I’ve been forced to travel a lot lately. Today’s installment comes to you from the friendly confines of the Denver airport. I just came out of the smoking lounge. People are crazy out here, man. I was excited because I thought all U.S. airports had done away with indoor smoking lounges. I went in, sparked a cig and like 20 people gave me dirty looks until one guy ran over flailing his arms and yelling at me that I was “harshing the whole room’s mellow!” I wasn’t bothering anyone! Whatever. I left. I guess that’s why they got rid of the indoor smoking lounges. People go crazy in there. I feel tingly after being in there for only 30 seconds. Anyway, on to Draftkings!
Today’s bold prediction: The Washington Nationals will be kicking the Rox all over the place today. Not bold enough? It gets bolder. (or Boulder?) Jordan Zimmermann at $8,800 is worthy of starting today. I’m recommending to start a pitcher in Coors Field. And as such, I shall start my obituary as a DFS writer… Yes, I understand how risky Coors is for pitchers and I’m slightly ok with it anyway. Zimmerman has owned the Rockies in his career and he’s not afraid to pitch in Coors. Over the past 3+ seasons, Zimmerman is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA at Coors Field. He’s sporting his best K rates of his career and the Rockies are cold and injured. Tulowitzki is doubtful for today’s game, and if he’s out I’ll roll out Zimmerman. Cuddyer is out and Arenado and CarGo just came back from injuries and haven’t gotten it going.
I’m also gonna stack Washington hitters today. Which Nats players you ask? If he’s in the starting lineup for the Nats today, I’d stack him. Yep any of em. I don’t care who it is. Name him, I’d stack him. That sounds dirty, but it isn’t. It’s ok. Just do it. If you haven’t stacked yet, today is your day. This one is so luscious. The entire lineup is hot right now. They’re in Coors. Yohan Flande. Yohan Flande? Yohan Flande! That was fun.
Speaking of fun… join a bunch of Razzballers for a friendly 20 team league over at DraftKings. I’ve added to the fun by paying out the top 5. If you’re signing up for the first time, make sure to use our link to sign up. Think of it as voting for your favorite fantasy site! Don’t wanna play with us small timers? Well try the big time tourney with a $20 buy-in for the $100K pot by clicking here. Top prize gets $20K. That could afford you a couple of nights in Paris! I’m sure she could use the publicity at this point, anyway.
We’re gonna need to find ways to afford all those expensive Nats hitters. The DFSBot has been impressively accurate in predicting player values. Make sure you put it to use in your favor and check your starting lineups prior to first pitch. Here’s a few guys I recommend as well:
Scott Kazmir, P: $9,100 – The last time I recommended Kaz he performed about as well as a whiskey-drunk geriatric. It’s taken me awhile to get brave enough to put my stamp of approval on his price tag, but facing the K-Cray ‘Stros is too good to resist. He’s spun off nearly 29 DK points per since that fateful day with back to back 30+ jobs. The Astros have struck out at a higher rate than any other team in the league so far. Kazmir tops the Stream-O-Nator rankings today. If this blows up in my face again, I’m cursed I tell you. Cursed!
Mike Minor, P: $7,700 – Minor is very much a grown man and the way the Fish have been going recently they may as well be little leaguers. I know Julio has been Teheran it up of late, but still, that line of 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks last night is telling. The Marlins outside Crayola Canyon right now is like shooting fish in a barrel. If Mike can find some magic against Giancarlo Stanton who has 4 HRs in 15 ABs against him, it should be smooth sailing. We’ve talked about how a solo HR against is the preferred way to give up runs for DraftKings so even if he serves one up to Giancarlo it’s not the end of the world. He’s #2 according to the Stream-O-Nator and he’s cheaper than 7 other starters. That’s better than two for a dollar tacos.
Danny Salazar, P: $7,200 – Owning Salazar in 2014 has been tougher than the beef jerky you find in your golf bag on your first round of the year. He’s had a rough 2014 so far getting sent down to AAA due to his suckitude. Seeing him called up you would expect that he went down and worked out his shizz. Uh nope. Salazar sported a 4.02 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in the minor circuit. He’s not a good bet to pitch a shutout today, but Salazar Ks dudes and the Twins’ dudes K. DraftKings rewards Ks for pitchers at an extremely high rate and Salazar can put up more Ks than Krinkle Kut Krispie Kremes. That’s what I call it. Cruller doesn’t have any Ks…
Jimmy Nelson, P: $6,700 – Here’s your longshot tourney pitcher o’ the day. Nelson was shelled by the Cards last time out and that should scare most everyone away from him. Prior to that start he’s been lights out in AAA. The Reds are busted up and in a serious funk, mustering only 2 runs per game since the mid-summer classic. Nelson can rack up Ks if he gets going good and could be a sneaky play today.
Jose Abreu, 1B: $5,200 – Our beloved HitterTron has him as the top hitter of the day and expected to hit 0.49 HR. To put that in perspective, Jose Bautista is facing Jake Peavy and is estimated at 0.29 HR. Peavy has given up 18 HRs already this year! So, if Abreu doesn’t go yard it would almost be more surprising than if he did. He’s pricey, but he could put up pitcher points today. He’s my ace and Tron has him as a lock…
Dayan Viciedo, OF: $3,700 – Viciedo is 11 for 32 with 3 HRs against the pitcher he’s facing today. I intentionally didn’t tell you it was Bruce Chen because then you would think that stat is unimpressive. That’s how unimpressive Bruce Chen is. That’s a good thing.
Rickie Weeks, 2B: $3,500 – Typically, Scooter Gennett gets the start against a righty so make sure Weeks is in the lineup today. I don’t know how he gets benched with his BvP on Bailey. Weeks is 14 for 27 slugging .815 against him.
Khris Davis, OF: $3,700 – You’d think Homer Bailey was a lefty with these two owning him. Davis holds a line of 7 for 15 slugging 1.200 (not OPS… slugging). That’s 2 doubles and 3 taters in 15 at bats. Mmm… taters.
Brian McCann, C: $3,700 – I want to cringe to recommend spending on a catcher, but he’s facing Nick Martinez at home. The jet stream runs out to the short porch in right and Martinez gives up a whopping .536 slugging to LHB. HitterTron has him at #5 overall today and 3rd most likely to hit a HR.
Carlos Beltran, OF: $4,200 – The HitterTron likes any lefty with a pulse against Nick Martinez today. He may need a walker, but Beltran’s heart is still tickin. He only hits RHPs and at home. Conditions are perfect.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B: $3,900 – Chisenhall faces Yohan Pino today who sports a very messy .877 OPS allowed to LHB. Chisenhall brings a .397 wOBA against righties. Nice. I also like Michael Brantley and his .416 wOBA against RHPs but with his big price tage of $5,100 and all these tasty Nats I’ll likely pass.
Jordan Schafer, OF: $3,200 – Schafer has been getting on base and stealing bags all year. Problem is, he’s not an everyday player. I think he’ll get a start today and should be able to get on base twice and steals a base.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Right now it looks like Chi-town and ATL are brewing up some passing thunderstorms. Games affected would be MIA @ ATL, SD @ CHC, KC @ CHW.
Doing Lines in Vegas
Surprise! I like WAS -155. Bankroll it.
Stackables – WAS @ COL at 10.5, TEX @ NYY at 9.5
Pitchers of Sharps – Only one game at 7 or below TB @ STL at 7 (Odorizzi @ Wainright)