On a slow day in the Majors it’s hard to find good value on FanDuel. One such place is the seventh ranked pitcher Jaime Barria ($7,200). He’s one spot above that on the Streamonator, but he’s also pitching against the 30th ranked Detroit Tigers offense at home at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. Barria loves home cooking. He’s 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA there this year. He has a high probability of more innings and strikeouts than many others today, which equals FanDuel points. Now on to the picks.
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Daniel Murphy, 1B: $3,600 – Murphy is $800 cheaper than Joc Pederson, and hitting the lights out. He’s the much better bet in Coors field today. He really has his launch angle swing working, he’s hit seven home runs in the last 14 days, so the hits in the .271 batting average over that time are going a long way.
Matt Beaty, 1b: $3,000 – If you can’t fit Murphy’s $3,600 in your lineup, Beaty is a cheaper option. He generally plays against righties like Jon Gray today. He has three home runs in his last 15 days, and he is playing in Coors, so it could work.
Scooter Gennett, 2B: $2,600 – If you’re going to try to get as many Dodgers and Rockies players in your lineup as possible, you have to find value somewhere. Gannet has had a rough season, but he’s hitting .333 in the last week, and 3/7 against Jordan Lyles of the Pirates, who he’s facing at home in Cincinnati.
Ryan McMahon, 2B: $3,500 – If you want a surer thing and have the space, McMahon is a great place to put your excess salary to work. He is hitting .300 over the last 15 days, and .300 over his last seven. There’s been six home runs in the past 15 as well. Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers is allowing a .787 OPS to lefthanders this year.
Colin Moran, 3B: $2,500 – More value here. He’s facing Gannet’s Reds and the resurgent Sonny Gray today. That works for Moran, who’s got a .291 batting average and .822, including all 10 of his home runs, against righties. He’s also hitting .348 in July.
Corey Seager, SS: $3,500 – FanDuel has finally caught up with Seager’s resurgence, which is a shame. He was one of the best values over the last week. He’s hitting .353 in his last seven games, he’s hitting in Colorado, and he’s facing a right handed starter (Jon Gray). He’s hitting .302 with a .912 OPS against righties this year.
Josh VanMeter, OF: $2,700 – This Reds’ Outfielder continues to rake since his callup. He plays against righties and today he gets Jordan Lyles, who’s not so great. He’s hitting .500 in the last 15 days, including .600 in the last seven, with three home runs. He won’t be this cheap for long, so take advantage.
Charlie Blackmon, OF: $4,500 – Finally one of the big guns, he’s the hottest of the pricey options (Bellinger, Arenado, Story) in Colorado today. He’s hitting .414 in the last seven days with a homer, and .306 in his last 15.
Mike Trout, OF: $4,900 – Yes, he’s tied for the most expensive bat. But he’s been powering up like few others (Goldschmidt’s Cardinals are off). He’s got 12 home runs in the last 15 days, with three coming in the last seven. He’s facing Jordan Zimmerman, who has a 14.09 ERA in July. If you can fit him in it’s worth it.
Alex Verdugo, OF: $3,100 – One more mostly value from the Dodgers Rockies game in Coors. Verdugo has hit .474 at Coors in his career, with three home runs and a 1.553 OPS in 19 at bats. Just make sure he’s starting.
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It’s a beautiful day for baseball again, the only thing of note is that there’s a very good reason the Rockies and Dodgers have the highest projected runs scored today. The wind is blowing out at Coors Field.
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