I said it last week and I’ll say it again, if you’re still reading our DFS content at this point in the game, then you most likely had yourself a profitable season.  Congrats and come on into the comments and brag about your successes.  Let’s see if we can finish off the season on a high note and maybe win a little extra spending money before the holidays.  Also, if you’ve done well this season (Over $600 in winnings) you’ll need to set a little aside for taxes, you know, if you’re into paying those.

Now, come sail away with me to Arizona.  Don’t worry, it’s a “dry” heat.  Once we’re there, we’re going to check out Robbie Ray.  Ray checks in with a very affordable $6,900.  Let’s face it, he’s affordable because he isn’t really that great, but, and it’s a big but, he’s got a couple things going for him.  Well, he’s got one thing going for him and that’s his opponent.  The Rockies are such a beautiful disaster away from Coors field, that they can make even make the most mediocre pitcher look amazing.  Away from home, the Rockies have the lowest team OPS in the majors, about 50 points below league average as a matter of fact.  Even more in Ray’s favor is his handedness.  The Rocks are bottom five in team OPS vs. Lefties.  Add this up and you can see a lefty on the road is death on the Coors crew.  It makes sense really, their only scary RHB is Arenado.  Does DJ LeMahieu strike fear in your heart?  Wilin Rosario maybe?  I thought not.  Ray’s been fairly respectable in his own right.  His 3.53 ERA is right in line with his 3.55 FIP and his 8.3 K/9 is nothing to sneeze at.  Ray’s biggest issue is being a little WHIP-y at times and that can get him into trouble.  I think this match-up really sets up well for him though and he can be a low-priced star for tonight’s slate.  Let’s look at a few more potential stars tonight:

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But first, something I haven’t gotten to do in awhile, a shout out to Pacochu, who took down our little 5 team league last Tuesday.  It’s been tough filling our little Razz league of late, but the 5 teamer filled in a jiffy and Pacochu swiped all our money thanks to Lackey and McCullers leading the charge.  Nicely done.

Mike Fiers, SP: $8,600 – Here’s a classic example of this time of year when a team needs a win (HOU) and a team is packing it in for next year (SEA).  It’s Kershaw and Bumgarner at the top tonight and I’ll let you flip that coin for who you trust more but Fiers could be a cash game number two if you can’t afford Ross or he could be a GPP numero uno if you chose to fade the top.

Bartolo Colon, SP: $7,000 – It’s crazy to say it but Colon might be one of the safest options tonight, making him a great pairing with a Kershaw or Bumgarner.  Like pairing wine with food we’re pairing food with our SP1.  That food or course is floating around inside Bartolo’s belly.  He’s been pretty lame lately but the last time he was in Philly he posted 31 DK points.  The Met’s have the NL East wrapped up and should let Colon go the distance in this one because I’m not sure they use him in the playoffs.  The best part is, David Buchanan is opposing him and even the Mets’ B-team should be able to knock him around and get Bartolo a win.  You don’t have to love it, just close your eyes and click.

Daniel Norris, SP: $5,500 – I featured Norris in my last article and all he did was go out and throw a perfect game through 5 innings.  I warned about the pitch count, but for his cheap price, the 5 perfect frames paid off.  He gets a small bump in price but his pitch count should also be up to around 80 in this one.  Texas is a little scary but it’s a risk/reward play.  There’s no one cheaper I’d trust more than Norris for some sweet upside.

Yan Gomes, C: $3,300 – Cheap wine and cheap catchers; even if they give you a headache, at least you didn’t pay much for them.  Gomes is riding a 7 game hit streak and has clobbered Kyle Gibson to the tune of 6 hits in 11 ABs with 2 of them homers.  Yan can can can!

Jose Abreu, 1B: $3,900 – This is mainly a price call and a notice that Abreu is much, much too cheap.  He’s priced all the way down with Justin Morneau who’s facing a lefty.  That’s just wrong.  He is facing Cueto and Cueto could all of a sudden get his shimmy back but he’s looked pretty hittable as a Royal and Abreu’s taken him yard once before.

