When last we spoke on Wednesday, we recommended a fairly hodge podge lineup including a three-player Cleveland stack. Our lineup finished 526th-of-1,650 with 48.50 points in the $3,000 guaranteed contest.
Our lineup (left) compared to the contest champ (right) — Click to enlarge
For Friday, there appears to be clear weather everywhere except in the MIN@COL game, which is interesting because everyone is going to want to stack the Rockies against Kris Johnson. Due to it’s projected popularity and the weather, I’m passing.
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Friday’s Official DraftStreet Lineup
Note: Lineup subject to change due to weather and released MLB lineups. Check back before contest lineups lock for our final lineup.
C: Caleb Joseph (BAL) vs. H. Kuroda (NYY) — $4,048
- C: Cameron Rupp (PHI) vs. J. Zimmermann (WAS) – $3,344
- 1B: Albert Pujols (LAA) @ N. Tepesch (TEX) — $9,919
- 2B: Jason Kipnis (CLE) vs. H. Noesi (CHW) — $6,029
- 3B: Pedro Alvarez (PIT) @ M. Latos (CIN) — $4,977
- SS: Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE) vs. H. Noesi (CHW) — $5,250
- OF: Kole Calhoun (LAA) @ N. Tepesch (TEX) — $7,036
OF: Mike Trout (LAA) @ N. Tepesch (TEX) — $9,996
- OF: Andrew McCutchen (PIT) @ M. Latos (CIN) — $7,699
- OF: Hidden
- UT: Hidden
- SP: Zack Wheeler (NYM) vs. H. Alvarez (MIA) — $15,900
- SP: Mike Bolsinger (ARI) @ T. Lincecum (SF) — $9,115
- P: Hidden
Wheeler will probably be the day’s most popular pitching selection given his stats against the Marlins this season: 3 GS, 21 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 25 K, 8 BB. That’s a 0.43 ERA and 0.86 WHIP — complete dominance. Bolsinger is cheap and has a 3.47 SIERA, 53.9 GB%, and 20.1 K%. He’s pitched pretty well but doesn’t have the results to show for it. San Francisco has been the league’s worst offense in terms of wOBA over the last two weeks and the game will be played in AT&T Park.
Joseph is cheap and hit well in the minor this year before his promotion, but he currently sits at under .200 with the Orioles. However, he’s hit safely in six of the last seven games. There’s not a ton of upside here, but the cost is very low.
Update: With Joseph out of the lineup, I’m going with Rupp. He strikes out a lot but has a low price tag and decent minor league stats. Really, though, this is about cost.
Nick Tepesch is a fly ball pitcher starting in Arlington, and the Angels offense has been raking at the top for the past month. Pujols and Trout are pricey, but worth it, and Calhoun is surprisingly cheap. I love this three-player selection. I considered a fourth but no one else stuck out to me as a great value.
Update: I saved about $700 moving from Joseph to Rupp and decided to really upgrade my UT spot. That means I had to downgrade somewhere else. Trout was the casualty. In his place is McCutchen, who has similar upside and solid security at a fraction of the price.
Like Tepesch, Noesi is a hittable fly ball pitcher you can stack against. While I won’t endorse a full Indians stack, I do want to get a couple of them in here: Kipnis and Cabrera. After a slow, injury-plagued start, Kipnis is finally coming around. With six multi-hit games in his last nine and five steals in his last three, I’d say he’s healthy and hitting right now. Cabrera is cheap and a good risk against a fly ball pitcher.
If you’re looking for a sneaky stack, how about the Pirates against Mat Latos? Latos has high fly ball rates and is struggling to strike batters out, so I could see a few Pittsburgh homers in this one. For just under $5K, I’ll do with Alvarez at third base.
Safe Matchups for H2H and Double-Up Play
If you only need to finish in the top 50%, safer plays are the way to go.
- C: Miguel Montero (ARI) @ T. Lincecum (SF) — $5,155
- C: Russell Martin (PIT) @ M. Latos (CIN) — $5,069
- 1B: Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) @ T. Lincecum (SF) — $8,811
- 1B: Matt Adams (STL) @ Y. Gallardo (MIL) — $6,719
- 2B: Ian Kinsler (DET) @ D. Duffy (KC) — $7,842
- 2B: Ben Zobrist (TB) vs. M. Buehrle (TOR) — $5,307
- 3B: Matt Carpenter (STL) @ Y. Gallardo (MIL) — $5,967
- 3B: David Wright (NYM) vs. H. Alvarez (MIA) — $5,698
- SS: Jhonny Peralta (STL) @ Y. Gallardo (MIL) — $5,329
- SS: Erick Aybar (LAA) @ N. Tepesch (NYY) — $6,361
- OF: Michael Brantley (CLE) vs. H. Noesi (CHW) — $9,302
- OF: Hunter Pence (SF) vs. M. Bolsinger (ARI) — $8,178
- OF: Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) @ M. Gonzalez (BAL) — $7,651
- OF: Brett Gardner (NYY) @ M. Gonzalez (BAL) — $6,913
- OF: Nick Markakis (BAL) vs. H. Kuroda (NYY) — $6,008
- SP: A.J. Burnett (PHI) vs. J. Zimmermann (WAS) — $15,827
- SP: Jeff Samardzija (OAK) @ F. Hernandez (SEA) — $17,755
High-Risk, High-Upside Matchups for Multi-Player Play
You don’t win the big bucks without hitting on a few lottery ticket picks!
- C: John Jaso (OAK) @ F. Hernandez (SEA) — $5,220
- C: Yan Gomes (CLE) vs. H. Noesi (CHW) — $5,444
- 1B: Justin Morneau (COL) vs. K. Johnson (MIN) — $5,748
- 1B: Adam LaRoche (WAS) @ A. Burnett (PHI) — $6,224
- 2B: Neil Walker (PIT) @ M. Latos (CIN) — $6,493
- 2B: Brian Roberts (NYY) @ M. Gonzalez (BAL) — $5,136
- 3B: Carlos Santana (CLE) vs. H. Noesi (CHW) — $5,120
- 3B: Aramis Ramirez (MIL) vs. J. Kelly (STL) — $5,341
- SS: Didi Gregorius (ARI) @ T. Lincecum (SF) — $5,763
- SS: J.J. Hardy (BAL) @ H. Kuroda (NYY) — $4,454
- OF: Jay Bruce (CIN) vs. J. Locke (PIT) — $5,970
- OF: Gregory Polanco (PIT) @ M. Latos (CIN) — $6,814
- OF: Bryce Harper (WAS) @ A. Burnett (PHI) — $4,543
- OF: Josh Hamilton (LAA) @ N. Tepesche (TEX) — $6,043
- OF: Carlos Gomez (MIL) vs. J. Kelly (STL) — $6,248
- SP: Jeff Locke (PIT) @ M. Latos (CIN) — $13,621
- SP: John Lackey (BOS) @ S. Feldman (HOU) — $15,139