Nothing says the trade deadline has come and gone like the barrage of baseball writers tweeting, “Pencils down.” You’ll see a bunch of in-depth coverage here on Razzball surrounding all of the deadline trades so be sure to check that out.

The Astros celebrated the reunion with Justin Verlander with a no-hitter from Framber Valdez, and we continue to march in our quest for DFS victory by diving into an 8-game DraftKings slate starting at 7:05 ET. 

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Joe Ryan, SP: $10,100 – The strikeouts have continued to be there for Ryan as he struggles with giving up increased hits and home runs. As the second highest-priced pitcher in this group, he should be fairly off the board for people as they worry about the recent poorer outings. Gerrit Cole and Logan Webb are great options, but won’t be as under the radar as Ryan.

Drew Smyly, SP: $6,800 – I’ll admit it, I have a Drew Smyly problem. Don’t follow me down this road if you have any self-respect. I’ve been playing DFS long enough that mine is as far gone, and I think the price with some leverage on a Reds team has taken the public’s hearts by storm.

Freddie Freeman, 1B: $6,400 – This probably doesn’t need much explanation. If you can afford the top-tier Dodger players today, you do it.

Will Smith, C: $5,600 – The best-projected catcher by a large margin. See above!

Edouard Julien, 2B: $3,500 – Twins strike me as a good play against Dakota Hudson. A lot of 2B ownership today will be spread around so we can get a nice price to HR upside play in Julien without worrying he’ll be too popular.

Jorge Mateo, SS: $2,800 – Yusei Kikuchi has been fine this season. He still has some bad outings, so targeting right-handed bats at decent prices from the Orioles is something we can do to pay up in other places. 

Mookie Betts, OF: $6,200 – Play Mookie Betts. I don’t need to say anything more than that.

Seth Brown / Cody Thomas, OF: $3,400 / 2,300 – Tony Gonsolin continues to be a fraud, and salary relief has to come from somewhere to pay up for Dodger stars. The As are cheap. Use them as a small or large stack depending on your needs.


I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Biggest rain potential in St. Louis today, so check the radar for that one as lock time approaches.


Doing Lines In Vegas

No bets today.