Benny Ricciardi | FantasyGuruElite

Benny Ricciardi

All Sports Analyst      

2014 winner of the FSWA’s Baseball Article of the Year award. 2016 FSTA Winner for Radio Show of the Year for "On Target Fantasy". 2017 winner for Basketball Writer of the Year from the FSWA. Benny was a featured writer for the DraftKings Playbook, an on air talent for FNTSY Radio, a podcast host and writer for RotoWire, a daily fantasy expert at Scout Fantasy and one of the featured writers and webcast hosts at RotoCurve. He is a published author in the fantasy sports space and a journalist who has had articles picked up by the AP press and distributed through various news outlets around the country. He is a frequent guest on Sirius XM Fantasy and FNTSY Radio talking about both season long and daily fantasy sports topics. 

 Benny's MLB By the Numbers - 8/26
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:23

Vincent Velasquez v. Marco Estrada


  • He has upside, but also is prone to giving up some runs

 By the Numbers - 8/24
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Friday, August 24, 2018 - 10:55


  • Miles Mikolas v. Antonio Senzatela


  • Not a big strikeout guy at just over 6, but an effective pitcher nonetheless
  • He also has a low walk rate below 2
  • Mikolas is lights out to righties who own just a .218 wOBA this year against him. Lefties are just around a .300, so really neither side has had much success
  • Big 50% GB rate and a low 30% hard contact is a solid batted ball profile
  • The Rockies are weaker against RHP and Mikolas has the GB style that works best in Coors. The lack of K upside limits his chance for a ceiling game here, but he is cheaper than normal

Rockies: I’m not high on taking guys v. GB pitchers in Coors. There is not much upside here on either side

 MLB Injury Report - 8/24
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Friday, August 24, 2018 - 10:22
 By the Numbers - 8/23
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10:56


  • Anthony Desclafani v. Cole Hamels


  • He’s rounded back into form and looked great so far in August going 7+ innings in three straight starts allowing under a baserunner per inning and giving up just 2 total runs in those 3 games
  • Not an elite strikeout guy, but serviceable at 7.75 per 9
  • His walk rate is a tad over 2 and his ERA and xFIP right around 4. Al three numbers in line with his career averages. 
  • The one number that is off is his HR/9 which is way up at 1.82 from what is normally 1.13 range
  • He was always very tough on righties who have just a .270 wOBA against him this year, but lefties have hit him better than normal at a .360 wOBA with a .550 slugging (Hence the HR problem)
  • His FB rate and Hard contact rate are also both elevated from his career norms and that contributes to the rise in HR rate
  • The Cubs are one of the better teams in the league against RHP. They are tied for 6th with a 107 wRC+ score and have 8 guys over a 103 individually with five of them at 124 or higher. It is not an easy spot for Desclafani, but he has pitched really well lately

Cubs: Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, Daniel Murphy (especially if leading off again)

 By the Numbers - 8/22
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 13:56


  • Carlos Carrasco v. Brian Johnson


·      Solid strikeout stuff is over 10 K per 9 and under 2 BB/9

·       3.33 ERA and a 3.12 xFIP are both a tad below career averages

·       His numbers this year are better than his career averages and both sides of the plate have under a .300 wOBA and a .390 slugging

·       Carrasco also has severe home/road splits over the last few years. On the road, his ERA is just 2.55

·       This is one of the tougher matchups in baseball. The Red Sox have the league’s highest wRC+ score against RHP. It’s enough to keep me off of Carrasco today but also enough to give me pause about paying up for Red Sox bats