The 007 MLB Grind 04/19/17 (Dallas in the House)

Hello my fellow grinders and welcome to another day of DFS baseball. I had one of my worst nights in DFS and it ended pretty quickly when I realized that I didn’t have exposure to the Reds. I didn’t get the right combinations in tournaments so I toke a loss. Hopefully I can bounce back tonight so let’s head to the ballpark to see which gems we can invest in

FANDUEL REVIEW (not enough cheese)

Here was one of my lineups and Yu Darvish started off great but those pesky Oakland bats drove him out of the game. He only threw 82 pitches when he was removed and it was pretty much over. 16 FD points was not what I had in mind when I touted him in yesterday’s blog but variance hit me in the jaw. Kevin Pillar was a bright spot in this lineup with 20+ FD points at only $2,400 which was a steal. My main stack here consisted of Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana. The Indians went on to score 11 runs and these guys played a part in that production so that was great. I toke three zeros which never works in tournaments but it was a learning experience that I hope to incorporate in my decision making process as I work with the Lineup Builder

PITCHER
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) $12,900
Madison Bumgarner (SF) $11,100
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) $9,600
Vince Velasquez (PHI) $7,800

Here are my top candidates for this spot and it’s a toss up at the high end between Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has proven to be a god among men with an average of 8 strikeouts per game while Bumgarner has pitched well with 3 straight quality starts. He’s a strikeout machine as well and I’ll have exposure to both in tournaments. Dallas Keuchel is a little cheaper and has a decent matchup against the Angels tonight. Aside from Mike Trout, no one scares me and he could rack up some strikeouts if he gets into a groove. Lastly, Vince Velasquez is a strikeout machine with his weakness being that he can give up a few runs but the points you get from strikeouts really make up for that blemish

CATCHER
Buster Posey (SF) $3,900
Austin Hedges (SD) $2,600
Russell Martin (TOR) $2,500
Cameron Rupp (PHI) $2,300
Tucker Barnhart (CIN) $2,200

Here are my top candidates for this position and Busta Busta Busta Busta is back and he will head directly to the Lineup Builder. He has been out this past week with an injury and looks to be healthy. He had 3 hits yesterday and should be low owned tonight given his high price tag. He faces lefty Jason Vargas in a good righty/lefty platoon matchup. Austin Hedges, Cameron Rupp, Tucker Barnhart and Russell Martin are decent cheap plays if Posey becomes too expensive in your Kershaw/Bumgarner lineups. They will carry low ownership as usual and I’ll have some exposure to them but Posey is the G.O.A.T

FIRST BASE
Freddie Freeman (ATL) $4,500
Joey Votto (CIN) $3,800
Carlos Santana (CLE) $3,700
Greg Bird (NYY) $2,700
Logan Morrison (TB) $2,100

Here are my top candidates for this position and I missed the Joey Votto show yesterday. I was frustrated because I considered a Reds stack but when Eugenio Suarez didn’t play, I didn’t really like the stack so I replaced them with a bunch of Orioles. I payed for it because that was the tournament winning stack. I’ll have some exposure to Votto as a note to self and I like the matchup against Ubaldo Jimenez. The Orioles righty has already given up 10 earned runs in two of his only starts and I think a Reds stack here is plausible. Most of us will be chasing points but a little exposure won’t hurt the rest of my portfolio in case they throw up a dud. Freddie Freeman was off everyone’s radar last night given the Scherzer matchup but tonight Joe Ross will get a closeup look at the hot first baseman. He helped me out on Monday with a 50 burger on two homers and I hope he turns the engines back on tonight. Greg Bird is my cheapest stock and I’ll have about a 10% exposure level to him given his inconsistencies but the matchup against Dylan Covey is exploitable. Logan Morrison is basically free tonight as a semi-power hitter. He’ll be perfect in a Rays stack against right hander Jordan Zimmerman in a true upside spot. Morrison has already driven in 10 runs and is batting a respectable .304 on the season. Lastly, my boy Carlos Santana has been consistent and should continue to rake at Target Field along with his teammates in a stack
NOTE: there could be a weather issue in Minnesota tonight so I might pivot off of Carlos Santana

SECOND BASE
Dustin Pedroia (BOS) $3,000
Jonathan Schoop (BAL) $2,900
Brad Miller (TB) $2,900
Starlin Castro (NYY) $2,800

