High School football is a week away. Crazy, right? With that, of course, comes the start of college and professional football, meaning most of the fantasy focus will be on those throwing around the pigskin. If you’re still tuned into your seasonal league or DFS for baseball, way to go, you.
Today’s slate really isn’t that appealing, as it has six so-so games on it. I’m looking at games in Miami and Philadelphia to attack, so let’s get straight to the cash, homie.
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Gerrit Cole, SP: $12,900 — So much for those concerns over Cole as he surrendered just one unearned run while striking out eight over seven innings in his last outing. Cole faces a punchless Marlins lineup, and should live up to his price.
Joe Ross, SP: $10,100 — I was really tempted to go with Carlos Rodon here ($9,800) after he looked great for the third time in a row last week in a start against the Mariners, but I trust Ross more against the Padres. Rodon has the higher strikeout potential, but he could walk four guys in three innings and call it a day. Ross has a high upside, too, but also a higher floor.
Chris Stewart, C: $2,300 — Assuming Francisco Cervelli doesn’t play with his ankle injury, I’ll punt with Stewart, who offers little in the way of power. He can, however, get a hit or two for you, which is better than nothing.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF: $2,400 — Again, assuming that Clint Hurdle sticks with his platoons, Morse should draw the start against the left-handed Justin Nicolino. There’s a chance that Aramis Ramirez could sneak a start at first, but I’ll watch throughout the day and roll with Morse if he’s starting.
Wilmer Flores, 2B/SS: $3,300 — Next time Flores slumps, someone is going to tell him he’s been traded, right? He’s been on a roll since the trade deadline, and strikes out less than you’d expect for a guy with his power. He also faces Aaron Harang who, you know, isn’t good. Fly-ball pitcher against Flores? Yes, please.
Daniel Murphy, 2B/3B: $3,800 — He’s another Mets’ player who has come on after a disappointing start to the season. He’s reasonably price and with the way the Mets are hitting, I’ll roll with them until they cool down.
Jeff Francoeur, OF: $2,600 — I threw up a little bit when typing his name. It’s a punt play, but he has pop in his bat against lefties. I’ll chance it.
David Peralta, OF: $4,000 — He’s one of the more underrated players in baseball, and the match-up isn’t great against Carlos Martinez, but the Diamondbacks have one of the best offenses in baseball for a reason. Plus, I trust Martinez less and less as the season winds down. Hello, innings count.
Curtis Granderson, OF: $4,600 — Same thought as Flores. Granderson has been white hot lately, and he gets Harang in a hitter’s park. Sign me up.
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We are in the clear as far as weather goes, with the only possible threats showing up in Arizona and Miami. Both stadiums have a retractable roof on them, but you never know with the Marlins.
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