Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This morning, I drove past a shopping center where I noticed 6-7 people running through a parking lot. After I realized they weren’t stealing from the bowling alley, it dawned on me that they were doing CrossFit. In a parking lot of a strip mall featuring a frozen yogurt place, bowling alley and Amish market. Why would a bunch of people pay someone to do activities that they could do on their own for free? Especially since the instructor was likely bagging groceries at Safeway earlier this year. Seems like a stupid thing to do, no? Actually, maybe it is a very smart thing to do. Perhaps those 6-7 people need the motivation of an instructor telling them what to do in that parking lot. Maybe it is the best way for those people to lose weight, get toned or whatever their respective goals are. Personally, I ride my bike to stay in shape. But, it isn’t for everyone and other people have better ways to work out. It strikes me as somewhat akin to building lineups in DFS. There is NO right way to do it. Every slate is different and every player is different. The other night, you didn’t have to roster Drew Pomeranz despite the exhortations of one Derek Carty. Sure, Pomeranz was a disaster and he likely destroyed many lineups. However, even if he put up a good score, you didn’t have to play him. You had loads of other options that might work out. Or maybe they wouldn’t. My point is, the statement “you have to play player X tonight” is ridiculous and just not true. Build your lineups however you see fit (just like the CrossFit people working out in a crap parking lot) and do your best.

The brings me to today’s main slate on Fanduel. There are many ways to go at starting pitcher. You can pay up for guys like Caleb Smith, Justin Verlander and Zack Wheeler. However, I am a #fadehighendpitchers type of guy. The mid-range gives you tasty options like Marcus Stroman (Padres struggle versus righthanded pitchers), Jake Odorizzi (been solid and gets the K happy White Sox), Jose Quintana (Reds stink versus LHPs) and Brandon Woodruff (been sneaky good, Phillies can strike out a ton from time to time). I don’t know who I’m going with as of yet, but I like all these mid-range guys. And I am going to need some salary savings to get to my Dodgers and Twins stacks. Both teams are in good positions versus bad righthanded starting pitchers and backed by shaky bullpens. Both teams are hot and amongst the best hitting teams in the league. Not sure exactly how I am going to stack these two teams, but I will likely focus on the lefthanded hitters.

Best of luck in your contests today, no matter how you choose to build your lineups.

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