Lacking Confidence? Use the Cardinals Ace

John Lackey is priced as a second tier pitching but should produce a top tier performance. Here are my picks for the night slate on Saturday, August 15:


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Jose Reyes, $9,900 Justin Upton, $10,800 Johnny Cueto, $23,100
Nolan Arenado, $9,600 Carlos Gonzalez, $10,800 Jake Arrieta, $22,400
Manny Machado, $9,200 Charlie Blackmon, $9,600 Chris Archer, $21,600
D.J. LeMahieu, $8,800 Andrew McCutchen, $9,200 Gio Gonzalez, $18,000
Adam Lind, $8,700 Curtis Granderson, $8,100 John Lackey, $17,700
Yangervis Solarte, $8,100 Yoenis Cespedes, $8,000 Jimmy Nelson, $16,500
Stephen Vogt, $7,200 Gerardo Parra, $7,600 Collin McHugh, $15,200
Jimmy Rollins, $6,600 David Peralta, $7,200 Patrick Corbin, $14,400
John Jaso, $6,400 Ender Inciarte (best value), $6,600  Brett Anderson, $12,800


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Nolan Arenado, $9,600 Carlos Gonzalez, $10,800 Johnny Cueto, $23,100
Manny Machado, $9,200 Matt Kemp, $10,200 Jake Arrieta, $22,400
Miguel Sano, $9,200 Charlie Blackmon, $9,600 Chris Archer, $21,600
Brian Dozier, $9,000 Bryce Harper, $9,200 Gio Gonzalez, $18,000
Adam Lind, $8,700 Yoenis Cespedes, $8,000 John Lackey, $17,700
Justin Turner, $7,800 Randal Grichuk, $8,000 Jose Quintana, $15,600
Stephen Vogt, $7,200 Khris Davis, $7,200 Collin McHugh, $15,200
Mark Reynolds, $5,400 Eddie Rosario, $6,800 Patrick Corbin, $14,400
Richie Shaffer, $4,800 Kike Hernandez, $4,800 Jon Gray, $10,400


Preferred Stacks: Rockies, Dodgers, Twins, Padres, Brewers, Orioles, Royals, Diamondbacks, Astros and Cardinals

Secondary/Contrarian Stacks: Rays, Cubs, Mets, Athletics, Rangers, White Sox, Pirates, Phillies, Braves and Tigers

Weather Concerns: It’s looking like another quiet weather day with all games, more likely than not, playing with no issues.

Note: I will update the quick picks throughout the course of the day and adjust picks according to who is in/out of lineups.

Bonus: A.J. Pollock, Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Hicks, Jake Lamb, Alexei Amarista, Carlos Gomez and Evan Gattis just missed the cut but are all worth consideration.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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