Sheridan Hoops Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:55:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NBA Offseason Winners and Losers Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:55:10 +0000

lebron-james-laughing-2LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers were crowned NBA world champions just five weeks ago. Furthermore, the 2016-2017 NBA campaign is still a tad over three months from its onset. However, with the 2016 draft completed, and no more significant free agent signings forecasted, it’s a good time to evaluate what’s transpired this offseason. My main intent with this article is to aid you in some degree with your NBA picks pertaining to futures odds. All NBA betting odds mentioned going forward are courtesy of

The Winners

cavs small logoCleveland Cavaliers (+300): Since Cleveland didn’t add any notable free agents, some may question this choice. Nonetheless, the defending world champions have kept their roster virtually intact, and that in itself is worth mentioning. They did add a couple veterans in three-point shooting specialist Mike Dunleavy, and an inside presence off the bench with Chris (“Birdman”) Anderson. Although, both of their better years are unquestionably behind them, Cleveland will unequivocally be the class of the Eastern Conference heading into next season, but I never would wager on a futures bet with single digit odds (3-1) at this early of a juncture.

warriors small logoGolden State Warriors (-175): After a record breaking regular season, and a second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, Golden State’s quest for becoming world champions for the second year in a row was a failure of epic proportions. They became the first team in history to squander a 3-1 NBA Finals lead, preceding to fall short of their ultimate goal, and one which seemed all but certain prior to their outrageous collapse. On the bright side, the biggest 2016 free agent name available opted to sign with the Warriors when Kevin Durant was inked to a contract. The thought of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant teaming up this coming fall will create sleepless nights for opposing NBA coaches. Yet, you won’t ever catch me wagering on the odds on favorite pertaining to futures, and especially so before the season starts.

celtics small logoBoston Celtics (+3000): The Celtics came up short in their attempt to lure Kevin Durant to Boston. Nevertheless, this is clearly a team on the rise. I love what Boston did in the draft, taking Notre Dame point guard Demetrious Jackson, Iowa State forward Abdel Nader, and Providence power forward Ben Bentil. All three of these rookies appear to be NBA ready, and will add quality depth to an already talented young roster. They were also able to land free agent center Al Horford who averaged 15.2 PPG/7.3 RPG for Atlanta a season ago. The Celtics are still a year or two away from making them one of your NBA picks to win it all, but they’ll be very entertaining to watch.

The Losers

thunder small logoOklahoma City Thunder (+7000): Needless to say, the shocking decision by Kevin Durant to sign elsewhere was a monumental blow.  They also traded one of their stalwarts Serge Ibaka to Orlando for talented young guard Victor Oladipo. The former Indiana Hoosier, Oladipo, has shined in his first three NBA seasons, averaging a combined 15.9 points per game, and did so with a less than impressive supporting cast. Conversely, he’s not in the same class of Kevin Durant by any stretch of the imagination. One also must wonder if star point guard Russell Westbrook will also seek out greener pastures when his contract expires in 2017. At odds of 7-1, Oklahoma City is a grossly overvalued team with all things being considered.

San Antonio Spurs (+1200): The retirement of Tim Duncan will surely have an effect at least early on. Besides budding star Kawhi Leonard, this is an aging roster. 38 year-old Manu Ginobli just re-signed for another year, recent free agent acquisition Pau Gasol, and point guard Tony Parker are both entering their 15th seasons. Then there’s backup point guard Andre Miller, entering his 17th NBA campaign. The 12:1 betting odds are more aligned with reputation than anything else. Avoid using San Antonio for one of your NBA picks in regards to futures.


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Incredible Facts About the 2016 Olympics Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:23:20 +0000

Rio2016The Olympics, as we know it today, is a world renowned event that takes place every 4 years. There are many types of sports and countries that participate in the games and represent their country and with the hopes of taking home a medal.  Over the years the Olympics have grown and become one of the world’s premier sporting events, with it generating interest worldwide. There have been many impressive world records set by athletes such as Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set world records for both the women’s 100m and 200m in 1988, with both still standing strong today. Kenenisa Bekele dominated the 5,000m and 10,000m long distance running events during the 2008 Olympics and set records for both, an achievement that had not been touched since 1980. It will be interesting as this year’s games get underway if new records will be set.

Incredible Facts About the 2016 Olympics

As we approach the 2016 games, there are millions preparing to travel to Rio, Brazil to compete, attend the games, and support athletes in their pursuit of Olympic perfection. There are various interesting facts about the 2016 games that make it more exciting and enjoyable. The 2016 Olympics, will be hosted for the first time by a South American country, which is impressive as it beat Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago, all of which made bids to host the games.

