Wheeler dealer: the big man who makes things run (says a handy Google search. What the hell did we do before Google? Lived in ignorance, that’s what). Of course I’m hoping that Zach Wheeler makes your DFS team run on Draft.com today, not the Giants’ hitters. But over the last month, he’s been wheelin’ and dealin’, giving you innings and K’s, so I fully expect that to continue against the Giants, whose offense has been anything but giant. You may not be looking at a win, as the Mets have offensive struggles of their own, but he should have no trouble mowing down the Giants bats. Let’s take a look at who else is out there.
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Gerrit Cole, SP: He’s been one of the best pitchers all season, so you don’t really need me to tell you to start him today. But he faces Seattle and maybe you’re remembering his last start against them 10 days ago. That start wasn’t his best, so maybe you’re worried. Don’t get cute. Streamonator ranks him number 1 on the day. This Cole will be a diamond.
Marco Estrada, SP: This one is based mostly on the match-up against Baltimore. Also, Streamonator is a fan, so there’s that. I like him late after you’ve grabbed the top bats. It likely won’t be the prettiest start, but it should get the job done.
Alex Wood, SP: Wood gets the Cards today, and Streamonator thinks he can take advantage. I concur with that assessment, as St. Louis has not been dominant. The Dodgers are also fairly strong offensively and should give Wood the opportunity for a W to go with solid stats.
Alex Bregman, IF: Back to the well. Get Bregman in your lineup and enjoy the rewards. Felix Hernandez is no longer the King, and I am fully anticipating big things from him. We’re talking about that sweet power/speed combo that could carry you to victory.
Mike Moustakas, IF: Here’s a fun fact: Moose hasn’t homered since August 7. OK, I guess that fact isn’t really all that fun, but I say he’s due for a bomb or two, and what better day than today? It also helps that Hittertron has him as one of the top options on the day.
Justin Smoak, IF: I defer to the robot on this one, as Smoak’s numbers haven’t been pretty. However, he finds himself in a favorable situation with Andrew Cashner taking the hill. Here’s to this Smoak catching fire.
Brian Dozier, IF: There is a degree of risk here, because no one knows how the Dodgers are going to fill out their lineup card today — or on any day, for that matter. There’s also risk because Dozier’s numbers on the season haven’t been rosy. However, he has a bit of a reputation for being a second-half player. Don’t be afraid of Austin Gomber and trust the talent of Dozier.
Khris Davis, IF: Krush is at it again, as he’s closing in on 40 HRs. That’s the kind of power that can make your Monday great. He could be the mid-round guy who carries you to the top.
Eddie Rosario, OF: Eddie Money has cooled a bit of late, but it would be a mistake to forget the tear he was on earlier this season. I don’t see why he can’t start another one today. Hittertron loves his match-up against Lucas Giolito and the White Sox.
Michael Brantley, OF: Somehow Brantley has turned back the clock and has an average hovering around .300 to go with moderate power and speed. He may not be the sexy pick he once was, but that kind of season will play. Grab him for a solid mid-round bat.
Mallex Smith, OF: Mallex has turned into the player the fantasy world hoped Billy Hamilton would be. When you draft Mallex, you’re looking at speed. Fortunately, the average is around .300, giving him more chances to put that speed to work. Don’t forget him later in your draft.
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