The Daily Grind: Hidden Choices

I’ve decided I like FantasyDraft’s new subscription-based service model. Moving along…


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

1.The Daily Grind Invitational

Newbie Macker22 steamrolled the competition. His 176.75 point performance outpaced the field by 39.75 points. Nelson Cruz was the big contributor in an otherwise balanced distribution of points. Congrats and welcome to the Leaderboard. Special shout to yisman and roc-pile who took down first and third respectively in a $25 GPP on Saturday. I get 10 percent, right?

It’s a 12-game shindig on FantasyDraft.

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2. Weather Reports


3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse

Lucas Giolito ($21,600) tops the slate which makes perfect sense in a matchup against the Terrible Tigers. Shane Turnbull ($14,000) is back in action – presumably with some sort of pitch count. The White Sox strike out enough to make him a potential bargain play. I don’t say this often, but there’s scope to simultaneously use both pitchers in this one.

At present, the regression monster is throwing a temper tantrum on top of Mike Minor ($19,700). As has been the case for virtually the entire season, he’s at least $2,000 overpriced. His opponent Aaron Civale ($13,800) performed well in the minors and could be a decent bargain target opposite a Gallo-less Rangers offense.

I feel like I haven’t seen Luis Castillo’s name in a long time. At least in the context of DFS. For $19,600, he’s a tad pricey versus the contact-oriented Angels. Especially with Great American Ballpark buffing the power outcomes.

The wind is blowing out to right at Wrigley tonight. The Athletics don’t have many left-handed power hitters so Kyle Hendricks ($18,000) might work as a bland and pricey mid-tier play. I’m a tad edgier about Chris Bassitt ($16,900) opposite the Cubbies.

Mike Soroka ($17,800) has his moments of brilliance. And mediocrity. He perhaps fills the strike zone a little to predictably for his own good. And the powerful Twins lineup is always a concern. Jake Odorizzi ($16,200) isn’t any better off hosting the Braves.

Masahiro Tanaka ($17,200) is more often bad than good. Yet I find myself strangely drawn to this matchup against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Perhaps it’s the promise of copious run support?

The remaining bits are pretty ugly. Rick Porcello ($12,100) seems playable against the Royals in a terribly unexciting way. Erick Fedde ($11,300) is a scarier version of the same profile at Oracle Park. Jordan Lyles ($14,500) gets his first shot against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Charlie Morton ($20,200) is the super secret prize. He’s very attractively priced versus the Blue Jays. And FDraft is pretending he’s not starting.

Favorite Plays: Giolito, Tanaka, Civale, Porcello

Stack Targets: Taylor Cole, Gabriel Ynoa, Mike Montgomery, Fedde, Michael Wacha, Dario Agrazal, Jacob Waguespack, Vince Velasquez

4. SaberSim Says…

Morton, Giolito, Hendricks, Castillo, and Samardzija are the top-rated pitchers tonight. Shark also slipped through the FDraft net. Morton, Fedde, Porcello, Civale, and Hendricks are the bargain targets. Christian Yelich, Mike Trout, Rafael Devers, Cody Bellinger, and J.D. Martinez are the preferred hitters while Travis Shaw, Khris Davis, Ryan O’Hearn, Ryan Goins, and Scooter Gennett comprise the values.


Gerardo Parra is not a center fielder you silly Nationals.

I guess Parra came out ahead after all.

These Blue Jays are going to get pretty interesting.

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