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Hot and Cold Hitters – August 30, 2014

Welcome to the August 30th edition of Hot and Cold Hitters. Today’s edition will feature four hot hitters and four cold hitters, and focus on games played from August 27th to August 29th. Hot Hitters Jose Abreu 1B Chicago White Sox- Abreu had seven hits in 11 at-bats including three runs batted in over the past […]

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Hot and Cold Hitters – August 30, 2014

Welcome to the August 30th edition of Hot and Cold Hitters. Today’s edition will feature four hot hitters and four cold hitters, and focus on games played from August 27th to August 29th.

Hot Hitters

Jose Abreu 1B Chicago White Sox- Abreu had seven hits in 11 at-bats including three runs batted in over the past three days. He is currently on a nine game hitting streak, which includes five multi-hit games. Abreu continues the tremendous 2014 season he is having, currently leading the the AL in RBI (97) and tied for second in home runs (33). He is owned in 100 percent of leagues on ESPN.

Adam Eaton CF Chicago White Sox- Eaton went 6-11 in his past three games, including two doubles and a triple. He was out of the lineup for over 15 days with an oblique injury, and just returned on August 26th. He is owned in 52.5 percent of leagues on ESPN, and he is a player to keep an eye on.

Buster Posey C San Francisco Giants- Posey led the MLB in hits over the past three days with eight. He also drove in six runs and hit a homer. Posey has six multi-hit games since August 21st and has hit five home runs over that span. He is owned in 100 percent of leagues on ESPN.

Jorge Soler RF Chicago Cubs- Soler made his MLB debut on Wednesday, and has only played three games in the bigs. But he certainly proved that he has the ability to make a major impact at this level. He went 7-11, including three home runs and drove in six, in his first three games in a Chicago Cubs uniform. He is owned in 75 percent of leagues on ESPN, and if he has not been picked up yet in your league, it would be smart to give him a look.

 

Cold Hitters

Miguel Cabrera 1B Detroit Tigers- Cabrera went 1-14 in his last three games, striking out three times. He has struggled much of August, batting .260 with one home run and nine runs batted in. He is owned in 100 percent of leagues on ESPN.

Kole Calhoun RF Los Angeles Angles- In 14 at-bats over the past three days Calhoun only had one hit, to go along with 3 strikeouts.  Calhoun has been hot and cold this month, he was on a hot streak in the middle of August, but since has gone cold. He is owned in 98 percent of leagues on ESPN.

David Freese Los Angeles Angels- Freese went hit-less in 10 at-bats in his last three games. He has only had 4 multi-hit games this month and has hit zero home runs this month, but has hit eight doubles. He is owned in seven percent of leagues on ESPN.

Danny Santana CF Minnesota Twins- Santana went 1-13 in his last three games. He had a recent stretch where he had five multi-hit games in a row, but in his previous four games, only has two hits in 17 at-bats. He is owned 100 percent of leagues on ESPN.

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Free DFS Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks – August 30, 2014http://fantasyteamadvice.com/free-dfs-daily-fantasy-baseball-picks-august-30-2014/ http://fantasyteamadvice.com/free-dfs-daily-fantasy-baseball-picks-august-30-2014/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:13:27 +0000 https://fantasyteamadvice.com/?p=39612 FTA Fantasy Team Advice
Free DFS Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks – August 30, 2014

Happy Saturday everyone! I know majority of you are excited for the weekend, but let’s not forget that NFL football starts on Thursday night. Today the MLB card has 17 games on the slate thanks to two double-headers. I will focus my plays on the 13 games being played at 7:05 PM ET and later. […]

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Free DFS Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks – August 30, 2014

Happy Saturday everyone! I know majority of you are excited for the weekend, but let’s not forget that NFL football starts on Thursday night. Today the MLB card has 17 games on the slate thanks to two double-headers. I will focus my plays on the 13 games being played at 7:05 PM ET and later.

I am going to take a look at some players I have on my agenda for Scorestreak.com.  (You can use these picks anywhere; I’m just highlighting Scorestreak.com as this is not your typical daily fantasy sports site with a salary cap, and I enjoy their format.)

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Enough wasting time –let’s check out some of the Free DFS Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks I have on tap

Free DFS Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks –Saturday 08/30/14

Hits Needed:

There are three slots for hits needed: two hits, one hit and one hit. Here are some players I feel can reach that goal.

Two Hits Needed: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros – The right-hander has dominated left-handed pitching this season with a .433 wOBA and .437 BABIP. Now he faces left-hander Robbie Ross and his 2.09 WHIP and .436 wOBA he has on the road this season. Two hits from the leagues hit leader is not out of question tonight in this match-up.

