Last night in the GPP contests, the top winners all had Jerad Eickhoff as their pitcher and his price was only $3000 and he got 15 points.
Of course every winner had Cespedes in their LU too and he had 28.75 points.
I was rank in the top 60 in a GPP and won $60 with Kendry Flores as my pitcher. Flores was $5000 and if I had picked Eickhoff instead, I would have won $1000!
I probably would have won the GPP and $5,000 since I would have $2000 more in salary if I took Eickhoff over Flores. Talk about a huge blunder. I would have had more salary space to pick up a better 1b than Billy Butler!
No use to beat myself up over this but it gets frustrating when there's such a big difference in money. I usually have 10 to 15 entries in GPPs.
At the end of the night, I often win from two bucks to $40 bucks and on a good night, I can make from $50 to $100. If I end up losing money, it only is about 5 to ten bucks and I do end up breaking even often.
You might want to target batters in small ballparks tonight such as in Baltimore, Cincy, Boston, Houston, and Colorado.
Which pitchers do you go against and stack four hitters tonight? I like to have a stack against
Delgado and Chris Rusin. Delgado will be on a pitch limit and hopefully the Reds can score some runs and get some hits and homers against the Arizona pitchers.
Let's go over all the positions on Saturday.
These are the three most expensive pitchers. Martinez and Gray get to pitch against weak offenses in great pitching environments while Greinke is on the road in Houston but the Astros strike out a lot.
I don't like Martinez that much now as he has not been pitching like an ace and the Cardinals are no lock to win the game since their offense is struggling due to injuries and Ian Kennedy can pitch well against them.
The A's are no lock to beat the Rays too with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound but Gray should subdue their lineup.
I might want to take Greinke over these two pitchers since I know the Dodgers are motivated to hit after getting no-hit last night and Kazmir has shown cracks of late.
Cheaper alternatives are Yordano Ventura at $8300 and Kennedy at $7900. Do I really trust Ventura pitching on the road? I don't but I like the price tag and maybe he can do some damage against the Red Sox bats.
Carlos Rodon of the White Sox is cheap at $6800 and I like his strikeout potential. He struck out 11 Angels two starts ago and he could be a good cheap option vs. the Mariners.
I will have one LU with Joe Ross of the Nats at $7300. He has pitched better at home and he can get a lot of strikeouts against the Brewers.
There's a lot of cheap and bad pitchers today and I only like Randy Wolf at $4700 and Matt Barnes at $4600. Wolf is a Tiger now and he has a lot to prove coming from the minors. Wolf is 39 years old and it's his birthday so why not take a flyer on him against the Rangers? He might only get me 5 points but I would load up on expensive hitters and hope one of them hits 3 homers like Cespedes!
Barnes has swing and miss stuff and he had 7 strikeouts in his last start against the Indians.
You should go cheap on catcher today since there's not a lot of quality hitting catchers tonight. Caleb Joseph is $3400 and that's too much for me. D'Arnaud is $3900 just because he's hitting at Coors.
Hundley at $3300 for the Rockies is on some of my LUs against the lefty Niese.
I also like Victor martinez batting cleanup today.
First Base -
There are so many expensive hitters at 1B. I like Joey Votto at home against a subpar pitcher in Delgado.
Second Base -
Dee Gordon is expensive at $4200 but he's on fire and I would pick him up if I could.
Third Base -
Josh Donaldson is at $5700 and I think I want to avoid him today even though he is up against a lefty. The price tag is just too high for me and I'll take my chances that he won't get multiple homers today off Heaney.
Arenado is $5100 but of his 30 homers, only two of them have come against a lefty and Niese is pitching for the Mets.
I might go with Uribe at $3400 and save some $.
Tulo at $3800 seems affordable and he's up against a lefty but Heaney isn't a bad pitcher at all.
A bargain at $2400 might be Johnny Pererta of the Cardinals. Kennedy has given up 26 homers this season.
Harper, Cargo, and Cespedes are all $4900. Which one is the best pick of the three?
Jay Bruce at $2800 is cheap but when will he ever hit a homer again or get some doubles? He is in a major slump.
AJ Pollock had a big night on Friday but at $4400, I don't like him today against DeSclafani. Desclafani is only 7-8 but he's a decent pitcher and not a gas can.