Top DFS Plays for 07/31/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Josh Hamilton vs. Bud Norris - hitting .400 (6/15) with a 2B, a HR and 2 RBI
All 6 of Hamilton’s homers have come on the road this season.

Kyle Seager vs. Zach McAllister - hitting .429 (6/14) with 3 2B and an RBI

Jayson Werth vs. Cliff Lee - hitting .367 (11/30) with a 2B, a 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI and a walk

Danny Espinosa vs. Cliff Lee - hitting .364 (8/22) with a 2B

Omar Infante vs. Kevin Correia - hitting .375 (9/24) with a 2B, a 3B and 3 RBI

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Kyle Seager

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Gio Gonzalez vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Gio is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA and 56 K in 8 starts against the Phillies over the last 3 seasons

Trailer of the Day: Guardians of the Galaxy - The trailer has me really hyped up to see this, this weekend. I think this could be on par with the rest of Marvel’s films.

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Top DFS Plays for 07/29/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Hanley Ramirez vs. Aaron Harang - hitting .385 (10/26) – with a 2B, 5 HR, 7 RBI and 2 walks

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Aaron Harang - hitting .412 (7/17) with a 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI and 2 walks

Brian Dozier vs. James Shields - hitting .350 (7/20) with 3 2Bs, 2 HR, 7 RBI and a walk

Carlos Gonzalez vs. Edwin Jackson - .778 (7/9) with 2 2B, a 3B, 6 RBI and a walk
Cargo hasn’t been great on the road but I love this matchup today.

Adrian Beltre vs. Brandon McCarthy - hitting .389 (14/36) with 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI and a walk

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Adrian Gonzalez 

Top DFS Pitcher for today: 

Jeff Samardzija vs. Houston Astros - JUST DO IT!

Movie of the day: Expendables 2 - See a theme this week? I threw out 1 so of course I have to throw out number 2. Again, not great acting but damn fun movies to watch.

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Top DFS Plays for 07/28/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Giancarlo Stanton vs. Jordan Zimmerman – hitting .292 (7/24) with a 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI and 4 walks

Anthony Rizzo vs. Yohan Flande - No matchup history. Rizzo + Flande = must start

Dan Uggla vs. Vance Worley - hitting .455 (5/11) with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 3 walks

Yoenis Cespedes vs. Brad Peacock - hitting .333 (3/9) with 2 HR, 5 RBI and a walk

David Ortiz vs. R.A. Dickey - hitting .333 (5/15) with 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 walks

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Giancarlo Stanton

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Yu Darvish vs. New York Yankees - 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 3 career starts against the Bombers.

TV Show of the Day: Satifaction - One of my new favorite shows. USA produces some of the best shows on TV. Just started folks, go get hooked!

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Hercules Review

So I went to the movies and saw Hercules starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I had some high expectations because I thought the trailer was rather well done. So here is my review of the film.

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Top DFS Plays for 07/27/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Michael Brantley vs. Bruce Chen - hitting .524 (11/21) with 2 2B and 2 RBI

Mike Trout vs. Rick Porcello - hitting .333 (4/12) with a HR, 6 RBI and 2 walks

Adam LaRoche vs. Mat Latos - hitting .308 (4/13) with a HR, 3 RBI and 4 walks
2/4 with a 2B, a RBI and a walk in his last game at Citizens Bank Park.

Carlos Gonzalez vs. Edison Volquez - hitting .526 (10/19) with 3 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI and 2 walks
Gonzo is hitting .340 with 4 homers and 22 RBI at home this season.

Hunter Pence vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu - hitting .444 (8/18) with 2 2B, 5 RBI and 2 free passes
Pence is hitting a cool.339 against left-handers this season.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Carlos Gonzalez

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Doug Fister vs. Cincinatti Reds - May 20th against the Reds: Fister went 7 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs and fanned 5

Movie of the Day: Expendables - These films aren’t going to have great acting and won’t be nominated for any awards but they are a fun kick-ass time and that’s why I love them.

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Top DFS Plays for 07/26/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Cleveland Indians SUPER STACK! vs. Jeremy Guthrie - Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher are all hitting over .370 against Guthrie. Also, the Royal’s hurler is 0-2 with a 8.71 ERA against the Indians in 2014.

Aaron Hill vs. Cliff Lee - hitting .346 (9/26) with 2 2B, 3 RBI and a walk
RHH are hitting .318 against Lee and Hill has been on a tear over the last week hitting .391 with a HR and 4 RBI.

