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Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago White Sox
Charlie Morton is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He’s 2-0 at home with a 1.26 ERA.
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Season Totals: 19-22, 321.2 IP, 261 Ks, 3.64 ERA (130 earned runs), 1.20 WHIP (296 hits, 90 walks)
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Betting is a game of probability, wherein a gambler can have equal chances of winning or losing their bet amount. While it is by far the most practical way of placing bets in this industry, it can suppress the joy of such gamblers when they lose in their first game. To overcome this issue, one of the finest domain in this betting circuit Matchbook, has come with a unique and favorable solution for all the first time betters on its site. Called as Matchbook Bonus Code, it helps all the first timers to get back their amount, even if they lose their bet. This has been highly acclaimed by all sports followers, who also wish to earn from their favorite sport or team by placing bets on them.
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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Miami Marlins
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends AL-Only Shortstop Rankings.
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1. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
Hanley Ramirez hit .283 in 2014 with 64 runs, 13 home runs, 71 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 128 games. He returns to Boston where he made his MLB debut. If he can stay healthy he’s also a five-category stud.
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2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes hit .287 with 94 runs, nine home runs, 51 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 2014. He’s a .291 lifetime hitter and has averaged 89.3 runs and 42.3 stolen bases over the past 10 seasons. Like three of the top four shortstop options, staying healthy is a key.
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3. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Alexei Ramirez hit.273 in 2014 with 82 runs, 15 home runs, 74 RBI and 21 stolen bases. In seven seasons Ramirez has averaged 72.7 runs, 14.1 home runs, 68.6 RBI and 16.9 stolen bases while hitting .277. He doesn’t excel in any category, but he’s a solid contributor across the board. Durability has also been a key for Ramirez.
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4. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus hit .263 with 72 runs, two home runs, 41 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 2014. Andrus has averaged 84 runs and 32 stolen bases over the past six seasons.
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5. Ben Zobrist, Oakland A’s
Ben Zobrist is Mr. Utility. He is eligible at second base, shortstop and outfield. Zobrist hit .272 with 83 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2014. Over the past six years he averaged 85.8 runs, 16.5 home runs, 75.7 RBI and 15.8 stolen bases.
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6. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar hit .278 last year with 77 runs, seven home runs, 68 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Over the past six years he’s hit .280 while averaging 70.3 runs, 6.8 home runs, 52.2 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
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7. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts had 60 runs, 12 home runs and 46 RBI last year. He also has third base eligibility.
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8. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
Alcides Escobar hit .285 with 74 runs, 50 RBI and 31 stolen bases. He has averaged 28.5 stolen bases over the past four years.
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9.  J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
J.J. Hardy hit nine home runs with 52 RBI last year. He averaged 25.7 home runs and 74.7 RBI from 2011-2013.
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10. Danny Santana, Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana hit .317 with 70 runs, seven home runs, 40 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He is also eligible as an outfielder.
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The rise of Fantasy Sports, or Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) following the industry’s evolution, has been almost unprecedented over the last two years. From a budding enterprise to a booming industry, many of the major DFS sites now offer fantasy sports competitions for baseball, football, hockey and mixed martial arts (the UFC).
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Today, thousands of people ante-up at the largest fantasy sports sites every week and that has allowed operators such as DraftKings, DraftDay and FanDuel to be capable of creating prize pools worth in excess of $1 million. These impressive cash prizes have fuelled a major boom in the industry and the market leaders are now approaching company values close to $1 billion thanks to deals with organizations such as the NFL and the NBA.
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From Poker to Fantasy Sports

With such large amounts of money on the line and at least some scope for implementing a winning strategy, a number of poker players have gradually found themselves migrating over to the world of DFS. Whether it is in the role of company founder, employee or player, DFS has attracted some of the finest poker minds over the last few years.
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Arguably the most prominent players to crossover from poker to DFS are Andrew Wiggins and Taylor Caby. The former high stakes online cash game players were two of the original founders of poker training site, CardRunners. After successfully running CardRunners for a number of years, the two entrepreneurs spotted an opportunity in the fantasy sports market. Using their experience and cash to help set-up DraftDay in 2011, the two poker experts are now at the helm of one of the leading operators in the industry.
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Negreanu et al Support DFS

This early trickle of poker-to-DFS converts soon turned into a wave as more players soon discovered that their skills on the felt could help them make money in fantasy land. Jonathan Aguiar was another early fan of DFS and quickly realized his tournament skills gave him an edge in the sports arena. As well as winning a WSOP bracelet in Europe, Aguiar has earned more than $1.5 million playing poker in events across the world.
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However, after turning his attention to DFS, Aguiar quickly made $30,000 in his first two months and then decided to join DraftKings as a full-time employee. Having seen the success of Aguiar, many of the poker world’s top players have now joined the action, including PokerStars’ standout pro, Daniel Negreanu. Aside from testing his skills across a range of games, Negreanu has been vocal in his support of the industry. Commenting on the fears that the rise of DFS could lead to match fixing, Negreanu said that it is “less likely” that match fixing would occur in places such as Las Vegas if people are taking part in DFS.
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Why Poker Pros Make Strong DFS Players

If poker players make great DFS players, what crossover skills can the former use for success in the latter?
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Study the Stats

One of the key skills the so-called “fantasy sports wizard” Cory Albertson, who is also a skilled poker player, has used to make more than $100,000 is statistical analysis. Like a high-level poker player assessing their opponent’s pre-flop raise frequency or three-bet ratios, a DFS pro will consider the vital statistics of each player and then come to a conclusion based on this analysis. During his interview with the Wall Street Journal, Albertson called this a painstaking, almost “menial” process but one that is necessary for success.
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For example, to become a fantasy sports winner in baseball you would need to review the top ranking first basemen or the leading catchers of the season to get an insight in which players are worth speculating on.
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Take a Holistic Approach

Another skill poker pros and DFS players share in their quest for cash is an understanding of long-term expectation. Otherwise known as expected value (EV), DFS and poker pros know that every stat, every attribute and every move needs to be considered in overall terms. A basketball player on a heater may have scored 40 points in three games, but that does not mean he is a natural pick in a DFS contest.
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Numbers And Finance
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Those three performances need to be weighed in the context of the season as a whole. Similarly, a tournament player may win three tournaments in a row before hitting a stretch of ten events without cashing. Because this is possible, all poker players will look at their overall ROI (Return On Investment) to determine whether they are profitable or not. ROI takes into account the number of tournaments a player has played, the total cost of their buy-ins and the amount they have won to deliver an overall win rate.
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Assessing this sort of information is also something a DFS pro will do. The basketball player’s 40 points in three games is great, but if they then only manage a further ten points in the next 15 games, then their overall ROI will not be as impressive as that three-game run would lead some to believe.
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Money Management is Key

The final part of a DFS pro’s arsenal which skilled poker players will be familiar with is bankroll management. Knowing how much to bet and how to distribute this based on the expectation of each proposition is a skill that must be mastered if success is to be had in both worlds. Albertson has proved that money management is crucial for the aspiring DFS pro by turning a $200 investment into more than $100,000. Starting off small and investing his bankroll wisely, Albertson has shown that it’s more than possible to make a living playing DFS if you are disciplined.
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Time + Dedication = Profit
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Taking the time to analyze stats, both in a vacuum and in a holistic sense, managing your money and having the focus to play DFS as much as possible are the foundations of success in the industry. Although there is always going to be an element of luck involved in whether or not you win a particular contest (namely because sport can often throw up unexpected scenarios), it is possible to nullify the effects of this over time. Consistently making +EV moves (moves that are statistically more likely to succeed than fail) will result in a long-term profit.
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Scooping a single jackpot is something any DFS player can do, but earning a consistent amount of money is something only those with dedication can do. Albertson, and many others like him, have shown that it is possible to make a living playing fantasy sports, but only if you are willing to put in the time and effort to do things properly.
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The biggest US fantasy sports winnings of all time

 

Fantasy sports began around 1980 inside a New York restaurant, where a group of people created the Rotisserie League Baseball. In the game, participants drafted real players from the major league and followed them throughout the season, earning points based on the performance of those players on the field.

 

With the advent of the internet, fantasy sports became a nationwide sensation. Although fantasy football has more participants than fantasy baseball these days, both fantasy versions of these sports offer a life-changing cash prizes that are up for grabs practically every day of the year.

 

In this article we take a look at some of the biggest fantasy sports prizes won in the US.

 

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Online fantasy sports leagues are growing at a rapid pace in the US and abroad.

Minnesota man wins $300,000 in online daily fantasy football content

 

Jake Sanders, a 38-year-old sports fan had only been playing online daily fantasy football for a year when he cashed out a six-figure win. His skills, and a good dose of luck, helped him select just the right players to create a fantasy squad that brought him the goods. Sanders, who describes himself as a ‘normal guy’ was overjoyed to learn of the windfall and share it with his family who run a business in south Minneapolis.

 

Pig farmer brings in the bacon with double $100,000 prize win

 

Lindy Hinkelman is the only two-time champion of the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. During the day he manages his pig farm in Greencreek (ID), stopping in between taking care of his stock to check on his fantasy baseball lineup. Hinkelman has won two of the last three titles of the US most popular fantasy contest, netting himself over $200,000. He believes running a pig farm has made him very good at crunching numbers and making good analyses when drafting players to his fantasy teams.

 

Hinkelman hit the nail on its head when he spoke about how important skill is in improving the odds of winning at online fantasy sports and online sports betting. Both games give players the opportunity to put to good use their knowledge of their favourite game, whether football, baseball or other sports events that are available for wagering. Online sportsbooks offer new players fantastic welcome bonuses and weekly promotions such as free bets and extra cash that give multiple chances to extend your bankroll and win more money betting on sports online.

 

“I turned $10 into $1 million”

 

Perhaps the quote above, by Tspiedo, an online fantasy football icon, best describes the enormous potential of fantasy sports as money-making endeavour. Tspiedo won the 2013 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship after a nail-biting finish that saw him clinch first-place among the 48 finalists after a late touchdown by Montee Ball, running back for the Denver Broncos. The $1 million cash prize was a record-breaking amount which the lucky winner won in his first week!

