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.
|C||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.|
|U||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.
|C||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.|
|P||Cliff Lee||20,437||Toronto Blue Jays||He has a 1.67 ERA since Opening Day.|
|P||Cesar Ramos||9788||Baltimore Orioles||The Rays always seem to have a stable of good young pitchers.|