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Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel DFBC Qualifier

Come play tonight's DFBC qualifier for a chance to win $1 Million!

Come play Friday’s DFBC qualifier for a chance to win $200K and a trip to Vegas!

Are you ready for the biggest Fantasy Baseball contest of all-time? Our daily fantasy partner, FanDuel, has put together the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC) that will offer over $1 Million in guaranteed cash prizes and a trip to Las Vegas for the 45 finalists of the contest!
 
How Do You Enter?

Tonight’s tournament starts in less than two hours and all you have to do is enter by clicking here: DFBC 2013. You can enter the qualifying tournament for $10 (so don’t be a cheapskate!).
 
What Can You Win?

FanDuel is guaranteeing a prize pool of $1 Million and the winner of the DFBC will get a cold $200,000 (Second Place gets $50,000 and Third Place gets $35,000)! Cash prizes are awarded to the top 45 finishers so you could still win $2,500 even if you finish 45th.
 
In addition to all the great cash prizes, the 45 finalists will win:
 

  • One plane ticket to Las Vegas
  • One limo ride from the airport to the Palazzo Hotel and Casino
  • Two nights in a suite at the Palazzo
  • Friday night cocktail party with all the other winners
  • An amazing Saturday night of fantasy baseball at Lagasse’s Stadium

 
Not a bad deal, huh? I’ll be playing too and hopefully we’ll see each other in Vegas! And if you missed it before, you can enter here: DFBC 2013.

 

As always, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
 

Fantasy Baseball: Daily Notes for Monday, June 10th

Daniel Murphy is already only one home run shy of his 2012 total

Daniel Murphy is already only one home run shy of his 2012 total

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!
 
If you’re looking for full daily gaming lineups, sign up as a FantasyTrade411 Member for exclusive access!
 
5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Sunday, June 9th.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Dan Uggla: 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia: 2-4,  2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Daniel Murphy: 2-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
  • Jordan Zimmerman: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks, W
  • Luis Mendoza: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 Ks

 

Honorable Mention: Matt Carpenter, Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond, Freddie Freeman, Matt Holliday, Adam Lind, David Ortiz, Don Kelly, Cody Ransom, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Adam LaRoche, Dexter Fowler, Marco Scutaro, Brett Gardner, Jon Jay, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, A.J. Griffin, Felix Hernandez, Lucas Harrell, Hector Santiago, Jonathon Niese, Chad Gaudin, Bronson Arroyo, David Phelps, Mike Minor, Jose Alvarez, Jeff Locke,
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Luke Gregerson: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K
  • Matt Moore: 5.0 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, BB, 6 Ks
  • Bobby Parnell: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 Ks
  • Josh Hamilton: 0-5
  • Mark Teixeira: 0-5

 

Dishonorable Mention: Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit, Clete Thomas, Chris Davis, Allen Craig, Jurickson Profar, Koji Uehara, Joe Blanton, Scott Diamond, Tyler Skaggs, Justin Grimm, Lance Lynn, Jonathan Pettibone, Clayton Richard, Josh Johnson, Justin Masterson
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • Jim Henderson was activated from the DL, but it looks like he may not close for a week or so as the Brewers are trying to get Francisco Rodriguez his 300th career save.
  •  Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) will not be activated from the DL today as originally expected, but he should rejoin the Marlins mid-week.
  • Pablo Sandoval is awaiting MRI results on his strained foot and it looks like a trip to the disabled list may very well be in his future.
  • Alexi Ogando has been placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
  • Clay Buchholz left Saturday’s start with tightness in his neck and while he’s expected to make his next start, I’ve also heard rumblings that he may hit the DL.
  • After hitting .161 for the first two months or the season, Ike Davis was sent down to the minors yesterday and is droppable in all but the very deepest of leagues.

 

3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Houston Astros

Clayton Kershaw vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Jered Weaver at Baltimore Orioles
 
3 Down

Scott Kazmir at Texas Rangers

Wade Miley at Los Angeles Dodgers

Jeremy Guthrie vs. Detroit Tigers
 
Throwing Darts

John Lackey at Tampa Bay Rays

Dylan Axelrod vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Ricky Nolasco vs. Milwaukee Brewers
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
 
Swings

  • Paul Konerko is 4-for-11 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, R.A. Dickey.
  • Josh  Hamilton is 4-for-12 with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
  • Colby Rasmus is 4-for-6 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Dylan Axelrod.

