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If you’re new to the DFS World there a number strategies that work when constructing a roster. Over the last few weeks I’ve shared some here and here. Hope they helped. If they didn’t, please stop with the Twitter stalking! Yeah, looking at you, Tehol. DFS is an entirely different beast when it comes to fantasy baseball and the variance day-to-day over playing an entire season is wide as you can imagine. Some rosters I put together come up aces and eights, others simply crap out. I played a roster the other night that had Mike Trout, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Giancarlo Stanton. That team would kill over a season, but on that particular night they all went cold and I lost. Fortunately, I usually play 3-5 rosters a night and it’s very rare I end up in the red. Over the last three days I’ve cashed in seven of 10 contests. Which brings me to the types of contests to play. There are basically two different types of games – 50/50s/Double-ups/Head-to-Head AKA (Cash Games) and GPPs (guaranteed prize pool tournaments). I use a different strategy depending on what I’m playing in. If I’m playing in Cash Games I don’t take a lot of chances. I play it safe and look for sure points. No need to risk not starting Miguel Cabrera because Matt Adams has two homers in 15 at-bats off a particular pitcher. You don’t need to be first you just need to be better than 50% of everyone else. Go for the sure thing. However, when it comes to GPPs I’m taking some risk…okay, a lot of risk. I want guys with huge upside that are going to go off and (hopefully) score a ton of points. Many nights it works out, but there are many nights it does not. If you’re new to DFS I’d suggest starting with Cash Games at low stakes before jumping in with the sharks – unless of course DraftKings is letting you play for free. Hey, I gave you the link!
With all that said, here’s your dirty turbaned Guru’s lineup for Wednesday’s 5/7 contests on DraftKings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball. Remember to check the lineups and the Doppler radar. Don’t get left with a big fat zero if it starts raining frogs in Boston. Good luck.
Adam Wainwright, P: $11,900 – Waino was smacked around by the Cubs in his last start giving up 10 hits and six runs. That won’t happen again against the Braves who are fourth in the league in Ks. *lights candle, prays to Bob Gibson bobblehead*
Danny Salazar, P: $7,400 – I like to keep my SP budget in the $18-$22,000 range and the price is right for Salazar. Our pal Sal gets the Twins who are third in the AL in strikeouts.
Tucker Barnhart, C: $2,000 – Who? Exactly. It’s a total punt play here, just be sure he’s in the lineup.
Albert Pujols, 1B: $5,200 – I’ll be running an Angels stack out there in some 50/50’s as the Halos get a tasty matchup against the lefty Vidal Nuno. Vidal Nuno is also the name of the villain in the next Bond movie. He’s a hairdresser bent on destruction.
DJ LeMahieu, 2B: $3,200 – I could easily make another lineup of Rockies (and probably will), but where’s the fun in that. Make sure the DJ is spinning in the Colorado lineup tonight.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B: $3,100 – Really like, like this matchup for L-Chis today – yeah, that’s what I call him. L-Chis is off to a hot start hitting .368, bats in the middle of the lineup and faces Ricky Nolasco whose ERA stands at 179.56.
J.J. Hardy, SS: $3,600 – Troy Tulowitzki is the obvious play here and will be widely owned. I’ll try zigging while others are zagging tonight. J.J. is yet to hit a homer this year. Boom goes the dynamite tonight.
Mike Trout, OF: $5,700 – By passing on Tulo I can slide Trout into the lineup. The Hitter-Tron likes the Trout tonight and while I’m more of a salmon man myself I like this play a lot versus the no-name Yankee.
Corey Dickerson, OF: $3,800 – Dickerson is facing a right-hander in Texas and should be hitting atop that Rockies lineup that may score 43 runs tonight.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Possible chance of thunder and lightening in Detroit, but don’t worry, that’s just Miggy going off. Start your Tigers without worry.
Rain expected in Toronto. No worries, they have one of those domes. Wait, Rob Ford is trying to open it!
Doing Lines in Vegas
The sharks in Vegas like runs to be scored in Texas, Detroit is a big favorite (-240) over the Astros and look to the Angels as the o/u against the Yanks is 8 1/2.