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.

RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

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Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where we’re betting on the longball.

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 (7/21):

Dodgers Pirates 7:05pm
Ryu (10-5)
Volquez (8-6)
Giants Phillies 7:05pm
Vogelsong (5-7)
Lee (4-4)
Rangers Yankees 7:05pm
Mikolas (0-2)
Greene (2-0)
Red Sox Blue Jays 7:07pm
Lackey (10-6)
Hutchison (6-8)
Marlins Braves 7:10pm
Koehler (6-7)
Teheran (9-6)
Reds Brewers 8:10pm
Latos (2-1)
Peralta (10-6)
Indians Twins 8:10pm
House (1-2)
Johnson (0-1)
Royals White Sox 8:10pm
Guthrie (5-8)
Sale (8-1)
Nationals Rockies 8:40pm
Fister (8-2)
Morales (5-4)
Tigers D-backs 9:40pm
Verlander (8-8)
Nuno (2-6)
Orioles Angels 10:05pm
Norris (7-6)
Shoemaker (7-2)
Mets Mariners 10:10pm
Niese (5-4)
Elias (7-8)

The Pitchers (7/21)

Top $$$$ Pick:

Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

FanDuel FanDuel $8,900.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,550.00
StarStreet StarStreet $26,900.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $114,100.00
DraftKings DraftKings $9,400.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $19,150.00

 

This is strictly a performance and price play, as Chris Sale has the Royals at home and has been sensational of late. Teheran has the Marlins, who strike out quite a bit and has them at home as well. Mix in the 15-20% off price tag, the better odds to win and have a lower scoring game, and Teheran comes out as the better pick on the top tier tonight.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Jon Niese, New York Mets @ Seattle

FanDuel FanDuel $7,000.00
 Fantasy Aces $5,700.00
StarStreet StarStreet $24,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $82,100.00
DraftKings DraftKings $9,400.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $13,800.00

 

Not a lot to like outside the Top Tier tonight, but Niese is in Seattle, where the Mariners are a bottom five hitting team at home and vs. LHP. Also, his opponent is the struggling Roenis Elias, and the Mets hit LHP pretty well this season.

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Shane Greene, New York Yankees vs. Texas

FanDuel FanDuel $6,000.00
 Fantasy Aces $4,500.00
StarStreet StarStreet $17,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $85,800.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,100.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $9,550.00

 

Greene is the best favorite to win at home and the Rangers are fourth worst vs. RHP this season. Greene has been steady with a 93mph fastball and just under a 9% SwStr rate. Note of caution is that the Rangers have hit much better on the road this season than at home. If you’re taking a flyer at low priced pitching you can cross your fingers here, hope to get 6IP, 5Ks, 7-8 H/W and get out of there with win points.

 

The Hitters (7/21):

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

Weather Watch:

  • Miami @ Atlanta
  • Cleveland @ Minnesota

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 vs. weaker LHP)
  • Jose Harrison, Pirates, $4,500 (Leading off vs. Ryu in Pittsburgh)
  • Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays, $4,450 (Power play vs. Lackey in Rogers Centre, cheap entry into this game)
  • Wilson Ramos, Nationals, $4,350 (Righties hit home runs vs. Rockies starter Morales. Ramos is an inexpensive catching option with pop.)
  • Kelly Johnson, Yankees, $4,350 (Batting fifth in good matchup vs. RHP)
  • Josh Rutledge, Rockies, $4,350 (likely to play if Tulowitzki misses another game with cramp)
  • Derek Jeter, Yankees, $4,300 (always batting second, has been hitting and scoring)
  • DJ Lemahieu, Rockies, $4,250 (cheap entry into Coors vs. Fister)
  • Gaby Sanchez, Pirates, $4,200 (Batting cleanup vs. LHP Ryu tonight)
  • Grady Sizemore, Phillies, $4,200 (still leading off for PHL)
  • Tommy La Stella, Braves, $4,100 (still a worthy play vs. RHP at this price, batting second on Monday)
  • Jordy Mercer, Pirates, $4,100 (sneaky play vs. LHP, always cheap and delivers)
  • Didi Gregorius, Diamondbacks, $3,950 (not leading off anymore, but still producing close to 3ppg for less than 4K)
  • Jake Smolinski, Rangers, $3,650 (Hitting over .400 in the five slot for Texas)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500):

RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where we have an unhealthy affection for Lorenzo Cain.