 

Misses
  • Mark Trumbo is 1-for-9 in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
  • Matt Wieters is 2-for-13 in his career against today’s starter, Jered Weaver.
  • Paul Goldschmidt is 2-for-17 in his career against today’s starter, Clayton Kershaw.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

 

FanDuel DFBC Qualifier

Come play tonight's DFBC qualifier for a chance to win $1 Million!

Come play Friday’s DFBC qualifier for a chance to win $200K and a trip to Vegas!

Are you ready for the biggest Fantasy Baseball contest of all-time? Our daily fantasy partner, FanDuel, has put together the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC) that will offer over $1 Million in guaranteed cash prizes and a trip to Las Vegas for the 45 finalists of the contest!
 
How Do You Enter?

Tonight’s tournament starts in less than two hours and all you have to do is enter by clicking here: DFBC 2013. You can enter the qualifying tournament for $10 (so don’t be a cheapskate!).
 
What Can You Win?

FanDuel is guaranteeing a prize pool of $1 Million and the winner of the DFBC will get a cold $200,000 (Second Place gets $50,000 and Third Place gets $35,000)! Cash prizes are awarded to the top 45 finishers so you could still win $2,500 even if you finish 45th.
 
In addition to all the great cash prizes, the 45 finalists will win:
 

  • One plane ticket to Las Vegas
  • One limo ride from the airport to the Palazzo Hotel and Casino
  • Two nights in a suite at the Palazzo
  • Friday night cocktail party with all the other winners
  • An amazing Saturday night of fantasy baseball at Lagasse’s Stadium

 
Not a bad deal, huh? I’ll be playing too and hopefully we’ll see each other in Vegas! And if you missed it before, you can enter here: DFBC 2013.

 

As always, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
 

Fantasy Baseball Expert Challenge Part 2

Can you beat me and Dr. Roto in the Expert Challenge?

Can you beat me and Dr. Roto in the Expert Challenge?

Last week, three entrants won a seat in next week’s Expert Challenge Bracket (and some money along the way). This week three more will win a seat to play against me and Dr. Roto (of RotoExperts and SiriusXM Fantasy) in the Final Bracket. You can enter this week’s Qualifier right now for $2.20 and you’ll be entered to face 19 other challengers on Friday.
 

To add a little incentive, our friends at DraftDay are offering some prizes for the qualifier brackets AND the expert bracket:
 
Qualifier Brackets: 1st $18.00, 2nd $11.00, 3rd $7.00, 4th $4.00
 
Expert Bracket: 1st $30, 2nd $20
 
(So if you win first in the qualifier, you win $18 plus a free shot at $30 first place the expert bracket!)
 
Sound good? Our The qualifier starts Friday where the top 3 in the game will advance to the expert challenge to take on Dr. Roto and I with free money being awarded to the final 2 standing. The Expert Bracket will begin Monday, June 3. Qualifier games only cost $2.20 to play, so come put your money where your mouth is and try to take down me and Dr. Roto!
 
Oh…and one more thing! If you make your first deposit using promo code 411, you’ll also get a 100% deposit bonus (up to $200)! This means if you deposit $100, you’ll get an additional $100 in bonus cash that is released in your account as you play games on DraftDay.
 
We’ll post the link to the second qualifier once it’s ready, but here’s the link to this Friday’s Qualifier:
 
Game 1 QualifierThis Friday, $2.20 to play. Top 3 will get a free seat in the 8-man bracket (payouts: 1st $18.00, 2nd $11.00, 3rd $7.00, 4th $4.00)

 
See you in the Expert Bracket!
 

Fantasy Baseball: Daily Notes for Wednesday, May 29th

It's not even the second half of the season yet, but Adam LaRoche is already heating up

It’s not even the second half of the season yet, but Adam LaRoche is already heating up

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!
 
If you’re looking for full daily gaming lineups, sign up as a FantasyTrade411 Member for exclusive access!
 
