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So my goal this fantasy baseball season is to help you pick players and understand what the hell is going on in the daily game. Most of the time I’ll provide you with a five minute video, called “The Daily Fudge,” but they’ll be times when I want to sit and write my thoughts down because my crazy life won’t allow me to record a video.
Let’s get started. What’s important in daily fantasy games? First, it’s a pitcher who has the best opportunity for a win. Why? Because it’s an additional five points for your team. I also take a look at pitchers who will have the best K/BB% for the game. Â More strikeouts, equals more points. Â Finally, I look at the opposing pitcher and weather for that particular day. If you skip this, you will get caught with your pants down. Â Something Patrick likes a lot.
When looking for hitters for my team there are two factors I use a lot. The first is historical data for the hitter versus a pitcher. Some may think it’s not important, but last year, using this strategy allowed me to collect over $5K. The other factor I use is who’s hot and who’s not. The last 14-days for a hitter I think is huge when determining who I want in my lineup and who I don’t. Obviously, since we’re just starting, this may not factor as much, so early on, historical data, weather and opposing players will be key.
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Pitchers I’ll be using today 4/1
Justin Verlander ($9,800) vs. Twins : Weather will be a factor, and if he contain Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, double-digit strikeouts is a possibility.
Stephen Strasberg ($9,300) vs. Marlins : What’s not to like about this matchup. At home, pitching against the Marlins, and one of the best offenses in major league baseball.
Budget Saver Pitcher
Brett Anderson ($6,200) vs. Mariners : I’m actually using him in several games. I love the matchup and pitching in a pitchers ballpark, I see a win and at least five strikeouts.
Catchers I’ll be using today 4/1
Wilson Ramos ($2,400) vs. Marlins : I’m not a big spender when it comes to catchers. Ramos missed most of last season, but I’ve got him in three games.
Alex Avila ($2,900) vs. Twins : There should be plenty of RBI opportunities for Avila today against the Twins.
Budget Saver Catcher
Ramos is obviously a budget saver, but the other catcher I like with a $2,400 salary is Ryan Hanigan who last year was on base 36% of time.
1B I’ll be using today 4/1
Adrian Gonzalez ($4,000) vs. Giants : Gonzalez has four HR, 13 RBI and a .311 BA lifetime against Matt Cain.
Albert Pujols ($4,300) vs. Reds : Over the last three-years Pujols has five HR, 13 RBI and 10 BB at Great American ballpark.
Budget Saver 1B
Ike Davis ($3,200) vs. Padres : Not a lot of value at 1B, but Davis has the potential for a HR.
2B I’ll be using today 4/1 / Budget 2B
Chris Getz ($2,500) vs. Â WhiteSox : Getz is the only 2B I’ll be using today. The price is right and he’s 6-for-14 against Chris Sale.
3B I’ll be using today 4/1
Miguel Cabrera ($4,400) vs. Twins : Cabrera, over the last three-years at Target Field has hit six HR, 26 RBI and a .396 BA.
Budget Saver 3B
Jayson Nix ($2,400) vs. RedSox : Nix has three HR and is 7-for-21 lifetime vs Jon Lester.
SS I’ll be using today 4/1
Troy Tulowitzki ($4,000) vs. Brewers : Tulo is the only SS I’m using today. Against Yovani Gallardo, Tulo is 7-for-18. Â I’ll pay a little more for a guy who is batting fourth.
OF I’ll be using today 4/1
Bryce Harper ($4,000) vs. Marlins : The hype, his spring training number and the fact he’s facing the Marlins makes me tingle below the belt.
Josh Hamilton ($3,900) vs. Reds : Facing his old team, batting fourth behind Albert Pujols, I’ll take the chance spending more money on him today.
Budget Saver OF
Collin Cowgill ($2,500) vs. Padres : There are several true value players in the OF, but Cowgill is leading off for the Mets today which gives me a 30%+ chance of getting a run.
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