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 (7/18):

Reds Yankees 7:05pm
Leake (7-7)
Phelps (3-4)
Rockies Pirates 7:05pm
De La Rosa (10-6)
Liriano (1-7)
Brewers Nationals 7:05pm Lohse (9-4)
Strasburg (7-6)
Rangers Blue Jays 7:07pm
Darvish (8-5)
Dickey (7-9)
Indians Tigers 7:08pm
Bauer (3-4)
Sanchez (6-3)
Royals Red Sox 7:10pm
Shields (9-5)
Buchholz (4-5)
Giants Marlins 7:10pm
Bumgarner (10-7)
Eovaldi (5-4)
Phillies Braves 7:35pm
Burnett (6-8)
Santana (7-6)
Astros White Sox 8:10pm
Feldman (4-6)
Quintana (5-7)
Rays Twins 8:10pm
Cobb (4-6)
Gibson (8-7)
Dodgers Cardinals 8:15pm
Haren (8-6)
Lynn (10-6)
Cubs D-backs 9:40pm
Jackson (5-10)
Cahill (1-6)
Orioles Athletics 10:05pm
Tillman (7-5)
Samardzija (3-8)
Mariners Angels 10:05pm
Iwakuma (8-4)
Weaver (10-6)
Mets Padres 10:10pm
Colon (8-8)
Kennedy (7-9)

The Pitchers (7/18)

Top $$$$ Pick:

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee

FanDuel FanDuel $9,700.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,900.00
StarStreet StarStreet $28,700.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $107,700.00
DraftKings DraftKings $10,500.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $19,050.00

 

While there are plenty of big names on the slate tonight, each hurler has some sort of wart on their matchup. Yu Darvish is on the slate, but is in Toronto. Madison Bumgarner is going against the Marlins, but it’s in Miami, where the home team hits much better. So it’s Strasburg getting the call because he’s at home, has the K-factor behind him and the Brewers have one of the worst BB/K factors on the road this season.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Bartolo Colon, New York Mets vs. San Diego

FanDuel FanDuel $7,600.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,300.00
StarStreet StarStreet $21,600.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $89,300.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,300.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $14,900.00

 

Like Jeff Weaver at home against the Mariners, too, but Colon has the hapless Padres @ Petco and while he’s not the favorite in this game, we think that Vegas is underplaying the Mets recent hitting, but should be a good start anyway against such a weak hitting team.

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco

FanDuel FanDuel $6,300.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,150.00
StarStreet StarStreet $17,200.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $78,700.00
DraftKings DraftKings $6,300.00
FanThrowDown FanThrowDown $13,100.00

 

Eovaldi has not pitched well at home, but the Giants are so bad on the road, hitting just .236 away from San Francisco, third worst among road teams. Some of their other underlying factors are ok, but Eovaldi has the best stuff of anybody in the discount rack tonight and has good numbers overall.

 

The Hitters (7/18):

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

Weather Watch:

  • Philadelphia @ Atlanta

TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

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

MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.2K)

DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Luis Valbuena, Cubs, $4,450 (Middle of the lineup vs. RHP Cahill)
  • Leonys Martin, Rangers, $4,450 (Batting sixth in suddenly strong middle of the Rangers lineup)
  • John Jaso, A’s, $4,400 (Always batting near the top, has RHP Tillman tonight)
  • Kolten Wong, Cardinals, $4,350 (hot, playing vs. RHP, and batting second)
  • Derek Jeter, Yankees, $4,300 (always batting second, has been hitting and scoring)
  • Ed Lucas, Marlins, $4,200 (Standard batting second vs. LHP at home play)
  • Zack Cozart, Reds, $4,150 (Don’t like him in whole, but like his spot with Run Billy Run in front of him and Frazier behind him)
  • Jeff Baker, Marlins, $4,150 (batting sixth vs LHP)
  • Jordy Mercer, Pirates, $4,100 (sneaky play vs. LHP, always cheap and delivers)
  • Jake Smolinski, Rangers, $3,650 (Hitting over .400 in the five slot for Texas)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500):

