Our weekly DFS journal examines another way to approach the regulars on DraftKings
Something weird happened on Tuesday night. I'm playing in a 20-team, 10-dollar Triple Up with all of the Usual Suspects, and it was a really low-scoring day – I was in 10th place with 76.95 pts, and some of the guys behind me included: Birdwings (15th at 69.10 points), youdacao (17th, 66.95), underjones (19th, 55.1), and PetrGibbons (20th, 45.75). I scoped out the rosters of these regulars, whom I see constantly through the daily grind of finding tournaments to play, and overall there was nothing daunting about their roster construction. They had certain overlap players that were otherwise unrostered, as these regulars clearly use THE BAT (the brainchild of BP alum Derek Carty) or some other projection system to guide decision-making and roster construction, and the fact that the regulars tend to cherry-pick many of the same names tells me that they're largely using the same system.
Brewing up some steals against Cole, Adam Jones is all Smyles, and the Dodgers get Mad Bummed
Temper: LHB's James Loney 1B ($2700, +124 OPS and +.039 ISO vs. RHP), John Jaso C ($2500, +268 OPS and +.103 ISO vs. RHP), Kevin Kiermaier OF ($3000, +247 OPS and +.124 ISO vs. RHP) and Grady Sizemore OF ($2000, +177 OPS and +.065 ISO vs. RHP) against RHP Chris Tillman ($5300, -37 OPS and -.047 ISO career vs. LHB)
A look at three more pitchers returning from major arm injuries in 2015.
A couple of months ago, we went under the microscope with a trio of pitchers who were coming back from major elbow injuries, as Jose Fernandez, Matt Cain, and Matt Moore each made his 2015 debut (on the same day, no less). Today we take a similar approach but open up the scope beyond elbows to see how some pitchers have fared in their own comebacks from injury, specifically focusing on pitchers for contending clubs who will be counted on to maintain effectiveness as their teams make the push for the postseason. Not every pitcher comes back to the mound in the same condition that he left it, and a pitcher's mechanics can offer a glimpse into his progress in getting back to 100 percent, while helping us to understand some of the details of his prognosis over the next couple of months.
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The weekly DFS journal reflects on the different ways to have fun with DFS lineups
Each day of DFS baseball has a personality. There are days with a laundry list of aces to choose and those where dumpster-diving is a near certainty due to the dearth of quality arms available; days that are defined by weather, playing a game of chicken with Mother Nature in hopes that of catching a big-time performance from a low-owned player; and those that are defined by performances, like the time in May that Yasmani Grandal hit two bombs and had eight RBI, as he scored 52 points to throw the hammer down (against yours truly, among others) on the DFS landscape.
The wayward profile of Jimmy Nelson, rookies pay off and the Tigers lick their chops
Target: RHB's J.D. Martinez OF ($4700, +50 OPS and +.028 ISO vs. LHP), Ian Kinsler 2B ($4600, +118 OPS and +.037 ISO vs. LHP), Rajai Davis OF ($3300, +143 OPS and +.047 ISO vs. LHP), Nick Castellanos 3B ($3600, +114 OPS and +.011 ISO vs. LHP) and Jose Iglesias SS/3B ($3100, +127 OPS and +.071 ISO vs. LHP) against LHP Hector Santiago ($7300, +112 OPS and +.102 ISO career vs. RHB)
Paying up for the Pirate platoon, admiring Arrieta, and stuffing rosters with a bargain-priced phenom
Target: RHB's Starling Marte OF ($5000, +161 OPS and +.046 ISO career vs. LHP), Andrew McCutchen OF ($4900, +121 OPS and +.050 ISO vs. LHP) and Aramis Ramirez 3B ($3400, +73 OPS and +.052 ISO vs. LHP) against LHP Brad Hand ($4000, +133 OPS and +.066 ISO career vs. RHB)
A cheap deck awaits stacking, the Blue Jays flex their muscles, and the hook is baited for Trout
Target: LHB's Joey Votto 1B ($5400, +81 OPS and +.025 ISO career vs. RHP) and Jay Bruce OF ($3600, +94 OPS and +.026 ISO vs. RHP) against RHP Rubby de la Rosa ($4000, +164 OPS and +.070 ISO career vs. LHB)