RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Night Slate

Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where we’re still digging the guys in the pinstripes.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (7/30):

Angels Orioles 7:05pm
Richards (11-3)
Gausman (4-3)
 
Mariners Indians 7:05pm
Hernandez (11-2)
Kluber (10-6)
 
White Sox Tigers 7:08pm
Noesi (5-7)
Scherzer (12-3)
 
Blue Jays Red Sox 7:10pm
Buehrle (10-7)
Workman (1-3)
 
Rockies Cubs 8:05pm
Anderson (1-3)
Wood (7-9)
 
Yankees Rangers 8:05pm
Kuroda (7-6)
Lewis (6-8)
 
Twins Royals 8:10pm
Hughes (10-7)
Duffy (5-10)
 
Braves Dodgers 10:10pm
Wood (7-8)
Greinke (12-6)
Cardinals Padres 10:10pm
Kelly (2-1)
Hahn (6-2)

 

Weather Watch:

  • Chicago White Sox @ Detroit
  • Seattle @ Cleveland

 

The Pitchers (7/30):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta

FanDuel FanDuel $9,800.00
 Fantasy Aces $19,000.00
StarStreet StarStreet $30,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $118,600.00
DraftKings DraftKings $10,600.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $19,000.00
Swoopt Swoopt $107,000.00

 

Greinke has been on his game, especially at home, so he gets the nod over King Felix in Cleveland and Scherzer at home vs. the White Sox, especially considering the inconsistent Braves are less lethal than the Indians or Chicago.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Jesse Hahn, San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis

FanDuel FanDuel $6,900.00
 Fantasy Aces $16,400.00
StarStreet StarStreet $27,800.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $121,600.00
DraftKings DraftKings $9,300.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $16,400.00
Swoopt Swoopt $101,000.00

 

Using the home park, Hahn’s near Top $$$ status and the weaker Cardinals on the mid-tier pick. Hahn has been getting the Ks done as well, getting nearly Greinke-like point totals across the industry thus far.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota

FanDuel FanDuel $6,700.00
 Fantasy Aces $11,750.00
StarStreet StarStreet $20,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $84,600.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,200.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $11,750.00
Swoopt Swoopt $67,000.00

 

I’ve targeted him, I’ve put him in the space. My on-again, off-again touting of Danny Duffy is on again, against the whiffy Twins in Kansas City tonight. He still hasn’t crept above 5IP/game for the season, but he’s rising somewhat and should be good against Minnesota, who aren’t particularly frisky on the road and against LHP.

 

 

The Hitters (7/30):

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

TOP FOUR TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.15K)

TOP TEN(ish) DISCOUNT RACK PICKS (Below 4.6K):

  • Brian McCann, Yankees, $4,550 (Nice middle of the lineup catching option with good matchup)
  • Nick Markakis, Orioles, $4,550 (Leading off, strong lineup, RHP Weaver not as good away from Anaheim)
  • Josh Willingham, Twins, $4,550 (Cleanup hitting, vs. LHP power)
  • Danny Santana, Twins, $4,500 (Leading off vs. LHP Duffy)
  • Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays, $4,450 (Good matchup in BOS vs. Workman, batting sixth)
  • Scott Van Slyke, Dodgers, $4,400 (Good vs. LHP play at home in LA)
  • Jonny Gomes, Red Sox, $4,250 (Batting fifth vs. LHP Buehrle, cheap power)
  • Alex Avila, Tigers, $4,000 (Cheap catching option in good matchup vs. RHP Noesi)
  • Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs, $4,000 (Producing nearly 3 ppg out of the second slot in the lineup)
  • Munenori Kawasaki, Blue Jays, $3,700 (In the Toronto lineup with a good matchup, batting seventh, low MI price)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500): 

 

Check back as lineups post as we may slide some more discount rack players in as surprise postings arise.

