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2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Daily Fix– August 21st, 2014

It’s déjà vu all over again. I was just here yesterday giving you a lineup. Here I am again giving you another one. Thursdays are always a tough day to play, but you should always remember that you are playing with the same rules as everyone else. Today, I am playing a MLB 50/50 challenge. If you haven’t already, make sure you register at Draftkings right now. There are eight games on the total schedule (an additional suspended game is also being played), but Draftkings usually splits the competition between the early games and the later games. Anything that starts before six is considered an early game. That leaves four games in both the regular and early bird contests.

Essentially, that means you have eight regulars to choose from at each position (24 outfielders). Picking starting pitchers is challenging in those conditions, so I usually spare no expense in picking my starters on days like this. On a full slate of games, you can sometimes scrimp on pitchers if you play good matchups, but on days like today you can’t afford to be too cute.

I will give you two lineups. The first one will be the one I am using and the second one is a reasonable alternative. Draftkings gives you $50,000 to play with. The first lineup will always conform with the salary cap rules. The second lineup doesn’t necessarily conform with those rules, but is more to give you individual alternatives.

Salary

FPPG

Opposing SP Comments
C Evan Gattis

3800

7.2

David Holmberg Gattis is strong and this pitcher is not.
1B Adrian Gonzalez

4000

7.5

Tyson Ross The pickings are slim at first base. 
2B Brandon Phillips

3800

6.2

Julio Teheran He just got back from the disabled list so the price is low.
3B Justin Turner

3000

5.4

Tyson Ross He’s been hot lately, but make sure he is in the lineup.
SS Starlin Castro

4000

7.1

Madison Bumgarner It’s a tough matchup, but he’s been good this year.
OF Yasiel Puig

4500

8.7

Tyson Ross A fairly low price for one of the best outfielders in the game.
OF Jay Bruce

4300

7.3

Julio Teheran It’s been a down year, but he has been better lately.
OF Matt Kemp

4100

7.3

Tyson Ross See Jay Bruce. 
SP Madison Bumgarner

9500

20.0

Chicago Cubs One of the better pitchers in the league.
SP Julio Teheran

8600

20.1

Cincinnati Reds The difference is staggering to the fourth best guy.

 

Salary

FPPG

Opposing SP Comments
C Devin Mesoraco

4000

8.1

Julio Teheran Quite possibly the best offensive catcher in baseball.
1B Chris Johnson

3700

5.9

David Holmberg Like I said, the offerings at first base are limited today.
2B Javier Baez

4100

8.3

Madison Bumgarner One of the most exciting young players in the game.
3B David Freese

4000

5.8

Rubby De La Rosa Injuries have zapped his effectiveness but he’s healthy now.
SS Erick Aybar

4100

6.6

Rubby De La Rosa He’s producing some solid numbers this season.
OF Carl Crawford

3800

6.7

Tyson Ross He’s been very hot lately. 
OF Hunter Pence

4700

8.2

Travis Wood An RBI guy hitting near the top of the order.
SP Tyson Ross

9000

19.4

Los Angeles Dodgers There are only four starters worth picking today.
SP Zack Greinke

10,600

21.4

San Diego Padres This is a bit too much to spend for my money.

 

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