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Draft Kings daily fantasy baseball advice for Tuesday, Aug. 18: Value-adjusted hitters and pitchers

A rap song video about creamed spinach and jalapeños would be disgusting. Also disgusting: My lineups yesterday. I hope you made better use of our rankings.

Today is a Clayton Kershaw day, so that means we have our weekly dilemma. Pay up (WAY UP) for the sure thing, or go off the board and try to get enough value to make up the difference.

After yesterday, you might want to consider doing the not-EP and go against my advice. I have a lot of Kershaw and James Shields together. Shields is an extreme value at $8,600 going up against the Braves. So I’m getting some sure thing and some value. You still have to make some sacrifices with the bats, but it’s not quite as bad because of shields

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.

I also recalculated the rankings after I finished these. I dropped it in a couple lineups to see if that seems any better or worse. It’s a little less heavy on the value overall, but may help us see the true values a little better.

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Top-15 value-adjusted pitchers

Rk Player     Opp Salary
1 James Shields (SD – P) R 10:10 PM ATL $8,600
2 Clayton Kershaw (LAD – P) L 10:05 PM @OAK $15,000
3 Francisco Liriano (PIT – P) L 7:05 PM ARI $10,300
4 Lance Lynn (STL – P) R 8:15 PM SF $9,500
5 Garrett Richards (LAA – P) R 10:05 PM CWS $9,800
6 Felix Doubront (OAK – P) L 10:05 PM LAD $4,300
7 CC Sabathia (NYY – P) L 7:05 PM MIN $6,000
8 Raisel Iglesias (CIN – P) R 7:10 PM KC $6,800
9 Tyler Cravy (MIL – P) R 8:10 PM MIA $4,200
10 Jason Hammel (CHC – P) R 8:05 PM DET $8,400
11 Jacob DeGrom (NYM – P) R 7:05 PM @BAL $11,600
12 R.A. Dickey (TOR – P) R 7:05 PM @PHI $7,000
13 Chase Anderson (ARI – P) R 7:05 PM @PIT $5,800
14 Jake Odorizzi (CHC – P) R 8:10 PM DET $8,300
15 Matthew Wisler (ATL – P) R 10:10 PM @SD $5,600

