The best part of playing DFS this time of year? Having a horse in the race even if you don’t have a horse in the race. No more phoning it in from August 1st until the end of the season just because the team I drafted is out of it. Joey Votto, Jose Fernandez, and Prince Fielder. What could go wrong? With DFS, I get to draft a brand new team every day and therefore I am never out of it. Unless of course I put my life savings down on a cash game and lose. In which case I really am out of it. I thought the Generals were due! Today’s pitching play is Francisco Liriano ($9,500), who has re-rediscovered himself this season. While his walk rate is still high (4.3 BB/9) he is also sporting a nice K/9 of 9.6. Outside of the egg he laid against the Braves two weeks ago (7 ER) Liriano has been great. The Cubs are better with the arrival of some of their youngsters but Chicago still has the worst strikeout percentage in baseball against left-handed pitchers (25%) making them a nice matchup for Liriano.

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Kevin Gausman, SP: $6,900 – I’m probably just a sucker for Gausman, but at a price under $7K, I’m willing to roll the dice again. He has pitched against the Rays three times already this season to mixed results, but in his last three starts the Orioles’ 23-year-old right-hander has struck out at least a batter per inning. The Rays are a middle-of-the-road team in terms of wRC+ against righties (98) but they’ve hit a modest .223/.283/.314 as a team over the past 30 days.

Josh Reddick, OF: $3,300 – Reddick has seen Scott Feldman pretty well with three homers and a 1.275 OPS in 17 at bats against him. Reddick will have the platoon advantage against the righty as well. It’s risky starting a player who’s been cold, but he’s not costing you much of your budget either.

Adam LaRoche, 1B: $3,500 – LaRoche is en fuego, with homers in back-to-back games. Facing A.J. Burnett probably won’t cool him off. The Nationals’ first baseman is hitting .343/.452/.657 against the veteran righty in 35 at bats. I really like the value here. You’re getting a hot player with a great matchup for under $4K. I don’t even hold it against LaRoche that he looks like the Mahna-Mahna muppet.

Stolen Base Public Service Announcement:

Sorry to go so heavy on two games, but check out the A’s and Nationals for some steals also. Guys like Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry, Denard Span, etc. With Scott Feldman and A.J. Burnett on the bumps, there should be some thievery happening today. Those two are tied for the MLB lead in stolen bases allowed (29). I’ve had just as much luck chasing speed as I’ve had chasing power in DFS.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

The biggest threats from weather are [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]

Doing Lines In Vegas (15-14)

I’ll take the under for [email protected] (7).

 
  1. Chris says:
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    I’m in a H2H Points league and am going to need to pick up a starter tomorrow with RP eligibility. My options are slim and are as follows:

    R. DeLaRosa v. Tor. (Dickey)
    J. Nelson v. StL. (Wainwright)
    Cahill @ LAD (Greinke)
    Hand v. Atl. (Teheran)

    Is there any chance of any of these contributing positive points for tomorrow? Which should I pick?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Nelson

  2. gareth says:
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    Hey Mike. How was the Cleveland Razzball football draft? Sorry I couldn’t make it. NYC was alot of fun though.

    You see Revere hit another Homer yesterday? He got a steal aswell so it was a slam and legs too!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hey G! Couldn’t go unfortunately. Had something with the kids come up. I’ll be at the Tribe game tomorrow though. Looking forward to seeing Carrasco

      Revere!

      • gareth says:
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        @Mike: i i just streamed carrasco for tomorrow so hopefully he does well again. Stop by the home run porch tomorrow. I’ll be there!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Will do

  3. gareth says:
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    2 lefty lefty matchups and need to sit one of these guys:

    Kipnis vs Quintana
    Valbuena vs Liriano

    Also, how does the scoring work in the rcl with valbuena’s suspended game from yesterday? He went 1 for 2 with 2 runs yesterday, then finishes up that game at 3pm today and faces liriano in the 4.05 game.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Valbuena…83 wRC+ vLHP compared to Kipnis at 50 wRC+ v LHP

      I think in roto it just carries over and gets added to your cum stats. Not sure in H2H.

      • gareth says:
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        @Mike: cum stats? Oh myyy…….

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          HA! I didn’t even realize! A period makes a world of difference…cumulative. Cumulative, Gareth…cumulative.

          • gareth says:
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            @Mike: Hehe. You’re right. If protection is not used, a period makes a world of difference.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha

  4. gareth says:
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    I guess I’d better say the thing……….

  5. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      G3!

  6. gareth says:
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    It makes me sad to bench my rcl second round draft pick over an Indians reject, but I’m gonna do it.

    The steals have been nice from Kipnis, but thats about it. All his other numbers are way down. It seems that oblique thing he’s dealt with all year has really sapped his power. 6 home runs!

    I think thats lead to second guessing himself and losing confidence. I’m not seeing thay swagger he had last year. Seeing his at bats every day, I swear – all he does is weakly ground out to first or strike out every freaking time.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      For sure. Something’s up and I wouldn’t be surprised if like you said it comes out after the season that the injury was bugging him. Looks like Santana is waking up a bit here lately though. I feel like he had gone back to sleep for most of August.

  7. Game of Throws says:
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    O’Flaherty or Storen? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Storen

  8. gareth says:
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    Why is Maddon putting McGhee on in the top of the 8th???

  9. gareth says:
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    Come on Rays, lets vulture win this for McGhee.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Boxberger!

  10. Allan says:
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    Hey Mike would you stream carrasco and holland tomorrow?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure on both. Definitely Carrasco

  11. Scooterboy says:
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    Tied in saves going into tomorrow. Was thinking about picking up a closer with one of my final moves. The best three available are, Mejia, O’Flaherty, and Mujica. Which would you choose? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kind of a crapshoot. I’d go with Mejia.

      • Scooterboy says:
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        @Mike: Thanks. I just noticed that Aaron Sanchez is available also. Would you pick him over Mejia? Don’t know if he is getting all the save oppurtunities or not.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime. Looks like Sanchez is the guy, yeah. You could flip a coin between the two, if you’re looking at an add to break the tie for the day, the most important thing to look at is usage so you don’t get stuck with a guy who ends up being unavailable to pitch, if that makes sense…

          • Scooterboy says:
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            @Mike: Yeah, that makes perfect sense. That’s why I was a little concerned about Sanchez, because I read somewhere that they were holding him back a couple of days because of over using him. Not sure though when I read it, I think it was earlier in the week though. I like him the better of the two, but would hate to pick him up and then not be available for usage. Decisions, decisions……

  12. Nation says:
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    You’ve probably addressed this in the past so i apologize for the redundancy in advance.

    When joining multiple contests do you load up on one entry? Multiple entries? Or is it all just a function of risk and how adverse you are?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it’s personal preference really and what kind of contests you’re in. For the tournaments with a big field, different lineups might give you a better chance of getting the big number you need to win one.

      For me, I prefer to put more time into one lineup than spread my time researchining more players for the sake of having different lineups. I find the more time I put into prep, the better my results. Simply can’t do that as well with multiple lineups. Again, just my preference.

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