Hello there DFSers and I hope your long weekend is off to a great start.  With any luck we can put a little more jingle jangle in your pocket today so you can make an extra beer run tomorrow.  Your deity of choice knows you’ll need it. I’ll be focusing primarily on tonight’s 5 game main slate but I’ll try to throw in the occasional all day play for those of you that are into that kind of thing.  My top pitcher for cash games tonight is Hyun-Jin Ryu ($11,000). Ryu has been uncanny so far this year (please stay healthy!) with a minuscule 1.52 ERA, a 8.9 K/9 and a 0.6 BB/9. Zero point six! That’s four walks in 59 IP.  No walking the plank for Captain Ryu. The only knock on Ryu today is he’s on the road, but Pittsburgh is pitcher friendly and the Pirates are bottom five in the league in team OPS vs. lefties. Ryu is an auto-start for me in cash and I’ll lean his way in GPPs as well.

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Tyler Skaggs, SP: $7,400 – Skaggs is the top pick for today according to the Streamonator, but I think I’m going to pass.  Maybe I’ll throw together a GPP lineup with Skaggs, but I still have those seven runs in Detroit leaving a bad taste in my mouth.  Maybe that’s why robots are smarter than us though, they can’t taste. Trust our robot overlord if you choose.

Brad Peacock, SP: $8,100 – Peacock is my pick for a GPP tonight.  I figure he’ll be very low owned with the Sawx coming to town.  I should probably be holding his seven run performance against him too, but 24 Ks in 3 starts will make you forget things.

Kyle Gibson, SP: $8,000 – Gibson is my top pick for a full or early game slate.  The White Sox are top five in strikeouts and bottom ten in team OPS. That’s a nice combo.

Sandy Alcantara, SP: $6,500 – For a shot in the dark GPP play on the all day slate, look Alcantara’s way.  He’s facing the Nationals who invent new ways to lose games everyday. They are also top five in strikeouts and bottom ten in team OPS.  Don’t forget, Sandy just shutout the Mets on 89 pitches last time out and he’s dirt cheap.

Daniel Murphy, 1B: $3,700 – If you do go with Ryu, it’s going to be tough to fit in your Coors bats, but Murphy is the top get if you swerve off Ryu.

Max Muncy, 1B: $3,300 – So, first base might not be the place to save a ton of money, but $400 is $400 and Muncy has the platoon advantage on Musgrove and has shown some life of late.  He’s the best of the rest.

Aledmys Diaz, 2B: $2,700 – Ideally you’d snag Villar at $3,600 here but as I mentioned, we have to save somewhere.  Diaz is hitting in the meat of Houston’s order and I’m hoping David Price has one of those 8 run blow ups.

Luis Rengifo, 2B: $2,000 – Your option to really save some cash is Rengifo at the bare minimum.  With Andrelton down Rengifo is the starter for the foreseeable future. It’s a punt play that opens up options at the other spots.

Renato Nunez, 3B: $3,400 – Rudy and Hittertron nailed this one as Nunez has been hot fire all week.  Now he’s in Coors facing a lefty and he needs to be rostered.

David Fletcher, 3B: $2,700 – Either you dislike winning or you’ve got yourself in a jam and need to save some money at 3B too.  Fletcher should be leading off against the lefty Mike Minor, but that’s about all he’s got going for him.

Dansby Swanson, SS: $3,400 – Swanson seems to have stolen Ozzie Albies spot in the lineup and it’ been hard to argue with it the past few days.  Dakota Hudson and his 5.51 FIP shouldn’t be much trouble for the Braves.

Corey Seager, SS: $2,900 – Also hitting second in a deadly lineup is Seager, and you can save a few bucks.  Granted, it seems like the upside is lower, which is crazy isn’t it?

Raimel Tapia, OF: $3,100 – He hit leadoff last night and at this price at leadoff would be a total steal.  Are the Rockies doing something…smart? Chances are he’ll be riding the pine tonight, but hey, we can dream.

Alex Verdugo, OF: $2,800 – Apparently I’m stacking Dodgers lefties against Musgrove.  Verdugo doesn’t power to spare, but the high average is nothing to shake a stick at at this price.

Andrew Benintendi, OF: $3,600 – You’ll only be able to fit the next two recommendations if you didn’t go with Ryu or you saved a ton elsewhere but they are both in the heart of their orders and should be more expensive than this.  I’m not sure Benny gets it going against Peacock, but it’s a name to remember if you you’re looking to fill a spot with some upside.

David Dahl, OF: $3,600 – Dahl has not been great so far and the Rockies have been benching him to boot.  I was actually just able to nab him on waivers in a season long keeper league if that tells you anything about where people are ranking him right now.  Let them be down on him and we’ll reap the rewards when he turns things around. Season long players that play DFS will possibly be avoiding him, driving down his ownership.  Don’t be like them, we’re better than that. Let’s be on a guy when he’s too cheap instead of waiting for him to perform and his price to go up. Be bold.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

No weather issues in any places that don’t have roofs.

Doing Lines In Vegas

Kyle Freeland and the Rockies are the biggest favorites tonight at -190.  I guess the O’s will do that for you. Still, I like Ryu at -175 better than Freeland.  The O’s/Rox also have the highest over/under at 11 runs. Meanwhile, the [email protected] tilt (Price vs. Peacock) has the smallest total at 8 runs.

  1. Philomath says:

    Matt, would appreciate an opinion. Who should I put in my last SP spot?
    Mahle @ CHC (Darvish)
    Turnbull @ NYM (Wheeler)
    Eflin @ MIL (Woodruff)


    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Turnbull for me

      • Philomath says:


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