Dalton Del Don

  • Daily Dime: King Felix and a mini stack at Coors Field

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

    With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Friday’s later batch of games.

    My full lineup:

    SP: Felix Hernandez $51

    SP: Robbie Ray $33

    C: Stephen Vogt $11

    1B: Paul Goldschmidt $21

    2B: Joe Panik $18

    3B: Josh Donaldson $15

    SS: Carlos Correa $17

    OF: Carlos Gonzalez $14

    OF: Gregor Blanco $14

    OF: Corey Dickerson $10

    Hernandez’s velocity is way down, and his 9.2 K-BB% is easily a career low, as he’s no longer the ace he once was. Still, he owns a 1.55 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP at home this season, and Hernandez faces a Twins offense that’s scored the fewest runs in the American League. The Mariners (-220) are the biggest favorites on the board Friday...Ray has been fortunate to sport a 4.18 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP, but he has 52 strikeouts over 47.1 innings, and the Padres have scored the third fewest runs in MLB (and have recorded the third most strikeouts).

  • MLB Stock Watch: Steven Matz rising, Giancarlo Stanton falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    STOCK UP

    Steven Matz: Since getting blown up in his first start of the year, Matz has a 1.35 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP with a 42:6 K:BB ratio over 40.0 innings, winning all six of his starts. His 21.1 K-BB% ranks top-10 among all starters in MLB, and among those ahead of him, only Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Nola have a higher GB/FB ratio than Matz’s 2.07. His average fastball velocity (93.4 mph) is the highest among all left-handed starters in baseball, and Matz is one of only three SPs to have four scoreless starts of at least six innings this year (Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw are the others). Health remains a legit concern with Matz, but performance wise, there’s little reason he won’t finish as a top-10 fantasy SP.

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  • Fantasy Freak Show: Talking Harvey, Darvish and waiver wire adds

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    Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don open discussing Matt Harvey's continual struggles and what to do with him. The duo then talk about the impending returns of Yu Darvish and Devon Travis. We also go over the most popular waiver wire adds and why you should own Nathan Eovaldi and Jameson Taillon, among others, in an all fantasy baseball podcast.

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  • Daily Dime: Cheap pitching, David Ortiz and a Yankees stack

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

    With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Wednesday’s later batch of games.

    My full lineup:

    SP: Steven Wright $41

    SP: Scott Kazmir $36

    C: Brian McCann $16

    1B: David Ortiz $24

    2B: Starlin Castro $10

    3B: Justin Turner $10

    SS: Carlos Correa $19

    OF: Carlos Beltran $16

    OF: Brett Gardner $14

    OF: Trayce Thompson $14

    There are no real aces to choose during Wednesday’s later slate, so let’s go with Wright, who has a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP on the year, as he should continue to get strong run support with the Red Sox big favorites (-185)...Kazmir has been shaky this season, but he’s at home facing a Reds team that’s lost nine straight games and has the worst run differential (-94) in major league baseball.

    Good luck with your contests Wednesday.

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  • Mostly MLB Notes: Murphy, Harvey and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Daniel Murphy had an .862 OPS in August last year and followed that up with a .909 OPS in September. He then hit .328/.391/.724 with seven homers over 58 at bats against some of the best pitching in baseball during the postseason. He’s added six more homers in the early going this year, when he also leads major league baseball by a wide margin with a .387 batting average. He’s pulling the ball and hitting fly balls far more than previously in his career, and it’s pretty clear this is no small sample fluke. His 175 wRC+ ranks No. 4 in baseball. Murphy has been a top-15 fantasy hitter in 2016, and while a .387 BA is obviously unsustainable, he should be treated as a truly elite middle infielder moving forward.

    This SNL Dead Poets Society spoof is pretty funny.

