Happy Tuesday everyone, how about the weekend we just saw? Trevor Story is back…I think. 1.527 OPS last week is good…..I think. The Cardinals had every player in the starting lineup with a hit, run, and RBI on Sunday and Yadier Molina showed he is no Anthony Rizzo on the mound. They should have let Pujols pitch I guess. I went from a pitching desert last week to way too many options for tonight. Should be a big under day tomorrow. Anyhoo, we’ve got some DFS selections coming for ya, and hopefully, they work out better than last week. No Gleyber Torres I promise.
I’ll be bringing you my DFS picks for the main evening slate on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022. If you play on DraftKings, it is a 12-game slate starting at 6:05 Central time. This article will be primarily focused on the DraftKings slate, so if you play on Fanduel I encourage you to sign up for the DFS tools to help you make the best decisions for your lineups on FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo.
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Dylan Cease, SP: $9,800. You have to have at least one of the aces in the lineup tonight, and maybe two. There are 7 pitchers over $9,000. The key to the card is going to be finding some value on the bats and stacking against the few weak options that are out there. Cease has got it rolling in May…except for that one start at home vs the Yankees. He has struck out at least 8 batters in 7 of his 8 starts. The Red Sox don’t strike out much as they are in the bottom third in MLB, but they are also in the bottom third in HRs and Cease has only allowed 3 all year. I like him to power through this Boston lineup.
Blake Snell, SP: $7,300. Well…this isn’t where I thought I’d go when I first started looking, but the Brewers are struggling a little vs lefties. Snell is gonna Snell, so we’ll be lucky if we get 5 IP. He will however strikeout some batters. This is his second start and he threw 84 pitches in the first one, granted in only 3.2 IP. The Brewers are striking out at a 25.6% clip vs lefties with a .679 OPS so if Snell can limit the damage from the guys he walks, and he will walk guys, I like a 5 IP, 7 K line from Blake.
Some Catcher, C: Cheap. Honestly, this is gonna be a big punt for me. Grey always says never draft a top catcher and it’s gonna fit with all the top arms going for DFS. Since Higashioka is out with Covid, I’m gonna tentatively plugin Rob Brantly with Trevino going on Monday for back-to-back days. It’s Lefty vs lefty, but I don’t think they start Trevino three straight days here. I’ll adjust as needed with another cheap option.
Nathaniel Lowe, 1B: $3,000. Lowe has certainly underwhelmed so far hence his cheap price, but he’s hit safely in his last five contests and has dropped his K rate considerably in the last two weeks. He is seeing the ball better, and with Thor not striking out as many as he used to I am going to plug him in cheap here so I can get some more cash for my primary stacks.
Jose Altuve, 2B: $5,700. Most expensive second baseman on the board gets to face Zach Plesac today. Altuve has only had 2 games without a hit since the calendar turned to May. I am willing to pay up for the extra ABs and the Astros offense coming alive on Tuesday night.
Sheldon Neuse, 3B: $2,600. One of the top third basemen is gonna succeed against the gauntlet of top pitchers tonight, but I’m not paying up to see which one. Neuse isn’t lighting the world on fire, but he is playing every day and gets George Kirby Tuesday. Kirby should do well, but I’m gonna play this for a bullpen bonanza hit or two as Kirby is only averaging 5 IP so far and they will limit his pitches.
Jeremy Pena, SS: $4,800. It’s an Astros stack for sure. Pena is following in his DP partner’s footsteps. Only two games since the calendar turned to May without a hit. The Astros DP is the play tonight. Jeremy “The Hedgehog” Pena and Altuve gonna rake.
Yordan Alvarez, OF: $5,600. Unlike his Astros teammates, Yordan has slowed down since May arrived. His peripherals still look good though, and I can’t think of a better spot to get out of a little funk.
Max Kepler, OF: $3,400. Max hasn’t homered in May (edit: well, he did last night), but is still getting hits. Detroit is marching out some guy named Beau Brieske, who is the same guy who has made 5 starts so far and has a 5.13 K/9 and a 3.76 BB/9. Match that up with his 5.52 xFIP and I like Max to go Mad.
Shohei Ohtani, OF: $5,800. It’s weird when I get to the end of a lineup planning on having saved extra cash and I can land on a guy like Shohei. He hasn’t had much success vs Dane Dunning, but he is still one of the best hitters in the game who is consistently raking in May. If you Like the Mike Trout match-up better he has a better history, save some money on Kepler or Alvarez and get him in there.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Decent chance of some storms in Atlanta, and small chance in STL, but nothing that should stop a game from finishing.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I did mention I do a bit of Sports Handicapping. I’ll give out a Free Play here every Tuesday, but you can find all my free and premium picks for MLB and a few other sports at The Odds Breakers
Lots of low totals on the board for Tuesday with all the aces going. I’m gonna grab some of that and keep it low. Look to first five under plays in the SD/MIL and TB/MIA.