Hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day, but now it’s time to get back to the grind. And what better way is there to start the week than by dominating DFS on Draft.com? I know I can’t think of one. So much about baseball is unpredictable, which makes it important to lock up pitching early in daily games. Be sure to take note of the first two pitchers below: Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole. You can find position players later. Streamonator loves both these guys and you should, too. For the record, I love them too, but I imagine you trust Streamonator more than you trust me.
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Trevor Bauer, SP: It’s about time that we finally give Bauer his due. Guy is a stud. He may have beef with the next guy on this list, but we don’t count that on Draft, so grab him early. This is a prime match-up and the only knock I can think of is the possibility of weather, which I touch on below.
Gerrit Cole, SP: Normally (note that this is only my third article, so you can decide what’s normal) I like to give only one big-name guy to grab early, but today I’ll make an exception because Streamonator loves both Cole and Bauer. Cole has been lights-out this year. Bauer sure thinks there’s something fishy going on, but who am I to say? All I know is that you’ll want to make sure you lock up a stud pitcher.
Miles Mikolas, SP: You may know Mikolas as the other high-priced free agent to come over from Japan, and at this point, he’s the last one standing. Too soon? Probably. The Phillies have been on a cold streak since their scorching start to the season. Miles could go the distance.
Jose Ramirez, IF: C’mon, this one is too easy. But JoRam still doesn’t quite have the same household recognition as the baseball god himself. If you decide not to go with pitching first, or if your fellow drafters are asleep at the wheel, make sure you grab Ramirez.
Alex Bregman, IF: Bregman has been heating up lately, and that’s just what we’re looking for in DFS. The Rays will be throwing out their reliever-as-starter-followed-by-starter-as-reliever strategy. It may be confusing, but don’t let that scare you away.
Travis Shaw, IF: Shaw was one of those later in life breakout guys. He’s basically my age and I’m attempting the same breakout, except mine is in fantasy baseball writing. Anyhoo… where was I? Oh yeah, Shaw. He’s got power and has been bringing it lately.
Wilmer Flores, IF: This one is a surprise, but Hittertron is a fan. I’m not gonna argue with that, and he’s definitely a guy you can grab late. I hope to one day be on the robot’s level, but that’s still probably a couple years out, when man and machine have become one. Looking at you, Google.
George Springer, OF: For some reason, I always forget about Springer. He’s doing his thing but quietly, in the corner. Turns out, he’s pretty good at this game of baseball. This is a favorable match-up against the Rays’ bullpen, or possibly a lucky fan. Who knows with them? No matter who is on the mound, Springer should be fine.
Austin Meadows, OF: Attention, Pirates front office: this is what happens when you finally give your top prospect an extended look. An average north of .330 with power and speed. Crazy how that works. Talent has never been the issue, only playing time. He should be in your lineup too, and makes for a great mid to late pick.
Corey Dickerson, OF: The time for C-Dick is now. Jhoulys Chacin is not a pitcher to be scared of. The upside is exactly what you’re looking for in the later rounds, but Hittertron says he should be a mid-round pick.
Michael Conforto, OF: This one is more of a gut call. Or maybe it’s just me wanting him to figure it out and be good, because I have a soft spot for the guy. Bottom line is Conforto faces off against Tyler Anderson at Coors. Not a match-up that scares me and I love the park. He could be the perfect guy to round out your squad. Now I’m off to enjoy a delicious frosty beverage.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
The cities of Cleveland, Chicago, and Houston all show a probability of thunderstorms. Minute Maid Park features a retractable roof, so your Astros and Rays should be fine. The Indians and White Sox should be OK if they play a quick game, but could be looking at a delay if the pace is slow. Wrigley faces the highest chance of weather during game time, so we could be looking at a delay. Probably safer to let someone else take the chance on a Dodger or Cub.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Vegas predicts the Coors game to be among the highest scoring on the day. I’d look to get in on that action on the hitting side. Yankees vs Nationals is also expected to have a fair share of offense, making it another game to consider for hitters.