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  • Daily Dime: Seth Smith among Monday bargains

    Seth Smith has been raking lately and comes at a discount price (Getty Images).
    Seth Smith has been raking lately and comes at a discount price (Getty Images).

    Happy Fourth, you guys. Here’s hoping you have a safe, fun and profitable holiday. Maybe let Seth Smith handle the fireworks this year. (He’s on a crazy tear, if you hadn’t noticed.) The MLB schedule gets rolling at 11:05 AM ET on Monday, so lock in your lineups early. If you’re looking for recommended starters, here’s the best $200 lineup I can build…

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    P Carlos Martinez, STL, $45 (vs. Mil) – He’s allowed two runs in his last 28.1 innings. TWO.

    P Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, $41 (vs. Atl) – Atlanta is still last in MLB in run-scoring (280), last in homers by a mile (43), and No. 28 in team OBP (.302). Eickhoff should roll.

    C Willson Contreras, CHC, $15 (C. Reed) – I gotta think a price correction is coming soon on Contreras, because he’s been ridiculous (.294/.390/.588). The Cubs have already seen Reed once, and they hammered him (4.0 IP 9 H, 7 ER).

    1B Adrian Gonzalez

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 28: The Tennessee Titans

    Get fired up for "exotic smashmouth" football, Titans fans. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Get fired up for “exotic smashmouth” football, Titans fans. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    Let’s begin with the good news: Marcus Mariota is legit, a franchise cornerstone at the game’s most important position. Mariota is smart and selfless, a dynamic dual-threat QB. If a team can get only one thing right, hopefully it’s the quarterback.

    Of course if a team literally gets only one thing right, then it probably isn’t very good. And that brings us to the Tennessee Titans, a squad that won just three

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 29: The Baltimore Ravens

    The key Ravens are all returning from injuries, attempting to shrug off a 5-win season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    The key Ravens are all returning from injuries, attempting to shrug off a 5-win season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Before tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee last November, Joe Flacco was on pace for the first 4000-yard season of his eight-year NFL career. It would be wrong to suggest, however, that Flacco was actually playing at a high level before the knee injury. He was averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt, he’d thrown nearly as many interceptions (12) as touchdown passes (14), and

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  • Closing Time: Lucas Giolito gets the call

    The Washington Nationals have called up Lucas Giolito, finally (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
    The Washington Nationals have called up Lucas Giolito, finally (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

    Because the Washington Nationals care deeply about your fantasy team’s pitching needs (and also because Stephen Strasubrg is dealing with a slight back/rib malfunction), the team is calling up elite pitching prospect Lucas Giolito for a Tuesday start against the Mets. As most of you already know, this is an actionable fantasy event.

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    Giolito, 21, is a gigantic right-hander (6-foot-6) with upper-90s heat, plus a big-breaking curve and excellent change. He’s posted a 3.17 ERA (3.22 FIP) at Double-A this season, striking out 72 batters in 71.0 innings. When he’s right, he’s almost untouchable. When he’s not-quite-right, he can walk as many batters as he whiffs. So he’s your standard-issue blue chip pitching prospect, basically.

    We won’t go so far as to guarantee a monster outing from Giolito on Tuesday, but

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  • Daily Dime: Trusting Trevor Bauer

    Trevor Bauer, dealing (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)
    Trevor Bauer, dealing (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

    As always, you are advised to check the game-time MLB forecasts before finalizing lineups. Let’s review the Monday slate…

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    P Trevor Bauer, Cle, $34 (at Atl) – A curious price for a scorching-hot pitcher with a very low degree-of-difficulty matchup. Bauer has posted a 1.86 ERA in June with 38 Ks in 38.2 innings. He can handle the Braves, I’m fairly sure.

    P Jake Arrieta, CHC, $59 (at Cin) – Arrieta has lost the strike zone occasionally over his last two starts, hitting a mild rough patch. But the man has still struck out 40 batters over his last 30 frames.