 

Boston brothers score $1 million fantasy football win over weekend

 

David and Rob Gomes, two brothers from Boston and Patriots fans, won a cool million in a one-week fantasy football leagues in November 2014. The unbelievable stroke of luck came out of the blue after they stumbled upon the perfect lineup for their team. Patriot’s running back Jonas Gray was instrumental in helping them win the prize. Not ones to settle for just one win, the Gomes brothers claimed they will reinvest their winnings and plan a trip to watch the Super Bowl.

 

Conclusion

 

Big paydays are becoming the order of the day in online fantasy sports and sports bettings in general. Both types of games are expected to experience phenomenal growth over the next years as more professional sports league endorse them. Players enjoy these games for their excitement and the possibility of scoring big thanks to a combination of skilful choices, good intuition and luck.

 

Fantasy sports are legal in over 40 US states and their prominence in the sports betting scene is set to become bigger as they start offering bigger payouts and wider selection of leagues to participate in.

 

Fantasy sports has ballooned into an industry that rakes in $3.6 billion annual, with the increasingly popular daily-play games attracting casual gamers who wouldn’t participate in the usual season-long formats. The same trend can be seen worldwide, as fantasy leagues are slowly gaining a foothold in many European and other markets outside the US.

 

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LesterLegends - MLB Betting Futures
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Whether you are a seasoned fantasy player or just a first timer, you can find it helpful to look at the odds on a given team coming into the season. Since a team’s odds offer a rough estimate of how good or bad they will perform in the coming season, you can get an idea of what the fantasy outlook is for any given team’s players. Let’s use the Houston Astros as an example.

 

At this same time last year, the Astros had astronomical odds of +8,000 to win the AL West. But after a relatively “successful” season in which they finished with a 70-92 record—the first non-100 loss record for the team since 2011—the Astros are now pegged at only +1,500 to top the division in 2015. Based on the massive difference in the two odds alone, you can tell that someone from that team is about to have a great season. This means that you have to keep an eye on some of Houston’s players. Defending batting champion Jose Altuve will continue to produce solid stats, while new addition Evan Gattis is worthy of a look. Dallas Keuchel, meanwhile, looks to build on a solid 2014 season that saw him finish with a 2.93 ERA after two straight seasons of sub-5.00 ERA.

 

By referencing current MLB betting futures here, you can also see that the same logic can be used in assessing players from the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies were +4,000 to win the NL Central back in March of last year and finished with a 73-89 record. But with the arrival of elite young talents and the maneuvers of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer this offseason, the North Siders were able to grab the attention of bookmakers, who now have the Cubs at +275 to finish the regular season atop the division.

 

The trio of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Javier Baez is nothing to scoff at, given their rapid improvements. Addison Russell may also be a defensive star in the making, while providing some pop at the plate. Then there’s Jon Lester, who’ll soon be pitching in the more pitcher-friendly NL.

 

All told, it’s just one tool amongst many to consider as you prepare your draft sheet for the coming season, but it is nonetheless one created by oddsmakers, who make it their business to know exactly what’s going to happen in a given season.

 

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Yordano Ventura
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March is the month in which people are going to be preparing for their fantasy baseball draft once again. Every year, people are trying to find just the right amount of sleepers to put together a successful roster. Here is a look at 5 guys to target a little bit earlier than most.
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Yordano Ventura
The dynamic right-handed pitcher hasn’t fully blossomed just yet for the Kansas City Royals, but 2015 could definitely be the year. There is going to be more pressure on him and the entire pitching staff with James Shields gone. He has a chance to be their ace at just 23 years of age, and people in fantasy baseball saw glimpses of his talent last year. Right now, some don’t even have him in their top 150 picks, so he is definitely flying under the radar while striking out about 10 per nine innings.
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Shin-Soo Choo
Most sleepers in fantasy baseball tend to be youngsters who have not fully developed just yet. However, Choo is a veteran on a huge deal for the Texas Rangers. He had to miss a lot of playing time last year, so some might forget just how talented of the hitter he is. If healthy, he should once again get back to hitting just under .300 with 20 or so home runs and 15-20 stolen bases. At age 32, that is still realistic.
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Eric Hosmer
The 2nd Kansas City Royals player on this list, Hosmer is hoping to carry over a strong postseason into the new year. It is hard for people to realize that he is still just 25 years old. If his consistency works out, he will very easily play better than his current average draft position.
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Xander Bogaerts
Remember last year when everyone in fantasy baseball was scrambling to get one of the hottest prospects in the game? Well, one below average year can do a lot of damage to a player’s hype. Bogaerts is slipping a little bit too low in drafts so far this year, and that is when people should pounce. The 22-year-old should do much better than hitting .240 with 12 home runs.
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Drew Smyly
Truth be told, the Tampa Bay Rays were able to get David Price-type production out of Smyly after the blockbuster trade in 2014. In his 1st full season with his new team, the left-handed pitcher will be trying to show just how talented he is. His overall numbers were great last year, but he had a 1.70 ERA in his seven starts with the Rays.
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