Happy almost deadline day. It’s always important to watch the MLB news in case a guy is scratched with a late injury but with the trade deadline rapidly approaching it’s even more important to check in after you set your lineups in case a blockbuster trade goes down. That doesn’t stop the games from being played so let’s get on to the picks.

Lock Joe Musgrove, SP: $8,400 in right now as the best pitcher for the day. Even if you take his price out of the equation, the bot loves him. Add his price in and he’s a no-brainer. He’s posted strong numbers all season, especially in the strikeout category, and is primed to give you a strong performance 

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Gerrit Cole, SP: $10,800 – He’s right behind Musgrove in the daily projections but far ahead of him in price. That doesn’t make him a bad play, but he’s definitely not as strong of a value. That aside, he has rebounded nicely from his recent rough patch and with the Yankees being buyers at the deadline he has an added reason to dominate today.

Taijuan Walker, SP: $7,400 – If you’re looking for a real bargain at pitcher, Walker is your best bet. He’s got some injury risk after his shoulder pinch but there’s he’s really the last solid option by projections. He’ll save you some cash but I wouldn’t expect the world.

Anthony Rizzo, C/1B: $3,500 – The only worry I have about him today is that he’s traded to a contender before the game starts and doesn’t get to see any action. Hopefully, he gets traded right at the deadline on Friday so he can have one last hurrah in a Cubs uniform.

Ryan Mountcastle, C/1B: $2,500 – He’s got the stuff to be a great value for you at this price point. There’s some pop in his bat and he’ll get some extra-base hits. That’s points baby.

Kolton Wong, 2B: $3,000 – He’s been swinging a pretty good bat since the break and since DFS is about finding the hot hand, let’s get right back into those flames. 

Ozzie Albies, 2B: $3,400 – A couple of bombs in the last week is encouraging and his season numbers have been solid if unspectacular. The opposing pitcher does appear on today’s list of starting options, but don’t let that scare you away. 

Kris Bryant, 3B: $3,800 – Another Cubbie looking for a victory lap before changing uniforms. Like with Rizzo, there’s a chance he gets traded before today’s game but his projection is too good to pass up. Just keep an eye on the deadline news. If he is scratched before first pitch, I like Patrick Wisdom($2,800) as a fill-in. Actually, I like him today regardless of Bryant’s status.

DJ LeMahieu, 3B: $3,000 – One of these days he has to break out. He is on a nice streak of racking up points but I’m waiting for that monster game.

Tim Anderson, SS: $3,600 – He brings a little bit of everything to the table as far as ways to score points and this match-up should be a chance for him to show off a little as one of the top options at short.

Zack Short, SS: $2,400 – Trust in the bot, it is all-knowing. The season numbers are ugly, but he’s getting at-bats and has been giving you points recently. You can afford to roll the dice on him at this price and spend your cash somewhere else. 

Cedric Mullins, OF: $3,100 – This price is way too good to pass up for a guy about to go 20/20. All that power and speed comes with a batting average north of .300. That’s the total package folks.

Joc Pederson, OF: $3,000 – He’s streaky but when he’s on he can do big things for your team. If you’re feeling lucky you could do far worse than taking a chance on Joc.

Hunter Renfroe, OF: $3,300 – Chase that power bat. It’s a bit of a tough matchup but he only needs one swing to make your day. 

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Raise your hand if you’re ready for some summer storms. There doesn’t seem to be anything too serious on tap today but there could be rain in Pittsburgh as well as Boston. Other than that we should just be looking at some cloudy conditions.

Doing Lines In Vegas

Vegas likes the bats in Chi Sox/Royals, O’s/Tigers, and Jays/Red Sox to put on a show today. That’s just what we want to see.