There’s only about a week left in the MLB DFS grind. With NFL DFS already taking all the headlines, it can get discouraging for us MLB folks. What remains in the MLB pool are the best of the best, the diehards, the hardcore players. That means it’s pretty tough in cash games right now. GPPs are still up for grabs, as always, but know your pool is filled with sharks. We’re still here to help navigate you to safety. Also, with H2H championships in full swing right now, these DFS articles are a great source for streaming candidates as well. Savvy H2H managers may have already grabbed Anthony DeSclafani ($13,000) for his two start week. At Milwaukee isn’t an ideal spot, but the prospect of pitching in Miami on Saturday is worth the risk. Anthony got out of Milwaukee without too much bloodshed (5 IP, 4 ER, 5 Ks) and now he looks to help out H2H owners and DFS players alike. The Marlins feature the league’s worst team OPS and DeSclafani should be looking at another 5-6 IP and 5+ Ks with a shot for a win. That might not seem like much, but with the money saved it could be just enough to squeak out a win tonight.
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Rich Hill, SP: $18,400 – Now with an extra day of rest, Hill should be ready to roll against the Padres in Chavez Ravine. Hill is easily the top pitcher on the night and cash game king. The Padres don’t stand a chance and Hill could strike out double digits. Verlander is great, but why pay an extra 5 grand?
Mike Fiers, SP: $16,300 – I’m done even trying to figure out how Mike Fiers has been so good, just roll with it. The Twins are without the only player most baseball fans can name on their team (Eddie Rosario) and the A’s should bat around Chase De Jong pretty handily.
Mike Minor, SP: $15,400 – Minor has been on an absolute tear of late. Since giving up 4 ER in Yankee stadium Minor hasn’t allowed more than 2 ER in a start and has struck out 7 in 3 of his last 4 starts. The Mariners aren’t an easy match-up, but they also aren’t world-beaters. I’m totally comfortable riding the hot hand here if you don’t have the stomach for DeSclafani.
Anthony Rizzo, IF: $8,600 – I’ve been targeting Giolito all season, there’s no stopping now.
Mike Moustakas, IF: $8,500 – With a righty on the mound, Mous should find himself in the lineup. Williams has been dealing recently, but Mous always sports home run upside.
Joey Votto, IF: $8,100 – Watch out Joey, if you take Urena deep, you could have one coming for your earhole.
Tim Anderson, IF: $7,300 – I always like getting a guy with some wheels on the cheap when Lester is on the mound.
Scott Schebler, OF: $8,000 – More Urena hate, I better watch my ear hole too!
David Peralta, OF: $8,700 – Peralta will have the platoon advantage against Senzatela, who is pretty meh.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There is some serious rain potential in Texas tonight. It looks like they could wait it out and play, but we’ll have to see. Keep an eye out, if they do play it’s going to be humid, which is a bump to bats and might scare me off Minor.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Verlander and Hill are the big favorites on the night (-280). Amazingly, the lowest over/under is 7.5 runs and that occurs twice, once in Houston and once in Arizona. Arizona with a 7.5 run over/under is pretty funky, but with Corbin on the mound I suppose it makes sense. The highest run total is in Texas at 10 runs. Maybe I’ll back off my Minor love some, but I’d still roll the dice in GPPs.