The Red Sox will continue their series against the Orioles and the Indians will look to keep up the fire in Yankee Stadium on a slate that features nine games and multiple solid value bats. It’ll be a fun day of roster construction so lets dig in and find the best spots to land.
StudZack Wheeler, NYM at KC, $10,700 — Wheeler is coming off a really bad outing where he finished with -3.2 DKFP, but before that had three games straight of 20-plus DKFP as well as six of the past seven before it. He’s got the second-highest strikeout potential on the slate and has a matchup with a team that seriously lacks power.
Other Options — Matt Boyd ($10,400)
Value, Jason Vargas, PHI vs. SD, $7,800 — We all kind of knew that Vargas would have a harder time pitching in such a great park after the trade, and he certainly has, but he draws a terrific matchup against a swing-happy Padres squad which should inflate his strikeout potential. He had a 30 DKFP win against this team a couple weeks back and it’s well within reason to think It could happen again.
Other Options — Trevor Richards ($7,000)
StudChristian Vazquez, BOS vs. BAL, $4,500 — One of the best spots on the slate is the Red Sox against a fringe Triple-A pitcher in front of the worst bullpen in history and Vazquez is entirely in play because of it. He has the platoon advantage here and has five multi-hit games in the past 15 contests so this should be a good position to find another one here.
Other Options — Yasmani Grandal ($4,600)
Editor’s Note: Grandal is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Nationals.
ValueManny Pina, MIL at WAS, $2,900 — Most people focus on Yasmani Grandal as the good-hitting catcher for the Brewers, but Manny Pina is no slump and is priced much more affordably. Seven of his past 15 games of ended with five or more fantasy points and his .734 OPS is plenty respectable as a value catcher. The batting average could use some work, but if we need value he’s a good option.
Other Options — John Hicks ($2,800)
StudCarlos Santana, CLE at NYY, $5,300 — The Yankees have had their hands full with the Indians and Santana is a large reason why, with 58 DKFP in total over the past three games. In his past 10 games overall he has five games of 15-plus DKFP and is currently on fire. Being a switch hitter he can continue to take advantage of the Yankees bullpen and is one of the top options on a big slate.
Other Options — Pete Alonso ($5,400)
ValueAustin Nola, SEA at TOR, $3,500 — Nola has an exceptionally low floor and has bad games more often than not, but he does have some solid upside when he does find a good game. He’s got four games of 10-plus fantasy points and five games of zero in the past 15 overall, but so long as he has a good matchup he’s always going to be in play.
Other Options — Rowdy Tellez ($3,500)
StudOzzie Albies, ATL vs. LAD, $4,800 — Although he has cooled down a bit lately, you would still be hard-pressed to find a better floor and ceiling combination than Albies. He has nine games in his past 15 of at least five fantasy points and five of those were 14-plus, including two 30-plus DKFP performances. The matchup isn’t great, but I love him as a contrarian option.
Other Options — Keston Hiura ($5,000)
ValueJoe Panik, NYM at KC, $3,300 — Since getting traded the the Mets Panik has been pretty solid, and he’s got five or more DKFP in five of his past six games. He’s going to be up against Glenn Sparkman ($5,500), who has one of the lowest strikeout rates on the slate and should give up plenty of contact, which puts Panik is a good position to exhibit his floor from a great price.
Other Options — Luis Urias ($3,400)
Editor’s Note: Ramirez is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Yankees.
Other Options — Rafael Devers ($5,700)
ValueBrandon Drury, TOR vs. TEX, $3,500 — Drury has one of the better ceilings of players in his price range and he’s going to have ample opportunity against a bad pitcher and a bottom-five bullpen. His floor has been good too, with just two games of zero fantasy points in the past 15 games, so you can feel good that you’ll be compensated at least minimally and get something from him in the roster.
Other Options — Rio Ruiz ($3,400)
StudXander Bogaerts, BOS vs. BAL, $5,400 — Another Red Sox bat worth paying for in this spot is going to be Bogaerts and his .941 OPS against the worst possible bullpen in the league. Bogaerts has really heated up as of late with two 15-plus DKFP performances in the past five games, including a 37 fantasy point explosion so there’s nothing wrong with riding the wave.
Other Options — Francisco Lindor ($5,000)
ValueDylan Moore, SEA at TOR, $3,200 — The Mariners continue their stand against the Blue Jays and there are a lot of salary savings options available, including Moore toward the back of the order. He’s not a fantastic hitter by any means — his batting average is just .200 — but with the expensive pitching you have to save money somewhere and shortstop is a rough position regardless so you can afford to pay down.
Other Options — Jordy Mercer (3,100)
StudChristian Yelich, MIL at WAS, $5,600 — Fresh off of a 50 DKFP performance where he took back the league HR lead, Yelich finds himself in another spot to crush against a contact pitcher and a tired bullpen. Yelich’s 12.6 DKFP per game and .333 batting average are both the highest marks in the elite tier and makes him more than worth paying for.
Other Options — J.D. Martinez ($5,400)
ValueTim Lopes, SEA at TOR, $3,200 — Lopes has five games straight of hitting that least three fantasy points and is in position to come away with another successful day at the plate. His .720 OPS and 5.7 DKFP per game are better than you’ll find in this price range and the matchup with a bad pitcher and bullpen is valuable.
Other Options — Ben Gamel ($3,400)
Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is Multichem) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.