Evan Gattis, 1B: $3,600 – With half the games potentially being washed out tonight (more on that below) I’m trying to focus on west coast games only which makes pickings thin.  Gattis is always a threat for a multi-HR game and is a great GPP play because of that.  Plus, if I recommend Gattis, I get to show you this.  You’re welcome.

Chris Coghlan, 2B/OF: $3,600 – You had to know this was coming if you peaked and saw the Cubs were facing a righty.  Coghlan hasn’t been mashing like he was midseason lately but Josh Smith has given up about a run per inning this season (19ER in 23 IP) and I could see Coghlan getting in on that fun tonight.

Jose Altuve, 2B: $4,500 – Again, with all the rain potential, I’m leaning towards stacking up Astros against Nuno and you really can’t go wrong with Altuve.

Mike Moustakas, 3B: $4,100 – Teddy Heater referred to Samardzija as “Puke Soup” the other day and I loved it.  Of course, he went on to shutout the Tigers that day, but is anyone really buying that he’s all of a sudden good again?  I’m not, he could flip a switch and be giving up 9 runs in 2 innings just like that.  Moose Tacos would oblige and has taken him deep twice in the 9 ABs he’s had vs. Samardzija.

Evan Longoria, 3B: $4,100 – Due to the wonders of a roof, the Rays will still be playing and Longoria gets to face lefty Adam Conley.  As frustrating as Longoria’s been, he’s still who you hoped for when he gets to face left handed pitching.  His .345/.396/.581 slash line vs. LHP is much better than his righty slash line which I won’t depress you with.  Conley has been OK, but isn’t someone I’m looking to avoid by any means.

Jed Lowrie, 3B/SS: $3,400 – All-in on Astros.  Jed gets to bat in a primo lineup position most nights for some reason.  Even if you’re not staking Astros, he’s a good, cheap play at SS.  Not many shortstops get to bat cleanup after all.

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF: $4,000 – It’s been a lost season for Ells for sure.  It’s impossible to know which of these games will be PPD and which ones might play.  Ells is our BvP special of the night though.  Career vs. Rick Porcello Jacoby is 11 for 21 with 4 HRs and 2 SBs.  Cha-ching.

Kole Calhoun, OF: $3,700 – I would expect the Angels to get to Bassit at some point.  Calhoun is probably more of a cash game play, he’s been steady, reliable points, but nothing flashy.

Ender Inciarte, OF: $4,000 – I’m riding the hot hand hear in what is essentially a bullpen start for the Rockies.  Bergman was crushed his last time out, but that was in Coors and on short notice.  Still, he’s not a starter and even if Ender doesn’t get to him, the rest of the Rockies bullpen is far from wonderful.  Look for Ender’s hot streak to continue.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Oh boy, it’s going to be a night full of weather watching and things could get real ugly.  There’s rain possible all over the east coast, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]  There is also rain possible in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.  That’s a lot of rain.  With some of these games mean nothing for either team ([email protected] for example) I could see them getting PPD.  Keep an eye on them and err on the left coast games.

Doing Lines In Vegas

Cole Hamels is the biggest Vegas favorite on the night at -200.  Cubs/Reds and Rockies/D-Backs each offer a 9 run total tonight while the Kershaw vs. Bumgarner showdown has the lowest over/under at 6.5.

  1. Dan L. says:
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    September has been the month I’ve blown the doors off Fantasy Baseball so I appreciate the continued content. I won a $5,000 moonshot on 9/21 with a Pirates stack in Coors, Murphy and Rizzo paired with Erik Johnson and Keuchel. Up around $6,000 now on the month after more or less breaking even all season!

    • MattTruss

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      Nice man, that’s what I’m talking about! Love hearing this stuff! That’s a great strategy I think and has typically been my MO as well, breaking even most of the year and just hoping to hit a couple big ones. I typically play enough double ups that if I win them all but lose all my tournament entries I’d make a small profit. On a night where they all hit, I make out nice and if and when I hit a big one, then it’s Yahtzee! 6 Gs is pretty sick! June and July were my best months, September has been kinda “meh”. It’s going to be sad to see MLB go though, I’m gonna miss that extra income :) Congrats on the fine season and thanks for stopping by the comments. Hope to see you back next year with that increased bankroll!

