was in that top ten most of the night then Nolasco couldn’t get anyone out and I fell out. So if you don’t get top ten you lose that money but there’s a great shot to double up even if you don’t finish first. Hope you can join! I’m out this week mostly because I’m out of town but will hop back in next week.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Gotcha. I like it. Thanks duder!

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Oh man, seeing all those other leagues, with entry fees/payouts….Felt like I was in an online poker waiting room all over again. I might have to be one and done. Ha!

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole: what’ll you’ll notice then, is if all 40 sign up the rake is only $20 that the house keeps, for a total of 5 %. JB, there’s definitely been times where less than 40 sign up. Are the payouts the same if so? i mean 2-10th make double and the big 200 to winner? Was before when the buy-in was 5, 2-9th got $10 and 1st got $100, or was it different from that? If they pay out the same, then at only 38 people, the house is getting advertising (the name out there), but nothing else. Anything less than 38 people, there’s actually an overlay.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yup they don’t make much and actually lose some of the time with these. The payouts stay the same no matter what. They won’t change if it doesn’t fill up, but we’ve filled up the last few.

  2. shibboleth says:
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    Hey JB, OPS+QS/SOLD league: a manager expressed interest in my Moore and Chapman for a big time bat.

    He has options: Bruce, Pedroia, Craig, Fowler (keeper, rd 12), Brown (rd 20).

    Which one of those guys do you think would be my best bet for consummating this trade?

    c-wieters, gomes
    1b-votto (morales, belt)
    2b-rendon (rutledge)
    3b/ci-longoria/alvarez
    ss/mi- segura/cozart (andrus)
    of- Jackson, BJ, Markakis, Gardner, Carp, Martin

    • JB Gilpin

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      @shibboleth: Hmm I mean Pedroia fills your biggest void, and probably the guy Id want most Id start there

      • shibboleth says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, JB! Pedroia seems to be the consensus.

  3. wookiesmom says:
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    is Joe Kelly..SP Cards a good stash for my rotation?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @wookiesmom: Depends on league size, I’m not too huge on him though past NL only

  4. Pacochu says:
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    Eddie’s great price has already been adjusted to $6,100. Blah…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: Ugh yea I put this together before price adjustments… That’s gonna be a tad pricey for a hitter… Good luck this week man!

  5. MattTruss223 says:
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    I get Baltimore Orioles in my backyard, no shit, they make the same sound as Predator.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @MattTruss223: Where’s that? Because I’ve been in Baltimore 7 years and I’ve never seen a goddamn Oriole here.

      • shibboleth says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Baltimore is a great city – spent 4 years there and treasure those student nights at Camden. I never once saw an Oriole, though. Apparently they can be found in NJ but I find that hard to believe.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @shibboleth: Yeah, I love it here. Camden is fantastic….wish I was an O’s fan.

          I’ve never seen an Oriole anywhere, let alone Baltimore, therefore, I do not believe they exist.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MattTruss223: Hahaha sweet that sounds pretty menacing… Orioles fans have to be really die hard right now, unlike my terrible, hurt, taking steroids Brewers :(

  6. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Why do you only have 6 positions? I go right into a team draft that has 10. Am I in the wrong one?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole: Hah yup reminds me of those poker rooms sometimes too… Nope you’re right, I only pick 6 so multiple people don’t copy my line up player for player (not that they would but want to be sure) and also for when I play (which I usually do) not all of my picks are hit upon :) I usually pick all of the guys in my article, not trying to lead anyone astray, so I don’t want my remaining guys picked too. Hope you like it man! It’s a ton of fun.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I thought maybe you just didn’t want to post all your picks. Right on. No idea how the scoring works but we’ll see how it goes! Hopefully Jerome Williams’ low peripheral line will make up for his lack of strikeouts? ;)

  7. I’m in this week. My luck is bound to change. Just pissed my boy Blanton isn’t pitching tonight!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Rudy Gamble: I almost used Cole. Who’s your 2nd pitcher? This is pretty fun shi……

  8. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    The leader used 6 Mets on offense. That’s like going all in with 2/7 on the first hand. Retahded.

