Fresh off a no-hitter, Mike Fiers is priced at $10,300 today. Are we going to buy into the no-hitter curse, that the following game he’ll get destroyed and prove that the no-no was a fluke? That Phillip Humber perfect game in 2012 always jumps into my head when I see a mid-tier fantasy pitcher get a no-hitter. It was only two months ago that rookie Chris Heston pitched his no-hitter against those first place Mets. Fiers has gone at least 5 innings or more in his last 13 starts. He’s an intriguing option today because first thought is that he’s priced too high just because of last week’s performance. Over his last 13 starts, he’s allowed 4 or more runs just 4 times. In his last 3 starts with the Astros, he’s pitched 21 innings and only allowing 1 earned run. I’m going with the optimistic approach and say that his confidence is higher than ever, and will perform very well today on the road against the Twins. Keep reading and check out some of my other DraftKings’ picks for today.
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Hisashi Iwakuma, SP: $10,000 – Did someone say no-hitter? Iwakuma has his own that he threw just a few weeks ago. Today he gets the White Sox on the road. He’s been good most of the season, so try to forget last week’s outing.
Joe Kelly, SP: $7,300 – If you told me before the All-Star Break that Joe Kelly would be a good DFS option in the second half of the season, I would have fallen over in laughter. But the stats don’t lie and I’m not saying he’s a must play today but he’s pitched 3 straight quality starts and has 5 straights wins in his last 5 games. Consider that the Red Sox are the road against the first place New York Mets.
Luis Severino, SP: $10,400 – Are you buying that Severino is priced higher than the other two pitchers above? I am but I’m not. I can make reasons for both sides. Severino is a hot hyped young pitcher that plays for the Yankees, but he hasn’t proven much in comparison to the two no-no players. However, he’s one of my favorite pitching prospects and has pitched well in the short amount of time he’s been in the bigs.
Kris Medlen, SP: $5,500 – He got the win, quality start, and struck out 6 batters in his first start of the season earlier this week. Medlen will be highly owned in most DraftKings’ entries today, especially 50/50’s. We all remember the fantastic season he had with the Braves, then the elbow injury, and now he’s pitching for one of the best hitting teams in the league.
Jon Lester, SP: $10,900 – I was actually hoping to see Lester priced much lower, but those DraftKings guys know that he’s been pitching really well lately aside from the recent outing against the Tigers. I still like the matchup on the road against the Dodgers and might pay the price.
Kyle Schwarber, C /OF: $4,300 – Once again Schwarber will be in my lineup at the catcher position. He’s cooled off over the past week, but that probably sounds crazy when he’s hit 2 homers in that time, and should tell you that he’s been that good so far.
Buster Posey, C/1B: $3,600 – Sneaky sneaky! One of my favorite players is priced really well today but that’s probably because he’s been putting up a lot of zeros everywhere over the past couple weeks. The Giants are at home against Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn.
Eric Hosmer, 1B: $4,000 – This pick is about talent and price. If I’m not going with Miggy, Hosmer is priced really well to be my starter.
Dee Gordon, 2B: $4,700 – Four games ago he had 4 stolen bases. Thats 4 in 1 game!
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B: $3,600 – Rendon might finally be putting things together this season. He’s started for the Nationals for the past week and a half and is putting the numbers up. This is a great price for a tuff second base DFS position.
Manny Machado, 3B: $4,900 – Manny is still being Manny. IMO TBH MVP contender!
Kris Bryant, 3B: $4,500 – He’s the sixth priciest third baseman today. The Cubs are on the road against Mat Latos and the Dodgers. Latos has been bad so lets figure out how to stack Cubbies in at least one entry.
Mike Moustakas, 3B: $4,000 – Moose’s overall stats look very good but it seems like he’s been up and down a lot this season. Right now he is way up and priced very well.
Ketel Marte, SS: $3,600 – Marte continues to bat leadoff for the Mariners. The rookie SS has hit well since his call up. However, this mention is more about price than the thought that he’ll put up huge numbers.
Khris Davis, OF: $4,100 – Krush is putting up the stats and now has 17 home runs on the season in only 277 at-bats.
Michael Brantley, OF: $4,700 – If Brantley is your first outfielder today, you could be called a genius. This is a very good price for a player that can put numbers up all over the place.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s a small chance of thunderstorms in Chicago between the Mariners and White Sox but doesn’t look like it will effect the game. The exact same thing can be said for the Yankees at Braves in Atlanta.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I’ll go with the over 7.5 runs between the Cardinals and Giants, and in the Marlins/Nationals game. The over/under is 9.5 runs in the Tigers/Blue Jays game and anything that high outside of Coors Field is risky, but lets go for it!