5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Tuesday, May 28th.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Adam LaRoche: 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Brian McCann: 2-5,  2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • Matt Carpenter: 2-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 Ks, W
  • Rick Porcello: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 11 Ks

 

Honorable Mention: Neil Walker, Chris Coghlan, Jose Bautista, Marcell Ozuna, Jean Segura, Desmond Jennings,  Matt Harvey, Cliff Lee, Ryan Dempster, Edinson Volquez, Hiroki Kuroda, Jorge De La Rosa, Jeanmar Gomez, Tyler Lyons, Jordan Lyles, Mat Latos
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Kevin Gausman: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, BB
  • Michael Kickham: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks
  • Mariano Rivera: 0.0 IP, 3 H, ER
  • Joe Mauer: 0-5
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: 0-5

 

Dishonorable Mention: Juan Pierre, Reed Johnson, Jamey Carroll, James Loney, Yuniesky Betancourt, Starling Marte, Andy Dirks, Rickie Weeks, Norichika Aoki, Jose Veras, Grant Balfour, Glen Perkins, Brandon Morrow, Jeremy Hellickson, Brandon Maurer, Scott Diamond, Paul Maholm, Kevin Slowey, Alfredo Figaro, Nathan Karns, Zach McAllister
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • Brett Lawrie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury. He is eligible to return on June 12th, which looks like a very real possibility right now.
  • Jered Weaver (elbow) has been activated from the disabled list and will start against the Dodgers today.
  • Jayson Werth (hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac and should be back with the Nationals at some point next week.
  • Josh Reddick (wrist) is continuing his rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento and should be back with the A’s for their game against Chicago on Friday.
  • Kyuji Fujikawa will require Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm and will miss the rest of the season. Kevin Gregg‘s job as closer just got all that much more secure (unless the Cubs decide to turn into sellers).

 

3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Anibal Sanchez at Pittsburgh Pirates

Lance Lynn vs. Kansas City Royals

Jordan Zimmerman at Baltimore Orioles
 
3 Down

Brandon McCarthy at Texas Rangers

Erik Bedard at Colorado Rockies

Kyle Kendrick vs. Boston Red Sox
 
Throwing Darts

David Phelps vs. New York Mets

John Danks vs. Chicago Cubs

Joe Saunders at San Diego Padres
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
 
Swings

  • Albert Pujols is 21-for-38 (.553) with five home runs in his career against today’s starter, Chris Capuano.
  • Adrian Beltre is 13-for-31 (.419) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Brandon McCarthy.
  • Michael Young is 33-for-93 (.355) with two home runs and 16 RBI in his career against today’s starter, John Lackey.

 

Misses
  • Elvis Andrus is 3-for-18 (.167) in his career against today’s starter, Brandon McCarthy.
  • Nelson Cruz is 1-for-17 (.059) in his career against today’s starter, Brandon McCarthy.
  • Neil Walker is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against today’s starter, Anibal Sanchez.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

 

Fantasy Baseball: Daily Notes for Tuesday, May 28th

It's not The Bible, Kelly Johnson is currently the 3rd-best 2B on ESPN's Player Rater

It’s not The Bible, Kelly Johnson is currently the 3rd-best 2B on ESPN’s Player Rater

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!
 
If you’re looking for full daily gaming lineups, sign up as a FantasyTrade411 Member for exclusive access!
 
5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Tuesday, May 27th.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Kelly Johnson: 4-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 steal
  • Carlos Gomez: 2-3,  2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • Yadier Molina: 2-2, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
  • Jeff Samardzija: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K’s, W
  • Aaron Harang: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K’s, W

 

Honorable Mention: Andrew McCutchen, Jose Altuve, Jhonny Peralta, Mike Morse, Didi Gregorius, Adrian Gonzalez, Wil Nieves, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Ben Zobrist, Evan Gattis, Alfonso Soriano, Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish, Jason Hammel, Mike Leake, Ubaldo Jimenez, Phil Hughes, Jonathon Niese, Bud Norris, Jhoulys Chacin, Mark Buehrle, Tyler Skaggs, Alfredo Aceves, Dan Straily
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Jake Odorizzi: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 Ks
  • Tyler Cloyd: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 Ks
  • C.J. Wilson: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 Ks
  • Matt Kemp: 0-5
  • Michael Young: 0-5

 

Dishonorable Mention: Craig Genry, Mitch Moreland, Jordan Pacheco, Daniel Nava, J.D. Martinez, Matt Adams, Robbie Grossman, Cory Rasmus, Tim Hudson, Jose Fernandez, James Shields, Zack Greinke, Clayton Richard, Francisco Liriano, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Quintana
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) has begun running and is in the last stages of getting ready for a rehab stint. Don Mattingly has said he’d like to see Ramirez play four or five rehab games, so it looks like Hanley may be back in the Dodgers lineup during the first week of June as long as everything goes as planned.
  • Bryce Harper (knee) is not in tonight’s lineup, but his injury is not expected to require a trip to the disabled list.
  • With Chris Perez hitting the DL with a shoulder injury, Vinnie Pestano (and maybe Joe Smith and Cody Allen) should see some save chances over the next couple weeks.
  • With Nick Franklin being called up to man second base for the Mariners, Dustin Ackley has been sent down to Triple-A.
  • This is still up in the air, but the Cardinals are considering calling up prospect Michael Wacha for a start against the Royals on Thursday.

