John Lackey ($8100) is indeed my top pitching selection, bringing his 2.91 ERA in against the Brewers with the anemic bats (.293 OBP/.249 AVG), and I am pairing him with Jake Arrieta ($9400) as he faces the cross-town Chi Sox and their equally paltry .299/.252 split versus right-handers.
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Week 3 of the final sequence of the Tout Wars Daily contest at FanDuel, and though I was one of few to start Lance Lynn last Friday, and bag 17 points therein, I have hit a rut where I just cannot seem to nail much out of my hitters.
Which makes this week especially challenging, for though I am still about 38 points behind the Cycle Five leader, Paul Sporer, I simply have to take the most expensive hurler today with Corey Kluber ($12,200), a strikeout machine facing the Twins, a team with a 25.4% whiff rate and .299 OBP versus right-handers.
However, were I to grab a sleeper arm, it would belong to Ubaldo Jimenez ($7600) facing an Athletics team that is really struggling.
Unfortunately that means I have to scramble through the average $3000 salary stack to build any kind of supporting cast but there are still some promising names like Yadier Molina ($2400) and with lefty John Lamb ready to take the hill for the first time, I am gambling veteran players Jimmy Rollins and Scott Van Slyke (both $2700) will not just have the advantage, but take it.
On Thursday, I will be ready to take you on from my regular spot - the Mastersball Daily 50-50 GPP contest with $135 in prizes available for just a $5 entry fee. Do not delay joining, as the Mastersball contests continue to fill up quickly.
Here are a couple of my picks.
The evening pitching options include no starters over $8500, so there is no clear favorite. I am staying away from the top two, the Francisco Liriano-Lance Lynn matchup in St. Louis, instead casting my lot with the number three option, Stephen Strasburg ($8000). Those who remember how the Nationals’ star’s first unlucky 13 starts went may be surprised, but I liked what I saw in his first game back from the disabled list. Last Saturday, Strasburg carved up the Rockies with one run allowed on three hits and 12 strikeouts over seven innings. One caution is that he is facing the Giants on the road, but I still like the pick.
Is there any hotter hitter in the game right now than Michael Brantley ($5600)? The Cleveland outfielder has six multi-hit games in his last seven, including five doubles, five RBI and six runs scored over the last four nights. The left-handed hitting Brantley does more damage against right-handers and his Thursday opposition is Yankees’ righty Nathan Eovaldi at home. Book it!
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Three aces take the mound on Friday. Among Max Scherzer ($9700), David Price ($9400) and Corey Kluber ($9300), I will likely roster Scherzer and then look for a cheaper option for my second pitcher. Among the better options are Jaime Garcia ($7000) and Nate Karns ($7200). If you have a strong heart, Ubaldo Jimenez ($6100) is really cheap.
On the hitting side, we are back in Colorado this weekend, with the Padres visiting Denver. All the Rockies hitters are in play along with Justin Upton ($5100) and Matt Kemp ($5200) on the Padres side. Also, the Pirates-Mets contest looks like it has the makings of a 10-8 game with J.A. Happ going against Bartolo Colon.
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Tuesday proved to be a funny day for baseball and DFS as all the home teams in the Majors won, a rare occurrence. Do not, however, let that get in the way of playing the Mastersball Daily 50-50 Challenge, wherein your team can be home, visitors, whatever.
There are a lot of fine pitching choices available today--though many are in day games and thus not available for drafting--but I am staking my main pitching bucks on Jacob deGrom ($9500), pitching at home against a Rockies team that is pretty poor at hitting right-handers.
A couple of hitting selections I favor are Lorenzo Cain ($5800), facing erratic southpaw Jorge De La Rosa and his 4.85 ERA, and the low-key but steady Nick Markakis ($3400), who has produced 32 points over his last ten games, being shut out just once. For a guy posting a .302 batting average, that is a potential bargain.
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