Evan Longoria vs. John Lackey - hitting .351 (13/37) with 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI and 3 walks

Dee Gordon vs. Ryan Vogelsong - hitting .385 (10/26) with a 3B, a RBI and a walk

Anthony Rizzo vs. Shelby Miller - 0-2 – Rizzo is the hottest hitter on the planet and I am starting him everyday until he cools off.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Evan Longoria

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Chris Sale vs. Minnesota Twins - Anytime this man is on the mound, he is in my DFS lineup easily. 26 K and only 1 walk in the month of July. I love love love this guy.

Movie of the Day: Hercules - I saw this Thursday night in theaters and really enjoyed it. I think it’s the easy “must see” oat the box office this weekend.

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Top DFS Plays for 07/25/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Brett Gardner vs. Mark Buehrle - hitting .458 (11/24) with 2 2B, a 3B, a HR, 2 RBI and a walk

Jose Reyes vs. Hiroki Kuroda - hitting .478 (11/23) with 3 2B, 2 3B, a HR, 4 RBI and a walk

Desmond Jennings vs. Jon Lester - hitting .333 (9/27) with 2 2Bs, a 3B, a HR, 2 RBI and 2 walks

Carlos Gonzalez vs. Charlie Morton - hitting .417 (5/12) with a 2B, a HR, 4 RBI and 2 walks

Jose Altuve vs. Brad Hand - No previous matchup history
All the splits point to a solid game for Altuve, get him in all lineups today.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Neil Walker

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Dallas Keuchel vs. Miami Marlins - Keuchel has been awful but I’d love for him to bounce back today against the Marlins with a solid 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 Runs and 8 punchouts.

Movie of the Day: Catch Me If You Can – Probably in my top 20 movies of all-time. DiCaprio/Hanks are money in this movie.

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Top DFS Plays for 07/24/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Adrian Beltre vs. Brandon McCarthy - hitting .424 (14/33) with 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI and a walk

Buster Posey vs. Cole Hamels – hitting .636 (7/11) with 4 2B, a HR and 5 RBI
Posey is hitting .318 vs. LHP this season.

Braves stack (Gattis, Freeman, Johnson, & Heyward) vs. Henderson Alvarez - All hitting above .400 against him this season
BJ might even be a sneaky play today as he hit a 3-run shot off Alvarez in their 1st matchup of the season.

Omar Infante vs. Corey Kluber - hitting .357 (5/14) with 2 2B, 1 RBI and a walk

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Evan Gattis

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Tim Hudson vs. Philadelphia Philies - Hudson is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 17 K in 5 starts over the last 3 seasons at Citizen Bank Park.

TV Show of the Day: Suits - This show is not watched by enough people. It’s been one of the best shows for years now. If you haven’t watched it yet, start from the beginning.

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Top DFS plays for 07/23/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Alexei Ramirez vs. James Shields - hitting .417 (20/48) with a 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI and 3 walks

Jonathan Lucroy vs. Mike Leake - hitting .350 (7/20) with a 2B, HR, 2 RBI and 2 walks

Robinson Cano vs. Bartolo Colon - hitting .400 (6/15) with 2 2B, a HR, 2 RBI and 2 walks

Andrew McCutchen vs. Dan Haren - hitting .333 (4/12) with a 2B, 2 Hs, 4 RBI and a walk
Haren has a road ERA of 5.11 this season.

Jason Heyward vs. Nathan Eovaldi - hitting .455 (10/22) with 2 2B, a 3B, 2 RBI and a walk
LHH are hitting .303 with 8 HR and 37 RBI against Eovaldi in ’14.

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Madison Bumgarner vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Even though he has struggled over his last few starts, Bumgarner has a 1.94 ERA on the road and the Phillies, well, just aren’t very good at baseball.

Movie of the day: Lucy - I got a chance to see this last night and you know what? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but wait until it comes out on DVD until you check it out.

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Like it, Love it, Gotta Have it: Fantasy Football QB Edition

Ice cream lovers and fantasy footballers unite! Last year I debuted  my “Like it, Love it, Gotta Have it” piece. I took the tag line from my favorite ice cream joint, Cold Stone Creamery and melted it (see what I did there?) together with America’s favorite imaginary pastime.

Of course we all know when ordering at Cold Stone you have three sizes to choose from: “Like it”, “Love it” or “Gotta Have It.” I will pair each size with a fantasy QB I like and one of my favorite creamy creations.

