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2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: August 20th

There are approximately two weeks left until football season begins. As much as those of us that love baseball want to say baseball is king, we know better. However, those of you that haven’t gotten your Draftkings account up and running go ahead and get it going now. Play a few baseball contests before the football season gets going. If anything, it will get you familiar with the site and the sheer number of contest combinations that are possible.

Today, I am playing in a 50/50 MLB challenge. I love the double up challenges because they give you the best odds of winning. Draftkings has begun to assert themselves in the market with some radio spots on sports radio stations. Like every other daily fantasy site, they want you to hear about the people that have won thousands and millions. I suppose there is some excitement and adrenaline that comes with entering yourself into one of those contests. Personally, I’m one of those guys that feels content playing on the penny machines in the casino.

Draftkings gives you a salary cap to work with, so you have the same opportunity to win as everyone else playing. A 50,000 salary cap is spread across ten players. In the tables below, you will see the salaries, average fantasy points per game (FPPG), and the opposing pitchers. The first table will be the lineup I am running with. The second will be a reasonable alternative at each position. As always, check lineups and weather conditions so if you need to make any last minute changes you can.

Salary

FPPG

Opposing SP Comments
C Devin Mesoraco

4200

8.2

Lance Lynn He might be the best offensive catcher in baseball
1B Freddie Freeman

4600

8.5

Gerrit Cole He seems to have plateaued, but he’s still solid.
2B Matt Carpenter

4300

7.6

Johnny Cueto People focus on what he isn’t. He’s still pretty darn good.
3B Brock Holt

4300

7.7

Garrett Richards He’s becoming a folk hero in Boston.
SS Danny Santana

4400

8.4

T.J. House One of the better rookies in the American League.
OF Alex Gordon

4900

7.6

Jorge De La Rosa He’s not as good as people say, but this is in Coors Field.
OF Adam Jones

4800

8.2

Hector Noesi He is not quite elite, but this is still very good value at the   price.
OF Dexter Fowler

4400

7.5

Michael Pineda He is the second best offensive player in Houston.
SP Alex Wood

7300

13.5

Pittsburgh Pirates His FPPG is artificially low because of his time as a reliever.
SP Roberto Hernandez

6800

10.5

San Diego Padres He’s been better as a Dodger.

 

 

 

Salary

FPPG

Opposing SP Comments
C Russell Martin

3,900

7.3

Alex Wood He’s performing like when he was a Dodger.
1B Jose Abreu

5,000

9.5

Wei Yen Chen He is the odds on favorite for Rookie of the Year.
2B Javier Baez

4,200

8.6

Jake Peavy He is just one of many exciting young Cubs prospects.
3B Carlos Santana

4,100

7.6

Ricky Nolasco He is still one of the more dynamic offensive performers in the league.
SS Starlin Castro

4,100

7.2

Jake Peavy He is already at his career high in home runs.
OF Billy Hamilton

4,500

7.7

Lance Lynn He’s not brilliant, but he’s been steady as a rookie
OF Jay Bruce

4,200

7.3

Lance Lynn It’s been a disappointing year, but he’s just beginning to hit.
SP Danny Duffy

6,500

13.4

Colorado Rockies The Royals are on a roll, so you can ride the wave.
SP Tanner Roark

8,700

17.7

Arizona Diamondbacks He is one of the candidates for Rookie of the Year in the NL.
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