Mets' Harvey worth high salary for fantasy play
April 14, 2015 3:05 AM
by Alan Berg
Baseball season is off and running, with no real surprises as we see the Detroit Tigers (6-0) and Kansas City Royals (7-0) off to perfect starts. Right behind them is baseball’s best, the Atlanta Braves at 5-1.
Wait…the Atlanta Braves? They were written off as being the National League’s version of the Houston Astros from a couple years ago, to start the year. At the Westgate, they were 75-1 to win the division! Not to win the World Series, just the NL East.
Wow, crazy, but with a whole 156 games left to play, let’s not make a big deal of it, yet.
Fantasy didn’t get off to a ripping start for me; I placed 10,862 out of 30,261 in the DraftKings $100K Moonshot. I missed the moon. (No salaries were available for DraftKings or FanDuel so check the site.)
Matt Harvey, P, NYM: Harvey is back and started his 2015, right where he left off 2013, dealing. He struck out nine Nationals in six innings giving up only four hits and no runs. Next up is the Phillies on Tuesday. He could flirt with 12-14 strikeouts in seven innings. Projection: W, 12K, 1ER.
Diamonds in the Rough
Jacob Marisnick, OF, Hou: I love the name, ‘Maris’nick, works for me. He has opened this season red hot: 6-for-15, HR, 5RBI, 2SB. He has been batting at the bottom of the order but has been effective, here’s hoping they move him up higher in the order today. Projection: 2-4, 2 RBI, SB.
Dustin Ackley, OF, Sea: Ackley was one of the highest rated prospects in baseball a few years back and was supposed to be the Mariners second baseman of the future. With Robinson Cano in town and his $250M salary, Ackley doesn’t have to be that man anymore. He is however starting to settle into the Seattle lineup as an everyday outfielder and early this season his bat has been working 5-for-14 with 2HR. give him a shot against in L.A. Projection: 3-5, Double, RBI.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.