Salutations, daily fantasy degenerates. I am Dug Fister, the newest member of the Razzball team. The truth is I have been part of Razzball since conception, I was just serving a PED suspension, but I swear Tehol told me they were just Sour Patch Kids that looked like Alex Rodriguez. All jokes aside, I take my DFS very seriously, and want to help the readers prosper and make some cash.
Today we have a plethora of aces going, so I will try and focus more on value pitching and hitters. Let’s face it – any schmuck can come on here and tell you to take Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and David Price. With that being said, you have your cash game pitchers covered, and should use at least one of the aforementioned pitchers.
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Marcus Stroman, SP: $6,600 – Coming off two bad outings, I expect better from the Jays vertically challenged rookie. Today he draws a great matchup against the Pawtucket, I mean Boston Red Sox. Stroman has been more efficient at home and has already stymied the current AL East basement dwellers twice. With his high strikeout potential, low price and matchup, Stroman is someone you should really consider for your GPP’s.
Drew Smyly, SP: $8,200 – Smyly has been outstanding since being traded to Tampa Bay. He has a huge obstacle tonight against the division leading Orioles, but I will let you on a secret – the Orioles low key suck against good lefties. Yes I know they have some lefty crushers, but they also strikeout a ton against southpaws. As a tournament play this is pretty sneaky, since most players will be too scared to use him, but as i always say – no risk, no reward.
Scott Van Slyke, OF:$3,100 – It is always nice when you get a BVP/wOBA value play. Van Slyke has a .529 wOBA against LHP on the road, and is 6/17 with four homers against Wade Miley in his career – best of both worlds without Jay Z and R. Kelly.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF: $4,200 – Morse as well as all San Francisco Giants right handed hitters should be considered today. Franklin Morales takes the mound for the Rockies, and his advanced metrics are extremely ugly against RHB (.405 wOBA, .546 SLG, 17 home runs).
Jordan Schafer, OF: $3,100 – With Liam Hendriks taking the mound for the Royals I would generally recommend a full out arsenal of Twins lefties for your GPP lineups. But there is one little problem: DraftKings jacked up most the “useful” players prices. That brings us to Schafer; he might not be the best hitter but he gets on base, and when he does he makes pitchers go crazy. Sure power hitters are nice, but a single + SB + run = 10 points and with Hendriks command problems, Schafer should be able to put together a decent game.
Kyle Seager, 2B/3B: $4,400 – Seager has a very favorable matchup today against the Rangers “ace” Colby Lewis. Seager’s .479 wOBA versus RHP at home, sure looks nice against Lewis’ .406 wOBA versus LHB – mix the two and you got a recipe for disaster for Lewis. I would definitely look to be using Seager in both cash and GPP.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
The only game that looks like it be affected by rain is St. Louis/Pittsburgh; keep an eye on the games throughout the day just in case.
Doing Lines in Vegas
As of right now, the highest totals are the Boston/Toronto & the Oakland/Houston – both set at 8.5.
The biggest favorite of the day is Tim Hudson at -200 against the Rockies. With Kershaw, Price, King Felix, Kluber, and Teheran on the mound today, I suspect someone in Vegas was doing lines.