All right here we go with another Monday edition of what pitcher do I think will be slightly low owned but I won’t get killed with playing. Not too many great options out there today as I think Gausman looks to be the chalk and best pitcher on today’s slate so can’t go wrong with him today if you would like but I’m going to stick with my man Kyle Gibson ($9,100). Kyle has really continued his out of nowhere great 1st half of the season and there is nothing to suggest that regression is around the corner. He throws down in the zone with his sinker slider changeup mix and up and in with his fastball and mixes speeds with a curveball every now and again and does it with great command of all pitches. The hitters are off balance the whole time they are in the box and it’s just a guessing game as to what pitch he is going to throw and usually they are wrong and whiff or they get a weak hit and no harm is done. Now the Rangers are coming off getting swept by the Blue Jays and the Tigers are coming off a sweep by the Twins so I’m thinking a little turnaround is coming for both teams and this looks like a good spot for it to happen. The Tigers are throwing Casey Mize out there who doesn’t miss too many bats and I think the Rangers will be hungry like a wolf to swing those sticks today and get some runs on the board. The Tigers are coming off a high of sweeping the Twins as mentioned previously and I see a let down from them today and Gibson is good enough to keep them frustrated in the box. Gibson’s last start before the break was against these Tigers and the Tigers did give Gibson his 1st loss of the season at home but I can’t see that happening again as Gibson got himself into a bases loaded jam and the reliever came in and gave up a HR. I’m confident Gibson will make adjustments and get these guys out. I see Gibson going 7 solid innings giving up 6 hits 1 ER and striking out 8 today and getting the win.

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SP- Kevin Gausman ($10,600) Like I said up top, Gausman is a good play today as well. The Dodger lineup has seen some heavy hitters get dinged up lately and Betts and Lux could also be out of the lineup today so check out the lineup before finalizing your team but could be a relatively thin lineup and Gausman is more than capable of getting the Dodger reserves out. Will be heavily owned though so get different with your hitters if you play Gausman.

C/1B- Jesus Aguilar ($3,000) Against a TBA pitcher today (maybe Lester?) in Washington. This doesn’t bode well for Mr. Lester.  Gimme Aguilar and his .489 SLG and .825 OPS anyday against Lester or bullpen arm.

2B- Jeff McNeil ($2,600) 7 game hitting streak and is a high contact hitter against a sub par pitcher in Gutierrez who pitches to contact. I’m going out on a limb here that McNeil hits the ball hard all 4 times at bat today with at least 3 balls that don’t find gloves.

SS- Bo Bichette ($3,600) His 8 game hitting streak got snapped yesterday and you would have to go all the way back to the month of May before you found two days in a row where he did not have a hit in a game. Pretty good chance here he has a multi-hit game against Nick Pivetta who he has seen plenty of lately including a June 12th game where Bo hit a 468 foot missile in center for a HR. Wouldn’t be surprised one bit if it happened again.

3B- J.D. Davis ($2,800) J.D. is back and blasted 2 HR’s on Saturday and no hits on Sunday so hopefully he won’t be as fresh in people’s minds when they scroll through the 3B options. I think another good spot for a Mets player against Gutierrez today and J.D. could easily pop one out today.

OF- Jesse Winker ($3,300) I know I know he has been terrible lately but come on this guy was raking just a couple of weeks ago and all hitters go through slumps. Jerad Eickhoff seems like a guy who could remedy the sort of aliment that Winker has been dealing with lately. There will be plenty of DFS players who won’t want to take that chance so there’s your advantage you need right there.

OF- Cedric Mullins ($3,700) Not scared off by a lefty on lefty matchup here. Yarbrough doesn’t pitch deep into ballgames and Mullins holds his own vs lefties as well. I’m sure the RIays have plenty of righty options that will find there way into this game and Mullins will be perfectly ok with taking one of these guys deep today. Just got a 8 game hitting streak snapped yesterday so he will be hungry to start another streak today.

OF- Joey Gallo ( $3,900 ) It’s been a whole three games without a HR from Gallo. I’m betting there won’t be a 4th against Mize and the Tigers here.

