Going on tilt is a great way to mitigate the effectiveness of our MLB Fantasy Top Plays.
It happens to everyone when you play for long enough. You forget to check lineups before they lock and one of you favorite MLB Fantasy Top Plays is out. Or you forget to export your lineup. Or maybe you just rostered a bad team. The list goes on and on.
It’s my firm belief that these moments define us as daily fantasy players. There are many bright, talented minds in the daily fantasy industry, but the ability to push yesterday’s failures off the brain is a common trait in those who experience long-term financial success. Every night must be treated as a new entity, and if you’re still dwelling on the previous evening it’s almost certain to affect the current day.
On Saturday night I was qualified for the Five Guys Freeroll in the FantasySportsLive League at DraftDay. I made a mistake transferring my roster over and paid the price — I would have finished in first place. Years ago when I played online poker this would have been a moment where I put everything on the line at a single table of No Limit Hold’em. I’ve come a long way since then, and while I still experience the occasional frustration it’s nowhere near what it once was.
I say all of this not to pat myself on the back, but rather to highlight the fact that learning to avoid daily fantasy tilt is a process. I’ve been working at it for 13 years and I’m still making progress through every bad beat. Let’s take a look at tonight’s MLB Fantasy Top Plays.
Five Guys MLB Fantasy Top Plays
Adrian Beltre $8,600 - The Rangers are at Coors Field tonight. While Beltre has been slumping, he showed signs of life yesterday registering three hits. This price tag is unavoidable in my opinion as he takes on the below-average Jordan Lyles.
Max Scherzer $21,950 - Mad Max has fanned at least seven batters in every start this season, and the Astros have struck out a whopping 286 times. I know the price tag is a bit restrictive, but when you read about my other pitcher recommendation below you’ll see why this is not a problem.
Prince Fielder $8,700 - The Rangers bats have been extremely flaccid this season, but I’m betting a trip to Colorado will go a long way towards alleviating those issues. Fielder like Beltre has too much talent to stay slumping forever, and they’ll both be in all my lineups tonight.
Yusmeiro Petit $9,650 - Matt Cain has been scratched from tonight’s start, and that means Petit warrants a look as the spot-starter. What makes this play interesting is his proven upside, and the fact that the Pirates have been terrible against right-handed pitching this season.
Hunter Pence $9,000 - I generally target Pence and Buster Posey against left-handed pitching, but I’ve decided to highlight only Hunter due to the price discrepancy of almost $2,000. Roster him with confidence this evening as he takes on a rusty Jeff Locke making his first start of the season.