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A Friday Night at the DFS Gentleman’s Cup Game: The One Where Franlin Morales & Stephen Vogt Serve a Midnight Shitburger

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It wasn’t a play that would be shown on highlight reels (actually, I did see it run on MLB Tonight once). But time was running late in the Gentleman’s Game – and I held a half point lead over JSquad34 – having just captured the flag from DStars45 an hour earlier with a Mike Trout home run.

And then it happened. It didn’t change the outcome of the Royals 5-2 win in Oakland much; but it stole the Gentleman’s Game, a tournament of champions right out from under me late.

Franklin Morales drilled Stephen Vogt with a 2-2 pitch. The two points awarded on Draftkings allowed JSquad34 to take a small lead. My hopes went out the window when Efren Navarro didn’t come to the plate in the bottom of the ninth for the Angels. Who the Hell attaches their hopes to Efren Navarro anyways? I deserved to lose.

JSquad’s win was his second in a row. No easy task with this bunch. Diamondhoggers got off the mat to avoid another last place finish but it feels half-hearted in not winning the thing after getting that close.

The Gentleman’s Game MVP had to be Noah Syndergaard and his 27 points against the Cincinnati Reds. It was a bold move by JSquad34 with all of the great arms that were going last night; he was the only contestant to use Syndergaard.

The Gents game turd might have been Giancarlo Stanton, checking in with a zero and owned by 60% of the field at his hefty price, and he  broke his damn hand.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 39 points
t3bird04 – 37 Points
Swindaman3 – 36 Points
Jsquad34 – 36 Points
Diamondhoggers – 33 points

Here’s JSquad34’s winning lineup:

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Our own t3bird04 had a bit of an off night and DStars45 was on vacation. This made for a Gentleman’s Game that should have been ripe for the picking. They’ll be back next week with very solid efforts. This was a golden opportunity missed by Swindaman3 and Diamondhoggers to gain a ‘5’ in the standings. An opportunity that JSquad34 leaped at.

JSquad34 Takes home his first gentleman’s game of 2015

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After JSquad34’s incredible 176.80 outburst in the Friday Night Gentleman’s Cup game, we now have a two-way tie atop the leaderboard and a new low man on the totem pole; me.

Chris Sale was definite MVP of the Gentleman’s Game last night, striking out 14 hitters and tallying 44+ points for the two owners the used him. The two owners that used him finished first and second. Carlos Carrasco was probably the best candidate for Gents Game Turd; owned by 80% of the contestants and posting just 13 subpar points. He also robbed me blind in the rest of my cash game environments last night. Carlos Carrasco is a bastard.

Before we get into the secret sauce that got JSquad34 off the schneid for good, here is a look at the updated standings:

Yearly Standings:
t3bird04 – 36 Points
DStars45 – 36 points
Swindaman3 – 34 Points
Jsquad34 – 31 Points
Diamondhoggers – 29 points

And now a copy of the winning lineup:

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JSquad collected homers from Stephen Vogt, Randall Grichuk, Kolten Wong, and Ryan Howard. He also had very good performances from Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter.

It’s going to take a soul-searching effort for Diamond Hoggers to regain their confidence in this contest of Champions and get back in this. It’s going to take risks and hard work. It’s going to take having the guts to use the likes of Carlos Frias and other scrub pitchers who will come up big out of nowhere. You cannot win a Gentleman’s Game with Jason Rogers, Jeff Francoeur, and Gerardo Parra. It simply will not happen.

King Felix Destroys Hopes in the Friday Gentleman’s Game

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When I made my Gentleman’s Game lineup last night, I put my heart and soul into it. As I looked at the players I would go to battle with and hit ‘submit lineup’, I thought I had an excellent shot to take this week’s top prize down. After all, what could go wrong with Felix Hernandez and Madison Bumgarner as your two horses and a bunch of value hitters.

What ensued was the grenade blew up in my hand. Felix collected one out and gave up eight first-inning runs in Houston for an ERA of 216.0 for the game. My Gentleman’s Game lineup was in negative points until about 10:00 eastern time when I started to get sleepy and knew I was going to finish last once again. I was embarrassed by the King.

t3bird04 took it down by using the top-scoring pitcher of the night, David Price. Getting 23 points from Bryce Harper and 18 from crafty play Wilmer Flores were his other big scores of the night.

The bird was the word, and the only man to crack 100, in route to taking sole possession of first place in the standings. The bottom three in this game were three of the lowest DFS Draftkings scores you’ll see.

