Sheridan Hoops http://www.sheridanhoops.com Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:54:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Adam Wainwright; Win $700 Free http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/27/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-adam-wainwright-win-700-free/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/27/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-adam-wainwright-win-700-free/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:54:59 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103860

KentOn a, 11-game Monday, Jake Arrieta $13700 and Noah Syndergaard $12200 are the headliners in DFS contests at DraftKings that close at 7:05 Eastern.

Trevor Bauer $12800 gets a huge bump in salary after a complete-game 3-hitter with 10 K last Wednesday and could dominate again vs. the light-hitting Braves. For a few dollars less, Matt Shoemaker $9900 is in superb form; he faces the Astros at home five days after losing 3-2 in Houston.

I’m going to choose “none of the above” and go bargain-hunting on the mound, devoting a larger chunk of the $50,000 salary cap to hitting.

$8,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $8K Moonshot (Turbo) is free with your first deposit; it costs $3 per team for the rest of us. Highest score wins $700. With a maximum of 3,137 entries, there are 616 guaranteed cash prizes. It closes at 8:15 Eastern and spans just two games.

lineup-6-27Adam Wainwright $7400 battled the arch-rival Cubs at Wrigley last start and got the W. After a lousy April and a shaky May, he’s looked fully recovered in four June starts and should outlast Danny Duffy $6800 tonight.

Rookie Daniel Mengden $7500 walked four in his MLB debut. Since then he has struck out 16 and walked just two in 12.1 IP. The 23-year-old with the vintage Rollie Fingers ‘stache had superb minor-league numbers and might outduel Jeff Samardzija $8400 in the nightcap.

Don’t be shocked if the Blue Jays and Rockies put up slow-pitch numbers in Colorado, where the last four games finished 9-7, 11-6, 10-9 and 7-6. Both starters are pitching through minor injuries. Troy Tulowitzki $4300 returns “home” swinging a hot bat and Trevor Story $5000 (hand) is questionable so Cristhian Adames $2000 might surprise.

With free agency looming, Michael Saunders $4900 has made millions already this year (15 HR, .944 OPS) and should enjoy Coors Field. Carlos Gonzalez $5300 and Charlie Blackmon $5200 are also dangerous, while recently-promoted Junior Lake $2000 could start again for Toronto after going deep yesterday. There are 12 hitters from that game on today’s Short List, a new record.

It’s hard to decide between Josh Donaldson $5600 and Nolan Arenado $5400 at 3B. The only position in the sample lineup not filled from this potential slugfest is 2B, though Devon Travis $4600 has an OPS of 1.213 in his last ten. Jurickson Profar $4100 has a swing built for Yankee Stadium — if he starts. Dustin Pedroia $4000 and other Red Sox hitters could get to rookie lefty Blake Snell $7200 in Tampa.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Jake Arrieta $13700 Adam Wainwright $7400
P2 Noah Syndergaard $12200 Daniel Mengden $7500
C Russell Martin $4100 Nick Hundley $3200
1B Edwin Encarnacion $5500 Mark Reynolds $4100
2B Devon Travis $4600 Jurickson Profar $4100
3B Josh Donaldson $5600 Adrian Beltre $3300
SS Troy Tulowitzki $4300 Cristhian Adames $2000
OF1 Charlie Blackmon $5200 Junior Lake $2000
OF2 Carlos Gonzalez $5300 Kole Calhoun $4000
OF3 Michael Saunders $4900 Nomar Mazara $3400

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Max Scherzer; Win $10,000 Free http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/24/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-max-scherzer-win-10000-free/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/24/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-max-scherzer-win-10000-free/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:28:03 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103854

KentTo nobody’s surprise, the highest-priced player on Friday is Max Scherzer $13900, who boasts a 1.29 ERA in four June starts, with 38 K in 28 IP, only three walks and a .162 opponent’s average. DFS contests at DraftKings close at 7:05 Eastern, spanning all 15 games.

For $2800 less, you can still get an ace in good form. David Price $11100 is long overdue to get some run support. The Red Sox have scored only seven times combined in his last four starts (31 IP, 30 K.)

Paying up for Mad Max, we need a much cheaper pitcher and a couple of bargain bats. Reds prospect Cody Reed $7200 struck out nine Astros in his MLB debut and gets the Padres tonight. Jordan Zimmermann $7100 at home vs. Danny Salazar $13000 is much more of a tossup than the salaries suggest.

