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2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: May 14th, 2014

Welcome to another edition of the daily fix. Draftstreet has been a terrific platform for us so far, so if you haven’t made your way over there, make sure to check it out. It has a number of games ranging from a dollar all the way up into the hundreds. Somewhere in there you will find your speed. I like to play the two dollar double up games. After all, I’m just a humble school teacher by trade and they don’t pay us enough to play the big bucks.

Going with the hot hand approach has been good to us the last few weeks, so we will continue that method as long as it’s working. A large part of it is studying the salaries at length and playing guys that seem to be underpriced for the production they are giving. You can get some early bargains in May before the computers have managed to catch up with reality.

Salary

Opposing SP

Comment
Jarrod   Saltalamacchia

4173

Paul Maholm

Saltalamacchia has been pretty good so far on the season.
1B  Adrian Gonzalez

6535

Anthony DeSclafani

Who? Desclafani is making his debut in place of Jose Fernandez.
2B  Rougned Odor

4659

Scott Feldman

It’s a low budget play on a pretty good prospect.
3B  Matt Dominguez

5562

Nick Tepesch

He’s starting to heat up. He is on pace to hit 20+ home runs again   this year.
SS  Jonathan Villar

5764

Nick Tepesch

Look past the .230ish batting average and you have a guy with five   homers and ten steals.
OF  Giancarlo Stanton

10,475

Paul Maholm

He leads the world with 42 RBIs, so I bit down hard and paid the   hefty price.
OF  Jacoby Ellsbury

7868

Rafael Montero

This is a calculated play against a pitcher making his big league   debut.
OF  Shin-Soo Choo

7285

Scott Feldman

He has quietly gotten off to a very good start this year. It even snuck   up on me.
Jose Bautista

8750

Corey Kluber

He has already reached ten home runs on the year.
SP  Nick Tepesch

14,875

Houston Astros

The Astros have been shut out five times. Three of those have been by   the Rangers.
SP  Paul Maholm

11,711

Miami Marlins

The Marlins aren’t exactly a juggernaught, so I’m rolling the dice.
SP  Scott Feldman

11,948

Texas Rangers

I’m not understanding the price considering all but one of his starts   have been excellent.

 

As you can see, I am using another good strategy when it comes to double up contests. I call it hedging your bet. You confidently pick your starting pitchers and then pick a couple of hitters from the opposing team against them. That way, if either of them have a big day then you are covered. Occasionally, you get lucky and both of them have big days. However, some of you won’t play the double up, so here are some reasonably alternatives.

 

Salary

Opposing SP

Comments
Yadier Molina

5591

Jason Hammel

He is well on his way until another all-star campaign.
1B  Prince Fielder

6512

Scott Feldman

He has to bust out at some point.
2B  Daniel Murphy

6733

Masahiro Tanaka

He is quietly hitting at a .320 clip.
3B  Yangervis Solarte

6111

Rafael Montero

Who says there can’t be any rags to riches stories in New York.
SS  Elvis Andrus

6051

Scott Feldman

He is a good stolen base threat.
OF  Ryan Braun

8711

Francisco Liriano

He isn’t the all-world force he was on the juice, but he’s still   pretty good.
OF  Carlos Gomez

8804

Francisco Liriano

One of the more exciting power/speed combinations in the league.
SP  Rafael Montero

13,672

New York Yankees

Highly touted prospect is making his big league debut.
SP  Wily Peralta

16,815

Pittsburgh Pirates

His development has been one of the keys to the Brewers’ resurgence   this year.

 

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