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Derek Dietrich

It was a very active bidding week, and I felt better in touch with the available player pool because I wrote the NL FAAB Factor this week. Let’s get after it:

NFBC Main Event

Team Player Bid Runner-Up
El Scorchos Main Joe Smith (MR) 225 189
Las Vegas Blvd. Brandon Drury (LF) 187 135
CC’s Desperados Derek Dietrich (3B) 117 64
Money 2 Nathan Eovaldi (SP) 111 35
Ozville Flying Monkeys Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF) 96 47
Doctor Who Danny Santana (RF) 77 64
Doctor Who Anibal Sanchez (SP) 58 19
Doctor Who Aaron Blair (SP) 48
Team enfield Michael Fulmer (SP) 45
HARRY CRUMB Tyler Duffey (SP) 44
Las Vegas Blvd. Alex Meyer (MR) 43
CC’s Desperados Dioner Navarro (C) 32 31
El Scorchos Main Rubby De La Rosa (SP) 29 26
HARRY CRUMB Orlando Arcia (SS) 28
Team enfield Tyler Chatwood (SP) 27 10
Doctor Who Seth Smith (LF) 27 11
Strike Force ME Kevin Plawecki (C) 21
Ozville Flying Monkeys John Jaso (1B) 18 1
Ozville Flying Monkeys Yonder Alonso (1B) 18
Team Keikoan Justin Nicolino (SP) 16
Team Keikoan Matt Wisler (SP) 16 5
Ninja squirrel Mallex Smith (CF) 12
Ninja squirrel Kurt Suzuki (C) 11
Strike Force ME Jeremy Hellickson (SP) 10 8
Ninja squirrel Jason Castro (C) 5
Ozville Flying Monkeys Mychal Givens (MR) 4
Arthur Digby Sellers Hector Neris (MR) 2
El Scorchos Main Tucker Barnhart (C) 1
Strike Force ME Martin Perez (SP) 1
Money 2 Gregor Blanco (CF) 1
Money 2 Ichiro Suzuki (RF) 1

My pitching is in crisis mode. My ace is Chris Archer, and I only got one ace due to my draft position. My #2 starter is Adam Wainwright. Making matters worse, I have two closers – Zach Britton and Huston Street! So getting Smith was pretty much an imperative for me, even though I have some misgivings about his skills. As Liss likes to say, possession 9/10ths of the law. Now go watch Fernando “You Don’t Win Friends With” Salas (and yes, I stole that joke from Scott Pianowski – but don’t blame him, I use it and variations thereof all the time).

Two Rationales for Vetoing Trades

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and got into it in detail on Jonah Keri’s podcast last week. In short, most leagues require outright collusion, i.e., one team purposely making a bad trade with another for some outside consideration, in order to veto a trade. In practice, that standard is almost never met – few people in friendly leagues are corrupt enough, for example,  to agree to split the winnings at the end of the year in exchange for an advantageous deal. Instead, most bad trades that distort league outcomes are of the negligent variety.

RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 4

We are now three weeks into the 2016 RotoWire & FanDuel Baseball Championship and 30 tickets have already been stamped for the exclusive $5,000 RotoWire Championship which will be held July 22. Week 4’s contest takes place Friday and will see users win some cash and battle for 10 more entries for the rights to participate in the Championship round.

Just a reminder, each qualifying round is not cumulative, so you didn’t have to participate over the last three weeks to have a shot in this week’s contest. Conversely, you can play this week even if you participated or earned prizes in weeks 1-3. The 50/50 qualifying contest begins Friday at 4:05 p.m. Pacific.

Velocity Elasticity

We talk about velocity quite a bit when evaluating pitching and rightly show concern when a pitcher loses it. Jeff Zimmerman has done a great job tracking and evaluating it both in his articles and constantly updated google docs. But while generally speaking more velocity is better, and losing velocity is costly (Zimmerman estimates a 1 mph drop raises a starter’s ERA by .28), not all pitchers respond to velocity changes the same way.

RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 3

It’s hard to believe we are already three weeks into the 2016 MLB season, but it also already feels like we’re in midseason form. Kershaw is throwing up zeroes, Harper is hitting bombs, and my Philadelphia Phillies have been outscored 39 to 13 over the past week. Just another summer at the ballpark!

Friday marks your third chance to compete in the 2016 Rotowire & Fanduel Fantasy Baseball Championship with your weekly chance to qualify for the Championship round to be held on July 22. It’s just $10 to jump in the weekly 50/50 game with a top-10 finish also punching your ticket to compete for the crown.