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The $150K Moonshot is free with your first deposit; it costs $3 per team for the rest of us. Highest score wins $10,000. With a maximum of 58,823 entries, there are 14,425 guaranteed cash prizes. It closes at 7:05 Eastern, but enter before it fills and make unlimited lineup changes until each player’s game begins.

lineup-6-24Phils rookie Zach Eflin $4000 held Triple-A batters to a .199 average with a 5/1 K/BB ratio. He got a rude big-league welcome in Toronto — 3 HR, 8 ER in 2.2 IP — then looked much better against the Diamondbacks. The 6’6″ righty may continue to improve tonight in San Francisco at a rock-bottom price.

The last time Arizona visited Colorado, two of the three games produced 15 runs. Tonight features two promising young pitchers, so I’m not inclined to overspend on Paul Goldschmidt $5500, Nolan Arenado $5400 or Charlie Blackmon $5300, all standouts at their positions.

More affordable are the Yankees against Tommy Milone $6000, especially RB bats Starlin Castro $3300, Chase Headley $3300, Carlos Beltran $4500 and temporary 1B  Rob Refsnyder $2800.

Even with Jose Bautista (toe) on the DL and Josh Donaldson $5500 (neck) a bit sore, the Blue Jays are dangerous against lefties. Edwin Encarnacion $5200, Russell Martin $3900, Troy Tulowitzki $3900 and Devon Travis $3700 are all decent value.

Gotta like the Pirates at home facing emergency Dodgers starter Nick Tepesch, who was released by the Rangers earlier this month. Gregory Polanco $4300, John Jaso $2900 and Josh Harrison $2500 are all  playable.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Max Scherzer $13900 Cody Reed $7200
P2 David Price $11100 Zach Eflin $4000
C Russell Martin $3900 Stephen Vogt $3300
1B Edwin Encarnacion $5200 John Jaso $2900
2B Jose Altuve $4800 Starlin Castro $3300
3B Nolan Arenado $5400 Chase Headley $3300
SS Xander Bogaerts $5300 Troy Tulowitzki $3900
OF1 Charlie Blackmon $5300 Gregory Polanco $4300
OF2 Mookie Betts $5400 Jayson Werth $3600
OF3 Carlos Beltran $4500 Yasiel Puig $3200

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Cole Hamels; Win $500 Free http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/22/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-cole-hamels-win-500-free/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/22/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-cole-hamels-win-500-free/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:41:02 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103848

KentThere are seven ballgames this afternoon, starting at 12:10 Eastern. Noah Syndergaard $13000 and Jake Arrieta $13000 are dominant on the mound, and priced accordingly in DFS. In eight evening games (contests at DraftKings close at 7:05) there are several affordable pitchers to choose from. That’s today’s focus in our sample lineup and Short List.

Cole Hamels $10400 is a solid play at home against the Reds. Trevor Bauer $10600 vs. Chris Archer $8000 could be a duel in Cleveland.

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The $7K  Moonshot (All Day) is free with your first deposit of $5 or more; it costs $3 per team for the rest of us. Highest score wins $500. With a maximum of 2,745 entries, there are 560 guaranteed cash prizes. It closes at 12:10 Eastern; if you’re too late, the link will redirect to a similar contest.

lineup-6-22Last night, the Giants pounded out 22 hits in a 15-4 romp and now they face Francisco Liriano $5800, who has a 6.60 ERA in three June starts. Jeff Samardzija $8900, off a complete-game 4-hitter on Friday, should get enough support. Buster Posey $4400 (hamstring) is still listed day-to-day but looked fine; that “tweak” was only a cramp.

In the bargain bin, teenager Julio Urias $6900 might be allowed to go six or seven innings. Yesterday we really liked Chris Sale (7 IP, 9 K in a 3-1 win) because he was taking a huge pay cut; fellow lefty Jose Quintana $7900 is also priced much lower than usual because he’s facing the Red Sox at Fenway.

The Padres won 10-7 in Baltimore and another slugfest seems probable. Matt Kemp $4700 and Derek Norris $3800 led the assault. Pedro Alvarez $3700 went deep twice in the losing cause and his salary has yet to adjust.

2B/3B Jurickson Profar $3800 launched his third long ball and has an .895 OPS. Other 3B options include Kyle Seager $3900 and Todd Frazier $3700, who just snapped a 1-for-24 with a homer and is long overdue for a hot streak.

As always, enter before contests fill and you can make unlimited lineup changes until each player’s game begins. Breaking news can change player values.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Cole Hamels $10400 Jose Quintana $7900
P2 Jeff Samardzija $8900 Julio Urias $6900
C Buster Posey $4400 Derek Norris $3800
1B Chris Davis $5100 Pedro Alvarez $3700
2B Robinson Cano $4100 Jurickson Profar $3800
3B Kyle Seager $3900 Todd Frazier $3700
SS Xander Bogaerts $5300 Tim Anderson $3700
OF1 Matt Kemp $4700 Angel Pagan $3600
OF2 Mookie Betts $4700 Joc Pedersen $4000
OF3 Justin Upton $4400 Yasiel Puig $3200

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build A Baseball Lineup Around Cubs Hitters http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/20/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-a-baseball-lineup-around-cubs-hitters/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/20/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-a-baseball-lineup-around-cubs-hitters/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:02:48 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103842

KentCongratulations to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA champions after that incredible Game Seven. Here in the DFS corner, it’s just another MLB Monday.

