Jules Winfield, our man in Inglewood, will tell you that Kyle Tucker is one bad mother…Hold on. Gotta keep it PG-13.
These days, Kyle Tucker (DK: $5,100) is about as hot as Uma Thurman holding a Big Kahuna Burger in one hand and a 5 dollar shake in the other. But you may want to tell today’s opponent (Corey Kluber) to be careful because Vincent Vega isn’t around to bail him out. Over the past week, Tucker was the 4th ranked OF on the 7 day player rater with 4 HR, 5 RBI, and a .345 AVG. Since September 1st, Tucker has a respectable triple slash line of .271/.317/.610.
But what about Tucker’s stats against an RHP like Kluber on the road? To cherry pick a couple of numbers for comparison, Tucker is batting .318 away from Minute Maid Park against righties with 13 of his total HR vs a .243 AVG at home against the same arms with just 4 big flies. It all sounds like a good play against a guy that has given up 10 ER (total) in his last two outings and couldn’t get out of the first inning against the Yankees a week and a half ago. I’d say that as an OF pick today, this one stands out as much as Samuel L Jackson’s wallet did at the breakfast diner in Pulp Fiction.
This Wednesday, we’ve got a fully packed 15-game schedule for y’all! There are a couple of early games, and a 4 game group that starts just before 7:00 PM ET if you want to play a quick turbo lineup (this is where I snuck in Tucker). I have a few others from that 6:40/6:45 PM ET for you, but I’ll try to keep the other picks from our main group that starts after 7:05 PM ET.
But, as always, don’t forget to give the Razzball tools here a look if you’re serious about making some DFS cake or getting ahead in your roto or H2H leagues. It’s been said a few times the last couple of weeks, but the Streamonator alone is worth its weight at the end of the season especially if you’re trying to weigh SP against each other when making final roster moves in that Head to Head playoff. Selfishly, I’m hoping that some of these come through for my H2H championship this week too!
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Robbie Ray, SP: (DK) $9.600 – I was all set to take Fozzie Bear’s punchline aftermath – Michael Wacha Wacha – as my SP1 here, but he was switched out for Connor Seabold, and I’m not … bold enough to roll the dice on that one. So we’re headed out to Oakland with Robbie Ray on the road. I know that taking any strikeout pitcher against the A’s these days seems a bit lazy, but Ray comes in just below Luis Severino in price and I think he has a good chance for double digit K’s and a W for a team trying to lock down a wild card versus a team that is just looking to play cards in the locker room after another L.
Lance Lynn, SP: (DK) $9.400 – I threw some shade at Lynn a few weeks ago and thought he would be a good fade in his return from a leave, but I was wrong. Lynn has 4 wins in his last 4 games, 5 QS in a row, and has given up 2 ER or fewer in his last 7 starts. In September, he’s managed to strike out batters at a 10.24 K/9 rate. He faces Triston McKenzie in Chicago today, but I think he has a good shot at cooling off a hot Guardians squad.
Salvador Perez, C: (DK) $5,200 – Sal Perez is the 4th catcher on the 7 day player rater but doesn’t exactly blow the doors off of Hittertron (12th C). I assumed that the Hittertron ranking was because KC is on the road, but they’re at home for this one. Ober has only started one game since early June and I think Sal can build on that 18 of 22 homers vs RHP in this matchup. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, the backstop on the other side of the field (Gary Sanchez – DK: $3,100) is up against a lefty.
Carlos Santana, 1B: (DK) $2,800 – Oh how I wanted to write up Nate Lowe again today. But we’ll save that one for another day or another article. Even though Lowe is still undervalued you cannot pass up the white hot Santana, especially at this price. Santana is 4th overall on the 7 day player rater with 3 HR last week, and he added another 2 on Monday night. I’m guessing he made some kind of deal with a Black Magic Woman to help the M’s out in the playoff race for this schmotato run. It’s also true that my finger is sore from scrolling down on Hittertron to find Santana for today, but I’d ride the hot bat here since James Kaprielian (spell-checked that one 3X) isn’t exactly Bob Welch from 1990. In his defense, J.K. is only 24 wins short of matching Welch’s win total from that year.
Brandon Drury, 2B/1B: (DK) $5,500 – It seems like I write this guy up every week, but he’s still producing and multi-eligible, so I’m rolling with it. Drury was the 11th ranked 2B on the 7 day player rater with a solid .357 AVG last week. He hammered a couple of homers and seems to have settled into the cleanup spot of a potent Padres lineup. At the very least he should bat 4th or 5th with some very capable bats getting on base ahead of him to give him a chance at some RBIs.
Josh Jung, 3B: (DK) $2,200 – I almost went with Luis Rengifo (DK: $4,400) here, but we need to save some dollars somewhere, so it’s off to the cheapie pile for this pick. Texas’s top prospect has hit in every game but two since his September 9th callup and although the sample size is extremely small, he is batting .316 against LHP vs .190 vs RHP. LHP Tucker Davidson is throwing today and although that guy also fits the lede, I’m taking a youthful…or Jung-er…3B at the hot corner here.
Gunnar Henderson, SS: (DK) $3,900 – Speaking of Pulp Fiction, this Gunnar has been spraying some lead of his own lately. Henderson has a .300/.364/.483 triple slash through September with a homer and 8 total XBH in 66 AB. He has a decent 22.4 K%, an above average 9.1 BB% since September 1, and will be looking to try to keep the sinking Orioles alive in their wild card hunt. Facing a decent arm with recent success in Matt Manning isn’t exactly ‘bringing out the Gimp’, but he’s another SP that I don’t mind betting against today.
Aaron Judge, OF: (DK) $6,400 – So I don’t know if you’ve heard…but there’s this guy in New York…
Andrew Vaughn, OF: (DK) $4,700 – With the Judge add, we’ve backed ourselves into a corner here. Heading back up you could probably save some cash at catcher or a cheaper 2B ($3,200 Nick Gordon comes to mind). But I did want to say a couple of things about Andrew Vaughn. He’s 12th on the 7 day player rater, has gone hitless in just 2 of his last 11 games, and has XBH in 3 of his last 5. Triston McKenzie might carve up the White Sox today, so it’s a bit risky, but I’d feel much less uncomfortable playing Vaughn today than Christopher Walken felt when he had to hide an uncomfortable hunk of metal during his time in Vietnam. (side note: thoroughly disinfect that watch before you put it on your wrist, Butch).
I’m Only Happy When It Rains…
The only game that isn’t roofed or domed that might have a risk today is CLE at CWS (16%).
Doing Lines In Vegas…
Not a lot of underdogs that stand out today, but with Wacha being replaced by Seabold the Reds at home against Boston at +145 could pay out nicely as a longshot.
For O/U plays, I think the NYY /PIT could hit the over at 8 total runs and the HOU/TB could be a good bet to hit over 7.
Best of luck in the DFS plays today! If you have any questions, shoot me a note on Twitter @MarmosDad.