  9. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    The guy in 2nd used 6 Tigers on offense, which is less retarded but shit, is that the strategy that usually works?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole: Yea that strategy seems to work, but you obviously have to pick the right team. Imagine if someone had picked all Indians for that first game (although that game wasn’t eligible I don’t think)? Probably would’ve rocked it. I don’t think my picks did too well especially since the Mets shifted games and Gee is staing today instead of yesterday… How’d you do man?

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, but…the Mets offense??? Rolling the dice I guess.

        I did well. Was in 3rd behind the Mets and Tigers lineups until the late games. I finished 5th. 125ish points. So I won $10 right….you have to finish 1st to qualify for the big money? What’s your handle?

        I see some other games pay out depending on where you finish….

          • It’s been brutal. Every 50/50 decision I make turns out wrong. The only first instinct that are right are the ones I second guess later on (the White Sox might sit De Aza for game 2 (4 runs, 2 SB in game 2), let me swap in Pence (zippo). I’ll just start AJ (zippo) for Rosario (HR)…the clouds will lift soon enough and i’ll come out at/near the top…

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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              @Rudy Gamble: I only use my gut with Catcher and maybe a coin flip decision. I do so much researching/playing the numbers and tinkering I forget who I liked at the onset.

                • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Ha. Touche.

              • It’s just been frustrating for me in general b/c I’ve been doing well on streaming hitters in RCL. You’d think the success would carry over.

                FWIW, these are the totals of all CI/OF/UTIL hitters I’ve streamed so far (Rajai Davis’ Fri-Sun helps on the SB):
                AB – 391
                R – 62
                HR – 14
                RBI – 49
                SB – 12
                AVG – .307

                These are the hitters with none more than 36 AB (Schierholtz):
                Nate Schierholtz, ChC OF
                Carlos Quentin, SD OF
                Todd Helton, Col 1B
                Chris Nelson, LAA 3B, 2B
                Stephen Lombardozzi, Wsh 2B, OF
                Mitch Moreland, Tex 1B
                Juan Pierre, Mia OF
                Jason Kubel, Ari OF
                Leonys Martin, Tex OF
                Jordan Pacheco, Col 3B, 1B
                Mike Carp, Bos OF, 1B
                Rajai Davis, Tor OF
                Scott Van Slyke, LAD OF
                Seth Smith, Oak OF, DH
                Cody Ross, Ari OF
                John Mayberry Jr., Phi OF, 1B
                A.J. Pollock, Ari OF
                Justin Ruggiano, Mia OF
                Will Venable, SD OF
                A.J. Pierzynski, Tex C
                Tyler Colvin, Col OF, 1B
                Jeff Baker*, Tex OF, 1B DL15
                Chris Young, Oak OF
                Travis Ishikawa, Bal 1B
                Justin Smoak, Sea 1B
                Ichiro Suzuki, NYY OF
                Jason Bay, Sea OF
                Lyle Overbay, NYY 1B
                Chris Parmelee, Min 1B, OF
                Steve Pearce*, Bal OF, DH DL15
                Scott Hairston, ChC OF
                Eric Chavez, Ari 3B
                Alex Presley, Pit OF
                Lucas Duda*, NYM OF DL15
                Travis Snider, Pit OF DTD
                Ryan Raburn, Cle 2B, OF
                Dayan Viciedo, CWS OF
                Luke Scott, TB DH
                Chris Heisey, Cin OF

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole: Yup almost all their games have structured payouts unless you pay in like a double or triple up that only have a few people. Next time you log in you account balance in the top right should be $10 more than you deposited good job man! I am “jbrazzball” but didn’t play this week and won’t again next week as I’m out of town and I like to check in with how I’m doing and make last second decisions. Good luck again next week hopefully my article picks are a little better this time…

  10. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Currently in 4th in a 45 team qualifier. 26 points out of first with Machado and Hardy left…and the 3 ahead of me and most right behind him are done for the day. Wish me luck yous guys!

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