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RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

tyson ross

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where being burned before doesn’t mean never going there again.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (7/29):

Angels Orioles 7:05pm
Weaver (11-6)
Tillman (7-5)
Mariners Indians 7:05pm
Iwakuma (8-5)
Bauer (4-5)
White Sox Tigers 7:08pm
Quintana (5-7)
Sanchez (7-4)
D-backs Reds 7:10pm
Cahill (1-7)
Leake (7-9)
Brewers Rays 7:10pm
Garza (7-7)
Cobb (6-6)
Phillies Mets 7:10pm
Hamels (5-5)
Gee (4-3)
Blue Jays Red Sox 7:10pm
Stroman (6-2)
De La Rosa (3-3)
Nationals Marlins 7:10pm
Strasburg (7-8)
Alvarez (7-5)
Rockies Cubs 8:05pm
De La Rosa (11-6)
Jackson (5-11)
Yankees Rangers 8:05pm
McCarthy (5-10)
Martinez (1-6)
Twins Royals 8:10pm
Gibson (8-8)
Shields (9-5)
Athletics Astros 8:10pm
Samardzija (4-8)
Feldman (4-8)
Braves Dodgers 10:10pm
Harang (9-6)
Beckett (6-5)
Cardinals Padres 10:10pm
Lynn (11-7)
Ross (9-10)
Pirates Giants 10:15pm
Liriano (2-7)
Hudson (8-7)

 

 

Weather Watch:

  • Chicago White Sox @ Detroit

 

The Pitchers (7/29):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

FanDuel FanDuel $8,300.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,600.00
StarStreet StarStreet $28,100.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $110,700.00
DraftKings DraftKings $9,700.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $17,900.00
Swoopt Swoopt $106,000.00

 

 

Interesting slate tonight, with plenty of good pitchers available but hard to choose an optimal matchup. Ross is chosen due to St. Louis’ poor road runs creating track record this season and in the last 30 days. Ross should also get a decent amount of Ks from STL. Stephen Strasburg is interesting, as always, but the Marlins are just dangerous enough at home to hedge there and Cole Hamels at the Mets might look enticing, but the Mets have been better in the last 30 days, aren’t striking out as much and good at home.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Dillon Gee, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia

FanDuel FanDuel $6,600.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,800.00
StarStreet StarStreet $22,200.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $75,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,700.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $13,150.00
Swoopt Swoopt $74,000.00

 

Phillies proved their collective impotence vs. RHP against Bartolo Colon Monday night, so we’re going back to the mid-tier Citi Field well again and tapping Gee as our pick here. Should be a good K game for Gee, even if he hasn’t pitched spectacularly at home this season so far.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle

FanDuel FanDuel $6,500.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,750.00
StarStreet StarStreet $20,800.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $91,200.00
DraftKings DraftKings $6,500.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $13,850.00
Swoopt Swoopt $88,000.00

 

Ty Wada came through huge in the discount rack Monday night, but the footing is just as shaky as always at this level. Still, with more sites making it harder to pick two aces at the top and let it roll, picking a nice low $$$ SP here is always worth looking at. Bauer should be able to get some Ks against the Mariners, who do hit better away from Safeco, generally. Bauer has been good at home, though, as have the Indians bats, even though Iwakuma is going against the guys tonight.

Bauer barely qualifies for the DR, as he is just more than 40 percent away from top price on a few sites, so if you wanted to go even deeper, the best shot might be Trevor Cahill, who is near minimum everywhere and has the broken Reds in Cincinnati tonight.

 

The Hitters (7/29):

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

TOP FOUR TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

fantasy-aces-logo

Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.15K)

TOP TEN DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Brian McCann, Yankees, $4,550 (Nice middle of the lineup catching option with good matchup)
  • Nick Markakis, Orioles, $4,550 (Leading off, strong lineup, RHP Weaver not as good away from Anaheim)
  • Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays, $4,450 (Good matchup in BOS vs. De La Rosa, batting sixth)
  • John Jaso, A’s, $4,400 (Consistent production vs. RHP, good matchup vs. Feldman, leading off)
  • Justin Ruggiano, Cubs, $4,350 (Batting fifth vs. good LHP matchup)
  • Josh Reddick, A’s, $4,300 (cheap power option, batting seventh though, but good matchup vs. RHP Feldman)
  • Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs, $4,000 (Producing nearly 3 ppg out of the second slot in the lineup)
  • Eric Campbell, Mets, $3,950 (Sneaky play in the four-slot in the Mets lineup at home vs. LHP Hamels)
  • Brandon Guyer, Rays, $3,750 (Batting sixth vs. RHP Garza, might be a sneaky hit night for TB)
  • Munenori Kawasaki, Blue Jays, $3,700 (In the Toronto lineup with a good matchup, batting seventh, low MI price)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500): 

  • Jordany Valdespin, Marlins (Batting second vs. Strasburg)
  • Donald Lutz, Reds (Batting sixth vs. RHP Cahill, he’s a tree of a man, great moustache)
  • Curt Casali, Rays (If you’d like to punt catcher for the minimum, the Rays like to oblige)

 

Check back as lineups post as we may slide some more discount rack players in as surprise postings arise.