    C Nick Hundley, Col, $16 (M. Estrada) – Hundley at home,

    at a modest price? I’m in. We’ve been over this Hundley-at-Coors territory before.

    1B Tommy Joseph, Phi, $9 (R. Ray) – Joseph is relatively hot lately (6 for his last 19), he’s got plenty of pop (8 HR in 119 AB), and he’s facing a lefty with a 1.54 WHIP.

    2B Cesar Hernandez, Phi, $12

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 30: The Philadelphia Eagles

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise's likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we're focused on yards and points. As always, we're beginning with the league's least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Philadelphia currently has three quarterbacks under contract for over $80 million, and the team's opening week starter is likely to be Sam Bradford. Kids, this is no way to operate your franchise in a salary cap league.

    The Eagles hemorrhaged talent at the offensive skill spots during the Chip Kelly years, leaving the team with an unimpressive collection of names atop the depth chart at various positions. Kelly, of course, was fired last December, prior to the season's end. Under new head coach Doug

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 31: The San Francisco 49ers

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise's likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we're focused on yards and points. As always, we're beginning with the league's least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    The Niners roster is absurdly short on talent, a potentially toxic mix of reclamation projects and bad ideas. There's really nothing on this team that should interest you for fantasy purposes, with the possible exception of Carlos Hyde — and if you owned Hyde at any point in the past two seasons, then you probably aren't interested in him, either.

    I'm only willing to dive so deep with this team, because I don't want to leave any of you with the impression that San Francisco's depth chart is somehow

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  • Closing Time: Ketel Marte, Jonathan Schoop, Rajai Davis and other adds

    Ketel Marte was an obvious play in daily contests on Monday, as were all other Mariners. Big Pelf was on the hill for Detroit, and no special expertise is required when you see a dude with a 1.7-something WHIP listed among the day's scheduled starters. Picking on Pelfrey is a fairly obvious strategy.

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    Not surprisingly, Marte went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles on Monday, scoring two of Seattle's seven runs and driving in another. He's now batting .275 for the season with eight steals in 53 games. Marte was understandably mass-dropped back in May when he was dealing with a thumb injury, but he's back on the fantasy radar, owned in just 22 percent of Yahoo leagues. The 22-year-old shortstop was a reliable 20-steal player in the minors, and he isn't going to be a batting average liability. He's approved for use wherever you need a speed boost.

    And while we're adding middle infielders...

    • Jonathan Schoop delivered his third

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  • Daily Dime: MadBum, Altuve, picking on Pelfrey on Monday

    As always, you are advised to check the game-time MLB forecasts before finalizing lineups. Let's review the Monday slate...

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    P Madison Bumgarner, SF, $59 (at Pit) – Strasburg and Kershaw oppose each other on Monday, which is a blast in real-life but a small inconvenience when choosing an ace in daily. Bumagerner has a much friendlier draw, facing Jeff Locke and his 5.92 ERA. MadBum hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 11 starts.

    P Doug Fister, Hou, $38 (vs. LAA) – Fister hasn't dropped a game since April (6-0), and he's lowered his era by over two runs over the past two months. He's a solid favorite here, facing Jhoulys Chacin (5.00 ERA).

    C Miguel Montero, CHC, $9 (J. Garcia) – Garcia has been something less than unbeatable lately, allowing 17 ER over his last 25.1 innings. Montero is 3-for-4 against Garcia in his career with a homer and one walk — and still, I wouldn't mind seeing Willson Contreras ($7) in this spot.

    1B

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 32: The Cleveland Browns

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise's likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we're focused on yards and points. As always, we're beginning with the league's least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    We can't yet say who will get the starting nod at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the season opener, but we absolutely know — firmly and without doubt, as deeply as it is possible to know anything in the NFL — that this team's starting QB will be pretty bad. For that reason, as well as the general lack of draft-worthy skill players on Cleveland's roster, this team was an easy choice for dead-last in the 2016 Juggernaut Index.

    But before we discuss the various things that are wrong/regrettable

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