One Hit Needed: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals – He enters tonight’s game with eight hits over his last ten games. Now he faces right-hander Trevor Bauer and his 1.52 WHIP on the road this season and .340 wOBA he is sporting against left-handers in his career. I think one hit should not be an issue from Gordon tonight.

One Hit Needed: Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays – I think it is time for the left-hander snap out of his 3-26 slump he is battling. He has the platoon advantage against right-hander Allen Webster and his .434 wOBA against left-handers in his career. I do not think I am asking much from the struggling Joyce to accomplish this goal tonight.

Total Bases Needed:

There are three slots for total bases needed: three total bases, two total bases and one total base. Here we are looking for players with some pop who can get doubles, triples, and home runs while being moved on the base paths.

Three Bases Needed: Chris Carter, Houston Astros – Any time the power-hitting right-hander faces a left-hander, he can accomplish this goal with one swing of the bat. He faces left-hander Robbie Ross and his 5.13 FIP and .436 wOBA he has on the road this season. It may be worth the risk to take a shot on Carter, hoping he goes deep tonight.

Two Bases Needed: Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks – I am becoming a fan of using the right-hander when the platoon advantage is in his favor; thanks to this .367 wOBA and .246 ISO. Now he faces left-hander Tyler Matzek and his 4.89 FIP and .386 wOBA he sports against right-handers in his career. I think this goal is obtainable from the right-hander in this favorable match-up.

One Base Needed: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers – “V-Mart” enters tonight’s game red-hot with 15 hits; two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI’s the last ten games. Now he faces rookie right-hander Chris Bassitt, who is making his first career start. I would not be surprised if Martinez flew over this goal at ease tonight.

Strikeouts Needed:

I feel this may be the hardest goal to obtain. We are going to need a pitcher to reach nine strikeouts, a pitcher to obtain seven strikeouts and a pitcher to meet six strikeouts.

Nine Strikeouts Needed: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals – Usually I target the right-hander when he is pitching at home, but his matchup is too good to pass up. He faces the Seattle Mariners offense that has a 20.4% strikeout rate against right-handers this season. He has dropped nine or more strikeouts in five of his last ten starts; he should make a run at this goal tonight.

Seven Strikeouts Needed: Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays – It is no secret; the right-hander can rack up the strikeouts when needed, as you can see by the seven or more strikeouts in six of the last ten games. Now he toes the rubber at home where he is sporting a 27% strikeout rate this season. He faces the Boston Red Sox offense that has a 20.8% strikeout rate against right-handers this season. There is an excellent chance that he reached this goal tonight.

Six Strikeouts Needed: Zach Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers – You cannot go wrong with the right-hander in the friendly confines of Petco Park against the San Diego Padres and their dreadful offense. Greinke has a 22.4% strikeout rate on the road this season and has six or more strikeouts in seven of his last ten games. I think this goal is obtainable against the league’s worst offense tonight.

 Check out some of the other DFS articles we have to help build your line-ups:

If you are looking for daily fantasy baseball lineup stacks or Draftday.com plays, check out Jamie Calandro’s top plays.

Check out what pitcher streaming options Matthew Bossalina has on tap for you

Looking for Draftster.com picks; Check out Jonathan Mullen’s top plays.

If you ever have a question, do not hesitate to ask or stop over to the forums and interact with the writers who are lurking around.

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How to Win Fantasy Football – 5 Keyshttp://fantasyteamadvice.com/win-fantasy-football-5-keys/ http://fantasyteamadvice.com/win-fantasy-football-5-keys/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:40:09 +0000 http://fantasyteamadvice.com/?p=39411 FTA Fantasy Team Advice
How to Win Fantasy Football – 5 Keys

I love football.  I played the real game for 13 years, and coached for another five.  I consider myself lucky to have been involved with the game directly as long as I had.  Now I get my fill from watching it, playing fantasy football, and analyzing it at every opportunity.  It took many years for me to figure out […]

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I love football.  I played the real game for 13 years, and coached for another five.  I consider myself lucky to have been involved with the game directly as long as I had.  Now I get my fill from watching it, playing fantasy football, and analyzing it at every opportunity.  It took many years for me to figure out how to win fantasy football, or at least give myself the best chance.

During the first few years playing the fantasy game, I spent most of that time finishing towards the bottom of the standings.  Many years later, I’m not going to tell you that I win every year now, but I’ve learned a great deal and I’m at least in the hunt each season.  I’m at the point where I can look back and reflect on what it takes to give yourself the best odds to win.  And that’s really all you can do, give yourself the best chance to win.

I my mind, here are the five most valuable parts of fantasy football, and how they will give you the best chance to win your league.

1.  Pre-Draft Research

This must take place well before your fantasy drafts begin.  You need to do your research.  People change teams every year, and not just skill position players.  Offensive linemen change, coaches come and go, even a team’s defense upgrades or departures have an effect on how their offense performs.