Yearly Standings:
t3bird04 – 33 Points
DStars45 – 32 points
Swindaman3 – 32 Points
Diamondhoggers – 28 points
Jsquad34 – 26 Points

Here’s a copy of the winning lineup:

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It is sad that the inventor of the Gentleman’s Game is getting embarrassed in his own quarters. Will he be able to right the ship and get back in things to have a say? Will aces be blown up again to begin next weekend? Which unlikely heroes will be crowned in this Pantheon of champions? You must turn in next week to find out.

The Gentleman’s Game has a new top of the totem pole

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DStars45 received a pretty good effort from his hitters on a mostly quiet night of daily fantasy baseball (unless you were a person that had an Anthony Rizzo or Stephen Drew) which propelled him to his second straight weekly win and the top of the Gentleman’s Game Cup Circuit Standings.

Only one lineup surpassed 100 points and in fact, all four contestants other than the victor failed to reach the 90 point plateau. This was due to three contestants in the group using Jake Odirizzi who didn’t go five innings, Swindaman3 throwing 5.25 points Charlie Morton into his lineup, Diamondhoggers had no offense other than Jonathan Lucroy, and JSquad34 received only 6.5 points from Scott Kazmir.

The standings are still tight, but look markedly different from weeks ago:

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 30 points
Swindaman3 – 28 Points
t3bird04 – 28 Points
Diamondhoggers – 27 points
Jsquad34 – 23 Points

And here’s a copy of the winning recipe lineup from DStars45:

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So what will happen next week? Will Swindaman3 make it safely back from his trip to Honduras in time to field a lineup? Will Diamondhoggers submit a 60-point effort for the third straight week? Will the t3bird spread his wings and join DStars45 at the top of the mountain? You must tune in next week to find out will grab the upper hand in this game of excellence.

The Nation Turns it’s Weary Eyes towards a Quiet Friday Night Gentleman’s DFS Baseball Game

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The Gentleman’s Game Cup Series rolls along, with the race as tight as ever. Four of five competitors are within two points of one another for first place, and Swindaman3 moved into a first-place tie with Diamondhoggers for first place last evening.

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 26 points
Swindaman3 – 26 Points
DStars45 – 25 points
t3bird04 – 24 Points
Jsquad34 – 20 Points

Last night’s Gentleman’s Game MVP was clearly Derek Norris. In an unlikely turn of events, Norris hit the walk-off game-winning Gents Game stealing Grand Slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night.

This allowed for a narrow escape for the first place prize for DStars45, leap-frogging Swindaman3 and t3bird04 with one swing of the bat.

Here’s a copy of DStars45’s winning recipe from last night:

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Personally, I love the Adam Lind play. I had a feeling on Lind last night in his home park against that sterling Rubby gemstone of a pitcher; and yet I paid the maximum amount of dollars for a guy who has always been a slug to me in Prince Fielder. This is why I have squandered my lead in the Gentleman’s Cup circuit. Well, that and because I used Miguel Gonzalez (pitched well) and Stephen Strasburg (left last night’s game in Cincinnati after five batters).

So tune in next week, for the saga of the Gentleman’s Game Cup. Will someone jump out to a first place lead that they’ll hold through the summer? Will JSSquad34 go back to the Miguel Cabrera well? Will Diamondhoggers once again use two pitchers whom he loathes?

You must turn in next week to find out.

The Gentleman’s Cup DFS Game: Swindaman3 begins his takeover

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Friday night was a little bit of an intimidating slate, so if you jumped into the action on Draftkings or another Daily Fantasy Baseball site, you definitely deserve some props for your courage. The nightly slate featured a Coors Field game that got wild, aces all over the board, and of course the unpredictability that a full slate brings.

One man who was not scared was Swindaman3. He took the Gentleman’s Game by storm for the second week in a row, this time scoring an impressive 168.05 points. He had three hitters cross the 20-point mark (Longoria, Belt, LeMahieu) and his pitching from Archer and Greinke was good enough to make this a drama-free gentleman’s game; though there were some reports of JSquad34 throwing some furniture around in the cocktail room when Andrelton Simmons posted a zero.

