Wouldn’t we all like to be in Justin Verlander‘s shoes? Yep I thought so- who wouldn’t want to be one of few major league players to be MVP and Cy Young in the same season? It’s been four years since he has accomplished that amazing feat, but have we noticed how well he’s been pitching lately? Verlander has pitched 7 Quality Starts in his last 8 outings. Today he faces the Cleveland Indians at home in Detroit. He’s faced them 41 times in his career, the most of any team. His lone start against them earlier this season was very good, allowing only 3 base hits. The walks have been down and the 1.08 WHIP is impressive. He’ll only cost you $9,600 today too. So as we all envy the guy for his incredible career accomplishments, don’t scroll by him, letting the first thought of super model pop in your head. Keep your eye on the prize. Keep reading and check out some of my other DraftKings picks for today.
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Jimmy Nelson, P: $7,800 – Let us forget the outing against the Indians a few starts ago. Nelson has been very good over the past month. I’ve been a fan since last season and he’ll continue to get better. Great price for today’s matchup.
Steven Matz, P: $8,700 – Finally Matz is returning from injury. Fantasy Baseball fans went bonkers over him in June. I like the matchup against the Marlins, but I’m a little surprised the rookie is this expensive in his first start back from injury.
J0e Ross, P: $8,400 – The rookie pitcher always seems to start off strong but has fizzled out in a few starts, including his start last week. Recipe for success! Great price for a solid starting pitcher.
Jerad Eickhoff, P: $5,300 – Eickhoff has pitched very well in his first three starts, and at first the price tag surprised me. But consider that he was relatively unknown and still might be…oh, and he pitches for the Phillies. The Phillies. Phillies!
Travis d’Arnaud, C: $5,000 – All season long I’ve been griping about how awful the Catcher position is in DFS, but d’Arnaud is now one of three no-brainers at the position. He is hitting and has some power.
Blake Swihart, C: $3,900 – Check to see if Swihart is in the lineup today. If he is, take a good look at him. Huge talent and potential.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B: $4,800 – One swing of the bat is all it takes to rack up the points and we all know if someone is going to do it, good chance it’ll be Encarnacion.
Joey Votto, 1B: $5,300 – Incredible numbers continue for Votto. He’s the second most expensive 1B today. I like opposing pitcher Nelson, but that won’t stop me from taking Votto.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B: $3,700 – He’s steadily coming back around and is still priced well. I’ll probably start him at second base today.
Logan Forsythe, 1B/2B: $3,800 – His overall season statistics are good, but nothing too great. That is what makes Forsythe priced well. He continues to hit in the middle of the Rays’ lineup. If my second baseman is my last position to fill, here’s the guy.
Brett Lawrie, 3B: $3,400 – Lawrie has been putting numbers up all over the board lately, including 4 home runs in the past two weeks.
Eduardo Escobar, SS/OF: $3,300 – Need a SS on a budget? Escobar has hit well of late. Check to see if he’s in today’s lineup.
Jose Reyes, SS: $4,100 – You know that when a hitter does well no matter where he plays, he’s good. This is the fourth major league team Reyes has been on, and although we have all been highly frustrated with the injuries over the years, don’t lose sight on the damage he can do in DFS. DraftKings’ scoring format benefits players like Jose Reyes, who will hit, score runs, and steal bases. I’m fully aware that he faces Madison Bumgarner today, but even Bumgarner isn’t great at Coors Field.
Stephen Piscotty, OF: $4,200 – Seems like whatever player the Cardinals bring up from the farm performs very well at an early age in their career. Piscotty appears to be a good pure hitter. He’s still priced well.
Lorenzo Cain, OF: $5,500 – Cain is one of my favorite DFS and Fantasy Baseball players of the year. There’s a good chance I’ll stack Royals in an entry today, as they face onetime White Sox top prospect Erik Johnson in his season debut.
George Springer, OF: $4,500 – Well he received a golden sombrero last night striking out four times, but we know Springer has the potential to put up big stats. This could be the game he shakes off the rust.
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