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  • MLB Stock Watch: Maybin rising, King Felix and Upton falling

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    STOCK UP

    Odubel Herrera: After walking 28 times over 495 at bats last season, Herrera has 30 over 147 ABs so far in 2016. His .438 OBP ranks fourth best in all of baseball. Walk rates for batters typically stabilize around 120 plate appearances, and Herrera is up to 181 on the year, so this sure doesn’t look like a fluke. For someone who stole 34 bags as a 19-year-old in the minors (in fewer than 120 games), his modest 6-for-9 SB success rate has been disappointing, especially given how often he’s been on first base. But it’s hard for fantasy owners to complain too much, as he was a later round pick and is on pace to finish with a line of .327-96-15-50-23. Herrera was also a steal for the Phillies, as the Rule 5 pick has already accumulated 1.9 WAR this season.

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  • Daily Dime: Gerrit Cole, Aaron Nola and digging for bargains

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

    My full lineup:

    SP: Gerrit Cole $51

    SP: Aaron Nola $45

    C: Dioner Navarro $7

    1B: Edwin Encarnacion $15

    2B: Jonathan Schoop $12

    3B: Josh Donaldson $17

    SS: Marcus Semien $16

    OF: Khris Davis $17

    OF: Yasiel Puig $9

    OF: Trayce Thompson $10

    Cole is at home against a Rockies team that typically struggles on the road, and the Pirates are the biggest favorites on the board Friday (-210)...Nola has been one of the biggest breakout stars among starters so far in 2016, as he sports a 2.89 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP while his 24.1 K-BB% ranks No. 5 in MLB. He faces a Braves team that’s hit 15 homers this season (the next lowest has hit 31).

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    Good luck with your contests Friday.

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  • Fantasy Freak Show: Talking Cousins, Rawls and all things football

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    Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don open by answering Twitter questions from listeners, addressing when to draft quarterbacks in six-point per TD leagues and which players with injury concerns to avoid. The duo then talk about players in which they rank differently in a dissenting opinions segment, highlighted by Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, Thomas Rawls and Matt Forte, among others. Football season is fast approaching, and the Fantasy Freak Show is here to help get you prepared in an all NFL edition of the podcast.

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  • Daily Dime: John Lackey, Francisco Liriano and a Yankees stack

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

    With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Wednesday’s later batch of games.

    My full lineup:

    SP: John Lackey $44

    SP: Francisco Liriano $39

    C: Yan Gomes $11

    1B: Mark Teixeira $12

    2B: Starlin Castro $16

    3B: Josh Donaldson $20

    SS: Didi Gregorius $12

    OF: Yoenis Cespedes $21

    OF: Trayce Thompson $7

    OF: Carlos Beltran $18

    Lackey is having a terrific season, as he owns a 0.97 WHIP and a 47:10 K:BB ratio over 48.1 innings. He gets a Brewers team that’s struck out the third most times in all of baseball, and the Cubs are big favorites (-185)...The Pirates are also heavily favored (-190) over a dreadful Braves team that’s scored by far the fewest runs in MLB, and although Liriano has downright ugly numbers overall, he’s allowed just one run with 16 strikeouts over 12.2 innings at home this season.

    Good luck with your contests Wednesday.

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking David Ortiz and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    David Ortiz is 40 years old and somehow leads major league baseball with a 1.101 OPS and ranks second in RBI with 33. He’s the No. 8 ranked fantasy hitter and fell a single short of the cycle Saturday, marking the first time in his career (2,291 games played) he had a double, triple and homer in a game (and became the oldest player ever to do so). There’s little to suggest Big Papi’s hot start is a fluke, as his 46.5 Hard% is the second highest in baseball, and his 19.2 HR/FB% is right in line with his career mark (18.7). Fenway Park actually suppresses home runs for left-handed batters more than any in the American League (it’s decreased them by 30 percent over the past three seasons), but it’s a big help in batting average, and it sure is beneficial hitting in the middle of this Red Sox lineup that’s scored the most runs in baseball.

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    This footage of a large ship losing its anchor is extreme.