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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:

 

Thursday’s slate features just four games on DraftKings and five games on FanDuel. The additional game is actually a game-changer so I recommend playing other sites besides DraftKings this evening. Anyways, the pitching is going to be chalky as hell, but there are only really two pitchers who possess the serious upside necessary to win tournaments. One guy will be insanely chalky but it is difficult to overlook his matchup. Consequently, fantasy owners will want to lock him in and differentiate with the bats. Without further ado, let’s get to work…

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

 

Brett Gardner , OF NYY
$4100
$3400
AVG HR RBI R FPTS per PA
0.262 1 4 17 1.69
SPLIT RANKS TOOL FAVORABLE MATCHUPS TOOL TEAM STACKS TOOL BOMB DETECTOR AVG TOOL RATING RC RATING
128 175 10 174 153.4 67.4
NAME L/R wOBA vs. Hitter L/R SLUG vs Hitter L/R
MARCUS STROMAN R 0.293 0.332

 

Last season, Rick Porcello was just a shell of his former self, as his SIERA depreciated from 3.78 in 2016 to 4.28 in 2017. Not only did Porcello’s K rate drop but he started walking more people, giving up more fly balls and yielding a ton of hard contact. Despite a career 28.5-percent hard contact rate against him, opposing hitters roasted him for a 38.3-percent hard contact rate last season. A majority of the hard contact came off the bat of left-handed hitters (LHHs) as they posted a ridiculous 41.2-percent hard hit rate against him which led to a .360 wOBA and 20 (!) home runs (HRs). Given those numbers, Brett Gardner has unsurprisingly fared awfully well against Porcello: 14-46 (.304) with five extra-base hits (XBH) including two bombs, six RBI and an average exit velocity (aEV) of 93.3mph. On Thursday, the wind is expected to be blowing out to center at 15-18mph which should only help enhance batters’ power. Facing a pitcher allowing oodles of hard contact, that should lead to frozen ropes being aided by wind power. With Pesky’s pole in left field, Gardner has a legitimate shot to hit a ball out of the yard, and he should produce hard contact regardless. All-in-all, he is an excellent investment in all formats at just $3,100 on FanDuel.

 

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