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Schuyler Dombroske

Schuyler Dombroske

AL Daily Notes - April 27th, 2015

Nick Martinez - Martinez certainly pitched well enough to move to 3-0 on Sunday with 6 more shutout innings, but the bullpen (and Mike Trout) kept him from the victory. I was prepared to ignore Martinez entirely, assuming that no one needs me to tell them to avoid picking up a guy with a 4 run gap between his ERA and his xFIP ERA, but there are a few interesting things that Martinez is doing this April that may portend some legitimate longer-term improvement. The slight improvements in control and GB rate are nice, but what really makes me (well, slightly) interested is the sizable increase in slider usage, combined with a bigger speed gap between that pitch and his...

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Sam Wallach

Sam Wallach

N.L. Player Report April 27th, 2015

DFS Picks: John Lackey (SP-STL) - Any pitcher who faces the Phillies has an immediate fantasy value. The Phillies are the lowest scoring team in the majors, only averaging 2.58 runs per game. Their team batting average and OBP are .214 and .269 respectively. Lackey, a fairly polished pitcher, will be pitching at home. In his lone home game this season, Lackey threw a seven-inning shutout. His 1.12 WHIP and .275 BABIP spell disaster for the slumping Phillies. Lackey doesn't strikeout a ton of hitters as conveyed by his 6.27 K/9, but he will occasionally surprise you. You can expect a quality start and a win from Lackey Monday night. The Cardinals have been playing great baseball, and the Phillies...

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Michael Waldo

Michael Waldo

MyFantasyFix DFS - 4-26-15 - Jose Abreu & Hanley Ramirez Are Core Plays on Sunday

Each Sunday we publish our free analysis of the daily plays position-by-position. If you haven't already tried out Daily Fantasy Baseball, now is the perfect time to take it for a test spin. The beauty of Daily Fantasy is the short-term time commitment (one-day games) and the opportunity to win real money fast. To help aid you in the lineup construction process, below is a free sample of the type of daily content that is published over at Fantistics' sister site, MyFantasyFix. I always recommend starting to build your roster around your favorite pitcher of the day and fill out the rest of the lineup spots based on relative value-to-cost. To make this easier, below you'll find our top plays,...

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Josh Sperry

Josh Sperry

April 28th NL Player Analysis

Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals - On a day where Carlos Carrasco facing the Tigers is the highest priced pitcher on the day, Lance Lynn against the Brewers for $8,800 seems like an absolute bargain. It's no secret that the Brewers are among one of the worst hitting teams in the majors and Lynn is off to an outstanding start with 10.38 K/9 and 1.93 FIP over 17.1 innings. He faced the Brewers back on the 15th and earned the win tossing 5.0 innings of one run ball with four strikeouts and that Brewers lineup had both Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy who are both now on the DL. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves - Andrelton Simmons hit second for the...

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James Turvey

James Turvey

AL Player Analysis - April 26, 2015

Jed Lowrie Lowrie is a good guy to pick up, especially for teams in need of shortstop help. Lowrie is 6-for-11 in his last three games, and with Lowrie, the question is never whether he can hit, but whether he can stay healthy. Well, Lowrie is healthy now, and with a 2-for-3 day with two runs and two RBI, his statistics are looking pretty great for a shortstop. He's slashing a Billy Beane fever dream of .296/.415/.519 with three home runs and a steal on the season, and is available in over three quarters of ESPN leagues as of writing this. However, with this most recent performance, that availability will be shrinking, and is you need help at shortstop -...

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Frank Tomkins

Frank Tomkins

NL Player Analysis April 25, 2013

Joe Wieland (SP-LAN). The Dodgers have announced that they are calling Wieland up to start either Saturday or Sunday against the Padres. Wieland is an intriguing streaming option in NL-only leagues, as, when healthy, he has consistently put up K per 9 rates in excess of 9 in the minors and he is off to great start in AAA this year, with a 1.80 ERA and a 14:1 K:BB ratio in 10 innings. Pitching against the Padres in Petco is a great place for him to make his season debut, and if he pitches well, he could secure the fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation until Ryu comes back, making him a recommended waiver claim in NL-only leagues. Jacob deGrom...

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Steve Shumansky

Steve Shumansky

AL Player Analysis- 4-24-15

Michael Pineda (SP-NYY) Michael Pineda was masterful today as he picked up his third win pitching 7 innings of 1 run ball while striking out 7. He was extremely fortunate last year as his startling comeback from a 2 year layoff was supported by a .233 BABIP, a 5.4% FB/HR rate and a 80% Strand Rate. This season he has seen a complete reversal of fortune as he has posted a 69% Strand Rate, a 9% FB/HR rate and a .347 BABIP. There are two certainties with Pineda. The man can miss bats as he has maintained an elite 11+% Swinging Strike Rate. Second, he has experienced a significant decline in velocity from 94 mph in 20111 with Seattle to...