Dallas looks like they will have one of the worst defenses in the league this season.  If they give up a ton of points, it’s going to force Dallas to play an aggressive style of offense.  That will obviously help studs like Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray for sure, but Terrance Williams should see a big increase in production.

Do your research, look at ADP, bookmark your favorite articles and post comments on them to get more insight, make your own spreadsheets, ask questions on Twitter to analysts, and listen to podcasts.  The more research you do, the more comfortable you’ll be come draft time and during the season.  And the research isn’t just used for your draft, it is helpful throughout the whole season.

2.  The Draft

This is the first place where all your research comes in to play.  You should have an idea where players should go in the draft.  Look at the rankings on your draft site’s website and see if there are any players that are ranked far from their ADPs.  Players slip.  One of my PPR leagues had AJ Green ranked after Shane Vereen and others like him.  He was sitting there in the late middle of the second round.  I almost didn’t take him because I assumed he’d be long gone by the time I drafted.  Pay attention.

If your research is done well, the draft should go much more smoothly.  You can anticipate when difficult choices will present themselves and know which way to go.  I wrote a piece here about things I learned after my last draft that could be helpful.  The draft is always fun, and it’s a focus for many fantasy players, but it’s just a small piece of the overall fantasy game.

3.  Setting Your Lineups

This can be very difficult for people.  Do you start Justin Hunter or DeAndre Hopkins during AJ Green’s bye week?  Do you roll with Devonta Freeman or Carlos Hyde when your starter gets injured?  This is another reason to do your research.  If you’ve looked into the players on your team and you’ve followed them closely since the offseason, it makes your life much easier come the regular season.

To help, look at the defenses they’re playing, but more importantly, look how they performed against the position you’re debating in your starting lineup.  There are defenses that are very strong against the pass, but the slot receiver they face seems to pile up seven or eight receptions against them each week.  No defense is perfect.  Find out if the player you want to start can exploit a defense’s weakness, or maybe they will be facing a defense’s strength and most likely be nullified.

This is another time where you can ask the people you trust most in the industry.  Fantasy writers and analysts write and analyze because they love the game.  We’re always happy to help.  Put your questions in our forums or elsewhere, or on Twitter.  I’m not going for a shameless plug, but I do trust the writers on this site and know they will respond to you quickly.  Then weigh their advice against what you were already thinking.  Even if you disagree with what someone says, at least listen to their reasoning.

4.  Waiver Wire

Yet another important reason to do your research.  There are a few names out there that I am keeping an eye on to see how they do this year.  Lorenzo Taliaferro is a name I’m watching closely.  He’s behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, but if either of them falter, Taliaferro might be a great pickup.  I couldn’t draft everyone I thought had potential, but I can be ready to scoop them up if they start to perform.  Make sure you pay close attention to how those players perform each week and quickly put in your waiver claim if you have a feeling about someone.  It’s better to jump on someone a week early than a week late.

I remember Anquan Boldin’s rookie year.  In his first game he caught 10 balls for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.  I wanted to grab him, but I didn’t want to waste one of my waiver claims that early in the season on rookie.  I waited.  He went on to catch 101 balls for 1,377 yards and 8 touchdowns.  I had waited.  I don’t wait anymore.

5.  Trades

This one is probably the most overlooked part of fantasy football.  How do you make a good trade?  Don’t offer someone garbage for their studs.  You wouldn’t take four scrubs for a starting running back, so nobody else would either.  Jordan Cameron for LeSean McCoy was one I received last season.  Cameron was good, but I’m not going to give up McCoy for Jordan Cameron.  If you’re going to try to trade with someone, send out a few feelers first.  It’s usually pretty easy to figure out which players on your team people covet.  If someone really wanted LeSean last year, I would have traded them if the price was right.  If you had Manning, was he untradeable last season?  No.  Not if you could get what you needed to improve you whole team.  If I offered you LeSean McCoy and Cam Newton for Peyton Manning last year, would you have said no?  Maybe, but at least it would have got you thinking.  Offer decent trades, not your best offer, but at least enough to get the dialogue going.

Another thing people usually forget when trying to make trades is that it’s much harder to trade your breakout players, i.e. Julius Thomas last season, than it is to trade your stars.  If you had Rob Gronkowski and Julius Thomas while Gronk was healthy and playing well, who would get your more?  Gronk.  You might lose a little at tight end, but you could get a mid to low RB1 or high-end RB2 for him.  Someone in a league I played in last year had both Gronk and Thomas, and traded Gronk for AJ Green.

These are the five areas I find to be most important to winning your fantasy football leagues.  It all starts with doing some solid research, or finding someone who’s done a lot of it for you, and using that throughout the season in the other four areas.  If you have any questions, please as @oriorden or @fanteamadvice on Twitter on in our forums.  We’re always happy to help.

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