Like it (Chocolate Ice Cream, Hershey Syrup & Brownies)

Johnny Football! Okay, this has nothing to do with my man crush on Johnny Manziel. Well, maybe it does. I really like the young QB and I think he will prove a lot of people wrong when he is given the opportunity to sling the rock.

In college Manziel was quite impressive. The newest member of the Cleveland Browns threw for 7,820 yards, 63 passing scores and 22 picks. He also dazzled running the ball, scoring 30 times while racking up 2,169 yards. He single-handedly carried the Aggies in his time as the team’s leader. He completed an average of 69% of his passes, averaged 9 YPA through the air and 6 YPA on the ground. He just makes plays folks. The injury concern of course is there, I understand that, but the reward factor given his current ADP is huge! The upside is tantalizing.

There is also the playing time risk. No one yet knows how the competition between Manziel and incumbent QB Jed Hoyer will shake out. Hoyer has 5 career starts under his belt with 6 TD and 5 INT. He is also returning from the always-gruesome ACL tear, so nothing with him is a sure bet either.

The upside that Johnny brings to the table should make him worthy of a draft selection, even though his role is still up in the air. If you draft your QB late like I do, pairing Manziel with a veteran guy (say Josh McCown: see below) may not be a bad idea. If Manziel isn’t the guy in Cleveland after a couple of weeks you can just cut him and move on.

Bold prediction: Manziel will either be Michael Vick circa 2010 or the 2011 version of Tim Tebow; don’t miss the chance to cash in on a potential top 10 QB in the later rounds of the draft! (Editor’s note: Wow, that is bold)

Love it (Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate Chips & Whipped Topping)

Andrew Luck is one of the NFL’s best QBs and is entering only his 3rd season as a pro. A season ago, we saw some good and some rough games from the youngster from a fantasy perspective. Heading into 2014 I am high on Luck. If there were a season I would consider selecting a QB in the earlier rounds, this would be the year and Luck would be the guy. He sits as my #2 ranked fantasy QB and a player I would love to own.

With the off-season addition of Hakeem Nicks, Luck will have a plethora of viable targets come September. Nicks is set to join an already explosive group of weapons in Indy. The Colts already employ T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen and Trent Richardson (yes, Richardson is a weapon).

There are a few other factors that contribute to my love for Luck this year.

Luck has some favorable matchups this season (Jaguars twice and Texans twice, Broncos, Eagles & Redskins to name a few), so he should have ample opportunity to torch some poor defenses. Luck makes plays on his feet as well. He had 377 yards on the ground last season while finding pay dirt four times. He showed a lot more maturity from year 1 to 2 in protecting the football as he cut his interception total in half while mitigating the fumbles.

Indy’s golden boy has all the tools to finish as the #1 fantasy QB this year and I would not be surprised to see this happen. If the price is right, I love me some Luck.

Gotta Have it (Cheesecake Ice Cream, Cheesecake Pieces & Strawberries)

I know this is crazy but Luke McCown is my “Gotta Have it” of the upcoming season at the QB position. Heck, no one will ever view McCown as the flashiest QB of the bunch but he showed flashes of brilliance for Chicago last season. His success is somewhat surprising though as he appeared in only six games from 2008 to 2011.

Well, last season we saw a Luke McCown I don’t think we have ever seen before; much of which had to do with the talented players that surrounded him. tHe was throwing to Marshall, Jefferey, Forte and Bennett. The veteran gun-slinger now calls Tampa Bay home and like the Bears, they too are loaded with upside across the board. With the likes of Vincent Jackson, fresh rookie Mike Evans, Dougie Martin (yeah, I call him Dougie) and Brandon Myers, McCown could provide a lot of sneaky value this year.

In 2013, McCown threw for 1,829 yards, 13 TD and only 1 INT in 8 games. He passed for over 300 yards three times and had double-digit TD in 4 out of his 6 games. I really liked what I saw out of him; he was very consistent and very smart with the football, as is evident by the lone pick.

Heading into 2014, he is the 25th QB coming off the board, which is an absolute steal to me. I take the same approach with QBs as I do with starting pitchers in baseball: wait, wait and wait longer (unless Andrew Luck is available, of course). In doing so you could pair McCown with another lofty late-round QB and play the matchups with them in the season’s early going. With the weapons that surround him and the value that can be had, I Gotta Have McCown on my fantasy squad this season.

Make sure to chyme in with your thoughts on who you Like, Love or Gotta Have for the upcoming fantasy football season. Follow Ricky on twitter @Rickygangster!