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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 one of my hits from a few weeks ago:

Welcome to a Monday slate with the Indians expected to be the most popular team on the slate by far. Knowing that, fantasy owners can pick and choose the spots they would like to pivot, and can easily create rosters that are unique from the field. Admittedly, tonight is not the best slate ever, and probably one that is better for tournaments than cash games. Without further ado, let’s get to work…

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

 

 

Jose Ramirez , 3B CLE
$5200
$4500
AVG HR RBI R FPTS per PA
0.297 14 34 31 2.44
SPLIT RANKS TOOL FAVORABLE MATCHUPS TOOL TEAM STACKS TOOL BOMB DETECTOR AVG TOOL RATING RC RATING
94 66 16 16 65.1 74.3
NAME L/R wOBA vs. Hitter L/R SLUG vs Hitter L/R
CHARLIE MORTON R 0.233 0.261

 

Unfortunately, with only eight games to choose from tonight, there is going to be some ultra-chalk and Jose Ramirez may be the highest-owned player on the slate. However, Ramirez looks like chalk worth eating because he has been an absolute monster in the month of May. Through 45 at-bats (ABs) this month, Ramirez is slashing .333/.434/1.234 with a ridiculous .467 ISO, .506 wOBA, 221 wRC+, 45.0-percent fly ball rate and 37.5-percent hard hit rate. Additionally, he has already stolen four bases this month, including three in his last four games. Mike Fiers mixes up his pitches to the point where he does not throw any one pitch at a noteworthy rate and yet lefties have smashed him this year to tune of a .403 wOBA, 3.38 HR/9 rate, 37.5-percent hard hit rate and 39.6-percent fly ball rate. As if that were not enough, opposing base runners have stolen three bases against him and have been caught stealing just once. In other words, they have a 75-percent success rate this year after a 90-percent success rate versus him last year (18 steals in 20 attempts). There are ways to differentiate on this slate but fading Ramirez is not one of the recommended routes to a contrarian lineup.

 

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