DFS could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic… why it could be Rhys Lightnin’ today! I’d probably draft Rhys Hoskins above a whole bunch of guys next season. Throw Jose Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, Eric Hosmer, Logan Morrison, Ryan Zimmerman and Wil Myers on that list. Greasy Rhysy gives me the warm fuzzies with all of this home run business, oh and speaking of business, comparing him to a shart is kinda doable. We thought we knew what we had when Hoskins was called up in August, but when we pushed a little further, the explosion occurred. It’s a party in everyone’s pants, and since Hoskins ($4,100) is the lede on this fine Wednesday, he’s most certainly one of my top OF picks today.
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Marcus Stroman, SP: $8,100 – My favorite DFS flavor, plain! Stroman is pretty much your uncle that used to have a serious relationship with Jack Daniels but is now as boring and dull as detergent. All of his stats are almost identical to last year – 7.47 K/9, 31.3% hard hit rate and just 19 HR’s allowed. He faces the Orioles today, a team that has struck out 55 times and put up just 10 extra base hits over the last seven days.
Tyler Glasnow, SP: $7,200 – Max Scherzer and Yu Darvish will cost you your imaginary first born, and you’re not even guaranteed success. Glasnow remains a sneaky cheap-ish play against a Brewers team that ranks third last in runs produced since the All Star break.
Cody Bellinger, 1B: $3,900 – The Dodgers finally remembered that they need to swing the big stick at the white ball last night, and guess what, they winner ha ha ha! Bellinger faces Matt Moore today, which could be um, ouchy. He owns 3 RBI’s and a triple against the lefty.
Whit Merrifield, 2B: $4,100 – Lucas Giolito’s last start against the Giants went kinda crooked. He threw just 5.1 innings and gave up 3 earned in what was a serious head-on crash back down to earth. Merrifield owns 10 hits over the last week and has struck out just once.
Kris Bryant, 3B: $3,800 – Ugh now we’re into the dregs. No, Kris, this isn’t about you… for once. It’s about Matt Harvey. I guess I should let up, he now has a ‘W’ next to his name after all. The Cubs have 152 HR’s against righties next to theirs though, so they kinda win here.
Zack Cozart, SS: $3,300 – Jack Flaherty faces the Reds for the first time in his career. That’s probably the weeniest sentence ever written, but Cozart’s HR last night certainly wasn’t. Baked into his cheap price is a pretty .269 career AVG against the Cardinals.
Mitch Haniger, OF: $3,100 – Here’s the sitch with Mitch: he’s back… I think? All signs point to a reformed Haniger after a lull through July, and a .520 AVG with 2 HR’s over the last week certainly proves it.
Jackie Bradley Jr., OF: $3,000 – Jharel Cotton at Fenway? Uh-oh spaghettios. All Red Sox hitters are yummy options today, and since Jackie Bradley Jr. broke his five game strikeout streak last night, he could be due for some power since Cotton has dialed up 13 HR’s vs. lefties.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
The Windians have been great, but they’re no match for Mother Nature. There’s a slight chance of rain in Cleveland, and Philadelphia for that matter. You’d do well to check in before lock if the severity worsens.
Doing Lines in Vegas
So the Nats are -350 favorites at home against the Braves tonight. It’s been a while since I’ve seen those kind of odds, and with Max Scherzer giving up 4 earned runs last week against the Phillies, throwing some moolah on the Braves mightn’t be total silliness. Fangraphs projects an 8 strikeout day for Scherzer, but remember, he has given up 3 HR’s against the Braves. If you can justify gambling with stats, tonight is your night.