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 25 points
Swindaman3 – 22 Points
t3bird04 – 21 Points
DStars45 – 20 points
Jsquad34 – 16 Points

And congratulations to our very own t3bird04. In a contest not as heralded as The Gentleman’s Game earlier in the week; with some 110,000 contestants, he came in an astonishing 17th. He also won the $6K Flare that night! Using a Cardinals stack and some of the very tricks that have shown him success in this tournament of champions, other players with their 30 entries need be wary of t3Bird04. He is a dangerous man.

Here’s a copy of Swindaman3’s lineup from Friday night – a lineup that allowed him to move into sole possession of second place in the Gentleman’s Cup Standings:

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So what will happen next week? Will Swindaman3 continue to shoot up the standings and grab the lead over Diamondhoggers? Will DStars45 come back with a vengeance to reclaim a top spot? Will JSquad34 be satisfied with his lineup? Will the t3bird04 go out on a limb and stack Marlins? You must stay tuned for the answer.

A Country Breakfast Past Midnight Decides the Gentleman’s Cup Game

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This week five Gentleman’s Game Cup series was decided by two ‘great’ calls by Swindaman3: the stones to use Clay Buchholz, who delivered 36.2 points with 11 strikeouts in Seattle; and a contrarian play of Billy Butler in a game that got wild late out in Oakland.

Diamondhoggers led the contest almost the entire way until when it mattered, aided by 26 points from Gerardo Parra and 30 points from two-homer Ryan Braun.

Who would know that a late-night base hit by Country Breakfast that didn’t even make Sportcenter could decide such high drama.

Four of the five contestants used Clayton Kershaw who scored 28.8 points.

 

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 23 points
DStars45 – 19 points
t3bird04 – 17 Points
Swindaman3 – 17 Points
Jsquad34 – 13 Points

Here’s a copy of the winning lineup that got the job done for Swindaman3:

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The Gentleman’s Cup Series is heating up with the weather. Things are getting tight in the middle and Diamondhoggers is beginning to distance themselves from the likes of JSquad34. But we have an entire summer of Gentleman Fun to decide the victor.

Will a late-night Country Breakfast give someone a gallstone attack next weekend? Will anyone have the audacity to use Clay Buchholz once again? Will Pete Kozma ever make an appearance in the Gents cocktail party?

You must all stay tuned to find out.

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Diamond Hoggers takes a low scoring Gentleman’s Game Home

Have you been following The Gentleman’s Game? If you haven’t, you need to start. It is the Pantheon of Daily Fantasy Baseball. At season’s end, a winner will be crowned. That man will retain bragging rights for life of winning the inaugural Gentleman’s Cup which is worth more than a sack of nickels. His family will adore him just a bit more. He will have just a bit more pep in his step. Autograph requests will arrive via mail courier. He will need a bodyguard. Screw the Playboy Mansion, this is bigger than that.

Diamond Hoggers wins this weeks gentleman’s game with a subpar effort of 125+. This would be good for your double up on Draftkings but probably have you on the outside looking in on most tournaments. Or you’ll win that frustrating $6 for coming in like 600th of 8300. So nice of Draftkings to pay that $6 back to those who beat out those some 7600 others. Daily Fantasy Sports can be a racket. And I can’t get enough of it for some reason.

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 19 points
DStars45 – 18 points
t3bird04 – 16 Points
Swindaman3 – 12 Points
Jsquad34 – 10 Points

Winning lineup: A late two-hit, three-walk night from Buster Posey pulled Diamondhoggers ahead for good late on Friday night. Trevor Bauer has found his suck again – felt that one coming but went with him anyways. And it is possible that the Gentleman’s Game MVP for this week was little Dexter Fowler and his 28 mighty points for less than 4000.

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The Gentleman’s Game Cup Series – Swindaman3 wins the week

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With a big home run from Evan Gattis, and a 30+ point performance from Lance Lynn on the mound, Swindaman3 posted a hearty effort that had him celebrating his first Gentleman’s Game Cup Series Victory.

Last night was a strange night on DraftKings and in Daily Fantasy Baseball if you decided to venture into the murky waters. In contrast to last week’s high-scoring affair, it seemed like a good lineup last night was simply breaking 100; as evidenced by the contestants in this great pantheon.

“I would rather win a Gentleman’s cup than climb Mt. Everest or finish a marathon,” Swindaman3 said after the hard-fought victory, which saw him edge out t3Bird04 by just over seven points.

