Welcome to August people. It’s hard to believe that July is already over, but here we are. The trade deadline has passed and we saw some surprising action (looking at you Mets and Reds) It certainly made things interesting as we watched our teams decide whether to buy or sell. I was happy to see the Giants make some moves without selling the farm. I’ve got a thing for prospects, it must be the allure of the shiny new kid on the block. They give hope to their fanbase that the future is bright.
The future is certainly bright in the North now that top prospect Bo Bichette (SS: $2,700) is in the show. Its an extremely small sample size but the early results are very promising. Fortunately, the small sample can actually help us in DFS before pitchers have time to adapt to him. If he’s batting leadoff, all the better for his value. That spot should provide him ample opportunity to run. He just crushed his first bomb and there should be plenty more where that came from. This ride is just getting started.
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Zack Wheeler, SP: $9,600 – I’m very encouraged after he last start. In his first turn off the IL he was sharp, not issuing a free pass and ringing up 7. He should feast against the lowly Pale Hose. As long as he can make it deeper than the fifth he should be a great play.
Jack Flaherty, SP: $8,500 – The good news is that he’s been pitching better recently, the bad news is that he hasn’t picked up a W since May. Well, that’s baseball and he can only control so much. During July his ERA was sub 3 with 37 Ks against 11 free passes in 29 innings. Those are great numbers, and the wins will follow. Today seems like as a good a time as any, hopefully the Cards bats can get to Jon Lester and put up some runs.
Max Fried, SP: $7,500 – Just goes to show how fluky pitcher wins can be in baseball, he wasn’t particularly sharp last time out but his offense picked him up with 11 early runs. He gets a date with the new look Reds who were surprisingly active at the deadline. They moved a couple sluggers which bodes well for Fried. He’s flashed at times this season and with a start under his belt coming of the IL, I like him as an option today.
Pete Alonso, 1B: $4,000 – He likes the long ball, and I like him. Apparently he thinks he’s still in the Home Run Derby and seems to be selling out for power at the expense of average. Power wins the day though, so fire him up.
Nate Lowe, 1B: $2,900 – He’s a slugger and we all know what that means…you want him. I’m not scared of the matchup and neither is the bot. In fact, the bot also recommends that you stay away from Andrew Cashner. That means take a long hard look at Lowe. I also like Ji-Man Choi ($2,700) in this spot as well. I gotta say that I’m as surprised as you are to find two Rays here.
Keston Hiura, 2B: $3,900 – He hasn’t been up long, but he’s already making quite the impact. All he does is hit. So far he’s been showing off the talent that had scouts so excited for him. Get him and enjoy.
Jose Ramirez, 3B: $3,800 – I think (I hope, I have him in an RCL) that he’s back to form. That means you want him. July was a great month for him and he doubled his home run total. He’s also still running which is great news. This is the Jose Ramirez we all know and love. Get him everywhere you can.
Matt Chapman, 3B: $3,700 – Ignore his recent numbers, baseball is a game of ups and downs. The bot is all over him today, which should be more than enough to get your attention.
Marcus Semien, SS: $3,500 – What, another Oakland A? This is insanity. He’s been playing pretty damn well this season. Even in this era of the baseball behaving differently (juiced?) and power being up it’s still impressive to see a shortstop in the Bay hitting bombs. Batting leadoff is good for fantasy no matter where you are.
Yordan Alvarez, OF: $3,900 – He just keeps on hitting for the Astros as they surge towards the playoffs. His bat has even earned hi some starts in the outfield when playing in an NL park. Fortunately, today he can slot in to his usual place as the DH so we don’t have to sweat it.
Austin Meadows, OF: $3,600 – He’s one of the robots favorite options today. Coming out of the break, he’s turned in a strong performance. A player on a hot streak is always someone to cyclops and today is a great day to get him in your lineups.
Corey Dickerson, OF: $2,700 – Fresh of the deadline, I had to pick one guy who was moved. Dickerson gets a park upgrade going to Philly and he’s been a fantasy asset the past couple years. The Phillies outfield has been decimated so Dickerson should slot in to the lineup immediately.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Summer weather is here and we shouldn’t have any major impacts. There could be some rainfall in Philly and Baltimore, but it looks to be light, as well as Atlanta, which looks slightly heavier but not too concerning. The heaviest rainfall forecast is in Miami but they can close the roof and avoid the issue entirely.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I usually focus on the high over/unders but today I’ll call out the SoCal matchup between the Padres and Dodgers comes in at 7.5 so steer clear of those hitters besides the obvious stars. And just because I can’t resist, Tampa and Boston checks in over 10. That’s what I’m talking about. Go get those bats.