Hello there (four) ladies and gentlemen. It’s your friendly neighborhood hippo here. Not to be confused with Big Fat Hippo from back in the day, but I’ve been around these parts since that time frame. First as a lurker, next as a frequent commenter, and now I come to you as a humble DFS writer. I’ve always had a lot to say and have always wanted a platform to say it. Well, want no more. I’m excited to be coming to you weekly and hopefully putting a few pesos in your pocket. This is a nice way for me to give back to Razzball and the Razzball community for all they’ve done for me over the years. I was hoping this gig came with one of those STAFF shirts, I’ve always wanted one of those, but no dice. Instead, I’ve taken my Razzball T-shirt and used some iron on paper to spell out STAFF on the back. Now excuse me while I stand here with my arms crossed and try to look important. Ahhh, feels just like I thought it would. With introductions out of the way, I’d like to chat a minute about this daily game.

The daily fantasy game is the fantasy sports format of the future if you ask me. Just think about it: kids these days are all hopped up on MAXX energy drinks (no clue if that’s actually a thing) and can’t remove their eyeballs from their twitter account, even while driving. Nothing holds their attention for longer than 30 seconds. 30 seconds isn’t nearly enough time to sit through an entire roto draft or manage a team each and every day for 6 months. You know what you can do in 30 seconds though? I’ll tell ya. Put together a Draftkings lineup that could win you thousands of dollars. Instant gratification friends. You can cash out the next morning and put it all on red by the afternoon. It doesn’t get much better than that. No more waiting for your 12 buddies to pay the commish who will eventually get around to sending you a check for a couple hundo. If it’s bragging rights you crave, you can set up a league with those same 12 buddies and play every day for $1. Or, you can play your Razzball pals regularly right here and thump your chest in the comments. Plenty of options and a little something for everyone. I invite you to do what I did last season and decide on a bankroll (let’s just say $100) and just give this thing a whirl. Play a $1 50/50 game, where half the field wins, everyday for a month or so and just get a feel for it, see how it works and see if your bankroll grows. Trust me, you don’t want to be left standing on the beach while everyone else is riding the fantasy wave of the future. Now, hold on while we drop into the green room for some of today’s best plays, bruh.

New to DraftKings? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well try out this 10 teamer of Razzball writers and friends to wet your DK whistle. Just remember to sign up through us before you do. It’s how we know you care! If you still feel helpless and lonely, be sure to subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays.

Zack Greinke, SP: $8,800 – It’s a funky early season short schedule day today. Short schedule days are an interesting animal. On regular days there’s a ton of data to sort through and a much larger player pool to choose from. This tends to separate the better DFS players. On a short schedule day if you don’t own the one or two guys that go ham, you’re on the outside looking in. With a smaller player pool and less lineup variation the field is tighter and the casual player can have a real shot to do some damage if they happen to own that one player that fills up the stat sheet. With that schpiel out of the way, I can’t see getting away from Greinke much. He’s likely to be highly owned and is a cash game must. He’s the biggest favorite in Vegas and is one of the top 3 options in strikeout upside. If you played Opening Day on DraftKings, you’ll notice that price tag and smile a bit. Don’t over think this one.

Jesse Hahn, SP: $6,000 – With Zack on board the question becomes, who do you pair with him? On the short slate there’s only a handful of viable options. Hahn is going to be my guy though. Hahn had himself a fantastic run once he was called up in June last year. Once August rolled around the wheels fell off and he was shut down come September. I’m willing to chalk this up to a young pitcher just wearing down at the end of the year. He sported around 8 K/9 and a 3.59 xFIP which would have been around top 40 had he qualified. The 7.5 HR/FB% was no doubt aided by Petco, but O.co isn’t exactly a hitter’s paradise. Hahn also has something going for him I love and that’s no discernable platoon splits. In his 14 games last year it was lefties batting .227 and righties hitting .200. I like the kid to take a step forward. Besides, when Colby Lewis is opposing you, your odds of picking up the win increase 10 fold.

Mike Zunino, C: $3,600 – With all of this cheap pitching out there today offensive lineups are going to be stacked. The best way to get yourself points in the daily game is through power. You could throw down for Buster but for a grand less you get some sweet power upside and can load up elsewhere. C.J. Wilson is a less than formidable foe and Zunino gets the lefty vs righty edge. Bang for the buck, that’s what it’s all about.

Albert Pujols, 1B: $4,200 – Eventually we’ll start spending some of this dough, but I can’t let Pujols slide at this price. I mean, Brandon Belt is way up there at $4,700. I know Pujols if facing Razzball heartthrob James Paxton, but I give the edge to the wily vet. It’s a value play.

