Posts Tagged ‘Jose Bautista’

Daily Fantasy Sports. It seems so easy. “Choose a new lineup each day!” They say. “It’s so easy!” They say. One of those statements is true. I donated some cash to Fanduel when I first started by jumping into big tournaments during football season, only to win a few bucks the first time and lose the rest on the others. Disheartened is the friendliest word I can use to describe how I felt. The experience taught me a valuable lesson, though, and I’m sharing it with you now: Don’t spend more than $5 on one tournament. Yes, smaller tournaments have smaller payouts. However, big tournaments will drain your account quickly no matter how much you think you know about fantasy sports. Alright, now that I’ve soap-boxed you with some unsolicited wisdom, let’s look at some DFS picks for today’s tournaments (which start with the late games). Keep in mind, I’m only highlighting players I like, so you won’t be able to put them all in the same lineup, but you can pick and choose to build a good lineup based on some of these options.  (more…)

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1. Mike Trout, Angels
He’s the consensus #1 pick overall. Mike Trout will win you your league if you surround him with DECENT players. That’s how good this guy is. If you have the #1 pick, we can’t be friends anymore unless you take Trout. 

2. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Stanton is one of the only guys in the game that could hit 40 HRs this year. Think about that for a moment. He’s the most powerful hitter in the game and, if it weren’t for Trout being Superman’s spawn, Stanton would be #1 for me. 

3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Cutch deserves better than I give him credit for. It’s not that I don’t love the guy, and I’d be thrilled to land him in a draft, it’s just that I can’t get over Stanton’s HR potential. Either way, Cutch shouldn’t sink below the 3rd overall player taken off the board in pretty much every single draft. 

4. Carlos Gomez, Brewers
Baby Cargo is the man! He’s developed some consistency these last couple of seasons and I think he puts together another great one in 2015. He’s a no doubt 20/20 guy with 30/30 upside. Take him and enjoy the ride. 

5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Joey Bats is always an injury concern for everybody drafting him, but that power though. While he’s almost guaranteed to miss some time, when he’s on the field, he hits bombs. In fact, two years ago he only played 92 games. He also only hit 27 bombs. 

6. Ryan Braun, Brewers
Braun is back and that’s excellent news for fantasy baseball. He’s had a few health issues and *ahem* performance (?) problems, but hey, when he’s playing, he’s awesome. I think he has a great year and looks like the Braun of old. That’s 92% hunch, 7% things I’ve read, and 3% the green smoothie I had for breakfast. 

7. Adam Jones, Orioles
Baseball’s Mr. Consistency for the last 4 years. He’s a lock for north of .280, 20+ HRs, 80 RBI, and hits in a good spot of what should be a productive lineup. Solid late 1st round pick. 

8. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
Puig carried lots of teams to championships when he debuted in 2013, which lead to being highly drafted (and slightly disappointing) in 2014. He still hit almost .300 and almost 20 HRs (16) while stealing 11 bases. I’m not sure he’s a 20/20 guy, but he could certainly be a 25/15 guy, which is plenty valuable.

9. Bryce Harper, Nationals
What more can be said about Bryce Harper? The kid’s a natural ball player and has a great power stroke, but a reckless playing style that often puts him in dangerous, DL-inducing situations. He’s worth the risk, but have a backup plan ready in case he hits a wall, literally. 

10. Michael Brantley, Indians
Brantley burst onto the scene last year with an impressive 20/20 season. He hasn’t really been known for power (with 10 [!] being his previous HR max), but he hasn’t been a full time player either. That changed last year and so did his power potential. Sure, some regression is always possible, but I think we see the opposite (in case you’re wondering, that’s PROgression). 


2015 Catcher Rankings

2015 First Base Rankings

2015 Second Base Rankings

2015 Shortstop Rankings 

2015 Third Base Rankings

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First base is an interesting position this year. There’s plenty of pop at the top, and several late rounders that you can squint and plug into your lineup. These are the best 10 in my mind.

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