Clayton Kershaw $14200 and Stephen Strasburg $13200 meeting head-on in L.A.is the marquee game. Neither ace should expect much run support. Madison Bumgarner $12800 is a heavy favorite against Jeff Locke $4500, who got clobbered (18 earned runs) in his last two on the road.

Dustin Johnson won his first major golf tournament on Sunday — congratulations if you cashed in the huge DraftKings contest — and the Cavs won their first title. Everything’s coming up Cubbies in 2016. Today their RH batters face lefty Jaime Garcia $5700, who’s in a June swoon (5.63 ERA) so the consistent John Lackey $11800 is a safe play on the mound.

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The $5K Deep Moonshot is feee with your first deposit of $5 or more; it costs $3 per team for the rest of us. Pick your 10-man lineup (two pitchers, eight hitters) within a salary cap and the highest score wins $400. With a maximum of 1960 entries, there are 765 guaranteed cash prizes. It closes at 7:05 Eastern; enter before it fills and you can make changes until each player’s game begins.

lineup-6-20Knuckleball specialist Stephen Wright $11200 at home to the White Sox is also reasonably priced. A more affordable matchup pits Josh Tomlin $9100 against Drew Smyly $6700. The Rays lefty looked better than he has since April in striking out 12 Mariners on Wednesday, while Tomlin has reeled off five quality starts in his last six. Take your pick. Though risky, Jorge De La Rosa $5900 tossed five scoreless at Coors Field against the Yankees last Tuesday and could surprise in Miami.

Now playing .700 ball, the Cubs have promoted Willson Contreras $2000, who got a standing ovation as a pinch hitter, crushed a homer to straightaway center and received a curtain call. He’ll presumably get his first start today and should be owned in every keeper league. Albert Almora Jr. $3400 is batting .346 since his callup and will continue to see regular starts in CF until Dexter Fowler $4600 (hamstring) is healthy.

Including the two bargain rookies in a 5-Cub stack (the maximum) lets pay retail at other positions. 3B/OF Kris Bryant $5100 and Ben Zobrist $4700 are obvious choices, while 3B/SS Javier Baez $3800, Addison Russell $3300 and Matt Szczur $3300 all bat right.

The mighty Red Sox at home against Miguel Gonzalez $4200 are not cheap; David Ortiz $5500, Xander Bogaerts $5500 and Mookie Betts $5300 stand out at their positions. Hanley Ramirez $4200 is the budget option if you can’t afford Papi and Jackie Bradley Jr. $4800 has extra-base hits in three straight.

My sample lineup spends $20300 on pitching (Kershaw and De La Rosa would be $200 less) which means compromising on bats. Jonathan Schoop $3400 just had two monster days (six hits, two homers) and Nomar Mazara $3300 belted his 11th HR last night. Using Tomlin and Smyly, hoping either of them wins 2-1, saves $4500 — enough to upgrade multiple positions.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 John Lackey $11800 Josh Tomlin $9100
P2 Stephen Wright $11200 Drew Smyly $6700
C Buster Posey $5100 Willson Contreras $2000
1B David Ortiz $5500 Hanley Ramirez $4200
2B Ben Zobrist $4700 Jonathan Schoop $3400
3B Kris Bryant $5100 Luis Valbuena $3600
SS Xander Bogaerts $5500 Javier Baez $3800
OF1 Mookie Betts $5300 Albert Almora Jr. $3400
OF2 Jackie Bradley Jr. $4800 Nomar Mazara $3300
OF3 Nelson Cruz $4500 Matt Szczur $3300

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Matt Shoemaker; Win $800 Free http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/17/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-matt-shoemaker-win-800-free/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/17/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-matt-shoemaker-win-800-free/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:49:48 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103837

KentThe U.S. Open golf tournament got off to a slow start yesterday as thunderstorms caused long delays. Good luck to everyone in the $3.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire contest at DraftKings  this weekend.

At least the PGA will finish their event, no matter how long it takes. In fantasy baseball, bad weather can wipe out stats entirely, though rain shouldn’t be a factor in Friday’s 15-game slate.

The 2:20 Eastern matinee at Wrigley Field is a divisional rivalry. The Pirates are now 12 games back and must deal with Jake Arrieta $12900. For less than half the cost, Francisco Liriano $6300 will try to keep it close.

