As we finish up the holiday week, it is again time to try and whip my butt at RealTime's Friday "Beat the Experts" contest, where you get a chance to outsmart 198 other DFS players and me (no entry fee with a $2 payout if you can beat my score).
However, within the second week of the Tout Wars Challenge I am sitting in my best positiion of the season when trying to gain entry to the September Tourney which includes only the top three finishers of each month's play.
That means taking a little more cautious route with my picks for the week. I do realize that since I am playing in two separate leagues--Beat the Expert, and Tout Challenge--that my team construct could be a little different for each as the objective is seemingly a bit more carefree in the Expert realm, while keeping pace in Tout suggests being a tad more conservative.
But, the reality for me is either way, I am looking for a winning lineup, so I tend to play the same squad in both contests. Note that could change the deeper into the Tout month we get, but for now that is what I like to do. (Also, it is so much easier than to try to remember two separate lineups out of my head at age 63!)
Note that there is a chance of showers in New York which might mean the game goes on the same, but, last week the same weather scenario was present and I played Jacob deGrom. The Mets hurler did pitch well, but the rain delays certainly impacted his innings and my points as deGrom only went five innings, so do consider that if you are looking at either Noah Syndergaard or Stephen Strasburg.
My pitching preference this week wanted to jump on Chris Sale ($9400) going against the mostly hapless Braves. I say "mostly" as the Braves are a low run producing team with a 20.4% K rate and a pathetic .279 wOBP; however, Atlanta does win sometimes and they have surprised me on Fridays where I thought the pitching match-up was a cake walk not to the Braves advantage.
But, pitching pick #2 is going with the Astros Collin McHugh ($7200) coming off four solid starts, twirling in Oakland, against another team struggling to score runs.
I do like assembling a roster that will exploit the outfield, and Giancarlo Stanton ($5700) with seven hits and four homers his last four games going against Dan Straily, while I also like the Phils Odubel Herrera ($4000) who has hit safely in seven of his last ten games hitting against Jon Gray in Colorado.
Remember that if you are struggling to make DFS baseball work for you, try Todd's fantastic new Daily Rankings which break down his best picks and can be tweaked to match the contest you are playing. This is a Platinum only feature.
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