Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Fantasy Phil's Four MLB Diamonds for Wednesday April 4, 2018




Fantasy Phil shares his four Fantasy Baseball Diamonds for Wednesday's Main MLB Slate at FanDuel.

  • ·         FanDuel 5 Game Slate: Starting time 7:07pm
  • ·         Weather to avoid: None
  • ·         **Always check your lineups to be sure everyone on your roster is playing


Pitchers

  • ·         Oakland Athletics SP Sean Manaea ($8300) is a bit overpriced but on a slate without many options he might be the ace of the night. In 114 at bats against these current Texas Rangers hitters Manaea has allowed two bombs and six walks with 26 strikeouts. This season the Texas Rangers are hitting just .243 against left handed pitching and 20 percent strikeout rate versus left handers.
  • ·          Colorado Rockies SP Jon Gray ($8000) has the ballpark on his side when he faces the San Diego Padres tonight. He also faces a Padres team he’s fared well against with 19 strikeouts in 67 at bats against. This seasons Padres have a 19.8 percent strikeout rate and .162 ISO  against right handers.



Hitters
  • ·         Oakland Athletics 1B Matt Olson ($3400) has a nice ooportunity tonight against Texas Rangers SP Doug Fister and his career ineffectiveness against left handed hitters. Career .377 ISO, .340 wOBA and wRC+ of 170 against right handed pitching. Usually bats third in the A’s lineup against righties.
  • ·         Cardinals 2B Kolton Wong ($2000) is off to a terrible start to his season but he can get back on track tonight against Brewers SP Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin has always had trouble with left handed bats and while plenty will flock to the sexier Cardinals hitters Wong and his career .311 wOBA should fly under the radar.



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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

MLB: Fantasy Phil's Fabulous Four at FanDuel for Tuesday April 3, 2018




We have another nine game MLB slate at FanDuel tonight. The main weather problem seems to be in New York for the Phillies and Mets. I may just avoid that game altogether.

You should check your lineups to be as sure as you can that everyone on your roster is actually playing.

Our pitchers both did okay. Charlie Morton (46 points) and Andrew Triggs (33 points).  Our hitters didn’t. Carlos Santana got snowed out and Khris Davis finished with three points.

Let’s see who Fantasy Phil likes for GPP Tourneys tonight.

Pitching

It’s Clayton Kershaw ($11,500) day today. Obviously you are going to want to consider him for cash games. In fact he should be a cash game lock against the Diamondbacks.


Fantasy Phil has a fondness for Milwaukee Brewers Ace Chase Anderson ($8000). Like most pitchers Anderson is much better at home and while the fly ball rate has increased over his career the bombs per nine has actually decreased. Andersons career 4.27 xFIP at home is manageable and I know it’s early but the Cardinals have a 28 percent strikeout rate against righties. Vegas set a nine run over under which might keep betters off Anderson tonight. There is much to like with Anderson tonight.


The Brewers aren’t exactly setting the world on fire at the plate this season. At $6000 bucks the Cardinals Jack Flaherty has a nice opportunity to add to his early season K/9 rate of 9.0 as these Brewers whiff 23 percent of the time they face righties. The other thing I like is throughout his professional career Flaherty doesn’t cough up that many bombs (1.69) or walk that many (4.22).  His MLB sample size is too small but his overall career suggest positive regression. At his price point he doesn’t need to do much to make five times value. 

Hitting

We have a nice mix in our pitching options and I think I have a couple of bats that might have two bomb GPP upside.


Washington Nationals SP A.J. Cole coughed up 2.25 bombs per nine and  40 percent fly ball rate on the road; for this reason Fantasy Phil is interested in how Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman ($4200) fares against Cole at home tonight. Freeman has a career ISO of .228 and wRC+ of 152 against righties at home. No matter what the price Freeman and his double dong potential is difficult to pass up.  


If you are spending up for Kershaw you are going to need to find value and Texas Rangers OF Nomar Mazara ($2600) fits what we are looking for. He has a great matchup tonight with Oakland Athletics SP Kendall Graveman who boasts a career 30 percent fly ball rate AND extremely low 5.85 career K/9 rate against  left handed hitters. Mazara has a career .186 ISO, .332 wOBA and wRC+ of 102 against righties. Fantasy Phil likes the numbers and the double bomb potential tonight.  

For more about building lineups and Daily Fantasy Baseball strategies Fantasy Phil has written Daily Fantasy Baseball 101: Winning Strategies for Daily Fantasy Baseball.

Monday, April 2, 2018

MLB: Fantasy Phil's Fabulous Four at FanDuel Monday April 2, 2018




We have an intriguing nine game MLB slate at FanDuel tonight. At the time of this writing there doesn’t seem to be any weather issues and the opening pitch for the first game of the night is set for 7:07pm Eastern.

You should check your lineups to be as sure as you can that everyone on your roster is actually playing.

Let’s see who Fantasy Phil likes for GPP Tourneys tonight.

Pitching
One thing about tonight’s slate; the pitching selections are priced in such a way it won’t be difficult to fit a few big bats in your lineup.

Charlie Morton $8500

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t gotten off to the best start this season against right handers and as luck would have it they face one of the hottest pitchers from the second half of last season. Yes, Charlie Morton was pretty good in 2017 with a 3.47 ERA and 10.30 K/9 ratio. This collection of Orioles are 11-33 lifetime with one bomb and four RBI. They have also struck out nine times. Morton is a cash game play and has enough upside for your GPP tourneys.

Andrew Triggs $6400

The Texas Rangers haven’t gotten off to the greatest start against righties either and that bodes well for Oakland Athletics starter Andrew Triggs. A couple of things I like tonight; he’s pitching at home in a big ballpark and he seems to have an easier time getting lefties out than righties.  The other thing is how well he has mastered this current collection of Rangers; just 3-27 with only two earned runs but only four strikeouts. He’s my GPP play of the night and at his price point Triggs doesn’t have to do that much to make value tonight.

Hitting

There are plenty of high and low priced options to consider tonight. Thankfully the pitching is priced low enough to squeeze in a bunch of sticks.

Carlos Santana $3600

Carlos Santana doesn’t hit as well against right handers as he does lefties and that should keep people off him tonight. Fantasy Phil likes these types of situations very much. Especially when a gas can like Matt Harvey is pitching. Even more so against left handed hitters and that .426 wOBA, those 6.2 walks and 2.68 bombs per nine innings like he did in 2017.

Khris Davis $3600

Davis has mashed right handers his entire career and he has to be happy tonight to see the Rangers Bartolo Colon take the hill. Colon coughed up nearly two bombs per nine innings in 2017 and I can’t see him getting much better in 2018. This should be a mash fest and Davis should be leading the way tonight in Oakland!!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Daily Fantasy Baseball 101: Winning Strategies for Daily Fantasy Baseball



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