$10,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $10K Moonshot (All Day) is our next MLB feature. The $3 entry fee will be waived with your first deposit of $5 or more. First place wins $800 and there are 780 cash prizes from up to 3,921 entries. It closes at 2:20 ET; enter before it fills and make unlimited changes until each player’s game begins. If you’re too late, the link will direct to a similar contest.

lineup-6-17The richest DFS pools span the other 14 games and close at 7:05. Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer $10600, excellent for five starts, has become expensive. The same goes for Jon Gray $10100, whose salary has finally taken the big leap. Matt Harvey $10300 looks strong at home against the Braves, but as usual, I’m shopping for bargains on the mound.

Matt Shoemaker $8700 has mowed down hitters (48 K, 1 BB) in five consecutive outings of at least 7 IP and gets only a modest pay hike. There could be a duel in St. Louis between Michael Wacha $5900 (virtually unknown to the Rangers) and Cole Hamels $8800. Still waiting for a ruling on his suspension appeal, Yordano Ventura $6500 was very sharp in Chicago on Sunday. I also like Chris Archer $8600 at home after striking out 20 in his last two.

For bats, consider both teams in Boston, where Hisashi Iwakuma $6100 should outlast Roenis Elias $4500 but neither is recommended. Of course, it’s hard to afford the likes of Nelson Cruz $5500 or David Ortiz $5500. Maybe a Franklin Gutierrez $3600 or Dae-Ho Lee $4300 will surprise, and Ketel Marte $4000 usually bats first or second against southpaws.

While any lefty facing any team for the first time deserves a look, I won’t be surprised if the Astros’ RH-leaving lineup gets to John Lamb $6000 early and often. Carlos Gomez $3700 and Carlos Correa $4200 are easier to fit under the cap than Jose Altuve $5600.

Last weekend at home, Toronto took three of four from the Orioles. Now the the soaring Blue Jays (who won their last three in Philly by a combined 31-7 score) visit Baltimore. Aaron Sanchez $9500 is a risky play after giving up four homers in five innings on Sunday; Adam Jones $4000, Manny Machado $4800 and Chris Davis $4700 are more affordable than Edwin Encarnacion $5400 and Josh Donaldson $5600, who may get pitched around.

The Mets scored 17 runs the last two nights with Yoenis Cespedes $4900, Curtis Granderson $4700 and Neil Walker $4000 leading the way. My sample lineup is mostly “second choices” — Freddie Freeman $4200 has been extremely profitable to own this week and iron man Salvador Perez $3700 keeps hitting.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Jake Arrieta $12900 Matt Shoemaker $8700
P2 Matt Harvey $10300 Chris Archer $8600
C Chris Iannetta $4800 Salvador Perez $3700
1B Edwin Encarnacion $5400 Freddie Freeman $4200
2B Jose Altuve $5600 Neil Walker $4000
3B Nolan Arenado $4600 Jefry Marte $3200
SS Xander Bogaerts $5300 Carlos Correa $4200
OF1 Nelson Cruz $5500 Adam Jones $4000
OF2 Yoenis Cespedes $4900 Carlos Gomez $3700
OF3 Mike Trout $5200 Rajai Davis $4200

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: Last Chance To Enter $3.5M Fantasy Golf Contest; Win $1,000,000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/15/draftkings-advice-last-chance-to-enter-3-5m-fantasy-golf-contest-win-1000000/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/15/draftkings-advice-last-chance-to-enter-3-5m-fantasy-golf-contest-win-1000000/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:24:22 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103833

KentOne of golf’s four major tournaments, the 2016 U.S. Open tees off tomorrow (Thursday, June 16) at 6:00 a.m. Eastern. Pick the right six men from a star-studded field at one of the world’s toughest courses, enter the $3.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire at DraftKings and win up to $1,000,000 for a $20 entry fee.

Finishing with the highest score requires both skill and luck, but don’t forget there’s another $2.5 million in guaranteed consolation prizes — the top 43,350 teams (at least 21.5% of entries) win cash.

With a $50K salary cap, if you’re using the favorites like Jason Day $12100, Rory McIlroy $12000 and Jordan Spieth $11900, you’ll need to uncover some “live” players in the lower salary brackets.

My lineup was posted here on Monday, including the top three finishers in this year’s Masters, plus Brooks Koepka $8100 and Retief Goosen $6300. You can’t win it if you’re not in it!