 

3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Chris Sale vs. Chicago Cubs

Matt Harvey vs. New York Yankees

Mat Latos vs. Cleveland Indians
 
3 Down

Brandon Morrow vs. Atlanta Braves

Edwin Jackson at Chicago White Sox

Edinson Volquez at Seattle Mariners
 
Throwing Darts

Kevin Gausman at Washington Nationals

Jorge De La Rosa at Houston Astros

Tyler Lyons at Kansas City Royals
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
 
Swings

  • Andre Ethier is 7-for-17 (.412) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Joe Blanton.
  • Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-13 (.385) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jeanmar Gomez.
  • Adrian Gonzalez is 7-for-19 (.368) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Joe Blanton.

 

Misses
  • Alexei Ramirez is hitless in 17 career at-bats against today’s starter, Edwin Jackson.
  • Paul Konerko is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career against today’s starter, Edwin Jackson.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career against today’s starter, Cliff Lee.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

 

Fantasy Baseball: Daily Notes for Friday, May 24th

As I've said before...a two home run night will almost always get you on the top of this list

As I’ve said before…a two home run night will almost always get you on the top of this list

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!
 
If you’re looking for full daily gaming lineups, sign up as a FantasyTrade411 Member for exclusive access!
 
5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Thursday, May 23rd.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Josh Willingham: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Mike Trout: 2-4,  2 R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
  • Andrew McCutchen: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 steals
  • Miguel Cabrera: 2-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
  • J.P. Arencibia: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI

 

Honorable Mention: David Ortiz, Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs, Carlos Santana
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Ryan Dempster: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks
  • Ernesto Frieri: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K
  • Edwin Jackson: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 Ks
  • Josh Hamilton: 0-4
  • Matt Wieters: 0-4

 

Dishonorable Mention: Rick Porcello, Brandon Morrow, Kevin Gausman, Ervin Santana, Zach McAllister
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • Reports are circulating that Zack Wheeler will make two or three more starts at Triple-A Las Vegas before being called up to join the Mets. He’s probably gone in any keeper leagues, but he’s worth taking a flier on in re-draft leagues too if you have an extra spot.
  • Robert Coello picked up the one-out save for the Angels last night after Ernesto Frieri struggled to close the door. With Ryan Madson being shut down after experiencing elbow pain, Frieri should still have some job stability here, but this is still something to keep an eye on.
  • John Danks (elbow) will return to the White Sox today to start against the Miami Marlins.
  • In case you missed it the other day, Jesus Montero and Josh Rutledge have both been sent down to the minors. No reason to hang onto either unless you’re in a deep league with deep rosters.
  • Speaking of being sent down, Ike Davis will reportedly be with the Mets through their weekend series again the Braves, but his leash is reportedly VERY short at this point.
  • Adam Eaton is experiencing discomfort in the elbow that has kept him out all season and it looks like there’s a good chance we may not see Arizona’s top prospect this season.

 
 
3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Lance Lynn at Los Angeles Dodgers

Jordan Zimmerman vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Tommy Milone at Houston Astros
 
3 Down

John Lackey vs. Cleveland Indians

Tim Lincecum vs. Colorado Rockies

A.J. Burnett at Milwaukee Brewers
 
Throwing Darts

Brandon McCarthy vs. San Diego Padres

John Danks vs. Miami Marlins

Jeanmar Gomez vs. Chicago Cubs
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
 
Swings

  • Curtis Granderson is 17-for-39 (.436) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Roberto Hernandez.
  • Billy Butler is 8-for-16 (.500) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jason Vargas.
  • Ian Desmond is 10-for-23 (.435) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Kyle Kendrick.

