RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 8

Week 7 RWBC Recap

The Week 7 action in our ongoing FanDuel event featured a Gerrit Cole-led attack complemented by homers off the bats of Evan Longoria, Steven Souza and Ryan Braun, with those big performances leading FanDuel user milbestdrnkr to 66.58 points and a $200 prize. Now, here’s my question about milbestdrnkr: Does his name mean “Milwaukee’s Best drinker” — an imbiber of that college-famous brew we affectionately called ‘Beast’ — or “Milwaukee’s best drinker” — the finest, most capable drinker in the city of Milwaukee? Either way, his pitcher scored more points last Friday than my entire team, so he should probably be the one writing this article.

Charging The Mound: Moyer’s Complaints

Steve (Thursday, 9:00 a.m.):

Did you guys know there’s a pubic grooming column for senior citizens on called “Charging The Mound”?

Speaking of lame humor, what baseball shows do you guys find good enough to watch? Any? I hate all of them and stay completely away from everything. Perhaps what I hate most is the canned stereotypes that comprise every show:

The Ex-Jock

The Eye-Candy Bimbo

The Wacky Morning DJ Host

The Sabermetric Poindexter

DFS Amateur Hour – Tuesday Night

I’ve settled into my strategy for now: 6-8 large-field GPP tournament entries with a 2-4 pitchers and various stacks. I made two exceptions today, pairing random hitters I thought were good values with Jacob DeGrom. I realize stacking is the easier path to a monster score, but I want to see if my value lineups can’t provide enough points to cash. Put differently, I find myself sacrificing a lot of value just to stack, and because so many tournament lineups stack, maybe the prices have gotten weird enough on players like Robbie Cano ($2,600) and Jose Abreu ($3,300) it’s worth going the other way on occasion. In any event here are my eight $5 lineups for tonight’s games:

$115 K Tuesday MLB Rally

Pos Player $ Player $ Player $ Player $
P Kershaw 11000 Kershaw 11000 Kershaw 11000 Kershaw 11000
C Perez 2600 Plawecki 2200 Posey 4000 Molina 2200
1B Davis 3000 Encarnacion 4400 Belt 3600 Abreu 3300
2B Paredes 3100 Cano 2600 Panik 2800 Wong 3200
3B Machado 3600 Donaldson 3700 Donaldson 3700 Donaldson 3700
SS Escobar 2400 Flores 2200 Flores 2200 Peralta 3100
OF Gordon 3200 Bautista 4500 Lagares 2200 Cabrera 2200
OF Jones 3000 Cuddyer 2200 Cuddyer 2200 Holliday 3300
OF Cain 2900 Cabrera 2200 Pence 3000 Pence 3000
34800 35000 34700 35000


Pos Player $ Player $ Player $ Player $
P DeGrom 9700 DeGrom 9700 DeGrom 9700 Shoemaker 8100
C Molina 2200 Castillo 2200 Perez 2600 Gattis 3700
1B Encarnacion 4400 Encarnacion 4400 Abreu 3300 Davis 3000
2B Franklin 2200 Cano 2600 Cano 2600 Altuve 3800
3B Solarte 2200 Donaldson 3700 Beltre 2800 Machado 3600
SS Flores 2200 Reyes 3000 Flores 2200 Flores 2200
OF McCutchen 4600 Bautista 4500 Jones 3000 Springer 3800
OF Trout 5200 Smith 2200 Stanton 4200 Jones 3000
OF Cabrera 2200 Jackson 2600 McCutchen 4600 Trumbo 3500
34900 34900 35000 34700


DeGrom has been pretty tough at home, and Kershaw’s obvious, so they start in seven of my eight lineups. Shoemaker is a wild card because he has strikeout upside and a decent matchup at home against a righty-heavy opponent.

For the hitters, I have a lot of Wilmer Flores, both stacked with other Mets and orphaned as his price ($2,200) is too low given the pop in his bat. Same with Cano, who keeps sinking, but I have to stick with him almost reflexively at his cost ($2,600.) Incidentally, I had a Red Sox stack, but as that seemed to be the game most likely to get rained out, I scratched it. Just for the right to complain later, I’ll note it had Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval and David Ortiz.

DraftKings MMA: Previewing Saturday’s UFC Fight Night

The “Natural Born Killer” returns from a 16-month absence to headline UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Goiania, Brazil. It should be an action-packed card as the octagon once again heads to South America.

If you’re hoping to turn the event into an opportunity to build your DFS bankroll, has you covered with a full slate of contests. Players get a $50,000 budget to select five fighters, and the scoring is distributed as follows:

Moves Scoring

  • Significant Strikes (SS): +0.5 PTS
  • Advance (ADVC): +1 PT
  • Takedown (TD): +2 PTS
  • Reversal/Sweep (REV): +2 PTS
  • Knockdown (KD): +3 PTS

Fight Conclusion Bonuses

  • 1st Round Win (1rW+): +100 PTS
  • 2nd Round Win (2rW+): +70 PTS
  • 3rd Round Win (3rW+): +50 PTS
  • 4th Round Win (4rW+): +40 PTS
  • 5th Round Win (5rW+): +40 PTS
  • Decision Win (WBD+): +25 PTS
  • Scoring Notes:
    • Significant Strikes are any Distance Strike or Clinch/Ground Strikes that are considered “Power Strikes” by official scorers.
    • Advances include:
      • To Half Guard
      • To Side Control
      • To Mount
      • To Back Control


Now, on to the fights…