The Minnesota Twins’ Jake Odorizzi typically is not a top candidate to lead your FanDuel lineup. His 4.42 SIERA and 4.65 xFIP usually leaves you desiring a bit more. But with the top K%, at 25.4%, on the main slate, Odorizzi is in play for Monday. It certainly helps that he is playing on the road where he is allowing a .228/.314/.341 slash line. 

It also helps that he is facing the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers’ offense owns a 29.1% K% against righties this season while producing a poor .295 wOBA and 81 wRC+.  Jake won’t mind working on a holiday.

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The Cincinnati Reds’ Sonny Gray ($11,300) is clearly the best starting pitcher on tonight’s FanDuel slate. And it’s not even close. He has a slate low 2.92 ERA, as well as the best strikeout rate (29.2%) of any scheduled starting pitchers for Monday. And now he draws a Miami offense that is putrid, particularly against right-handed pitching. The fish have a .125 ISO and a .285 wOBA against right-handers in 2019. The only knock against Gray may be the marked up price tag that FanDuel has applied. 

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The Cincinnati Reds’ Trevor Bauer ($10,200) is in a prime spot to carry your FanDuel entries on Monday. The right-hander has a 27.6% K%, which is the second-highest among the starters on today’s DFS slate. With the San Diego offense striking out at a 25.4% clip this month, Bauer should rack up the K’s in this one. While Bauer has gotten himself in trouble with the long ball this season, that threat is negated some today as the Padres have just a .171 ISO in the month of August. Look for Bauer to put together a big FanDuel score in this one. 

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With there being a Coors’ Game on the slate, you may be inclined to avoid some of the higher priced pitchers. If that is the case, consider Matthew Boyd ($10.400). The Tigers’ Ace faces a Mariners’ offense that is already in off-season mode. Over the last 30 days, the Seattle offense has a 29.4% K% that is paired with a .238/.307/.399 slash line. With Boyd striking out 31.9% of the batters he has faced this year, this seems like a good spot for the Tigers’ hurler to pile on. Now on to the picks.

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The Tampa Bay Rays’ Charlie Morton ($10,100) has an excellent numbers (2.78 ERA and 30.1% K%) on the season, and should improve on those numbers in this one. The right-hander finds himself in a nice spot today. The Toronto lineup potentially should include just two left-handed batters. Lefties tend to give Morton fits more so than righties because he can’t throw his best pitch (the slider) to them. He has thrown three times as many sliders to righties than lefties this season. Right-handed batters own a .197 batting average against his slider in 2019 so you can see why this a great matchup for the Rays’ starter. 

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The five-game FanDuel main slate does not have a lot to offer in terms of big-time pitchers. But you have to start someone at the position in your FanDuel lineup. The Padres’ Logan Allen ($9,300) should be at the top of your short list of possible pitchers. The young left-hander has been solid in his limited MLB work this season. Allen has a 1.38 ERA. While there is some regression coming for the southpaw, this is a solid matchup for Allen. The Giants’ lineup really struggles with left-handed pitching. As an offensive unit, San Francisco has a .114 ISO, .267 wOBA and a 64 wRC+ against them. The Giants are also striking out at a 24.3% against lefties in 2019. It certainly doesn’t hurt that this game will take place in San Francisco, which is a pitcher’s park. Allen certainly appears to be a safe play on Monday, which on this slate should be good enough. 

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On Monday night’s DFS slate there are not a ton of great pitching options to choose from. But one that you can build your FanDuel cash lineup around is the Rockies’ Jon Gray. The Giants are a team that you can attack with right-handed pitching. Against right-handed pitching this season San Francisco has a low .160 ISO and a .292 wOBA. And they are even worse at home, where they have a .121 ISO and a 70 wRC+. In addition, Gray’s low price tag of $8,500 will allow you to pay up for plenty of bats.  Now on to the rest of the picks.

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The Atlanta Braves’ Mike Soroka enters Monday sporting a 1.92 ERA. While he’s not a strikeout pitcher, the Braves’ hurler is in a great spot to carry your FanDuel lineup to the money line. He owns a 57% ground ball rate, so he does not allow many long balls. In fact, he has a 0.26 HR/9. His strikeouts should see an uptick in this one, as the Mets strikeout in 23.2% of their at-bats against righties. New York has also demonstrated little power against right-handed pitching with a weak .167 ISO versus them. The Mets also have struggled with ground ball pitchers this season. J.D. Davis has the highest batting average among the regulars against ground ball pitchers, hitting .275 with a .870 OPS against these type of hurlers. Soroka should be in contention for SP1 on Monday.

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The nine-game FanDuel slate for today has one clear cut ace on the bump. That ace is none other than the Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale. The Boston southpaw has been downright filthy as of late. He has struck out double-digit batters in seven of his last eight starts to improve his K% to a slate high 34.9%. On the season Sale has lowered his SIERA to an impressive 2.91. There is no reason to believe that Sale cannot continue to improve on all of his numbers in this one. The Rangers have struck out in 26.4% of their at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. Sale has also dominated this current Rangers’ roster. He has held them to a .175/.226/.285 slash line in 154 career at-bats. 53 of those encounters with Sale ended in a punchout. While he is certainly is not on sale with a price tag of $11,800 on FanDuel, Chris Sale is set up to be the top raw point scorer for Monday’s DFS contests.

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