2013 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: June 4, 2013
Below I’ve got the DraftKings.com Team of the Day. I’m playing in a Double Up! contest as always. I’ve had a pretty decent run lately as I’ve won four straight double ups, so allow me to quickly summarize the strategy into which I have settled.
Pitchers score the most points therefore it’s important that you spend more money on them to give yourself the best chance of having one of the highest point scorers of the day. When selecting hitters, look for the cheapest, decent hitters you can find who have a favorable lefty-righty matchup against a bad pitcher. If you can’t decide between a few hitters who meet all of those requirements, use factors like a better ballpark or hotter weather to break the tie. If you have extra money left over after picking the cheapest hitter possible at each position, then go back and upgrade a few lineup spots.
DraftKings.com Team of the Day
Felix Hernandez, $11,200 – The King is by far the most expensive pitcher today, but it’s with very good reason that he is. He is 11th in the league in ERA (2.38), third in xFIP (2.57), and 6th in K%-BB%. And his opponent today is just about the best matchup a pitcher can have right now. The White Sox are 29th in wRC+ against right-handed pitching this year, better than only the Marlins.
Jordan Zimmermann, $9,100 – There are some decent choices for your second pitcher today. Everyone down through Chris Tillman against Houston for $8,500 are options. Pass on Moore because he’s due for some major regression. And pass on Lincecum and Lohse because they’re not that great. Between $9,300 and $8,700 are four attractive options in Peavy, Anibal, Weaver and Dempster. But pass on Peavy because he’s been shaky lately, Anibal and Dempster because their matchups aren’t great, and Weaver because it’s only his second start back from injury. Zimmermann is the safer choice against a Mets team that is 7th worst among RHP according to wRC+. If you want to go a little cheaper, Mike Minor for $8,600 against Pittsburgh would be my next choice.
|Name||L-R Matchup?||Opposing Pitcher||Note|
|C – Yadier Molina, $3,900||Yes||Tyler Skaggs|
|1B – Chris Davis, $4,900||Yes||Samuel Deduno||It’s insane that five 1B are more expensive given that Davis leads the league in wRC+ and has a great matchup.|
|1B Plan B – Scott Van Slyke, $3,200||Yes||Clayton Richard||Very small sample but Van Slyke has a 1.133 OPS vs. LHP this year|
|2B – Jason Kipnis, $4,600||Yes||David Phelps|
|2B Plan B – Emilio Bonifacio, $2,900||Yes||Tim Lincecum|
|3B – Jedd Gyorko, $3,700||Yes||Ted Lilly|
|SS – Everth Cabrera, $3,400||Yes||Ted Lilly||Everth is 2nd only to Tulo in fantasy points per game at SS. Why is he the 30th most expensive SS?|
|OF – Domonic Brown, $3,800||Yes||Ricky Nolasco||He’ll slow down at some point, but there’s no way you can avoid him at this price with the roll that he’s on.|
|OF – Nate McLouth, $3,300||Yes||Samuel Deduno||McLouth is third in the league in steals and leads off for the best offense in baseball per wRC+. This is a huge bargain.|
|OF – Yasiel Puig, $2,000||Yes||Clayton Richard||The price on prospects is always cheap for awhile after they get called up. Puig is a bargain in this matchup.|