DFSR’s Daily Fantasy NBA Podcast for DraftKings and FanDuel Thursday 3/23/17

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks, Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks, featured, News, Podcast | 1 comment

DFSR's Daily Fantasy NBA Podcast for DraftKings and FanDuel Thursday 3/23/17 DFSR’s Doug Norrie and James Davis break down a five game NBA slate for FanDuel and DraftKings. The two most interesting games, from a DFS perspective come early with Toronto-Miami and Brooklyn-Phoenix. The Heat will be without Dion Waiters again which puts Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Josh Richardson firmly in play. Toronto will be without a suspended Serge Ibaka leaving (potentially) more shots for Demar Derozan, PJ Tucker and Cory Joseph. The guys also break down a Suns-Nets game that should see Tyler Ulis, Devon Booker and others with big upside against a terrible Nets’ team. All of this and more. Subscribe to this podcast on...

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2017 MLB DFS Preview – AL Central

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks, featured, News | 3 comments

2017 MLB DFS Preview - AL Central Welcome to the first in DFSR's series of MLB previews as we look ahead to the 2017 MLB season for FanDuel and DraftKings. Here we'll catch you up, division-by-division on player movement, projected rotations, and how teams improved (or not so much). You can check out our first installment in the series with the AL East DFS Preview. Now’s your chance to get DFSR PRO, which will give you access to our NBA optimizer, our MLB Optimizer, and our upcoming MLB player lab! Get started for free by clicking the button below. START YOUR FREE TRIAL NOW!   Chicago White Sox 2016 record - 78-84 (4th in Central) Additions o Geovany Soto o Yoan Moncada o Lucas Giolito o Derek Holland Losses o Chris Sale o Adam Eaton o Alex Avila o Justin Morneau Projected rotation 1. Jose Quintana 2. Carlos Rodon 3. James Shields 4. Miguel Gonzalez 5. Derek Holland Outlook The AL Central sees a lot of change this year as the identity of a lot of teams are gone. That certainly includes the White Sox, who traded away Chris Sale for the number 2 prospect in baseball Yoan Moncada. The rotation as a whole will take a huge hit with one of the absolute best pitchers in baseball disappearing. Jose Quintana will step into the "ace" role and do his best to follow in Sale's footsteps. He's really the only consistent arm in the rotation with a sub 3.88 FIP in 4 straight seasons. Quintana also removed the slider from his repertoire last season, letting him focus on his other pitchers. In turn, he upped his K% on every pitch and lowered his BB rate. Quintana is a solid pitcher and we will look to target him against teams that struggle stringing together runs, like the Rays or Padres. Carlos Rodon follows and has the most upside in this rotation. The Sox drafted Rodon just two years ago in 2014, taking just one season to get all the way to AAA and to the majors in the next. He is now a guy they will rely on heavily for success as the rest of this rotation is extremely unreliable. Rodon pitched 165 innings last season on route to a 9.16 K/9 and allowed a low 27% hard contact rate. On the contrary, he walked nearly 3 batters per 9 innings. If Rodon is able to get more control on his fastball, he will absolutely be dominant. However, I doubt he perfects anything at just 24 years old. He is a guy you can target in almost any matchup GPP's as he has the upside to strikeout 12 at any time. He also has the...

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2017 MLB DFS Preview – AL East

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks, featured, News | 5 comments

