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NBA Picks for DraftStreet.com $100K Big Score DFS Game

NBA Picks for DraftStreet.com $100K Big Score DFS Game

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 19, 2014

It’s time for the National Basketball Associated postseason, and DraftStreet.com has a great contest for the first two days of the playoffs. It’s a two-day salary cap league for the games of Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 with a $100,000 Big Score Guaranteed Prize Pool and 300 positions paid. There is a $55 entry fee which you could turn into as much as $20,000 for first place. And if you’re a first-time depositor atDraftStreet.com, you will receive a 100 percent bonus up to $200.

TV SCHEDULE

Saturday – Brooklyn at Toronto, Game 1 – (ESPN, 1230pm ET)
Saturday – Golden State at L.A. Clippers, Game 1 – (ABC, 330pm ET)
Saturday – Atlanta at Indiana, Game 1 – (ESPN, 700pm ET)
Saturday – Memphis at Oklahoma City, Game 1 (ESPN, 930pm ET)

Sunday – Dallas at San Antonio, Game 1 (TNT, 100pm ET)
Sunday – Charlotte at Miami, Game 1 (ABC, 330pm ET)
Sunday – Washington at Chicago, Game 1 (TNT, 700pm ET)
Sunday – Portland at Houston, Game 1 (TNT, 930pm ET)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

James Harden, SG, Houston ($19049 vs POR): Harden faces a great first-round matchup against a Portland scoring defense which allowed 102.8 points per game, second-worst during the regular season among all playoff teams. Actually, only Houston (103.1 PPG) was worse. In four games against the Blazers this season, Harden averaged 30.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.3 APG and 2.3 SPG. In other words, he had his way with Portland.

DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers ($16226 vs GS): Jordan is a rebound and blocked shot machine, and he fared really well against the Golden State Warriors this season. He should be especially productive with C Andrew Bogut (rib) sidelined. In four games against the Warriors, Jordan averaged 10.3 PPG, 15.3 RPG and 3.5 BPG with 1.3 SPG. If he can just hit those averages, he will be a steal in Game 1 for Daily Fantasy owners.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland ($14662 vs HOU): Batum is a solid mid-level salary guy who will have the luxury of facing the worst scoring defense among all playoff teams. Batum was better across the board at home than away, averaging 13.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 5.6 APG in 41 games at the Rose Garden this season. His scoring in four games against the Rockets this season was marginal, as he averaged just 10.5 PPG, but he had 6.0 RPG, 5.8 APG and 1.3 BPG to go along with 1.5 SPG. He can contribute in so many different categories, and is a nice play even when he isn’t filling up the basket.

Kawhi Leonard, SF-SG, San Antonio ($14309 vs DAL): Leonard averaged nearly a double-double against the Mavericks this season, going for 12.8 PPG and 9.8 RPG in four meetings this season. His rebound total was the highest against any opponent this season. Leonard also tossed in 2.0 APG and 1.5 SPG, so Daily Fantasy owners should expect him to exceed salary expectations against the Mavs.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Draymond Green, SF, Golden State ($10601 at LAC): Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was still debating whether to start Green or C Jermaine O’Neal in Game 1, but regardless of who starts, Green is a far better Fantasy option than the slow-footed O’Neal. Green faced the Clips four times this season, but actually averaged only 16.3 minutes per game. They haven’t seen a lot of him, and that could actually bode well for Green. He is expected to play a much bigger role in this series with Bogut on the shelf. If Green does start, he logged 31.3 minutes per game as a starter, so he is that much more valuable than off the bench. But even off the bench, again, he is better than O’Neal.

Danny Green, SG-SF, San Antonio ($9752 at DAL): Remember last season when the lights shined the brightest, Green was unconscious from behind the arc and was one of the most talked about players in the postseason. Is there another Robert Horry-type playoff performance in his future? Well, he averaged three 3-pointers in four meetings with Dallas this season, hitting from 60 percent from behind the stripe. Green also hit 57.1 percent of his field goal attempts against the Mavericks overall. He could be an interesting play at a nice price.

ONES TO AVOID

Andrew Bynum, C, Indiana ($8070 vs ATL): If you were hoping to slide Bynum in as a deep sleeper in the middle, don’t. He has been ruled OUT for the entire first round of the playoffs, and his situation will be re-evaluated later. Where have we seen this movie before?