The yearly standings see the top three players gridlocked in a tie for first place, while the group still waits for Jsquad34 to join the party.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 14 points
Diamondhoggers – 14 points
t3bird04 – 14 Points
Swindaman3 – 11 Points
Jsquad34 – 7 Points

Here is a copy of the winning lineup:
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As for us, we went with highly-rated plays like Jose Abreu (he loves Friday evenings), Mookie Betts, and Kyle Seager. Plays that were regarded by wOBA metrics and Derek Carty and experts alike. This trio yielded two points.

Gentleman’s Game Cup Series, Week Three: DStars45 Sets a New Gentleman’s Game Record

On Friday evening, our panel of professionals took their usual stab at grabbing points in the Gentleman’s Cup Series.

Despite a rousting effort by t3bird04, DStars45 was the whole show. Helped along by monstrous efforts from the likes of Felix Hernandez, Carlos Martinez, and Anthony Rizzo; DStars45 sets a new Gents Game high score of 176.4 and takes home the five point first-place finish for the third week, pulling him ever so slightly ahead of us.
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Most interesting of DStars45’s lineup was that his highest-priced hitter; Buster Posey, tallied the only zero out in the rarified air of Coors Field. DStars45 was also helped by $2000 Jimmy Paredes who hit three hole in Baltimore and represented well by going yard.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 12 points
Diamondhoggers – 11 points
t3bird04 – 10 Points
Swindaman3 – 6 Points
Jsquad34 – 6 Points

Here’s a look at the winning lineup:

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If you were one of the unfortunate ones who decided to pump in a few nickels to the DFS world for the first time tonight, you were welcomed with uncharacteristically high scoring. A lineup of 160 points was probably good enough to make you $10, if you placed your chips correctly.

However, in this game of champions, this series of greatness; only one man can take-all. Forget the millions, the trips to Vegas or the Playboy Mansion. The man who rises from the ashes of the gents game late in September will be known as the finest champion the Daily Fantasy Baseball world has ever known.

Next week these five men continue onward in this royal gala of DFS competition.

And you must stay tuned. Yes, you must stay tuned to find out the incredible drama. Will Swindaman3 play Xander Bogaerts once again when he is sitting? Will the silent JSquad34 rise up and yell? Will the T3bird step to the end of the limb and use Mike Pelfrey? Tune in next week to the Gentleman’s Game Cup Series to find out.

“I Brought a Whore to the Prom.” – Adventures of the Week Two Gentleman’s Game Cup

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Last night over on DraftKings (the official daily fantasy sponsor of Major League Baseball, for whatever that is worth), the Gentleman’s Game Cup Circuit rolled along in week two, with Adam Warren being a big thorn in everyone’s side.

We rolled with Warren because we are subscribers to “The Bat” over at Fantasy Insiders. They had cheap little 4400 dollar or whatever Adam Warren ranked ahead of Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw on this April evening. This couldn’t be possible; but off we went with Adam Warren plugged into several various lineups. We weren’t the only ones (see above image).

It turns out, the bat is burping up incorrect and glitched names in regards to whomever is facing the Rays lineup each night. This would of course have been great to know until we played about 15 games on Friday night.

But Adam Warren could not spoil the Gents Game for Diamondhoggers, Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, and Russell Martin would not allow that to happen.

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Yearly Standings:
Diamond Hoggers – 8 Points
DStars45 – 7 points
t3bird04 – 6 Points
Swindaman3 – 5 Points
Jsquad34 – 4 Points

Things are heating and scrambling up in the Gents Game standings, and we’re only just getting started in our adventure. So stay tuned to the saga for next Friday on who can begin to separate themselves in this Daily Fantasy Baseball Pantheon. This game of honor, and class. Will the Bat cause us to use Ubaldo Jimenez over Chris Sale? Will someone stack the light hitting Oakland A’s against King Felix? Will Jason Marquis become someone’s Gentleman’s Game MVP? What names will the bat of Fantasy Insiders burp up next Friday? You must stay tuned until next week in the Gentleman’s Cup Circuit to find out.

The Draftkings Gentleman’s Game Cup: Week 1

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Over on Draftkings, we run a weekly game on Fridays called the ‘Gentleman’s Game’. All year we’ll keep track of the standings here and see how each of us fare.

The leading point getter at years end in the standings shall be declared winner of the inaugural Gentleman’s Cup on Draftkings, a merit of the highest honor.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 5 points
Swindaman3 – 4 Points
Diamond Hoggers – 3 Points
t3bird04 – 2 Points
Jsquad34 – 1 Point

Here’s a copy of the winning lineup:
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Building a case AGAINST Jose Abreu

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been as impressed with a rookie power bat like I was Jose Abreu in 2014. I admit that moments like this one could lead to a little man-crush blindness on my part on a guy. I will not usually do my due diligence on Abreu; entering his age 28 season, rolling up to my fantasy drafts ready to add him to a roster at all costs without any reservations.

