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2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: May 7

Welcome back to the daily fix. I’m on a bit of a hot streak, so I’m going to continue playing in the double up games, but Draftstreet has numerous games you can play for your enjoyment. The type of game often dictates the type of strategy one would use. When you are playing in the double up games, your main goal is to finish in the top half. So, in addition to going with the hot hand approach (or exploiting inefficiencies approach), I also go with the divide and conquer approach.

The divide and conquer approach involves picking your pitchers based on your opponents and then turn around and start a player or two against that pitcher. That way, if either has a big day you are virtually covered. Of course, those of you playing in the other games will not want to go with that approach. You will want to roll the dice and assume each individual player is going to have a great day. In that instance, you shouldn’t start players against each other.

This is often the reason why we offer an alternative player at each position for you. Additionally, Draftstreet allows you to change your lineup almost up to the minute of the game. This saved me last week when four of the games were rained out. That decimated my lineup, but I was able to make some last minute changes and get into the top half. Always keep in mind that our lineups represent our best guess as of 6:00 AM EST.

Salary Opposing SP Comments
Jason Castro 4606 Rick Porcello This is a part of our divide and conquer strategy. Castro has   produced good power numbers.
1B  Mike Napoli 5899 Mike Leake Napoli is quietly having another solid season in Boston.
2B  Marcus Semien 4999 Travis Wood Like I said in my earlier article, he is surprisingly filling up the   stat sheet.
3B  Nolan Arenado 6883 Colby Lewis This is simply going with the hot hand.
SS  Jonathan Villar 5386 Rick Porcello He is quietly producing an 800+ OPS with some solid speed numbers.
OF  Wil Myers 6571 Bud Norris His inside the park home run the other night demonstrates all of his   skills.
OF  Shin-Soo Choo 6096 Jorge De La Rosa He hasn’t been a superstar, but he is still producing good numbers.
OF  Justin Upton 5797 Adam Wainright It’s a tough matchup, but he is on pace for another 30/30 season.
Alexei Ramirez 5956 Travis Wood Dividing and conquering yet again.
SP  Rick Porcello 16.665 Houston Astros Houston managed one run against the Tigers in two games until the 9th   inning last night.
SP  Travis Wood 16,007 Chicago White Sox He may not have a good record, but neither do the Cubs. He’s pitching   well regardless.
SP  Mark Buerhle 15,115 Philadelphia Phillies He must have found the fountain of youth because he’s off to a great   start.

 

Please keep in mind that these are only our best guesses at this point. In essence, I’ve broken even so far this year. Some of you may have done better. Obviously, when you are playing with your own cash you should follow your instincts. Also, do yourself a favor and check for rainouts and last second lineup changes before play begins. Here are some reasonable alternatives at each position.

Salary Opposing SP Comments
Mike Zunino 4388 Dan Straily Maybe he is finally getting it.
1B  C.J. Cron 4852 Vidal Nuno For years he was a top first base prospect. Now, he has finally made   it.
2B  Jose Altuve 6186 Rick Porcello He is the leader in the AL in stolen bases.
3B  Matt Dominguez 4062 Rick Porcello This is a part of the divide and conquer strategy.
SS  Jose Reyes 6091 Cliff Lee He spent most of the early season hurt, so he is just getting going.
OF  Marlon Byrd 6836 Mark Buerhle He has been producing
OF  Corey Hart 5405 Dan Straily After a slow start, he seems to be heating up.
Cliff Lee 20,437 Toronto Blue Jays He has a 1.67 ERA since Opening Day.
Cesar Ramos 9788 Baltimore Orioles The Rays always seem to have a stable of good young pitchers.
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