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.
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.