UTIL- Jonathan India ($2,700) Will get plenty of at bats today in a high scoring contest and will gets lots of looks against Eickhoff and the Mets bullpen. Hitting the ball well and no reason to think he lets off the gas now. Lots of counting stats with India and will give you plenty of opportunity to put up a good number of points today.

 

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves

Very good chance weather could be a factor here due to rain lingering most of the day so make sure you check back to see the latest news.

 

Doing Lines In Vegas

Got two for you:

Reds ML -110 against the Mets

Orioles TT over 3 -120

 

 

 

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Well that was fun right? Hope everybody had a great time yesterday hopefully hanging out with friends and family eating and drinking to your heart’s content. Cooked up some ribs and everybody devoured them so I guess my contribution to the gathering was a hit(or there wasn’t anything else). Played a little DFS yesterday did pretty good with the White Sox and Padres in some games so off we go to today where we have a nice tidy 11 game slate to discuss. My focus pitcher on today’s games is Max Fried ($9,100). If you watched the Brave game yesterday or highlights it went back and forth all game between the Marlins and the Braves pulled it out in extra innings on a pinch hit base hit by none other than your boy Max Fried. The way he celebrated it looked like he had just pitched a perfect game or something it was pretty cool to see. Fried has been pitching well of late after a dismal April and has a tasty matchup today against the Pirates who look pretty awful right now and other than the Diamondbacks have to be one of the worst teams in the league at the moment. Fantasy players are usually indifferent towards Fried as he can be sometimes soft at times and gets nicked up and misses starts but in certain situations Fried can really be dominant. Two starts stand out to me both in May where he went against the Dodgers and Cardinals and pitched a combined 13 innings with 13 k’s and only gave up 2 ER. Both of those starts where at home where Fried has pitched better but this road match up is just too good to pass up. The Pirates are throwing Chase Dejong out there who has not pitched well and I don’t see the Braves losing here. I think Fried carries his momentum from last night’s game into tonight’s game and pitches very well. Fried is one of the best pitchers right now at limiting hard contact and exit velocity and the lineup the Pirates threw out there against another lefty on Saturday (Lauer) had C Stallings in the 4th spot and guys like Oliva Evans and Newman in the starting lineup so the only righty batter that can really cause some damage is KeBryan Hayes. I think Fried will be owned significantly but with Gausman Woodruff Buehler and Musgrove there are other options that will lower his ownership. I think Fried goes at least 7 INN with 5 Hits 1 ER and 7 K’s and gets the win today.

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Welcome back and today we have a nice 11 game slate in which to click players we hinge our DFS greatness on and hope we can break even on the day in order to do it all again the next day. Nothing better right? Hope everybody had a great weekend as we are almost halfway through the season already and we should be seeing some exciting young players making their way to the minors. (Hope you all got on the Wander Franco train his 1st game up before his price went up last week.) Plenty of pitchers to choose from today that look interesting so let’s get into our focus pitcher for today and I’m going with Kyle Hendricks ($9,300 ).

Hendricks has a great floor for you to work with, doesn’t break the bank for your lineup and there hardly is any foot traffic on the bases when he is on the mound. You all remember late April early May Hendricks was dreadful for 3 starts during that span and we were all flabbergasted as to what the heck is going on. Well since May 16th (8 starts) Hendricks is back to being the Hendricks of old and has gone at least 6 INN in every start, no more than 3 ER, and has gone 9-1 with a 2.50 ERA. Hendricks faces the Brewers today which he faced twice earlier in the season both starts were quality starts going his usual 6 INN with 6 K’s and 2 ER’s combined in both starts. I don’t see anything changing from the norm we have seen from Hendricks lately. The Brewers are awful against righties with .213 avg and .298 OBP and they are trotting out strikeout artists like Keston Hiura and Tyrone Taylor these days so I wouldn’t be too concerned about the lineup. The Cubs are starting Freddy Peralta today which will get high ownership so you will probably see a 2-1 game here but I like the Cubs’ chances of getting into the Brewers’ bullpen and pulling out a victory here.

