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May 9, 2014

Daily League Strategy

Weekend Lineup Advice

by Paul Sporer


DraftStreet offers one of the best lineup constructions in the industry allowing for three pitchers, two starters and a starter/reliever. Additionally, they don’t overvalue the win as it is worth just two points. The rest of the scoring and roster setup can be viewed here if you aren’t already familiar with it.

CATCHER
Jonathan Lucroy ($4,754) has just the one homer, but he’s hitting .293 with a .364 OBP so he rarely puts up a goose egg. Yes, this is verbatim what I wrote on Tuesday except with updated totals and a lowered price. I know the power has been absent, but I’m confident it’s on the way. Even against Tanaka, I wouldn’t mind using him given the scant cost, but he’ll definitely be in the lineup against Sabathia and Phelps in the other two games of this weekend series.

Sunday Backup Special: David Ross ($2,691) and the Red Sox face Robbie Ross on Sunday and Ross does his best work against lefties. We usually see backup catchers on Sundays, but obviously check the lineups to make sure Ross or your favorite backup backstop is actually getting the nod.

FIRST BASE
I hope you got in Miguel Cabrera ($9,966) while he was cheap. And more importantly, I hope you got one of the frequent great efforts the day(s) that you picked him. Even at his lofty cost, he’s still worth targeting. Edwin Encarnacion ($7,225) is heating up big time with four homers in the Philly four-game series, including two on Thursday night. His price is still really nice compared to the star group that Encarnacion will be in by year’s end (if not sooner).

The Superstar Punt: Usually punting a position means you’re getting a lesser talent to save the money, but Joey Votto ($6,669) is almost a punt at that price, especially since you rarely want to skimp entirely on first base. His being sandwiched by Eric Hosmer ($6,722) and Ryan Howard ($6,652) shows just how underpriced Votto is right now.

SECOND BASE
With 21 stolen bases and a .338 AVG, Dee Gordon ($6,956) has been excellent this year. He has just one zero in his last 10 games at DraftStreet and he’s had at least three points in seven of the 10. I’m surprised he’s still so cheap relatively speaking. I know he doesn’t do it with power, but those multi-hit, multi-steal efforts get the job done just fine.

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