Daily Fantasy Baseball Diamonds (5/21/14)
Last night, team ROTOscouting cashed in five, 50/50 tournaments — a nice night considering Buster Posey was out and family commitments kept me from a final check at daily fantasy baseball starting lineups. In all, $15,700 for five players yielded 13.91 points. Fortunately, having $19,300 to spread across five additional players afforded us Yasiel Puig and more. Monday through Friday, ROTOscouting will provide subscribers bargain basement options to help win the day.
Tyson Ross, SP, Padres ($6,700)
Tonight’s pitching is a little thin up top, meaning Ervin Santana and Michael Wacha lead the way at $8,700 each in daily fantasy baseball. For me, the play is Tyson Ross even though Ian Kennedy underperformed in the same situation last night. In 2014, Ross has been dominant at home posting a 2.66 xFIP with more than a strikeout per inning. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes is dealing right now, but his 4.88 road xFIP in 2013 is too high to ignore.
Derek Norris, C, Athletics ($3,200)
In recent days, Norris has been a walk machine, good for one point each in the Fanduel scoring format. Tonight, I hope he takes the bat off of his shoulder against Erik Bedard, a pitcher who struggled mightily in 2013 and latched on with the Rays. The left-hander has posted a 2.78 ERA, but his 5.53 xFIP is what has me chomping at the bit to play Norris and his wRC+ of 196 against LHP. At 96% above the league average, common sense would say we can expect a big game in daily fantasy baseball.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, White Sox ($3,000)
Against right-handed pitchers, Gillaspie is hitting 51% above the league average in 2014. This includes a wRC+ of 168 on the road. In 2013, opposing pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was terrible at home, posting an xFIP of 4.79. This year, the home xFIP sits at 5.01. Gillaspie is a contact hitter and Guthrie allows plenty of contact. It’s a great match up for the third baseman at a great price in daily fantasy baseball.
Tyler Colvin, OF, Giants ($2,200)
Admittedly, I’m selling out for the hot hand at Coors Field. Between Colvin receiving a start tonight and Jhoulys Chacin‘s so-so numbers at home, I’m betting on a cheap return on investment from Colvin — especially since the Rockies right-hander has been pounded in two starts.
Playing The Hot Hand In Daily Fantasy Baseball
Some days it makes sense to play aging veterans, speculating on the start of a hot streak. Today, it felt prudent to stack Dodgers against a rookie Mets starter and fill out the lineup with bargain basement bats against crummy pitchers. In daily fantasy baseball, this allows me to round up the starting lineup with Mike Trout, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout. I’m good with that!
21 May 2014 / Mike Newman /
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