The Rotowire crew is also joining into the festivities with a parallel Expert Championship that runs weekly through the first half of the season. The cumulative contest represents an exciting format in the DFS game, with both weekly winners and cumulative standings. Through the two weeks, Chris Olson (cristop) leads the expert competition on the strength of two straight top-5 finishes among a field of 51 competitors. Aaron Quinn, who took the Week 2 tournament on the left arm of Chris Sale, ranks second through two weeks. Here’s how the rest of the top-10 shakes out.

  1. Chris Olson (christop) – 300
  2. Aaron Quinn (aaronq) – 280
  3. Paul Bruno (paulyb22) – 274
  4. Chris Benzine (crispy272001) – 266
  5. Kevin O’Brien (rotokob) – 265
  6. Ken Crites (kencrw) – 261
  7. James Anderson (realjranderson) – 254
  8. Kevin Payne (kevinccp) – 253
  9. AJ Scholz (bcswimmer10) – 252
  10. Eric Caturia (etcat30) – 246

To get you prepped for the daily contest on Friday (and every single other day of the week all season long), Rotowire has plenty of resources to cover your bases:

Weather could be a factor this evening with the Rays/Yankees, Cubs/Red and Mets/Braves all posing potential problems during the Friday evening slate.

Value Plays

Before we dive into the lineup recommendations, it’s important to note that I do not believe there is a pitching “value play” in the Fanduel format. You only throw one arm out there, and he’s capable (and likely) to net you more fantasy points than any other contributor in your lineup. Don’t skimp, always pony up for that ace.

SP Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels

Fanduel Price: $11,000

Felix is the most expensive pitcher on the market, but if you missed the note above, let’s reiterate: there’s little incentive to look for a bargain when it comes to pitching. King Felix will need to be wary of Mike Trout who has put up a career .354/.389/.646 line in opposition, but the Angels currently rank dead last in the majors with a meager .289 wOBA against right-handed pitching. Though Felix has shown a little bit of wildness early on the season, walking 13 batters 18 innings pitched he’s striking out over a batter per inning and is a strong bet to put up points on Friday.

2B Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins @ Washington Nationals

Fanduel Price: $2,900

Dozier is currently working a six-game hit streak and finally pushed his way well over the Mendoza line (.203!) after a 1-for-4 effort on Thursday. He homered, walked and scored a pair of runs on the evening. A career .271/.353/.490 bat against left-handed pitching, Dozier will square of with southpaw Gio Gonazaelz on Friday with a great opportunity to extend his hit streak as he continues to find his stroke at the dish.

OF Steven Souza Tampa Bay Ray @ New York Yankees

Fanduel Price: $2,900

You’ll have to keep an eye on the weather if you plan to use Souza Friday evening as there is a threat of rain in New York. If the game goes, Souza is an affordable play in your outfield whose put up 27 fantasy points over his past two contests.

High Risk/High Reward

1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Fanduel Price: $4,500

Even when dishing out top dollar on a starting pitchers, it’s nice to invest in one high-priced stud who can carry your night. Goldschmidt is actually playing at a solid discount right now thanks to a sluggish start at the plate (.237/.378/.458). He’s also quick turning things around, collecting six hits in his past 19 at-bats while also drawing six walks. Goldschmidt absolutely destroys left-handed pitching and with Jon Niese coming to town Friday evening, the D-Backs slugger should have no issue continuing his recent surge.

Steer Clear

SP Matt Harvey New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves

Fanduel Price: $9,800

The price seems tempting for a potential ace in a tasty matchup but weather concerns and, more importantly Harvey’s overall mediocrity to start the season is the reason to shy away from using him. He’s failed to generate the strikeouts that fantasy owners need and has been all too hittable over his first three starts, posting a 5.71 ERA and 1.56 WHIP over 17.1 innings pitched. Look elsewhere for your Friday night start.

You can follow Brett on Twitter @BretskyBall

RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 2

It was an exciting start to the 2016 RotoWire & FanDuel Baseball Championship with subscribers duking it out for cash prizes as well as entries into the exclusive RotoWire Championship which will be held July 22. If you missed out on the action, don’t fret, as there are 14 more qualifying rounds starting with week 2’s contest Friday.

As a quick refresher, each qualifying round will be a $10, multi-entry contest where the top 50-percent will double their entry fee and entries 1-10 will get a ticket to the championship. And yes, you can win multiple entries into the championship round.