FantasyScore DFS Picks for 5/14/15 (Brian) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Walton   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 07:47

FScore-160x320For Thursday, you can find me in my regular spot - the Mastersball Daily 50-50 GPP contest with $135 in prizes available for just a $5 entry fee. Do not delay if you want to join as the Mastersball contests continue to quickly fill up each day.

Here are a few of my picks.

On the pitching side, I am going for the top available options.

The highest-priced pitcher of the day at $8900 is Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. What is not to like? He is effective (8.2 strikeouts per nine, 2.98 ERA), durable (over seven innings per start) and is taking on a Giants team against which he has a 1.98 career ERA in five starts.

Tyson Ross is an under-the-radar fantasy standout. Though his 1-3 record and 3.98 ERA hardly catches one’s eye, the lack of run support continues in San Diego despite all those high-profile trades over the winter. Ross is fanning 10.6 batters per nine this season, though the right-hander does have to face the Washington Nationals. At least it will be at home at Petco Park. Spend the $6800.

Adrian Gonzalez ($5700) has been gold this season against both left-handed and right-handed pitching and I like it to continue. He draws the Rockies’ Chad Bettis (career 6.88 ERA) at Dodger Stadium, where he is batting .384 and has launched six of his nine home runs.

Play along with us here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:37
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 5/13/15 (Lawr) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:21

FScore-160x320With the middle of the week here, there are a number of great starting pitching choices available at the Mastersball 50/50 Challenge, but for today's fun, I am shying away from the top arm (Matt Harvey @ $9100), going for a pair of slightly lesser, but no less successful arms in Francisco Liriano ($6300) and Gio Gonzalez($5800) versus the Phillies, and Diamondbacks, respectively.

On the hitting side, again, I am going to pick not just on the Diamondbacks, but Jeremy Hellickson and his 1.73 WHIP, which is just too tempting to not exploit, so I am happy to play the hottest hitter this side of the Crab Nebula, Bryce Harper ($6300).

While it is true predicting/playing a streak is pretty much impossible, a hitter in the zone is a hitter in the zone, and Oakland's Marcus Semien ($4400) is surely that, and I like him against lefty Wade Miley, and as long as I am favoring Bay Area sticks, similarly I like Andrew Susac ($1900) who is listed to start against another Southpaw, Brett Oberholtzer making his first start of the year, returning from the DL.

Good luck with your plays, and remember you can take me on for bragging rights at Fantasy Score.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:18
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 5/12/15 (Pasko) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pasko Varnica   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:10

Today, with a full complement of MLB games, the pool of players to choose from for FantasyScore Mastersball 50/50 Challenge is large.

Todd's first rule of daily FantasyScore is "nail the pitching." Agreed, but how much should we spend? The result of my recent experiments is “do not go cheap on pitching.” More on that next time.

With that in mind, I thought of going with Chris Sale ($7900) but his last two outings were subpar, making me stay away. I do like Jake Arrieta ($7900), who is going against a new kid from the Mets, and Collin McHugh ($6600), who has averaged seven-plus innings recently. Both are pitching at home, which, in my opinion, is an important consideration.

As for the hitters, two games should arouse particular interest. The Angels rested on Monday and are at home against Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick, who has an ERA of 8.73. I like Albert Pujols ($4800) and Kole Calhoun ($4200). Of course, I always like Mike Trout ($6400), but with him, the budget becomes an issue.

The other good source of hitters is the Toronto/Baltimore game. Here, we have budget-buster Devon Travis ($5300), hitting atop the Toronto lineup, and Adam Jones ($6100).

As I said, easy picking today. The success though may come from combining some of these expensive batters with a few reasonably priced ones, such as David Freese ($2700).

Join me today at FantasyScore Mastersball 50/50 Challenge.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:56
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 5/11/15 (Marc) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marc Meltzer   
Monday, 11 May 2015 00:00

Congrats to you if you had Michael Pineda (26 points), Danny Salazar (21 points), or Garrett Richards (19.66 points) yesterday. But that was yesterday and none of that matters for Monday at the Mastersball 50/50 Challenge.

Only nine MLB games are on the slate for Monday. We are going to look at Gerrit Cole ($8700) against the low-scoring Phillies as the most obvious pitching choice. None of the pitchers in the next wave really thrill me, so the choice is going to be Alex Colome ($4000). Colome has shown well in his first two starts this season at Boston and at Baltimore and is a high-strikeout pitcher.

Going with Colome will allow some room for higher-priced offensive players including the red-hot Bryce Harper ($5600) and Andrew McCutchen ($4800). I know that McCutchen has underperformed so far this season, but he is showing signs of a hitting run. 

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

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 22:58
FantasyScore DFS Picks for 5/10/15 (Lawr) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Sunday, 10 May 2015 09:07

OK, maybe the cosmos are shining down on our moms. divining some funky weather in the country's mid-section, making games in Detroit, Colorado, and Pittsburgh iffy. On the other hand, that loosens up the family schedule for Mother's Day Brunches and other family plans.

Well, despite watching the game can indeed be a family affair, at the Mastersball 50/50 Challenge the gears keep churning. So, with that in mind, who am I looking at today?

I wanted to take a stab at the hot Kolten Wong ($4200) but sigh, that is a potential rainout, so I am going back with the pesky Cory Spangenberg ($1600) once more this weekend. The former first-round pick of the Padres has been nettlesome, putting up 14 points the last two days versus the D-backs, including five walks and a pair of steals. I am thinking he can keep it up and get another base-on-balls on the low side, making everything else gravy.

Then, the Metropolitans are facing Chad Billingsley, who is making his second start since 2013, so I like Lucas Duda ($4400) and Wilmer Flores ($2800) today.

Finally, there was a great piece on on Andrew Cashner ($7100) and his mom over the weekend, so for Mother's Day, I am good with the 0-3, 3.60 mark his last three starts as he is pulling a whiff an inning, and well, he will do it for mom!

Have a great day with your mom (or whomever) and don't forget you can try to beat me and get the bragging rights at FantasyScore.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2015 10:11
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