Hey, signed up for tonight’s $100 MLB Freeroll yet? If not, make sure to pick your players, before the first games start at 7:05 pm, for a chance at some of the cash. You can enter for free, but what I am here for is to tell you about my lineup and give you some analysis on the good value players I am picking. Read through this and then make sure to enter the freeroll yourself, and we’ll see whose lineup was better!
I decided to go with all hitters for tonight, simply because the only pitcher I wanted was Homer Bailey, who’s up against the Pirates today. But with the other players that I wanted, he would have ended up being too expensive. If you feel like you can afford him, feel free to take a chance on him, but here’s who I ended up picking instead:
My lineup starts off with two shares of Trevor Plouffe for a total of $11,062. For the price of $5,531 per share, Plouffe is cheap and a sneaky good play, but there is the worry of his playing time. However, the offense-starved Twins might want to continue to plug him in, as he’s versatile and has been hot lately, having recorded eight hits in his last 20 at-bats, including three homeruns and five RBIs. He may be a risky pick because of playing time, but if he does take the field, the chances of him performing well are high, as he’s put up 9.04 FP/10k in the last five games he has played in.
The next player in my lineup is Josh Willingham who has been on fire this season, and specifically over the last eight games, in which he has racked up 6.96 FP/10k. While he is a little pricey at $8,574 (I only picked one share of him) he is not as risky as Plouffe, and has shown more consistency (and is still healthy!) this year than he has in the past.
My next two players are Lucas Duda and Michael Young. I have taken only one share of each of them, but I wouldn’t argue with you if you decided to take more of either of them – they’re good value plays, a share of Duda is $7,474, and Young is just $6,098. If you read my article yesterday, you would have seen that Michael Young has had success in the Oakland Coliseum in his career, so I am taking him for that reason just like I did yesterday. Duda, on the other hand, hasn’t had much success in Nationals Park, going just 3-for-24 for his career in the nation’s capital. But, that being said, Duda has been mashing lately and has four home runs in the last five games, scoring 8.03 FP/10k in that stretch. It’s also a little bit of a gut feeling for me on Duda, and I’m feeling gutsy.
Next we’ll look at a trio of young players in my lineup and who are good values for tonight. Player one is Mike Moustakas, who’s priced at $7,052 and who I have two shares of for a total of $14,104. Moose has been awesome this season, and even better than awesome recently, averaging 7.47 FP/10k for the last six games. The next young gun is Quintin Berry, who goes for a mere $5,000. He was more of a filler for me, as I had $5,055 left to play with. But he actually has been a great player for the Tigers and the fantasy world alike with six stolen bases on the year and 47.5 fantasy points on StarStreet through 12 games. While he did go 0-for-4 in his last start, he will be facing a struggling Ubaldo Jimenez tonight, which bodes well for him. If you need a filler, like I did, then take a look at him. The third young player is Paul Goldschmidt, who like Michael Young, was mentioned in my article yesterday. He may have disappointed against Colorado yesterday, going only 1-for-4, but expect a bounce back performance tonight. I am.
Now onto Josh Reddick, who I also mentioned yesterday but who lived up to my mention of him. In yesterday’s game, he reached base twice with a single and a walk, and also plated a run against Scott Feldman, who was horrible. Today Reddick will face Derek Holland, who could also get knocked around by Oakland, which is why I have three shares of Reddick at $5,489 for a total of $16,647. I liked him yesterday, and I like him today.
Last, but certainly not least, is Derek Jeter. We all know that Jeter has been one of the best shortstops to ever play the game, and we also know that he has been on the decline for the last few years. But the captain continues to stay relevant (productive even) in the fantasy world and one pitcher he has remained particularly strong against is James Shields. Jeter has a lifetime .301 average against the Rays’ Shields in a 73-at-bat sample-size. Jeter goes for $7,242, and with a good performance in his sight and mine, that could be a heck of a value.
Well, that’s it for my lineup, guys. Feel free to critique it and call me out if I’m wrong. Now join me and set your own lineup for tonight in our $100 MLB Freeroll. Good luck!Play Now!