We truly are entering the dog days of summer. With no other major sports in the way (sorry, cricket) we can focus on baseball for another month before football returns in time to sweep us off our feet. The trades we typically see a lot of this time of year may have finally arrived as the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. It was an odd move, given the Mets’ current standing in their division, but hey, it shows a commitment to winning so it’s good news if you’re a Mets fan. Keep your eyes peeled for trades over the coming days as a player’s situation could change very quickly.
It’s time to break out of the slump
As for DFS baseball, we had a second consecutive bad week. We only put up 72 points. It’s a slump, which happens in baseball and DFS alike. One thing we have to accept about the sport of baseball is that you are considered successful if you hit safely three out of ten times. It’s just as difficult to choose correctly in DFS when dealing with hitters. Once again, our pitchers didn’t let us down for the week. We’ve yet to have a dud on the season from our arms, as Chris Archer and Yonny Chirinos combined for 27 points. They were sub-par outings by their standards but still fall in the “average” category as far as outings go.
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As far as our position players go, we were once again hindered by donuts. For the matchup, we had three donuts and a DNP. It’s difficult to nail the starts because I write these the day prior, so pay attention to the lineups prior to first pitch and make adjustments accordingly. Aaron Judge was our big performer for the week, putting up 21 points. No one homered and one of our high-dollar starts completely flopped (Alex Bregman). It happens but hey, my Brother-in-Law is naming his daughter Bregman (true story), so no hard feelings.
This week is the “Draft Bust Edition” and features a slew of former top picks. Many of these former top prospects never really panned out, but baseball is a patient game and I am a patient DFS writer, so let’s all take a deep breath and ride out this regression to the mean. We are hopping over to the other side of the box and going with a pair of front-end starters to anchor our lineup. We committed a lot of money to position players last week and when that happens, it increases the variance of the outputs. We got burned by a few high dollar donuts but it’s a new week and I’d like to roll back to the opening week strategy to bounce back.
Noah Syndergaard (DK-$10,300)
The former first-round pick has been popping up in trade rumors with the Padres, of all teams. He’s still only 26 and isn’t having the best season thus far — 4.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP — but the 6’6 flamethrower is in fine form of late, averaging over 24 fantasy points in his past three outings, to go with 8.33 strikeouts in each. On Tuesday, he’ll face the rudderless Chicago White Sox and Reynaldo Lopez. Not only is he a hot play this week, the Mets will be heavy favorites in this matchup, which should only add to the appeal of Syndergaard sailing smoothly towards a victory in what might be his final start in a Mets uniform.
Mike Leake (DK-$8,600)
Leake was just the 21st player in Major League history to make the jump to the Majors without throwing a pitch in the Minors. The crafty right-hander was taken in the first round in 2010 by the Reds
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