  • Dan Johnson, Blue Jays (First Nolan Reimold, now Dan Johnson, batting fifth…Blue Jays just seeing if we’re paying attention out here)
  • Joe Panik, Giants (Batting second vs. Eovaldi)
  • Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs (Won’t be here long, already killing it as a Cub)

Fantasy Football Draft Prep: The Value of Start-Two Quarterback Leagues

NFL: New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

Don’t make the QB position an afterthought in fantasy football. Accept the challenge and start a second QB.

As we are going through our own statistical draft prep to organize positions to be able to rank and share, we wanted to touch on one of the long-standing beliefs that we have about fantasy football.

The quarterback position in a lot of leagues, is one that has been devalued in large part because most leagues only feature one starting QB. In 16 to 18 team leagues, this is understandable due to the lack of enough starting quarterbacks to go around to go two deep in starting, especially when considering bye weeks.

In leagues that don’t feature as many teams, however, this is an oversight that, if considered, could raise the quality of the league and importance of the position, thereby making the league a lot more fun. Consider a second starting QB for the league.

In a 10-team league, having one QB means that on draft day, there is no need to take a QB early at all, given that there are anywhere between 12-15 solid QB1 types in any  year. There is some strategy there in terms of when to pull the trigger on a QB, but this really becomes about watching until, say, Tony Romo is the last QB1 type on the board and then pulling the trigger.

By introducing a second quarterback in a 10-team league, this means that at least 20 quarterbacks will come off the board and then some will make sure they get a solid third QB to be there during the two bye weeks the starting QBs have off. This impacts the draft strategy as well, as suddenly quarterbacks will go very early and, in some cases, taking QBs in the first two rounds.

Now QBs like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, et al realize their real value on a fantasy team, as the difference between they and the 20th QB taken can be extremely significant and profound versus the difference between they and, as I used as an example earlier, Romo. Now QBs like Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer have real value and the quarterback pool isn’t a shallow all-star team. It forces you to take some chances and understand all the QBs, not just the top 15 or so.

If you are in a 2-QB start league then you already know this — that you do not want to be the guy waiting too long on a QB, lest you have Eli Manning and Ej Manuel as your two starters every week. If you ignore the QB position in the draft like you could in a 1-QB start league, then it’s at your own peril.

If you are in a 12 or 14 team league what some league have done to enhance the value of the QB position  is to offer a second QB as a flex start every week, thereby raising the importance of taking QBs in the draft and making it a more important position overall.

Having one QB start league isn’t fantasy football blasphemy,  but it does devalue an important position and you find that it’s  less of a challenge that way. It just doesn’t seem right to ignore Drew Brees until the fourth round or taking Andrew Luck in the seventh. Be bold, be brave and try a 2-QB start league this time around and see what the difference might be.

I believe you’ll find it a challenge and something worth continuing over the years.

RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

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Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where we’re going a little against the grain with our ace 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 (7/11):

White Sox Indians 7:05pm
Noesi (3-6)
Kluber (8-6)
Yankees Orioles 7:05pm
Kuroda (6-6)
Gonzalez (4-5)
Nationals Phillies 7:05pm
Zimmermann (6-4)
Burnett (5-8)
Marlins Mets 7:10pm
Alvarez (6-3)
Wheeler (4-8)
Pirates Reds 7:10pm
Locke (2-1)
Latos (2-1)
Blue Jays Rays 7:10pm
Buehrle (10-6)
Archer (5-5)
Angels Rangers 8:05pm
Richards (10-2)
Tepesch (3-4)
Red Sox Astros 8:10pm
Lackey (9-6)
Feldman (4-5)
Tigers Royals 8:10pm
Sanchez (5-3)
Duffy (5-8)
Cardinals Brewers 8:10pm
Kelly (1-1)
Gallardo (5-5)
Twins Rockies 8:40pm
Johnson (0-0)
De La Rosa (9-6)
Athletics Mariners 10:10pm
Samardzija (3-7)
Hernandez (10-2)
Padres Dodgers 10:10pm
Hahn (4-2)
Haren (8-5)
D-backs Giants 10:15pm
Bolsinger (1-5)
Lincecum (8-5)