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Paul Sauberer

Paul Sauberer

AL Player Report- April 24, 2015

Devon Travis- 2B- TOR- Idea- Travis has been very hot in his rookie season. Against southpaws he has posted a .364/.417/1.000 slash line. This is despite a .250 BABIP. Last season Drew Smyly had a slash line of .262/.322/.441 and FIP of 4.24 against righthanded hitters. Travis has a good chance of keeping hit hot start going today. Value play- DraftKings salary $3100 Huston Street- RP-LAA- Great Player- Street gave up a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th inning. He earned his 5th save of the season. After recording a career-high 41 saves last season and owning a 12.60 K/9 in the first month of the 2015 season, Street has to be considered in the top tier...

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Nicholas Rossoletti

Nicholas Rossoletti

NL Player Blog- April 24, 2015

Pedro Alvarez- Pedro Alvarez has opened the 2015 season with a solid power performance, and he is a solid daily play against right handed pitching. Alvarez doesn't have much upside to alter his season long value, but if the Pirates are playing a right handed pitcher, he has a solid chance at being an undervalued daily play. That is the case on Friday when the Pirates play Josh Collmenter, who tends to be slightly fly ball prone. At his current salary, he may been a solid value play on Friday. DraftKings Salary: $4,300.00 Addison Russell- Addison Russell delivered his first RBI and run of the 2015 season. Russell is an interesting name as he has been listed among the top...

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Walter Kuberski

Walter Kuberski

AL Player Report - April 23, 2015

Devon Travis (2B-TOR): Devon Travis (ribs) returned to the lineup with a vengeance, as the rookie hit his 4th homer of the year and stole his 1st base to lead the Jays' humbling of Ubaldo Jimenez. You have to love the 7% swinging strike rate and 85% contact rate out of the gates for a rookie. His speed off of bat and avg. HR distance are league average, so his HR/FB rate should regress to the 10% mark down from its 21% one. However, while I expect his HR pace to slow, I see his SB pace to pick up. And with him being a staple at or near the top of the lineup, look for the runs totals to...

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Frank Tomkins

Frank Tomkins

NL Player Analysis - April 23, 2015

Cole Hamels (SP-PHI). All you Cole Hamels owners who were panicking because of Hamels' 5.00 ERA coming into Wednesday's game against the Marlins can now relax. Hamels went 6 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 5 hits and three walks while striking out 5. Of course since he pitches for the Phillies, he came away with a no-decision, which highlights the primary obstacle to Hamels' fantasy value this year (barring a trade to the Red Sox, of course) - he is going to struggle to get wins, given the lack of support from the AAA (at best) lineup the Phillies are running out there. When all is said and done, Hamels is almost a lock to wind up with...

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Josh Sperry

Josh Sperry

April 22nd AL Player Report

Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians - Carlos Carrasco was dominant in his return to the mound Tuesday after having been hit in the face with a line drive his last time out. He tossed just five innings (which may have been the plan) but still allowed just one earned run while striking out eight running his whiff total to 18 over three starts. He walked none, and now has just one walk over his 11.1 innings pitched. Even with how dominant a start he's gotten off too, he could still get a little better at he has a .348 BABIP which is a bit higher than his career BABIP of .310. Batters swing percentages against Carrasco line well with his stretch...

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David Regan

David Regan

NL Daily Notes - April 22, 2015

Mark Melancon (RP-PIT) - Melancon entered Tuesday's game against the Cubs with a two-run lead in the ninth inning, but due up were Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, and Kris Bryant By the time those three were done, the bases were loaded with nobody out. Melancon allowed three runs in blowing his first save, and his ERA shot from 5.06 to 8.53. Melancon has now had two three-run outings sandwiched by five scoreless outings, but a 1.89 WHIP just isn't good. Melancon entered the game averaging just 88 mph on his fastball, a number that compares unfavorably to last year's 92.8. Time to worry and time to pick up Melancon's potential successor in deeper formats. Who is that? Jared Hughes and...

