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  • Daily Dime: Corey Kluber, Jed Lowrie and various Dodgers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Happy Kris Bryant Day, friends. Please enjoy it responsibly. Below, you'll find the usual daily recommendations. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Corey Kluber, SP, at Min (Pelfrey), $10,700 at FanDuel: Friday's slate features a few notable pitching mismatches, including Scherzer-vs.-O'Sullivan and Kershaw-vs.-Kendrick. Kluber is a bit cheaper than the other blue-chip options, and he's facing a guy with a 1.48 career WHIP.

    And while we're picking on Pelf...

    Brandon Moss, 1B, at Min (Pelfrey), $3500: Sure, he's off to a slow start this season, but the degree-of-difficulty will be dialed down against Pelfrey. Moss is 5-for-10 in his career against the giant righty, and the price is right.

  • Daily Dime: Adam Lind, come on down

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    Below, you'll find today's ten-pack of solid options. As always, please make sure to hit the weather reports and check the lineups before finalizing your selections.

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    Adam Lind, 1B, vs. STL (Lackey), $3700 at FanDuel: Lind has gone 15-for-28 in his career against Lackey, with six doubles, six RBIs and only two Ks. That's ownership, friends. Start him with confidence. With glee. With gusto. With verve.

    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, at Tor (Sanchez), $3000: Jays starter Aaron Sanchez was something less than dominant in his first start this season (please note the 2.70 WHIP), so he shouldn't scare you away from any Rays. Cabrera bats third for Tampa Bay, he plays a premium position and Thursday's schedule is light.

  • Closing Time: Steven Souza surging for Rays

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    When the Rays acquired Steven Souza back in December, in that complicated three-team, zillion-player deal with the Padres and Nationals, the 25-year-old outfielder immediately became a buzzy fantasy sleeper. He was coming off a tremendous season at Triple-A (.350/.432/.590), and he'd landed in a spot that offered guaranteed playing time.

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    And then the spring stats rolled in. Souza slashed just .130/.203/.259 over 58 spring plate appearances, striking out 17 times and delivering only three extra-base hits. Not great. He was relatively quiet in the first week of the real season, too, going 2-for-16 over Tampa Bay's first six games.

    But a trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto seems to have fixed Souza's issues, whatever they were. He's 6-for-13 in the series, he's homered in back-to-back games — check the moonshot from Tuesday — and he's lifted his season slash to a respectable .276/.382/.517.

  • Daily Dime: Bryce Harper, Shane Greene, various O's and Mets

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Below, you'll find ten strong plays for the Tuesday slate. Be sure to give the Jays, Fish, O's and M's plenty of attention, if you're stacking. Also, as always, please check the weather reports and hawk the lineups before finalizing your selections. Now let's do the do...

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    Bryce Harper, OF, at Bos (Masterson), $4100 at FanDuel: Justin Masterson's history of struggles against left-handed hitters is of course well-known and thoroughly documented. LHBs have slashed .287/.366/.426 against him in his career, and .320/.408/.502 last season. So yeah, I'm betting on Bryce today.

    Steve Pearce, 1B, vs. NYY (Sabathia), $3900: Did I mention that Sabathia averaged 88.4 mph on his fastball in his first start? Well, he did. Pearce can do bad things to 88 mph fastballs, I'm thinking.

  • Farm Report: Enjoy Kris Bryant while you can, Des Moines

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Kris Bryant was the top amateur player in baseball in 2013, then he won the Arizona Fall League MVP the same year. He was the consensus minor league player of the year in 2014, and he was, without question, the most dominant hitter in the Cactus League this spring.

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    Thus, no one should be surprised to see him doing stuff like this at Triple-A...

    That's an opposite-field missile right there.

    Bryant homered in back-to-back games over the weekend for the Iowa Cubs, driving in six runs along the way. We're five games into the season, and he's 8-for-21 with three extra-base hits and one steal (and two errors at third base). The service-time hurdle will be cleared on Friday, so there's a chance we'll see Bryant at Wrigley by the weekend.

    If that happens ... well, we assume you know what to do. Prepare to activate.

    And while we're talking about baseball's elite prospects...

