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07-03

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Fantasy Rounders: The Eve of Fireworks
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07-02

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Fantasy Rounders: Split the Bit
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07-01

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Fantasy Rounders: The Slump Buster
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06-30

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Fantasy Rounders: South Pause
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06-29

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Fantasy Rounders: Turn On the Green Light
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06-29

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 3
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06-26

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Fantasy Rounders: Change is Afoot
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06-25

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Fantasy Rounders: Round Robin
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Doug Thorburn

06-24

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Fantasy Rounders: The Train Stops Here
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06-23

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Fantasy Rounders: The Chronicles of Reddick
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06-22

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Fantasy Rounders: Evan Unsightly
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06-19

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Fantasy Rounders: A Debut Ante Steals the Show
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Doug Thorburn

06-19

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 2
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Doug Thorburn

06-18

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Fantasy Rounders: K's or Death
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06-17

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Fantasy Rounders: Peralta Hokey Pokey
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06-16

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Fantasy Rounders: Morton's Salt
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06-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Eyes on the Pinstripes
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06-12

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Fantasy Rounders: The Butler Did It
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Doug Thorburn

06-11

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Fantasy Rounders: Rantification
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Doug Thorburn

06-11

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 1
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Doug Thorburn

06-10

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Fantasy Rounders: Take a Bauer
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06-09

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Fantasy Rounders: Back on Track
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Doug Thorburn

06-08

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Fantasy Rounders: The Bats Cave
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Doug Thorburn

06-05

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Fantasy Rounders: Will Giancarlo Make It Rain?
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06-05

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Raising Aces: Archie or Jughead?
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Doug Thorburn

06-04

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Fantasy Rounders: Fantasyball
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Doug Thorburn

06-03

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Fantasy Rounders: Riding the Frazier Crane
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Doug Thorburn

06-02

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Fantasy Rounders: Joc the Monkey
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06-01

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Fantasy Rounders: Sleepless in Seattle
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05-29

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Fantasy Rounders: San Diego's Marine Player
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05-28

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Fantasy Rounders: Statistical Crossroads
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Doug Thorburn

05-27

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Fantasy Rounders: Engage the Cutch
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Doug Thorburn

05-26

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Fantasy Rounders: The Age-Defying Hunter
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05-22

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Fantasy Rounders: The Young and the Splitless
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Fantasy Rounders: Diversification
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Doug Thorburn

05-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Life of Bryce
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Doug Thorburn

05-19

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Fantasy Rounders: Happy Holliday
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05-18

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Fantasy Rounders: The Yard Needs Raking
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Doug Thorburn

05-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Do You Believe in Stephen Vogt?
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Doug Thorburn

05-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Sunk My Battleship
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Doug Thorburn

05-14

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Carlos Rodon
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Doug Thorburn

05-13

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Fantasy Rounders: To Defy the Laws of Regression
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Doug Thorburn

05-12

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Fantasy Rounders: Hammer of Thor
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Doug Thorburn

05-11

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Fantasy Rounders: Evan Almighty
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Doug Thorburn

05-08

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Fantasy Rounders: Lineup Lotto
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Doug Thorburn

05-08

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Fantasy Rounders: Demanding Supply
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Doug Thorburn

05-06

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Fantasy Rounders: You Can Never Have Too Much Pitching
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Doug Thorburn

05-05

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Fantasy Rounders: Tiger Shark
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Fantasy Rounders: Surveying the Landscape
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Targeting the obvious and avoiding the not-so-obvious in today's DFS roster construction

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Reflecting on the impact of splits in the DFS game

For each episode of Fantasy Rounders, there is a considerable chunk of digital space that is devoted to platoon splits in order to shape the contextual value of hitters. These splits are the first item of study when constructing each day's lineup for DFS, due to the pervasiveness and the magnitude of the platoon effect throughout the league, and they often reveal opportunities to seize in the market given that platoon splits play at most a modest role in determining the daily salaries of available players; knowing a batter's platoon context allows a gamer to build in a value adjustment based on the opposing starter on the hill that day.

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A Ray of hope for Zona, Papi defies the platoon, and relief for the Colon

Platoons

Target: Anthony Rizzo 1B ($4600, +111 OPS and +.054 ISO against RHP) versus RHP Bartolo Colon ($7000, +.035 ISO and +79 OPS against LHB)

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Lefties on the hill, the run-stopping skills of Chris Tillman, and a bargain price on Country Breakfast

By last count, there are nine southpaws scheduled to take the hill, so please excuse the leftward lean of today's episode of Fantasy Rounders.

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Taking the new format for a spin

Today we crack open the new format for Fantasy Rounders, covering a wider swath of players and a renewed emphasis on players to target or avoid when constructing your DFS lineup. There are zero aces available on today's slate, so most gamers will have to roll some bigger dice than usual in order to come out victorious.

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June 29, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 3

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A look at the mechanics of the pitchers drafted in the latter stages of the first round.

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As we near the halfway mark of the season, we look to revamp the format of Fantasy Rounders in order to give the readers more of what they seek

The format of Fantasy Rounders has stayed relatively consistent this season, with an emphasis on platoons and other split stats for the hitters while focusing on opponents for that day's pitchers, as part of a reflection of those areas where I concentrate my own focus when creating lineups each day for DFS at Draft Kings. As we approach the midpoint of the regular season, a few things have occurred to me regarding this series, namely: we've covered all of the major platoon splits for key players, and we've dived into the opposing lineups that are especially weak, strong, or that have an extreme component to the matchup.

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A look at the various game types at Draft Kings and the associated differences in roster construction

One of my favorite nuances of DFS is the availability of different game types, stratified by the number of opponents or the payout structure, and the various strategies that are encouraged with respect to roster construction and investment.

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Digging for value on a day of few elite arms, appreciating Posey, and another Ranger bites the dust

It's an interesting slate for DFS this evening, with 10 games on the schedule but only one starter that costs more than $10k on Draft Kings (Gerrit Cole at $10500, at home against the Reds). Cole will be heavily owned for obvious reasons, but the swath available options at the SP2 slots should make for an entertaining evening. The next two arms on target might just be Jordan Zimmermann and Shelby Miller, two pitchers who are known to throw hard while lacking stuff in the off-speed department; both pitchers excel despite low strikeout rates, and the latter point puts a massive dent in their respected fantasy values.

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Tales of southpaws, nothpaws, and pitchers on the Greink for today's slate of DFS

The Bats

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The Longoria rollercoaster takes a plunge while Kershaw retakes his spot on top of the SP mountain

The Bats

Evan Longoria, 3B ($3800)

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Players to target and avoid on a full Friday slate of night games

June has been a month saturated with thunderstorms, a troubling condition for the DFS gamer given the unpredictability of when those thunderheads will pop with precipitation. Rain canceled the game between the Tigers and Reds yesterday, washing away a handful of intriguing options from the DFS slate, and Cincy remains under threat of weather-related postponement. I've posted it once before, but it bears repeating that Kevin Roth (Twitter handle @KevinRothWx) provides unparalleled coverage of the weather in MLB cities. He posts regular updates throughout the day to help you set a roster before getting locked into a damp evening of frustration.

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