The Pitchers (7/11)

Top $$$$ Pick:

Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia

FanDuel FanDuel $8,800.00 21 91.67%
DraftStreet DraftStreet $18,954.00 19 89.33%
 Fantasy Aces $6,700.00 31 73.39%
StarStreet StarStreet $28,000.00 15 73.88%
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $97,600.00 46 59.36%
DraftKings DraftKings $10,500.00 15 82.03%

Tough to go here with King Felix on the mound (and it being a King sort of sports day) but he has the A’s so we’ll go with Zimmerman who has a good matchup at home against the Phillies, who have been hitting poorly and are the sixth best K target of the night.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Dan Haren, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego

FanDuel FanDuel $7,200.00 66 75.00%
DraftStreet DraftStreet $15,821.00 53 74.57%
 Fantasy Aces $5,850.00 81 61.93%
StarStreet StarStreet $19,400.00 95 51.19%
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $72,200.00 141 43.91%
DraftKings DraftKings $6,700.00 140 52.34%

Haren has had reduced velo and effectiveness, so this isn’t as slam-dunky as it might appear. Still, at home, big favorite, low scoring game….good enough for the mid-tier tonight.

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota

FanDuel FanDuel $6,300.00 122 65.62%
DraftStreet DraftStreet $10,397.00 178 49.00%
 Fantasy Aces $5,550.00 131 51.15%
StarStreet StarStreet $15,100.00 154 39.84%
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $68,600.00 208 41.72%
DraftKings DraftKings $5,500.00 252 42.97%

Jorge De La Rosa has actually been better than expected at home and has good enough stuff to still register 9+% SwStr rates. He throws a ton of pitches, so his ability to stretch even into the sixth is a question, as is the usual three earned runs being in Coors. But, Minnesota is throwing an untested LHP at the Rockies, so Jorge looks to be in good shape for the win, some Ks. Strictly a third SP tonight, but useful at his price across the industry.

 

The Hitters (7/11):

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

Weather Watch:

  • New York Yankees @ Baltimore
  • Minnesota @ Colorado

TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

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

MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.2K)

DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Josh Harrison, Pirates, $4,500 (batting second vs. Latos, solid production for nice price)
  • Leonys Martin, Rangers, $4,450 (Batting fifth in suddenly strong middle of the Rangers lineup)
  • Kendrys Morales, Twins, $4,300 (vs. LHP, middle of the lineup)
  • Kolten Wong, Cardinals, $4,200 (hot, playing vs. RHP, and batting second)
  • Zack Cozart, Reds, $4,150 (Don’t like him in whole, but like his spot with Run Billy Run in front of him and Frazier behind him)
  • Jonathan Singleton, Astros, $4,150 (Big pop, vs. RHP, batting cleanup)
  • Carlos Pena, Rangers, $4,000 (still has pop, batting seventh)
  • Munenori Kawasaki, Blue Jays, $4,000 (batting second vs. Archer RHP)
  • Travis d’Arnaud, Mets, $4,000 (Been hitting, now fifth vs. RHP Alvarez)
  • Mike Carp, Red Sox, $4,000 (Batting cleanup for the Sox vs. RHP Feldman)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500):

  • Nolan Reimold, Blue Jays (Batting sixth — play him while he’s still healthy!)
  • Brandon Guyer, Rays (Batting fifth vs. LHP Buehrle) 
  • Eugenio Suarez, Tigers (Solid production up the middle at the minimum, batting seventh)

RotoAdvice Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Night Slate

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Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where we’re investing in the bluest of blue chips.