$7,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $7K Moonshot (All Day) is our next baseball feature. The $3 entry fee will be waived with your first deposit of $5 or more. First place wins $500 and there are 560 cash prizes from up to 2,683 entries. It closes at 3:10 ET; enter before it fills and make unlimited changes until each player’s game begins.

lineup-6-15My fantasy golf “expertise” pales compared to basketball and baseball. I play in a 60-team MLB keeper league that features three divisions, with relegation and promotion. Many of those ferocious competitors also play in out 20-team hoops keeper league. The research and decisions we make in those traditional formats can be applied successfully to DFS.

Obviously, player values fluctuate on any given day, compared to their season-long expectations. Clayton Kershaw $14100 just struck out 13 Giants on Friday and would be in everyone’s daily lineup at a lower cost, but for that salary to be profitable, he can’t be less than superb. Likewise, Corey Kluber $13100, fresh off a complete-game 3-hitter, is priced “fairly” for a road start against a divisional rival, just too rich for my blood.

We touted Adam Wainwright $8300 last time (for $2700 less!) and he turned in his best start of this comeback campaign. Although Sonny Gray $7100 is having a poor season overall, he went 7.2 IP last start and has fared well against the Rangers (1.92 ERA over the past three years.) Bud Norris $6200 shocked the mighty Cubs on Friday with a very strong 7 IP (4 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB) and is at home to the Reds.

The O/U is 12.5 in Colorado this afternoon — it was 13-10 Rockies last night — with an edge to lefty swingers from both clubs. If C Tony Wolters $3500 and/or 2B/SS Daniel Descalso $3200 start, they are playable. Should you scrimp a bit on pitching, you can consider big guns like Carlos Gonzalez $5400 (HR, 2B, two singles, 3 R, 2 RBI on Tuesday) or Charlie Blackmon $5100. For the visiting Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury $5200 is premium-priced but Chase Headley $3900, Didi Gregorius $3900 and newcomer Ike Davis $2800 are potential bargains.

The Blue Jays and Phillies change locations in this four-game series but Josh Donaldson $4900 and Edwin Encarnacion $5300 are extremely hot and Jeremy Hellickson $6900 got clobbered last time. I also like the Red Sox to break out against Kevin Gausman $5900 after they were held in check last night by Chris Tillman.

If you do ante up for an expensive ace, there are a few cheaper outfielders to consider. Kevin Pillar $3800 has homered twice in three games, Kole Calhoun $4100 is hot and the ever-streaky Khris Davis $3700 is rolling (three straight multi-hit efforts.)

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Clayton Kershaw $14100 Adam Wainwright $8300
P2 Corey Kluber $13100 Sonny Gray $7100
C Buster Posey $3900 Tony Wolters $3500
1B Edwin Encarnacion $5300 Ike Davis $2800
2B Dustin Pedroia $5000 Daniel Descalso $3200
3B Josh Donaldson $4900 Chase Headley $3900
SS Trevor Story $5300 Didi Gregorius $3900
OF1 Carlos Gonzalez $5400 Kole Calhoun $4100
OF2 Jackie Bradley Jr. $5200 Kevin Pillar $3800
OF3 Charlie Blackmon $5100 Khris Davis $3700

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: Win $1,000,000 In $3.5M Fantasy Golf Contest This Week http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/13/draftkings-advice-win-1000000-in-3-5m-fantasy-golf-contest-this-week/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/13/draftkings-advice-win-1000000-in-3-5m-fantasy-golf-contest-this-week/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:47:46 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103828

KentEven if you’re not a huge fan of the PGA Tour, the major tournaments are always interesting. This week’s U.S. Open will be life-changing for the winner of the $3.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire at DraftKings. You can win $1,000,000 for a $20 entry fee, and the top 100 finishers earn $1,000 or more.

This event closes at 6:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 16. Enter now and tweak your six-man lineup until the deadline. While winning the million requires both skill and luck, there’s another $2.5 million in guaranteed consolation prizes — the top 43,350 teams (at least 21.5% of entries) win cash.

With a $50K salary cap, if you’re using the favorites like Jason Day $12100, Rory McIlroy $12000 and Jordan Spieth $11900, you’ll need to uncover some “live” players in the lower salary brackets.

$10,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $10K Deep Mini Moonshot is tonight’s baseball feature. The $3 entry fee will be waived with your first deposit of $5 or more. First place wins $500 and there are 1,340 other cash prizes from up to 3,833 entries. It closes at 7:05 Eastern; enter before it fills and make unlimited changes until each player’s game begins.

lineup-6-13Par is likely to be a terrific score in the 2016 Open, as Oakmont is an extremely difficult course. When it last hosted this event in 2007, Angel Cabrera $6500 won with a score of five over. The greens are both super-fast and tricky to read, the fairway bunkers more like craters.

