James and the Giant Ballpark

James Shields has been roasted by the home run ball this season, but he will face a team without much power in spacious Petco Park. Here are my picks for Tuesday, August 18:


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Nolan Arenado, $9,900 Bryce Harper, $11,200 Clayton Kershaw, $25,100
Anthony Rizzo, $9,600 Ryan Braun, $9,200 Jacob deGrom, $22,500
Eric Hosmer, $9,200 A.J. Pollock, $9,000 Francisco Liriano, $20,000
Yunel Escobar, $8,800 Mookie Betts, $8,800 James Shields, $18,800
Kyle Schwarber, $8,700 Yoenis Cespedes, $8,400 Garrett Richards, $18,800
Brian Dozier, $8,700 Gregory Polanco, $7,600 Lance Lynn, $18,400
Albert Pujols, $8,000 Franklin Gutierrez, $7,200 Jason Hammel, $16,400
Derek Dietrich, $6,000 Aaron Hicks, $6,800 Edinson Volquez, $14,800
Chris Coghlan, $6,000 Kike Hernandez, $5,400 Kevin Gausman, $10,200


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Nolan Arenado, $9,900 Bryce Harper, $11,200 Clayton Kershaw, $25,100
David Ortiz, $9,300 Carlos Gonzalez, $10,400 Jacob deGrom, $22,500
Ryan Zimmerman, $9,000 Charlie Blackmon, $9,600 Francisco Liriano, $20,000
Yunel Escobar, $8,800 Ryan Braun, $9,200 James Shields, $18,800
Kyle Schwarber, $8,700 Curtis Granderson, $7,600 Garrett Richards, $18,800
Brian Dozier, $8,700 Michael Taylor, $7,500 Lance Lynn, $18,400
Troy Tulowitzki, $7,600 Jayson Werth, $6,900 R.A. Dickey, $14,000
Derek Dietrich, $6,000 Aaron Hicks, $6,800 Scott Feldman, $11,700
Greg Bird, $4,000 Shane Victorin0, $4,800 Kevin Gausman, $10,200


Preferred Stacks: Nationals, Mariners, Yankees, Rockies, Blue Jays, Cubs, Red Sox, Brewers and Angels

Secondary/Contrarian Stacks: Indians, Astros, Pirates, Padres, Dodgers, Royals, Tigers and Cardinals

Weather Concerns: Delay possibilities in the AZ/PIT, SF/STL, NYM/BAL and DET/CHC games, although postponement seems unlikely in any of them.

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: Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Turner, Matt Carpenter, Kyle Seager, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Jimmy Rollins, Chris Denorfia, Carlos Beltran and Preston Tucker just missed the cut but are all viable options.

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 DailyRoto.com, 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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3 Responses

  1. Pete Yan says:


    I am a newer baseball player and not sure which contests are the best to cut my teeth on. Any advice for a football guru but a baseball novice. I love DFS but just need some help with the summer game.

  2. Ricky Sanders Ricky Sanders says:

    Hey Pete,

    I would recommend starting with the large double ups and 20-plus person 50/50s. Those are your highest probability of victory on a nightly basis until you master the craft. Also, I would keep an eye on large tournaments approaching gametime because they seem to have plenty of overlay pretty regularly. Hope that helps. Let me know if I can be of any more assistance!

  3. Pete Yan says:

    thank you for your reply. I will try the double ups and 50/50s and the Called Up (can’t resist). I am hopeful to build some bankroll in some of this early NFL stuff – lots of overlay!

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