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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:

 

Monday’s slate is turning into a weird one with the Cardinals/Cubs game reportedly getting postponed and the fact there is falling ice at the Rogers Centre. The stadium is a dome and yet the Blue Jays supposedly are at threat of this game not getting played. These situations will potentially lead to this slate being just eight-games and that is assuming there are no other issues elsewhere. At least pitching is plentiful because the elite offensive options are already few and far between. Without further ado, let’s get to work…

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

Jay Bruce , OF NYM
$3900
$2900
AVG HR RBI R FPTS per PA
0.190 1 7 5 1.44
SPLIT RANKS TOOL FAVORABLE MATCHUPS TOOL TEAM STACKS TOOL BOMB DETECTOR AVG TOOL RATING RC RATING
70 72 9 34 60.7 78.8
NAME L/R wOBA vs. Hitter L/R SLUG vs Hitter L/R
JULIO TEHERAN R 0.339 0.449

 

Arguably the top play of the slate tonight is none other than Jay Bruce at home against a pitcher who allowed more than 2.0 home runs (HRs) per nine innings to left-handed hitters (LHHs) last season: Jeremy Hellickson. Tonight, Hellickson will be making his 2018 debut coming off a season where he yielded a .340 wOBA, 34-percent hard hit rate and a hefty 50.6-percent fly ball rate to lefties. On the other hand, Bruce’s 45.6-percent fly ball rate against right-handed pitching (RHP) last season ranked 15th highest amongst qualified hitters. By comparison, his rate ranked right behind the likes of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon and just ahead of both Justin Smoak and Brian Dozier. Worst of all, at least for Hellickson’s sake, the righty hurler only struck out left-handers at a 13.5-percent rate last year. Like many power hitters, Bruce swings-and-misses a substantial amount (career 12.5-percent swinging strike rate) and he struck out over 21-percent of the time in the split versus righties a year ago. Since Hellickson is unlikely to consistently miss his bat, that should lead to him putting the ball in play. Do the math: a fly-baller versus a power hitter consistently putting the ball in the air equals a prime spot for the batter to go deep.

 

UPDATE: With Bruce out of the lineup, simply pivot to Michael Conforto for similar reasons.

 

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