ROSTERBATING AROUND CARL CRAWFORD MONDAY NIGHT
All of our thoughts and prayers at RotoExperts.com are with those affected by the terrible events in Boston today. Please say a prayer for those we are thinking of tonight before you venture to set your lineups.
There are just eight night games on the schedule on Monday, making for a limited field of quality pitching and attractive bargains available overall. The lesser sked, though, also enables us to sharpen our focus on the better choices and surely makes for a lot less second-guessing and roster maneuvering among those of us who like to “rosterbate”, or continually tweak our lineups before game time, as RotoExperts.com CEO Louis M. Maione seems to do incessantly until his DraftKings contests begin. Of course, he won some big money last week, so maybe an obsessive approach is actually what works. He is frequently consulting all of the expert blogs on this site and combining the optimum choices every day, and it seems to be working great so far. It also makes the RotoExperts.com office a fun place to work, with chatter about lineups, weather and matchups all afternoon long.
You do not have to spend the big money on Cliff Lee ($12,200) tonight, because there are two other solid starters with good matchups against two of the more shaky lineups in the game. Giancarlo Stanton is out of the lineup again for Miami, making the Marlins’ outlook against Jordan Zimmermann (8,800) very bleak. Current Miami hitters have batted .285 overall against Zimmermann in the past, but this is a case where the past stats do not matter, the Marlins have yet to find any sort of continuity on offense to even be respectable. They actually may improve, but exploit this mostly obvious matchup while you can.
The Astros have shown more signs of life than Miami, but their hitters do not have too much overall familiarity with Oakland’s Tommy Milone (8,100), which means lots of swings and misses from the flailing Houston lineup. Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez and Carlos Pena have faced Milone before, but are a combined 1-for-8 against the A’s starter.
Carl Crawford has tripled and homered in three at-bats against Eric Stults, and looks like a must-start, even with a small sample size. He will be locked into my DraftKings lineup for 4,500, and if I find myself doing any rosterbating at all, trying to emulate the RotoExperts head honcho, it will be around Crawford.
I will look to exploit Gavin Floyd among my bargains, as a pair of Blue Jays have some very good past stats against him. Adam Lind (3,600) is 6-for-16 against Floyd with two doubles, a home run and six RBI. Maicer Izturis is 8-for-24 with three doubles against Floyd. Both are confirmed to be in Monday’s lineup.
Chris Iannetta (3,400) is in Monday’s and he is 4 for 8 with a double and a home run against Minnesota starter Kevin Correia. Some Daily Fantasy Experts advise spending on a more stable catcher, but knowing Iannetta is already playing and seeing the past track record against Correia makes him a lock for me. Domonic Brown (3,600) is 3 for 5 with two doubles and a home run against Bronson Arroyo
Make sure you also follow Louis M. Maione on Twitter (@RotoExperts LTW) to see how rosterbation can work for you
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