Sometimes a comet comes streaking across the MLB sky.  Today is one of those days on FanDuel, when a highly talented guy gets called up and makes his first start and starts out ridiculously cheap.  Lefty Brendan McKay ($5,700) is already a legend.  He held Judge and Stanton to 0-4 with three strikeouts when they were rehabbing in the minors earlier this year.  Furthermore, he’s held right handed batters to a .160 average and .462 OPS this year.  Lefties have hit a robust .185/.464.  He’s facing a Rangers squad that only hits .250 0n the road and .238 against left handed starters.  Some may stay away from him because he is a rookie, and because Justin Verlander is starting against the Mariners today.  But McKay’s value is just too good to pass up.  Plus, we need the salary cap space for some pricey batters today.

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Sometimes a FanDuel slate is straightforward.  There’s a Dodger pitcher, pitching at home, with a 1.26 ERA this year?  Sign me up!  Hyun-Jin Ryu ($10,600) is the man this year.  He’s 9-1 with a 1.26 ERA and .82 WHIP this year.  If the season ended today he would be the NL Cy Young award winner.  He has a 0.45 ERA in June and a 0.87 ERA at home.  He very well might throw a complete game shutout today.  Now on the rest of the picks.

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Sometimes it’s better to stay away from a Dodgers Giants matchup.  One of the best rivalries in baseball can create uncertain outcomes at times.  Today is not one of those times.  The Dodgers are on an absolute tear.  They’re tied for the league lead with 48 wins.  And a big part of that is a resurgent Clayton Kershaw ($10,700).  Kershaw has a 2.78 ERA the last 30 days, a 2.25 ERA in June, and a 2.06 ERA against the Giants over the last three years.  That includes 90 Ks over 96 innings.  He’s also not walking many this year, with a 1.08 WHIP overall.  Kershaw is also $1,300 cheaper than today’s top dog Justin Verlander.  So use that dough for some of the no-brainer, big dollar guys in your lineup.  On to the rest of today’s picks.

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The glory of Rome, even now, is a wonder to behold.  The Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the fountains, the beauty of the Renaissance everywhere you look.  But for pure 800 pound gorilla dominance, nothing tops the Colosseum.  And today Max Scherzer ($11,700) is the “Colosseo” of the FanDuel slate.  You may say he has a 3-5 record with a 3.06 ERA, how is that mighty?  Well my friends, he leads the league with 12.3 K/9, and the revamped Padres, even with Manny Machado, hit him to a minimus .188/.563 batting average/OPS slash line.  They also strike out 37% of the time against him.  Maximus dominante daverro!  Don’t judge him on my bad Italian, just start him. On to the picks.

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Sometimes on a FanDuel slate the starting pitchers aren’t the shiniest objects.  Yes, there are Aces, but first basemen are the main attraction.  The stats are just too compelling.  And when it comes to production stats, ISO (Isolated Power from Fangraphs), combined with our awesome Razzball tools, is the straw that stirs the drink.  That production leads to scoring on FanDuel, which leads to winning.  More after a word from our sponsor.

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Jacob deGrom.  That almost says it all.  Sure, he’s 2-4 with a 3.60 ERA this year on the whole.  But in the month of May he is back to his dazzling self: 1.24 ERA, 13 Ks, 3 BB in 14 innings.  And if that wasn’t enough, he’s toeing the rubber against the 30th ranked run scoring team in the majors.  Not only are the Florida Marlins the 30th ranked offense, they’re a full 20 runs behind the 29th ranked Detroit Tigers.  That’s worse than the lazy plot devices going on in Game of Thrones!  The Marlins are so bad, and deGrom is so good, the Mets are favored at -410.  A whole season goes by and you don’t see a line like that.  He’s expensive ($11,300), but there is no surer thing on FanDuel this year than deGrom against the Marlins.  Of course, there’s more than one way to skin a FanDuel lineup, so on to the picks.

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Sometimes simple is better, and the simplest answer today is SP Jose Berrios ($10,100).  He’s the third highest cost on the FanDuel slate for a very good reason: The Twins are playing the last place Orioles.  That’s right, the Orioles are so bad, they’ve sunken below the sluggish Red Sox in the AL East.  It doesn’t hurt that Berrios is sporting a 2-0 record with a 1.26 ERA at home so far this year, and is carrying a .93 WHIP overall.  Now on to the picks.

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Blake Snell ($12,000) may look like a 16 year old on the verge of shaving, but he’s a bonafide skull crusher between the white lines.  Not only that, but with the Red Sox and Yankees struggling, his Tampa Bay Rays are the toast of the AL East so far this year.  Senior Zilla has upped his game to the alternative rock tune of a 2.84 ERA, .89 WHIP, and 12.79 K/9 this year.  Cue Dave Grohl’s killer snares.  Honestly, his numbers against the current Jays, whose only power comes from the left side (that Snell neutralizes), are downright brilliant.  They hit .123 with a .364 OPS against him, and he has a 2.96 ERA in Rogers Center to boot.  His man competition, Justin Verlander, is facing the red hot Mariners, which gives Snell the clear edge for best start of the day.  Now let’s take a look at the rest of the slate today.

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Staaaaaart spreadin’ the news, he’s starting today.  He wants to be a part of it, the Yankee Rotation.  James Paxton ($10,400) gets his close up in pinstripes and he’s got a soft landing.  The Baltimore Orioles and their latest edition of a terrible team face off against Paxton, who comes out of Spring Training with a nifty stat line of a 2.08 ERA/.981 WHIP/9.9 K9.  Let’s face it, the Orioles are worse than some of the lineups he faced in Spring Training.  Now let’s take a look at the rest of the slate today.

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For Harry Potter fans, the Lightning Struck Tower chapter is the end of an era.  For us, it’s the final day of the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Season.  A moment of silence for an incredible season of ups and downs, heroes and goats, legends in the making and fading into the distance….And let us now embark on our final day on the shoulders of the god of lightning himself: Noah Syndergaard.  Thor is striking today against the lowly Miami Marlins, and thanks to his incredible teammate the deGrominator , the Norse Noah will be motivated to put his own indelible stamp on the MLB season.  Not only do the Marlins hit him to a weak .686 OPS, but it’s a day game, and during the warm glow of daytime Syndergaard shines even brighter: 4-1 with a 2.61 ERA.  Other big names are playing for teams that are locked into playoff position so will be on low pitch counts, like Charlie Morton and Carlos Carrasco, or rookies pushing themselves beyond what they’ve ever done, like Walker Buehler.  It’s Noah Syndergaard with a lightening struck bullet as the number one pick today.  Now let’s look at a few more early-, middle- and late-round picks for your Draft…drafts!

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