Tout Wars Daily Picks for 6/5/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Friday, 05 June 2015 10:43


It is June, meaning a new cycle of the Friday FanDuel game and the promise of three more Tout Wars qualifiers for the August tournament with $2000 worth of prizes.

At first look, today's slate of pitchers rank somewhere between shudders and seizures, but there are a few arms out there who at least make me go "hmmmmm." Jose Quintana ($7600), Tyson Ross ($9000) and Jake Odorizzi ($8600) seem to be the cream of the crop, but since the promise of offense this day is so great, I am looking at cheaper pitching and balancing out with as many heavy hitters as I can.

The two arms I like are Williams Perez ($5800) and Aaron Sanchez ($6800), and of the two, I am going with Sanchez because the Astros like to take their swings.

On the Diamond, I like Dustin Pedroia ($3200) and Hanley Ramirez ($3700) at home against southpaw Scott Kazmir, whom I really like, but whom I fear might have had it.

Finally, I filled out my outfield with a couple of potential bargains in Angel Pagan ($2200), a switch-hitter against Jerome Williams and his 5.49 ERA, while also liking Avisail Garcia ($2500) against another lefty, Jon Niese.


Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 11:29
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 6/5/15 (Marc) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marc Meltzer   
Friday, 05 June 2015 00:00

FScore-160x320Hitting is the thing to focus on when when playing  Mastersball 50/50 Challenge today.

No true stud pitchers are going on Friday. I am looking at Carlos Martinez ($6200), who has allowed zero earned runs in his last three starts. Then Jake Odorizzi ($7100) and Tyson Ross ($6800). I am not a huge fan of any of them as they are all pitching on the road.

Hitters provide much tougher choices for the day. There is the obvious weather-permitting Marlins-Rockies match-up in Colorado that are must starts for Giancarlo Stanton ($6200) and Troy Tulowitzki ($4100). Tulo is 10-for-20 with four homers and 10 RBI in his past five games.

I also have a back-up lineup ready should the Marlins-Rockies not go. That lineup will prominently feature Blue Jays and Giants.

Don't forget you can play against the other Mastersballers and me at Fantasy Score.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 10:37
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 6/4/15 (Lawr) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Thursday, 04 June 2015 13:45

FScore-160x320How hard is it to not like Matt Harvey and his $9100 salary in for today's  Mastersball 50/50 Challenge.

The issue, with a limited slate, becomes where to put the second starter money, and I have thrown all caution to the wind in going against Mother Nature, and with Gio Gonzalez ($5200) against the Cubs, with the possibility of rain out there.

Looking at the weather, drizzle and light rain, followed by overcast  was the forecast, so I am banking that will not be enough to disuade the playing of the game.

Elsewhere, I am also giving Mark Trumbo ($4600), new of Seattle a not for no reason other than strange things happen to a new player his first game with a new team. I realize that is even more ridiculous a reason to pick a player than is challenging the weather, but I have learned to trust my instincts even if they are not quantifiable (forgive me Lord Z).

I also like a couple of White Sox in Jose Abreu ($5300) and Alexei Ramirez ($3400) along with the Rangers steady Shin-Soo Choo ($4100) in a Texas/Chicago contest that looks like it will be fun with runs.

Don't forget that you can indeed match up against the Mastersballers at FantasyScore.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:43
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 6/3/15 (Lawr) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:05

There is a full complement of games, plus today, with a good half-dozen beginning before 4:00 PM, Eastern and including a Red Sox Twins doubleheader with the Twins, so lots of options at the Mastersball 50/50 Challenge. Do check your rosters and picks due to the early starts, the twin-bill, and also the rain potential in Colorado and Kansas City.

There are some interesting pitching choices today, with Corey Kluber ($8800) facing the Tribe, and Cole Hamels ($7900) again going against the Reds while Sonny Gray ($8300) gets the Tigers and Chris Sale ($7900) the Rangers.

But, I am going with the strikeout guy in the pitcher's park against a team with some hitting issues, and that would be James Shields ($7400) against the Mets, but, if you really want to build an offensive dynamo, you might add in the Angels Hector Santiago ($4800) going against the Rays. Santiago has been really great this year with his 4-3, 2.18 record with 57 punchouts over 62 frames, so that the Rays, with the sixth most whiffs collected this year, make likely victims.

Hitting wise I am liking the right-handed bats of the Nationals against Mark Buehrle, so Ian Desmond ($4300) and Ryan Zimmerman ($4200) are on my roster, as are a couple of Athletics, Ben Zobrist ($3700) and Josh Reddick ($3900) agains the ever vulnerable Anibal Sanchez.

Don't forget that you can indeed match up against the Mastersballers at FantasyScore.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:40
Tout Wars Challenge Picks for 6/2/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:12


Week Three of the Tout Wars Challenge, at FanDuel where you can take on the Touts for a measly $2 (that is less than a bottle of water), with the chance of not just earning a 100% $2 profit in addition to telling the world that you are a better DFS player than we are. I mean, how can you miss?

Since pitching is indeed everything, I looked at the match-ups and teams as carefully as I could, and though the great Max Scherzer ($12000) is out there, as are Johnny Cueto ($10,700), A.J. Burnett ($9400), Shelby Miller ($9100), and Zack Greinke ($9900), but I am going a little under the radar with Lance Lynn ($8800).

Lynn, who has 67 whiffs over his 60 innings this year, is pitching at home, against a Brewers team that is among the leaders in strikeouts, along with posting a team .289 OBP and .678 OPS, meaning so far, even when the Brew Crew makes contact, it doesn't amount to much.

I like Freddie Freeman ($3200), a lefty hitter with good on-base numbers (.363 this year) against right-handed Josh Collmenter, against whom lefties are hitting .308 (though .309 versus righties) who has allowed 70 hits over 57 innings, including nine big flies (four by left-handed hitters).

I like Alex Rodriguez ($3100) as a veteran against the debut of the Royals Mike Montgomery, and in the outfield, I am looking at Shin-Soo Choo ($3200) against the erratic Jeff Samardzija in Arlington, and Josh Reddick, also at home, against the Tigers and Alfredo Simon.

Have fun with your daily games, and remember again say you beat Lord Zola, Ron Shandler, Larry Schechter, and me! Play the Tout Wars Challenge!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:38
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