Fantasy Sports Owners Dreams Dashed as Jordy Nelson Goes Down

Owned by some 25% of Fantasy Sports aficionados, the Green Bay Packers Jordy Nelson has sustained an injury in preseason play against the Pittsburgh Steelers that the Packers organization confirmed late Monday will result in Nelson being out the entire season.

Season long Fantasy owners cringed late Sunday afternoon as results of an MRI were forthcoming and now the grim news has been confirmed.

Nelson’s fantasy numbers in 2014 were superior as he was targeted 277 times while catching 183 passes for 2,833 yards and finding the end-zone 21 times.

Submitted by: CCostigan on August 23, 2015

Their Twitter feed has remained dormant throughout much of the month of August despite the new NFL season being just around the corner. Draftster appears to be on its final legs unless of course some fresh investment money comes trickling in. 

The company does have one thing going for it in that they do white label their software.  Getting other sites to license it is a different story.

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on August 23, 2015

One of the players we here at suggest having on your Daily Fantasy Sports MLB roster today would be Austin Jackson.

The Mariners centerfielder has managed to hit 21 for 49 off of opposing White Sox starting pitcher John Danks over his career.  Six of those were extra base hits while three were homeruns. 

Jackson has played well of late, hitting in eight of ten most recent games.  Six of those he has had at least two hits.

He’s coming in just under $4000 so the value is just barely there when comparing pricing.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 23, 2015
Garrett Richards an Excellent DFS Play for Sunday

You will want to be all over the Angels Garrett Richards Sunday as he faces off against a Blue Jays squad he has only allowed to hit 12 in 69 at bats.  Only one of those was a homer.

Sure he’s pricey around $9000 but Richards should prove to be an absolute stud today. 

Richards comes into this game with a 12-9 record and a 3.50 ERA.  He has pitched better than 6 innings in most games, allowing no more than four runs in any of this last ten starts.  Seven of those games her permitted fewer than four runs.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 22, 2015

Dan Haren is a top pick for Saturday’s pitching roster.  The Cubs starter has allowed only 24 hits off of 117 at bats with a mere two homeruns over that period.

You will be able to get Haren at a decent price as he’s 8-8 on the season with an ERA of 3.62.

Haren allowed three runs (all courtesy of a homer) on seven hits in just 4.2 innings against the White Sox.  Otherwise, he limited the White Sox to one extra-base hit whithout walking a batter.

Haren has failed to go deeper than 5.1 innings since joining the Cubs.  That is likely to change here against Atlanta.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on August 21, 2015

It’s not just that Houston Astros Jose Altuve has been hot against the Dodgers Zach Grienke (he’s 6 for 12 at bats), the second baseman has also been hot in recent games. 

Altuve has hit in eight of his last ten, but even better he’s had at least two hits in six of those games.

Through 111 games this season, Altuve is hitting .303/.347/.409 with nine home runs, 50 RBI and 31 stolen bases over 455 at-bats.  He ranks number one in the AL with 31 steals.

Grienke has had a tough time against the Astros roster, allowing 26 hits off of 78 at bats with 9 RBIs.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on August 21, 2015

The Chicago Cubs starting pitcher for Thursday night, Jake Arrieta, is a sick .185 versus the current Atlanta Braves roster.

He has allowed just 12 hits off of 65 at bats, two of those homeruns.  This one is expected to be so lopsided that Chicago is better than a -300 home favorite at most online sportsbooks.

Arrieta has posted a 1.35 ERA and held opponents to a .166 batting average during his string of 11 straight quality starts, which started on June 21.

- Dan Shapiro,

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 20, 2015

Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin enjoys a .188 ERA versus the New York Yankees starting batters.  This has translated into 13 hits on 69 at bats with a mere two homeruns over this time period.

Granted we thought had a great play with Toronto’s Mark Buehrle yesterday with a line of well over -200 in Philadelphia but he let us down big time. Today, we are feeling optimistic about Tomlin.

While Tomlin lost his first start of the season the other night against Minnesota, he did permit only two runs off of five hits in 6.5 innings of play.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 20, 2015

One of the largest Daily Fantasy Sports companies, FanDuel, has acquired sports analytics firm numberFire.  This comes just weeks after securing $275 million in a Series E round.

“Our ambitions have really broadened,” FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles said in an interview with TechCrunch.  “We’ve started to think of ourselves less as a fantasy sports business — we want to make sports more exciting.”

Eccles intends to integrate numberFire into FanDuel’s fantasy sports product.

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on August 19, 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays Mark Buehrle is a top Daily Fantasy Baseball pitcher for today, especially considering how hot the Jays have been of late.

Buehrle has been even hotter historically against the opposing Phillies batters, allowing just 12 hits off of 63 at bats.  Just a single homerun has been permitted over that time period.

Buehrle has not lost since July 6 and posted his third straight quality start last time out, holding Oakland to two runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn the win.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 19, 2015

Want a great starting pitcher for Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball roster?  Look no further than Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez who has allowed just 17 hits off of 86 at bats versus the current Cubs batters.  Only two of those were homeruns.

With Detroit imploding, one can get Sanchez cheap while bettors can find the Tigers priced at +141.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 18, 2015
Daily Fantasy Sports Giant DraftKings Granted UK Gaming License

BOSTON - DraftKings, Inc., a leading skill-based daily fantasy sports destination, today announced the company has been granted a license to operate in the United Kingdom and will open its third office, in London, by the end of 2015.  DraftKings expects to be operational in the UK in the fourth quarter, with launches in additional markets, including Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, planned for 2016. 

