Today is 7/11! Be sure to go to your local 7-Eleven for the famous thirst quenching Slurpee. Remember to buy an extra one for your enjoyment while watching baseball all day. Take the kiddos with you and you’ll be the coolest dad around. You can tell what my childhood memories consist of. Now that we got that important news out of the way, its time to focus on DraftKings. Over the past three games, the Phillies have faced Kershaw, Greinke, and Bumgarner. Over those three games, they’ve managed to crank out 2 runs. Today, they face Ryan Vogelsong. He’s not the caliber of pitcher as those three, but you have to think the Phillies are deflated today, and are already planning their All-Star break vacation. It’s not out of the question to stack those Giants’ hitters as high as you can as they scored double digits last night. Phillies’ starting pitcher Buchanan has a 0-5 record on the season with a near 9 ERA. But, I don’t know if I’m putting my eggs all in one basket. If I’m playing a big money ‘Guaranteed’ entry, this will definitely be my plan. Click on and check out my other picks for today.
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Chris Sale, SP: $12,500 – I don’t think I’ve spent this much money since the first few weeks of the season when Kershaw was somewhere around here. Chris Sale is breaking records with his strikeout rate, but one problem, the White Sox just don’t score much. So sure you’ll run up the score with his strikeouts, but will he get the win? The White Sox are last in the league in runs scored.
Carlos Carrasco, SP: $11,000 – This seems like a trap. $11k for Carrasco who flopped earlier this week steers me away. Yes, he was very impressive last week when he pitched that gem in Tampa. Today’s he’s at home against the Athletics. I’m passing.
Matt Harvey, SP: $10,600 – The price is a little high for my liking, but this is the type of pitcher and matchup I like in DFS. A good proven pitcher, who has been so-so lately, and most people will pass on. His opponent, the Diamondback, are fifth in the league in runs scored and ninth in the league in OPS. When you think of Arizona, you think hot sun, Paul Goldschmidt, and maybe pollution, and not amongst the leaders in those two categories.
Jake Odorizzi, SP: $8,300 – Welcome back! Fantasy Baseball owners have missed you. Odorizzi is one of the most promising upcoming young pitchers in the league. After a very good 2014 season, and an even better start to 2015, Odorizzi is making his first start in weeks as he comes off the DL. Keep his name on the DL so your fantasy opponents won’t pick him too.
James Shields, SP: $8,000 – I’m not sure this price is correct, but keep this on the DL too. Shields will give up the runs, and the Padres might not score much, but this is a great price for your first pitcher. Shields has the big strikeout potential. The Padres are on the road against the Rangers.
Taylor Jungmann, SP: $6,800 – The Brewers are on the road against the Dodgers, and I immediately want to skip Jungmann. But, Jimmy Nelson, another rookie pitcher, pitched last night against these same Dodgers. I’ll probably have to be very daring to start Jungmann today, but he’s pitched very well so this season, and Jimmy Nelson pitched pretty well last night.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP: $6,300 – Iwakuma is making his second start since coming off the DL which put him on the shelf for nearly three months. He didn’t look good earlier this week against the Tigers, but that has set DFS players up nicely today. Like Harvey, your fantasy opponents will probably pass on him. I would certainly consider Iwakuma as my first pitcher today. It hasn’t been too long since he was dominant, and today he faces division opponent Angels in Seattle.
John Jaso, C: $3,900 – If you’re not going with Posey or Grandal, go with the hot bat here. Since coming off the DL earlier this week, he’s hit safety in every game. I like Keuchel today but I don’t think he’ll throw a no-hitter.
Adam Lind, 1B: $4,500 – I never thought I’d see the day where Lind was this expensive, but here he is. He’s swinging a hot bat so he’s worth playing.
Victor Martinez, 1B: $4,000 – If I don’t love Gooooooooold, then I’ll start Martinez. First basemen seem to be an unsure thing in DFS for me, but Martinez homered yesterday, and the opposing pitcher is Phil Hughes.
Brian Dozier, 2B: $4,800 – Brian Dozier scores a lot of runs, and has the second highest OPS in the league amongst second baseman. I really really really like the matchup today against a struggling Alfredo Simon.
Manny Machado, 3B: $4,400 – The hottest hitting third baseman in the league is only $4,400 today. He faces Jordan Zimmermann at home, so, what’s the catch? No need to consider anyone else. Machado will be in my lineup.
Jose Reyes, SS: $4,500 – His very poor OBP has detoured fantasy owners, but remember this is DFS. He’s socked a few homers over the past few weeks, and is always a threat to steal.
Lorenzo Cain, OF: $4,600 – Another bargain here! Cain is swinging a hot bat and priced very well. I love the matchup against Mark Buerhle.
Kole Calhoun, OF: $3,900 – The guy you dropped in season-long fantasy is heating up. This is a great price for your third OF.
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Doing Lines in Vegas
I’ll take the under 6.5 runs in the Diamondbacks/Mets game. The under 6.5 runs in the Cardinals/Pirates game too. I’ll take the over 7.5 runs in the Phillies/Giants game because of the pitching matchup. There’s no doubt I’m taking the over 8.5 runs in the Tigers/Twins game. Hopefully the Green Monster will get plenty of action in the Yankees/Red Sox game, so I’ll take the over 8.5 runs in that one. Its another trap! I’m not touching the over/under between the Braves and Rockies in Colorado.