Daily Fantasy Sports
Going Nova

July 20, 2012 -

There are a lot of ace pitchers out on the mound tonight, so I am tempted to spend money on one for my daily fantasy roster at FanDuel.

And I am going to do so. For $8200, Ivan Nova brings his low WHIP and high strikeout rate to Oakland to face a team that strikes out a lot. Liriano fanned 15 A’s last week. I want to see what Ivan Nova can do tonight.

Which means I have to save money on bats. SS Ruben Tejada is 3 for 3 previously vs. Harang, and only $3200.

Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada has been striking out a lot of batters (over 10K/9IP) but when hitters make contact, the ball is in the air (ground ball rate of 33%) and those balls leave the yard at a rate of 16.7%. 2B Brandon Phillips is already 4 for 6 against Estrada this year. Phillips is a reasonable $3400 tonight.

Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit has gone hitless in 4 of his last 6, so he costs only $3000. Tonight, though, he faces Derek Lowe and is 3 for 4 against the man with the 1.56 WHIP.

OF Lorenzo Cain is still affordable at $2600 and tonight gets to face Nick Blackburn. I’ll take it.

That leaves some money for others.

Like plenty of other Phillies fans, I don’t quite like seeing  OF Cody Ross play baseball, but he is on a roll of late, is $3600 tonight, and faces a lefty tonight. Ross is htting .329 and slugging a silly .814 against lefties this year.

Arizona C Miguel Montero is 4 for 8 lifetime against Bud Norris, with 2 walks. He is somewhat expensive though at $3700.

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Steve Grantz grew up in South Philadelphia, graduated from Central High and went to Penn. Steve works in the software industry to pay for his taste in food and wine, and uses his winnings in weekly poker games to plug up leaks in his sports wagering.

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