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Happy Monday! Hope all you father’s out there had a great day yesterday and it was exactly what you were hoping for. Lots of sports on yesterday so if you just were relaxing and chilling out at home it was a good day to watch a lot of different sports at one time. Today we got another short slate and a doubleheader thrown in there as well so not counting the doubleheader we have a 6 game slate today. During these short slates, I find myself limiting my exposure somewhat as I don’t feel I have as much success as the larger slates in the middle of the week. I’ll usually throw in a few lineups in a single entry tournament or cash game but really it’s just to keep the games interesting and watch some of the players and I’ll use the time to get ready for the rest of the week. That being said the show must go on for today and the pitcher I am targeting today is Tyler Mahle ($8,800). Mahle is one of those pitchers I liked coming into the draft season but it seemed that there was always somebody else who liked him a tad better and would get him a few picks before me.  He has really looked great this season and the first thing that jumped off the page for me is his home and away splits are drastic. Mahle has started 9 of his 14 appearances away from home and is 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA 0.95 WHIP 59 K’s in 49 INN and has allowed only 2 HRs. Mahle has started 5 games at home and let’s just say not good as the ball loves to travel in Great American Ball Park and Mahle has been a victim of that many times so far this year ( 6 HR and 19 ER in 24 INN). Mahle gets the Twins today in an interleague matchup and the Twins are coming off a 3 game road sweep of the Texas Rangers this past weekend. Mahle has a 3 pitch combo he focuses on with a 4 seam rising fastball he likes to pound high in the zone averaging 94 MPH and backs that up with a lethal slider which he has increased the use of this year. Mahle also sports a split-finger fastball which drops in the zone suddenly and batters have had a hard time figuring what is coming next from Mahle as he has terrific command of all three pitches. The Twins are very pedestrian against righties with a .238 Avg .316 OBP and .418 SLG and Mahle has the long leash to go at least 6 INN which he has done his past 3 starts in June. I think you can expect 7 INN 5 Hits 8 K and 1 ER today from Mahle as the Twins really don’t have any power lefties (Kepler, Kiriloff, Larnach) that are producing right now and Mahle limits damage from both sides of the plate.

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What a great looking Monday slate today we have on tap for our viewing pleasure. 13 games to be played 10 more than last Monday and I can’t wait to watch some of these games as the runs are coming fast and furious and I don’t see that letting up anytime soon. Some of these teams have woefully bad bullpens and with the weather heating up them balls will be flying out of the parks. Pitching is going to be extra important to get right so do your homework and make sure your pitching spot is locked in with a top pitcher that day and then hit on a couple of one-off bats potentially to get different in tournament play. Don’t be afraid to leave $ on the table sometimes and use that C/1B on a C as most people don’t like to roster a C. All right let’s dive into our profile pitcher Sean Manaea ($9,900). Manaea has always been a little underperforming in my eyes and kind of just blah but taking a closer look into his year so far offers some interesting takeaways. The first thing I noticed was he started throwing a curveball to go along with his sinker and changeup and has thrown the curveball around 15% so far this season which is just enough to keep the hitters thinking about it. Manaea got rid of his slider as well and if you remember last season Manaea was getting lit up at the beginning of the season and nobody was playing him and pissed off they drafted him. These changes he was working with was obviously affecting him and he needed time to work through it. This season his numbers have looked tremendously better and he is having one of his best starts to the season in his career. What you like to see his the barrel % is below average and his BB rate is low. Manaea is around the plate so batters will make contact but it’s ground balls and popups that are being hit and Manaea doesn’t seem to be getting into many jams and has been throwing nice clean games this season. Manaea faces the Angels today who he has faced 2 times already this year with good outings and Manaea has pitched well at home this year. The Angels are coming off a sweep of the Diamondbacks and although it’s not necessarily a far travel time from Arizona it’s still a road trip and Manaea had the benefit of staying in town all weekend and getting ready for his start. I think you will see a solid start from Manaea with the potential of it being outstanding 7 INN 5 Hits 1 ER 8 k’s today is what I’m seeing here.