Chris Davis, 1B/3B: $4,400 – If you find yourself with a little leftover dough and in need of some upside, say in a GPP, take a peek at Crush. Nate Karns is on the hill for Tampa Bay. My research on Nate Karns started with his career 6 ERA and ended with his 5.08 ERA in AAA Durham last season. Yup, I think more than a couple O’s will find their way into my lineup today.

Ben Zobrist, 2B: $3,900 – Check back to my Hahn blurb where I mention Colby Lewis. Lewis and Karns are my main targets today with a dash of Wilson mixed in for good measure. Zobrist isn’t the most exciting of plays, but on a day like today having a three hole hitter at 2B for under 4 grand is pretty nice.

Jace Peterson, 2B: $3,100 – I’m kind of in love with Jace. I really think he can be a solid contributor this year and while his price is low I’ll be looking his way often. There’s an important concept in DFS regarding maximizing at bats. More at bats means more scoring opportunities, it makes sense. When players at the top of lineups (even bad ones) are this cheap, do yourself a favor and take notice. It’s icing on the cake that Peterson has the tools to hit .300 and swipe plenty of bags. Sign me up.

Jake Lamb, 3B: $3,600 – Third base is a barren wasteland as I’m sure you know by now having completed all those RCL drafts. If I don’t slide Chris Davis into 1B, he’ll man the hot corner. If I need some salary relief though, Lamb will be my man. Baaaaa. Had to, now that that’s out of my system let’s chat about Lamb. He was benched yesterday vs the tough lefty in Bumgarner but should be all systems go vs the soft tossing righty, Ryan Vogelsong. Lamb is going to have something to prove to make sure Yamany doesn’t steal his job and has shown he can hit for a good average and throw in some pop. You’ll have to dig into his minor league stats a bit as his showing last year was less than stellar. He’s a player I’m keeping my eye on early in the season though.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS: $5,100 – I told you we had to start spending all of this leftover moola eventually. I can’t think of many better players to dump it on then arguably one of the best hitters in baseball. Besides, you better own him while you can, it’s only a matter of time until that DL stint comes around.

Everth Cabrera, SS: $3,100 – If you decide to go Scrooge McDuck and take a swim in your gold coins as opposed to spend them all on Tulo, EverCab will be there for you. This is assuming Baltimore actually let’s him get on the field. I think Everth was the RCL’s most dropped player yesterday once the lineups were released. I’m not sure what they’re doing there in Baltimore but with the aforementioned Karns pitching, any and all O’s are in play. To abuse J-FOH’s hard work some more, you can check out his thoughts on the Creeper of the Week.

Nelson Cruz, OF: $4,100 – I’ve already suggested Tulo, people would throw rotten vegetables at me if I put Trout out there too. Chances are you’ll have the cash though and for the short time period when he isn’t the highest priced player, you should work him in. Back to Nelson, this is one thing Seattle has been missing. A legitimate RH power threat in the middle of the lineup. This is also the type of game Seattle envisioned him doing some work. Cruz gets a less than impressive LHP on the division foe Angels and I think he feasts. He’s also 4 for 10 with a HR off C.J. if you’re into that kind of thing. Though, Rudy suggests you shouldn’t be.

Gerardo Parra, OF: $3,500 – A little bit of cost cutting in the OF if need be. I was surprised but also encouraged that Khris Davis earned the starting nod even vs a RHP on Opening Day. It’s not everyday a manager makes a decent lineup decision and I fully expected a full on Davis/Parra platoon by Roenicke. With Braun leaving the game with an owie on his side yesterday Parra will be in by default. He could slot in near the top of the lineup and Jordan Lyles doesn’t exactly strike fear into anyone’s heart.

Justin Ruggiano, OF: $3,600 – When Ruggiano is facing a lefty, there’s always a chance for a nice value play. If you’re looking to stack some Mariners I would include him and his .836 career OPS vs. LHP all day long. A Cruz, Ruggiano, Zunino 4,5,6 would be nice but I doubt we get that lucky. Check in at lineup time and see where and if Ruggiano is in there. There are many worse ways to spend your fake $3,600.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Looks like a chance for rain in Chicago tonight, oh and it’s 36 degrees. Who was it exactly that scheduled an unfinished Wrigley for the opening series in early April when it could potentially snow in Chicago? More worrisome is the rain in LA however. There’s a high chance for some rain early, but it looks like they could delay and get it in later. If there’s concerns here at all around lineup lock I’m pivoting from Greinke to Alex Wood

Doing Lines In Vegas

The Padres vs Dodgers over/under comes in at the coveted 6.5 line for starting pitchers with Greinke as the heaviest favorite on the day (-178). On the other side Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay is sitting at an 8.5 over/under and I’ve taken note with my Orioles suggestions. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to pick a couple Rays to get in on the action vs. Wei-Yin Chen. Evan Longoria comes to mind.

