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Draft Kings daily fantasy baseball advice for Sunday, Aug. 23: Value-adjusted hitter and pitcher rankings

I took Friday off. Sorry. Too much to do.

Then yesterday the sleep deprivation caught up and I woke up drooling at my keyboard with 10 minutes to put together rankings and a lineup.

I seriously regret allowing my body such extravagancies as sleep, because it was a pretty good day:

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So I got up super early today to get these together for you. OK. Actually got up early to prep for a fantasy football draft. This is a fantasy football league that drafts live, in person. We have been playing since 1999!

And here I am putting together baseball rankings over breakfast instead of getting fantasy football stuff together.

But with the success we’ve had lately it’s difficult to get away.

As usual, you’ll want to check your lineups close to game time to make sure any low-end values — and, really, all players — are actually starting. These rankings are usually produced several hours before lineups are announced. They reflect a best-case scenario, which doesn’t always come to pass. You can win millions of dollars with a goose egg in your lineup, but you don’t want one there if you can avoid it.

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Top-15 value-adjusted pitcher rankings

Rk Player     Opp Salary
1 Taijuan Walker (SEA – P) R 4:10 PM CWS $7,700
2 Clayton Kershaw (LAD – P) L 2:10 PM @HOU $14,800
3 Jordan Zimmermann (WSH – P) R 1:35 PM MIL $8,900
4 Lance McCullers (HOU – P) R 2:10 PM LAD $7,500
5 Raisel Iglesias (CIN – P) R 1:10 PM ARI $7,000
6 Matt Boyd (DET – P) L 1:08 PM TEX $4,100
7 Jason Hammel (CHC – P) R 2:20 PM ATL $8,200
8 Michael Wacha (STL – P) R 4:10 PM @SD $11,000
9 Francisco Liriano (PIT – P) L 8:08 PM SF $10,300
10 Jake Odorizzi (TB – P) R 4:05 PM @OAK $10,000
11 Garrett Richards (LAA – P) R 3:35 PM TOR $9,500
12 Edinson Volquez (KC – P) R 1:35 PM @BOS $7,300
13 Kendall Graveman (OAK – P) R 4:05 PM TB $5,300
14 Trevor Bauer (CLE – P) R 1:05 PM @NYY $6,800
15 CC Sabathia (NYY – P) L 1:05 PM CLE $6,200

