So I just wrote 250 about why you should start Chris Sale. Then It come to my attention that Mr. Sale had been pushed back until Monday. Damn you DFS gods why have you foresaken me. So with Sale being pushed back and Carlos Rodon taking his place it can only mean one thing, I’m going to focus on Danny Salazar. You didn’t think I was going to sit here and suggest you start Rodon vs the O’s did you? I mean I already had my teeth handed to me a month or so ago by Carlos Frias. I’ve sworn off all Carlos’ until further notice. So let’s focus on Danny shall we? The young god is averaging 10.65 K/9 and as we all know K’s are the real kings of DraftKings. I know one would think it would be the drafts, but it’s not. So let’s get a couple of things out in the open before we go any further. 1. Danny’s not exactly the safest of choices, 2. he’s a bit homer prone and 3. will have his rough outings from time to time. But if you’re a Razzball reader you already knew that. You know because we have the most astute readers in the industry. Right?

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Mike Bolsinger, SP: $6,800 – I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Bolsinger is some sort of ace that you need to start in every lineup today. But I will advocate for him as a very good contest play. He faces a Mets offense that politely would be described as struggling. Bolsinger left his previous start early but that was due to some bad mushrooms, or seafood, or gas station sushi. Actually I don’t know how he got it but I know it was food poisoning. Regardless of tummy aches and explosive diarrhea, Bolsinger has strung together a very good season. He’s rocking an 8.56 K/9 and a 2.76 ERA, that’s a player worth starting against most offenses let alone a bad one.

Lance Lynn, SP: $10,100 – Being as upfront as possible I don’t love this price with Lynn, but a start at home vs the lowly Padres is enough to get his name in lights. I have no idea why but Lynn is one of those players that always sucks when I start him in daily leagues. He’s obviously an excellent player but he’s one of those guys that I have bad luck with, or maybe it’s bad feelings I don’t know. I’m obviously very wrong about all of this as Lynn has a 2.74 ERA and a 9.39 K/9. He’s a great start today vs a bottomfeeder lineup.

Mookie Betts, OF: $4,600 – Over the past month not many hitters have been hotter than Mookie. Don’t you love to just write/say/know his name? I do…. Anyway over the last month Betts has hit .363, with 4 homers, 5 steals, and 20 runs scored. The great thing about Betts is the multitude of ways he can contrbute to your point totals on draftkings. He’s got the power stroke, the wheels, and the cushy spot at the top of a good lineup. Mookie also does his best work at home against righties, and what does he see tomorrow? Well righty Lance McCullers at home of course. I’m a big fan of McCullers but I like Mookies chances for a big day.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B: $5,600 – Is the price crazy high? Of course it is, but Goldy at home vs a lefty is always worth a start. Granted Jorge De La Rosa has been great outside of Coors but shutting down Goldy at home is no small feat. Take the plunge open the coffers and buy some Gold.

Cesar Hernandez, 2B/SS: $3,000 – Over the last 7 days there’s nobody hotter than the Phillies middle infidel. He’s hitting .471 over the last week with 6 steals. He faces Shelby Miller today; not a matchup I love but at $3,000, I’ll take a chance on his hot streak continuing.

Kole Calhoun, OF: $4,100 – This is not just an endorsement for Calhoun here as much as it’s an endorsement for the whole Angels lineup. The stack vs. Colby Lewis should very much be in play today. Calhoun has the BvP working in his favor as he’s 8/16 lifetime against Lewis with 4 extra base hits. That metal-phile the Hitter-tron loves Kole placing a $48.9 value on him, the 6th highest rating of the day.

Kris Bryant, 3B: $4,400 – Went off yesterday slugging two homers including one grand salami, so I’m probably chasing points. With Mat Latos on the bump for the fish today, though, I’m going back to well again. What can I say, it was hot yesterday and we drank all the water. Don’t worry that last sentence didn’t make any sense to me either and I wrote it.

Kevin Plawecki, C: $2,300 – This isn’t a vote of confidence for Plawecki as much as it’s an example of what you should do at catcher today, and that’s start the cheapest catcher you can find. It’s called punting gentleman, and typically what I do with my catcher spot. There’s no better way to free up some pesos to throw at premium bats and arms.

Cameron Maybin, OF: $3,700 – A night after almost hitting for the cycle Maybin faces Cole Hamels a pitcher he’s historically had success against. Lifetime Maybin is 12/32 with 5 XBH’s, and 3 steals. Pure BvP play here.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Looks like clear skies across the board today, a couple of games have a 20-30% of precipitation but that’s nothing to be concerned with.

Doing Lines In Vegas

The big favorites of the day are Lance Lynn and the Cards, Mike Bolsinger and the Dodgers, the Royals and Danny Duffy, and Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats in the nightcap. The sharks in Vegas don’t like my Salazar love as they’ve chose to throw their dollars and support behind fellow young gun Gerrit Cole. The highest total for the day is 9 in the Detroit/ Toronto game, and the lowest totals are in the Pirates/Indians game and the Philly/Atlanta game.

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  1. Db says:
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    Start ozuna vs Hendricks, leonys vs Wilson, or soler vs latos?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      I’d go Soler

  2. tals23 says:
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    I am in a 16 team redraft weekly points league and have just taken over first place in my division…. I want to trade beltre….i feel I need to upgrade at SP to truly make a run…. I have boeagarts who I can put at 3b and yunel Escobar to play SS….I also want to free up space to stash corey seager…. Should I hold beltre and see if he comes around or try and use his name and reputation to upgrade at SP….I currently have King felix, Chris Archer, Lance McMullers, Clay buckholz and taijuan walker starting… And Steven matz, iwakuma, and Trevor Bauer on the bench…. I’m solid at every position….. And when pedroia comes back, I can slide boeagarts to 3b……I really don’t need beltre but I don’t want to trade him and watch him start hitting bombs for one of my contenders…. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @tals23: Trade him for pitching. You seem to have a strategy, trust that. Go out and shop him.

  3. ROBHALLA says:
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    great call on Salazzzzzaarrrrrr , fkin sucks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @ROBHALLA: hahaha yup. Dude was cruzin until the 5th then Redlights!!!!

    • Chucky says:
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      That comes with the territory when starting either Cleveland pitcher, Salazar and Carrasco. As Forest Gump would say….you never know what your gonna get from a box of chocolates….or something like that….hopefully you get my point. Kings of inconsistency.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Chucky: Or King Salazar the unpredictable

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