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Draft Kings daily fantasy baseball advice for Wednesday, Aug. 26: Value-adjusted hitter and pitcher rankings

One night after late heroics snatched us from the jaws of defeat, they snatched us from the outstretched arms of Lady Victory.

Brutal. I hope you had a little better success than my lineups. The rankings that have helped us build our bankroll over the last few weeks were primed to make a big gain again last night until about 10:30 p.m.

I checked my phone app around 9:30 p.m. and my lineups were set to make a $10 profit over total fees for the day with two game types (and another potential $20-$150 to win) yet to start. Turns out those late games knocked the rails off and our roller coaster car went plummeting into the ocean. We didn’t sink because we had a few wins, but not enough to break even.

I am going to spend less time trying to optimize my lineups beyond the value rankings. I’ve been doing that a lot lately. Rather than targeting the values and leaving bucks on the board I’m in there messing around.

No more.

Today, I have one lineup with SIXTY-EIGHT-HUNDRED DOLLARS left. Yes, it’s painful. I want to get in there and tweak it. But I’m not. … I mean, I might.

Send help.

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 pitchers

Rk Player     Opp Salary
1 Max Scherzer (WSH – P) R 7:05 PM SD $11,900
2 Chris Sale (CWS – P) L 8:10 PM BOS $13,000
3 Chris Archer (TB – P) R 7:10 PM MIN $12,800
4 Gio Gonzalez (WSH – P) L 7:05 PM SD $7,500
5 Felix Hernandez (SEA – P) R 3:40 PM OAK $10,800
6 Johnny Cueto (KC – P) R 8:10 PM BAL $10,400
7 Shelby Miller (ATL – P) R 7:10 PM COL $9,500
8 Kyle Hendricks (CHC – P) R 10:15 PM @SF $7,200
9 Jake Peavy (SF – P) R 10:15 PM CHC $6,400
10 Patrick Corbin (ARI – P) L 9:40 PM STL $7,500
11 Bartolo Colon (NYM – P) R 7:05 PM @PHI $6,200
12 David Price (TOR – P) L 8:05 PM @TEX $11,300
13 Justin Verlander (DET – P) R 7:08 PM LAA $8,200
14 Chris Narveson (MIA – P) L 7:10 PM PIT $4,000
15 Jeff Locke (PIT – P) L 7:10 PM @MIA $5,300

[Note – Max Scherzer‘s start has been pushed back to Saturday.]


Top-100 value-adjusted hitters

Rk Player B Time OPP P/T Salary
1 Mike Trout (LAA – OF) R 7:08 PM @DET R $4,600
2 Adrian Gonzalez (LAD – 1B) L 7:10 PM @CIN L $4,100
3 Justin Turner (LAD – 2B/3B) R 7:10 PM @CIN L $3,700
4 Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B) R 7:08 PM @DET R $3,900
5 Travis Shaw (BOS – 1B/3B) L 8:10 PM @CWS L $3,200
6 Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF) R 7:10 PM @CIN L $3,600
7 Jose Abreu (CWS – 1B) R 8:10 PM BOS R $4,900
8 Scott Van Slyke (LAD – OF) R 7:10 PM @CIN L $2,800
9 Yoenis Cespedes (NYM – OF) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $5,300
10 Miguel Cabrera (DET – 1B/3B) R 7:08 PM LAA L $5,500
11 J.D. Martinez (DET – OF) R 7:08 PM LAA L $4,700
12 Adam Eaton (CWS – OF) L 8:10 PM BOS R $3,700
13 Troy Tulowitzki (TOR – SS) R 8:05 PM @TEX R $4,600
14 Josh Donaldson (TOR – 3B) R 8:05 PM @TEX R $6,300
15 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI – 1B) R 9:40 PM STL R $5,300
16 Justin Smoak (TOR – 1B) B 8:05 PM @TEX R $2,500
17 Darin Ruf (PHI – 1B/OF) R 7:05 PM NYM R $2,200
18 Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF) L 7:05 PM @PHI R $4,600
19 Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF) L 7:08 PM @DET R $3,800
20 Manny Machado (BAL – 3B) R 8:10 PM @KC R $3,800
21 David Peralta (ARI – OF) L 9:40 PM STL R $3,300
22 Khris Davis (MIL – OF) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $3,500
23 Ryan Raburn (CLE – OF) R 7:10 PM MIL R $2,200
24 Alexander Guerrero (LAD – 3B/OF) R 7:10 PM @CIN L $2,500
25 Jeff Francoeur (PHI – OF) R 7:05 PM NYM R $2,500
26 Carlos Gonzalez (COL – OF) L 7:10 PM @ATL R $4,100
27 Andrew McCutchen (PIT – OF) R 7:10 PM @MIA L $4,900
28 Freddie Freeman (ATL – 1B) L 7:10 PM COL L $4,600
29 Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B) B 1:05 PM HOU R $4,500
30 Adam Lind (MIL – 1B) L 7:10 PM @CLE R $3,600
31 Victor Martinez (DET – 1B) B 7:08 PM LAA L $3,400
32 Jose Bautista (TOR – OF) R 8:05 PM @TEX R $5,400
33 Edwin Encarnacion (TOR – 1B) R 8:05 PM @TEX R $4,600
34 Clint Robinson (WSH – OF) L 7:05 PM SD R $2,200
35 Kelly Johnson (NYM – 3B/OF) L 7:05 PM @PHI R $3,100
36 Chris Coghlan (CHC – 2B/OF) L 10:15 PM @SF R $3,000
37 Kyle Seager (SEA – 3B) L 3:40 PM OAK R $3,800
38 Dee Gordon (MIA – 2B) L 7:10 PM PIT L $4,600
39 Grady Sizemore (TB – OF) L 7:10 PM MIN R $2,600
40 Michael Brantley (CLE – OF) L 7:10 PM MIL R $4,600
41 Nick Swisher (ATL – 1B/OF) B 7:10 PM COL L $3,000
42 Daniel Nava (TB – 1B/OF) B 7:10 PM MIN R $2,000
43 Derek Norris (SD – C) R 7:05 PM @WSH L $2,900
44 Anthony Rendon (WSH – 2B/3B) R 7:05 PM SD R $3,100
45 Gerardo Parra (BAL – OF) L 8:10 PM @KC R $3,300
46 Evan Longoria (TB – 3B) R 7:10 PM MIN R $3,600
47 Cameron Maybin (ATL – OF) R 7:10 PM COL L $4,400
48 Ryan Braun (MIL – OF) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $4,100
49 Jason Rogers (MIL – 1B) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $2,000
50 Brett Wallace (SD – 1B/3B) L 7:05 PM @WSH L $2,000
51 Kyle Schwarber (CHC – C/OF) L 10:15 PM @SF R $3,900
52 Jhonny Peralta (STL – SS) R 9:40 PM @ARI L $3,800
53 Yasmani Grandal (LAD – C) B 7:10 PM @CIN L $3,300
54 Jonny Gomes (ATL – OF) R 7:10 PM COL L $2,400
55 Rajai Davis (DET – OF) R 7:08 PM LAA L $3,300
56 Jason Kipnis (CLE – 2B) L 7:10 PM MIL R $4,200
57 Trayce Thompson (CWS – OF) R 8:10 PM BOS R $2,500
58 David Murphy (LAA – OF) L 7:08 PM @DET R $2,500
59 Andres Blanco (PHI – 3B/SS) B 7:05 PM NYM R $2,300
60 Juan Uribe (NYM – 3B) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $3,200
61 Shane Peterson (MIL – 1B) L 7:10 PM @CLE R $2,000
62 Anthony Rizzo (CHC – 1B) L 10:15 PM @SF R $4,600
63 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (ARI – C) B 9:40 PM STL R $2,400
64 Enrique Hernandez (LAD – 2B/SS) R 7:10 PM @CIN L $2,600
65 Bryce Harper (WSH – OF) L 7:05 PM SD R $5,100
66 Ryan Howard (PHI – 1B) L 7:05 PM NYM R $3,600
67 Nelson Cruz (SEA – OF) R 3:40 PM OAK R $5,000
68 Jimmy Rollins (LAD – SS) B 7:10 PM @CIN L $3,300
69 Ender Inciarte (ARI – OF) L 9:40 PM STL R $3,500
70 Andre Ethier (LAD – OF) L 7:10 PM @CIN L $3,100
71 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF) L 1:05 PM HOU R $4,400
72 Chris Davis (BAL – 1B) L 8:10 PM @KC R $3,900
73 Pedro Alvarez (PIT – 1B/3B) L 7:10 PM @MIA L $3,400
74 Jose Altuve (HOU – 2B) R 1:05 PM @NYY R $4,400
75 Dexter Fowler (CHC – OF) B 10:15 PM @SF R $3,900
76 Matt Kemp (SD – OF) R 7:05 PM @WSH L $3,800
77 Geovany Soto (CWS – C) R 8:10 PM BOS R $2,600
78 J.B. Shuck (CWS – OF) L 8:10 PM BOS R $2,000
79 Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF) R 8:10 PM BAL L $4,600
80 Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE – 3B) L 7:10 PM MIL R $3,000
81 Denard Span (WSH – OF) L 7:05 PM SD R $4,200
82 Melky Cabrera (CWS – OF) B 8:10 PM BOS R $3,400
83 Adam LaRoche (CWS – 1B) L 8:10 PM BOS R $2,800
84 Jose Reyes (COL – SS) B 7:10 PM @ATL R $3,900
85 Yangervis Solarte (SD – 1B/2B) B 7:05 PM @WSH L $2,900
86 Justin Bour (MIA – 1B) L 7:10 PM PIT L $3,100
87 Cesar Hernandez (PHI – 2B/SS) B 7:05 PM NYM R $2,900
88 Cory Spangenberg (SD – 2B/3B) L 7:05 PM @WSH L $2,100
89 John Jaso (TB – C) L 7:10 PM MIN R $3,100
90 Mike Napoli (TEX – 1B) R 8:05 PM TOR L $3,100
91 Gregory Polanco (PIT – OF) L 7:10 PM @MIA L $3,800
92 Juan Lagares (NYM – OF) R 7:05 PM @PHI R $3,200
93 Charlie Blackmon (COL – OF) L 7:10 PM @ATL R $4,300
94 Desmond Jennings (TB – OF) R 7:10 PM MIN R $3,300
95 Carlos Santana (CLE – 1B/3B) B 7:10 PM MIL R $3,900
96 Starling Marte (PIT – OF) R 7:10 PM @MIA L $5,100
97 Adrian Beltre (TEX – 3B) R 8:05 PM TOR L $3,500
98 Buster Posey (SF – 1B/C) R 10:15 PM CHC R $3,700
99 Jonathan Lucroy (MIL – C) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $3,100
100 Shane Victorino (LAA – OF) B 7:08 PM @DET R $2,500

Draft good. Be variable. Fist pump. Smiley face.





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