 
  1. JeF With 1 F says:
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    TRUSS FALL!!….Congrats…Good stuff bud

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks man, I’m pretty excited about the opportunity. You’re a DFS guy if I recall, right?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @MattTruss: Yes i am…just getting back into it again

  2. BigFatHippo says:
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    Hey now……

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Wow, haven’t seen you in the comments in quite some time. Maybe because there are so many now, but back in the day I remember seeing you posting all the time. Happy to shout out to a Razzball oldie but goodie.

  3. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Just a note on the Vegas lines, some have moved since my research yesterday. The TB/BAL game dropped to a 7. Maybe Vegas has Karns pegged for a gem, but I’m still picking on him. The ARI/SF game has bumped up to an 8.5…Ryan Vogelsong will do that for you.

  4. BigFatHippo says:
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    Thanks MattTruss. Just saw this article pop up in my Facebook feed and thought “hey, somebody’s impersonating me. Why would they do that?” Good article man, I still read but too damn many of these young whippersnappers in the comments……

    • J-FOH says:
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      @BigFatHippo: those little bastards

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @J-FOH: Wet behind the ears little runts. I been Razzballin since ought 5 (or thereabouts)……. Oh, Hey Guys….carry on

        • J-FOH says:
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          @BigFatHippo: hahaha, those damn whipersnappers with their rap music and sideburns

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Get off our lawn!

  5. CL says:
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    I’m CL here, UncleCos over in DraftKings.

    New rule for the regulars; Yer not allowed to read these posts until AFTER you set lineups!

    Good start to the year though!

    PS: I’ve also entered the RCL for the first time. I haven’t done yearly draft in quite some time (I’m in Year 8 of a dynasty league though), so that was interesting.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I’ve got a few topics I’ve jotted down in case I’m ever hard up for openers and one of them is the correlation between RCL style leagues and DFS. I’m sure you already realize but research for one is basically research for the other. I snagged Ruggiano/Lamb/Hahn wherever I could for streams today across my RCL leagues. Good luck this year!

      • CL says:
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        @MattTruss: I hypothesize playing in an 8 year dynasty league has given me quite the filter for DFS, baseball at least. And I certainly am doing the day-to-day managing on the “regular” teams while putting together a DFS lineup.

        We’ll see how this first full year of DFS pans out though.

  6. J-FOH says:
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    Great stuff Matt I could send you the “staff” shirt I got but you don’t really want it. It’s the wrong kind of staff

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ha! Thanks man and thanks for the nudge to quit pussy-footin around and get into this writing deal. I can tell I’m going to enjoy it already.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss: hey man I’m a matchmaker around here. I thought you would be good for the product. Always love having a Razzball man join the ranks. I’m glad I got Sky on board with you

  7. mauledbypandas says:
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    You inspired me to play a 50/50 today. Going with Hahn and Arietta!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Go panda go! Just keep an eyeball on the weather w/Arrieta.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @MattTruss: Good point on that. Did not notice the storms.

        • Kung Pao Panda says:
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          @mauledbypandas: Cards/Cubs postponed

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Kung Pao Panda: was just about to update that here, thanks

  8. Nate says:
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    Cardinals v Cubs game canceled?

    • kisses says:
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      @Nate: yup, with a makeup game TBD. Dodgers and Padres should also be rained out (it rains in LA?!).

    • MattTruss

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      Yup, could make for a real bummer of a slate if LA/SD gets rained out too.

  9. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Im in the razzball league tonight…A lot of good deals tonight

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Awesome, incredibly soft pricing today. I’m not sure I’ve built an offense this tasty on DK in quite some time.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @MattTruss: It’s crazy how the prices fluctuate from the different DFS sites. (not that I go anywhere but DraftKings!)

        • MattTruss

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          That’s why it’s fun to play them all (if you do that kind of thing). It’s like a stock market portfolio. This guy is cheap over here, I’ll take some of that, that guy is cheap over there, I’ll snag some of that and diversify.

  10. heatster says:
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    I like the call on the Lambino. I’m all over that game tonight, really don’t feel good about any of the pitching options if no Arrieta, Lynn, or Greinke.

    • MattTruss

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      The boost to the highest o/u of the night bodes well for sure.