Danny Granger, SF-SG, L.A. Clippers ($6130 vs GS): Granger (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 1, but he has been sidelined since March 27 due to a hamstring strain. There is likely to be considerable rust, and even at a nice price he is too risky of a play in Daily Fantasy.

Al Horford, PF/C, Atlanta (N/A at IND): There was some hope, perhaps wishful thinking, that Horford (pectoral) might be able to contribute at some point during the postseason. It isn’t going to happen in Game 1, and he is more than likely still done for the season.

Good luck in the DraftStreet.com $100,000 Big Score Guaranteed Daily Fantasy League!

Stack with Rays in late-game DFS Thursday

Stack with Rays in late-game DFS Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 17, 2014

There are 12 games in Major League Baseball on Thursday, April 17, with five games with first pitch between 1:05-3:45pm ET (early games), and seven games with first pitch between 6:40-8:10pm ET (late games). Some providers might not include the 6:40pm ET game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

We’ll preview the late-game schedule of games.

TV SCHEDULE

Early Games

1:05pm – Atlanta at Philadelphia (MLB Network)
1:08pm – Cleveland at Detroit (MLB Network)
7:05pm – Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (MLB Network)
7:05pm – St. Louis at Washington (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

MLB cities with an outdoor venue and have a 30 percent chance or more of precipitation indicated by (***). Venues with a 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.

There are no venues with more than a 20 percent chance of precipitation Thursday. However, wind will be a factor.

1:08pm – Cleveland at Detroit (0 percent chance of precipitation, but 18-20 mph wind straight in from CF to home)
3:45pm – L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation, but 13-16 mph wind to straightaway CF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($12500 at PIT): Since the start of the 2011 season, Gallardo has been money against the Pirates, even last year when the Bucs were a contender. Gallardo allowed just two earned runs with six strikeouts over six frames in a no-decision against the Bucs last Saturday in his first meeting against Pittsburgh this season, and he is 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA over his past 10 starts. And at PNC Park, he has been even better, going 2-1 with a 0.92 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings over his past three visits.

David Price, SP, Tampa Bay ($14800 vs NYY): In the past, a matchup against the New York Yankees and SP CC Sabathia would be an instant avoid. However, Price has been right against the Bronx Bombers, going 6-3 with a 3.81 ERA with 69 punchouts over the past 82 2/3 innings spanning 13 starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. On the flip side, Sabathia is 3-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 14 starts against the Rays since April 2011, so Price looks to have a favorable matchup at home based upon trends.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($9900 vs NYY): Longo has really stumbled out of the chute this season, managing just one homer, and none over the past 11 games. However, a visit from Sabathia could be just what the doctor ordered. In his career, Longoria is 21-for-53 (.396) with six doubles, six homers and 13 RBI with an OPS of 1.364. We tend to avoid relying solely upon batter vs pitcher numbers, but the history is lengthy in this particular instance.

Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox ($9200 vs BOS): Ramirez had a clout and two steaks in Wednesday’s marathon loss to the BoSox, extending his longest active hitting streak to 15 games. He hasn’t fared tremendously well against Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, managing just six hits over 25 at-bats (.240) with a marginal .616 OPS, but he has been red hot lately, and that trumps production and trends from past years.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City ($7050 at HOU): The Royals lost OF Lorenzo Cain (groin) to a groin strain Wednesday, albeit the least severe variety. Still, it’s hard to imagine Lo Cain playing in Thursday’s series finale. If he is sidelined, look for Dyson to get the start. He could be a cheap source of steals and runs scored, more than earning his low Daily Fantasy salary.

Ryan Hanigan, C, Tampa Bay ($5000 vs NYY): Just like Daily Fantasy owners, Major League coaching staffs analyze statistics and trends when setting lineups. You can bet your bottom dollar that the fact C Jose Molina is 0-for-19 all-time against Sabathia is one of the first things Rays skipper Joe Maddon and the Tampa braintrust saw standout when formulating tonight’s lineup. Hanigan has a handful of hits in a handful of at-bats against Sabathia, which is not enough to say he is a must-start. But it’s better than J-Mo’s 0-fer. Hanigan is has a Daily Fantasy minimum salary, and he will help you to afford several studs across the board.

