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Friday 22nd Sep 2017

FScore-160x320Happy 4th of July weekend to all. Looking over the Friday slate of games, only two pitchers pop out - Chris Archer ($9500) and Clayton Kershaw ($9400). I can’t make a case for anyone else if you are playing the Mastersball 50/50 Challenge.

With two expensive pitchers, we have to search deep for some bargain position players. Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez ($2100) is really doing the job in recent days, scoring at least five points in six straight games. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza ($2900) has found new life with the Red Sox (Remember early in the season when the Red Sox outfield was filled two-deep?), scoring at least three points in six straight games.

Don't forget you can play against the other Mastersballers and me at Fantasy Score, and you can follow me on Twitter @mastersballmarc.


FScore-160x320On 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 be very popular.

Here are a couple of my picks.

It is a big day for pitching, with some tantalizing choices in the day games, but some nice matchups in our evening contest, too. Among the latter is Max Scherzer ($9800) taking on Manny Banuelos ($3500) in the latter’s MLB debut and Tyson Ross ($6900) drawing the Matt Holliday-less Cardinals offense. I am taking Ross, as the Pads’ lineup, nothing to brag about either, gets to face a minor-league call-up in lefty Tim Cooney at Busch Stadium. In 15 career innings vs. St. Louis, Ross has a 2.40 ERA.

OK, it is not a stretch to pick Josh Donaldson ($6000) seven days a week, but with the recent surge by Nolan Arenado ($6100), the Jay’s third sacker almost looks like a bargain in comparison. Donaldson, with a career .966 OPS against left-handed pitching, draws Red Sox lefty Wade Miley at home. This is a night to spend the big bucks on Donaldson and I am in!

Compete with the Mastersball staff at FantasyScore here.

FScore-160x320From a stingy Monday to a plentiful Tuesday, today is FantasyScore Mastersball 50/50 Challenge galore.

My first and top choice for pitcher is Sonny Gray ($9300), playing at home. To save money for hitters on this busy day, for my second pitcher I am going to go with a mid-level player money-wise in Rubby De La Rosa ($5200).

Should you find yourself in a bind after overspending on hitters, you may want to give Andrew Heaney ($4600) a try.

I am indeed going to bust the budget with Paul Goldschmidt ($6500) and Josh Donaldson ($6000). Looking for inexpensive batters? Consider Jimmy Paredes ($3900) and Nick Ahmed ($3300).

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

Follow Pasko on Twitter @varnica123. His work can also be found at SportsInAntiquity.com

FScore-160x320 Happy July, as half the year has indeed slipped (or is it galloped?) past us.

If you are down for the Mastersball 50/50 Challenge today, there is a limited schedule of players from which to choose due to a cluster of day games, but, the weather is only a potential problem in a couple of cities: St. Louis and Atlanta.

There are no premiere pitchers twirling today, but there are some good choices, and I am going with John Lackey ($6300) and Carlos Carrasco ($6600) with hopes of driving some points from the hill.

As for hitters, a minor stack is populating my lineup, starting with some Bucs against Alfredo Simon (who has come down to earth of late), featuring Neil Walker ($3500) and Francisco Cervelli ($3300).

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


There are indeed a lot of good starting pitching choices today if you are playing for bragging rights at the Tout Wars Challenge, at FanDuel (you can beat a bunch of the Touts in a daily contest with just a $2 entry fee).

Since there are again weather issues facing Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, Cincy, and Atlanta, I am staying local to the Bay Area, giving the very consistent Sonny Gray ($10,100) facing the up-and-down Rockies at home. While we are at the O.co Coliseum, since southpaw Rubby De La Rosa is facing the green and gold, I am going Josh Phegley ($3100), and finishing the local stack is Mark Canha ($2700) who should also get the nod against a left-handed hurler.

Finally, finishing out my flychaser are another lower priced Brandon Moss ($3000) facing Erasmo Ramirez, and then finishing a little more expensively with George Springer ($3700) going against the up-and-down Danny Duffy. 

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

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