There’s numerous ways you can choose to earn funds on Thursday’s FanDuel slate, but one starter stands above the rest. The 23-year-old Astros prodigy David Paulino looks to wreak havoc on the Athletics, a weak lineup that has just a .319 wOBA versus righties. The A’s and their 25% K-rate will look like shook ones against Paulino, who has a 9.15 K/9 and a 2.29 BB/9 in his four starts this year. Paulino is coming off of a six inning outing against the Red Sox where he gave up just one earned run, so it looks like he’s settling in to the big leagues. Avoiding Paulino at just $7,400 will be the start of your ending, so just step to him in your lineups.
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Daniel Norris, SP: $7,500 – Norris has been much better as of late, striking out 30 batters in his last 28 1/3 innings with a 3.81 ERA. He faces a Mariners lineup that has a .311 wOBA against southpaws, which puts them at 19th in the league, so they’re not the same threat that they are against righties. He’s a solid value play.
Aaron Nola, SP: $7,700 – It’s now been two straight starts that Nola has fallen victim to being left in the game for too long. He unraveled in the seventh against Arizona and the sixth against St. Louis, so his numbers would look much better had he been replaced earlier. Nola still has solid peripherals, with a 3.81 FIP and 3.86 xFIP, and the Cardinals are a pretty average lineup with a .324 wOBA versus righties.
Atlanta Braves – I’m a simple man. I see Matt Cain, I stack against him. Guys like Matt Adams and Brandon Phillips are coming at great prices, as well as Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers. Check out the Braves lineup before gametime and you may be able to find some great punt plays, if someone like Danny Santana gets a start.
Buster Posey, C: $3,300 – I have no idea why Posey is only $3,300. He’s the Stream-o-nator’s top catcher on Thursday, and with the desolate array of options at the position, I can’t see going with anybody else.
Jose Abreu, 1B: $3,800 – In the last 30 days, Abreu’s batting .345 with a .934 OPS. He’s facing Nik Turley, who has a hilarious 12.46 ERA after his first two career starts. If you want to spend big on first base, there are plenty of options, but Abreu can match their production for much less of a cost.
Eric Sogard, 2B: $3,500 – Sogard’s not entirely legit, but he’s made some tangible improvements this year, such as suddenly walking a ton at 15.2%. He’s got an insane .464 OBP out of the Brewers leadoff spot with a 164 wRC+. Those numbers are straight bonkers, so for as long as he’s at this price and playing at home, Sogard is worth playing.
Logan Forsythe, 3B: $2,500 – If Forsythe was batting .355/.500/.516 would you be hesitant about playing him? That’s his line against lefties this year. So don’t be afraid! Fellow Dodgers Chris Taylor and Franklin Gutierrez are also lefty-killers to consider againts Steven Matz.
Didi Gregorius, SS: $3,100 – Didi is shredding the ball, as he homered for his second time in three games last night, and has a .940 OPS in the last 15 days. It seems like the offensive improvements have carried over from last year, and in the stacked Yankees lineup, he can always produce runs and RBIs. Against Jesse Chavez, you can’t miss out on Didi.
Kevin Pillar, OF: $2,500 – If Pillar was batting… wait, I used this already. Okay, Pillar also kills lefties and has a 150 wRC+ against them this season. He’s facing Martin Perez in Texas, which is about as favorable a matchup as they come. Pillar might not be leading off any longer, but he can still put up fantasy points on Thursday.
Josh Reddick, OF: $3,000 – The Astros lineup is stacked, and Reddick is right up in there batting second for them. He’s in a prime position for racking up counting stats, and he probably won’t be this cheap for much longer now that he’s healthy.
Domingo Santana, OF: $2,900 – Sunday Santana on a Thursday! That price is disrespectful for the year Domingo is having. Milwaukee is a fantastic environment for hitters, and it’s not like Ivan Nova is gonna strike him out.
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Doing Lines in Vegas
Arizona at +101 can easily go your way at Coors Field, since it’s probably going to be a shootout. I also like Detroit at -105 against Andrew Moore, with the aforementioned Daniel Norris on the mound for them.