Despite there being several day games Wednesday, the main evening slate in DFS still has plenty of players to choose from. There’s certainly no shortage of excitement in the Tiers contest since some of the biggest names in the league are spread throughout the tiers. Let’s dive into the matchups to see which ones stand out.
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OF Cody Bellinger, LAD at PHI
SS Fernando Tatis Jr., SD at MIA
SS Xander Bogaerts, BOS vs. TOR
3B Rafael Devers, BOS vs. TOR
This is an exciting quartet of options that will be tough to narrow down. The first name off the board for me is Tatis. He’ll be facing Trevor Richards, who has allowed a total of three home runs across his last seven starts. He’s also allowed just 1.1 HR/9 for his career. It also helps his cause that this game is being played at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park.
The big-name duo on the Red Sox is Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. However, Devers and Bogaerts have been as hot as it gets. Over their last 25 games, Devers is 40-for-103 (.388) with eight home runs and nine doubles while Bogaerts is 36-for-98 (.367) with eight home runs and 11 doubles. This is certainly a great matchup for them against Aaron Sanchez, who has struggled with a 6.22 ERA and a 5.50. It’s hard to argue against rolling with either player, but I’ll go with Bogaerts since he has four straight multi-hit games.
As enticing as both players on the Red Sox are, Bellinger might be the hitter to roll with in this tier. He’s feasted on the Phillies in the first two games of this series, hitting 5-for-10 with three home runs. Look for him to have another big game against Nick Pivetta, who has allowed 23 runs (22 earned) over 28 1/3 innings in his last five starts.
3B Anthony Rendon, WAS at BAL
OF Mookie Betts, BOS vs. TOR
OF Juan Soto, WAS at BAL
2B/OF Ketel Marte, ARI at TEX
1B/2B Max Muncy, LAD at PHI
There are a few different approaches to take here. If you roll with Devers or Bogaerts in the first tier, then stacking them with Betts makes a lot of sense. While he hasn’t been nearly as lethal as last season, he still has a .367 wOBA and has plenty of talented hitters around him to help with his counting stats.
The Diamondbacks could be in for a big night against Jesse Chavez, who has allowed 16 runs (13 earned) over 16 1/3 innings in his last three starts. That puts in play Marte, who is having the best season of his career with a 135 wRC+. Since he probably won’t be one of the more popular options in this tier, he could be the route to take if you’re looking for a contrarian play.
For those deploying Bellinger in the first tier, adding Muncy could provide a nice one-two punch. He’s homered in each of the first two games of the series, lifting his ISO to an impressive .277. He also has a .382 wOBA vs. right-handed pitchers.
Outside of Muncy, the most appealing options here to me are Rendon and Soto. They’ll be facing Aaron Brooks, who allowed 12 home runs over 53 innings with the A’s earlier this year. The Orioles are running out of healthy pitchers, so they’ll be forced to start him in this matchup. Despite fouling a ball off his shin Tuesday, Soto is the one to target out of this duo with his 147 wRC+ against righties.
OF Aaron Judge, NYY vs. TB
2B/OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr., TOR at BOS
OF Andrew Benintendi, BOS vs. TOR
1B/2B Michael Chavis, BOS vs. TOR
OF Jorge Soler, KC vs. CWS
OF Hunter Renfroe, SD at MIA
1B Christian Walker, ARI at TEX
1B/OF Joc Pederson, LAD at PHI
With a lot of choices in this tier, let’s quickly try to narrow down the field. As good as the matchup against Sanchez is for the Red Sox, Benintendi is 9-for-44 (.205) with no home runs over his last 10 games and has been a disappointment this season with his .768 OPS. Chavis might be the better option if you are going with a Red Sox stack, but his 33.2% strikeout rate can lead him to some quiet nights. Staying in that same game, Gurriel is starting to show signs of cooling off, hitting 8-for-41 (.195) over his last 10 games. It’s also hard to trust Christian Walker for the Diamondbacks since he is 8-for-45 (.178) over his last 13 contests.
It’s rare to see Judge in this tier. He launched a home run Tuesday and has a career 190 wRC+ at Yankee Stadium. His big name might make him a popular option among this group, although he has a tough matchup against Yonny Chirinos. One of the few traditional starters on the Rays, Chirinos has done a great job of limiting baserunners, leaving him with a 0.96 WHIP.
There is no shortage of power when it comes down to Soler and Renfroe, giving both of them significant upside. With Renfroe having to play at Marlins Park, Soler could be in line for the better stat line. He has a great matchup against Ivan Nova, who has allowed 1.9 HR/9.
Outside of Soler, my other top choice in this tier is Pederson. He hasn’t missed out on the Dodgers’ offensive explosion in this series, going 3-for-9 with a double and a home run. He’s basically unplayable with his career 56 wRC+ against lefties, but he has a 131 wRC+ vs. righties, potentially making him a tremendous asset against Pivetta.
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