SportsTradex: Top MLB Targets 7/29

What’s up Grinders? BritDevine and myself are going to be introducing a new article series for SportsTradex. It is a new daily fantasy sports site that has some very unique game offerings that we haven’t seen before in the industry. If you missed Brit’s blog post on Friday, check it out here for a recap of how to play SportsTradex unique gametypes

As many of you may know, DraftStreet was my home site where I had around 75% of my action. With DS being gone, I’m looking to try out new sites and so far I really like what I see from SportsTradex. I’m giving SportsTradex a serious look as a site to put a lot of my action on and with the bonuses that they are currently offering, I suggest that you do the same.

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Top Targets for Draft Contests – 7/29

Description of Draft Contests: Draft a team of 7, 8 or 9 players in this tiered fantasy draft game. The number of players you will draft from each tier varies depending on the strategy option you select in the dropdown box. You have three options:

Option 1: 7 Players: 3A, 1B, 1C, 2D
Option 2: 8 Players: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D
Option 3: 9 Players: 1A, 3B, 3C, 2D

Here is the breakdown of the tiers:

Tier A – Includes all of the top pitching options

Tier B – Includes value pitching options + the stud hitters

Tier C – Includes mid-range hitting options

Tier D – Includes value hitters (Bargain Bin Ballers)

I will be taking a balanced approach tonight so I’m going to choose Option 2 which lets me take 2 ace pitchers with 2 hitters from each of the other 3 tiers. Here are my top three targets in each tier:

Tier A


1. Cole Hamels – Hamels is having a terrific season. He has a 2.72 ERA with a K/9 of 9.2. What’s really impressive is that he’s only giving up 0.59 HR’s per 9 innings. I love the matchup for him tonight against the Mets in the pitcher-friendly Citi Field.

2. Jeff Samardzija – Samardzija is the biggest favorite on the board tonight. He is facing the strikeout happy Astros who will have Scott Feldman on the mound. Samardzija pitched a gem in his last outing against the Astros by striking out 6 batters while only giving up a single run over 8 innings of work.

3. Tyson Ross – Ross has been nearly unhittable at home this season. He has posted a 1.89 ERA at Petco while averaging 9.2 K’s per 9 innings. I like the matchup against the Cardinals who offense has been stagnant.

Tier B

1. Mike Trout – It’s hard to argue against Trout as the top choice in Tier B. He has a great matchup against Chris Tillman in a hitter-friendly Camden Yards. He’s a dual threat as he has 24 HR’s and 10 SB’s on the season.

2. Miguel Cabrera – Miggy doesn’t have the best matchup on the board, but he’s facing a lefty at home. Historically, Miggy has crush LH pitching at Comerica and he makes a solid option tonight against Quintana.

3. Brandon Moss – Moss has been a beast against RH pitching this season. He has a .371 wOBA vs. righties and is facing Scott Feldman who really had trouble with this A’s lineup the other night.

Tier C

1. Victor Martinez – V-Mart has a .503 wOBA vs. LH pitching this season which puts him at the top of my list in Tier C. Quintana has pitched well this season, but the Tigers hit LH pitching well and I think V-Mart will get plenty of RBI opportunities.

2. Melky Cabrera – Melky is on a tear right now. He hit 2 HR’s last night and now has 18 hits over his last 10 games. He has a nice matchup against Rubby De La Rosa in the hitter-friendly Fenway Park.

3. Hanley Ramirez – Hanley has a terrific track record against Aaron Harang. He is 10/26 with 5 HR’s off of him in his career. He provides great upside in Tier C.

Tier D

1. Dioner Navarro – Tier D is all about finding the best value plays. There are quite a few that stand out tonight and my favorite two are both catchers. Navarro should be back in the lineup tonight and will likely be batting clean-up against Rubby De La Rosa.

2. Stephen Vogt – I believe in Vogt. This guy has been on fire all season long. He has a .412 wOBA vs. RH pitching and draws a favorable matchup against Scott Feldman and the Astros.

3. Alex Gordon – Gordon has a nice matchup tonight against Kyle Gibson. Gibson has had problems with LH hitters and Gordon is a consistent fantasy option if you are looking for a safe play in Tier C.

Hope you enjoyed the post. I’ll see you all in the SportsTradex Draft Contests tonight!

About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


  • rotokevin

    2014 RG Bowling Co-Champion, CPA & DFS Tax Guru

    • 2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    I have exactly one of these guys in my lineup. That’s probably a sign I did it wrong. It’s also a sign of a well designed game.

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

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    Love the format!

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    Will you guys be offering up incentives if we sign up through Grinders?

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

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      RG Overall Ranking

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    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    BigEarn, I’m actually not sure about that one, send an email to and they’ll be able to answer it better than I will!

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