Rise and Grind Daily Fantasy: 3/29/19


Each weekday morning I’ll be previewing the DFS slate for the day. I’ll give my picks to click each day so you can cash. When playing DFS there are many things to consider before lineups lock. You’ll want to make sure each player is actually in the lineup that day so it’s important to check a couple hours before game time. I’ll try and get the Rise and Grind post updated each day as lineups come out. The other thing to seriously consider is the weather. It’s imperative to follow Kevin Roth (@KevinRothWx) on Twitter or at Roto Grinders.  He gives great updates on the weather each and every day. Again, this blog will be updated throughout the day as lineups and weather forecasts come out. For simplicity, I’ll be using DraftKings prices when I reference a player’s cost.

 Night Slate: 8 Games


My DFS strategy involves picking at least one of the top 5 pitchers for each slate. Pitchers score more points and are more consistent on a day-to-day basis than hitters. Even the best hitters can go hitless on a given day. It’s also important to check the Vegas lines to see which team is favored to win. Wins and innings pitched are the most important parts of DFS.

High CosT options:

  • Gerrit Cole $11,200

  • Robbie Ray $10,100

  • Ross Stripling $9,500

  • German Marquez $9,200

  • Freddy Peralta $9,100

  • Jack Flaherty $9,000

Medium CosT options:

  • Charlie Morton $8,700

  • Nathan Eovaldi $8,500

  • Joey Lucchesi $7,900

  • Yusei Kikuchi $7,100

  • Trevor Richards $7,000

Bargain Bin:

  • Matt Shoemaker $6,900

  • Matt Boyd $6,600

  • Matt Harvey $6,200

  • Derek Holland $6,000

  • Marco Estrada $5,800

I’m not the biggest fan of German Marquez in full season leagues this year but I love him today. I really don’t understand Freddy Peralta being $100 more expensive that Jack Flaherty. Neither will be in my lineups today. The only pitchers I’d consider out of the medium cost tier are Lucchesi and Richards. I prefer Richards of the pair. The Bargain Bin is flush with value today. I’m all about Matt Boyd and Derek Holland and I’d even consider Matt Harvey.


Lineup placement. That’s the Holy Grail for me when it comes to hitters in DFS. You want hitters that are batting in the top half of the order so they get more chances to score points. The score projections used come from SabreSim’s free tool that can be found on Fangraphs.

 Highest Scorers:

  • Mike Trout, OF $5,700

  • Mookie Betts, OF $5,500

  • Alex Bregman, 3B $4,600

  • Jose Altuve, 2B $4,400

  • Franmil Reyes, OF $4,200

5 VAlue plays:

  • Miguel Cabrera, 1B $3,700

  • Paul DeJong, SS $3,400

  • A.J. Pollack, OF $4,000

  • Nick Castellnos, OF $4,300

  • Justin Turner, 3B $4,200


No issues

Lineup Updates

Yesterday I mentioned Jorge Alfaro in this section and he hit a dinger. Today, my catching pick to click is John Hicks. He’s batting 7th but I’m all about stacking Tigers against Matt Shoemaker and he’s only $2,700. Neil Walker and Yandy Diaz are both hitting in the top 4 of their lineups for the second straight day. Lourdes Gurriel is hitting 5th versus a lefty but you’ll have to pay $3,700 for him. Give me Tigers leadoff hitter Josh Harrison for $3,400. Brandon Drury ($2,900) is leading off against a lefty if you want a cheap 3B. I’m a big fan of Michael Brantley batting cleanup for $3,500. Austin Meadows is leading off (albeit against Gerrit Cole) for $3,400. I love A.J. Pollack cleaning up for the Dodgers tonight as well as Justin Turner hitting 2nd. Those will be my two high priced hitters along with Castellanos.

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