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 (7/10):

Yankees Indians 7:05pm
Phelps (3-4)
House (1-2)
Nationals Orioles 7:05pm
Gonzalez (6-4)
Chen (8-3)
Braves Mets 7:10pm
Harang (8-6)
Colon (8-7)
Pirates Cardinals 7:15pm
Volquez (7-6)
Miller (7-7)
Angels Rangers 8:05pm
Santiago (0-7)
Lewis (6-5)
Tigers Royals 8:10pm
Smyly (4-8)
Guthrie (5-7)
Twins Mariners 10:10pm
Pino (0-2)
Wilhelmsen (1-1)
Padres Dodgers 10:10pm
Despaigne (2-0)
Kershaw (10-2)

The Pitchers (7/10)

Top $$$$ Pick:

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego

FanDuel FanDuel $12,000.00
DraftStreet DraftStreet $30,505.00
 Fantasy Aces $7,700.00
StarStreet StarStreet $33,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $170,000.00
DraftKings DraftKings $13,400.00

 

After Darvish went kaput at the hands of the upstart Astros and Sale cruised Wednesday night, I might reconsider going with the odds-on chalk pick for an ace. Nope. Kershaw is in the middle of a huge run AND he has San Diego coming into his park tonight. It’s a tasty treat I intend upon ordering. If you are in a 1 SP site and playing a cash game, probably have to dial Kershaw up and pay the freight.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Bartolo Colon, New York Mets vs. Atlanta

FanDuel FanDuel $7,500.00
DraftStreet DraftStreet $12,868.00
 Fantasy Aces $6,300.00
StarStreet StarStreet $21,000.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $89,400.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,300.00

 

Bartolo gets the offensively challenged Braves at home at Citi Field, where Colon has been good. The Braves have a #Barves-ish Top 10 Whiff rate on the road and have struggled, generally, vs. RHP.

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Edinson Volquez, PIttsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis

FanDuel FanDuel $6,700.00
DraftStreet DraftStreet $14,549.00
 Fantasy Aces $4,500.00
StarStreet StarStreet $19,500.00
FantasyFeud FantasyFeud $83,400.00
DraftKings DraftKings $7,000.00

 

Really like Tom Wilhelmsen at home vs. the Twins, who strike out a good bit. But he’s likely not going more than 4 IP tonight, so no win chance, even if he can snap off 6Ks in that time. Not a huge fan of DR pitchers on the road, but the Cardinals haven’t been hitting, Volquez has the best stuff of any of the pitchers on the Rack tonight otherwise and he’s the best shot at a 6IP, 8H/W, 7K night. As always, the DR is best used in a multi-SP site situation. In other words tonight, on Multi-SP sites, I’m rolling with Kershaw and Colon and that’s it.

 

The Hitters (7/10):

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

Weather Watch:

  • Washington @ Baltimore

TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

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

MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.2K)

DISCOUNT RACK (Below 4.6K):

  • Josh Harrison, Pirates, $4,500 (batting second vs. Miller, between Polanco and McCutchen)
  • Wilson Ramos, Nationals, $4,350 (cheap catching, though unfortunately pinned to the eight-hole)
  • Kendrys Morales, Twins, $4,300 (vs. RHP, middle of the lineup)
  • Carlos Pena, Rangers, $4,000 (still has pop, batting sixth vs. LHP)
  • Alex Avila, Tigers, $4,000 (vs. RHP play against Guthrie, who likes to launch the long ball to lefties)
  • Tommy La Stella, Braves, $3,900 (consistent point production vs. RHP)
  • Danny Valencia, Royals, $3,900 (Batting fourth vs. LHP)
  • Oscar Taveras, Cardinals, $3,850 (He’s still not doing what his swing can possibly do, but is still inexpensive and batting high in the lineup)

MINIMUM SPECIAL (3,500):