Welcome to the final weekend of DFS fun everyone.  We only have two full slates before we slip into 2-4 game slates and 75% roster rates.  We’ve got nine games tonight before a full-on slate tomorrow.  The trick this weekend is finding teams with things to play for, or finding teams that are totally out of it.  What we don’t want, is a team that’s already clinched and will be prone to rest starters.  Under normal circumstances, Lucas Giolito vs. DET and even Corbin Burnes @LAD would be our top choices, but I don’t expect either of those guys to go more than 4 innings as they tune up and rest up for what really matters, the playoffs.  Zac Gallen ($8,400) on the other hand, he’s got five months to rest after this start and should be good to leave it all on the field against the Rockies.  The Rockies, as we know, are trash on the road.  With absolutely nothing for them to play for, they could be even more trash than usual.  Gallen held the Rockies to three hits in Coors back in August and I like him as the top choice in the penultimate large slate of the DFS season.

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Chris Flexen, SP: $9,100 – Gallen got the lede nod based on two factors, a little more lineup flexibility with pricing and his name made a better pun.  The Mariners have plenty to play for and Flexen should deliver.

Triston McKenzie, SP: $8,200 – I love McKenzie in this spot, looking to finish his season strong so we can all overrate him again for next year.

Jose Abreu, C/1B: $3,900 – The White Sox should smash Matt Manning as they shoot to earn home-field advantage over the Astros in their first round playoff match-up.  The Astros own the tie-breaker so the White Sox will need every win they can get.  Oh, and Matt Manning has been throwing BP all year.

Bobby Bradley, OF: $2,400 – Jordan Lyles is giving up 2 HR/9, so we’ve got a good chance of a Bobby Bomb tonight.

Whit Merrifield, 2B: $3,400 – Speaking of jacks, Griffin Jax is in even worse shape than Lyles, giving up 2.7 HR/9 and owning a 6.68 FIP on the year, the Royals should finish strong.

Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS: $2,400 – Remember all the hype Gimenez got coming into this season?  Well, after a demotion back to AAA, he’s back and with 3 dingers in his last 10 games, he’s already got me post-hyping him for next year.

Jose Ramirez, 3B: $4,200 – I’m thinking a little Guardians/Royals stack sounds nicely contrarian tonight.

Francisco Lindor, SS: $3,600 – Wouldn’t it just be the most Lindor thing ever to finish the season with a huge weekend when it doesn’t matter?  Jesse Chavez is getting tossed out there by the Braves as they rest their way into the playoffs.

Adalberto Mondesi, SS: $3,300 – I’m talking myself right into this Royals stack.

Luis Robert, OF: $3,800 – Outside of Jose Ramirez, I think LouBob is our top performer on the night.  If you can squeeze him into your lineup, I would advise it.

Andrew Benintendi, OF: $3,500 – A Royals stack wouldn’t be complete without the hot-hitting clean-up hitter.  Benny Baseball is back!

Michael Conforto, OF: $2,600 –  A budget power bat against Jesse Chavez.  Can you tell I don’t trust Chavez’s 2.27 ERA?

Daulton Varsho, OF: $2,300 – Finally, a very budget OF, hitting near the top of the lineup

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Why not throw some rain into the mix this weekend to really shake things up.  We’ve got potential showers in MIN@KC, DET@CHW, and CHC@STL.  We’ll have to watch these spots very closely as we approach lineup lock.  

Doing Lines In Vegas

The lowest over/under on the slate tonight is a seven run total in LA where Burnes faces Urias.  As I mentioned, I don’t think Burnes last too long in this one and I’d take the over here.  Our highest total is in HOU where the A’s visit.  I didn’t mention anyone from this game but Starling Marte and any of the Astros would be nice plays.  The White Sox are the biggest favorites on the slate at -270, but it’s risky whether or not Giolito sticks around long enough to qualify for the win.