ONES TO AVOID

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($8700 vs MIL): Alvarez has managed just one hit in 22 career at-bats (.045) with 10 strikeouts all-time against Gallardo. That in itself is enough to avoid.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($12700 vs SD): If your Daily Fantasy provider includes the Rockies-Padres game on the schedule, you’ll want to avoid the most expensive player in that game, CarGo. He has managed just four hits in 29 career at-bats (.138) with 13 strikeouts and a poor .477 OPS against San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy.

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington ($12400 vs STL): Starting Harper (quadriceps) Thursday would be a clown move, bro. Seriously, he left Wednesday’s game with a quadriceps strain. And even if he does play, facing the likes of St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright is rarely good for anyone’s Fantasy appeal.

Fantasy NHL picks for the $20K Big Score at DraftStreet.com

Fantasy NHL picks for the $20K Big Score at DraftStreet.com

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 16, 2014

It’s time for the National Hockey League postseason, and DraftStreet.com has a great contest for the first two days of the playoffs. It’s a two-day salary cap league for the games of Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17 with a $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool and 80 positions paid. There is a $22 entry fee which you could turn into as much as $5,000 for first place. And if you’re a first-time depositor at DraftStreet.com, you will receive a 100 percent bonus up to $200.

TV SCHEDULE

Wednesday – Montreal at Tampa Bay, Game 1 – (CNBC, 700pm ET)
Wednesday – Columbus at Pittsburgh, Game 1 – (NBCSN, 730pm ET)
Wednesday – Dallas at Anaheim, Game 1 – (NBCSN, 1000pm ET)

Thursday – Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, Game 1 (CNBC, 700pm ET)
Thursday – Chicago at St. Louis, Game 1 (NBCSN, 800pm ET)
Thursday – Minnesota at Colorado, Game 1 (CNBC, 930pm ET)
Thursday – Los Angeles at San Jose, Game 1 (NBCSN, 1030pm ET)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh ($21876 vs CLB): The Penguins are an experienced playoff team built to go deep into the postseason. The Blue Jackets are rather new to the party, and therefore inexperienced. And to make matters worse, Pittsburgh might have been the worst possible draw for CBJ. The Blue Jackets are 0-6 in the past six meetings with the Penguins, and 1-6 in their past seven trips to the Steel City. Not only is Fleury a sharp Fantasy play for this contest, but in future daily contests during this series.

Antti Niemi, G, San Jose ($18717 vs LAK): It all starts and stops with valuable goaltending in Daily Fantasy, and if you don’t feel comfortable with Fleury’s price tag, Niemi is slightly cheaper for his Game 1. Sure, he faces a more experienced team in the Kings, but the Kings have won just two of their past seven against a team with a winning record, and they’re 15-36 in their past 51 trips to San Jose. The home team has won 24 of the past 31 in this series between Golden State rivals. That bodes well for Niemi and the Sharks in the series opener.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay ($11214 vs MTL): Palat (upper body) has been dealing with an upper-body injury, but he appears to be a go for Game 1 against the Canadiens. In four games this season against the Habs, he has three assists and a plus-1 rating with four PIM and 13 SOG. Palat has been very effective this season, rolling up 23 goals and 59 points with a plus-32 rating. Most of his success has come at home, which is good news for Daily Fantasy owners in Game 1. He has 18 goals, 35 points and a plus-24 rating in 41 home games. Just make sure to double-check on that UBI, as a setback would obviously ruin his Fantasy appeal.

Mark Streit, D, Philadelphia ($10107 at NYR): Streit seems to have lit up this season when he sees the Blueshirts on the other side of the ice. He has a goal, two assists, a plus-1 rating and seven SOG in four games against the Rangers this season. Don’t worry about his being on the road. Of his 44 points this season, he has three goals and 22 points at home in 41 games, and seven goals and 22 points on the road in 41 games. He has been rock steady, and he is a decent Fantasy rearguard at a decent price.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Thomas Hertl, LW, San Jose ($7511 vs LAK): Hertl made his way back after knee surgery to play in the final two regular season games. He had missed four months, and showed a little bit of rust. However, he was able to log about 15-16 minutes of ice time (TOI), and he had two shots on goal in each game. He is a sniper, and he isn’t afraid to put rubber on net. Hertl has a deft scoring touch, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a player of his ability to etch his name onto the scoresheet. At this price, he is a nice option with plenty of upside.

