Dalton Del Don

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Taijuan Walker and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 22 hrs ago

    We've been waiting for a Taijuan Walker breakout for some time, and it’s now officially happening. He has a 29:3 K:BB ratio over 30.0 innings this season, with a 1.80 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Four of his five starts have come at home, but his FIP is 2.05 (that’s fourth best in all of baseball), and his GB/FB ratio is 2.38. Walker throws hard (average fastball velocity is 94.1 mph), and there’s a lot to like about his profile. He produces a low Hard%, is just 23 years old and continues to get better. Meanwhile, teammate Felix Hernandez’s FB velocity (89.6 mph) is easily a career low, yet he currently sports a 1.38 ERA to go along with a 28:18 K:BB ratio. I really liked King Felix as a buy low guy entering the year, but I’d actually prefer Walker moving forward.

    Here’s an 11-year-old protecting his home against an intruder.

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  • MLB Stock Watch: Arrieta continues to rise, Upton and Wong falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    STOCK UP

    Jake Arrieta: He had a 0.75 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP after the All-Star break last season, but I worried about his innings increase and loss of FB velocity down the stretch, so I kept Arrieta out of my top-five fantasy starters entering 2016, which was obviously a huge mistake. He’s remained dominant to open the year and would easily be worthy of a first round pick if a draft were held today. There's clearly an argument he's the best pitcher in basbeall.

    Kevin Gausman: He’s back in action healthy again, and while the A.L. East is hardly ideal, Gausman owns a 12.1 SwStr% through two starts, with a 23.98 K-BB% that would rank top-10 if he qualified. He’s currently owned in fewer than 40% of Yahoo leagues.

    Jordan Zimmermann: He was someone I admit I was down on entering the year, moving from the National League to the A.L., but he’s allowed just one run over 26.0 innings so far in 2016. Zimmermann’s 16:7 K:BB ratio suggests he’s been “lucky,” but he’s still been highly valuable to fantasy owners. His 6.8 SwStr% is a career low, so I’d suggest selling high, but there’s no question Zimmermann has pitched well so far in 2016.

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  • Daily Dime: Corey Kluber, Steven Matz and bargains

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

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

    My full lineup:

    SP: Corey Kluber $55

    SP: Steven Matz $42

    C: Matt Wieters $9

    1B: Joey Votto $14

    2B: Howie Kendrick $9

    3B: Nolan Arenado $24

    SS: Andrelton Simmons $9

    OF: Justin Upton $13

    OF: Carlos Beltran $11

    OF: Billy Hamilton $13

    Kluber has a 4.67 ERA but that’s come with a 29:5 K:BB ratio over 27.0 innings and a 1.07 WHIP. The Indians are the biggest favorites during Friday’s slate...Matz is similar to Kluber in that he has a poor ERA (5.40) to go along with a dominant K:BB ratio (18:4 over 15.0 innings). Let’s bet on the peripherals and skills here.

    Wieters is off to a slow start, but the switch-hitter performs better against lefties and is dirt cheap...Votto hit .362/.535/.617 after the All-Star break last season and there are 23 first basemen with a higher price tag Friday...Arenado isn’t at home, but Chase Field is the next best thing, and he gets a lefty.

    Good luck with your contests Friday.

  • Fantasy Freak Show: Talking NFL Draft and fantasy baseball

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    Dalton Del Don and Brandon Funston open with some NFL draft talk, discussing ideal landing spots for Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry. We also talk about who should go first, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? The duo then transition into baseball, going over stars such as Joey Votto, Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez (among others) who are off to slow starts and what to do with them. Finally, we finish dissecting possible buy low candidates whom fantasy owners should be targeting in trades.

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  • Daily Dime: Matt Moore and a stack of cheap Rockies

    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.

    My full lineup:

    SP: Scott Kazmir $37

    SP: Matt Moore $36

    C: Nick Hundley $12

    1B: Mark Reynolds $14

    2B: Howie Kendrick $9

    3B: Nolan Arenado $24

    SS: Troy Tulowitzki $16

    OF: Mike Trout $20

    OF: Jose Bautista $23

    OF: Brandon Barnes $9

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    Kazmir hasn’t pitched well this season, but he’s reasonably priced for a team highly favored to win Wednesday...It’s unclear if Moore can keep it up, but he’s been dominant so far, sporting an 11.6 SwStr% that ranks top-20 among all starters in baseball. Moore’s K-BB% of 20.4 is also top-20 in major league baseball.

