Happy Friday everybody! We have a massive 15 games slate on FanDuel, which includes the works. Coors, multiple aces, and huge implied team totals, so let’s see if we can fit it all in! Let us begin our Friday by raising a glass for the 2nd greatest 90s lip-syncers (Milli Vanilli is the GOAT, don’t DM me) out there, C&C Music Factory, that made the greatest proclamation of all time, “Everybody Dance Now”!!! CC Sabathia comes in at $7,800 and faces the Royals, who have been awful vs LHPs. Sabathia is certainly not a sexy play on a day that has Sale, Scherzer, and Kershaw, but the wily veteran should be a safe play and is cheap enough that you’ll be able to fit in some game changing bats. Sabathia has been great at limiting hard contact this year and as a -280 favorite according to Vegas, he should be in line for a really nice day. Let’s take a look at some of my other favorite plays for the day.
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Greg Bird, C/1B: $3,000 – The Yankees have an implied team total over 6 runs, so I definitely want a piece of that. The bats are priced up, but Bird’s still reasonable. Add in that Aaron Judge is expected to miss some time, which should lead to Bird moving up in the lineup.
Evan Gattis, C/1B: $2,500 – Gattis has been struggling some, but what better way to snap out of it than heading home and facing Gallardo?
Francisco Cervelli, C/1B: $2,000 – Punt play, but Cervelli hits LHPs pretty hard, especially ones that are the quality of Jason Vargas. Keep an eye on the lineup, but I actually like Elias Diaz also if Cervelli gets the day off.
Jeff McNeil, 2B: $2,000 – News to me, but my CPA got called up to the majors. McNeil in the minors this year sports an impressive 1.028 OPS with 42 Ks and 38 BBs. Super cheap and good plate skills.
Maikel Franco, 3B: $2,900 – Franco’s been scorching hot and faces the previously mentioned DeSclafani.
Josh Reddick, OF: $2,800 – Lefty facing Gallardo? Yes, please.
Mark Canha, OF: $3,200 – Oakland has been on a tear, averaging over 9 runs per game over their last 5 games and now they head to Colorado. FanDuel did a good job pricing them up due to Coors and how hot they are, but I like them a lot today. Frankly, I like both the Rockies and the A’s bats. Just how many can you cram in today?
Blame It On The Rain
Two games may be in a little danger tonight. Thunderstorms in Baltimore look like they’ll try and cut short the Orioles/Rays game, and there’s currently a 50% chance of thunderstorms in New York, which threatens the Yankees/Royals game. The hot hot heat of the last couple of days has burnt itself off. The hottest games are hanging out in the 80s. It is projected to be 95 in Houston, but they have a retractable roof, so I’d expect the AC to be cranking.
Doing Lines In Vegas
There’s a quad of huge favorites in Boston (-320), Yankees (-280), Houston (-255), and Washington (-235), which means I guess Vegas has some inside info that Sale and Scherzer are good or something. What happens when you get a white-hot team going to Coors? An 11.5 run total, which of course is the highest on today’s slate. As of this writing, aka waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy toooooooooooo early (INSERT MORE COFFEE INTO MOUTHHOLE), the Phillies/Reds and Yankees/Royals games have 9.5 run totals as the next highest.