Andrew McDonald, D, Philadelphia ($6046 at NYR): McDonald is the type of player who is extremely valuable in the postseason, perhaps more so than the regular season. First off, he led the NHL in blocked shots with 242, and DraftStreet.com rewards blocks in their Fantasy product. His plus/minus rating was awful overall, but consider he spent a majority of his season with the lowly New York Islanders before a deadline deal to Philly. He should rack up a handful of Fantasy points in this one.

P.K. Subban, D, Montreal ($6912 at TB): Subban has actually been a lot more effective on the road this season than at home, which bodes well for Game 1. While he was scoreless in four games with the Lightning in the regular season, he will also have the luxury of facing a backup goaltender. Subban is the kind of guy who can be a difference-maker in a tight playoff series opener.

ONES TO AVOID

Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay: Bishop (elbow) has been ruled OUT for Game 1 due to an elbow injury, so the Canadiens will face backup G Anders Lindback ($17846) in Game 1.

Matt Duchene, C, Colorado: Duchene (knee) will miss at least Games 1 and 2 against Minnesota due to a knee injury, so obviously you’ll want to avoid him for this contest.

Brenden Dillon, D, Dallas: Dillon (lower body) is dealing with the dreaded LBI, and he is considered a game-time decision. When healthy, he isn’t that great of a Daily Fantasy option anyway, but he could be someone Fantasy owners turn to for salary relief later in the playoffs.

Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh: Malkin (foot) is considered questionable to play for Game 1 against the Blue Jackets. He was able to practice Tuesday, but he is anything but a sure thing. In a Daily Fantasy contest for a high price tag, there is too much uncertainty to gamble on Geno.

Good luck in the DraftStreet.com $20,000 Big Score Guaranteed Daily Fantasy League!

Look to the Rangers, White Sox in DFS Tuesday

Look to the Rangers, White Sox in DFS Tuesday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 15, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball on Tuesday, April 15.

TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm ET – Atlanta at Philadelphia (MLB Network) and 7:10pm ET – Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (MLB Network) are regionally/nationally televised.

WEATHER REPORT

MLB cities with an outdoor venue and have a 30 percent chance or more of precipitation indicated by (***). Venues with a 50 or more percent chance of precipitation in BOLD.

7:05pm – Tampa Bay at BALTIMORE (60 percent chance of rain/wind)
7:05pm – Chicago Cubs at N.Y. YANKEES (90 percent chance of rain/wind)
7:05pm – Atlanta at PHILADELPHIA (100 percent chance of rain/wind)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM?

Albert Pujols, 1B, L.A. Angels ($12300 vs OAK): Pujols sent another rocket out over the fence Monday in the series opener against the Athletics, his fourth homer in six games. Pujols has also hit safely in 10 consecutive games, looking a lot like the perennial All-Star from his days in St. Louis, rather than the oft-injured and underachieving superstar since joining the Angels.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Andrew Brown, OF, N.Y. Mets ($7300 at ARI): Brown is likely to slide into a starting outfield job Tuesday in Arizona after both OFs Curtis Granderson (ribs) and Juan Lagares (hamstring) left Monday’s game with injuries. Check back Tuesday afternoon to verify Brown is in the lineup. If so, he will be a nice value at this price tag.

Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto ($8800 at MIN): The switch-hitting Cabrera is tied for the longest active hitting streak in MLB at 13 games. During the run, he has 20 hits over 61 at-bats (.328) with four homers and five RBI. It hasn’t been giant production, but he has been steady. At this price level, Cabrera is a strong Daily Fantasy option.

Conor Gillaspie, 3B, Chicago White Sox ($8200 vs BOS): Gillaspie rolls into this one with hits in 11 consecutive games. He has posted 14 hits over 41 at-bats (.341) during the streak with five walks and nine RBI, posting a .396 on-base percentage. At a mid-level price, he is a solid addition to any Daily Fantasy lineup.

Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, Philadelphia ($5000 vs ATL): Gwynn Jr. has been starting regularly lately with OF Ben Revere (ribs) nursing an injury and missing a third straight game Monday. At this rate, he might be out of a job, at least temporarily. Gwynn has looked like his Hall of Fame father lately, hitting safely in each of the three starts, going 6-for-14 during the span. He has struck out six times over his past four games, however, and doesn’t go for extra bases frequently. If he starts again, he is a low-priced option to save you money at other positions. But don’t expect a boatload of Fantasy points. Still, if he gets a hit or two with a walk, he more than pays for himself, and helps you allocate salary elsewhere. Just be careful with this game, as it is one of the contests in serious danger of a rainout.

Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati ($9800 vs PIT): Hitters, and baseball players in general, are creatures of habit. The Pirates hitters, at least a good chunk of them, will be finishing up the suspended game from Monday, then facing Leake in Tuesday’s scheduled contest. It will be a departure from normal. Leake, however, will be doing his regular pre-game things, and will remain on schedule. He could have an advantage. Since the start of the 2011 season, Leake is 5-2 with a 3.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over 75 2/3 innings in 12 starts against the Pirates. That’s tied for the most wins against any opponent, and it is his most starts against anyone.

Alexei Ramirez, OF, Chicago White Sox ($9650 vs BOS): Ramirez checks into Tuesday’s game riding the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 13 games, tied with Toronto’s Cabrera. Ramirez is 21-for-50 (.420) with three homers, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored with a .680 slugging percentage during the impressive stretch. He is a value at this price level.

Neil Walker, 2B-3B, Pittsburgh ($8300 at CIN): Walker was 3-for-3 with a pair of homers before Monday’s game was suspended. He’ll look to continue that hot hitting against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake. He is 9-for-28 (.321) with four doubles, one homer, 11 RBI and a 1.000 OPS in his career against Leake. As a mid-level Daily Fantasy option, he is a great start.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Robbie Ross, SP, Texas ($5000 vs SEA): The Mariners haven’t fared very well over the years at Globe Life Park at Arlington, and they’re starting Triple-A recall SP Blake Beavan against his former team. It’s a very favorable matchup for Ross against a team which has been struggling to push runs across the plate lately. And you can’t beat the price.

Monday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Monday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer April 14, 2014

There are nine games in Major League Baseball Monday, April 14. The Atlanta-Philadelphia (7:00pm ET) and Oakland-L.A. Angels (10:00pm ET) are nationally televised on ESPN.

Daily Fantasy salaries are from DraftDay.com, and they appear in parentheses

ATLANTA BRAVES

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is giving 3B Chris Johnson another day to get his mind right, and he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that CJ is fine and will play Tuesday in Philly. SS-3B Ramiro Pena ($8350) gets the nod at third base in Johnson’s stead, and might be a decent mid-level play given his positional versatility.

CINCINNATI REDS

The weather threat in Cincinnati appears to have subsided substantially. You’ll still want to double-check the GREATER CINCINNATI ANIMATED RADAR before finalizing those Daily Fantasy lineups, but the threat is much less than it appears earlier in the day. … For the Reds, if they do in fact play, C Devin Mesoraco ($7100) is in the lineup and batting seventh. He has been on fire since coming off the 15-day disabled list list, hitting safely in each of his four games. In fact, he has multi-homer games in three of those outings, and two of his hits have left the yard. At this price level, he is a steal.

MIAMI MARLINS

A foot injury has Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna (foot) on the shelf for Monday’s game against the Nationals. The outfield consists of CF Christian Yelich ($9350) in center field and leading off, OF Giancarlo Stanton ($11900) in right field and batting third, and OF Reed Johnson ($7150) making a rare start. Johnson bats seventh and starts in left field, and he could be a value play.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg is giving OF Tony Gwynn Jr. ($5000) another start in center field and in the leadoff spot. Gwynn has been red hot lately, posting five hits over his past 10 at-bats. At this price level, even but one of his hits during the span have been singles, he is a nice fill-in play for your outfield. His low salary will allow you to spend heavily at other positions, too.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Cardinals C Yadier Molina (rest) is getting a breather for Monday’s series opener in Milwaukee. C Tony Cruz ($5000) is another one of those fill-in starters who provides plenty of salary relief.

TAMPA BAY RAYS

Rays manager Joe Maddon has 2B-OF Ben Zobrist ($9600) sitting at the top of the batting order, playing second base. Perhaps he is trying to get as many at-bats as possible for Zobi against Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen ($9950). Remember, the Zorilla is 10-for-23 (.435) with a double, homer, three RBI and a 1.067 OPS all-time against Chen.