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Fantasy Front Office

May 1, 2014

2014 Fantasy Baseball | Nicasio and Pelfrey: Harness the woes


In the daily fantasy sports world, stacking players from the same team is a high-risk, high-reward strategy that pays off in larger tournament formats.

Choosing which team to stack comes down to targeting a pitcher who has struggled mightily.

Let’s target the worst fantasy pitchers in the last two weeks – typically 2 or 3 starts – who are probable starters for today’s contests.

Here are two pitchers to stack against on Wednesday:

1. Juan Nicasio vs. New York Mets — Nicasio allowed two homers, at least 7 hits and at least four runs in each of his last two starts. And he hasn’t pitched more than 5.1 innings. The Mets aren’t smashing the cover off the ball, but Nicasio is too good a matchup to pass up.

2. Mike Pelfrey vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Pelfrey has issued 15 free passes to just eight strikeouts this season. Over his last two starts, he hasn’t lasted more than five innings, has a 2-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has allowed 10 hits and seven runs. The Dodgers are fifth in the National League in OPS.


Help, dirt cheap

Here are some players exceeding expectations over the last two weeks who are highly available (on 50% of rosters or less) in fantasy leagues and discounted in daily fantasy formats.

C – Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: Owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues, Ruiz has nine runs, seven RBI and a .382 average over the last two weeks.

1B – James Loney, Rays: There’s no power here, but Loney’s racking up runs (8), RBI (10) and is smacking pitches at a .367 clip.

2B – Marcus Semien, White Sox: Semien probably isn’t a long-term play, but he had hits and scored runs in three straight games entering Wednesday’s contest with the Tigers. Over the last two weeks he has scored 10 runs and driven in 10. His batting averge (.234) is closer to the Mendoza line than I’d like and his OPS (.654) isn’t sterling either. He qualifies at third base in some formats too.

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