Recently, Ray Flowers who is considered by some to be a Fantasy Baseball Expert has taken Abreu’s hype to task by saying things like he’s not a top five fantasy first basemen in 2015, and then tonight this:

What I’m here to do is build a case against Abreu and dig a little deeper before I’m in too deep and have him on four or five rosters just in time for his collapse. It seems Flowers has done a bit more work than I have on the subject, so I’ll begin with reasons why you might want to look away from Abreu on draft day or proceed with caution.

  • Abreu had a .356 BABIP in 2014. Alright, this is going to go down. You can theorize a couple things here when a guy has a high BABIP: 1) the guy is so lucky he shits golden eggs; or 2) he hits the ball real hard when it’s in play and it’s past people. I think it was more a combination of the two then simple luck. Fangraphs had this man at 100 line drives even last year. That’s exceptional (23.3%, almost a fourth of the time he hit a line drive).
  • Alright, so he’s not going to sustain a .356 average on balls hit in play, what if that number goes to just .300 which is assumed as league average. You’ve still got a monster on your hands who hits .275 or .270 instead of .319, and there’s no reason to think the power numbers decrease based on his fb% and gb/fb ratio. But I’m not building the case against Abreu here, am I?
  • Abreu was afflicted with ankle tendinitis in May of last season, landing him on the disabled list and being the sole reason he didn’t hit 40 home runs. In my opinion, this is an injury that has a fair chance of returning at some point. It’s not to say that it’s a chronic problem, but it’s not exactly like a viral infection that needed a few weeks to clear up. For those that have had tendinitis in a joint, these things have a way of flaring up again.
  • Abreu’s O-Swing % last season was 41.7%, a full point higher then Josh Hamilton who got himself into a mess of a season by notoriously swinging at too many pitches and namely; too many bad pitches.
  • Abreu entered last season with no book on him – seeing a fastball come his way from the opposing pitcher 52.7% of the time. Check this off for reason to be concerned; while this number could see itself decrease, this is well below the 60% that a prime-aged Albert Pujols saw or the 64.2% that Mike Trout saw in 2014. He’s more likely than anything to see more fastballs and unless bat speed decreases, he’ll handle them. But we’re working to build a case against Abreu here.
  • Abreu might see some time at designated hitter with Adam LaRoche being added to the White Sox roster in the offseason. Abreu’s zone-rating was -2.4 last season while LaRoche has a career -1.9; including a -5.2% last season. Best guess is two-thirds of the time Abreu will be the positional first basemen while LaRoche DH’s. This would allow for more chance for injury and increase some fatigue but some players admittedly hit better when they’ve brought their glove to the park. At best, this theory is a push.

More or less, I’ve thought of all the angles here. It all adds up to a very low chance of Abreu regressing much – and if he does you have a .270 hitter with 30 home runs and around 100 RBI. That’s close to first round value in today’s MLB and it’s certainly in the top 25 overall players in most fantasy formats.

We will dig this post up after next season and review what went right and what went wrong for Abreu. We’ll go with a bullish projection on him: .285/40 HR/110 RBI and cite increased talent in the lineup and of course the launching pad he plays his home games in while being a year wiser. Now don’t make us look foolish Big Cuban Stud.

Baseball Whiz – Another Great Fantasy Baseball Resource

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I’ve played in a highly-competitive rotisserie keeper league since 2010 with my friend Zac, where I saw first-hand his fantasy baseball savvy tactics.

Zac has started his site – The Baseball Whiz – and it’s a site I think everyone should keep an eye on this year with a lot of rankings and resources. He’s also rolling out a draft guide for 2015 in the next day or two. We provided our top 20 positional rankings along with some fun preseason predictions, so keep an eye out for that.

Zac is a former player and very knowledgeable fantasy owner whom I respect a lot. I look for him to do big things in this realm. You can follow him on Twitter @FantasyWhizMLB .

Gathering a number of different perspectives this time of year undoubtedly gives you a leg up over the guys in your respective leagues who aren’t doing it. We give Baseball Whiz the seal of approval to be one of those sites you can add to your fantasy blogroll with confidence.