I put in a long day at work on Monday. I drove four hours from home after a weekend with my family straight to the office. With the fair in town, we were doing some pretty cool digital projects that highlighted the dirty jobs at the fair. Well, technically, we called them dirty deeds… done fair week. Yes, you’ll be singing AC/DC all weekend now. After learning how to be a rodeo clown at night for about four hours, I was just exhausted when I returned home.
My alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday as I stirred in bed to start another day. Right before I hopped in my Prius — yes, I drive a Prius. What of it? — I hopped on Facebook and saw Razzball post an article about Troy Tulowitzki. I immediately clicked it due to my 75 percent shares in fantasy leagues, thinking that he was hurt. Nope, he was just traded to an equally impressive offensive ballpark.
I was shocked, nervous about the turf despite none of his injuries throughout his career being based around his back and couldn’t wait to start him in DraftKings.
Straight to the cash, homie.
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Shelby Miller, SP: $9,700 — I wanted two top-tier pitchers tonight, but I knew if I wanted to get my Blue Jays stack in the lineup, I couldn’t spend on Chris Sale despite facing the Red Sox, who hit lefties as well as I do. I’m more than happy with starting Shelby Miller tonight, who is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA and WHIP against the Phillies this year.
Carlos Martinez, SP: $10,300 — He’s facing an average Colorado offense when away from Coors — or Wrigley, for that matter. Who knows if Carlos Gonzalez is even with the Rockies by first pitch. I expect Martinez to dominate the Rockies and provide value with his high price tag.
Salvador Perez, C: $3,300 — It was between Perez, Stephen Vogt and Kyle Schwarber for me, but Perez is the least expensive and gets the call. He’s turning into a weekly option for me with his low price tag. He faces Marco Estrada in Toronto, who scares absolutely no one.
Stephen Vogt, 1B/C: $3,400 — The aforementioned Vogt was able to slide into my first base position after my initial play (Eric Hosmer, $4,600) was too expensive for my liking, despite being white hot. Vogt crushes righties. Despite facing Carlos Carrasco — who we have to question eventually for his numbers, right? — I feel comfortable in starting Vogt.
Kolten Wong, 2B: $4,100 — I don’t like playing Wong today, but I don’t feel like I have a choice. His numbers against southpaws aren’t impressive, but with Robinson Cano and Devon Travis both questionable — I’d start either over him if they start — Wong feels like my best choice against Chris Rusin of the Rockies.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $4,600 — I’m just going to pretend that Tuesday night’s game never took place against Philadelphia. Donaldson against left-handed pitching is a must-play each time out.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS: $3,900 — I really can’t wait until Travis is healthy to see what the lineup looks like. Tulo led off on Wednesday in his debut, which was his first career game hitting in the top spot. For his production, I’d prefer Tulo to hit second, third or fifth, but at least at the top of the order he’s getting you those extra at-bats for DFS.
Jose Bautista, OF: $4,600 — And the Toronto mini-stack is complete. Is there a lineup more dangerous? No, the answer is no.
Shane Victorino, OF: $2,500 — I like this about as much as you could imagine, but at least he should get the start against the left-handed Scott Kazmir of Houston.
Billy Hamilton, OF: $3,600 — The most polarizing player in baseball not named Bryce Harper or Alex Rodriguez. Hamilton has absolutely owned the Pirates this year, hitting .275 with 12 steals in nine games. He’s facing a regressing A.J. Burnett, who notoriously has one of the slowest deliveries to the plate with runners on base. Anything less than two steals will be a disappointment, despite Hamilton’s 1-9 career numbers against the veteran right-hander.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Fenway Park is looking at 58 percent chance of rain for first pitch, so be careful all of you Chris Sale, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera owners out there. Baltimore is looking at 53 percent, while Philadelphia has a 44 percent chance of showers. The rest of the slate should be fine.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Three games are coming in at a 9 over/under per Vegas; Detroit vs. Baltimore, Seattle vs. Minnesota and New York Yankees vs. Texas.