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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.

David DeJesus, OF: $3,600 – Da Jesus! Don’t scoff, you heathens. DeJesus has a .568 average and two homers in 13 ABs against O’s starter Bud Norris.

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.

From Around The Web

  1. Ralph Lifshitz

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    What are your thoughts on this lineup for tonight in the GPP’s
    Yan Gomes, Edwin Encarnacion, Ben Zobrist, Todd Frazier, Tulo, Junior Lake, Rasmus, and George Springer…..my pitchers are Salazar and Wainwright……

    • The Guru

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      I like the pitching for sure and you’ll need to get that right with so many good options. Not sure on the hitting though besides Tulo. Frazier has 8 RBI over his last 6 games, but is a career .242 hitter vs. RH pitching. Some outfielders I’m rolling with tonight on 3 different rosters are Trout, Dejesus, Matt Joyce, Michael Brantley, Torii Hunter, Corey Dickerson or Drew Stubbs.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @The Guru: I like Frazier hitting at Fenway tonight and with the outfield I was looking for good risk reward guys, Rasmus has been scoarching lately and the price wasn’t bad for what he’s been. If I’ve learned anything about Rasmus is there’s no middle with this guy it’s En Fuego or Ice Water. With Lake I just think Danks sucks and he seemed like a viable punt option. I feel like you get better value from punts in the outfield because the player pool is deeper and cheaper on the low end than with other positions. Springer I can’t explain, he’s got to have a slam and legs one of these nights. I’ll definitely try out Joyce, Brantley, and Hunter in my 3rd lineup……I already did an entry with your lineup from the article, so I’ve got shares in Trout, Dejesus, and Dickerson

        • The Guru

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          Good value on Lake – he’s dirt cheap and could give you something. Frazier and Rasmus could give you 40 points or they could give you 3 -Ha! Rasmus sucks vs. lefties. At his price I might go for Adam Jones who is due and way underpriced. DFS is a wonderful thing. Good luck, though.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @The Guru: Good call on Rasmus, should have been more savvy and noticed the sucker’s buy on that one. I forgot how bad he is against lefties, I was just looking at the last week’s numbers…..

            • The Guru

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              Now watch him hit two homers off Cliff Lee! Ha!

  2. J Boy says:
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    Guru, I have the following deal on the table – 14 team roto keeper league:

    I give Niese or Peavy/Bourn for Holliday/Erlin

    Niese/Peavy are my 6/7 SPs – which side do you prefer?

    Thank you sir!

    • The Guru

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      Holliday side.

      • J Boy says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks as always – would you rather keep Niese or Peavy? QS instead of W.

        • The Guru

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          Peavy.

  3. Sange76 says:
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    Offer for my Allen Craig for his Koji Uehara.

    Have votto, Morneau, Adam jones, pence and
    Alex Gordon at the relevant slots

    RP are chisek and Jim Johnson.

    Whatcha thinkin?
    Thanks!!

    • The Guru

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      Craig side wins. Don’t go kwazy searching for SAGNOF!

  4. allen says:
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    Salazaar and porcello all da way tonight

    • The Guru

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      Salazar worries me with the drop in velocity. I’m starting Waino and Salazar or Porcello in all my Cash Games tonight.

      • allen says:
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        @The Guru: hit on koehler/ shields earlier..made 80 bucks my first week on draft kings…feelin good!!! Thanks for the reads

        • The Guru

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          Nice work!

  5. Sange76 says:
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    It’s “Buy low on Allen Craig” day…

    Another offer in…12 team h2h points

    My Craig for Tommy Hunter and Rajai Davis

    Same important roster players as the question a few hours ago…

    That’s worse than Craig for Koji Uehara, right?

    Different verse, but same SAGNOF as the first?

    • The Guru

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      Don’t do that and step away from the bath salts. Ha!

      • Sange76 says:
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        @The Guru:

        Oh I know. I’m holding Craig. I think he’s a second half guy. Waiting for him to bust out like Adam jones just rid tonight.

        Just getting a second opinion on the offers in to me, just in case I missed something.!

