Dalton Del Don

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Chris Archer, catchers and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 4 hrs ago

    It sure looks like Chris Archer has taken the leap this season and is going to make his fantasy owners very happy. Of course his 0.84 ERA is going to regress, but there’s a lot of underlying stats to get excited about. He has a 37:6 K:BB ratio while allowing just 18 hits over 32.1 innings. His 25.8 BB-K% ranks top five among all starters, and among the top 10 in that stat, only Felix Hernandez has a higher GB/FB ratio than Archer’s 2.33. Archer’s 13.8 SwStr% is also top five in MLB. Limiting walks, getting a ton of swings and misses and inducing a bunch of groundballs is a pretty good recipe for success.

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  • Daily Dime: Starting Drew Pomeranz and utilizing Coors Field

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Drew Pomeranz, SP, vs. Hou (Wojciechowski), $5900 at FanDuel: He has a middling 4.26 ERA over the first three starts of the year, but that’s accompanied by a 17:2 K:BB ratio in 17.0 innings to go along with a 1.06 WHIP. There aren’t many obvious aces to use Sunday, and despite Oakland being the biggest favorites (-160) on the board, there are 24 pricier pitchers than Pomeranz, so he’ll allow you to load up on hitting.

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    Mark Trumbo, 1B, vs. Pit (Liriano), $2800: He’s slugging .833 against lefties this year and will be hitting in a park that’s increased run scoring by 10 percent over the past three seasons, which is second only to Coors Field over that span.

    Chris Young, OF, vs. NYM (Niese), $2900: He’s been out of his mind when facing southpaws this season, and while Yankee Stadium is known for its short porch in right field, it’s also boosted HR for RHB by 19 percent over the past three years.

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  • Daily Dime: Starting Adam Wainwright and digging for bargain hitters

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Adam Wainwright, SP, at Mil (Peralta), $9600 at FanDuel: His strikeouts are down, and it’s best to use pitchers in home starts, but Wainwright remains highly effective and gets a Brewers team that’s an MLB-worst 3-14 and missing Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy from their lineup. The Cardinals are -160 favorites, and Milwaukee has the lowest team OPS (.587) in all of baseball. Opposing starter Wily Peralta is off to a dreadful start (eight strikeouts over 19.0 innings) thanks in part to a noticeable drop in velocity.

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    Justin Maxwell, OF, at Col (De La Rosa), $2600: His recent play has forced himself into the Giants’ everyday lineup, and Saturday he gets a lefty in Coors Field.

    Dustin Pedroia, 2B, at Bal (Chen), $3000: He’s hitting atop one of the best lineups in baseball and has slashed .364/.462/1.000 against southpaws this season, yet Pedroia is a reasonable price, with nine other second basemen more expensive.

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Alex Rodriguez, Danny Salazar and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Alex Rodriguez looks fantastic while off to a .316/.447/.711 start, and while it’s easy to say he’s going to regress, not all small samples are created equal when it comes to importance. It was fair to question whether Rodriguez was done as an impact hitter after missing all of last season thanks to a suspension, and he’ll turn 40 in July, so his hot start has certainly helped disprove that. ARod clearly worked hard during his time off (cue the jokes), and it’s been remarkable to see him turn on fastballs so well after slugging .430 in 2012 and .423 in 2013. In fact, there’s an argument the time off helped him heal, and this may be the first time Rodriguez has been truly healthy in years.

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  • Daily Dime: Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey and bargain hitting

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    By now you should all know the drill. We examine daily prices for 10 players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

    Players to buy:

    Stephen Strasburg, SP, vs. Phi (Buchanan), $9,800 at FanDuel: He’s off to a shaky start, but Strasburg posted a 2.56 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP with 140 strikeouts over 116.0 innings last year at home, where he’ll be pitching Sunday against a Phillies offense that’s been the worst in baseball in 2015. There’s always danger in dealing with Washington’s poor defense (namely Ian Desmond), but the Nats are the biggest favorites on the board by a wide margin (-230). There are plenty of bargains to be had on the hitting side, so feel free to pay up for your SP on Sunday, where there are a handful of aces available. 

    Matt Harvey, SP, vs. Mia (Koehler), $10,500: He may not pitch deep into games while recovering from TJ surgery, but Harvey’s sporting a 2.25 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP with a 17:1 K:BB ratio over 12.0 innings. The Marlins have also been susceptible to being fanned early on. The Mets are -190 in a game with the lowest O/U total (6.5) on the day.

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  • Daily Dime: Freddie Freeman, Jordan Zimmermann and stacking Cardinals

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    By now you should all know the drill. We examine daily prices for 10 players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

    Players to buy:

    Freddie Freeman, 1B, at Tor (Dickey), $3,500 at FanDuel: He leads the league in hard-hit rate and owns a career .476/.522/.922 line against R.A. Dickey. Rogers Centre is a hitter’s park, and there are 15 first basemen with a higher price tag Saturday.

    Jordan Zimmermann, SP, vs. Phi (Harang), $9,900: He’s coming off a clunker in which he was pounded for seven earned runs over 2.1 innings. But that was in Fenway, and Zimmermann is typically dominant at home and is facing a Phillies offense that’s scored the fewest runs per game (2.18) this season. The Nats are -190 favorites in a game with a low O/U (7), so Zimmermann should be worth this price.