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RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

buchholz

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where the slate is shorter but we still like the hitting targets.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (7/28):

D-backs Reds 7:10pm
Anderson (6-4)
Bailey (8-5)
Brewers Rays 7:10pm
Lohse (11-4)
Odorizzi (6-8)
Phillies Mets 7:10pm
Burnett (6-9)
Colon (9-8)
Blue Jays Red Sox 7:10pm
Dickey (8-10)
Buchholz (5-6)
Nationals Marlins 7:10pm
Zimmermann (6-5)
Eovaldi (5-6)
Rockies Cubs 8:05pm
Flande (0-2)
Wada (0-1)
Yankees Rangers 8:05pm
Phelps (5-4)
Darvish (9-6)
Athletics Astros 8:10pm
Chavez (8-6)
Oberholtzer (2-7)
Pirates Giants 10:15pm
Worley (3-1)
Bumgarner (12-7)

 

Weather Watch:

  • Toronto @ Boston

 

The Pitchers (7/28):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees

FanDuel FanDuel $11,000.00
 Fantasy Aces $7,350.00
StarStreet StarStreet $29,600.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $119,500.00
DraftKings DraftKings $11,400.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $20,350.00
Swoopt Swoopt $106,000.00

 
Darvish is at home, which is meh, and he’s an okay favorite to win. However, his Ks should offset whatever additional offense is applied by the heat and coziness of Texas.

MID-TIER PICK:

Bartolo Colon, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia

FanDuel FanDuel $7,700.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,300.00
StarStreet StarStreet $22,100.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $87,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,300.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $14,750.00
Swoopt Swoopt $81,000.00

 

Colon is an average offering today, and the Phillies have been a little friskier lately, but still not altogether good against RHP. Colon is at home, which is better than Darvish’s meh home above, and is favored to win in what should be a lower-scoring affair.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Tsuyoshi Wada, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado

FanDuel FanDuel $5,400.00
 Fantasy Aces $4,500.00
StarStreet StarStreet $13,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $64,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $5,400.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $8,150.00
Swoopt Swoopt $45,000.00

 

The Discount Rack is full of high risk, so we’re going with Wada, who is at home, though against the mighty Rockies. Colorado grades out well in hitting, except for their away numbers. That, a low Vegas number, Yohan Flande as his opponent and his very low $$$ number across the board makes him today’s selection on the Rack.

 

The Hitters (7/28):

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

TOP FOUR TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

fantasy-aces-logo

Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.15K)

TOP TEN DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Garrett Jones, Marlins, $4,550 (Good track record at home vs. RHP, though a tough matchup w/Zimmerman)
  • Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays, $4,450 (Good matchup in BOS vs. Buchholz, batting fifth)
  • Didi Gregorius, Diamondbacks, $4,150 (Batting seventh in CIN, producing when playing)
  • Jon Singleton, Astros, $4,150 (Power option in the six slot vs. RHP Chavez)
  • Craig Gentry, A’s, $4,000 (Good lineup placement, typically, vs. LHP)
  • Chris Heisey, Reds, $4,000 (Batting fifth vs. Chase Anderson in Cincinnati)
  • David Peralta, Diamondbacks, $4,000 (Batting second vs. Homer Bailey, who has somewhat struggled vs. lefties this season)
  • Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs, $4,000 (Producing nearly 3 ppg out of the second slot in the lineup)
  • Marc Krauss, Astros, $3,950 (Power hitting, batting fifth in decent matchup vs. RHP Chavez)
  • Josh Thole, Blue Jays, $3,800 (Low cost catching in good matchup)
  • Munenori Kawasaki, Blue Jays, $3,700 (In the Toronto lineup with a good matchup, batting sixth, low MI price)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500): 

  • Jose Molina, Rays, (Bargain basement catching punt option)
  • Jordany Valdespin, Marlins (Batting second vs. Zimmerman)
  • John Baker, Cubs (Did you want a second punt option for catcher? Here you go.)
  • Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (MI punt option, batting eighth)
  • Jim Adduci, Rangers (Batting fifth, great matchup vs. Phelps)

 

Check back as lineups post as we may slide some more discount rack players in as surprise postings arise.