Masters champion Danny Willett $9600 edged Speith and Lee Westwood $7700 at Augusta, and costs much less than the Big Three. I’m including him in this first revision of a sample lineup.

Brooks Koepka $8100 is a very nice price after two straight second-place finishes, to earn my #3 pick.  That does not leave much to fill the final three spots. I liked Retief Goosen $6300 last week (T12 in Memphis) and will stick with him. The final two spots (for about $7000 each) are very much subject to change.  For now, I’ve plugged in Westwood and David Toms $6300.

You can probably do better, which is the whole point of my suggestions, even in fantasy baseball and basketball, where I’m far more knowledgeable and experienced.

There’s a 10-game MLB slate tonight, with Max Scherzer $12200 and Zack Greinke $11200 topping the pay scale. I’m bargain-hunting on the mound with recently-improved Chase Anderson $7700 and A’s lefty Sean Manaea $6000, a hot prospect whose first three starts in the Show were disappointing. His last five have been more encouraging.

That leaves a whopping $36,300 for eight spots, so I can load up with Premium bats from the Short List below. If you pay up for Mad Max or Zack, you’ll be shopping for more Bargain hitters. The Blue Jays scored 21 runs the last two games, with Edwin Encarnacion $4500 in a zone. the Tigers face a struggling James Shields and I like the Indians to beat Edison Volquez.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Max Scherzer $12200 Chase Anderson $7700
P2 Zack Greinke $11200 Sean Manaea $6000
C Jonathan Lucroy $3900 Russell Martin $2900
1B Edwin Encarnacion $4500 Mike Napoli $3600
2B Ian Kinsler $5300 Jason Kipnis $3700
3B Josh Donaldson $4400 Maikel Franco $3300
SS Eduardo Nunez $4800 Francisco Lindor $4100
OF1 Jay Bruce $4900 Jayson Werth $3500
OF2 J.D. Martinez $5000 Kevin Pillar $3200
OF3 Bryce Harper $4500 Michael Saunders $3900

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Nolan Arenado; Win $400 Free http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/09/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-nolan-arenado-win-400-free/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/09/draftkings-advice-how-to-build-an-mlb-lineup-around-nolan-arenado-win-400-free/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:24:58 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103822

KentGood luck to everyone who entered this weekend’s $10K golf freeroll at DraftKings. Next week, someone will win $1,000,000 in the $3.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire contest on the U.S. Open. It’s a $20 entry fee, closing at 6:00 a.m. on June 16 but you can reserve a spot now.

Our focus is on the diamond, with two afternoon games and seventonight. At Coors Field, the Pirates face Chad Bettis $4900 (home ERA 5.70) and the Rockies get Jeff Locke $5500. Most of the “logical” hitters are expensive and may be worth it. In the other matinee, presumably lower-scoring, the Astros try to earn a split in Texas.

$6,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $6K Moonshot (All Day) is our next baseball feature. The $3 entry fee will be waived with your first deposit. First place wins $400; there are 480 cash prizes from up to 2,300 entries. It closes at 2:05 Eastern; enter before it fills and make lineup changes until each player’s game begins. If you’re too late, the link will direct to a similar contest.

lineup-6-9You can load up on big bats because no pitcher costs more than Gio Gonzalez $8900 and the closest thing to a duel could be Nathan Karns $7900 vs. Josh Tomlin $8200 in Seattle.  The first-place Indians have dropped two straight by a combined 12-1 score but can square the series with a win.

Even more affordable, Adam Wainwright $5600 is decent value with some upside. Though hit hard in three of his last four, Marcus Stroman $5700 is a bounce-back candidate in the opener of a big divisional series.

Jonathan Lucroy $5000 is the clear #1 catcher, with a favorable matchup. A rested Russell Martin $3200 is my hunch play and if O’s rookie Francisco Pena $2400 starts, he can hit.

At 1B, Joey Votto $5300 is finally heating up and John Jaso $4500 is having a great year, but the price is right on 1B/OF Brandon Moss $3800 after a huge 2-HR Wednesday.

Jose Altuve $5400 deserves top billing at second, but for a few dollars less Josh Harrison $4800 is tempting. Bargain-hunters can try Starlin Castro $3500, who has homered twice in three games.

Nolan Arenado $5300 at home against a soft-tossing lefty? Sign me up. Trevor Plouffe $3200 had a breakout game yesterday but it’s not recommended to scrimp at 3B.

In this golden age of young shortstops, how do we choose among Carlos Correa $4900, Manny Machado $4500 and Francisco Lindor $3900? Machado will probably be suspended tomorrow and will probably appeal; if he’s extra-focused instead of distracted, that’s a nice price.

