- DFS is not for everyone
- Today’s stacks
- Tomorrow’s traditional plays
- An entirely unexpected table
1. DFS is not for everyone
My consultee has grown a bit surly after we lost money last week. We’re still up for the season, but I think he had visions of an exponentially increasing bankroll. Actually, I think he had visions of predictably winning almost every day. DFS has different ideas.
So here’s my advice – and this applies to any form of gambling. Don’t bet anything you’ll be sorry to lose. DFS is gambling just as poker is gambling. There is an element of skill, but the game has been intentionally rigged against us. I think that my baseball knowledge and strategic mind rig the game back in my favor. However, I could be wrong. If losing is going to (strongly) affect your mood, you’ve probably bet too much money.
2. Stack, stack, stack
It’s all late games today. I guess that’s easier although I’ve grown accustomed to morning baseball.
Late: The Braves against Roberto Hernandez is the obvious high risk, high reward stack. The Braves tend to mash or wallow, so this matchup could really go either way.
Tampa is capable of starting a ton of righties against Wei-Yin Chen. When combined with Camden Yards, we could have a lovely, cheap stack.
Here’s your total risk/reward stack of the day – Miami against Jordan Zimmermann. The Marlins jumped on him last time. Aside from the terrible outing and poor control, I can’t find any indicators of injury.
You know I want to stack Athletics against Hector Santiago. You just have to know I was going to recommend that.
3. For traditionalists (tomorrow)
To Start: Brandon Morrow has the friendly Twins matchup. His FIP components have been absolutely fantastic. His other peripherals, not so much. Let’s bet on FIP.
Jenrry Mejia has a tolerable matchup against the Diamondbacks. I’d like this more if he was home.
I’m growing to like Robbie Erlin. I think he might be a fantasy regular before too long. I hope we get a good half season before he’s too owned to mention.
The Yankees are quite familiar with Jason Hammel, watch that right field porch.
If I keep running Robbie Ross out on the exploit side, I’ll eventually look smart. On the other side of this one is Blake Beaven. He’s probably a better guy to exploit.
Phil Hughes starts again. He’s always fun to target.
Speaking of obvious targets, there’s Lucas Harrell again.
Hitters (power): Tomorrow might be a day to try Mike Moustakas against Harrell.
Hitters (speed): If you want to guess who is starting for the Red Sox, you might get a steal or two from Jackie Bradley Jr. I suppose I can mention Grady Sizemore here too. Shane Victorino is supposedly returning soon.
Abraham Almonte is a great speed pick against Ross.
David DeJesus is the speed component of that Rays stack.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding is a classic stoplight where green equals go for hitters. The weather conditions are from SI Weather’s home run app. A 10/10 means great atmospheric conditions for home runs. A 1/10 means lousy atmospheric conditions.
There might be rain in Cincinnati. Currently, there is a 60 percent chance of rain for most of the entire evening.
The Link. Today is mostly green lights. It could be an offensive night.
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