2017 MLB DFS Preview - AL East Welcome to the first in DFSR's series of MLB previews as we look ahead to the 2017 MLB season for FanDuel and DraftKings. Here we'll catch you up, division-by-division on player movement, projected rotations, and how teams improved (or not so much). Now’s your chance to get DFSR PRO, which will give you access to our NBA optimizer, our NFL Optimizer, and our new NFL player lab! Get started for free by clicking the button below. START YOUR FREE TRIAL NOW! First time with NBA? Be sure to read our free NBA Ebook on building lineups, general strategy and more. We've got you completely covered.   Baltimore Orioles 2016 record - 89-73 (3rd in East) Additions Seth Smith - Trade w/ Mariners Welington Castillo - 2 year, $13 million Losses Yovani Gallardo - Trade w/ Mariners Vance Worley Pedro Alvarez Tommy Hunter Drew Stubbs Matt Wieters Nolan Reimold Steve Pearce Projected rotation 1. Chris Tillman 2. Kevin Gausman 3. Dylan Bundy 4. Wade Miley 5. Ubaldo Jimenez Outlook This is a pretty rough rotation. With the Orioles playing in one of the best hitter parks in the league, we will be targeting opponents a ton. Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman are both very serviceable, but they don't offer anywhere near the same upside the ace and 2 should provide. Dylan Bundy is probably the guy who has the most upside, as he has been one of the biggest MLB prospects for years now. Bundy was pretty good last year, with a wOBA in the .320's vs both lefties and righties. He did strikeout almost a batter per inning, solid and just a tick below elite. On the backend of the rotation, we have Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jimenez. These guys are both dumpster fires. I don't expect either of these guys to last it to the All-Star break, and we will target agains them nearly every time they pitch. Miley was horrible against righties last year, giving up a .360 wOBA combined with a 4.14 xFIP & 1.53 HR/9. I can't wait to play some hitters against him especially in that park. As for Jimenez, he is bad against both lefties and righties, and we will target him heavily anywhere he takes the bump. Projected lineup C - Welington Castillo 1st - Chris Davis 2nd - Jonathan Schoop 3rd - Manny Machado SS - J.J. Hardy LF - Hyun-soo Kim CF - Adam Jones RF - Mark Trumbo DH - Seth Smith & Nolan Reimold Outlook The Orioles did a whole lot of subtracting this off-season, and not too much adding. Welington is a good hitting catcher, but is nothing special and...

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings League Championship Series – 10/17/16

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks, featured, News | 0 comments

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings League Championship Series - 10/17/16 In case you didn’t notice, we just released our brand new NFL DFS suite of tools including full projections, optimal NFL lineups and our Player Lab, which includes filters to help you create NFL lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings for any format. It’s a set of tools well beyond anything we’ve ever had, and something we feel will help our users *ahem* tackle the NFL season. SIGN UP NOW!   Fantasyfactor is now running freerolls for you to help you get your feet wet! They offer a no-strings-attached $5 bonus as well. See you over there! Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays Pitchers Match-up - Trevor Bauer vs. Marcus Stroman This game is very meh to me, especially when looking at the pitchers. Both of these offenses are very lethal and I am not a fan of targeting them with right handed pitching. Trevor Bauer is the worst pitcher on the slate, so I will be steering clear away from him. Stroman, however, deserves some consideration. Stroman has held a .311 wOBA against both righties and lefties, and looks to have plenty of upside. The Indians are a pretty god offense, bu can strikeout on occasion and offer a bit of upside from Stroman. The Rogers Centre is a hitter friendly park, which also gives a tick down to both pitchers.   Hitters Nobody on either of these offenses are in a great spot. Nobody is in a bad spot, either. All of these guys are viable plays in tournaments, and I think there are some guys you can play in cash games as well. Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis are my favorite Indians hitters, as they maul righties and are not reliant on power. On the flip side, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion are my favorite guys. They are viable in both cash games and tournaments. You can roster Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki in both cash games and tournaments as well. In conclusion, all of the bats are in play here, but there is nobody that stands out as a must play. Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers Pitchers Match-up - Jake Arrieta vs. Rich Hill Here we go, an exciting match up between the Cubs and Dodgers, who are tied up at 1-1 in the series. This match up of Jake Arrieta and Rich Hill is an interesting one, as both guys have a ton of upside, but Hill definitely has a lot more risk. Arrieta is the safest cash game play on the slate. He has sported a .291 wOBA that is backed up by a tremendous set of peripherals and batted...