      • Dan L. says:
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        @MattTruss: Thanks! Love the work you guys do day in and day out and hope to get into a few of the razzball tournies next year. Seems like every time I go to do one its a day like today where its a rainy mess and by the time weather reports are clear and lineups are out its full. I operate on a very similar strategy where I do enough double up to pay for GPP losses that day and tend to break even or shed a little most months if I don’t have a big day in a tourney.

  2. MuneForNothing says:
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    As invited in the intro, thought I’d come in and say I did have a good DFS season. Mostly I won a little, spent a little, and more or less broke even, but in July I had a couple of nights of really good winnings. Like, had-to-investigate-the-tax-situation-here-in-Canada good. And unfortunately I don’t remember exactly who was in those lineups, but I know there were at least a couple of player ideas I got from you guys in here.

    So on that note, I also just wanted to thank you and all the other DFS writers for the consistently excellent (and entertaining) advice. It’s got to be hard to be so creative with this day after day, but it’s appreciated.

    It’s been awesome playing with you this season. See you in April (if not sometime again this week!).

    Lastly, go Jays!

    Cheers
    MuneforNothing
    1/5 girl readers

    • MattTruss

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      Haha, always a good thing when you have to start investigating your tax situation! Sounds like you had a fun year, spending a little is always the most fun. When you get a little “fun money” from a hobby like this, it’s pretty awesome. Hard to beat paying for things out of a paypal account from DFS withdrawls.

      Thanks for the kind words (it was our pleasure) and thanks for playing with us all year. You, WildHorses, Pacochu, Wheels5502, UncleCos, thentheresthisguy and I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple more, were in there most nights which was a lot of fun.

      I might be throwing my support behind the Jays, I’m a Braves fan so my season is lost. Can’t stand the Yankees, so anyone that takes them out is good in my book. They’re a fun team to watch. Good luck and see you in April!

      • MuneForNothing says:
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        @MattTruss: Awww, sorry your Braves are done! I feel your pain — usually this is a melancholy time of year to be a Jays fan, and I still can’t quite believe the season isn’t going to be over on Sunday, that we’re getting a Wild Card game, AT LEAST. Haha, I can’t stand the Yankees either. Yeah, throw your support in with us — the whole of Canada! It’s kinda awesome to be talking about something other than hockey for a change…

        Yes, thanks to everyone you mentioned above! Plus a hollah to h2gtim, MRoto108, DC2000, ericruh and the other writers (Sky, PuigRoast, JayWalker, mwaterloo…). Pretty sure I’m forgetting people too.

        Anyway, see you at 7:05 :-)

  3. Teddy Heater says:
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    Moose Tacos!! I like it! No I want some Tito’s Taco’s too bad they’re not open at 5am when I drop the wife off for her flight tomo. I got to throw out the 1st pitch at the Angel’s game through DK, that shizzz was legit!

    • MattTruss

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      That is legit man, so freaking cool!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @MattTruss: Grey and J-Foh came so it was really cool to meet them. I’m just glad I juiced a nice strike while Rocking the Razzball jersey. Artie Moreno even complimented on my way out of the luxury suite elevator. Once in a lifetime! I came in 3rd two weeks ago for an Angels meet and greet. Trout and Hicks got rained out in Min so I lost by 10 pts. The Team contests are only $3 bucks and you can do 5 entries. I loaded up on Angels, Giants & Rockies contests, as I have family and friends in those areas. We’ll have to keep an eye on them for next year.

        • MattTruss

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          I remember that, you were the talk of Razzball for a week there :)

          Haha, Artie probably wanted to see if you could close. That’s sweet, I’m really only close to Fenway, but that would be pretty fun, I should keep an eye out for those.