        • The Guru

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          Sure thing, Sange. Any time. Fun to talk trades and see what guys are offering and being offered.

  6. Sange76 says:
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    Holy crap. Another offer. My inbox is going to explode. Same manager, guess he really wants Allen Craig.

    My votto and either Allen Craig or Morneau for Jose abreu and tommy hunter.

    12 team h2h points keeper league. Abreu can be kept in rd 8 next season.

    Thanks for all the advice brother, past, present and future!!

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:

      Hang on. He changed he offer a little.

      His abreu, tommy Hunter and Todd Frazier for
      My votto, Craig or Morneau and prado

      Thanks!!

      • The Guru

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        Jose Abreu? I’d trade Morneau and Prado for that.

  7. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru good stuff as always!

    Question for you, what do oyu think of my staff I’m in 2nd place right now K’s are usually pretty good era and whip have not been good. Am I panicing? Should I stay put or try and trade Rizzo or Polanco for a decent starter? Waiting for Cobb to come back he will help a lot. I’m in 2nd place in a 14 team league 4 games out 5×5 roto mixed league.

    Here’s my staff:

    Cobb-IR
    Archer
    Eovaldi
    Porcello
    Martin Perez
    Ventura
    Salazar
    Lincecum
    Roberto Hernandez
    Morton
    Deduno
    Hunter-RP
    Cecil-RP

    Let me know thanks!!

    • The Guru

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      I might drop Lincecum if there’s anyone worthy on the wire. If/when Cobbcomes back that’ll help. Keep things steady, you’re in 2nd. Good work.

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks! Sometimes I just need to hear it from someone else!

  8. Steve says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Laroche,Justin Mourneau,Belt….
    Looking to trade one
    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Morneau, Belt, LaRoche.

  9. barker says:
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    14 team league keeper
    possible trades
    1) fielder verlander longoria for a gon greinke arenado

    2 )or without the 3b added possible also

    3) fielder verlander seager rosenthal or jansen for a gon greinke arenado

    is prince done?

    • The Guru

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      Fielder side is not done. It’s been a month. Know who was 2nd in homers last April? John Buck. There’s a lot of baseball left.

  10. Chris says:
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    who do u like Deduno or Arrieta? I picked up Deduno should I drop him for Arrieta?

    • The Guru

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      Meh. Is there a lot of difference really? Let’s hope this is the biggest problem you have this year. I’d take Arrieta if I had to.

  11. Picard56 says:
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    should i trade Prince fielder for Josh Donaldson?

    • The Guru

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      A lot panicking on Prince. April is Princes worst month career-wise. No jumping off the ledge just yet. Hold.

      • Picard56 says:
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        @The Guru:

        But he’s looked terrible this month too. His groundball rate is at 52 percent! and everytime I look up the summary of every game, almost every ball he puts into play is a groundball

        • The Guru

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          H’es certainly not the same player he was a few years back, but he can’t be this bad all year. Watch him hit .300 with 7 homers over the next month. I’m lighting a Cecil Fielder candle as I write this.

  12. J Boy says:
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    Can you rank these SP for rest of the year value in a 14 team roto with QS instead of W:

    Gavin Floyd, Erasmo Ramirez, Tom Koehler

    Not pretty I know…

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Well, that’s like which ugly chick to bring home at last call. Erasmo, Koehler, Floyd. Hope you get lucky.

  13. Joe says:
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    Gurú i just trade aaron hill and fransisco liriano for julio Teherán did you think i made the right move?

    • The Guru

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      Looks fair enough to me if you have a second baseman that’s halfway decent.

      • Joe says:
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        @The Guru: i have Robinson cano

        • Joe says:
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          @Joe: i just wanted to trade liriano his throwing bad right now

  14. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru a little more help plz sir,

    does Polanco for Niese sound like a decent trade? I need pitching and would get Niese.

    The guy I would trade with seems to want to go Mcallister for Polanco.

    Niese seems ok not so sure I would go Macallister for him.

    Thoughts?

  15. P squared says:
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    Just traded Dozier for Alex Cobb since I have Pedroia at 2b with Marte and Fatt Adams at utl. Will I regret it? Thanks!

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