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Hey! What you say let’s play 3 today. Not quite the ring of the ole doubleheader phrase but we got to work with what we have and that’s what MLB has bestowed on us this lovely Monday afternoon. 3 whole games! So if you had a rough week and wanted to take a day off from DFS or betting I guess this one is good as any. Most of us press on and today as the title suggests, It’s Pablo Time ladies and gentlemen. Miami travels to Boston for this makeup game smack dab in the middle of the day and Fan Duel does have it on its main games so I’m going with it and starting Pablo Lopez ($9,600). Pablo has performed admirably so far this season with not a lot to show for it with only one victory. He’s had a couple of stinkers thrown in there but has given his team more often than not a pathway to win the game and the Marlins just haven’t come through for him in the end. Pablo limits the hard contact by commanding five pitches (4 seam, change up, cutter, curve, sinker) and mixes them well. Pablo throws his changeup more than any other pitch and when it is on it is a devastating pitch to a right-hand hitter. The Marlins just got swept by those pesky Pirates and with the late-night game last night that Boston won against the Yankees and had to travel back home for this one makeup game before hosting the Astros for 3 games starting on Tuesday. I haven’t seen a lineup yet but I figure some of the regular Boston players will get a breather and Lopez is more than capable of shutting down a lineup for 6-7 innings. I’m penciling in Lopez for 7 Innings today, 5 hits, 2 ER, and 9 K’s.

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Ah, What a lovely day we are about to embark on. Memorial Day lots of day baseball, bbq, and some adult beverages if you are in to that sort of thing. Sign me up right. I’m going to cut right to the chase today since I’ve got a little shindig I’ve got to get ready for later today so here we go:

I wanted to wake up this morning to see Carlos Rodon penciled in as the Chicago White Sox starter for one of the games today. They still haven’t announced starters this morning but I’m not seeing anything that would lend me to believe he won’t start one of the games so I’m sticking to my guns and announcing him as my pitcher to target today. Even in an 6 inning game, Rodon could seriously go out and throw a 7 inning no hitter today. He has looked that dominant and if you haven’t watched one of his games today do yourself a favor and sit back and relax and enjoy some pitching mastery. Rodon faces the Cleveland Indians today who he no-hit in April and then faced them his next start also where he only went 5 innings due to some control issues (5 BB). I think he will be just fine and I expect him to go the distance today in a 3-0 victory against the Indians who are coming off a nice come from behind win yesterday and will be playing their 2nd back to back doubleheader today and you got to thing they will be just a tad fatigued. Rodon goes 7 INN 2 Hit 1 BB 9 K’s in a win today. Doesn’t look as if Rodon is on any slates as of now so other than Burnes who I’m recommending below I’m getting behind Johnny Cueto ($7,500) today against the Angels. Cueto has looked good so far this year limits hard contact and doesn’t walk anybody. I think he does enough today for the win against the Angels.

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Greetings! Hope everybody had a great weekend and a profitable out there in DFS land and wagering land if you do that as well. Hot and Cold for me this week as some teams popped this week (Hello Braves and Giants I see you) that I didn’t have too much exposure too so no bueno there if you didn’t have any players on those two teams. I have been doing a lot of diversifying players and looking at some park factors and umpiring trends as well to try and make sure I am giving myself the best opportunities to cash in on some nuances that other players might not be utilizing in their lineups. It’s been a mixed bag honestly but it’s still pretty new so I’m ok with the result so far. Just some things to think about when building your own lineups. All right let’s get to it, shall we?

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Come one come all to your favorite stop on the road to potentially hitting that jackpot we all yearn for. Some simple clicks of some names and good fortune await, right? Well, I wish it was that easy but as we all know by now it is certainly not that right. I hope you had a productive week and had some fun along the way. I had a pretty good week and even got a ticket to a FanDuel tournament and did pretty well so I’m still playing on that so I’m feeling pretty snazzy. We have a pretty light slate today as Mondays and Thursdays are travel days for a lot of teams going forward so we will have to make sure we are choosing wisely. I will keep a close eye on road teams traveling on Sundays after their game and playing on Monday as well as pitchers pitching on Monday who get a full night’s rest in their own bed. I mean how nice is it to sleep in your own bed right. We have a top echelon of starters today ( Cole, Darvish, Buehler and even Kikuchi will get lots of ownership against the Tigers today).

