Ba dee bedebe. Now that that is stuck in your head, let’s talk about the main slate on FanDuel for this Saturday, the second to last Saturday of the baseball DFS season. *Sigh* Well, let’s make the best of what we’ve got left and take a look at our main guy, Sean Manaea ($9,200). Manaea has been incredible in his three games back. Apparently he learned how to raise his K-rate while rehabbing his shoulder as he’s rocking a 10.5 K/9. It’s a small sample size, of course, but I love what I’ve seen so far. Manaea should be in for another strikeout filled outing as he takes on the Rangers who are currently second in MLB with 1,504 strikeouts, just behind Detroit. Combine that with their bottom third team OPS and the fact Manaea is at home making his chances of earning a win even better and we’ve got ourselves a great option for DFS contests at a reasonable price. Let’s take a look at a few more options on our nine game slate.
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Walker Buehler, SP: $11,100 – It’s a DFS rule as old as time, pick on the Rockies on the road. I’d be a little worried the Dodgers baby Buehler like they did with Kershaw the other day and yank him after five innings, but there’s that risk lots of places this time of year. The price is a bit steep but the upside is obvious.
Jose Berrios, SP: $9,400 – The Twins, however, are still fighting so I like Berrios to stick this one out. The opponent is about as weak as they come, the Royals rank fourth to the bottom in team OPS. They won’t strikeout a ton and that’s the only reason I’d hesitate.
Johnny Cueto, SP: $7,800 – Cueto is here so I can call attention to something that occurs this time of year, the post-clinch cupcake. I wouldn’t normally advise Cueto against the Braves but with the Braves clinching last night we have just such an instance. After a team clinches their playoff spot they are generally rewarded with a day off for the regulars and the bench players getting a start. Regulars that do play are likely hungover, this generally leads to very favorable match-ups for opposing pitchers. See: John Means against the Dodgers on September 11th.
Asher Wojciechowski, SP: $6,500 – We’re not just looking for good here, we’re just looking for “good enough”. Considering the opponent, and Woj occasionally popping with high strikeout games and I think it’s a reasonable gamble in a GPP to ride with Woj and stack your bats.
C.J. Cron, C/1B: $3,100 – Glenn Sparkman is rocking a near six ERA and Cron has been doing plenty of damage when he’s played this year. He’s yet to homer in September though, I think Sparkman can fix that.
Jose Osuna, 3B: $2,600 – Staying in Miller Park, Osuna has benefitted from Josh Bell being all but done for the year. I’d prefer he be facing a lefty but Zach Davies seems to give it up to both sides of the plate pretty evenly.
Nelson Cruz, OF: $4,300 – Yes, he’s expensive but all he does is hit!
Kyle Tucker, OF: $2,800 – Please play the kid Hinch!
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
All clear on the baseball front.
Doing Lines In Vegas
There are a lot of big favorites on the slate tonight. Ryu and the Dodgers lead the way as -340 favorites, Berrios in the Twins are next at -320 followed by Manaea and the A’s at -285. [email protected] has the highest over/under tonight at 10.5 and the smallest can be found in San Diego at 8.5