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 17, 2015 has two very solid pitcher choices for your Monday Daily Fantasy Sports roster.  That would be Baltimore’s Chris Tillman and Houston’s Scott Kazmir. 

Tillman has allowed a mere 13 hits off of 75 at bats versus Oakland current batters.  Kazmie has permitted 13 hits off of 68.  Between both starting pitchers with 143 at bats only five homeruns have been allowed. 

Submitted by: Vito Conti on August 16, 2015

Detroit’s Justin Verlander will be on the road Saturday against a Houston team he maintains a .145 ERA against.  That’s 9 hits permitted in 62 at bats.  Only one of those was a homerun.

For gamblers we have a situation where Detroit is a +136 underdog.  The total for this game was set at 8.

Verlander is just 1-5 on the season so you’ll get him for a great price. 

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 14, 2015

The Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber holds a .190 ERA versus the Minnesota Twins current batters.  This has translated into a mere 30 hits in 158 at bats with just three homeruns.

Kluber you will get cheap due in part to a 7-12 record on the season.  He also has a 3.46 ERA.

Kluber was excellent in Sunday's start, striking out 10 and walking just one while holding the Twins to one run in a complete game victory.

Brian Dozier only has 3 hits in 28 at bats against Kluber.  

- Dan Shapiro,

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 14, 2015
PGA Championship Daily Fantasy Golf Contests From DraftKings

DraftKings, one of the leading Daily Fantasy Sports sites, was offering a number of PGA Championship Daily Fantasy Golf contests, many of which featured top cash prizes.

The granddaddy of them all is the $3.3M Fantasy Golf Millionaire Maker! Draft up to 100 lineups for only $20 each for a shot to win the $1M top prize on August 13th.  The contest was capped off at 188,900 with anything greater than 45840th cashing out.   The 2nd place finish is not too shabby either, paying out $100,000.00.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on August 12, 2015
John Danks a Good DFS Pick vs. Angels Batters

The Chicago White Sox John Danks has allowed just 21 hits off of 89 at bats versus LA Angels batters, translating into a .236 ERA.

For gamblers, Chicago is a +105 underdog, so there is certainly value when one considers his past success against this team.

Danks is just 6-9 on the season so you’ll get him at a good price. 

He took the loss on Friday against the Royals, conceding three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. He tossed six strikeouts in the defeat.

- Vito Conti,

Submitted by: Vito Conti on August 11, 2015 on Monday published its Daily Fantasy Golf PGA Championship primer ahead of this week’s big event that has the DFS and gambling sites alike abuzz with action. features its Millionaire Maker PGA Championship contest where an individual can turn $20 into $1 million.

The PGA Championship first round will begin at 7:45 a.m. ET on Thursday. Whistling Straits is located in the Central Time Zone.

Submitted by: Brian Stern on August 10, 2015

The New York Post this weekend blasted the Daily Fantasy Sports industry along with the professional sports leagues for “ripping off fans”.

In his scathing rebuke of the sector, Phil Mushnick writes:

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on August 10, 2015

Dribble is the latest entry into the Daily Fantasy Sports sector with a mobile-first app built for UK Premiere League fans and fantasy players. 

“It brings players the easiest way to craft dream squads and to see how they measure up against friends and random opponents,” the site claims.

Users bounce back and forth via push notifications with their opponents to choose 5 athletes.

They can then follow their athlete's performance and scores right on the phone as they enjoy watching the fixtures. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on August 09, 2015

When selecting a starting pitcher for your Sunday MLB Daily Fantasy roster, consider Bartolo Colon.

He’s priced at just $7.4K at DraftKings coming into this one.  Colon has allowed a mere 11 hits off of 60 at bats.  Only one of those was a homer with an ERA of .183.

Colon is 10-10 on the season with a 4.72 ERA.  He dominated the Marlins on Monday, as he allowed just one run on seven hits and no walks over eight innings. He struck out five.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 09, 2015 Slow Pays as ‘No Rake’ Daily Fantasy Sports, offering an unsustainable ‘no rake’ business model for a relatively small site with limited funds, has begun to slow pay its customers.

RotoGrinders member sethayates offered this in regard to said complaints:

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on August 08, 2015

CBS Sports announced their entry into the Daily Fantasy Sports arena and could prove to be yet another competitor to the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel. 

The powerful media company, flush with cash, can afford to offer something most others can not: rake-free contests.

Reportedly, CBS Sports through its Sportsline Fantasy site, plans to do so up until the start of NFL season. 

CBS’ DFS Director Grant Griffin tweeted this week that they were not planning on featuring rake any time soon.

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on August 08, 2015

The Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been fantastic versus opposing batters of the Cleveland Indians.  He’s allowed a mere 14 hits off of 75 at bats.  Three of those have been homeruns.  His ERA versus Cleveland was at .187.

His record this season is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA.  You’ll find him at a pretty good price as a result.

Three of six starts had Santana pitching beyond seven innings and only allowing a total of two runs over that period.  He has had two bad outings in his only six starts of 2015.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on August 08, 2015
John Danks a Smart Daily Fantasy MLB Play for Today?

Does it make sense to have John Danks on your Daily Fantasy MLB roster today?  Probably.

He has maintained an impressive .185 ERA versus the opposing Kansas City Royals batters, allowing just 40 hits on 216 at bats with three homeruns over that time period.  That’s a lot of history to absorb to help us understand just how solid Danks has been against this opposition.

It won’t cost much to choose Danks being that he is just 6-8 on the season and hasn’t made it beyond the 6th inning in half of his last six starts.

Submitted by: CCostigan on August 07, 2015