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RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

Mariners' Hernandez delivers a pitch in the fifth inning against the Rangers during their MLB American League game in Seattle

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where the King is at home and in control.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (7/25):

D-backs Phillies 7:05pm
Miley (6-6)
Kendrick (4-10)
Blue Jays Yankees 7:05pm
Buehrle (10-6)
Kuroda (6-6)
Red Sox Rays 7:10pm
Lester (10-7)
Price (10-7)
Nationals Reds 7:10pm
Roark (9-6)
Simon (12-4)
Padres Braves 7:35pm
Hahn (5-2)
Wood (7-7)
Athletics Rangers 8:05pm
Hammel (8-7)
Williams (1-4)
White Sox Twins 8:10pm
Danks (8-6)
Correia (5-12)
Indians Royals 8:10pm
Tomlin (5-7)
Ventura (7-8)
Marlins Astros 8:10pm
Hand (1-2)
Keuchel (9-6)
Mets Brewers 8:10pm
Wheeler (5-8)
Gallardo (5-5)
Pirates Rockies 8:40pm
Morton (5-9)
Anderson (0-3)
Tigers Angels 10:05pm
Smyly (6-8)
Skaggs (5-5)
Orioles Mariners 10:10pm
Gausman (4-3)
Hernandez (11-2)
Dodgers Giants 10:15pm
Greinke (11-6)
Lincecum (9-6)

 

Weather Watch:

  • Pittsburgh @ Colorado

 

The Pitchers (7/25):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore

FanDuel FanDuel $11,300.00
 Fantasy Aces $7,600.00
StarStreet StarStreet $33,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $164,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $12,500.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $22,750.00

 

 

The King is rolling and is at home and it really hasn’t mattered regarding the level of offensive acumen he faces.  In his last five starts he has dispatched the Angels, A’s, White Sox, Indians and Red Sox and been excellent in doing so.

MID-TIER PICK:

Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego 

FanDuel FanDuel $7,700.00
 Fantasy Aces $5500.00
StarStreet StarStreet $23,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $104,500.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,700.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $14,000.00

 

Wood’s last four starts have been excellent, if short. He’s gone seven IP in two and six in the other two games, but has given up only six earned runs between those starts. He gets the Padres in Atlanta and is favored to win.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles @ Seattle

FanDuel FanDuel $5,900.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,300.00
StarStreet StarStreet $16,400.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $63,200.00
DraftKings DraftKings $6,400.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $12,250.00

 

He may not beat the King, but Gausman has been solid in four of his last five starts. He gets the Mariners, who are still bottom ten in offense and he has a good SwStr% at ~9.0 and fanned 23 batters in 26.1 IP. A decent bet in a soggy discount rack.

 

The Hitters (7/25):

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

TOP TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

fantasy-aces-logo

Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.15K)

TOP TEN(ish) DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Josh Willingham, Twins, $4,550 (Power vs. LHP Danks at home)
  • Danny Santana, Twins, $4,500 (Still raking for Minnesota, leading off)
  • Josh Harrison, Pirates, $4,500 (vs. LHP at Coors, high in lineup)
  • John Jaso, A’s, $4,400 (Top of the lineup in great matchup vs. RHP Williams)
  • Matt Dominguez, Astros, $4,350 (Batting cleanup vs. LHP Hand)
  • Josh Reddick, A’s, $4,300 (Even though he bats low, power, power, power vs. RHP in good matchup)
  • Gaby Sanchez, Pirates, $4,200 (Cheap vs. LHP play in Coors, batting fourth)
  • Tommy La Stella, Braves, $4,100 (still a worthy play vs. RHP at this price, batting second)
  • Jordy Mercer, Pirates, $4,100 (vs. LHP in Coors play)
  • Jesus Guzman, Astros, $3,850 (Power bat vs. LHP Hand in Houston)
  • Brandon Guyer, Rays, $3,750 (Batting third vs. Lester)
  • Chris Dickerson, Indians, $3,650 (Batting second vs. Ventura in KC)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500): 

 

Check back as lineups post as we may slide some more discount rack players in as surprise postings arise.

