The Daily Grind: Go Away Rain

The Wednesday slate features four streamable pitchers plus plenty of bats. Check out Waiver Wars.

AGENDA

  1. TDG Invitational
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. Escapades
  6. Bonus

1. The Daily Grind Invitational

Nicemarmut combined a surprisingly popular Dylan Covey with a not-surprisingly popular Corey Kluber. Toss in a Mookie Betts and he was already halfway to victory. Congrats and Leaderboard.

Only 30 people signed up for last night’s contest which means a $2 entry had an expected value of $3.47. Come clean up some easy end-of-season cash. Only four Invitationals remain on FantasyDraft.

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2. Weather Reports

Oh boy. Twitter weatherman Kevin Roth is going to have a busy day. Seven venues have potential to be affected by the rain. Boston is worst off. A delay is all but inevitable. A postponement is possible. Other locales: Chicago (both), St. Louis, New York, Washington, and Cincinnati will probably play. Delays are possible. Keep tabs on the latest updates. Some of these forecasts may clear up or become less favorable.

3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse

Main Slate: Max Scherzer ($24,800) tops yet another ace-heavy fantasy slate. With two starts remaining, he’s just 18 punch outs shy of the most in a single season (over the last decade). The Marlins usually roll over.

Walker Buehler ($22,900) looks the part of an ace these days. He’s finishing the season on a high note, consistently racking up strikeouts while tossing six or more innings. He should receive plenty of run support opposite the Diamondbacks.

Luis Severino ($21,300) benefits from a visit to pitcher friendly Tropicana Field. My number one reservation with him is his occasional struggle with cheap home runs at Yankee Stadium. The Rays have built a surprisingly tenacious roster, but Severino has a strong advantage.

Don’t fall for Trevor Bauer ($20,700). Although I’ve seen no update on his pitch count, there’s absolutely no chance he lasts five innings.

Noah Syndergaard ($19,500) looks like a rich man’s Vince Velasquez these days. He’s hosting Touki Toussaint ($14,900) at CitiField. Toussaint should be viewed as a volatile, high upside gamble.

David Price ($18,600) should trounce the Orioles. It always feels like he’s a risk to allow a trio of home runs prepared in a peppery sauce.

I suppose I should mention Chris Archer ($17,300). Done. Josh James ($15,900) is more fascinating to me opposite a not-terrible Blue Jays lineup. James is unlikely to throw more than five innings and thus is overpriced.

Everybody is liable to think twice about using Matt Shoemaker even though he has an easy victory queued up. I wish he cost a little less than $14,700 after the Athletics eviscerated him. Others to consider include Gio Gonzalez ($15,400), Austin Gomber ($14,500), Chris Stratton ($13,700), and Robbie Erlin ($10,900).

Stack Targets: Velasquez, Spencer Turnbull, Jimmy Yacabonis, Yovani Gallardo, Kohl Stewart, Chad Bettis, Sam Gaviglio, Matt Koch, Jeff Brigham

4. SaberSim Says…

Scherzer, Bauer*, James, Severino, and Buehler top the charts. SaberSim projects Bauer for 6.5 innings and James for 6.0 frames. The first is impossible. The second, improbable. Playable values include Erlin, James, Stratton, and Scherzer. The best bats are Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, J.D. Martinez, Bryce Harper, and Max Muncy. Bargains consist of Jose Osuna, Jordan Luplow, Jose Fernandez, Kole Calhoun, and Jonathan Schoop.

5. Escapades

In the latest episode of Batman, Bruce Wayne dresses up as a first baseman named “Ryan” to fool The Riddler. Bruce proves too clumsy to capture his nemesis.

Don’t bother paying for Trea Turner, Adalberto Mondesi, or Mallex Smith next spring. This guy is going to start.

Have a day Ketel Marte.

6. Bonus

My twitter buddy Matt Meiselman is back with helpful information about today’s Vegas line movement. Incorporating this information into your DFS picks (or traditional bets) can put you ahead of the masses.

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