NFL is close so finish fantasy baseball strong
June 30, 2015 3:06 AM
by Alan Berg
The fantasy gridiron is starting to call my name.
We are 40 days away from the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Minnesota Vikings playing the first preseason game on Aug. 9 at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
I know what you are saying, ugh, preseason football is awful. Yes, yes it is. But for the intense fantasy football owners out there July begins the true offseason looking for your gems that will win you yet another championship. So start doing your research!
However with July on the horizon let’s take one more look around the fantasy baseball landscape with a few quality tournaments on DraftKings.com. Oh, one side note, I am in the hunt in my one fantasy baseball league after a rough start, and the big money league I was in, let’s just remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Yes sir, the check is in the mail.” Moving on.
Today Draft Kings hosts the MLB $250K Tuesday Slugfest with $25,000 going to 1st place. Entry fee is $33. Also Tuesday is a 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event Satellite, where the winner gets entry, a week hotel stay, parties, $1,000 for airfare. Entry fee is $200 but only 78 entries are allowed. Now that Draft Kings has reached deals with some of the major league teams, winning leagues earns you access to premium or luxury seats – there is even a game to ring the San Diego Padres mission bell to begin the game.
Don’t forget about all the big games available such as the $3M Fantasy Golf Millionaire Maker (British Open). First place wins $1,000,000! $4M World Championship of Fantasy Baseball takes place Aug. 15; first place again wins $1M. Satellites and Qualifiers are running up to Aug. 5.
Now let’s go out on the fantasy baseball year with a double dose of picks (salaries used are from Draft Kings).
Lance Lynn, P, STL ($10,000): Going head-to-head against one of the best pitchers in baseball, White Sox’s Chris Sale, Lynn will have to bring his A game. After coming off the DL, Lynn didn’t miss a beat pitching six innings against the Marlins, giving up only two hits, no runs and striking out six on 92 pitches. With Lynn pitching at home, take a shot on him outlasting Sale on a low scoring win against Chicago. Projection: W, 1ER, 8Ks.
Todd Frazier, 1B/3B, CIN ($4,900): Frazier has been ripping the cover off the ball as he has 25 home runs before the All Star break. At home he has a sparkling OPS of 1.222; look for him to take Phil Hughes’ yard at least once. Projection: 2-5, HR, 3RBI.
Diamonds in the Rough
Salvador Perez, C, KC ($3,500): Sitting at 12 home runs on the season, Perez should easily eclipse his career high of 17. Minute Maid Park in Houston is usually a top-10 park in home runs averaging 1.1 pg. Let’s say Perez smashes a Dallas Keuchel fastball over the fence in a Royals win. Projection: 1-3, HR, 2RBI.
Joe Panik, 2B, SF ($3,500): Hey, if you can hit .310, you can play for my team. No, seriously, please play for my team, I am a Mariners fan. Hitting .260 for a Seattle player is raking. Getting back to Panik, he is consistently getting on base and in baseball that’s all you can really ask for. Against Mat Latos, look for him to score some runs and grab a RBI or two. Projection: 3-5, RBI, 2R.
Austin Jackson, OF, SEA ($3,400): Oh, I can just feel the jinx coming on. Jackson has had his best month of the season in June just missing hitting .300 (.299). With so much space in the outfield at Petco Field in San Diego, Jackson should be able to slap hit some singles and possibly draw a couple walks. Projection: 2-4, BB.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA ($3,300): My how the mighty have fallen. With Cano on the worst start of his career, you have to believe that at some point he gets back on track. I still can’t believe the old Ian Kennedy is back and just have the gut feeling he gets rocked by a below average Mariner hitting lineup. If that actually happens it would be surprising if Cano didn’t play a part. Projection: 3-5, HR, 2RBI.
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.