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RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Night Slate

kluber

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where there’s trouble settling in on an ace.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (7/24):

Marlins Braves 7:10pm
Alvarez (6-5)
Harang (9-6)
Padres Cubs 8:05pm
Ross (8-10)
Jackson (5-10)
White Sox Twins 8:10pm
Noesi (4-7)
Hughes (10-6)
Indians Royals 8:10pm
Kluber (10-6)
Duffy (5-10)
Mets Brewers 8:10pm
Gee (4-2)
Garza (6-7)
Tigers Angels 10:05pm
Scherzer (11-3)
Richards (11-2)
Orioles Mariners 10:10pm
Chen (10-3)
Iwakuma (8-4)

Weather Watch:

  • Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota
  • Miami @ Atlanta

 

The Pitchers (7/24):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City

FanDuel FanDuel $9,500.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,400.00
StarStreet StarStreet $29,200.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $127,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $9,000.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $18,450.00

 

Tonight’s other choices: Max Scherzer in Anaheim against the second best hitting team of the last 30 days or his opponent, Garrett Richards who has to face the equally hot Tigers. Also, Hisashi Iwakuma at home against the hearty Oriole lineup or Tyson Ross in Chicago against the suddenly spry Cubs, who are tenth in RC+ in the last 30 days. So, surprise, we go with Kluber, who has the softest hitting competition on this tier, the Royals, and a better chance to win given his competition is Danny Duffy.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

FanDuel FanDuel $6,900.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,900.00
StarStreet StarStreet $19,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $99,200.00
DraftKings DraftKings $6,900.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $14,750.00

 

 

Between he and Phil Hughes at home against the White Sox, we’ll go with the NL Braves. Marlins have been a bit worse lately, especially on the road, strike out a little more, etc. Though you are just waiting for the fork to emerge out of the back of Harang annnny game now.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego

FanDuel FanDuel $5,900.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,700.00
StarStreet StarStreet $14,200.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $41,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $5,800.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $11,050.00

 

 

Jackson and Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen are the best shots in the rack tonight, but Jackson’s Cubs have picked it up a little lately at the plate and the Padres, well, haven’t. Jackson also gets his share of Ks, which will be helped by the Padres’ swing and miss ways.

 

The Hitters (7/24):

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

TOP TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

fantasy-aces-logo

Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.2K)

TOP TEN(ish) DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Yan Gomes, Indians, $4,550 (nice vs. LHP play and hitting the ball well)
  • Danny Santana, Twins, $4,500 (Leading off again for Minnesota)
  • Corey Hart, Mariners, $4,500 (Middle of the order, vs. LHP)
  • Mike Aviles, Indians, $4,500 (vs. LHP play vs. Duffy, batting second)
  • Oswaldo Arcia, Twins, $4,400 (Great power, great matchup vs. RHP)
  • Sam Fuld, Twins, $4,300 (Leading off vs. RHP, great matchup)
  • Ryan Raburn, Indians, $4,300 (Calling this a Legacy vs. LHP play, still believe the guy hits lefties hard)
  • Rickie Weeks, Brewers, $4,200 (Batting fifth in good matchup and strong lineup)
  • Tommy La Stella, Braves, $4,100 (still a worthy play vs. RHP at this price, batting second)
  • Jarrod Dyson, Royals, $4,100 (don’t love the matchup but leading off at home)
  • Alexi Amarista, Padres, $4,100 (Leading off vs. Edwin Jackson)
  • Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs (Out of the minimum specials, still batting second and producing over 3ppg)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500):

 

Check back as lineups post as we may slide some more discount rack players in as surprise postings arise.

Add Depth to your Fantasy Football League: RotoAdvice of the Day

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Enhance your enjoyment of this great game by increasing the depth and difficulty of your league.

