Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds: 4/28/14
An abbreviated schedule forces me to start a top pitcher today. Without a sleeper arm to include with today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds, bargain basement options are needed at a number of positions. Luckily, we found them! For $3,100 or less, Monday’s diamonds include a catcher, first baseman, third baseman, shortstop and outfielder priced at $3,100 or less. Subscribe to ROTOscouting and enjoy my best value picks every week.
Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox ($2,500)
Flowers is best at home with a career wRC+ of 118 against right-handed pitchers. Meanwhile, Jake Odorizzi has a career 4.46 xFIP on the road in his young career. Combine the two and I expect Flowers to run into a fastball or two in daily fantasy baseball today. This is definitely not a play of the hot hand to try and cash in on Flowers’ torrid start. Does it help with a bit of extra confidence? Yes, but he’d be a legit option regardless.
Carlos Santana, 3B, Indians ($2,600)
Santana is off to a .128 batting average through his first 99 at bats. Terrible, but his OBP is still strong and today is an opportunity for him to turn it around. Tyler Skaggs has a career xFIP of 4.61 at home, while the former catcher produced at 67% above league average away against LHP in 2013. In daily fantasy baseball, he’s the most cost effective option at the hot corner by a wide margin.
Everth Cabrera, SS, Padres ($3,000)
Shortstop has proven to be the most difficult position to fill on a daily basis. Today, one player stands out even though the opposing pitcher match up isn’t ideal. Cue Everth Cabrera. In 2013, the Padres shortstop had a wRC+ of 202 on the road against LHP. Madison Bumgarner had an xFIP of 3.31 at home, but has given up many more hits than innings pitched so far this season. Cabrera hasn’t been running, but expect a base knock or two in daily fantasy baseball today.
James Loney, 1B, Rays ($3,100)
Loney is off to a tremendous start in 2014 after a career rebirth in 2013 where the first baseman produced like an All-Star on the road. Away versus RHP, Loney boasted a wRC+ of 155. Today, he faces a young right-hander with a career xFIP of 5.35 at home (small sample size). Rienzo is giving up his fair share of walks, while striking out few batters. This means Loney is in for a big day.
Wil Myers, OF, Rays ($3,100)
In 2013, Myers posted a wRC+ of 136 against RHP on the road. Today, he’ll also have the opportunity to feast on the sacrificial lamb known as Andre Rienzo. Admittedly, Myers is a bit of a need pick considering he occupies the final outfield spot and I had $3,200 to fill it with. However, Myers is still a strong situational play and capable of producing big points at a cheap price.
Let’s Try 50/50 Tournaments For Awhile In Daily Fantasy Baseball
Before marrying my lovely wife, I logged hundreds of hours in online poker rooms grinding out winnings in no limit rooms while entering the occasional tournament for the slim chance of a big pay off. Yesterday, I had a conversation with Rotowire’s Mike Rathburn (old roommate back in Florida) and he recommended focusing on 50/50 tourneys for awhile to build a bank role. This made perfect sense and is more my style than entering a larger tournament field each day. In daily fantasy baseball, I’ll be working to double up by playing a strong lineup in four or five different 50/50 games instead of going all in on a tournament.
28 Apr 2014 / Mike Newman /
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