 

Misses
  • David Wright is 2-for-16 (.125) in his career against today’s starter, Kris Medlen.
  • Coco Crisp is 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against today’s starter, Erik Bedard.
  • Alcides Escobar is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career against today’s starter, Jason Vargas.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

 

Fantasy Baseball: Daily Notes for Thursday, May 23rd

Joey Bats started following FantasyTrade411 two days ago on Twitter. He then hit two home runs yesterday. Coincidence?

Joey Bats started following FantasyTrade411 two days ago on Twitter. He then hit two home runs yesterday. Coincidence?

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!
 
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5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Wednesday, May 22nd.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Jose Bautista: 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Chris Davis: 4-4,  2 R, HR, 2 RBI
  • Evan Gattis: 1-3, R, HR, 4 RBI
  • Cliff Lee: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks, W
  • C.J. Wilson: 8.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 10 Ks, W

 

Honorable Mention: Miguel Cabrera, Matt Wieters, Michael Brantley, Joey Votto, David Ortiz, Carl Crawford, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Paul Maholm, Jeremy Hellickson, Gio Gonzalez, Francisco Liriano, Hyun-Jin Ryu, James Shields, Mark Buehrle, Clay Buchholz, Jeff Samardzija, Madison Bumgarner, Jason Hammel, Tyler Lyons, Jordan Lyles, Jorge De La Rosa, Tim Stauffer, Ross Wolf, Kevin Slowey
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Bobby Parnell: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
  • Hiroki Kuroda: 2.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER
  • Brandon Maurer: 3.0 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks
  • Adrian Gonzalez: 0-5
  • Jason Kipnis: 0-5

 

Dishonorable Mention: Jason Giambi, Jason Bay, Eduardo Escobar, Michael Young, Burch Smith, David Huff, Wily Peralta, Vance Worley, Edward Mujica, Wade LeBlanc, Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Verlander, Trevor Cahill, Matt Harvey, Mat Latos
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • With Rafael Betancourt dealing with a groin injury, Rex Brothers assumed the closer role for the Rockies last night and picked up his first save of the season. Betancourt will reportedly avoid the DL, so Brothers doesn’t look like a long-term pick up unless things change.
  • Mark Melancon picked up the save for the Pirates last night, but only because Jason Grilli needed a day of rest. Nothing to see here
  • Fernando Rodney blew yet another save yesterday and was replaced by Joel Peralta. Joe Maddon hasn’t said anything definitive about Rodney’s role as of yet, but it would be smart to pick up Peralta if you have a spot.
  • Jered Weaver finished up his extended spring training rehab and will likely join the Angels next week.
  • Chris Sale was scratched from his start yesterday due to mild tendinitis and won’t return to the mound until early next week.

 

3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Ervin Santana vs. Los Angeles Angels

Ryan Dempster vs. Cleveland Indians

Brandon Morrow vs. Baltimore Orioles
 
3 Down

Zach McAllister at Boston Red Sox

Scott Diamond at Detroit Tigers

Joe Blanton at Kansas City Royals
 
Throwing Darts

Kevin Gausman at Toronto Blue Jays

Rick Porcello vs. Minnesota Twins

Jeanmar Gomez vs. Chicago Cubs
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.

 

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Swings

  • Adam Jones is 12-for-31 (.387) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Brandon Morrow.
  • Miguel Cabrera is 8-for-16 (.500) in his career against today’s starter, Scott Diamond.
  • Josh Willingham is 6-for-10 (.600) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Rick Porcello.

 

Misses
  • Chris Davis is 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against today’s starter, Brandon Morrow.
  • Matt Wieters is 2-for-18 (.111) in his career against today’s starter, Brandon Morrow
  • Prince Fielder is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against today’s starter, Scott Diamond.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

 

Fantasy Baseball Expert Challenge

Can you beat me and Dr. Roto in the Expert Challenge?

Can you beat me and Dr. Roto in the Expert Challenge?

We had a blast battling the other Experts in a daily fantasy baseball bracket over at DraftDay (which Dr. Roto won), but wanted to give more followers a chance to play us in this new daily game format. To do so, we’re offering a new Expert Challenge where six of you can take on me and Dr. Roto by winning your way through the qualifying brackets this Friday (5/24) and next Friday (5/31).

 

To add a little incentive, our friends at DraftDay are offering some prizes for the qualifier brackets AND the expert bracket:
 
Qualifier Brackets: 1st $18.00, 2nd $11.00, 3rd $7.00, 4th $4.00
 
Expert Bracket: 1st $30, 2nd $20
 
(So if you win first in a qualifier, you win $18 plus a free shot at $30 first place the expert bracket!)
 
