Fantasy Score DFS Picks for 4/10/15 (Lawr) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

This Friday--in fact this weekend--there is some imposing precipitation threatening the middle of the country as well as the Eastern Seaboard, so I would shy away from games not either in a dome, or on the West Coast. Rainouts can only wreak havoc with the best of plans, so make sure to have a contingency.

For my Fantasy Score squad for Friday, I am favoring the following:

Mark Buehrle ($4400): OK, I know what I just said about avoiding the East, but Friday evening does look clear in Maryland (20% chance of rain), but I will still gamble on Buehrle, his quick pace, whose ability to control and move the ball around, coupled with hitters just coming out of camp and not necessarily having their timing down, as coming out on top. But, do check the weather before first pitch, and be prepared with a backup plan.

Matt Kemp ($4900): Kemp (who is hitting .385-0-2, amazingly, just like Angel Pagan and Derek Norris) has given the Giants early-season grief in the past, banging a pair of homers against the San Franciscans April 8 of last year. I want Tim Lincecum to do well, but I have both fears and doubts. So, I like Kemp.

Robinson Cano ($5900): Professional hitter, Robinson Cano, meet mostly effective pitcher, Drew Pomeranz. Cano is 2-for-4 against Pomeranz, and carries a .307-11-46 line against Oakland, and I am favoring Cano in the match-up even if it is lefty/lefty.

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

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 14:22
Fantasy Score DFS Picks for 4/9/15 (Zach) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zach Steinhorn   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00

Not only do I own Lance Lynn in four of my six year-long leagues, but I also picked him yesterday for my Fantasy Score team. And after the Mat Latos debacle on Tuesday, it was nice to get this one right. No, I'm not expecting another sub-3.00 ERA from Lynn, but I still felt that he was being undervalued this draft season, so I just kept on taking him. Anyway, let's get onto my picks for Thursday.

Trevor Bauer ($3900): Post-hype sleeper, anyone? The strikeouts have always been there, but an inability to consistently command his pitches at the big league level is what has prevented Bauer from enjoying that long-awaited breakout season. Well, Bauer is coming off an encouraging spring training during which he issued just one walk while whiffing 26 across 27 2/3 innings. He now gets to face a young Astros lineup that ranked 2nd in the Majors in strikeouts last season.

Neil Walker ($3800): Perhaps the most underrated middle infielder in fantasy baseball, Walker is aiming to build on last year's career-best campaign. Look for him to post a strong stat line on Thursday. In 38 career games at Great American Ball Park, Walker has launched a combined ten home runs to go along with 27 RBI. Oh, and opposing pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will be making just his sixth career major league start.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 23:38
Fantasy Score DFS Picks for 4/8/15 (Zach) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zach Steinhorn   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Mat Latos seemed like an ideal pitcher choice for last night's contest. He was reasonably priced and would be facing a Braves lineup that figures to be among the worst in the Majors this season. Not quite. But I can't dwell on what happened to my squad last night. The nice thing about Daily Fantasy is that you can quickly turn the page, so that's what I'm going to do. Here are a few players, all in the mid to low price range, who I like for Wednesday.

J.D. Martinez ($3400): Homered on Opening Day and opposing pitcher Ricky Nolasco tends to serve up a lot of longballs.

Mark Trumbo ($3200): Gets to face Chris Heston, who will be making just his second career big league start, at hitter-friendly Chase Field.

Mike Leake ($3200): Posted a 3.26 ERA at home last season and 3.21 ERA against the Pirates. That's good enough for me.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:59
Fantasy Score DFS picks for 4/7/15 (Pasko) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pasko Varnica   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:03
When playing the USA Today Fantasy Score challenge, there is no avoiding a simple observation: there is just not enough money to go around. A team cannot possibly consist of elite players only. One must budget the salary. But, how?

Here is a simple idea that I applied yesterday to my team that, among other things, helped me win the challenge.

Look for inexpensive players either who are new to their MLB teams, added at the last moment or who are replacing an injured full-timer. By having one or two of them will leave you sufficient money for elite players elsewhere.

Incidentally, with today's limited schedule, I would not go cheap on pitchers and outfielders.

Here are potential inexpensive fill-ins active today:

C: Stephen Vogt ($2,200): Had a HR last night.

1B: Steve Pearce ($2,700): Not that inexpensive, but still at a reasonable price.

2B:Jace Peterson ($2,000): He helped me yesterday.

SS: Nick Ahmed ($1,600): Should be full-timer with Diamondbacks.

I will be out of the country the next three weeks, so you will not be playing against me, but good luck playing against my fellow Mastersballers in the interim.

Pasko Varnica writes about present day fantasy sports and about sports in Rome in the ancient times. You can find his work at Sports in Antiquity.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:40
Fantasy Score DFS Picks for 4/7/15 (Lawr) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lawr Michaels   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 06:42

The good news is my ability to select pitchers who will succeed, having picked Sonny Gray (15 points) and Chris Tillman (13.66 points), each of whom got a win with their Opening Day starts.

Unfortunately, my hurler's point totals constituted 80% of my point total, relegating my somewhat anemic hitting to 17th place (at least it was a tie) in our first Mastersball Fantasy Score Challenge of the season (won by HLG1 with a whopping 77 points).

The odd thing is my batters largely did get hits--only Kole Calhoun and Jorge Soler were goosegged, but for the most part a few singles and runs, as opposed to the three dingers HLG1 bagged (and he didn't even roster Dustin Pedroia or Hanley Ramirez).

In talking with resident DFS expert Lord Zola, Todd explained picking pitchers can be far less ephemeral than grabbing hitters, and to rely more on left/right match-ups, and while I am sure he is correct, it is hard to let go of players I know do well to start the season (i.e. Brandon Crawford and Mike Morse, each of whom actually did ok).

OK, so, who do I like on Day 2, with a limited schedule? Let's take a look.

By the way, you can match up against me at the Fantasy Score MB Challenge. You can play against Zach Wednesdays and Thursdays, me on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and against a handful of Mastersballers every Saturday. Furthermore, Zach and I will be posting our picks and thoughts daily, so continue to follow us here at MastersDaily.

Ben Zobrist ($3800): Broke out in a big way (a homer and a double) against a terrible Texas team. I think he can keep the groove going.

Nolan Arenado ($4700): Adjusted to the best hitting possibility with the Cards postponed.

Jesse Hahn ($3800): Hahn has good stuff, and faces a questionable bunch of hitters in a pitcher's park in an instance where the opposition has not really seen his stuff.

Zack Greinke ($7000): Again, due to the Cards postponement, dropped Lance Lynn and used surplus bucks for the very good Greinke.

Note a conundrum with my roster today: I still have $6500 of my $50K salary cap left, but part of the experiment here is to see if you really need to spend the full cap to win? We'll see.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:57
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