The Ides of Arch

Baseball’s second-highest strikeout prone offense will step into the ring against Chris Archer and his 10.9 K/9 tonight. Advantage: Archer. Here are my picks for the night slate on Wednesday, August 19:


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Paul Goldschmidt, $10,500 Bryce Harper, $10,900 Chris Archer, $24,000
Miguel Cabrera, $10,400 A.J. Pollock, $10,500 Jake Arrieta, $23,100
Anthony Rizzo, $10,000 Mike Trout, $9,300 Max Scherzer, $21,800
Kyle Schwarber, $9,600 Andrew McCutchen, $9,200 Patrick Corbin, $18,000
Ian Kinsler, $8,700 Delino DeShields, $8,000 Collin McHugh, $16,800
Anthony Rendon, $7,800 Shin-Soo Choo, $7,800 Jose Quintana, $16,500
Mitch Moreland, $7,500 Jayson Werth, $7,200 Ivan Nova, $14,100
Cesar Hernandez, $6,400 Chris Coghlan, $6,800 Miguel Gonzalez, $12,800
Derek Dietrich, $6,000 Rajai Davis, $6,600 Nick Tropeano, $12,000


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Miguel Cabrera, $10,400 Lorenzo Cain, $10,500 Chris Archer, $24,000
Anthony Rizzo, $10,000 A.J. Pollock, $10,500 Jake Arrieta, $23,100
Kyle Schwarber, $9,600 Carlos Gonzalez, $10,200 Max Scherzer, $21,800
Nolan Arenado, $9,200 Jacoby Ellsbury, $8,800 Patrick Corbin, $18,000
Ryan Zimmerman, $8,800 Charlie Blackmon, $7,800 Collin McHugh, $16,800
Prince Fielder, $8,800 Shin-Soo Choo, $7,800 Ivan Nova, $14,100
Anthony Rendon, $7,800 Jackie Bradley Jr., $7,800 Miguel Gonzalez, $12,800
Rougned Odor, $6,900 Jayson Werth, $7,200 Nick Tropeano, $12,000
Greg Bird, $3,900 Darin Ruf, $4,400 Brad Hand, $8,000


Preferred Stacks: Nationals, Tigers, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Cubs, Yankees, Orioles (weather permitting), Pirates and Red Sox

Secondary/Contrarian Stacks: Rockies, Angels, Marlins, Reds, White Sox, Royals and Rays

Weather Concerns: The MIN/BAL game is a definite weather risk and a delay is almost a certainty. This game has serious PPD risk, so it may be worth avoiding altogether, but definitely in cash games. CLE/NYY and KC/BOS have muggy conditions and lesser concerns for a delay, but are still worth monitoring.

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: Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias, Brian McCann, Justin Bour, Yunel Escobar, Clint Robinson, Carlos Beltran, Dexter Fowler and Adam Eaton just missed the cut, but are all viable options this evening. I also think Jerome Williams (at least five IP with exactly one ER in past three starts) could be a sneaky tournament play in Miami.

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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