It is Week 3 of RealTime's weekly challenge where you get to try and beat me in an H2H DFS format that is a freebie to enter and can pay you a massive $2 if you can beat my score. Which means, how can you lose in a perfect opportunity to cut some chops if you are new to DFS, or simply try to pad your bankroll if you are experienced?
In the fickle world of daily fantasy, the obvious picks are not always the right ones, and the crazy selections come through as often as not.
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Pitching is always the place to spend money first, and this week I went with a couple of mid-range hurlers whom I think will do well at home.
First, Jose Quintana ($7900) is taking on the big hitting Rangers, but at Comiskey. I am guessing a team that is pretty much dead on league average for whiffs (119) and OBP (.317) will have trouble with the lefty, who has averaged over ten fantasy points per start.
Then, coming off a couple of decent starts, Jeff Samardzija ($7600) gets to toss at home against the interesting Marlins. Miami has surely improved their plate numbers over last year, ranking sixth-best in batter strikeouts and posting a .327 OBP. Still, the Giants will be home and ready to take things out on someone, and the Fish seem to be the likely west coast victims.
As for hitters, it is hard to not like the Dodgers batters in Colorado facing Jonathan Gray, who will be making his first start of the season. I like Yasmani Grandal ($4200) and also Robinson Cano ($5300) going against the Angels' Nick Tropeano in Seattle.
Note there are weather issues in New York, Washington, Detroit, Cincinatti, and Atlanta, so make sure you check your rosters this afternoon before first pitch.
If you haven't played daily, it is indeed a lot of fun, and the RealTime contest allows for 200 entries, so take the challenge and try to get those bragging rights.
And, don't forget, you can hit me up @lawrmichaels.