That’s right, Happy Ef(lin) Father’s Day to all my fellow dads out there.  Unlike my Mother’s Day article, I won’t be serenading you with clever songs to honor all our pops and grandpas.  We, men, like to cut to the chase and get right to the action, don’t we?  We also like to make choices of our own occasionally.  I’m going to do just that for you today – right to the action and additional player suggestions to help build your lineups.

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Now, back to the lineup building…

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Logan Gilbert, SP: DK: $9,000 / FD: $10,200 – My top SP recommendation is the Mariners youngster, Logan Gilbert.  Logan brings a stellar 2.22 ERA and 1.06 WHIP into the matchup with the Angels.  Looking at his pitching metrics finds he is missing bats, keeping walks under control, limiting long balls, and stranding baserunners.  All ingredients for an All-Star bid next month (you heard it here first).  As a team, the Angels come in with the most strikeouts in baseball, suggesting Logan will provide a strong effort for our DFS squad today no matter the final score.  If Gilbert doesn’t meet your standard, there are many other top SP out there, including Gerrit Cole and Shane Bieber.

Brady Singer, SP: DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,300 – For my second pitching recommendation, I’m going off the grid a bit with Brady Singer.  No, I haven’t lost my mind – well, I don’t believe so anyway.  I think Singer will likely be underutilized today in DFS and is generally underrated anyway.  Despite an unflattering seasonal ERA of 4.24, his fastball speed and swing K% are both up, and BABIP and BB% are both down.  This indicates to me that he’s pitching better than his high-level numbers suggest.  You should also be able to count on Singer to give 5+ IP as well.  This is a threshold he’s achieved or surpassed in each of his last 6 starts.  He draws the A’s today who ironically (not really) have the worst OPS in baseball.  Add all this up and a solid DFS score should be the result.  Other flyers to consider: Dane Dunning and Zach Eflin.

Daulton Varsho, C: DK: $4,600 / FD: $2,900* – Daulton Varsho has been quite the versatile player for the Diamondbacks, with 26 games behind the dish, 25 in CF, 12 as DH, and now 4 in RF.  That’s great for your fantasy teams and gives us some comfort that Torey Lovullo will pencil him into the lineup somewhere.  However, we care more about his offense here in DFS.  The snakes face RHP Chris Archer today…yes, that Chris Archer.  In 43 games against RHP, Varsho has been in the leadoff spot in 42 of them.  A quick look at the splits tells you why:  all 9 HRs and a .788 OPS versus RHP (compared to .596 versus LHP).  The Twins generally limit Archer to 4 innings, most likely to keep him healthy.  After that, they will be turning it over to one of the most used bullpens in baseball.  This could be a long day for the Twins pitchers. *FanDuel lists Varsho at OF only so here I would divert to one of the Contreras brothers at Wrigley Field.

C.J. Cron, 1B: DK: $8,800 / FD: $4,100 – C.J. Cron is mashing LHP this season.  His HRs against Southpaws are coming at a rate of two-times that of RHPs.  Plus, the Rockies are at home and the wind is predicted to be blowing out between 14-18 mph.  Need I say more?  If you want to diversify your lineups but feel just as confident, I’d also consider Matt Olson, Luke Voit, and Rhys Hoskins today.

Brendan Rodgers, 2B: DK: $7,800 / FD: $3,200 – Staying in the Mile High City, I will also be playing Brendan Rodgers today.  His OPS versus LHP is .250 higher than RHP this season and already has a couple hits off Snell to break the ice.  I’m not expecting a repeat of his 65.8-point game on June 1 (most of the damage against LHP, by the way).  However, a double-digit performance should be realistic.  In addition to Rodgers, I like Jake Cronenworth and his 3-yr splits vs RHP as well.

Austin Riley, 3B: DK: $5,200 / FD: $3,900 – I offered up Austin Riley a few weeks ago in my May 29th article and he rewarded us with a 31.4 point day in FanDuel.  In fact, Riley seems to really like playing on the weekends.  Just look at these recent FanDuel numbers: 31.4 (5/29), 30.9 (6/4), and 24.9 (6/11).  Add in 34.9 (6/8) and 47.4 (6/15) games in between and you’ve got one hot bat.  Today he matches up with Kyle Hendricks who is currently allowing a higher flyball rate than his past seasons.  With current weather forecasts predicting a low-to-modest wind blowing out to left field, pull-hitters like, you guessed it, stand to benefit.  All told, I really like Riley’s chances of another big day, this time in the Windy City.

Tommy Edman, SS: DK: $5,100 / FD: $3,700 – Don’t look now but Tommy Edman is becoming an all-around very good baseball player.  He’s easily on pace to set career highs in all counting stats.  With a short power surge over the summer, he even has the potential to reach the 20/30 plateau.  He draws RHP Nick Pivetta in Boston today, who has been surprisingly decent this season but is allowing baserunners at a little higher clip.  This is where Edman will cause havoc.  I wouldn’t bank on a tater but being on base twice with run(s) scored and a SB are realistic.  As an alternative as SS, I’ll stay right here and recommend Xander Bogaerts against the Cardinals rookie Andre Pallante.

Kyle Schwarber, OF: DK: $9,200 / FD: $4,200 – To anchor my OF picks, I’m going with Kyle Schwarber.  Schwarbs has been on an absolute tear the past few weeks, posting two 40+ FanDuel point games in June alone.  In fact, he hasn’t taken an 0-fer in DFS since May 25, with 12 double-digit point games along the way.  With 12 HRs and an .845 OPS versus RHP, there should be little concern he won’t continue these numbers versus the Nats Jackson Tetreault today.  Assuming he plays, nobody would blame you for going with Bryce Harper in this matchup as well.

Kyle Tucker, OF: DK: $9,600 / FD: $3,700 – For my second OF selection, Kyle Tucker gets the nod.  Tuck comes into the game with a .264 average with 13 HRs and 11 SBs.  He’s been trending upward in June, with 5 HRs and raising his average by 25 points.  Today, he faces Michael Kopech who comes into this game after an abbreviated outing on June 12 due to knee pain.  Although I like Kopech a lot, the splits favor Tucker in this matchup.  My buddy, Mitch Staniger, recommended Tucker yesterday as well but with his history of being a day early on some of his predictions, I’m encouraged to go to the well again this afternoon.  As another secondary OF play where the splits favor the batter, consider Connor Joe versus Blake Snell.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

The weather for Father’s Day baseball looks good across MLB parks.  I don’t see any major issues anywhere.  Go out to the ballpark with your kids and enjoy a beer and dog, you deserve it!

Doing Lines In Vegas

I’m going to throw additional support toward Daulton Varsho and the Diamondbacks who have plus odds (+105) to win.  On a slightly longer shot, Sandy Alcantara certainly has the stuff to curtail the Mets.  Putting some dinero on the Marlins (+126) to win is a decent flyer bet to me as well.

For my lock of the week, I’m going to the Phillies-Nationals game and the abovementioned Schwarber and Harper.  Both have HR props (over 0.5) at +230.  This is probably as close to free money as we can get today.

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