1 QB

2 RB

2 WR

1 TE/WR/RB FLEX

1 DEF

1 K

 

Unless you are in a 16 team league, the above configuration could possibly leave running backs like Frank Gore, Steven Ridley or Terrance West on the waiver wire. Riley Cooper, Golden Tate and Julian Edelman could all go undrafted in such a shallow active leagues.

That’s not even to mention the quarterbacks, where Philip Rivers, Tony Romo and Andy Dalton would be unemployed in a 10 team, single QB format.

We’ve already addressed the virtues of using a multiple QB format in such leagues, but it’s worth discussing the benefits of going deep at all positions.

 

Moving from beginner status

If you have a 10-team league as described above, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s a good way to get your feet wet if you’ve never been in a fantasy football league before.

But at some point, in all games, you eventually have to stretch yourselves and increase the difficulty of the game you are playing to challenge yourself and, in turn, gain more enjoyment from the hobby.

If you are ready to move forward,  feel empowered to move off of the fantasy football baby bottle and move on to the delicious, medium-rare steak of deeper, more challenging leagues.

 

All-Star Games

Part of the problem with shallow leagues is that it becomes nothing more than all-star teams and which star will play better come Sunday than the other star your opponent is playing. It becomes more a game of chance than strategy than that of the importance of  skill and a complete, deep talented roster. It becomes an on-the-field dice game where you hope that Drew Brees, LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson can outslug Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy.

Increasing the minimum starters at positions will bring in more players like Darren Sproles, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead and begin to challenge you to see value in the many roles today’s NFL uses for its players.

You think that Brandin Cooks will be a sneaky rookie playmaker and fantasy scorer for New Orleans? A deeper format will allow you to act on that belief, roster the rookie and beat your unbelieving competition.

 

The Joy of Discovery

Almost every joyful moments of the leagues I’ve long participated in have come in the discovery of a player that was drafted late and became a star. In one such league in 1999, Kurt Warner was a late round pick. In another, Cam Newton, and yet another, Alfred Morris. In shallow leagues, such deep research and drafting isn’t necessary…simply take the best of the best and let it ride.

But in deeper leagues with more players off the board, the importance of depth, strategy and yes, alright, luck, in taking players in your draft becomes greater. There is nothing like filing away the knowledge that Player X has been the most impressive RB in camp, plucking that guy from the player pool late in a draft and then watching as that guy quickly becomes the starter and suddenly you have a third round value that you drafted in Round 18 or later.

The lottery ticket drafting that in shallow leagues might have included a running back like the Browns rookie West now becomes a much deeper look with maybe Tre Mason, Carlos Hyde and the like.

Last season, Zac Stacy was buried on the depth chart behind Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Bennie Cunningham. Few running backs scored more than Stacy the second half of the season. If you were an owner that selected Stacy based on preseason scouting, you must’ve walked around all fall like you were scoring multiple touchdowns every week. Spikes included.

 

What’s the point?

Maybe the most competitive, challenging league isn’t the reason you’re playing fantasy football this season. Great. By all means, participate in standard leagues like the one in the opening and sit back and enjoy.

However, there are plenty of folks that are ready to graduate from that level of play. If you are one of those, make every effort to convince your friends, co-workers, clergyman, whoever….and expand your league to dive deeper. Start more players, have more reserves, have more fun.

If you do go deep and you find you don’t get more out of the game, then by all means downshift, find the format that satisfies and helps you enjoy the game the best.

RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where there should be plenty of hitting to go around tonight.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (7/22):

