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3 Up, 3 Down: June 18th, 2018

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3 Up, 3 Down: June 18th, 2018

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Here were are, the beginning of another week in the Daily Fantasy Sports world. There’s money to be won out there folks and I’m going to help you get there.

When this site first came to fruition, it was known as 3 Up, 3 Down. The idea was that yours truly would pick three players I loved (Ups) and three I hated (Downs) for each day’s DFS slate. We’re heading back to our roots. Get into it.

What makes me someone you should listen to? Easy. This used to be my full-time job. Just like most of you degenerates out there, I had a gambling problem. Every night I would sit up looking at wind patterns, arm angles, splits, indoor/outdoor BABIP, etc. in order to max my lineups. At one point I could tell you if Kendrys Morales could hit a curveball in 71-degree weather vs. 72-degree weather. He can in one and can’t in the other. I know, it’s weird, right?

I went deep into the stats and the gameplay of the sport. I also went deep into my own head and into a dark time of my life. THAT is a story for another time. All you need to know is that, while it was an obsession, I was damned good at it. By the time I called it quits, I was taking home around 5 figures.

Before we go any further, if you have a problem, get help and talk to someone. For real. Take it from someone who has been able to get over their problem before the sport lost all its meaning. Don’t tempt yourself if you have had past issues or feel you could easily develop a gambling problem. The time to get help for your addiction is not tomorrow, it’s today. Click here for help from the National Council on Problem Gambling for more information on addiction.

… so now let’s talk about tonight’s main event slate.

#3 – Amed Rosario – SS, New York Mets

There’s a game at Coors Field tonight, which means high ownership and higher hopes for a Mets win. If there’s a player on either squad to really hone in on, it’s Amed Rosario.

The Mets shortstop hasn’t had the best luck coming into this week’s series, but that’s kind of what makes this game super important for him. Rosario made his MLB debut at Coors Field and I’m looking for him to reignite that flame and jump on some pitches in the series opener.

#2 – Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson STACK – C/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Grandal – 6-for-11, 1 HR, .545/.583/1.091, 1.674 OPS

Pederson – 5-for-11, 1 HR, .455/.600/.909, 1.509 OPS

If you’re not drooling over those stats, get with it.

These numbers do come with a caveat: there’s a chance they came in Colorado. The last time the Dodgers saw Chatwood was during his stint as a Rockie, but that’s not phasing me. I’m going with hot bats from the boys in Dodger Blue tonight.

#1 – Carlos Gomez – OF, Tampa Bay Rays

5-for-12, .417/.500/.583, 1.083 OPS and 1 triple

Look, sometimes you have to take some risks in order to get ahead in life, and DFS is no different. Carlos Gomez is going to have extremely low ownership because he’s facing off against Gerrit Cole, the starting pitcher for the Houston Astros.

Cole is going to be highly owned because he’s Gerrit Fricking Cole, but I’m all about picking against the pack. That’s what this pick is, against the grain and ready to explode. Gomez has been dormant this season, posting a .190 average so far, but (and I hate when people say this because I’m all about hard evidence) he’s due for a big night. It has been 17 days since Carlos Gomez went yard, I think that changes tonight.

Free Advice

Andrew Suarez is cheap and is a solid play against the Miami Marlins.

Mike Trout is worth the money tonight.

Jacob deGrom is usually a lock, but his price tag is best spent elsewhere. He’s started one game at Coors Field, he went 6.1, with 3Ks giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. It’s not worth the money.

Advice for Life

Do not take the Yankees. They are a trap. No matter what anyone tells you about how bad Tanner Roark is. DON’T DO IT.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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