Baseball is a funny sport. DFS baseball is even funnier.

Last night, I had, by far, the weirdest cash game stat line that cashed, with ease might I add. See the screenshot below.

I know I’ve never won any significant amount of money with a pitcher that gets me -16 fantasy points. This lineup didn’t just skate by either, It was in the money with LOTS of cushion. It is too bad I didn’t have a different pitcher, because this lineup could’ve been really great if my SP2 gets at least 10 points. This was a single-entry double up by the way. I am definitely going to  start targeting those more often.

Anyway, it’s Thursday and we have a free edition of the Value Index today (and tomorrow). But this won’t be a normal edition. We on;y have 6 games, so instead I will just provide a handful of picks at any position that I like for tonight. My normal routine will come back on Friday. Expect this as a normal thing unless we have a bigger slate on a Thursday.

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Pick time!

Madison Bumgarner – SP – San Francisco Giants – $12,500

Analysis: Like the .gif you see above, I am licking my lips for this matchup. We know the Rockies aren’t the same Rockies when they are away from Coors, but the Rockies haven’t even been a good team at Coors to start the season. The time will come when they will erupt, but tonight’s not the night. Not against one of the top pitchers in the majors and not in the best pitcher’s ballpark in baseball. Bumgarner loves pitching at AT&T Park and he should continue to dominate at home tonight as the Rockies are striking out at a 25% clip to start the season.

Billy Hamilton – OF – Cincinnati Reds – $4,300

Analysis: When I saw Jimmy Nelson versus the Reds when looking at the slate, I knew B-Ham was someone I wanted to target. Then I looked at his BvP numbers against Nelson and now I might be all in. Against Nelson, Hamilton is 6-for-20 with a double and a walk. But he has EIGHT stolen bases against Jimmy. Nelson struggles with lefty bats, so don’t be afraid to use them here. Now we have to make sure Hamilton, who has reached base in all games this season, gets on base.

Adam Jones – OF – Baltimore Orioles – $3,900

Analysis: Our last entry on this abbreviated version of the Index comes in the form of Adam Jones. Historically a lefty masher, Jones struggled against lefties last season for some reason. The Orioles beat the tar out of the Red Sox and now get to face a struggling Blue Jays team. Jones and the O’s get a huge ballpark boost with the Rogers Centre. Liriano is a groundball pitcher, but walks way too many batters. Jones has 3 HRs in 21 ABs against Liriano, who gives up .98 HR/9 batters.

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