Dodgers Pirates 7:05pm
Beckett (6-5)
Worley (2-1)
Giants Phillies 7:05pm
Petit (3-3)
Hernandez (4-8)
Rangers Yankees 7:05pm
Martinez (1-6)
Whitley (4-3)
Red Sox Blue Jays 7:07pm
Peavy (1-8)
Happ (7-5)
Marlins Braves 7:10pm
Turner (2-6)
Minor (3-5)
Padres Cubs 8:05pm
Stults (3-11)
Hendricks (0-0)
Reds Brewers 8:10pm
Bailey (8-5)
Nelson (1-1)
Indians Twins 8:10pm
Salazar (1-4)
Pino (1-2)
Royals White Sox 8:10pm
Chen (1-2)
Carroll (4-5)
Rays Cardinals 8:15pm
Odorizzi (5-8)
Wainwright (12-4)
Nationals Rockies 8:40pm
Zimmermann (6-5)
Flande (0-2)
Tigers D-backs 9:40pm
Porcello (12-5)
Anderson (6-4)
Orioles Angels 10:05pm
Gonzalez (4-5)
Santiago (2-7)
Astros Athletics 10:05pm Oberholtzer (2-7)
Kazmir (11-3)
Mets Mariners 10:10pm
deGrom (3-5)
Ramirez (1-4)

The Pitchers (7/22):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay

FanDuel FanDuel $10,700.00
 Fantasy Aces $7,500.00
StarStreet StarStreet $29,800.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $136,200.00
DraftKings DraftKings $10,800.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $20,850.00

 

I like Scott Kazmir at home against the massive strikeout Houston team, too, and would be pairing him with Waino in multiple SP leagues and filling out the hitters given the rich hitting environment tonight. If you have to pick one, it’s hard to bet against the consistency of Wainwright at home, low scoring forecast, Tampa Bay hitting on the road, etc.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

FanDuel FanDuel $7,100.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,800.00
StarStreet StarStreet $21,300.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $72,300.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,700.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $13,200.00

He hasn’t generated a lot of good will with us, but Minor has the Marlins and their strikeout ways at home in what projects to be a low scoring affair. I’m staying away from the mid-tier tonight, but if you need to go here for sites like Fantasy Aces or DraftKings, Minor might get the K to pocket some points.

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds

 Fantasy Aces $5,400.00
StarStreet StarStreet $18,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $64,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $6,700.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $9,150.00

Nelson has the broken Reds at home and, while his control hasn’t been on par as yet, his stuff has generated a lot of bat misses. On a night where there are few arms worth taking a shot at in multiple SP sites, Nelson may be your best bet to go cheap with one of them.

 

The Hitters (7/22):

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

Weather Watch:

  • Miami @ Atlanta
  • San Diego @ Chicago Cubs
  • Kansas City @ Chicago White Sox

TOP TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.2K)

DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Danny Santana, Twins, $4,500 (Leading off again for Minnesota)
  • Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays, $4,450 (Power play vs. RHP in Rogers Centre, cheap entry into this game)
  • Mike Olt, Cubs, $4,400 (almost a must play when he starts against LHP for power purposes)
  • Wilson Ramos, Nationals, $4,350 (Ramos is an inexpensive catching option with pop. Has another LHP in Coors tonight)
  • Kelly Johnson, Yankees, $4,350 (Batting sixth in good matchup vs. RHP)
  • Josh Rutledge, Rockies, $4,350 (ride as long as he’s at home and Tulo is out)
  • Derek Jeter, Yankees, $4,300 (always batting second, has been hitting and scoring)
  • DJ Lemahieu, Rockies, $4,250 (cheap MI entry at Coors)
  • Tommy La Stella, Braves, $4,100 (still a worthy play vs. RHP at this price, batting second)
  • Justin Turner, Dodgers, $4,100 (batting second again vs. LHP while Hanley is out)
  • Craig Gentry, A’s,  $4,000 (Batting second, vs. LHP play)
  • Didi Gregorius, Diamondbacks, $3,950 (not leading off anymore, but still producing close to 3ppg for less than 4K)
  • Travis Snider, Pirates, $3,950 (batting second vs. Beckett at home)
  • Chris Dickerson, Indians, $3,650 (Batting second vs. weaker RHP)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500):

  • Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs (great matchup and price)
  • Eugenio Suarez, Tigers (Still producing well though low in lineup, good matchup vs. AZ)
  • Jim Adduci, Rangers (Batting third for Rangers, lefty in Yankee Stadium)
  • Joe Panik, Giants  & Donovan Solano, Marlins (Both batting second in respective lineups, not hitting well, but if want a MI  punt…they are mins)
  • Nate Freiman, A’s, (Batting eighth, but could be cheap power in Swingin A’s lineup)

 

Check back as lineups post as we may slide some more discount rack players in as surprise postings arise.