It is Thursday, July 7th and this article will cover the FanDuel Main Slate at 7:05 pm Eastern. There is a large slate for a change with nine games going. Typically Thursdays are travel days for teams, meaning they are either wrapping up series in the day or are off traveling to the new city. To have this many teams start a series on the main slate is great! There are some stud pitchers going such as Dylan Cease, Gerrit Coleand Joe Musgrove that I am looking forward to rostering and watching play tonight. Do not worry, there are also some terrible ones we can load batters up against and try to take down our DFS lineups. Check it out!

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Dylan Cease, SP: $10,400  – Cease has the second-highest strikeout rate on the slate at 34.3% and a solid 3.12 SIERA. He is pitching to the Detroit Tigers, one of the teams that is the worst at getting on base and scoring runs in the big leagues. There are some potential showers in the forecast, and if that is the case, Gerrit Cole at $10,900 against the Red Sox is another viable option with his 31.5% strikeout rate and 2.92 SIERA.

Spencer Strider, SP: $8,600 – I like Strider in tournaments, I will have a GPP lineup with Strider as the pitcher. He has the highest strikeout rate on the slate at 37.7% and a 2.50 SIERA. He is pitching to the Saint Louis Cardinals, a team that has one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball and one of the best overall offenses in baseball. With his strikeout upside, one should take a shot with at least one tournament lineup with him in it.  Because there is some rain in the forecast, another tournament option I like that goes the other direction is Joe Musgrove at $11,000.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., C/1B: $4,300 – If looking for a spend-up, this is potentially a good one to look at. Marco Gonzales has a 5.15 SIERA, a 4.5% K-BB% and allows 1.44 HR/9. Vlad has a .271 ISO and .384 wOBA against LHP this season. 

Gavin Sheets, C/1B: $2,300 – Beau Brieske is not a good pitcher with a 4.98 SIERA and allowing 1.82 HR/9. Sheets has a .284 ISO and a .398 wOBA at home against RHP. He should bat in the middle of the order and can be good salary relief depending on the rest of your lineup.

Max Muncy, 2B: $2,700 – The Dodgers face Mark Leiter Jr. tonight in Los Angeles.  The Dodgers are implied for 5.1 runs, Muncy will hit in the middle of the order (hopefully) and is under $3K. No, Muncy hasn’t been great this year as he has a .304 wOBA and .148 ISO against RHP this year. At the same time, second base does not have a lot of power bats anyway, and most hit at the bottom of the order. 

Kris Bryant, 3B: $3,200 – Dallas Keuchel is arguably the worst pitcher on this slate. He has a 5.27 SIERA, a 1.9% K-BB%, and allows 1.44 HR/9. In his career, he has a .404 wOBA and .263 ISO against LHP. He has not shown much this year but it is a small sample size.

Dansby Swanson, SS: $3,800 – This is another good potential spend-up spot here. Swanson has a .413 wOBA and .235 ISO against LHP this year. Matthew Liberatore has a 5.11 SIERA and allows 1.74 HR/9. 

Jordan Luplow, OF: $2,300 – Luplow has a .367 wOBA and .386 ISO against LHP, going against Austin Gomber tonight. When Luplow is this cheap, going against a lefty, and likely to lead off, it’s automatic to insert him in the lineup. 

Teoscar Hernandez, OF: $3,100 – Hernandez has a .333 ISO and .394 wOBA against LHP. Gonzales is one of the worst pitchers on the slate. Hernandez against LHP at around $3K is always something I will look for. In this case, the LHP is a gas can. 


I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There is some rain in the forecast for Angels-Orioles, Cardinals-Braves, and Tigers-White Sox. None of it is expected to be serious. I would check the forecast for Baltimore, Atlanta, and Chicago before lock.


Doing Lines In Vegas

I like the Giants (+118) over the Padres. I’m also going to sprinkle some Cubs (+224). Leiter has virtually the same SIERA as Gonsolin (3.67 vs. 3.69). The Dodgers should be the favorites but a 70% favorite? That’s tough.