We’re on an ultralight beam on Thursday as Zack Godley takes the mound against the Cardinals. It’s been a God dream for Zack this season as he’s got a 3.32 ERA with a 9.30 K/9 in his 13 starts this season. He’s completely supported by his 3.12 FIP as well as his 2.83 Deserved Run Average. Godley’s 55.8% groundball rate is one of the best in the majors, mostly due to increased usage of his outstanding sinker. The best part about Godley’s start is that he’s on the road, away from the dangerous Chase Field. Godley’s price is only $8,500 on FanDuel, so he’s not getting treated like a legitimate starter, which makes him a fantastic pitcher to buy.
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Chris Flexen, SP: $6,000 – Chris “flex on swole” Flexen is getting called up from double-A to make his career debut against the Padres. He was shredding the Eastern League, with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts. It’s certainly risky to roll with a guy straight out of double-A, but are the Padres really that much different than a double-A team? He’s at Petco Park, so for such a cheap price, he’s a worthwhile play.
J.T. Realmuto, C: $2,900 – Everybody’s favorite floor play, Realmuto should have another great day against Robert Stephenson. In Stephenson’s last start, Realmuto homered and doubled off of him. That was only five days ago!
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: $3,300 – Zim-Zam has hit a rut as of late, but you’re going to want as many Nationals in your lineup as you can get on Thursday as they take on Michael Blazek. Blazek isn’t stretched out to be a starter, and even if he was, he’s certainly not a very good pitcher. Zimmerman should have the chance for plenty of runs and RBI out of Washington’s cleanup spot.
Jose Ramirez, 2B: $3,600 – In a battle of J. Ramirez vs. J. Ramirez, I’ll take Jose over JC. Jose’s got a 145 wRC+ this year with 17 homers and 10 steals – a fantasy catalyst. When he’s this cheap, I don’t need any convincing.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $3,500 – It’s a simple process when deciding if you want to play Donaldson. Is he at home? Check! Is he facing a lefty? Check! Don’t be scared off by his recent numbers, Dongerson is a perfect buy low.
Wilmer Difo, SS: $2,400 – Difo is a stellar punt play, because for some reason Dusty Baker has been batting him second in the Nationals lineup. That’s insanely cheap for a guy in such a great position, with Harper and company batting behind him.
Ben Zobrist, OF: $3,200 – Zobrist has been destroying the ball lately, with an .891 OPS in the last 15 days. His opposition, Mike Pelfrey, might be the worst pitcher on today’s slate, with a 5.33 FIP. Even if you don’t run a full Cubs stack, Zobrist is a strong individual play.
Adam Duvall, OF: $3,400 – Adam Duvall feasts on left-handed pitching, as he’s got a 145 wRC+ against southpaws this season. Not only is Chris O’Grady left-handed, but he’s also bad, so take advantage.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
No real threats of rain anywhere. The wind is blowing out strongly to right in Chicago, but nothing else notable.
Doing Lines in Vegas
The Reds at +126 against Chris O’Grady are a great idea. That game will likely turn into a slugfest, in which case I’m taking Cincinnati’s lineup over Miami.