Bryce Harper $4800 is my top outfield pick, with 1B/OF Chris Parmelee $3100 a potential bargain after clubbing two homers yesterday. The journeyman should earn another start against a hittable righty. Mark Trumbo $4900 and Carlos Beltran $4400 are in fine form if you have the cap room; Jayson Werth $3400 and lefty-masher Ryan Raburn $3600 are among several inexpensive, playable OF.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Gio Gonzalez $8900 Adam Wainwright $5600
P2 Josh Tomlin $8200 Marcus Stroman $5700
C Jonathan Lucroy $5000 Russell Martin $3200
1B Joey Votto $5300 Brandon Moss $3800
2B Josh Harrison $4800 Starlin Castro $3500
3B Nolan Arenado $5300 Trevor Plouffe $3200
SS Manny Machado $4500 Francisco Lindor $3900
OF1 Bryce Harper $4800 Jayson Werth $3400
OF2 Carlos Beltran $4400 Chris Parmelee $3100
OF3 Mark Trumbo $4900 Ryan Raburn $3600

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: $10,000 Beginners Freeroll On This Week’s PGA Tournament http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/07/draftkings-advice-10000-beginners-freeroll-on-this-weeks-pga-tournament/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/07/draftkings-advice-10000-beginners-freeroll-on-this-weeks-pga-tournament/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:06:17 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103816

KentFore! Try DraftKings golf absolutely free this week (no deposit necessary) and win cash. The top 40 scores in the $10,000 Freeroll earn $100 to $15, and the next 1,745 finishers will win a $5 ticket for a PGA Double-Up. The contest closes Thursday (June 9) at 6:00 a.m Eastern, when the FedEx St. Jude Classic tees off in Memphis.

Next week, someone will win $1,000,000 in the $3.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire contest on the U.S. Open. It’s a $20 entry fee, closing at 6:00 a.m. on June 16 but you can reserve a spot now. Consider the Freeroll a practice round.

I’m only a casual golf fan, whose interest peaks with the majors. Picking a six-man “team” with a $50K salary cap  isn’t difficult; the trick is having all of your guys make the cut and a couple near the top of the leaderboard. Not many of the Open favorites are playing this week. If Dustin Johnson $12800 doesn’t withdraw, he’s the chalk, with Phil Mickelson $11300, Brooks Koepka $11100 and Gary Woodland $10400 other high-priced options.

$10,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $10K Deep Mini Moonshot is tonight’s baseball feature. The $3 entry fee will be waived with your first deposit of $5 or more. First place wins $500 and there are 1,340 other cash prizes from up to 3,833 entries. It closes at 7:05 Eastern; enter before it fills and make unlimited changes until each player’s game begins.

DFS golf is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. While Johnson and five guys under $8000 “fits,” using Phil as your largest “piece” lets you upgrade somewhere else by $1500. That makes another premium player like Colt Knost $9700 affordable, with only four bargains needed.

For now, my placeholder lineup includes Chad Campbell $7800, David Toms $7600 and Tim Wilkinson $7200 of New Zealand. Horses for courses is absolutely true at the racetrack, so it will be no surprise if Retief Goosen $7600 and Camilo Villegas $6900 play well again at TPC Southwind. It’s obviously worth a try to win money for nothing when you can’t lose.

lineup-6-7Quickly, here’s my thoughts on MLB tonight. Zack Greinke $11900 is overpriced at home; Kyle Hendricks $10800 and Aaron Sanchez $10500 both “deserve” their huge salary hikes. Adam Conley $7600 is my best value play; love those lefties against a new opponent.

Mike Leake $7000 is safe and rookie Sean Manaea $6500 was (finally) much better last start, as was Michael Pineda $6000. I’m rooting for Julio Urias $5900 in his home debut but can’t use him again.

For hitting, try the Diamondbacks vs. a struggling Matt Moore $6900, especially RH batters like Paul Goldschmidt $5100. Prices are very low on the Mariners at home against the inconsistent Cody Anderson $4400 — Nelson Cruz $3600 has two homers in three games. Robinson Cano $4100 and Kyle Seager $3800 are also appealing.

2B/3B Yangervis Solarte $3600 went deep again last night as the cleanup hitter, more runs are being scored lately at Petco Park and the Padres face Aaron Blair $5600 (7.55 ERA, 1.81 WHIP.) Matt Kemp $4400 is reasonably priced too.

Yasmani Grandal $3300 rested last night after homering on Sunday; all the Dodgers have a great matchup and only red-hot Corey Seager $5300 is expensive.

