Well we have arrived at the final day of the trade deadline. Lots of action on Monday, and I am sure more will follow today, before and after this post is published. As far as the trade deadline goes for DFS my only advice is this. Don’t play anyone you have been hearing rumors about for the last month. It’s that simple.
So don’t mess with Alex Wood, Jordan Lyles, Noah Syndergaard, Sean Murphy, Ji-Mon Choi, Wilson Contreras, Omar Narvaez, Josh Bell, Nelson Cruz, Brandon Drury, Ian Happ, Ramon Laureano, J.D. Martinez, Whit Merrifield. Bryan Reynolds, Michael Taylor, and of course Juan Soto.
Last week’s Tuesday article cashed big in both double-ups and tournaments with a top finish of 16th of 574 entrants. Hoping for a repeat tonight.
I’ll be bringing you my DFS picks for the main evening slate on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022. If you play on DraftKings, it is a 14-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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Corbin Burnes, SP: $10,000. I have to pay up for Burnes. Especially in double-ups. Burnes against what is left of this Pittsburgh lineup, seems akin to sending a pack of wild dogs up against a three-legged cat. According to SwishAnalytics, of the batters the Pirates could throw out against him they have 10 career hits, 1 career Home Run (Ben Gamel), and 19 career strikeouts in 60 career at-bats. He has had quality starts with at least 8+ strikeouts in 6 of his last 8 starts. I’d say it becomes 7 of 9 tonight.
Cole Irvin, SP: $7,600. I needed to get some value here and landed on Irvin. He has been an innings eater recently averaging 6.2 IP over his last 6 starts. During those starts, he has put up 20.17 FPPG with 3 of those starts coming against the Astros. That being said Irvin has been much better at home, and he has been getting lucky. 2022 Home stats are 1.73 ERA (4.33 xFIP) vs Road 4.79 ERA (4.29 xFIP). I think the Angels lineup and ballpark will make him feel right at home. Add in the fact that the Angels don’t have Trout and are only 9-39 in their last 48 games without Ohtani on the mound, I’ll ride the A’s new “Ace” Tuesday night.
Victor Caratini, C: $3,000. Did I miss something? I love me some Adley Rutschman, but I don’t care who the opposing pitcher is $5,400 is way too steep. I expect Narvaez to get moved, and Caratini to take over as the Crew’s main option behind the dish. Bryse Wilson is still rocking an ERA over 6, so the price is right for what could be a big offensive night for some Brewers. As always make sure of who is starting before locking in your lineups.
Matt Olson, 1B: $5,400. Kyle Gibson will be out on bereavement so Nick Nelson gets the call in one of quite a few bullpen games tonight. Olson has 8 Home Runs in his last 15 games, and has hit safely in 12 of those 15 efforts. He is hot and has a good chance to stay that way.
Jorge Polanco, 2B: $4,400. Polanco is the 11th most expensive healthy option at 2nd base tonight and has more Home Runs than all of them except for Jose Altuve and Gleyber Torres. I don’t get it. He goes up against Matt Manning and the Tigers and Stream-O-Nator hates this spot for Manning as he is coming off the 60-day DL. The Twins should get a short dose of a rusty Manning and then the Tigers bullpen. The Tigers used their best options with the lead on Monday night. The Twinkies are another tournament stacking option.
Jose Miranda, 3B: $3,800. Speaking of Twinkies, I am falling in love with Miranda. He seems to have things figured out as he has a 24 Home Run pace since June 1st. He hit over .300 in both June and July as well. Grey said Buy and if he’s still available in your main fantasy leagues get on board now. Especially in keepers and dynasty leagues. His minor league numbers show as he develops a .275+, 30+HR hitter should be right around the corner. Think young Nelson Cruz.
Dansby Swanson, SS: $5,200. I like pairing Dansby up with Olson tonight. Dansby only homered twice in July, but still hit .308 and hopefully, he gets on track against the Phillies bullpen. Everyone else does…
Chad Pinder, OF: $2,700. Looking for some value in the outfield and Pinder has homered 4 times in his last 10 games and is for sure a Hot Schmotato. I think Syndergaard gets moved so this could be a Hodge-Podge of Angels relievers trying to cobble a game together. I really like the Athletics on Tuesday.
Adam Frazier, OF: $2,800. Frazier has hit safely in 13 of 15 with 5 multi-hit efforts in that span. While his power stroke hasn’t been there Yankee stadium tends to help lefties with that. He will face Jameson Taillon tonight.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s a chance for concentrated storms in Minneapolis later on, so keep an eye on things, especially with this DFS lineup. Pop-up showers are also possible in Chicago, Atlanta, and St. Louis. Strong winds will blow in from right field in Chicago, and across from right to left in Minnesota.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I did mention I do a bit of Sports Handicapping. Follow me on Twitter @TheGreat Knoche for more info. 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
I’m taking the Athletics at +110 on Tuesday night. Irvin should stay strong against the Angels and as I mentioned in his blurb the Angels just are not good without Ohtani on the mound the last 2 months.