Posts Tagged ‘Russell Martin’

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. Buster Posey, Giants
If you’re taking a Catcher early, this is your guy. He’s going to get the at-bats and he’s going to drive in the runs. Posey won’t be on any of my teams this year, but that’s not because he isn’t awesome, it’s because he’s too expensive for me and I like some of the other names below his enough to justify passing on him. 

2. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
Mesoraco should be the next Catcher off the board in most drafts, and it’s pretty obvious why: POWER. He’ll hit 25+ HRs at a position where that isn’t very common. 

3. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
Lucroy recently suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out of action for most of the Spring. I wasn’t taking him anyway, but it’s only because I won’t be taking a Catcher early. If you want solid, yet unspectacular numbers across the board, this is probably your best bet. 

4. Evan Gattis, Astros
My personal favorite Catcher this year and the one I will be targeting in every draft I’m in. Gattis won’t kill you in Batting Average (maybe), he’ll be on the field for every game, and he’ll smack at least 25, maybe 30 (40?), HRs and he’ll be OF/1B eligible at some point in the year. 

5. Brian McCann, Yankees
McCann has a long history of being a quality fantasy backstop. Heck, I think at one point the guy was a borderline 1st round pick (although never for me because.. well because that’s crazy). He is in a decline and won’t give you what he used to, but he’s still worth it at the time you’ll be able to get him in drafts. 

6. Carlos Santana, Indians
This guy drove me crazy last year. For about 3 months, he couldn’t do ANYTHING. He rode my bench forever and I finally ended up cutting him. He then went on to hit a million (27) HRs and becoming the bane of my existence, except on someone else’s team this time. 

7. Yan Gomes, Indians
Gomes will serve as Cleveland’s primary backstop this year as Santana moves over to 3B. Gomes is a guy with good pop (20+ HRs) and a solid average who represents quite a bargain in fantasy drafts this year. 

8. Matt Wieters, Orioles
Wieters started last season on a hot streak, only to have his season cut short by injury. It’s anybody’s guess if/how he bounces back, but I think he’ll be fine for where you’re getting him. Just make sure you follow his status closely leading up to Opening Day. 

9. Salvador Perez, Royals
Perez is another guy that can reach the 20 HR plateau, although he’s the least likely of this bunch to do it. Still, he should have solid numbers across the board and again, represents a good return for where you’ll get him. 

10. Russell Martin, Blue Jays
Martin represents a very sneaky late round pick that should bring some power, strong average, and hits in a great lineup in a hitter’s park. Wow. 


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