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Ricky Sanders

Director of Puns at RotoCurve
Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. In March of 2017, he officially joined RotoCurve as VP of Operations.

His daily MLB premium article "Sanders' Studs", has quickly become a must read for all serious DFS players. You can also find Ricky every day on the RC Twitter account, providing FREE analysis via periscopes. Ricky is also a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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Well, guys, it has been a pretty sweet DFS year for me so far. Here is my hit from a few weeks ago:

 

Friday’s slate is absurdly large and is just loaded with options at all positions. Limiting down the field to just nine roster spots is darn near impossible so you are simply going to have to take stands on certain players. On a large slate like this, stacking is the way to go about winning large field tournaments, so do not get cute and roll out half-assed two men stacks galore. Make sure your lineup correlates a ton with itself so when an offense goes off you have a chance to take home all the bucks. Be careful with players in both Detroit and Minnesota as neither is looking overly promising. Both games will likely be rained out. Without further ado, let’s get to work…

Note: this article is typically based on salaries from both DraftKings (DK) and FantasyDraft (FDr)

 

Mookie Betts , OF BOS
$5700
$5100
AVG HR RBI R FPTS per PA
0.391 6 14 22 3.05
SPLIT RANKS TOOL FAVORABLE MATCHUPS TOOL TEAM STACKS TOOL BOMB DETECTOR AVG TOOL RATING RC RATING
55 64 15 64 59.9 80.4
NAME L/R wOBA vs. Hitter L/R SLUG vs Hitter L/R
SEAN MANAEA L 0.333 0.439

 

Arguably the top play on tonight’s slate is the best hitter in arguably the offense in the best spot. As noted on the pod, if fading Mookie Betts in cash on this slate, you only have yourself to blame for not cashing. Probable starter Chris Tillman is coming off a season where he produced one of the worst three ERAs of any starting pitcher (min. 90 IP) in the live ball era…and his troubles have continued into 2018. Thus far, Tillman has been roasted to the tune of a 7.02 SIERA, 6.35 FIP, 7.13 xFIP, 16.3-percent BB rate and a career-worst 5.3-percent swinging strike rate. This guy is just awful, and he rarely misses bats, so Betts and his 91.7-percent contact rate to this point will almost assuredly be putting the ball in play multiple times. Batted ball events versus Tillman lead to positive outcomes and the Red Sox are a horrible matchup for any pitcher because they simply do not strike out. Fading the Red Sox is a scary proposition because, on paper, this could be a spot where they freaking explode. Feel free to start Betts in any and all formats.

 

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