Top-100 value-adjusted hitters

Rk Player B Time OPP P/T Salary
1 Danny Espinosa (WSH – 2B/3B) B 8:40 PM @COL R $4,100
2 Derek Dietrich (MIA – 3B) L 8:10 PM @MIL R $3,000
3 Anthony Rendon (WSH – 2B/3B) R 8:40 PM @COL R $4,000
4 Ryan Raburn (CLE – OF) R 7:10 PM @BOS L $2,500
5 Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B) B 7:05 PM MIN R $4,700
6 Bryce Harper (WSH – OF) L 8:40 PM @COL R $6,400
7 Brett Wallace (SD – 1B/3B) L 10:10 PM ATL R $2,000
8 Brett Gardner (NYY – OF) L 7:05 PM MIN R $4,300
9 John Jaso (TB – C) L 8:10 PM @HOU R $3,200
10 Mike Trout (LAA – OF) R 10:05 PM CWS L $5,600
11 Michael Taylor (WSH – OF) R 8:40 PM @COL R $3,800
12 Charlie Blackmon (COL – OF) L 8:40 PM WSH R $4,900
13 Jose Bautista (TOR – OF) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $5,000
14 Joey Votto (CIN – 1B) L 7:10 PM KC R $4,900
15 Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B) R 10:05 PM CWS L $4,200
16 Tyler Moore (WSH – 1B/OF) R 8:40 PM @COL R $2,100
17 Clint Robinson (WSH – OF) L 8:40 PM @COL R $2,900
18 Justin Smoak (TOR – 1B) B 7:05 PM @PHI R $2,600
19 Jason Rogers (MIL – 1B) R 8:10 PM MIA L $2,000
20 Anthony Rizzo (CHC – 1B) L 8:05 PM DET R $4,900
21 Alex Rodriguez (NYY – 3B) R 7:05 PM MIN R $4,400
22 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF) L 7:05 PM MIN R $4,400
23 Matt Kemp (SD – OF) R 10:10 PM ATL R $4,100
24 Khris Davis (MIL – OF) R 8:10 PM MIA L $3,900
25 Nelson Cruz (SEA – OF) R 8:05 PM @TEX R $5,800
26 Troy Tulowitzki (TOR – SS) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $4,000
27 Chris Coghlan (CHC – 2B/OF) L 8:05 PM DET R $3,100
28 Prince Fielder (TEX – 1B) L 8:05 PM SEA R $4,200
29 Mookie Betts (BOS – OF) R 7:10 PM CLE R $4,500
30 Ben Paulsen (COL – 1B/OF) L 8:40 PM WSH R $3,500
31 Hanley Ramirez (BOS – OF/SS) R 7:10 PM CLE R $4,000
32 Justin Bour (MIA – 1B) L 8:10 PM @MIL R $3,100
33 Matt Carpenter (STL – 3B) L 8:15 PM SF R $4,400
34 Kyle Seager (SEA – 3B) L 8:05 PM @TEX R $4,300
35 Matt Wieters (BAL – C) B 7:05 PM NYM R $3,000
36 Chris Davis (BAL – 1B) L 7:05 PM NYM R $5,000
37 Brian Dozier (MIN – 2B) R 7:05 PM @NYY L $4,400
38 Torii Hunter (MIN – OF) R 7:05 PM @NYY L $3,600
39 Cory Spangenberg (SD – 2B/3B) L 10:10 PM ATL R $2,400
40 Brock Holt (BOS – 3B/OF) L 7:10 PM CLE R $3,600
41 Jay Bruce (CIN – OF) L 7:10 PM KC R $3,900
42 Enrique Hernandez (LAD – OF/SS) R 10:05 PM @OAK L $2,800
43 Ian Desmond (WSH – SS) R 8:40 PM @COL R $4,500
44 Justin Upton (SD – OF) R 10:10 PM ATL R $4,300
45 Jose Reyes (COL – SS) B 8:40 PM WSH R $4,300
46 Chris Johnson (CLE – 1B/3B) R 7:10 PM @BOS L $2,400
47 Ryan Howard (PHI – 1B) L 7:05 PM TOR R $3,400
48 Josh Donaldson (TOR – 3B) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $5,000
49 Chase Utley (PHI – 2B) L 7:05 PM TOR R $3,100
50 Evan Longoria (TB – 3B) R 8:10 PM @HOU R $3,700
51 Justin Turner (LAD – 2B/3B) R 10:05 PM @OAK L $3,900
52 Gregory Polanco (PIT – OF) L 7:05 PM ARI R $3,800
53 Brandon Moss (STL – 1B/OF) L 8:15 PM SF R $3,400
54 Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF) L 7:05 PM @BAL R $3,900
55 Scott Van Slyke (LAD – OF) R 10:05 PM @OAK L $2,800
56 Dexter Fowler (CHC – OF) B 8:05 PM DET R $4,100
57 Marwin Gonzalez (HOU – 3B/SS) B 8:10 PM TB R $2,600
58 Shin-Soo Choo (TEX – OF) L 8:05 PM SEA R $4,000
59 Yan Gomes (CLE – C) R 7:10 PM @BOS L $3,600
60 Grady Sizemore (TB – OF) L 8:10 PM @HOU R $2,500
61 Jason Bourgeois (CIN – OF) R 7:10 PM KC R $2,000
62 Mike Napoli (TEX – 1B) R 8:05 PM SEA R $3,100
63 Michael McKenry (COL – C) R 8:40 PM WSH R $3,000
64 Robinson Cano (SEA – 2B) L 8:05 PM @TEX R $4,600
65 Carlos Santana (CLE – 1B/3B) B 7:10 PM @BOS L $4,200
66 J.D. Martinez (DET – OF) R 8:05 PM @CHC R $4,500
67 Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B) L 7:10 PM @CIN R $4,800
68 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH – 1B/3B) R 8:40 PM @COL R $4,600
69 Daniel Descalso (COL – 2B/SS) L 8:40 PM WSH R $2,000
70 Brandon Belt (SF – 1B) L 8:15 PM @STL R $4,100
71 Jose Ramirez (CLE – 2B/SS) B 7:10 PM @BOS L $3,200
72 Carlos Gonzalez (COL – OF) L 8:40 PM WSH R $5,300
73 Trevor Plouffe (MIN – 3B) R 7:05 PM @NYY L $3,800
74 Carl Crawford (LAD – OF) L 10:05 PM @OAK L $2,900
75 Victor Martinez (DET – 1B) B 8:05 PM @CHC R $3,600
76 Andrew McCutchen (PIT – OF) R 7:05 PM ARI R $5,300
77 Cesar Hernandez (PHI – 2B/SS) B 7:05 PM TOR R $3,000
78 Jose Abreu (CWS – 1B) R 10:05 PM @LAA R $4,300
79 Kyle Schwarber (CHC – C) L 8:05 PM DET R $4,400
80 Andres Blanco (PHI – 3B/SS) B 7:05 PM TOR R $2,000
81 Travis Shaw (BOS – 1B/3B) L 7:10 PM CLE R $2,100
82 Alexander Guerrero (LAD – 3B/OF) R 10:05 PM @OAK L $2,400
83 Brandon Guyer (TB – OF) R 8:10 PM @HOU R $2,900
84 Gerardo Parra (BAL – OF) L 7:05 PM NYM R $4,000
85 Darin Ruf (PHI – 1B/OF) R 7:05 PM TOR R $2,000
86 David Ortiz (BOS – 1B) L 7:10 PM CLE R $4,700
87 Carlos Beltran (NYY – OF) B 7:05 PM MIN R $3,800
88 Jesus Montero (SEA – 1B/C) R 8:05 PM @TEX R $2,400
89 Yunel Escobar (WSH – 3B/SS) R 8:40 PM @COL R $4,500
90 Eddie Rosario (MIN – OF) L 7:05 PM @NYY L $3,500
91 Yoenis Cespedes (NYM – OF) R 7:05 PM @BAL R $4,300
92 Yonder Alonso (SD – 1B) L 10:10 PM ATL R $3,000
93 Jimmy Rollins (LAD – SS) B 10:05 PM @OAK L $3,300
94 Edwin Encarnacion (TOR – 1B) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $4,700
95 Ketel Marte (SEA – SS) B 8:05 PM @TEX R $3,300
96 Adam Lind (MIL – 1B) L 8:10 PM MIA L $4,400
97 Carlos Correa (HOU – SS) R 8:10 PM TB R $4,800
98 Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF) L 10:05 PM CWS L $4,000
99 Manny Machado (BAL – 3B) R 7:05 PM NYM R $4,700
100 Nolan Arenado (COL – 3B) R 8:40 PM WSH R $5,100

May variance be in your favor today and every day.





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