Let me start out by briefly introducing myself because this is my first post here at Razzball. Literally everyone that has ever played fantasy sports thinks they are the best to ever do it. All of these people are wrong. I am the best, period.  Now that I got that off my chest, let’s head into my picks for today…

When I think of the word “Archer,” I first think of Katniss from The Hunger Games. Why? Because she is an artist with a bow and an arrow in her hands. She uses her archery skills to fight off enemies and ultimately win “the games.” Next, I think of one of the very few talented players on the Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Archer. Though Archer had a rough start to the year, he is still averaging 18 DK fantasy points per contest and has a very favorable matchup against the San Diego Padres this afternoon. A date with Archer on his home turf is never fun. He is significantly better in Tampa Bay than he is on the road. Not to mention, the Padres can’t do anything offensively unless they are facing a left-handed pitcher. Plus, believe it or not, the Rays are hot. They have somehow managed to score 35 runs in that past two games, so Archer should get the run support he needs to register a win and an extra 4 DK points. So, go ahead and take Archer at $10,600, grab your popcorn, and enjoy two bottom-of-the-league teams face-off against each other.

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Carlos Carrasco, SP: $8,700 – Today is one of those days where you might be better off just paying your pitchers. Cookie Carrasco is a great place to look given he’s not all that expensive.

Zack Godley, SP: $4,200 – I guess if you were to go the route of saving money on pitchers, Godley would be your guy. He’s got the Mets which makes him a viable option.

Welington Castillo, C: $4,700 – He’s got a hot bat and he’s fantastic against lefties in Arizona. What could go wrong?

Matt Wieters, C: $2,800 – I am not a big fan of picking Orioles today, but Matt Wieters is an exception. He has faced David Price 50 times over the course of his career and has absolutely owned him. This catcher is dirt cheap today, so I’ll roll the dice and spend my money elsewhere.

Joey Votto, 1B: $5,300 – Often times I find myself spending the big bucks on a first-baseman. Today is one of those days. Votto vs Cashner is a lopsided matchup in favor of the man wearing Red.

Brandon Belt, 1B: $4,000 – I’m a big Brandon Belt fan. He always comes with a reasonable price, and he is a pretty solid all-around player. Besides, Ivan Nova is not somebody that a lefty should lose sleep over.

Ian Kinsler, 2B: $4,500 – There’s not much to this pick other than history. Kinsler has been very good against Ventura over the course of their careers. Expect a multi-hit game from Kinsler and possibly a run or two driven in.

Chase Utley, 2B: $3,900 – There is nothing better than a hot bat. That is exactly what Mr. Utley has. He blasted not one, but two homers yesterday, while driving in five runs. Though I am not overly confident in this pick, Utley is a name that should at least be tossed around given last night’s performance.

Chris Coghlan, 2B/3B: $2,900 – If you are looking for a cheap infield play, Chris Coghlan is your guy. Coghlan has tallied a hit in 7 consecutive games in which he has registered at least 3 at-bats. So, as long as he is in the starting lineup, the Cubs’ infielder will be a good way to save some money.

Corey Seager, SS: $5,000 – My conscious is really playing with me on this one. The angel on my right shoulder is licking her chops about this matchup but the devil on my left shoulder is screaming in my ear not to do it. I’m going to trust the angel on this one because, well, I like angels better than devils.

Elvis Andrus, SS: $4,200 – If you want to listen to the devil, then I’d go with Elvis Andrus. He doesn’t cost as much and, yeah…

Anthony Rendon, 3B: $4,400 – I could just say this game is at Coors, walk away, and move onto the next guy. However, I’ll add the fact that Rendon is due for a big game, throw Jon Gray on the bump, now we are talking.

Mookie Betts, OF: $5,400 – It’s so hard to keep Mookie out of my lineup. Until he stops having these multi-homer explosions, I’m going to keep playing him in tournaments.

Nelson Cruz, OF: $4,900 – His bat is hot and he is set to face a mediocre lefty. I’ll pay up for Cruz.

Tyler Naquin, OF: $4,600 – He’s just fantastic against righties and he’s playing in his own barn. That’s all you need to know.

Hernan Perez, 3B/OF: $3,300 – I know he will be going up against Jon Lester, but this price is too tough to pass up. People often forget that Perez is a skilled base stealer which is really going to come in handy in today’s game versus Lester.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

We could see a delay in Detroit due to early showers, but the game will be played. Though it’s not entirely likely, don’t be surprised if it storms in Atlanta, as well as the North Side of Chi-Town. Other than that, we should be good to play ball.

Doing Lines In Vegas

The Cubs are HEAVY favorites at home tonight against the Brewers at -250. Tonight’s other favorites include the Rays, the Rangers, and the Indians coming in at -210, -210 and -220, respectively. So, according to Vegas, there could be some one-sided games on the slate today. As far as over-unders go, Vegas has the Nats and Rockies capped out at 10.5 runs which is far from surprising considering the game will take place in Colorado.

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  1. Roger Anderson says:
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    So, not going with Dylan Bundy because of Price and Betts?

    • Keegan

      Keegan says:
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      @Roger Anderson: It’s really annoying because I originally had Chris Tillman up until I heard he wasn’t playing. Not huge on Bundy today because the Red Sox have done well against him in the past. It’s a tough day to pick pitchers.

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Keegan: RE: Tillman, probably best not to pick someone who is not playing. So you would have taken Tillman vs the hot SAWX, but not Bundy. Thanks.

        • Keegan

          Keegan says:
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          @Roger Anderson: Yes, Tillman has been very good vs the SAWX over the course of his career.

        • Roger Anderson says:
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          @Roger Anderson: I am tempted to start Bundy but the BoSox are on fire (5 straight W) and Bundy has not lost for a few weeks so one of those streaks will break today. If I start Bundy it will be his streak broken by 5R in 2IP. If I don’t start him, he will throw a no- hitter.

          • Keegan

            Keegan says:
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            @Roger Anderson: That’s exactly how I feel, haha.

            • Roger Anderson says:
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              @Keegan: Final line on Bundy today: 5R, 4.1IP, 2BB, 9 H – so, thanks for recommending that I not start him

              • Keegan

                Keegan says:
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                @Roger Anderson: No problem. Yeah, it wasn’t a great outing for him. Hope you played Archer!

                • Roger Anderson says:
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                  @Keegan: so many bad 3rd degree burns from Archer in the past. I don’t go there ever!

                  • Keegan

                    Keegan says:
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                    @Roger Anderson: Haha! I’ve been there before. Just haven’t been there with Archer….yet.

  2. Odor's Odorizzi Spray says:
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    No love for a Gary Sanchez “catcher punt” at $2,400? I know Happ has been ace-like, but it’s crazy that they actually dropped his price after a 35 point explosion

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Keegan: So, I picked up Sanchez, and started him and so far I am not sorry about that (HR in first AB)

        • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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          @Roger Anderson: didn’t realize he had such bad numbers against lefties, I wonder what his minor league splits are. I’ve been rolling him out there everyday pretty much, and until they adjust his price up past $3,000 I think I’ll keep doing it. Nothing like homers from a $2,400 catcher!

          • Keegan

            Keegan says:
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            @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Sorry, just saw this comment. Good play by you today! Didn’t see that homer coming!

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Keegs!!!!!!

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