Sound good? Our Qualifier games start Friday where the top 3 in the game will advance to the expert challenge to take on Dr. Roto and I with free money being awarded to the final 2 standing. We’ll also be hosting one more qualifier next Friday (5/31) and then the Expert Bracket will begin Monday, June 3. Qualifier games only cost $2.20 to play, so come put your money where your mouth is and try to take down me and Dr. Roto!
 
Oh…and one more thing! If you make your first deposit using promo code 411, you’ll also get a 100% deposit bonus (up to $200)! This means if you deposit $100, you’ll get an additional $100 in bonus cash that is released in your account as you play games on DraftDay.
 
We’ll post the link to the second qualifier once it’s ready, but here’s the link to this Friday’s Qualifier:
 
Game 1 QualifierThis Friday, $2.20 to play. Top 3 will get a free seat in the 8-man bracket (payouts: 1st $18.00, 2nd $11.00, 3rd $7.00, 4th $4.00)

 
See you in the Expert Bracket!
 

Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes for Tuesday, May 21st

I was a dumbass and sat Corbin last night because he was at Coors...big mistake

I was a dumbass and sat Corbin last night because he was at Coors…big mistake

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!

 

5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Monday, May 20th.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Yan Gomes: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Brandon Belt: 4-5,  4 R, HR, RBI
  • Travis Hafner: 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
  • Patrick Corbin: 9.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 10 Ks, W
  • Clayton Kershaw: 9.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 Ks, W

 

Honorable Mention: Miguel Tejada, Marlon Byrd, Adam Dunn, Dan Uggla, Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Raburn, Angel Pagan, Matt Dominguez, Seth Smith, Dominic Brown, Julio Teheran, R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon, Alex Sanabia, Jason Marquis, Freddy Garcia, Cole Hamels, Dylan Axelrod, Ryan Vogelsong
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Casey Janssen: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K
  • Scott Kazmir: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks
  • Kevin Correia: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB
  • Manny Machado: 0-5,
  • Michael Saunders: 0-5

 

Dishonorable Mention: Cesar Izturis, Derek Norris, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, Chris Perez, Jon Garland, Josh Lindblom, Shaun Marcum, Jon Lester, Hisashi Iwakuma
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • Ryan Vogelsong broke his hand last night after getting hit by a pitch and will likely miss at least 6-8 weeks.
  • With Steve Cishek struggling, Mike Redmond has said that the Marlins will use “everyone” at closer. This could get muddled with Chad QuallsA.J. RamosMike Dunn, and Ryan Webb all getting a look. If I had to grab one, I’d take a flier on the guy with the best stuff — Ramos.
  • Jim Johnson has now blown three straight saves and while Buck Showalter said he’s not ready to take the keys away from Johnson just yet, it might be good business to go pick up Darren O’Day if he’s available.
  • Matt Garza (arm) has been activated from the disable list and will start against the Pirates tonight.
  • Twins prospect, Kyle Gibson, is likely to be called up on Friday to start against the Tigers.
  • Corey Hart (knee) ran and took full batting practice yesterday and could start a rehab assignment in the next week or two.
  • John Danks (elbow) and Gordon Beckham (hand) are both on-track to rejoin the White Sox by the end of the month.

 

3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Adam Wainwright at San Diego Padres

Stephen Strasburg at San Francisco Giants

Yu Darvish vs. Oakland A’s
 
3 Down

Phil Hughes at Baltimore Orioles

Ian Kennedy at Colorado Rockies

Dan Straily at Texas Rangers
 
Throwing Darts

Jose Fernandez vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Garza at Pittsburgh Pirates

Bud Norris vs. Kansas City Royals
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
 
Swings

  • Nate McClouth is 7-for-9 (.778) in his career against today’s starter, Phil Hughes.
  • Albert Pujols is 23-for-74 (.311) with five home runs in his career against today’s starter, Aaron Harang.
  • Brian McCann is 18-for-39 (.462) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Mike Pelfrey.

 

Misses
  • Carlos Santana is 3-for-23 (.130) in his career against today’s starter, Max Scherzer.
  • Alfonso Soriano is 6-for-44 (.136) in his career against today’s starter, Wandy Rodriguez.
  • Josh Willingham is 1-for-20 (.050) in his career against today’s starter, Tim Hudson.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.