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings League Championship Round – 10/15/16

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks, featured, News | 2 comments

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings League Championship Round - 10/15/16 In case you didn’t notice, we just released our brand new NFL DFS suite of tools including full projections, optimal NFL lineups and our Player Lab, which includes filters to help you create NFL lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings for any format. It’s a set of tools well beyond anything we’ve ever had, and something we feel will help our users *ahem* tackle the NFL season. SIGN UP NOW!   Fantasyfactor is now running freerolls for you to help you get your feet wet! They offer a no-strings-attached $5 bonus as well. See you over there! Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians Pitchers Match-up - J.A. Happ vs. Josh Tomlin This is not the game for pitching, but there is definitely a reason to look at Happ. Tomlin is not a guy I will consider. He is facing off with a very good offense and has not struck nearly as many batters as we need. Happ, however, is a pretty decent pitcher. He has held a .313 combined wOBA against righties and lefties. The Indians are a very good offense, but can go cold and have some strikeout prone power hitters. The Indians will likely have the 2nd lowest run total on the board, so you have to consider the opposing pitcher. Happ is a guy that will be trusted by the coaching staff to go deep into the game. If he is pitching well, Gibbons has no problem letting him go 8 innings. Happ is a guy I would consider in all formats, though I definitely prefer Lester.   Hitters While I do like Happ a little bit, the bats from this game are definitely on my list as well. The Blue Jays especially, as they are playing the worst pitcher on the slate and have an explosive offense. Josh Tomlin has sported a .331 wOBA against righties over the last 2 seasons. My top options from the Blue Jays are going to be Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders following closely behind. On the Indians side of the ball, there is not too much to love. However, I think a few 1 offs in tournaments are very viable. Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana are my favorites, and I would use them in tournaments only. If you are adamant on playing someone in cash games, go with Mike Napoli as he murders left handed pitching. Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs Pitchers Match-up - Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Lester While I mentioned that I like Happ, Lester is on a different level. Lester is my favorite pitcher on this slate,...

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings NLDS and ALCS – 10/13/16

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks, featured, News | 4 comments

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings NLDS and ALCS - 10/13/16 Postseason DFS is not for the timid, especially when it comes to baseball. This slate, starting with today's NLDS finale between the Dodgers and Nats and wrapping up with the ALCS opener on Friday won't come with any soft matchups or obvious plays. But if you've stuck around this long, you're probably used to that. Let's get to it. In case you didn’t notice, we just released our brand new NFL DFS suite of tools including full projections, optimal NFL lineups and our Player Lab, which includes filters to help you create NFL lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings for any format. It’s a set of tools well beyond anything we’ve ever had, and something we feel will help our users *ahem* tackle the NFL season. SIGN UP NOW!   We're proud to introduce a brand new partner (and player in this space), Fantasy Factor! DFSR readers can get a bunch of sweet freebies (including a $5, no strings, no drip bonus) by signing up now! Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Pitchers Matchup - TBD vs. Max Scherzer Oh brother. TBD, scourge of DFS postseason baseball, rears its head. The good news is that this one comes on Day 1 of the two-day slate, so we should get some advance warning ahead of first pitch and be able to adjust accordingly. Unfortunately, that does no good for your humble correspondent tasked with breaking this sucker down. Here goes: The Dodgers are mulling Julio Urias and Rich Hill with their postseason lives on the line. Whoever it is, they'll be overmatched by their counterpart from D.C. Scherzer will be our top pick for pitching on this slate due partly to the fact that he'll be twirling in a better pitcher's park than Corey Kluber, and partly due to the fact that he's awesome. The Dodgers got to him with a pair of homers in Game 1, and that's always at least a mild risk with Scherzer, who's a pretty extreme fly-ball pitcher. The Dodgers were also pretty nasty against RHP this season (2nd in MLB in wRC+), but at this point in the year, you're not getting many soft offenses, so we're riding with Scherzer's 31.5% K upside. On the Dodgers' side of the equation, FanDuel and DraftKings are both assuming it'll be Rich Hill who gets the call, so that's who we're focusing on. The 36-year-old lefty followed up on last year's September breakout with a solid, if injury-riddled 2016. He fanned more than 10 per 9 and finished with a 2.39 FIP and 3.36 xFIP. The disparity between the two numbers has to do with his minuscule HR:BB ratio, as he allowed...

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