The torch began travelling across the continent from Brazil on the 21st of April to make the 90-day journey to Greece where it will stop at the Eloenas refugee camp and carried by one of its residents. The torch will continue its journey and arrive in Rio on the 5th of August, where the opening ceremonies will take place at the Maracanã stadium. This stadium became well-known during the 1950 soccer world cup for having the most soccer fans in a single arena.  Closing ceremonies will also take place at the Maracanã stadium.

Rio_Basketball_bigThe Olympics are expected to host more than 10,500 athletes that have travelled from 206 countries worldwide, and will see 306 events take place over 17 days. The events will be featured at 4 different locations in Rio, including Deodoro for equestrian centres, BMX, and aquatics. Copacabana, a world famous beach, will host volleyball events, Barra, known as the Olympic Park, and Maracanã will host the remaining events.

The Rio games are also expected to see golf returning as an Olympic sport. Golf was removed from the Olympics 112 years ago, and is expected to be received well by fans of the sport, especially when it comes to placing wagers with sportsbetting sites. The course in Rio was designed by an America Architect Gil Hanse.

Rio has taken it upon themselves to prepare for the games, and the tourists that are expected to arrive. The world will be watching and as such they are offering free English lessons to all taxi drivers and those in the service industries such as restaurant staff, hotel staff, and various other services as these are the people visitors are most likely to come into contact with first.

Betting Opportunities for the Olympics

The Olympics provide substantial opportunities when it comes to placing bets on the athletes, let alone which countries will earn the most medals, which medals they are most likely to score high in and more.  As we all know, betting on sports has become a large attraction for all types of sports, but when you add over 300 events inside of a 17 day period, those who enjoy betting are presented with unparrelled opportunies.

Betting on the Olympics is nothing new, unless you consider the advantage that online betting has made in its availability. There have been a few fantastic events in Olympic history, such as the 1980 hockey finals between the Soviet Union and America. In pre-tournament games, the Soviet Union managed to crush the Americans, and led to many believing Russia would be victorious in the medal round against the American. However, the end result saw the U.S winning 4-3 and those who placed wagers on that outcome scored big due to the odds being against them. This is just one of many upsets over the years and as Rio approaches, it is sure to see others that result in similar scenarios and opportunities.

Casino Games Based on the Olympics

There are various game developers who have created slots with an Olympic and sport theme. Not only is this a great way to build anticipation for the games, but also provides another winning opportunity with the Olympics in mind. Most of those offering this style of theme are filled with exciting game features that can lead to big wins and heart pounding excitement, which is ideal when considering the same is felt by many while watching the games live and cheering for their countries. A recently published post highlights a number of these games and is well worth reading.

One of those is the Olympic Slot from GameOs. It includes symbols featuring impressive sports such as golf, boxing, tennis, basketball, baseball, football, and hockey. Other symbols feature a wild medal, a gold and silver cup, and a torch of course. Players get to win big with a bonus game that has various levels to earn instant cash rewards, and the free spin bonus adds to the action when 4 silver cups appear and can reward up to 30 free spins.

Wild Games, a slot from Playtech, also provides an incredible gaming opportunity for those who love an Olympic theme. The slot is based on the Olympics, but in a comical manner and features animals as competitors. These include a swimming dog, Cheetah, and professional hippo gymnast. These animals can appear stacked on the reels and to assist with winnings as wild symbols. Regular wilds can appear on all reels with and earn 3,000 coin wins and the bonus feature will trigger when the gold silver and bronze medal appears on the reels simultaneously.

You can learn more about the great gaming opportunities for these slots and others at Both these video slots and others can be found and offer a plethora of information for slot enthusiats. This site offers a large volume of information for online casinos and the games they provide. Whether you are searching for a new casino, or simply are just beginning and want to learn more, is the place to be. You can select from the best casino bonuses and promotions, which add to the total experience for your gaming account.



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Best Online Odds for the New NBA Season Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:51:35 +0000

The Golden Touch of the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors only narrowly lost the NBA Championship 3-4 to the Cleveland Cavaliers but the Warriors have already been made favourites for the new season.  If you put the disappointment of the finals aside, it is not really much of a surprise that the Warriors find themselves as favourites. The Dubs did set the record for wins in a regular season in 2015 at 73-9 and as a result are simply far too talented to be counted out. The arrival of Kevin Durant to the bay area has seen the Warriors odds spike drastically and take them from favourites to even bigger favourites now at -115. The biggest question on the lips of Warrior fans now is how Durant affects the pecking order of the starting team.