    Good luck with your contests Wednesday.

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  • Mostly MLB Notes: Smyly, Maeda and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Drew Smyly has a history of shoulder problems, but it’s clear he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. He currently sports a 2.51 ERA and a microscopic 0.73 WHIP with a 33:5 K:BB ratio over 28.2 innings. He’s done this while pitching against tough competition and never throwing more than 105 pitches while going deep into games. Smyly has a .200 BABIP, but his FIP (2.75) suggests he’s the real deal, and he also sports a ridiculous 15.3 SwStr%. It’s not easy to sport such a strong ERA with a relatively normal HR/FB% (9.4) and LOB% (73.0). He had a 1.17 WHIP last year, and this season’s fastball velocity (and cutter) has never been higher since his rookie campaign. Smyly should be considered a top-20 starter moving forward, with the only concern being his health (he won’t show up on the ranks as such since Sunday marked his first win of the year).

    This prank calling into a place “sick” in which you don’t work is pretty funny.

    “What should I do? Stay in the car?” Probably not. 

  • Stock Watch: Dyson, Yelich rising, Gomez falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    STOCK UP

    Jarrod Dyson: He’s back from his oblique injury and while he’ll be hitting at the bottom of Kansas City’s lineup, Dyson should be given a chance to be a regular for the first time in his career. He’s certainly not a great hitter, but he’s also no Billy Hamilton, and his strong defense should help keep him in the lineup. Dyson has averaged 31.5 steals over the past four seasons despite seeing just 241.3 at bats per year, so his stolen base potential is huge, making him a must-own in all fantasy leagues. He’s currently available in more than 75 percent of Yahoo leagues.

    Drew Pomeranz: He has a 2.04 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP with a whopping 25 strikeouts over 17.2 innings during his first three starts of the year, as Pomeranz has really taken a liking to moving to the National League. One of those starts even came in Coors Field. He doesn’t have the best control, but Pomeranz posted a strong 11.0 SwStr% last season (it’s a ridiculous 17.4% so far this year), so he’s someone who’s looking more and more legit.

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  • Daily Dime: Gonzalez, Longoria 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: Gio Gonzalez $42

    SP: Aaron Sanchez $39

    C: Devin Mesoraco $10

    1B: Adrian Gonzalez $20

    2B: Logan Forsythe $17

    3B: Evan Longoria $17

    SS: Xander Bogaerts $16

    OF: Joc Pederson $18

    OF: Jason Heyward $14

    OF: Aaron Hicks $7

    Gonzalez has been dominant through two starts this season (albeit against weak competition) and is facing an A.L. team (that struggles to score runs) that won’t have the benefit of the designated hitter. The 11-4 Nationals are one of the bigger favorites on the board Friday...Sanchez owns a 1.35 ERA and 0.85 WHIP with 20 strikeouts over 20.0 innings this year and looks ready for a breakout.

    Mesoraco is one season removed from hitting 25 homers with 85 RBI over just 384 at bats and hits in the middle of the lineup against a lefty...Gonzalez and Pederson (who hit cleanup last game) are at Coors Field facing a RHP coming off an injury making his first start of 2016.

  • Fantasy Freak Show: Chris Archer panic and top waiver wire adds

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

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    Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don open with a discussion on whether Chris Archer is a buy low candidate after yet another poor start Wednesday and what to do with the messy Reds bullpen situation. We also talk about how to treat trade vetoes in general and go over the top recent waiver wire adds in a podcast all things baseball.

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  • Daily Dime: Ross, Puig and a Mets 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 that start at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Wednesday’s later batch of games.

    My full lineup:

    SP: Joe Ross $43

    SP: Nathan Eovaldi $34

    C: Travis d’Arnaud $11

    1B: Miguel Cabrera $18

    2B: Neil Walker $15

    3B: Adrian Beltre $19

    SS: Jed Lowrie $9

    OF: Yasiel Puig $19

    OF: Curtis Granderson $15

    OF: Michael Conforto $17

    Ross continues to look like a budding ace yet still isn’t priced as such...Eovaldi has an ugly ERA so far, but that’s come with a 15:2 K:BB ratio over 11.2 innings. The Yankees are the second biggest favorites on the board during Wednesday’s slate, and he’s affordable...Jeremy Hellickson has thrown fairly well so far this season, but I went with a Mets stack, as d’Arnaud, Walker, Conforto and Granderson all have attractive price tags.

    Good luck with your contests Wednesday.

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