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2013 Fantasy Baseball, The Daily Fix: June 21, 2013

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.

Friday is a new day for me and another one of those days when we see a new series for most teams. It also happens to be the first day of summer on the calendar. School is out for most students (save those few giving it another go) and draft picks are beginning to sign and move on to their minor league assignments. The dog days are upon us.

It is that way for those us playing in regular fantasy baseball. It is easy to let that lineup slip for a few days as we get into the general malaise of June. Sure, there are some hot call ups that make us all stand up and take notice. Otherwise, it gets to be a grind. Every day is a new day at Draftkings and even if the day before was a struggle tomorrow is a new day. So, let’s embrace today’s lineup with the same zeal we had on opening day.

My Lineup

 

Player

Opposing SP

Salary

Notes
Catcher

 

A.J. Ellis

Clayton Richard

3,200

Ellis is a very underrated play at this price. He is very adept at getting on base.
First Base

 

Adam Lind

Jason Hammel

4,300

He has been hotter than a pistol lately, so it’s time to cash in.
Second Base

 

Brian Dozier

Scott Kazmir

3,500

Any time you get can get a solid regular for less than 4000 you have to think about it.
Third Base

 

Trevor Plouffe

Scott Kazmir

3,500

He’s not brilliant, but neither is Scott Kazmir.
Shortstop

 

Hanley Ramirez

Clayton Richard

4,200

He’s been extremely hot since coming back from the DL.
Outfield

 

Yasiel Puig

Clayton Richard

5,000

You have to think he’s going to cool off eventually, but he hasn’t yet.
Outfield

 

B.J. Upton

Wily Peralta

4,200

When your average is as horrible as his was, it takes awhile to get it back up. He’s working on it.
Outfield

 

Brett Gardner

Roberto Hernandez

4,700

Gardner is a bit overpriced for what he is, but he finds different ways to score.
Pitcher

 

Bartolo Colon

Seattle Mariners

7,400

He’s the cheapest option among the qualified starters and the Mariners struggle to score.
Pitcher

 

Johnny Cueto

Arizona Dbacks

9,600

He has one of the best ERAs in the NL in the last three seasons.

For those that haven’t followed my daily fixes and expected another perspective today, I wanted to make sure you understood that the alternative lineup is not necessarily meant to stand alone. It was meant to provide a reasonable alternative at each position, so the total salaries will not necessarily add up to the 50,000 cap.

A Reasonable Alternative

 

Player

Opposing SP

Salary

Notes
Catcher

 

Joe Mauer

Scott Kazmir

4,200

We went cheap above, but this seems like stealing given his pedigree.
First Base

 

Edwin Encarnacion

Jason Hammel

4,900

He is on pace to have another 120+ RBI season. Looks like he found a home.
Second Base

 

Emilio Bonifacio

Jason Hammel

3,400

I’m not sold, but if you are looking for a cheap option it’s a favorable pitching matchup.
Third Base

 

Manny Machado

R.A. Dickey

4,500

He’s an elite player going up against a pitcher that has struggled all season.
Shortstop

 

Munenori Kawasaki

Jason Hammel

3,600

The numbers are problematic but he makes more contact than any other SS in baseball.
Outfield

 

Jose Bautista

Jason Hammel

5,500

Joey Bats costs a pretty penny, but this is one of those matchups that may pay off.
Outfield

 

Josh Willingham

Scott Kazmir

4,100

It’s been a rough season, but he is still on pace to drive in close to 100.
Outfield

 

Andre Ethier

Clayton Richard

3,700

Call this the fighting for his job play. When Matt Kemp comes back he may be out of a job.
Pitcher

 

Hisashi Iwakuma

Oakland Athletics

9.800

The best pitcher in the AL this season costs less than 10,000
Pitcher

 

Clayton Kershaw

San Diego Padres

12,900

He’s expensive, but he will give you 20 or more points guaranteed.

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Sunny Tarh
    June 21, 2013 at 11:09 am — Reply

    Would you trade Posey for Brandon Phillips? This is keeping in mind that I currently have Gyorko at second and Lucroy on my bench.

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