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2013 Fantasy Baseball, The Daily Fix: July 10, 2013

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks in the household. We’ve been moving and for anyone that knows, that’s not something that gets completely done over a weekend. We’ll probably still have unopened boxes for the next couple of months. The game of baseball marches on until the all-star break. Then, everyone can take a collective deep breath.

July also happens to be the month where trade talks run wild. For every Ricky Nolasco that gets dealt, there are dozens of players rumored to get dealt. I moved half-way across town and had so much stress to deal with. Imagine how much each of these players have to deal with when they could possibly get traded across the country. It makes you respect them that much more and understand why July can be such a hectic month.

Today, I’m playing in a Double Up! contest. They range anywhere from a dollar to ten dollars, but each works the same way. If you finish in the top half you get almost twice as much as you put in. Naturally, DraftKings gets their cut because they have to pay their employees, the light bill, and make a little for their trouble. That being said, they are very generous to those that start playing as they will give you a deposit bonus you can access here.

When I looked at the pitching matchups I noticed only four pitchers we could pick on. Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia, Wade Davis, and John Hellweg look like starters we can pick on. Unfortunately, some positions are not manned by reliable players against those particular pitchers. So, the choices can be rather thin at some positions.

Since it has been awhile since you have seen my lineups, I’ll remind everyone of how it works. I choose one lineup to play based on those pitching matchups I talked about previously. That lineup will hit the cap right on the nose. The second lineup offers reasonable alternatives at each position. Since I am focusing position by position, the lineup itself will not necessarily add up to the 50,000 dollar cap. So, adjust accordingly.

My Lineup

 

Player

Opposing SP

Salary

Notes
Catcher

 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Aaron Harang

3,300

Aaron Harang has been mediocre most of the season so playing Red Sox is smart.
First Base

David Ortiz

Aaron Harang

4,900

Ortiz has quietly put up very good numbers yet again this season.
Second Base

Ben Zobrist

Kevin Correia

3,800

He’s an all-star. How is he going for less than 4,000?
Third Base

Evan Longoria

Kevin Correia

4,300

Longoria is still among the best third basemen when healthy
Shortstop

Yunel Escobar

Kevin Correia

3,400

Escobar has been hitting close to .300 since April and Correia is very hittable.
Outfield

Wil Myers

Kevin Correia

3,600

It’s hard to believe the phenom is still going for this price.
Outfield

Desmond Jennings

Kevin Correia

4,700

The price seems a little hefty, but he has been hot lately.
Outfield

Jacoby Ellsbury

Aaron Harang

4,300

He has very quietly taken over the league lead in stolen bases.
Pitcher

Francisco Liriano

Oakland Athletics

9,000

He is coming off a complete game gem and quietly has earned eight victories.
Pitcher

Jorge De La Rosa

San Diego Padres

8,200

He is pitching in a pitcher’s park against a struggling offense.

A Reasonable Alternative

 

Player

Opposing SP

Salary

Notes
Catcher

 

Chris Stewart

Wade Davis

3,400

What can I say, it’s a weak day for catchers.
First Base

 

James Loney

Kevin Correia

3,700

He  is still quite productive and Correia is still quite hittable.
Second Base

 

Dustin Pedroia

Aaron Harang

4,500

He is a little more pricey, but this is a good matchup for him.
Third Base

 

Miguel Cabrera

Dylan Axelrod

6,900

Only a handful of guys have had 90 or more RBIs before the all-star break.
Shortstop

 

Brad Miller

Felix Duobront

2,500

This isn’t usually the direction we go, but he’s dirt cheap.
Outfield

 

Brett Gardner

Wade Davis

4,700

I still am not sure why he cost this much but Davis has been horrible.
Outfield

 

Ichiro Suzuki

Wade Davis

4,100

He is quietly being more productive and this is a good matchup.
Outfield

 

Daniel Nava

Aaron Harang

4,100

He has been quite productive and Harang has been quite average.
Pitcher

 

Hyun Jin Ryu

Arizona Diamondbacks

9,400

Ryu is still a good play as he continues to produce in the first half.
Pitcher

 

Cliff Lee

Washington Nationals

10,100

Lee is definitely not the reason why the Phillies have been so mediocre.

 

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