    Chris Carter, OF, vs. LAA (Wilson), $2,600: He’s off to an extremely ugly start, which is why he can be had so cheap. But Carter hit 10 homers over 135 at-bats against lefties last season, and the low contact slugger is facing a southpaw who’s currently sporting a low 10.7 K%.

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  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Billy Hamilton, Xander Bogaerts and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    I owned Billy Hamilton in every league I was in last year, but after experiencing a .200/.254/.257 second half (and being caught a surprising 23 times on SB attempts on the year), he ended up on zero of my teams this season. So it’s been especially annoying to watch him swipe seven bags (without being caught) over the first six games, even adding a homer Sunday to boot. He’s struck out in seven of his last 19 at bats, so I’m not ready to call him a star exactly, but Hamilton could easily prove to be one of the most fun players to own. Take Friday’s sequence for example, when he reached on a walk, stole second, got to third on a ball in the dirt and then scored on this short sac fly hit to one of the best defensive outfielders in all of baseball. Among his rapid SB start, one happened during a pitchout, and he’s basically 9-for-9 when you factor in this balk. He’s also doing things like this on defense. This is a 24-year-old who very well could get better who attempted 79 steals last year despite a .292 OBP. The upside remains immense. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] I’m regretting coming away with no shares of Xander Bogaerts. He disappointed last year, but this is a SS who posted a .297/.388/.477 line over 444 at-bats across Double and Triple-A as a 20-year-old the season prior. He’s already matched last year’s SB total with two over six games so far with an encouraging 3:3 K:BB ratio. Bogaerts is slated to hit low in Boston’s lineup, but it’s one that’s likely to score the most runs in baseball, and no park other than Coors Field has boosted BA more other than Fenway over the past three seasons. It’s crazy to come to any conclusions after one week, but I’ll say I’d prefer Bogaerts ROS over shortstops such as Alexei Ramirez, Elvis Andrus and maybe even Starlin Castro.

  • Daily Dime: Buying Max Scherzer and fading some bigger names

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    By now you should all know the Daily Dime drill. We examine daily prices for 10 players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

    Eight to play

    Max Scherzer, SP, at Phi (Sean O’Sullivan), $11,000 at FanDuel: I’ll continue to recommend going with aces (despite Clayton Kershaw’s effort Saturday), and Washington is by far the biggest favorite among Sunday’s slate at -200. One hesitation is the Nationals have scored the fewest runs in MLB so far, but the Phillies don’t exactly have a potent offense either, and the opposing starter owns a career 5.91 ERA with a 2.0 K-BB%. That’s not good.

    Henderson Alvarez, SP, vs. T.B. (Nathan Karns), $7,300: If you prefer to spend less on your SP, look no further than Alvarez, who’s the 19 th most expensive pitcher Sunday despite the Marlins being (around) the third-most favored team. Henderson won’t get you many strikeouts, but he did post a 2.65 ERA last season and faces a shaky Tampa Bay offense without a DH. The Rays will be starting a pitcher who’s allowed nine homers over 29.2 career innings.

    A pair to fear

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  • Daily Dime: Going with chalk pitchers and taking a stab at deeper hitters

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    By now you should all know the Daily Dime drill. We examine daily prices for 10 players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

    Eight to play

    Clayton Kershaw, SP, at Ari (Bradley), $11,900 at FanDuel: Even in a hitter’s park, Kershaw is worth the cost here. He’s the best pitcher in the game, and Vegas pegs the Dodgers as big favorites (-210). To put this in perspective, the second-highest priced SP for Saturday is David Price, and the Tigers are actually underdogs! Kershaw has a 10.0 K/9 rate with a 2.45 ERA over 21 career starts versus the Diamondbacks.

    Jeff Samardzija, SP, vs. Min (Pelfrey), $9,700: If you want to go a cheaper route with pitching, look toward Samardzija, who’s somehow not one of the five most expensive SPs despite the White Sox being the second most favored team (-180) by far. U.S. Cellular Field is no doubt a tough park to pitch in, but he faces a Twins team that totaled an MLB-low one run over three games before breaking out Friday.

    A pair to fear

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  • A National League season preview with fantasy predictions

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 25 days ago

    If you missed my American League preview, check it out here


    1. Washington Nationals

    2. New York Mets

    3. Miami Marlins

    4. Atlanta Braves

    5. Philadelphia Phillies

    Comments/Predictions: Max Scherzer is a top-10 fantasy player, winning the NL Cy Young, while Stephen Strasburg records five more victories than ever before in his career and is a top-15 fantasy player...Bryce Harper finally lives up to the hype and is a unanimous top-five pick in 2016 drafts, while Ryan Zimmerman is more valuable than teammates Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond...Drew Storen leads MLB in saves.

    Despite an innings limit, Matt Harvey is a top-five starter and is taken in the first round in many 2016 drafts...David Wright reaches 25 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time since 2010, while Jacob deGrom finishes as a top-20 starter, ahead of James Shields...Bobby Parnell has the most saves in the Mets’ bullpen.

    NL Central

    1. St. Louis Cardinals

    2. Chicago Cubs (wild card)

    3. Pittsburgh Pirates (wild card)

    4. Milwaukee Brewers

    5. Cincinnati Reds

    NL West

    2. San Diego Padres