  • Daily Dime: Stacking Cubs at Coors, trusting Taijuan Walker on the road

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    By now you should all know the Daily Dime drill. We examine daily prices for ten players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

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    Eight to play

    Dexter Fowler, OF, at Col (Matzek), $3100 at FanDuel: Fowler is a career .299/.391/.433 hitter against left-handed pitching, and Rockies starter Tyler Matzek shouldn't scare anyone away. Matzek has been dominant against LHBs, but righty hitters have hammered him (.306/.374/.474 in 386 PAs). I'm using a multi-Cub formation in multiple lineups on Friday, featuring Fowler and Jorge Soler ($3700).

    Taijuan Walker, SP, at Oak (Pomeranz), $7400: After a brilliant spring (27.0 IP, 2 ER, 26 Ks), Walker takes his first turn of the regular season in a friendly road park. The A's have hit well enough to open the year, but they don't field the game's most intimidating lineup. Walker is just the ninth-most expensive pitcher on Friday's slate, but he's a serious talent.

    A pair to fear

  • Closing Time: Miguel Castro takes the ninth, Trevor Bauer piles up Ks

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Brett Cecil blew a save opportunity in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday, delivering a messy stat line along the way: 0.1 IP, H, BB, K, WP.

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    On Thursday, Toronto's closer became an ex-closer:

    Cecil has been at least temporarily removed from #BlueJays closer's role. Castro becomes an option in 9th.

    Apparently John Gibbons maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding the blowing of saves, which of course is his prerogative. Seems harsh, but our role here is merely to react to various moves, not judge them. Cecil was dinged this spring (shoulder) and his velocity has dipped, so the flip isn't completely out of nowhere.

    The advice here is simple enough: Go add Miguel Castro. Everything else can wait. Go. Do it.

    Done? Great.

    Not a bad call, Pianowski.

  • Archie Bradley gets his shot after terrific spring

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Had things gone according to plan, Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley would have excelled last spring, flummoxing hitters, earning a spot in his team's early season rotation. He would now be entering his second year in the majors, an obvious breakout candidate.

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    But things only rarely go according to plan with young pitchers. Bradley had a shaky spring in 2014 — perfectly allowable, given that he was only 21 — then he struggled at Triple-A Reno to open the year. He landed on the DL in late April, sidelined by a flexor strain in his pitching elbow, and ultimately finished his season with a not-so-appealing stat line: 4.45 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 5.3 BB/9.

    On Wednesday, Archie one-hit the Reds over six innings.

    On Thursday, Arizona dealt Trevor Cahill to Atlanta, opening a spot in the big league rotation.

  • A's outfield ailing, clearing path for spring star Billy Burns

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    If you were counting on a meaningful early season contribution from Oakland outfielder Coco Crisp, we've got some bad news for you.

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    This via the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Of course it's not as if you didn't understand the risks associated with Crisp. He has a deep injury history, with five trips to the DL during his six seasons with the A's. Josh Reddick is dealing with an oblique malfunction at the moment, so he'll be sidelined for something like five games, too.

    Oakland figures to use burner Craig Gentry and the exceedingly versatile Ben Zobrist to cover the outfield absences, but we're also likely to see 25-year-old Billy Burns in the mix — and if Burns is playing, it's an actionable fantasy event in deeper leagues.

  • Tip Drill: A beginner's guide to daily fantasy baseball

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Realistically, you will not become a zillionaire by playing daily fantasy baseball. Sorry to smack you with cold truth right here at the top, but there it is. Advertising efforts from various DFS sites may have convinced you that such games offer a clear and easy path to extreme, life-changing wealth, but, um ... no, probably not happening.

    In fact, a comprehensive review of the Forbes 400 list will reveal that zero of our richest citizens acquired their fortunes via daily fantasy games.

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    However, this fact doesn't mean you can't still profit by dabbling in DFS. Daily games are really an excellent complement to the standard fantasy portfolio. If you regret not drafting any shares of, say, Taijuan Walker or Nolan Arenado or whoever else, you can always find opportunities for single-serving ownership in daily.

    Know your scoring settings

    REPEAT: KNOW YOUR SETTINGS

    Vegas is your friend

    Pitching is priceless

    Don't obsess over batter-vs.-pitcher stats