  11. Cram It says:
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    Don’t sleep on Karns! I would totally use him tonight if I was playing.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Well, it would sure be contrarian I’d guess. I just can’t get behind that guy tonight. When almost all the pitching options are so cheap he hardly seems worth the risk. Rudy’s tools seem to love him for some reason though, if that makes you feel any better.

      I didn’t notice you adding him to stream in FCL tonight though.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: @MattTruss: No, not just to zag and be contrarian. I took him in NFBC. I like him. Forget last years AAA season. He’s had a very good minor league career and ST. High K guy. The walk rate is a red flag but the O’s swing at everything. I don’t like any of the pitching options below Latos. Game on!

        Ha. It’s too early to be streaming. Bet your ass I’ll be streaming him later in the year though. I mean, assuming he’s not demoted by then.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          His secondary stuff is lacking. Most peg him as a future RP, not a starter. But like I said, H2H? Sky-Razzball, hit me up :)

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: Idk how to look you up.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Create an H2H, select ‘Private’ for the settings and in the section that says ‘invite’ invite me.

              • Cram It says:
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                @Sky: Done

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Schveet!

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Sky: I’m not starting Karns btw. Hope that’s okay, as it changes the dynamics of our agreement that really only you agreed to. Kidding, not kidding, maybe, maybe not! 7 kinds of smoke!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Only smoke I’m worried about is how much I smoke you by :)

        • MattTruss

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          You could be right, but not my style. Not a fan of throwing out a guy’s full season at the highest minor league level and/or his 5 starts in the majors. Last year was 157 IP between AAA and MLB and his ERA was around 5 with around 4 BB/9. He was OK in double A back in 2013 I guess. K’s seem to be there, that’s about all.

          • Cram It says:
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            @MattTruss: I’m not saying he’s going to be a stud or anything. But that IS my style. Take a chance on one cheap pitcher and trust in generally good hitters to not have dud games. I can be a little ballsy when I’m throwing around $1 bills.

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Haha, make it rain Cram!

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Karns looking good so far!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I love leading an H2H matchup without scoring 1 point.

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  So jealous, I should’ve hopped in on this action!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    It was a gentleman’s bet so the money isn’t big. You know what else won’t be big after this, though? Cram’s ego…OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m so challenging you to an H2H if you’re starting Karns

  12. mauledbypandas says:
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    tried to join the link you posted but got this ” Contest entry failed for the following reason(s):
    It is a violation to attempt to modify another players team.”

    :(

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Bummer, that should’ve been fixed, but I e-mailed you an invite to the league. Last spot so hurry on in.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Try again?

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Sky: seemed to work but league was filled, next time!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Damn, sorry about that!

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Sky: I’m trying a moonshot. I expect to be swimming in my money bin like Scrooge McDuck this time tomorrow!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              ‘Bathe me in the money’

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: this early in the year your razzball leagues should be bigger

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              We might up it here soon. TBD

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: I think you should, I would of played but needed more time to join. Im just saying get em in while the season is young. Hooked like a junkie for bigger purses

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Or make it feel like an exclusive club so people keep trying to be the first one in. Anticipation is sometimes the biggest part of the process.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: Im better at drug dealing than you and if they want the product be there with the product

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m more the ‘Requiem For A Dream’ truck scene guy, myself.

                    • MattTruss

                      MattTruss says:
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                      I can create another contest, maybe a cheap 50/50 and post the link here, but I’ll be damned if I can figure out where to get the link so people can join a created contest. I was able to invite myself this morning and get the invite link that way, but it’s not working right now. They should really make it easier then this. Either of you have any clue on that?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      you are avoiding my point

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I like how you said that to yourself. Not avoiding, saying there’s different ways to approach but also already said will look into upping the size of the league shortly. You can calm yourself over there, Tuco.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Im not in today but I think you should increase league size. That is all

  13. Wake Up says:
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    Nice work Truss. You just beat me to Ruggiano.

    I like Aoki too.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks Wake. Everyone is beating everyone to someone it seems like, I was waiting to snag Snider until I saw his lineup placement. Magoo sniped him though.

      Aoki isn’t bad either, he’s on my short list for the day.

      ARI has the Peralta/Inciarte combo too, both decent options vs. Vogelsong

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss: I think Inciarte is on the bench today if I read things right

  14. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Great work Truss! You might convince me to get into Draftkings at some point. And I didn’t get a Staff Shirt either :)

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks Paulie!

      DFS is a lot of fun, great compliment to the work you’re already doing for ECFBL.

  15. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Any reason EYJ isn’t in the players pool?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They say his contract wasn’t signed in time and that he’ll be in there tomorrow. It’s all sorts of weird. I blame the Carlos Quentin trade, I think something went buggy.

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