Last week we rode our lineup to a third place finish in DFS Wars thanks in large part to Patrick Sandoval going complete game shutout on the Tigers. We’re on to round three this week and we’ll look to keep the ball rolling but the chances of finding a 7K, 45 point output are pretty slim. As I mentioned last week, I’m fine going double aces and will likely do so this week as we’ve got a New York duo primed to own the mound. They also happen to be the highest-priced options tonight. Gerrit Cole ($10,700) gets the A’s in Oakland and we love us some Oakland A’s for DFS purposes. Second to last in team OPS and middle of the pack in strikeouts, they make the perfect opponent. Meanwhile, back in the big apple, Chris Bassitt ($9,900) gets the Rockies on the road, another DFS stalwart. The Rocks are umm, rocking the fifth worst road team OPS in the bigs and this NY combo is going to pay the bills.
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Johnny Cueto, SP: $8,400 – Sometimes you build a lineup and get to the end and need a little salary relief somewhere, Cueto can be that relief. He’s been totally on fire and the Diamondbacks are no powerhouse. The strikeouts are probably missing but for a price cut, you could do worse.
Christian Bethancourt, C: $2,700 – I do enjoy a good cheap catcher and Bethancourt fits the bill tonight against Wacha in Fenway Park. Wacha is way overdue for a visit from the regression fairies with a FIP (3.60) a full point and a third higher than his ERA (2.28). Something’s gotta give.
Rhys Hoskins, 1B: $4,700 – I am very tempted by Andrew Vaughn here, but I fear TLR will find any way possible to keep him out of the lineup, so we’ll go with Rhys facing Bryse Wilson and his 5.75 ERA. I would love to get a healthy Harper into this lineup vs Bryse also, but we’ll have to find some cheap options to make that work.
Christian Arroyo, 2B: $2,500 – Mike Massey has been my cheap 2B de-jour of late, but he’s got Joe Musgrove and I want no part of that, so we’ll go with Arroyo vs Ryan Yarbrough in Fenway Park. Arroyo was back yesterday and should be hitting fifth or sixth, primed for a solid game.
Luis Rengifo, 3B: $3,700 – Maybe I’m a bit biased since I just edited Son’s Rengifo article the other day where he mentioned Luis is projected for four dingers and two steals ROS. Maybe he gets one of those homers tonight, maybe he just fits the right pricing for the lineup I want to build and hits middle of the order.
Jeremy Pena, SS: $3,800 – Pena has cooled off a little with only one homer the past month, but a guy with 6.25 ERA and 6.13 FIP in Kyle Bradish is just the ticket to kick off a hot streak. With any luck, people are sleeping on Pena and we get one of those low-rostered gems.
J.D. Martinez, OF: $4,300 – The same could be true of J.D. who has also been ice cold, but sees a guy in Ryan Yarbrough tonight who he has absolutely mashed. 14 hits in 25 ABs with two homers. Here’s hoping that BvP don’t lie and we can sneak one in with Martinez.
Kerry Carpenter, OF: $2,000 – It wasn’t that long ago that the DFS crew was mentioning how you might not be able to get Carpenter for $2,000 again, but he’s still here. Likely batting fifth or sixth for the Tigers against Glenn Otto I like the L/R match-up very much for this price tag and I believe it leaves us open to land Bryce Harper in his first game back from the thumb injury and fresh off a dominate rehab performance. Yes, please!
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
I think we’re going to be good to go tonight, but there might be some showers in and around Boston, so keep an eye out there. It’s been humid AF in the northeast, just ask my sweat glands, and that means it should be nice hitting weather if the rain holds off.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The Phillies are holding the highest Vegas implied total of the evening with 5.39 runs. That bodes well for our Hoskins/Harper duo, maybe we can sneak in a little Stott/Schwarber for GPPs.