The sample lineup is built around Hendricks and Conley with (I hope) some live bargain bats. Cruz, Solarte and 2B/SS Jurickson Profar $3400 are particularly good value, Jason Heyward $3900 went deep last night and the Giants might get to Rick Porcello $8000 early; Denard Span $3700 and Buster Posey $3900 make the Short List.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Kyle Hendricks $10800 Adam Conley $7600
P2 Aaron Sanchez $10500 Michael Pineda $6000
C Buster Posey $3900 Yasmani Grandal $3300
1B Paul Goldschmidt $5100 Adrian Gonzalez $3900
2B Robinson Cano $4100 Yangervis Solarte $3600
3B Kris Bryant $4600 Kyle Seager $3800
SS Corey Seager $5300 Jurickson Profar $3400
OF1 Bryce Harper $4800 Nelson Cruz $3600
OF2 Dexter Fowler $4400 Jason Heyward $3900
OF3 Matt Kemp $4400 Denard Span $3700

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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DraftKings Advice: Free Entry in $250,000 Baseball Contest, Win Up To $50K http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/06/draftkings-advice-free-entry-in-250000-baseball-contest-win-up-to-50k/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/06/06/draftkings-advice-free-entry-in-250000-baseball-contest-win-up-to-50k/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:48:21 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103810

KentDaily fantasy baseball is fun, it’s challenging and it can really pay off. If you’re not already playing at DraftKings, you can win one of 20,400 cash prizes FREE with your first deposit.

Also coming up soon (reserve a spot by clicking the links) is the $3.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire, which closes at 6:00 a.m. Eastern on June 16. Pick the six golfers you think will compile the most points in the U.S. Open and win a million bucks! There’s $2,500,000 in other guaranteed prizes. That one is a $20 buy-in.

You can “test drive” DK golf for free this week with no deposit necessary. There’s a $10,000 Freeroll on the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. The top 40 scores earn $100 to $15 cash, and the next 1,745 finishers win a $5 ticket for a PGA Double-Up. Salaries will be posted soon; it closes Thursday (June 9) at 6:00 a.m.

$250,000 MLB Contest Free To New Users

The $250K Swing For The Fences costs $3 per team for the rest of us. Pick your 10-man lineup (two pitchers, eight hitters) within a salary cap and the highest score wins $50,000. With a maximum of 95,833 entries, at least 21% will cash. It closes at 7:05 Eastern; enter before it fills and you can make changes until each player’s game begins.

lineup-6-6Jon Lester $11600 is the top-rated arm after a 10-K complete game against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He won’t need to throw 113 pitches again if the Cubs send Adam Morgan $4100 packing early.

The Pirates have never faced Steven Matz $10400 and most Mets know Jonathan Niese $7800 only as a former teammate. Being unfamiliar can be an advantage, especially for southpaws.

Tigers rookie RH Michael Fulmer $9900 is new to the Blue Jays and his last three outings were stellar. J.A. Happ $8900 faces a lot of experienced righty bats.

While I rarely use both pitchers from one game, Masahiro Tanaka $8300 is a great price at home against the Angels, and Matt Shoemaker $7700 has  been superb lately — 31 strikeouts, no walks and only four runs in his last 22.1 innings. Plagued by inconsistency, Chris Archer $7900 is due to put everything together one of these nights.

The risk-reward option is Danny Duffy $4300, now stretched out but facing the powerful RH bats of Adam Jones $4800, 3B/SS Manny Machado $5100 and Mark Trumbo $5400 in Baltimore. Nolan Reimold $3400 also likes lefty pitching.

It’s very tempting to stack the maximum five Cubs. That’s that’s the core of today’s sample lineup: 3B/OF Kris Bryant $5300, Dexter Fowler $5500, Ben Zobrist $5200, Jorge Soler $4300, 3B/SS Javier Baez $3500, David Ross $2800 and Matt Szczur $3600 all bat right or switch-hit.

I’m also considering Indians against lefty James Paxton $6800, who got rocked in his 2016 bow. Mike Napoli $4600 has homered in two straight (that’s six in his last ten) and Francisco Lindor $4100 is a bargain. Jose Ramirez $3800, Rajai Davis $3200 and Yan Gomes $2500 are other possibilities.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Jon Lester $11600 Matt Shoemaker $7700
P2 Steven Matz $10400 Masahiro Tanaka $8300
C Matt Wieters $3900 David Ross $2800
1B Mike Napoli $4600 Eric Hosmer $3400
2B Ben Zobrist $5200 Jurickson Profar $3300
3B Kris Bryant $5300 Jose Ramirez $3800
SS Manny Machado $5100 Javier Baez $3500
OF1 Dexter Fowler $5500 Jorge Soler $4300
OF2 Adam Jones $4800 Matt Szczur $3600
OF3 Mark Trumbo $5400 Nolan Reimold $3400

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, and switches to baseball in the summer. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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