Benny Ricciardi

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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. 

 MLB Injury Report - 5/17
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 13:30

Each week, we take a look at the injury news with the biggest impact on your fantasy teams. We will talk about guys coming off the DL, guys going on it, and what you should know.



Alex Reyes (Cardinals) - recovering from Tommy John surgery and is making his minor league starts now. He may not be back until...

 By the Numbers - 5/17
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:00


  • Eric Lauer v. Chad Kuhl


  • Had only one good start against the Dodgers and the rest have been trash, including two negative numbers
  • His ERA is sitting over 8 right now
  • Small sample, but righties in 13 innings of work are hitting .380 with 5 homers on 23 hits and 7 walks (2.25 WHIP). 
  • No way in hell I use him, he’s a guy to stack against

Pirates: The pickings are slim with both Marte and Cervelli, the two top righties banged up and sitting out recently. Guys like Sean Rodriguez, Colin Moran, and Jordy Mercer are the top righties and that’s not scary at all. I still wouldn’t play Lauer, but it’s tough to pick on him with this cast of characters.


  • Decent K upside, but shy of a strikeout per inning
  • League average against righties, but lefties hit him well above league average
  • Normally does a good job of keeping the ball in the park, but the HR rate is high at the start of this year
  • Kuhl has had some big upside starts and this is a good matchup, but the price seems a little too high on DK today 

Padres: Eric Hosmer, Franchy Cordero

 By the Numbers - Late 5/16
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:23


  • CC Sabathia v. Max Scherzer


  • Strikeout upside is gone, but he’s pitching and getting guys out in other ways at this point of his career. He also rarely ever walks anyone.
  • Through 36 innings, these are his numbers: 2.33 ERA, WHIP 1.02, 28 Ks in 36 innings of work. 
  • Still much tougher on LHBs. RHBs have done most of the damage and had most of the power in recent years against him.
  • CC tends to go 5-6 innings tops in most of his starts
  • He lacks upside for me, but he’s pitched well enough where taking bats against him has been pointless. If you do take bats, make them righties.

Nationals: Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner


  • One of the elite strikeout pitchers n the game
  • He is lights out to right-handed bats
  • Lefties do hit him decently and have power upside against him as a fly ball guy
  • Scherzer is a beast, he goes deep, strikes out tons of batters, and shuts teams down
  • Yankees have a lot of right-handed power with high K rates that plays into Scherzer’s strength

Yankees: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius

 By the Numbers - Early 5/16
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:04


  • Nick Pivetta v. Andrew Cashner


  • Only goes about 5-6 innings per start, but does have K per inning upside
  • Gives up a hit per inning, walks a few batters, and has been allowing runs with 18 through 39 innings of work
  • In 2017 on his first taste of MLB action he allowed 20 home runs in 67 innings of work to right-handed hitters, which he has improved greatly this year. It’s definitely still concerning considering the right-handed power bats he faces today. 
  • Has 4 bad starts and 4 dominant ones in 2018 and 3 of the 4 came against the Braves with the other one coming against the Nationals
  • He has K upside against a high K team but also is home run prone against a team that hits homers. Very torn here as I can see it either way. I’d rather attack with power bats and not stack. He’ll likely get his Ks but may also give up a HR or two as well. 

Orioles: Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop


  • Despite a hot start to 2018, not normally anywhere near this much Strikeout upside
  • Has allowed at least 3 runs in 5 straight games and usually only goes 5-6 innings
  • Has allowed 10 homers in 8 starts. Only one game he didn’t allow one
  • Lefties are slightly better, but both sides of the plate are a tad above average against him with power

Phillies: Carlos Santana, Odubel Herrera (Rhys Hoskins has not been showing upside)

 By the Numbers - 5/15
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 13:16


  • Masahiro Tanaka v. Gio Gonzalez


  • K per inning guy, with low BB rate
  • Does not give up tons of baserunners, but does have a HR problem 
  • Has allowed 8 in 46 innings this year after allowing 35 in 178 innings 2017
  • Splits Neutral, both sides have similar numbers hits, HRs 2017
  • Best way to attack him is with one-offs that have HR upside

Nationals: Bryce Harper, Matt Adams


  • Just shy of a K per inning, but does walk a bunch of guys
  • 2.22 ERA through first 8 games after a sub 3 ERA in 2017
  • Tough on fellow lefties, righties are not great either but have a higher OBP and most of the HRs he allows
  • Way to attack him is Righty power and the Yankees have tons of that

Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge