Dalton Del Don

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

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 2 hrs 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 1 day 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 5 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 7 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 8 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 17 days ago

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

    NL EAST

    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

  • An American League season preview with fantasy predictions

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    AL East

    1. Boston Red Sox

    2. Toronto Blue Jays

    3. New York Yankees

    4. Tampa Bay Rays

    5. Baltimore Orioles

    Comments/Predictions: The Red Sox lead MLB in runs scored, while Hanley Ramirez finishes as a top-15 player...Mookie Betts finishes as a top-three fantasy second baseman (where he’s eligible in Yahoo leagues), while Dustin Pedroia is also top-five...Coming off a down year, Xander Bogaerts rewards fantasy owners who gamble on him, as he’s a top-10 shortstop...Neither Koji Uehara nor Edward Mujica lead the Red Sox in saves...Despite opening the year in the minors, Rusney Castillo wins Rookie of the Year.

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    AL Central

    1. Cleveland Indians

    2. Chicago White Sox (wild card)

    3. Detroit Tigers

    4. Kansas City Royals

    5. Minnesota Twins

    AL West

    1. Seattle Mariners

    2. Los Angeles Angels (wild card)

    3. Oakland Athletics

    4. Houston Astros

  • Fantasy baseball high-risk/high-reward players: Bryce Harper, Hanley Ramirez and others

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 24 days ago

    Bryce Harper: He’s a 22-year-old with a career 125 wRC+, which is why his ADP (31.9 in Yahoo leagues) remains high despite never reaching 60 RBI or surpassing 22 homers in any of his three seasons in the league. Harper also attempted just four steals in 100 games last season, as his base running took a major step down in general. He’s missed an average of 53 games over the past two years, which has barely discounted his price tag thanks to the past hype of him as baseball’s best prospect. Still, massive upside obviously remains and count me among those who’d be willing to take on the risk as early as round two. Matt Williams has said he might even bat Harper in the middle of the Nationals lineup this season, which is really thinking outside the box.

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  • The Fantasy Five: Start Anthony Morrow and be skeptical of the Spurs and a future star

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 28 days ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.

    Anthony Morrow: Over the last 10 days, Morrow has averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and a whopping 4.2 3pt while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. It’s a six-game span in which he’s been the No. 14 ranked fantasy player despite seeing just 27.7 mpg. Morrow is somehow owned in just 30 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, but he’s going to be a major part of a Thunder team that’s going to miss Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka down the stretch. Oklahoma City plays an NBA-high four games in Week 22 as well.

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    Here’s Derrick Williams throwing it down

    Here’s John Wall with a sick 360 move

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Enes Kanter is rising while Andrew Wiggins is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    STOCK UP

    Enes Kanter: Over the last five games, he’s averaged 19.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line, a span in which he’s been a top-50 fantasy player. The near seven-foot Kanter continues to disappoint as a shot blocker, but he’s flourished since joining Oklahoma City and should only put up bigger numbers with Serge Ibaka undergoing knee surgery. Even when Kevin Durant returns, Kanter is going to be a major part of the Thunder’s offense, and he’s still available in more than 25 percent of Yahoo leagues. Steven Adams also gets a fantasy boost with the Ibaka injury, as he’s now starting and has gotten 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg over the past two contests.

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    Brandan Wright: He had 18 points and 11 boards in 37-plus minutes of playing time during Sunday’s win over the Knicks. If Alex Len’s ankle injury proves serious, Wright would be a must add. He’s been the No. 16 ranked fantasy player on a per-36 minute basis this season.