Corey Kluber, Indians ($12,300) – Forty points in three of his last four starts? Wow-zers. That’s what you got when rostered Kluber. He’s about as money-in-the-bank as it gets for a stud pitching option, so I’m more than happy to pay the price on him assuming I find hitting values. And, I know how to find hitting values. Kluber has 258 Ks on the season, with 28 over his last two starts – incredible.
Chris Tillman, Orioles ($9,200) – Tillman has given up a home run in each of his last four outings, and seven out of his last 10 outings. Even with the home runs given up, Tillman manages to put up solid numbers averaging over 20 FPPG over those last 10 outings. Some of the Blue Jays’ hitters have been historically good against Tillman, but his positive point production streak is enough for me.
Drew Hutchison, Blue Jays ($7,500) – I like the salary cut for Hutchison compared to Tillman above and the .176 BAA facing the Orioles bats. Sort of a risk at this price, but still better than having to go with a Roberto Hernandez-type.
Jordan Lyles, Rockies ($5,400) – I like going with my gut sometimes on pitchers in the 5K range. Lyles is just that, with much better road numbers compared to Coors Field. All I really want is about 15 points out of Lyles, which he’s capable of giving against a Dodgers club that has locked up the NL West. I expect Go Blue will rest some of their starters on Friday, giving Lyles a good shot. Now, if he only gives us 10 points? Okay, I’ll take that assuming I’ve got Kluber or another stud pitcher paired up with him.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers ($4,000) – Lucroy has Edwin Jackson’s number over his career, hitting .387 (12-for-31) with two homers, four extra-base hits total and six RBI. The catcher position is tough to nail at this point in the season, so I don’t mind spending 4K on Lucroy for Friday’s lineup.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Rockies ($4,700) – It’s been a rough ride for the Rockies, but it is nice to see Morneau put some hits together for the team. He’s completely dominant against Roberto Hernandez, with four homers and 12 RBI in 38 at-bats.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pirates ($3,900) – Walker has been in a major funk of late going 0-for-15 over his last four games played; however, if there’s a time to bust out of his slump it’s against Reds’ pitcher Mike Leake, who has given up seven walks and 11 RBI to Walker in 38 at-bats. I like Walker to produce points for DFS owners on Friday, breaking his o-for ways.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, Cardinals ($4,400) – There has been consistency issues with Carpenter’s bat this season, like most hitters, although he’s been averaging about seven FPPG over his last five games played. It’s nothing wondrous from Carpenter, but at this point in the season I just want consistent production and I’ll hope that I nail a boom hitter or two (or three) to go with smart pitching picks.
Jose Reyes, SS, Blue Jays ($4,900) – Reyes has had two 20-plus games over the last week, and while I only expect about half of that from him on Friday I do love his career numbers against Orioles’ pitcher Chris Tillman (.333 AVG).
Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays ($5,700) – The price tag is outrageous, higher than Mike Trout even, but Bautista has practically hit a home run every other game over his last bunch played. Okay, well, maybe not every other game… but still. He’s hitting home runs late into the season and he’s a good risk against Chris Tillman where he has a couple of homers against the O’s young hurler.
Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals ($5,000) – Holliday has four hits in 10 at-bats against D-Backs’ pitcher Trevor Cahill. Yeah, I know, so what? Three of them have been for home runs. That’s enough right there for me to hope for a power boom from Holliday on Friday.
Ender Inciarte, OF, Diamondbacks ($3,700) – Inciarte is in the middle of a 13-game hit streak right now and gives solid production with hits and stolen bases. He’s scored double-digit numbers over his last three games, in part to three stolen bases over that period. Love the value on Inciarte and dig how he’s ending the season on a fantastic note.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals ($3,900) – It’s been a rough season for Hosmer, who was expected to take his game to the next level after a very good 2013 season. But, that hasn’t been the case. Thankfully, though, DFS is more about “what have you done for me lately” and Hosmer has been playing extremely well of late with 10 hits in his last 24 at-bats with double-digit FPPG in four out of his last five games played.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers ($3,600) – Ramirez hits Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson well over his career, with a .286 average, two homers, four RBI in 26 at-bats. And, consider Ramirez’ recent string of games where he’s actually been hitting some… he’s a decent play considering the nice value salary.
Derek Norris, C, Athletics ($3,600) – Norris had a poor run there for some time, but has pulled out of it somewhat when the A’s really need a catcher to do so considering their injuries. Norris isn’t giving fantastic numbers, but he is providing reasonable FPPG at his $3,600 price.
Thanks for reading this season. I’m already looking forward to MLB 2015! Good luck over the last few days, and may all your DFS dreams come true! @TheRolyPolyBoy