Happy Sunday DFSers, I hope you’ve had a fine weekend so far. I’m writing this article via hotel wifi, which is always an adventure. We’re finally getting in a vacation to visit some family for the first time in a year plus. Yesterday resulted in some DFS green screens as we drove down I-95 and I’m looking to add onto that vacation mojo today with a full Sunday slate. Today it looks like we’re either hitting the very top of the pitching price range or sinking to the low-end for a couple of high-risk, high-reward options. We’ll kick this article with the high-end and Yu Darvish ($10,300) vs. the Miami Marlins. While he’s the most expensive pitcher on the slate, he’s also the safest and highest upside pitcher on the slate. The Marlins are pathetic and with any luck, Yu’s rostership will be down due to a couple of clunkers of late. However, if Darvish can regain that pre-Allstar break form like the 58 point outburst against the Dodgers, we’ll be in big business.
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Touki Toussaint, SP: $6,900 – If we don’t go big, let’s dip down today and stack some bats while sporting some potential upside with Touki vs. the Phils. Touki went OFF on the Padres last time out and he can give us close to the 42 points he did there, combined with some big bats, we can be rolling in GPP-winning goodness.
Triston McKenzie, SP: $6,900 – McKenzie is a ridiculously high-risk play, but he is facing the Rays who are strikeout kings so his upside is up there as well. It’s a hit or miss, go big or go home play that could win you a GPP or put you in last place.
Gary Sanchez, C/1B: $3,100 – The ol’ catcher in the first base slot trick is always good for creating a unique lineup. There will be plenty of Sawx and Yanks sprinkled in lineups today as that game expects to be very high scoring.
Ji-Man Choi, C/1B: $2,500 – Homers in back-to-back games and now is facing McKenzie who, as mentioned has been hit or miss. If you’re betting he’s a miss today, Choi should make for some cheap points.
Brandon Lowe, 2B: $3,600 – Lowe has been finding his way into all my lineups recently as he hits leadoff for the Rays. Maybe I’m talking myself out of that McKenzie play…nah, he’s still worth a few bucks in a GPP.
DJ LeMahieu, 2B: $3,200 – As the Yankees lineup has struggled, all their prices have fallen it seems. I see that trend and it makes me want to stack away. Yankees stack has burned me before this season but you know the DFS saying, “Process over results”.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $3,000 – Why yes, I did recommend Dongaldson yesterday as well. When a guy is this under-priced, he’s in play every day until the price is corrected.
Abraham Toro, 3B: $2,300 – If you find yourself in a pickle and needing a really cheap option at third, Toro has the platoon advantage against Taylor Hearn, which should make for a nice day at the plate.
Bo Bichette, SS: $3,600 – FTJ is the best, but expensive, however, if Ross Detwiler starts this game he becomes almost a must-play. Javy Baez is in a nice spot, but also too expensive I think. Bichette is in that middle ground with a decent match-up at a decent price. Rich Hill gets traded to the NL and the first team he faces is the Blue Jays, go figure. This lineup is brutal for lefties, and I like Bichette to be a part of that. I will most likely have Gleyber Torres filling this spot for me at $3,100, but I didn’t want to list the entire Yankees team in this column.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF: $3,400 – The best player on the slate today, don’t pass him up and watch him go off for everyone else. This is way under-priced for the amount of upside Stanton has vs. Martin Perez.
Jesse Winker, OF: $3,600 – Winker went off yesterday and I like him to keep the hot-hitting going today against Oviedo.
Justin Upton, OF: $2,900 – Under 3K for a clean-up hitter capable of getting molten hot? Yes, please.
Jarren Duran, OF: $2,500 – There are going to be serious fireworks in Boston today and Duran is hopefully in the lineup and near the top for cheap.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
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Doing Lines In Vegas
Greinke and the Astros are the biggest favorites on the slate today at -220. We’ve got a Coors field-esque over/under in Boston, 10.5 runs vs the Yankees, the biggest on the slate. Darvish vs. the Marlins meanwhile had a microscopic 6.5 run total while I was writing this, but I expect that to change depending on who the Marlins announce. If this run total sticks with Ross Detwiler on the mound, hammer away as the Padres should hit that total on their own.