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So I decided to see how many Alex Cobb articles I can write this week.  Considering my other writing job is writing about rare exotic red birds, it’s going to be a challenge.  Ok, so I made that up, and maybe only 2-3 people in my life would get that joke.  It’s funny to me OK!

Speaking of rare and exotic, daily fantasy leagues are quite the opposite, quickly growing in popularity with disgruntled fantasy owners who drafted R.A. Dickey or Giancarlo Stanton.  Maybe if he changes his name back ti Mike he’ll get healthy… If you’ve gotten fed up with your team, why not try and win back your league entry with the industry leader in daily leagues, our friends at DraftKings?  And if you haven’t heard yet, they’re still throwing us RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE contests where you attempt to take down our own Rudy Gamble and Nick Capozzi with your daily line-up.  As always, the contest is on Friday with the doors now open.  There’s only 30 spots this time (still 2 entries per player) at only $5 per.  First place will get a ticket into their huge $100K Spring Fling contest (a $100 value) and spots 2-10 get payouts as well.  With the limited spots open, you’ve gotta sign up fast!

Let’s take a look at last week’s picks:

SP – Jonathan Pettibone  W  6.1 IP  5 H  o BB  3 Ks (19.3 Pts)

CI – Justin Morneau  1-3  1 RBI  1 R  1 BB  (9 Pts)

MI – Ben Zobrist  2-4  2 2B  1 RBI  1 R  1 BB (16 Pts)

OF1 – B.J. Upton  2-4  1 2B  1 R (10 Pts)

OF2 – Nelson Cruz  2-4  1 RBI  1 BB (10 Pts)

UTIL – Yuniesky Betancourt  1-3  (3 Pts)

TOTAL – 67.3 (Previous weeks’ finishes – 92.4, 75, 83, 96)

While I didn’t hit a home run (literally!), I think it was still a solid week despite the lowest total thus far.  I went with the cheapest pitcher available because I loved the matchup and value and hit a very solid start, and all my hitters did some work.  Stupid Yuni B with only a single!  If you’re just tuning in to DraftKings, I pick a lineup slightly smaller than the DraftKings format so there can be no accusations of total plagiarism…

Here’s who I like on Friday night:

SP – Alex Cobb ($9,500) – As I wrote about in my pitcher profile this week, I think Cobb has moved into middle of the rotation-level for fantasy teams and gets a great matchup at home against the Padres Friday night.  We all know the Padres are anemic on offense and Cobb’s home ERA and WHIP so far are 1.17 and 0.96 this season.  Small sample size in 3 starts, but for his career they are roughly 1.00 ERA and and 0.20 WHIP lower at home.  Gotta love pitching at the Trop!

CI – Mitch Moreland ($3,100) – After a slow start hitting only .157 on April 20 (4 20!) Moreland has seen his average get “higher” for the past 2+ weeks all the way to .279 while hitting 4 of his 5 homers.  On Friday night he gets 0-7 Philip Humber.  That’s right, 0-7, every start has been a loss.  Remember when he threw a perfect game?  Yikes.  Anyway, Moreland, a power lefty, should have his way with the struggling righty.

MI – Matt Carpenter ($4,400) – Playing at home in a nice park to hit in, and the Rockies are throwing out the ghost of Jon Garland out there.  Carpenter, a solid lefty who is playing fantastic right now and is on pace for like, a bajillion runs, should feast on this matchup.  Love him as your MI, but he can also be your 3B if you like your Carpenters that way…

OF1 – Jay Bruce ($4,200) – While it probably should pain me picking a hitter against my Brewers ace, it really doesn’t because Gallardo has been infuriating the past few seasons.  Bruce, like way too many hitters, murder Gallardo and it’s in hitters haven Citizen’s Bank Park Friday night.  With 2 homers and 8 RBIs and a .414 average against Gallardo in 29 ABs, I’m loving him as one of your OFs.

OF2 – Andrew McCutchen ($4,800) – More a value pick than anything else, I was shocked to see Cutch priced so low.  He’s not batting in the best park (Citi Field on Friday) or has the best numbers against the pitcher he’s facing (2-14 against Shaun Marcum), but I have a feeling on this one.  Marcum is a shell of his former self and I think could have a lot of trouble yet again.  A great value, and it helps McCutchen went 4-4 last night and I think is about to be on a tear.

UTIL – Cody Ross ($3,400) – I feel like I’ve spent more than usual with my picks, so I’m going with a low cost option at my util with Ross.  The Phillies are throwing out some guy named Tyler Cloyd on Friday night to take Halladay’s spot in the rotation.  If that’s not curse enough, I don’t know what is.  Hitting in the desert and on a 3-game hit streak including two multihit games, I like Ross for a possible homer and nice game here.