Here are my top candidates for this position and my sneaky play here is Brad Miller in a nice lefty/righty matchup against Jordan Zimmerman. Miller has driven in 8 runs so far in the season and is usually in a good lineup spot against right handers. Zimmerman can get hit around a bit and the Rays have a ton of left handed hitters to throw out there. A stack is in the works and Miller’s mid-tier $2,900 FD price fits in nicely with the rest of my portfolio. Starlin Castro has really turned it on recently with 6 hits in his past 3 games to go with 2 doubles. Like Greg Bird, he gets Dylan Covey tonight who is an inexperienced pitcher facing a hot Yankees lineup. The Bronx Bombers could light Covey up tonight and getting some exposure here could be profitable. Lastly, Jonathan Schoop and Dustin Pedroia are cheap as well and I like their individual matchups. Their game has not been flashy like Castro but I’m hoping that they can string together some hits tonight

SHORTSTOP
Francisco Lindor (CLE) $4,100
Troy Tulowitzki (TOR) $3,300
Zack Cozart (CIN) $3,100
Jorge Polanco (MIN) $2,700
Tim Beckham (TB) $2,200

Here are my top candidates for this position and Francisco Lindor has been a staple in my portfolio in the past few days. His matchups have been good and he’s batting .351 on the season with 10 RBI’s to go along with 13 runs scored in a potent Cleveland lineup. He’s expensive but I think he’s worth every penny tonight in his matchup against Adalberto Mejia. The rest of the crew consisting of Troy Tulowitzki, Zack Cozart, Tim Beckham and Jorge Polanco are decent fill-ins if you’re not playing Lindor. I think their matchups are fair with a chance for some upside at low ownership
NOTE: there could be a weather issue in Minnesota tonight so I might pivot off of Francisco Lindor

THIRD BASE
Manny Machado (BAL) $3,900
Justin Turner (LAD) $3,900
Miguel Sano (MIN) $3,400
Chase Headley (NYY) $3,400
Evan Longoria (TB) $3,100

Here are my top candidates at this position and I like this pool here ranging from Manny Machado to Evan Longoria. Machado let us down yesterday in a true upside spot against Bronson Arroyo and I hope that translates to low ownership tonight against lefty Amir Garrett who has been good to start the season. Chase Headley sat yesterday for rest but should be in the lineup tonight. He has been raking along with his teammates lately and a matchup against the inexperienced Dylan Covey should be interesting to watch as they pluck him like a chicken. Lastly, Miguel Sano and Evan Longoria are my other options that I’ll use in the Lineup Builder along with Justin Turner in order to differentiate my lineups.
NOTE: there could be a weather issue in Minnesota tonight so I might pivot off of Miguel Sano

OUTFIELD
Mookie Betts (BOS) $4,200
Mark Trumbo (BAL) $3,600
Adam Jones (BAL) $3,600
Yasiel Puig (LAD) $3,400
Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) $3,400
Ender Inciarte (ATL) $3,300
Adam Duvall (CIN) $3,200
Corey Dickerson (TB) $3,100
David Peralta (ARI) $3,100
Kevin Kiermaier (TB) $3,000
Kike Hernandez (LAD) $3,000
Hunter Pence (SF) $3,000
Kevin Pillar (TOR) $2,400

To close out my grind for today, I’ve layed out a portion of my outfield pool that I’ll run through the Lineup Builder. I see some Rays in there and I really like their matchup against Jordan Zimmerman tonight, especially the left handed hitters like Corey Dickerson and Kevin Kiermaier. It looks like I’m chasing points with Adam Duvall but this is more about therapy since I missed the boat yesterday. His matchup against the struggling Ubaldo Jimenez does give me some ground to stand on. Hunter Pence is a sneaky play here on the road against soft tossing lefty Jason Vargas and I hope he can string together some hits for my troubles. Lastly, I’m staying with the Orioles here even though their team stack let me down but you have to keep grinding

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Thanks for checking out my blog as I hope to bounce back from a terrible performance last night which was my fault. I didn’t drill down in certain spots and I got lazy with some key plays. I hope you all do well in your contests tonight and it’s lights out until next time

Twitter @darkknight007ra

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