Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Yesterday was my third-worst day of the season as my 17.75 points were good for 18th in my 20-team contest. No one did anything, and Jeff Samardzija was the wrong high-priced starter to select. The good news is that in the other two times I scored 17.75 points or fewer, I rebounded with 51 and 34 points. Today is going to be a good day.Think you can do better than me? Maybe, but I doubt it. Play on FanDuel, leave your rosters in the comments section of this post, and we’ll see.Possible Postponements: OAK@CHW, PIT@CHC, PHI@MILSeason ResultsWagered: $590 | Profit: $8.50 | ROI: 1.4% | Avg. Points: 32.21Contest SettingsSalary Cap: $35KBuy-in: $10Teams: 20-team 50/50 contest (pays top 10)Start Time: 1:07 pm ESTPlayer universe: All gamesPitcher Scoring: W = 4 pts, IP = 1 pt, K = 1 pt, ER = -1 ptHitter Scoring: TB = 1 pt, R = 1 pt, RBI = 1 pt, SB = 2 pts, BB = 1 pt, HBP = 1 pt, Out = -0.25 ptJordan Zimmermann ($7,700) — home vs. MIN (Scott Diamond)I’m very aware that most people are going to take Tyler Skaggs ($4,800) at home against the Giants and Chad Gaudin. It’s a very juicy matchup, but that’s the exact kind of strategy that started my big losing streak about a month ago so you’ll have to excuse me if I want to stick with the surer thing in Zimmermann. The top pitchers today are either on the road (Lance Lynn, Mike Minor, Justin Masterson) or in tough matchups (Felix Hernandez vs. NYY, Matt Moore vs. BAL, Ryan Dempster vs. LAA). Zimmermann is the best value.Christopher Herrmann ($2,400) — home vs. MIN (Jordan Zimmermann)I hate picking batters facing my starter but it’s a Sunday, which means there will be a league-wide benching of starting catchers for their backups, particularly in day games. Minnesota is set to play a doubleheader today, and if Herrmann plays today, it’s probably in the early game. Watch this as the game approaches. If Herrmann isn’t in the lineup, just scan the announced lineups for every other game and find any other catching option to plug in. Don’t put too much emphasis on this position.Prince Fielder ($4,300) — home vs. CLE (Justin Masterson)Masterson’s struggles against left-handed batters are well-documented. Fielder has contributed to that going 4-for-11 (.364) and just one strikeout in his career against the Cleveland ace. Fielder struggled for a few weeks in May, but he’s now rolling again with multiple hits in four of five games as well as at least one hit in 12 of 13. He even had a three-game homer streak last week.Dan Uggla ($3,000) — road vs. LAD (Matt Magill)Magill has walked about a batter per inning including nine walks in six innings of work in his last outing, not to mention four homers. For all of his issues this year, and there have been many, Uggla hasn’t had a hard time drawing walks or hitting homers. This could be a nice spot for him.Nolan Arenado ($2,500) — home vs. SD (Clayton Richard)Arenado’s price is up $100 to $2,500, but he’s still on the very affordable end. A home matchup here puts him in my lineup.Troy Tulowitzki ($4,500) — home vs. SD (Clayton Richard)Tulo is 8-for-17 (.471) with three homers, 10 RBI, five walks, and one strikeout in his career against Richard. He also has a 1.046 OPS this year. Look out. Ten-plus points could be on the horizon.Jacoby Ellsbury ($4,200) — home vs. LAA (Joe Blanton)The hit machine (Ellsbury) faces the hits allowed machine (Blanton) in what should be a big day for the speedy Navajo. Ellsbury has 16 hits and seven runs scored in his last six games including seven steals in his last three. Blanton has allowed an astounding 103 hits on the year in just 71.1 innings. To put that in perspective, he’s on pace to allow about 280 hits this year. He’s allowing 8.6 hits per start. No, not 8.6 hits per nine innings…8.6 hits per start, and he’s averaging 5.9 innings per start!Josh Hamilton ($3,300) — road vs. BOS (Ryan Dempster)Hamilton is cheap because of how much he’s struggled this year, and he’s now doubled in four straight games so the power is beginning to show. He hasn’t homered or driven in a run in 11 games, but that streak has to end sometime, right? The Angles moved Hamilton to second in the order, in front of Mike Trout, in an attempt to get the lumbering lefty some pitches to hit. We’ll see if that move works.Melky Cabrera ($3,100) — home vs. TEX (Justin Grimm)Cabrera homered two games ago and has multi-hit games in two of his last four. He hasn’t struck out in his last seven games, so he’s putting the ball in play. Good things will happen more often than not when you do that…unless you’re Mike Moustakas and you either pop everything up or smash it into the ground.
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