 

As usual, if you have any questions about anyone else, or for other DraftKings contests before Friday, shoot them below, thanks for checking our friends out!

CAN YOU BEAT RUDY AND NICK?

  1. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I will do better this week. Last week was my first try at it and it did not help that I had three Royals and White Sox players. Their game got rained out. I knew this and still did not edit my lineup (too pooped from work).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Awww that sucks man! Yea DraftKings is the only daily fantasy site where you can swap last minute. You don’t have to set it and forget it, but completely understandable… Work is overrated!

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It was a rough day and at the end of a week. I switch to a new job (desk job now) in less than two weeks so I might not have that beat up feeling as much going forward.

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    Does Alex Cobb project to have enough value, this year and next year, to be worth a $1 stash on the bench? I’d be able to keep him next year for $2 (we get a limited number of keepers).
    Its a 10 team 6×6 roto and my strategy is all relievers so he is completely useless to me this year.

    I’ve saved a bench spot for him up until now, but with injuries to Stanton, Heyward, Pestano, Putz, I don’t think I can keep him any longer.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andrew: What’s the number of keepers? And your strategy is all relievers huh… With all those injuries, if you activate him to your starting lineup, can he no longer be a keeper? I think I get your situation, I would probably use him this year if you’re in the hunt for a title. With limited keepers you can probably get someone a step down but not terrible around the same cost.

      • Andrew says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        8 keepers (5 at a 10% increase, 3 doubled), and although its too early to starting counting your keepers, I have (at next year’s prices) Rizzo 4, Altuve 5, Goldschmidt 5, Segura 4, Marte 6, Heyward 10, Craig 6, Stanton 25, Bruce 20 as options.

        I can move Cobb in to the starting lineup at no cost, but I don’t want to risk giving up 4-5 runs in just a few innings, that would kill my ERA/WHIP. I currently have around a 2.25 ERA 1.00 WHIP in 111 innings.. I see your point about getting someone similar later. It looks like I will have to drop him.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Andrew: Yea that sucks but may indeed be your move. Keep me posted on how your all releivers works, I feel like I’ve heard it in theory but never seen it happen…

  3. Swanson says:
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    Where can i find your articles on exotic red birds?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swanson: Haha I seriously thought about making a dummy blog for a second, but the time involved seemed too much :)

  4. Pacochu says:
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    As usual, I got killed in the Razzzball league last week. However, I did finish 3rd out of 90 teams on Monday to win $44 on a $5 entry fee game and $20 in an $11 Double Up game. Last night was $40 in a $22 Double up game. So, I am ahead this week.

    The Stream-o-Nator does come in handy, but I would love to see a Hit-a-Tron one of these days. I’m bouncing between a couple daily stats and lineup sites to find some hitters.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: You could always use my hitters I recommend! Hah. I think a Hit-er-Nator is either in the works or has been pitched before, but next time you see a Rudy piece definitely tell him!

  5. James says:
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    I was wondering is it time to drop either:

    Josh Donaldson, Brandon moss, Werth, or Ike Davis

    For moustakas?

    My second question is what should us Ike Davis owners do at this point? He’s becoming a waste of roster space.. I’m in a ten team H2H league

    Thanks for your advice!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James: Hmmmm I think I would drop Ike Davis for Moustakas, who had a great game last night. Davis would have to hit something like .310 the rest of the way just to get to .250 and I don’t see that coming. Thanks for reading!

  6. James says:
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    Very interesting… I must say I love the good fantasy minds at razzball, thanks again

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James: Thanks man! I am a Moose owner in a few leagues and hoping this latest surge is for real as well…

  7. Pacochu says:
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    Whoo Friggin’ Whoo!

    I took the top spot in the Razzball game this week with 190 points. Plus, I didn’t check starting lineups too carefully and started both John Buck and Kelly Johnson, two players that didn’t get the start. I was so worried about the weather in a couple cities that I missed the guys not starting.

    I cannot state enough how good of a deal this is for Razzball folks. Usually, the qualifiers are $11 and include 10 teams. If you don’t finish first, you get nothing. Here, it only costs $5 and you can get your money back by finishing in the top ten. I now have an entry worth $100 that gets me into a game where the top 250 get paid. If I finish 151-250 I still get $150! Not bad for something that cost essentially nothing.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: Hells yeA! Good job man, hopefully you can make it back-to-back next week!

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