I’m targeting Mr. Yu Darvish here who brings quite an extensive toolbox to today’s matchup. Yu has a 6 pitch arsenal in which he fires away at will and commands all six pitches well. His slider to right-handed hitters is downright nasty and is his best pitch. He is throwing his cutter less which is a good thing and throws a rising 95 mph fastball mixing in a curveball as well. Hitters are constantly having to guess which pitch is coming and often are wrong. Darvish goes deep into games and seems to have found a comfy home in San Diego after a disappointing stay in Chicago after he had some injury woes during his time there and was ineffective at times. The mood in San Diego is an upbeat one even with the loss of some key players due to COVID concerns but hopefully for them, it will pass and they will get back on track. I think Darvish will go deep into this game against the Rockies going at least 7+ innings with 8 k’s and 1 ER.

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Well folks, we got one of the munniest Mondays so far this season and it looks like only 6 games are scheduled and the pitching looks to be pretty mediocre at best. Last week we had a Matz-o Monday which didn’t work out so well unfortunately but I did tout Maeda to a reader instead of Houser (Never Houser btw) so hopefully, he took the suggestion and played Maeda which turned out good if he did. Hopefully, you have been employing some different tactics this year as I have seen winners and have been doing some myself of some different stacks this year. So far since offense has been a little depressed this year full stacks are becoming dicier to play and you need to be diversifying your lineups a little more and entertaining playing a 3/2/2 stack and getting those key guys in your lineup.

Let’s start off another great week with a pitcher that has had quite the turnaround so far this year Alex Wood ($8,900). Wood has had quite the resurgence this season so far and has pitched really well allowing 2 runs or less in every start so far this season (4 starts). Wood relies on 3 pitches to keep hitters off balance a sinker slider combo and a changeup. The slider is a relatively new pitch for Wood and has been very effective striking out 18 of his 22 batters with his wipeout slider pitch. Wood commands all three pitches very nicely using them all fairly equally. Wood’s chase rate is top tier. Also, his barrel% indicates not a lot of hard hits are being hit off of Wood. In fact, there have been only 2 barreled-up hits out of 58 batted balls. Wood faces the Rangers today who fare much worse against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching in all the major categories (.298 OBP, .380 SLG, .678 OPS) Look for Wood to go 7 INN 1 ER and have 7 K’s. You will certainly take that on this slate today.

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DFS is a mental grind sometimes, right? Sometimes you feel you have it all figured out then you have a bad week and you are questioning everything you are doing. Well, you are not alone my friends. It happens to just about everybody unless you are somehow from the future and already know all the mysteries of the world and then you probably wouldn’t be wasting your time with us DFS degenerates now, would you? Yea up and down week for myself, there were some weird games and calls this week as I just finished watching the Phillies and Mets Sunday Night and oh boy did the Phillies look terrible and somehow almost pulled it out. I mean having a three-run home run taken away on a replay call that’s got to be about the worst but then again some of their defensive plays and not paying attention to runners running home really served them right didn’t it. Anyway, it’s a loooooong season guys take a day or two off if you need for mental health, and sometimes that helps in getting things back on track. Stay the course and keep grinding it out. You put the work in you will get results. You will find your rhythm and get back on the winning side of things in no time.

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Hey Hey Hey, Welcome and Thank You for starting your week out and dropping by to get some valuable fantasy DFS info to fill up your coffers. I’m sure you have been hitting on a few of those hidden gems (shout out to Brandon Nimmo and Austin Hays this weekend). I can say since starting this article writing once a week it sure has made me a better fantasy DFS player for sure. The more you watch games take a few notes do a little dive into some numbers and genuinely do your homework on players it will benefit you immensely. April has brought a lot of cold weather which resulted in plenty of low-scoring games (6 shutouts on Sunday). Be careful if you are stacking players you are choosing beneficial games to you and taking into account the weather. I for one have not made full stacking a must-have in my lineups but instead have used 3/2/2 stacks to give me an opportunity to hit on a nice low owned 1 off which has made the difference in a few of my slates.

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