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Monday 16th Oct 2017

The good news is my ability to select pitchers who will succeed, having picked Sonny Gray (15 points) and Chris Tillman (13.66 points), each of whom got a win with their Opening Day starts.

Unfortunately, my hurler's point totals constituted 80% of my point total, relegating my somewhat anemic hitting to 17th place (at least it was a tie) in our first Mastersball Fantasy Score Challenge of the season (won by HLG1 with a whopping 77 points).

The odd thing is my batters largely did get hits--only Kole Calhoun and Jorge Soler were goosegged, but for the most part a few singles and runs, as opposed to the three dingers HLG1 bagged (and he didn't even roster Dustin Pedroia or Hanley Ramirez).

In talking with resident DFS expert Lord Zola, Todd explained picking pitchers can be far less ephemeral than grabbing hitters, and to rely more on left/right match-ups, and while I am sure he is correct, it is hard to let go of players I know do well to start the season (i.e. Brandon Crawford and Mike Morse, each of whom actually did ok).

OK, so, who do I like on Day 2, with a limited schedule? Let's take a look.

By the way, you can match up against me at the Fantasy Score MB Challenge. You can play against Zach Wednesdays and Thursdays, me on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and against a handful of Mastersballers every Saturday. Furthermore, Zach and I will be posting our picks and thoughts daily, so continue to follow us here at MastersDaily.

Ben Zobrist ($3800): Broke out in a big way (a homer and a double) against a terrible Texas team. I think he can keep the groove going.

Nolan Arenado ($4700): Adjusted to the best hitting possibility with the Cards postponed.

Jesse Hahn ($3800): Hahn has good stuff, and faces a questionable bunch of hitters in a pitcher's park in an instance where the opposition has not really seen his stuff.

Zack Greinke ($7000): Again, due to the Cards postponement, dropped Lance Lynn and used surplus bucks for the very good Greinke.

Note a conundrum with my roster today: I still have $6500 of my $50K salary cap left, but part of the experiment here is to see if you really need to spend the full cap to win? We'll see.



0 #1 Al Geelhaar 2015-04-08 02:01
While it's certainly possible to win leaving $6500 on the table, just as it's possible to win a season-long league leaving $20 on the table, you're bucking the percentages when doing that. Guys like Morse and Crawford are nice starts when there are pricy SPs out there, but tonight there just wasn't much. After taking Greinke and Hahn, I found that I could fill my hitters with mostly studs - Posey, Tulo, Longoria, Trout, Gonzalez, Gomez, Zobrist and Lind. Since a lot of the entrants in the contest will take this approach, you're facing an uphill battle, IMO. But that's why they play the games (I seem to have heard that somewhere).

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