Knock-on effect on Oklahoma City Thunder

Meanwhile the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant’s former team, have tumbled sharply down the odds ladder from +800 to +2000. You can check out the latest sports online betting sites and compare the odds, such as defending champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently listed at +350. It will be an interesting season from the Cav’s as they look to replace MVP LeBron James. One possible option is, close friend of LeBron, Dwayne Wade who appears to be finishing his 13-year tenure at Miami Heat.

What about LeBron James?

All eyes will be on the biggest name in all of basketball, LeBron James as he decides where his fate lies in the next chapter of his career. The most likely scenario is returning to the Cavaliers at ¼. Having just won them their first championship since 1964, it’s a near lock that LeBron will return to northeast Ohio. The King is a free agent but it would take a minor miracle for him to go anywhere else. LeBron James joining the New York Knicks comes in at 15/1, The Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers come in at 11/1 and 6/1 respectively. The most likely option sees LeBron join his good friend D-Wade at Miami Heat at 5/1. But will Wade still be there when it comes to crunch time? Maybe the two friends have been discussing their options on vacation together.

NBA Draft and Free Agents

It’s important right now that nobody gets too comfortable as they predict the forthcoming season. The NBA draft is right around the corner and there may well be a young rookie upstart, who gets drafted and has a blinder of a season, who could really upset the odds and drastically change the landscape for the coming season. Also there’s a number of tasty free agents deciding  the next step in their career. Kevin Durant may have shut down any debate on his future, but did we mention LeBron James. There could well be a few more twists in the tale yet to come.

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Olympic Profile – Debuting Dabović Dynasty Declassified Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:36:36 +0000

After twenty four years of dogged perseverance, Serbia will finally send a women’s Basketball team to an Olympic Games. It represents a full vindication the investments made in Serbian basketball since the country gained independence through a union with Montenegro in 1992.

With the United States women’s team set to face Serbia in Group B on August 10, the world is anticipating a true clash of David and Goliath. However, there is no place for complacency in the U.S camp, and good knowledge of the team’s playing style and tactics will be paramount when it comes to the U.S avoiding humiliation in front of the entire world. 

Five-year plan

Almost two decades after forming the independent union with Montenegro (separating again in 2006), little had changed for a team reflecting on a string of failures to win the Eurobasket tournament. Women’s basketball in Serbia hit what was arguably its lowest nadir the following year with an outright failure to qualify for the 2011 Eurobasket tournament.

The Serbia women’s basketball team has improved steadily over the past five years, and proudly debut at Rio 2016. For the latest basketball odds, visit Betfair (Betfair Casino). The Serbia women’s basketball team has improved steadily over the past five years, and proudly debut at Rio 2016. For the latest basketball odds, visit Betfair (Betfair Casino). CREDIT – User:CeeGee (CC BY-SA 4.0)

No doubt inspired by the resounding success of unfancied basketball teams in London 2012 – such as the Australia men’s (ranked 9th, bronze) and France women’s (8th, silver) – fortunes began to change drastically on the court.

Though Serbia only finished third in the 2013 Eurobasket tournament, a famous 85-79 win over Italy was a defining moment for them, before eventually bowing out to an unstoppable Spain in a gallant 88-69 defeat. However, two years later, Serbia completed their incredible surge by winning an expanded Eurobasket tournament, vanquishing Olympic silver medalists France 76-68 in the final.

For all their promise, an outright win for Serbia (around +3300) is a hugely remote prospect, especially with prices of -1200 currently in circulation for a U.S gold medal. For all their promise, an outright win for Serbia (around +3300) is a hugely remote prospect, especially with prices of -1200 currently in circulation for a U.S gold medal. CREDIT – User:CeeGee (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Captain Fantastic

As debutants, the thirty-first Olympiad is already set to be a daunting task for Serbia’s basketball contingent, but sharing a group with China, Canada and the United States renders it nothing short of an Olympic baptism of fire.

Fortunately, the team can boast a headstrong captain, who arguably embodies the surge of women’s basketball in Serbia. With a playing career spanning eighteen years and an impressive array of European clubs, the appointment of Galatasaray’s Milica Dabović as women’s team international captain was an exceptionally shrewd decision, coinciding directly with the teams’ surge in form.

The Serbia women’s captain is the second generation in a dynasty of basketball players, owing much of her outstanding shooting ability to her coach father Milan Dabović Sr.

