Sometimes simple is better, and the simplest answer today is SP Jose Berrios ($10,100).  He’s the third highest cost on the FanDuel slate for a very good reason: The Twins are playing the last place Orioles.  That’s right, the Orioles are so bad, they’ve sunken below the sluggish Red Sox in the AL East.  It doesn’t hurt that Berrios is sporting a 2-0 record with a 1.26 ERA at home so far this year, and is carrying a .93 WHIP overall.  Now on to the picks.

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Jake Arrieta, SP: $9,700 – Quietly, this former Cy Young Award winner has a 2.65 ERA this year.  And he’s going up against the Marlins.  The horrible Marlins offense that can’t even scratch together three runs per game this year.  Simple.

Continuing with the keep it simple stupid theme, here are some stacks to consider.  Mixing and matching gives you all kinds of options, and these are teams with the highest projected runs scored for the day.

Minnesota Twins – The Twins are facing Dan Straily of the Orioles.  Yes, that Dan Straily, the one with the 8.59 ERA.  Among the options for the highest rated offense (6.06 runs – see below) are today’s top Razzball pick Nelson Cruz, OF: $3,700, league leading home run hitting Eddie Rosario, OF: $4,400, Max Kepler, OF: 3,200, Jonathan Schoop, 2b: $3,100, and one of today’s best values, C.J. Cron, 1b: $2,900.

Washington Nationals – The Nats are facing Eric Lauer of the San Diego Padres at home today.  Lauer has a 4.67 ERA overall, but a 6.55 ERA on the road.  These are the top Razzball guys on the Hittertron, one of the magnificent tools for DFS on Razzball by the way: Juan Soto, OF: $3,800, Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: $3,200, Victor Robles, OF: $3,300, and today’s second best solid value Howie Kendrick, 3B: $2,800.

Philadelphia Phillies – Another home team, this one facing the aforementioned woebegone Miami MarlinsTrevor Richards is their starter, and he’s allowed an average of 4 runs a game over the past two, and these particular Phillies have been swingin’ it: Maikel Franco, 3B: $3,700 with 5 home runs at home, Cesar Hernandez, 2B: $2,300 hitting .290 with three 2b in the last 7 games, and wildcard Sean Rodriguez, SS: $2,300.  Rodriguez has hit a double and a home run in the last 2 games.  But he’s also only up because Jean Segura has been on the IL, but he’s set to come off today.  Double check that Rodriguez is in the lineup before using him.

Francisco Lindor, SS: $3,500 – A bonus.  Lindor won’t be so cheap forever.  He is currently hitting the ball 33% harder than average, but is very unlucky with a 25% hit rate.  He’s facing Brad Peacock of the Astros in Houston.  Today could be the day he wakes up.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

The wind is blowing out in Boston for the Rays and Red Sox.  But the Night King is still in control somewhere, and rain and snow are forecast for the Tigers and White Sox in Chicago.

Doing Lines In Vegas

Stack ’em, pack ’em and rack ’em: The highest projected runs scored today are the Twins (6.06) vs the Orioles, the Phillies (5.3) vs the Marlins, and the Nationals (5.26) vs the Padres.

The best and the brightest: The biggest favorites today are the Twins (-260) vs the Orioles, the Dodgers (-185) vs the Pirates, and the Phillies (-185) vs the Marlins.

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3 years ago

I understand still recommending Lindor since he’s still cheap, but I think last night’s game would qualify as Lindor waking up. I don’t think an ice cold player goes 2-5 with 2 HRs… :)