Top-100 value-adjusted hitter rankings

Rk Player B Time OPP P/T Salary
1 Mike Trout (LAA – OF) R 3:35 PM TOR R $4,700
2 Yoenis Cespedes (NYM – OF) R 4:10 PM @COL R $6,000
3 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI – 1B) R 1:10 PM @CIN R $5,200
4 Chris Coghlan (CHC – 2B/OF) L 2:20 PM ATL R $3,400
5 Nelson Cruz (SEA – OF) R 4:10 PM CWS L $5,100
6 Andres Blanco (PHI – 3B/SS) B 1:10 PM @MIA L $2,100
7 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF) L 1:05 PM CLE R $4,200
8 Andrew McCutchen (PIT – OF) R 8:08 PM SF R $4,600
9 Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF) L 4:10 PM @COL R $5,100
10 Edwin Encarnacion (TOR – 1B) R 3:35 PM @LAA R $4,200
11 Adam Eaton (CWS – OF) L 4:10 PM @SEA R $3,600
12 Danny Espinosa (WSH – 2B/3B) B 1:35 PM MIL R $3,000
13 Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B) R 3:35 PM TOR R $4,000
14 Jose Abreu (CWS – 1B) R 4:10 PM @SEA R $4,500
15 Odubel Herrera (PHI – 2B/OF) L 1:10 PM @MIA L $3,600
16 Joey Votto (CIN – 1B) L 1:10 PM ARI R $5,300
17 Ender Inciarte (ARI – OF) L 1:10 PM @CIN R $3,800
18 Ben Paulsen (COL – 1B/OF) L 4:10 PM NYM R $3,400
19 Gregory Polanco (PIT – OF) L 8:08 PM SF R $3,500
20 David Peralta (ARI – OF) L 1:10 PM @CIN R $4,000
21 Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF) L 3:35 PM TOR R $3,900
22 Bryce Harper (WSH – OF) L 1:35 PM MIL R $5,400
23 Wilmer Flores (NYM – 2B/SS) R 4:10 PM @COL R $3,800
24 Miguel Cabrera (DET – 1B/3B) R 1:08 PM TEX L $4,900
25 Paulo Orlando (KC – OF) R 1:35 PM @BOS L $2,700
26 Norichika Aoki (SF – OF) L 8:08 PM @PIT L $3,500
27 J.D. Martinez (DET – OF) R 1:08 PM TEX L $4,500
28 Jose Bautista (TOR – OF) R 3:35 PM @LAA R $4,100
29 Travis d’Arnaud (NYM – C) R 4:10 PM @COL R $4,900
30 Brian Dozier (MIN – 2B) R 1:35 PM @BAL R $4,300
31 Adam Lind (MIL – 1B) L 1:35 PM @WSH R $3,800
32 Ryan Raburn (CLE – OF) R 1:05 PM @NYY L $2,300
33 Kelly Johnson (NYM – 3B/OF) L 4:10 PM @COL R $3,600
34 Starling Marte (PIT – OF) R 8:08 PM SF R $4,500
35 Evan Longoria (TB – 3B) R 4:05 PM @OAK R $3,500
36 Kyle Seager (SEA – 3B) L 4:10 PM CWS L $4,000
37 Mike Napoli (TEX – 1B) R 1:08 PM @DET L $3,700
38 Justin Turner (LAD – 2B/3B) R 2:10 PM @HOU R $3,700
39 Josh Donaldson (TOR – 3B) R 3:35 PM @LAA R $4,500
40 Dee Gordon (MIA – 2B) L 1:10 PM PHI R $5,000
41 Nolan Arenado (COL – 3B) R 4:10 PM NYM R $5,300
42 Andre Ethier (LAD – OF) L 2:10 PM @HOU R $3,000
43 Prince Fielder (TEX – 1B) L 1:08 PM @DET L $4,400
44 Shin-Soo Choo (TEX – OF) L 1:08 PM @DET L $4,000
45 Chris Davis (BAL – 1B) L 1:35 PM MIN R $5,100
46 Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF) R 1:35 PM @BOS L $5,200
47 Gerardo Parra (BAL – OF) L 1:35 PM MIN R $4,600
48 Matt Wieters (BAL – C) B 1:35 PM MIN R $3,200
49 Troy Tulowitzki (TOR – SS) R 3:35 PM @LAA R $3,500
50 Daniel Murphy (NYM – 2B/3B) L 4:10 PM @COL R $4,500
51 Jose Reyes (COL – SS) B 4:10 PM NYM R $4,900
52 Stephen Drew (NYY – 2B/SS) L 1:05 PM CLE R $2,500
53 Trevor Plouffe (MIN – 3B) R 1:35 PM @BAL R $4,000
54 Cesar Hernandez (PHI – 2B/SS) B 1:10 PM @MIA L $3,200
55 Dexter Fowler (CHC – OF) B 2:20 PM ATL R $4,400
56 Charlie Blackmon (COL – OF) L 4:10 PM NYM R $5,000
57 Pablo Sandoval (BOS – 3B) B 1:35 PM KC R $3,000
58 Kyle Schwarber (CHC – C/OF) L 2:20 PM ATL R $4,700
59 Mookie Betts (BOS – OF) R 1:35 PM KC R $4,600
60 Brandon Crawford (SF – SS) L 8:08 PM @PIT L $3,600
61 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH – 1B/3B) R 1:35 PM MIL R $3,400
62 Aaron Hill (ARI – 2B/3B) R 1:10 PM @CIN R $2,700
63 Jose Ramirez (CLE – 2B/SS) B 1:05 PM @NYY L $2,900
64 Jeff Francoeur (PHI – OF) R 1:10 PM @MIA L $2,800
65 Alcides Escobar (KC – SS) R 1:35 PM @BOS L $3,900
66 Grady Sizemore (TB – OF) L 4:05 PM @OAK R $2,500
67 Franklin Gutierrez (SEA – OF) R 4:10 PM CWS L $3,300
68 Justin Bour (MIA – 1B) L 1:10 PM PHI R $3,200
69 Coco Crisp (OAK – OF) B 4:05 PM TB R $2,400
70 Carlos Beltran (NYY – OF) B 1:05 PM CLE R $3,600
71 Anthony Rizzo (CHC – 1B) L 2:20 PM ATL R $5,200
72 Ian Kinsler (DET – 2B) R 1:08 PM TEX L $4,000
73 Todd Frazier (CIN – 1B/3B) R 1:10 PM ARI R $4,700
74 Abraham Almonte (CLE – OF) B 1:05 PM @NYY L $2,000
75 Josh Reddick (OAK – OF) L 4:05 PM TB R $3,700
76 C.J. Cron (LAA – 1B) R 3:35 PM TOR R $2,700
77 Jhonny Peralta (STL – SS) R 4:10 PM @SD R $3,600
78 Mike Aviles (CLE – 3B/SS) R 1:05 PM @NYY L $2,400
79 Victor Martinez (DET – 1B) B 1:08 PM TEX L $3,300
80 Jayson Werth (WSH – OF) R 1:35 PM MIL R $2,900
81 Salvador Perez (KC – C) R 1:35 PM @BOS L $3,500
82 Curt Casali (TB – C) R 4:05 PM @OAK R $3,200
83 Stephen Piscotty (STL – OF) R 4:10 PM @SD R $3,600
84 Matt Carpenter (STL – 3B) L 4:10 PM @SD R $4,100
85 Ichiro Suzuki (MIA – OF) L 1:10 PM PHI R $2,800
86 Manny Machado (BAL – 3B) R 1:35 PM MIN R $5,000
87 Rajai Davis (DET – OF) R 1:08 PM TEX L $3,400
88 Yasmani Grandal (LAD – C) B 2:10 PM @HOU R $3,200
89 Logan Forsythe (TB – 1B/2B) R 4:05 PM @OAK R $3,300
90 Shane Peterson (MIL – 1B) L 1:35 PM @WSH R $2,000
91 Khris Davis (MIL – OF) R 1:35 PM @WSH R $3,400
92 Jung-Ho Kang (PIT – 3B/SS) R 8:08 PM SF R $3,500
93 Adrian Beltre (TEX – 3B) R 1:08 PM @DET L $4,300
94 Brad Miller (SEA – SS) L 4:10 PM CWS L $3,200
95 Derek Dietrich (MIA – 3B) L 1:10 PM PHI R $3,300
96 Ian Desmond (WSH – SS) R 1:35 PM MIL R $3,500
97 Ben Zobrist (KC – 2B/OF) B 1:35 PM @BOS L $4,500
98 Carlos Santana (CLE – 1B/3B) B 1:05 PM @NYY L $3,900
99 Michael Brantley (CLE – OF) L 1:05 PM @NYY L $5,000
100 Steve Clevenger (BAL – C) L 1:35 PM MIN R $2,700

May variance be in your favor today and every day.





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