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @MattTruss: Buddee!!! Thank you, thank you for convincing me not to roster any possible rain outs! 3 games cancelled and I went all West Coast, Yanks, TB and KC!

            • MuneForNothing says:
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              @Teddy Heater: Oh, man, I second those thanks!! I did the same and it paid off…

            • MattTruss

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              Nice! Glad it worked out, I brain farted the MIN/CLE game and left Yan at catcher, he was hardly the source of my low score tonight though.

  4. Pacochu says:
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    I appreciate the shout out! I’ve been very hit and miss this year with DFS. I made a resolution to treat it as a part time job, but being a stay at home dad of almost two year old twins takes up more time than I thought it would. My one season long league (in its 12th year) came to an end and since only two people actually paid, it was for naught. The league is folding as you can imagine.

    So, I have one week left to win my thousands of dollars. Somehow, I managed to get a Milly Maker NFL ticket last night with a ugly 99.8 points.

    The weather tonight is making me worried. I can’t exactly sit round at roster lock times to see the weather since that is dinner cooking and eating time. I guess I’ll load up on good weather games and not worry about it. That eliminates my Jays, but they have been getting pricey.

    • MattTruss

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      Word, I hear that man, this stuff can be time consuming as heck and 7 pm EST is prime dinner time at the Truss household as well. You basically have to treat it like a part time job if you want to be really on the ball. Just gotta win that million, then it can be my full time gig, you know, in between walks down to the beach from my beach house. :)

      The weather tonight is crazy, I’m inclined to do the same thing you mentioned and just load up on good weather games and call it good.

      You only have one season long league huh? Is it H2H or roto? You should give an RCL a whirl next year. I find that the same skills are needed in DFS as in the RCL format to help your success rate. Batty calls = your low priced DFS options and streaming pitchers is the same deal, it takes the same evaluation methods. There’s a couple RCLs that run for money, they’re a lot of fun. They fit my style of play. I commish one of the more insanely competitive RCLs and we all toss in 50 pesos. I might commish a second one next year for $25. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll shoot you a message or something when they open up again next season. DFS is awesome and all, but I don’t think I could ever quit my year long leagues.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @MattTruss: I’m in for some Roto next year. I’m retiring all my H2H leagues except so I’m in for any buy in amount. I did 3 RCL leagues and I got pummeled in 2 of them because I didn’t draft any closers and the leagues were on the East Coast, so I wasn’t up in time to get the 3rd closer in line! I’m going to finish 2nd in my other one, not bad for not playing roto for 10 years.

        • MattTruss

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          Awesome! I wonder if I could get enough interest with the DFS regulars to fill a league? It’d be cool to all be playing together in a year long league while also playing DFS together now and then. I think we’re onto something here. We could fill the message board with our wins/laments/close calls and bitching at players that lost us money, it’d be great! You and Pacochu should drop me a line and I’ll get back at you guys next RCL season…trussellm at gmail dot com.

          • MuneForNothing says:
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            @MattTruss: I would actually be down with this, too! Although I already have 2 Roto leagues, haha… Oh well, who needs sleep?

            • MattTruss

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              Sweet, we’re 1/4 full just like that! I forgot that I can get your email addresses from the comments, is the email you use to post the best to reach you at for an invite next year? Looks like its a Yahoo address. If that is, I’ll put you and Teddy on the list and see who else I can dig up. That’d be fun!

              • MuneForNothing says:
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                @MattTruss: Yep, my Yahoo address will work perfectly. Thanks, Mr. Truss :-)

      • Pacochu says:
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        @MattTruss:

        My long time league had been roto for the past eleven years. Honestly, it wasn’t the most challenging and think I won the thing six of those years. We switched to H2H this year to try and keep the activity level up. It didn’t quite work. I ended up in second when my offense quit the last week.

        I appreciate the invite, but I think I’m just going to stick to DFS. I can play on my schedule and I’m sure my free time will only decrease as the midgets get older and their nap time (my computer time) decreases.

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