RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – 4th Qualifier

Having the early season blues with your season-long baseball league and having regrets over drafting the likes of Starling Marte, Noah Syndergaard, Madison Bumgarner and Josh Donaldson.
Well, you don’t have to worry about that in the daily format and also the RotoWire/FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship tournament with three more rounds to qualify.

The tournament is a bi-weekly competition that allows participants to compete for cash prizes while attempting to qualify for the championship contest.

The RotoWire/FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship tournament is running from April 5 through June 14, with three more chances to qualify for the final round, which takes place on June 28 where you’ll compete for an extra $2,000 in cash prizes plus RotoWire subscriptions. If you finish in the top-25 on the overall leader board, you are as good as in. Inquiring minds can learn more by clicking here.

The RotoWire experts are participating in a contest that runs parallel to the main event. In terms of the experts’ edition Shawn Cwalinski came in first last week with 184 points and moved up to 34th overall so far this season. Showing how important pitching is Cwalinski registered 67 points with Tampa Rays pitcher Chris Archer and he also registered a pair of bargains in Red Sox’ catcher Christian Vazquez and Padres shortstop Erick Aybar who had a salary of $2,300 each one of the biggest bargains in Padres’ shortstop Erick Aybar who collected 30.7 points with only a salary of $2,300. Overall Scott Jenstad (oaktownsj) continues to maintain his lead overall with 941.70 points, almost 40 points ahead of Ronny Mor (ronnymor2) with 902.80.

You can check out the full expert leader board here, but here’s the current top 10:

1. Scott Jenstad (oaktownsj) 941.70
2. Ronny Mor (ronnymor2) 902.80
3. Peter Merrill (black26) 874.10
4. Jake Letarski (rotojakeski) 842.40
5. Kevin O’Brien (rotokob) 841.50
6. Josh Fathollahi (jashfath) 823.40
7. Tate McIntyre (tamc10) 821.50
8. Vlad Sedler (rotogutguy) 804.10
9. Shannon McKeown (rotoshannon) 792.00
10. Brian Pelowski (brianp) 788.70

Strategy Tips

RotoWire subscribers have plenty of tools at their fingertips for building winning lineups, with the most-helpful tool coming in the form of the MLB lineup optimizer.

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Using RotoWire’s daily projections, the lineup optimizer will show you the highest projected lineup using FanDuel’s salary limits. While simply generating the best possible lineup with one click of a button is the easiest way to get started, daily fantasy players can scroll below the optimizer and view each position’s breakdown, looking for their own values within the available player pool.

When it comes to DFS strategy, why not take advantage of some of RotoWire’s gifts this season? Use tools like the lineup optimizer in conjunction with our daily lineups and weather reports (the last thing you want to see is a Big Donut in terms of points because a game was rained out) in order to take home the gold.

Value Picks

P Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres

FanDuel Price: $8,300

Garza has been playing well this season in a short time span after coming off the disabled list and the Padres’ bats are always a good bet for pitchers this season. In four games started he is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA along with a .255 batting average against and a WHIP of 1.18 at pitcher-friendly park at Petco Park in San Diego. Even though Garza might not be the strikeout pitcher of old, the Padres bats are known to whiff a lot. In addition the Brewers hit well on the road.

3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees

FanDuel Price: $3,500

When Moustakas is hot, he’s hot especially against a pitcher that he has a good history against. And that is the case for Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda. Moustakas has two home runs in only 13 at-bats against Pineda while hitting .462 to go with a 1.231 slugging percentage and a 1.692 OPS. In addition the wind is supposed to be gusty blowing out at Kaufman Stadium.

1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

FanDuel Price: $3,500

Until the last week Davis has been to say the least disappointing and maybe some were saying that this might be the beginning of the end of Davis. But in the last week the O’s slugger has really picked up his game especially with the batting average. In the last seven days Davis was hitting .467 with four home runs and seven RBI. The four dingers doubled his 2017 total. In addition he has eight home runs and 20 RBI in his career at Comerica Park.

OF Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

FanDuel Price: $3,300

Herrera has had Texas starting pitcher Andrew Cashner’s number in a small sample. In 11 at-bats he has smacked two home runs against Cashner with a .462 batting average to go with a 1.231 slugging percentage and 1.692 OPS.

OF Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

FanDuel Price: $2,100

This one is a gamble. If you want to go heavy for most of the other spots in your lineup and have very little money left you can take a shot Zimmer, one of the top prospects in the Indians farm system who was just called up on Tuesday. Maybe he got the nerves out of him as he struck out three times in his MLB debut on Tuesday night.

High Risk/High Reward

P Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins vs. Colorado Rockies

FanDuel Price: $9,300

Santana has averaged 40.3 points per game that he has started this year and he gets the Colorado Rockies on the road. Colorado is also fifth in the majors in number of strikeouts and also is 17th on the road in battling average while also 28th in the majors in home runs hit on the road. For Santana Colorado hitters are hitting only .243 with a .291 OBP and .437 slugging percentage.

1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

FanDuel Price: $4,300

Votto has been steady and he has hit Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks well in the past with a .636 batting average, slugging percentage at 1.182 and OPS of 1.947. The tricky aspect of Wrigley Field is the wind where it can be a hitter’s friend on some days and a pitcher’s friend on other days depending on if it is blowing out or in. For Votto it shouldn’t matter.

OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox

FanDuel Price: $4,900

It definitely appears that Trout is over his hamstring injury as he clobbered a home run in four straight games. While Trout only has hit at a .158 clip against Wednesday night’s White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez he has smacked three home runs in only 19 at-bats against the Pale Hose’s righty thrower.