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Menachem Greenfeld

Menachem Greenfeld

AL Player Analysis - April 21, 2015

Here are a few players that are off to hot starts which could very well continue throughout the season: Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE Bauer continued his early season dominance on Monday, throwing 7 shutout innings against the White Sox, only allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Bauer now has 26 K's and only 8 hits allowed in 19 IP this season, resulting in 0.95 ERA through 3 starts. He had a ridiculous 14.0% Swinging Strike% coming into the game, and all 7 of his K's on Monday were of the swinging variety as well. Bauer still has issues with control (11 BB's this season) and his .235 BABIP is likely to regress, but as long as...

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James Turvey

James Turvey

AL Player Analysis - April 20, 2015

Steve Souza Maybe the projection systems do know something we mere humans don't, as STEAMER/PECOTA darling Steve Souza continued his great start to the 2015 season on Sunday. With a 3-for-5 day, Souza raised his slashes to .289/.373/.533, while connecting on his third home run of the season, scoring his fifth run of the season, and getting his RBI total up to 10. Souza also has four steals on the season, and has been one of the top performers in fantasy so far this year. As is the case with any hot start this early in the season, there are a couple of red flags, and a .435 BABIP and 37.3 strikeout rate are a bit worrisome. However, the power/speed...

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Paul Sauberer

Paul Sauberer

NL Player Report- April 20, 2015

Dexter Fowler- OF- CHN- Idea- Fowler has yet to get a hit off a southpaw in 2015, but he added two more against righthanded pitching yesterday. The Cubs are facing A. J. Burnett, who had a slash line of .244/.368/.417 with a FIP of 4.94 against lefthanded hitters in 2014. Value play- DraftKings salary $4000 Mike Leake- P- CIN- Hot- Leake allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 8 IP, but it ended as a complete game loss. Leake threw 66 of his 86 pitches for strikes, leading to great efficiency and no walks. Leake's control has been getting progressively better, with 56 of 107 pitches strikes in his opening start and 71 strikes in 105...

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Michael Waldo

Michael Waldo

MyFantasyFix DFS - 4-19-15 - Find Value With Richards, Greene & Duda

It's the 3rd week of the Fantasy Baseball season and DFS is in full swing. If you haven't already tried out Daily Fantasy Baseball, now is the perfect time to take it for a test spin. The beauty of Daily Fantasy is the short-term time commitment (one-day games) and the opportunity to win real money fast. To help aid you in the lineup construction process, below is a free sample of the type of daily content that is published over at Fantistics' sister site, MyFantasyFix. I always recommend starting to build your roster around your favorite pitcher of the day and fill out the rest of the lineup spots based on relative value-to-cost. To make this easier, below you'll find...

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Sam Wallach

Sam Wallach

N.L. Player Report April 19th, 2015

DFS Picks: Kris Bryant (3B-CHC) - Kris Bryant didn't hit any home runs on Saturday, but he did reach base five times. Bryant displayed veteran level maturity by walking three times in six plate appearances. In each of those at bats, Bryant fell behind in the count before working a walk. His best at bat came in the first inning. Immediately after chasing two sliders and falling behind 0-2, Bryant made the proper adjustments and laid off two more identical slides. Eventually, he drew a walk. From that point on, he didn't chase a single Tyson Ross slider. Bryant went on to tally two hits, including an RBI single for his first major league hit. Now that he's done facing...

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Josh Sperry

Josh Sperry

April 19th AL Player Report

Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays - Donaldson has been feasting on the Braves pitchers over the first two games of the series launching three homers including a walk off blast in the 10th Saturday. He's finally providing some of the power we all expected with the move to Toronto this offseason. Despite the lack of power until the last two games, Donaldson was still a very valuable 3B option with a .340/.396/.596 triple slash and now totaling 12 RBI. With multi-hit efforts in four of his last five, he's well on his way to having another MVP type season. Enjoy the ride. Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics - Fresh off his two homerun game Friday, Vogt turned in another solid performance...

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Kyle Elfrink

Kyle Elfrink

Week 3 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

Why do you come to this column? Easy. You're searching out recommendations on who to add and opinions to dissuade you from making a bad choice off the waiver wire. But, you're also looking to come across a name or two that isn't on radar of everyone else in your league. You hope to find a suggestion or nugget that is a couple of weeks ahead of the crowd. Well, this week, have I got the guy for you! He's a former first-round pick, who has clubbed 55 homers in just a hair over 180 games of minor league baseball. He got called up this week and was immediately granted a starting spot in the lineup and a clean-up spot...

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DFS - April 6, 2015 - Kluber Your Competition

Catcher - Featured site is DraftKings Top Play: Buster Posey (SF) - No surprise here, Buster Posey is our top catcher of the day on Monday. The Diamondbacks are starting light-throwing Josh Collmenter on Opening Day and while Posey is...

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