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In the preseason, we brought you Daily League Strategy Part 1 and Part 2. Now, all season long, I will be giving you my advice on whom to start in your daily fantasy lineups. For now, this advice will cater to those who play on Fanduel. They offer some of the best gaming options for beginners, intermediate, and expert level players. Our job here at RotoBaller is to make your daily fantasy gaming experience a fun and successful one. Whether you are new to the daily fantasy scene or have been playing for years, our columns will be up-to-date and useful for all levels of experience. If you are new to the scene, tweet me at @RotoCole and I will personally show you the ropes. Let’s win together. Ladies (one or two reading this) and gentlemen, here is your late game Daily Fantasy Baseball lineup advice for all games on April 26th, 2013:
First of all I want to say congratulations to Mike with TheFakeBaseball on his victory last night. In all honesty, and I'm sure he'd agree, both of our teams were pretty poor. But in the end, it was 22-19 as my all-Angels outfield let me down against one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season, Brandon Maurer. I look forward to next week's duel with Mike on Thursday, May 2nd. Also, keep in mind we will have our Expert Challenge on Tuesday, April 30th next week. Tweet me at @RotoCole for more details and information on that.
TGIF Play of the Day: Michael Young ($2,800) - His career numbers against Mets starter Dillon Gee: 4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI. His past success combined with his bargain price makes him one of today's top value plays as well. He should have a hayday against (oh em) Gee.
Three more Plus Plays:
1. Ryan Braun - Has three career at bats against Josh Beckett. Braun has taken Beckett out of the park twice. He's a pretty safe bet to score 2+ FPs if you can afford him.
2. Buster Posey - Is 3-6 with two bombs against Andrew Cashner for his career. He also has a 6-game hit streak to keep alive.
3. Paul Konerko - Has a .545 OBP against Fausto Carmona a.k.a Roberto Hernandez or whatever his name is.
Friday's Supersit: Michael Cuddyer ($4,200) - Cuddy has been hitting so well that his price tag is now over 4k. That is way too much to spend on a guy who is just 3-20 in his career against Brandon McCarthy.
RotoCole's Primary Fanduel Lineup:
P: Ryan Dempster ($6,900) - Love the matchup at home against Houston almost as much as I love his Harry Caray impersonation.
C: Buster Posey ($3,700) - He is one of the top plays today, but I still almost took Mauer instead. Can't go wrong with either one.
1B: Edwin Encarnacion ($3,600) - Homered in three straight games and welcomes Ivan Nova to Toronto, against whom he has a career .333 average (6-18).
2B: Dan Uggla ($2,900) - Mr. Uggla is a .400 hitter with two home runs against Detroit righty Anibal Sanchez.
3B: Josh Donaldson ($3,300) - Why haven't I been starting him all year? He is cheap despite mashing the ball all over the field this entire season thus far.
SS: Troy Tulowitzki ($4,600) - Has been hitting righties well this year and will face Brandon McCarthy tonight, against whom he is 2-3 with a homer for his career.
OF: Jose Bautista ($4,100) - Is a .400 hitter with 5 walks against Nova for his career. If you can't tell, I think Toronto is going to light up Nova tonight.
OF: Melky Cabrera ($3,100) - Is 5-8 with 2 HR in his career against Nova. He might have been juicing to get those numbers though, so be cautious.
OF: Peter Bourjos ($2,700) - Is 2-3 with a homer and a double against the Harangutang for his career. Bourjos isn't a very powerful dude so if there is a pitcher he has shown poer against inthe past then start him against that pitcher.
Bonus Secondary Lineup:
P: Ryan Dempster
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Ryan Howard
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Michael Young
SS: Jimmy Rollins
OF: Peter Bourjos
OF: Josh Hamilton
OF: Mike Trout
This Phillies-Angels stack should work out well. However, I also thought the Angels would hit Brandon Maurer pretty hard, and you know how that went...
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