Greetings and salutations! ¬†The Collector here once again welcoming you to a amazing Wednesday slate over on FanDuel. ¬†We have quite a few pitchers to use today, but I’m going to focus on my boy Yu Darvish¬†at $11,200. ¬†He’s one of my favorite pitchers in the game right now, as I love his stuff and wish/hope he’d stay healthy. ¬†Darvish’s K/9 is down a bit this year, but I expect it to start rise back to his career norm and this is the start it begins to do so.¬† Today he gets the really good San Diego Padres… San Diego let AJ Griffin get a complete game shut out yesterday, that’s how good they are. This seems very easy to me and even though it’ll be popular, I think you need to go with Darvish today.
Now on to the picks‚Ä¶
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Lance Lynn, SP: $8,900 – Last year I never would of considered using Lynn. ¬†Of course, last year Lynn didn’t pitch in the majors so that was an easy choice. ¬†All that said, he had a good start to his career but has been terrible since. ¬†It seems he’s made some changes and should be better than he has in the past. ¬†His xFIP says his ERA should go up, but I don’t think it starts tonight. ¬†The Miami Marlins offense doesn’t really scare me besides Stanton. ¬†Even if this game is a coin flip now, I expect Lynn to get a solid win and 30+ fantasy points.
Kenta Maeda, SP: $8,700 – I really liked Maeda coming into the season. He’s off to a rough start, but he has to turn it around and may already be doing so after his start against the Phillies. ¬†Maeda is also a big favorite today with the second lowest over/under on the slate.
Geovany Soto, C: $2,300 – I needed a cheap catcher that I think starts. ¬†Soto was a late scratch yesterday with elbow soreness but I think he’ll be fine. ¬†Not much else to go off of except Hughes isn’t a good pitcher. ¬†Soto also should hit top 6 or 7 in the lineup, which will help.
Eric Thames, 1B: $4,100 – The Babe Ruth of Korea and also known as God (yea his nickname in Korea was God…) is one of my favorite players in the league right now. ¬†Not just because of his story, but also because he destroys bad RHPs. ¬†He gets one of those today so I expect BIG things from Thames.
Rougned Odor, 2B: $2,900 – Won’t be the last Ranger you see in my write up; I like them quite a bit today back in Texas. ¬†I like Odor a lot and his price keeps dropping. ¬†I’m still waiting for that massive game to get his numbers back on track. ¬†I think that happens tonight, use with confidence.
Joey Gallo, 3B: $3,800 – Another Texas guy, but that isn’t the only reason I’m using Gallo. ¬†He’s been red hot and has massive homerun potential. ¬†Perdomo gives up tons of homeruns to LHB as well. ¬†Any LHB in the Texas lineup is in play.
Tim Anderson, SS: $2,400 – Anderson is the play at SS for a Darvish lineup. ¬†He isn’t really exciting yet and he is struggling, but I still believe in him. ¬†At one point he was one of the better SS prospects in baseball. ¬†You have to think sooner or later he’ll string together some good games. ¬†I’m hoping that starts now against a bad pitcher in Hughes. ¬†Plus, for $2,400, you can’t really argue with it.
A.J. Pollock, OF: $4,000 – I love this play because Pollock has been sneaky great all season. ¬†He kills LHP and can steal multiple bases a night. ¬†He also has a great eye at the plate. ¬†It’ll be hard to fit Pollock into a Darvish lineup but if I’m moving away from Yu, he’ll be the first one in my lineup.
Ryan Braun, OF: $3,700 – Another play that will be tough to pull off with Darvish and Thames in the lineup but you have to try! ¬†Braun has been so good all season long. ¬†He’s facing off with Kyle Kendricks; not sure how he’s still in the league, but here he is ready to give up some homers. ¬†I’d like to play more Brewers but guys like Travis Shaw are over priced and Jonathan Villar plays a position I like someone a lot more at.
Carlos Gomez, OF: $3,300/Nomar Mazara, OF: $3,100/Delino Deshields, Jr, OF: $2,700 – All three of these guys are together because quite frankly I couldn’t decide. ¬†I like all three, all depends which one fits your lineup better. ¬†Again Perdomo is a batting practice on the mound, all of these guys (along with the whole team) should have a great game. ¬†Pick whichever one you want or use all three, the options are open in my opinion.
Joc Pederson, OF: $2,900 – A top power prospect who’s finally back, he can go deep at any time against RHP. ¬†I like him today because he’s finally starting to heat up after getting healthy. ¬†I’m hopeful he’ll hit in the 5 hole but if he settles in the 7th hole, I’m still ok with it because of his price. ¬†He shouldn’t be too hard to fit in a lineup and with his power upside, you can’t go wrong.
Colby Rasmus, OF: $2,700 – I wanted one more option for my loyal readers and this is it. ¬†Rasmus has been hot as of late – 2 homeruns in the last 4 games – and has good BVP numbers against Hammel. ¬†He’s also creeping up the order, more recently hitting in the 6th spot. I’ll be using this pick today anywhere I can fit him.
I‚Äôm Only Happy When It Rains
Right now it’s looking like I may need to find a new SS… I’m going to ride it out until we see for sure, though. ¬†We’re likely to have some thunderstorms in Chicago today. ¬†I’m hoping they fade out enough for the game to get in, but we’ll see. ¬†Have a plan ready just in case the game does get PPDed. ¬†Another game that has some late thunderstorm issues is in Texas. ¬†Even if they do come, it’ll be late enough so it won’t affect Darvish.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Interesting slate we have in Vegas’ eyes. ¬†First off, we have four big favorites on the slate (Rangers, Dodgers, Nationals, and the Rays.) ¬†All very usable pitchers and even though I didn’t write up Archer, I can see using him as well with that being the lowest over/under on the slate at 7 1/2. ¬†We have bunch of 8s and 8 1/2 on this slate but the Boston/Milwaukee game and Detroit/Arizona game stick out. ¬†Both are over 9 and feature bad arms. ¬†All four of these teams will be hitting in great hitting ballparks.