Now 34, the experience she brings to the side could prove to be a proverbial thorn in the side of the U.S team – and this is especially true for the younger players. However, the U.S face a double threat in that potentially decisive match on August 10, with 26-year old Ana Dabović once more uniting with her older sister on the international stage.

Ana Dabović, pictured in the colors of Dynamo Moscow, arrives in Rio in her playing prime with experience of playing in the States. She is set to line up alongside her older sister in attack.

Ana Dabović, pictured in the colors of Dynamo Moscow, arrives in Rio in her playing prime with experience of playing in the States. She is set to line up alongside her older sister in attack.


Standing at 6’0, Ana Dabović boasts equal, and impressive, measures of aerial ability and physical dexterity, as reflected by her 44.6% return on field shots for the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars. It is a statistic which contributed greatly to her successful campaign for inclusion in the 2015 WNBA All-Star Rookie team, making her a key target to mark in the Olympics.

Backed to the Hilt

The other three starters on the current depth chart are Sara Krnjić (C), Jelena Milovanović (PF) and Sonja Petrović (SF). All of them have been involved, to varying degrees, with the American game. However, it is Petrović who possesses by far the most fearsome resume of decorations, with the most recent being a 2015 Europe SuperCup winner’s medal.

Since her career began back in 2001, Petrović has only ever played for clubs with a respected history and a winning mentality, providing her with a psychological edge that she has successfully carried for fifteen highly industrious years.

Like the younger Dabović sister, Petrović will be well-known to the U.S squad and its coaching staff. Strong performances on the ruthless basketball circuit of Eastern Europe resulted in Petrović being drafted to the San Antonio Stars in 2009, before launching her WNBA career in earnest with Chicago Sky in 2012.

In additional to a 2015 Eurobasket winner’s medal, Petrović’s personal collection of awards includes three gold medals from five editions of the European U18’s championship (having taken silver in the other two), and a bronze medal from the World U19 Championship in 2007.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Indians & Astros Bats; Win $400 Free Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:16:41 +0000

KentIt’s a busy Wednesday in Major League Baseball, starting at 12:10 Eastern. The seven-game Early slate features an interesting pool of pitchers. David Price $10700 vs. Matt Moore $7300 in Tampa looks more like a tossup to me. Price’s two worst starts of an inconsistent year were his latest and an April loss to the Rays.

Kyle Hendricks $9500 and the Cubs are heavily favored against rookie Cody Reed $6300 in Cincinnati. There are signs of life from Dallas Keuchel $6800 in June (31 K/5 BB) and he should get plenty of support from a hot Houston lineup vs. soft-tossing Jered Weaver $6000.

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Last night the Jays beat the Rockies 14-9.  Toronto’s RH bats like Josh Donaldson $5300 and Edwin Encarnacion $5300 and Colorado’s LH sluggers (Carlos Gonzalez $5300 and Charlie Blackmon $5400) deserve their premium prices, so it’s hard to recommend Tyler Anderson $7500 or Aaron Sanchez $6400 at Coors Field. However, I won’t be surprised if one or both youngsters pitch well in this matinee.

There’s also an eight-game evening slate, beginning at 7:05. Max Scherzer $13500  and Danny Salazar $12500 tower above the other pitchers in salary, but they would need complete-game shutouts to be profitable, so again we’ll shop for value on the mound.

Brock Stewart $5500 makes his MLB debut for the Dodgers after ripping through three levels of the minors this season with 99 K and just 14 walks in 86 IP. He whiffed 27 and walked only two in three Triple-A starts. Using him with Carlos Martinez $9200 or Masahiro Tanaka $8300 is a modest investment that leaves plenty of cap room for bats.

Cleveland has won 11 straight and should make it a dozen against career minor-leaguer Joel De La Cruz $4000 and the Braves. Francisco Lindor $5100, Jason Kipnis $4500, Carlos Santana $4400, 3B/OF Jose Ramirez $4100, Mike Napoli $4000, Tyler Naquin $3900 and Lonnie Chisenhall $3800 are stackable, though you can use only five and must choose between Santana and Napoli at 1B. Be careful; it’s a good night for Terry Francona to rest regulars.

Also on a roll are the Astros. Their 7-1 romp on Tuesday was their ninth win in ten games, to climb back into the wild card race after a horrible start. Look for George Springer $4800, Jose Altuve $4900 and Carlos Correa $4800 to lead the way again.

The Yankees were stifled by Cole Hamels last night but could take out their frustrations on Nick Martinez $4000 this evening. Brett Gardner $4200 and Jacoby Ellsbury $4200 are reasonably priced, with Starlin Castro $3500 and Chase Headley $3200 also worth considering.

If you do spend big on pitching, ultra-cheap Alex Dickerson $2200 replaces Jon Jay (arm) for an extended look with the Padres. He slashed .307/.374/.503 in Triple-A last year and improved to a PCL-leading .382/.425/.622 in 2016.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Max Scherzer $13500 Masahiro Tanaka $8300
P2 Danny Salazar $12500 Brock Stewart $5500
C Buster Posey $4100 Steven Vogt $3400
1B Edwin Encarnacion $5300 Mike Napoli $4000
2B Jose Altuve $4900 Jonathan Schoop $3900
3B Josh Donaldson $5500 Jose Ramirez $4100
SS Carlos Correa $4800 Marcus Semien $3700
OF1 Kris Bryant $5400 Alex Dickerson $2200
OF2 Carlos Gonzalez $5300 Tyler Naquin $3900
OF3 Charlie Blackmon $5400 Lonnie Chisenhall $3800

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season, switching to baseball in the summer. Kent Williams, a Sheridan Hoops contributor since February 2012, is now taking an extended vacation.

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build An MLB Lineup Around Willson Contreras; Win $10,000 Free Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:50:40 +0000

KentYesterday, we loaded up on Blue Jays and Rockies bats but a few things went “wrong,” as the teams combined for “only” 14 runs. Four other games produced even higher scores, and I used Michael Saunders $5200 (0-for-4) instead of Devon Travis $4900 (homer, double.)

Jon Gray struck out eight in 7 IP for the win.  Tonight’s Colorado starter Eddie Butler $4000 has a 9.70 home ERA. Ineffective against both LHB (.970 OPS) and RHB (.910 OPS), he has lost seven straight decisions.

By comparison, J.A. Happ $6100 is an ace, though not recommended at Coors Field. We’ll try those Toronto bats again — Edwin Encarnacion $5500 hit HR #20 and 21 last night and leads the majors with 69 RBI.

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lineup-6-28Congratulations if you used 3B/OF Kris Bryant $5000 on Monday for three homers, a pair of doubles, four runs and six RBI for 60 fantasy points. The Cubs won 11-8 in Cincinnati and are huge favorites again today.

C/OF Willson Contreras $4200 has also played 1B in his first ten games while hitting .370 with power. Tonight David Ross $3100 will catch Jon Lester $11700, but Joe Maddon loves the versatile rookie hitting behind Bryant and Anthony Rizzo $5300.

The normally light-hitting Rays crushed Boston 13-7, with better pitching likely tonight as Rick Porcello $10300 faces Chris Archer $7300, whose troubles this year have been much worse on the road.

If you want to use big bats, you can’t afford pitchers like Corey Kluber $13400, Lester and Cole Hamels $11300. The matchup between Michael Wacha $7600 and Yordano Ventura $6900 could be low-scoring; the latter is fresh after serving his eight-game suspension and while the appeal was heard, his two starts since that dust-up with Manny Machado $5000 were good.

C.C. Sabathia $7500 (ankle) may not be 100% and Texas has plenty of RH pop including Ian Desmond $5200, Adrian Beltre $4000 and the under-appreciated Ryan Rua $3900, who now starts only vs. southpaws. Elvis Andrus $3400 is also a nice price.

Franklin Gutierrez $3600 and Ryan Raburn $3600 have well-deserved reputations as lefty-mashers. They make the Short List and sample lineup.

Mike Trout $4900 has three consecutive 3-hit games with a homer in each. The Astros would be crazy to pitch to him again; I’m expecting two or three walks. Although Troy Tulowitzki $4800 disappointed at the dish in his emotional return to Denver, he could break out tonight.

Pos Premium Bargain
P1 Corey Kluber $13400 Chris Archer $7300
P2 Jon Lester $11700 Yordano Ventura $6900
C Willson Contreras $4200 Nick Hundley $3100
1B Edwin Encarnacion $5500 Mark Reynolds $4100
2B Devon Travis $4900 Daniel Descalso $3300
3B Kris Bryant $5000 Anthony Rendon $3600
SS Troy Tulowitzki $4800 Elvis Andrus $3400
OF1 Mike Trout $4900 Ryan Raburn $3600
OF2 Michael Saunders $5200 Franklin Gutierrez $3600
OF3 Ian Desmond $5200 Tyler Naquin $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 Adam Wainwright; Win $700 Free Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:54:59 +0000

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.

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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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:28:03 +0000

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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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 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:41:02 +0000

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 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:02:48 +0000

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 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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