WATCH: GAME TO WATCH – BAL VS. BOS
With 10 games on the docket tonight, let’s waste no time and get to the targets!
Marcus Stroman — TOR vs. MIL — $9,300 – Stroman gets a solid matchup vs. the Brewers at home in a virtual must-win for the struggling Blue Jays (1-6). He was impressive at the World Baseball Classic and carried that into his first start, giving up one ER with five Ks over 6.1 IP in Toronto’s lone win of the season. Milwaukee is leading the MLB in Ks (94) by a wide margin (+15), giving Stroman a nice little boost.
Other Options: Vince Velasquez ($9,200)
Shelby Miller — ARI vs. SF — $7,400 – After a forgettable 2016 campaign, Miller looked a lot like the SP that got no run support in Atlanta despite a 3.02 ERA in 2015. He wasn’t very efficient with his pitches but allowed three ER with 7 Ks over 5.1 IP (19.2 DKFP) in a 7-3 win in his first start of 2017. The D-Backs are in a great spot vs. Matt Cain, so the likelihood of another win seems high.
Other Options: Tom Koehler ($6,900)
Evan Gattis — HOU vs. SEA — $3,800 – Gattis is known primarily for his big bat but he hasn’t shown it off much early in the season. He’s gone six games without an HR, though he’s in a good spot in the hitter-friendly modified version of Safeco Field and still has a solid line of .316/.458/.421, leading the Astros in batting.
Other Options: Jonathan Lucroy ($3,800)
Christian Vazquez — BOS vs. BAL — $3,000 – There’s a chance the Red Sox opt to start Sandy Leon (who isn’t a bad play either at $3,200), but Vazquez’s last performance may warrant additional playing time. He came an HR shy of the cycle Tuesday vs. the O’s, going 4-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs (32 DKFP). The switch-hitting Leon has hit lefties better, which won’t help him vs. Ubaldo Jimenez.
Other Options: – Travis d’Arnaud ($3,100)
Chris Davis — BAL vs. BOS — $4,800 – While Davis’ power numbers are a bit down to start the season (2 XBH in 21 ABs), I’ve got a hunch he’s due. Of course, that’s not a great attitude to carry on DraftKings, but going up against knuckleballer Steven Wright could be the perfect remedy. Wright didn’t have his best stuff vs. the Tigers, allowing four ER on seven hits over 6.2 IP. Davis has been hitting for average (.333), making him a safer play than usual.
Other Options: Paul Goldschmidt ($4,600)
Yonder Alonso — OAK vs. KC — $3,100 – Alonso should remain in the A’s lineup with the right-handed Jason Hammel on the mound for Kansas City. Prior to Monday’s 0-for-3 effort, Alonso had gone back-to-back games with multiple hits and has gotten on base in each game he’s played this season.
Other Options: – Marwin Gonzalez ($2,900)
Rougned Odor — TEX vs. LAA — $4,100 – Odor has gone 0-for-8 in his past two games but has absolutely raked vs. Angels SP Jesse Chavez, going 4-for-6 with 2 doubles, an HR and 3 RBI. He’s second among 2B in DKFP per game (10.0) despite being priced seventh at his position for Wednesday’s 10-game late slate. I think Odor is a solid GPP play given his high ceiling.
Other Options: Robinson Cano ($4,400)
Brandon Drury — ARI vs. SF — $3,200 – Drury has been slumping (0-for-9 in past three games), but had gone 10-for-19 with five RBI in his first five games of the season. The D-Backs are a strong stack option vs. Matt Cain and Drury is affordable at the tail-end of the lineup. Drury also has added value with dual eligibility at OF.
Other Options: – Danny Espinosa ($3,100)
Kris Bryant — CHC vs. LAD — $5,100 – Bryant is 8-for-17 with three doubles and four RBI since starting the season 0-for-13. He (obviously) hit well at Wrigley Field last season (.275/.376/.519 in 77 games) and Dodgers’ SP Brandon McCarthy didn’t see the Cubs’ revamped lineup at all in 2016. Bryant is my top option at 3B with Josh Donaldson potentially sidelined and Manny Machado struggling.
Other Options: Jake Lamb ($3,700)
David Freese — PIT vs. CIN — $3,200 – Freese doesn’t have a ton of offensive upside but has worked a walk in five straight games. That patience at the plate will eventually pay off as Freese squares off vs. LHP Amir Garrett and the Reds. Garrett was impressive in his MLB debut, but Freese has hit lefties well his entire career (.302/.376/.470).
Other Options: Travis Shaw ($3,300)
Troy Tulowitzki — TOR vs. MIL — $4,100 – Tulo has a four-game RBI streak going (nine during that stretch), which has him tied for the AL lead. He was happy to return to Rogers Centre, where he has 19 HR and 58 RBI in 93 games in his career. Tulowitzki is 4-for-10 with a 2B, RBI and two BB vs. Brewers’ projected SP Chase Anderson and should bat cleanup again should Donaldson be out again.
Other Options: Carlos Correa ($4,600)
Chris Owings — ARI vs. SF — $3,200 – As I’ve been preaching throughout this article, I like the D-Backs tonight. Owings is another perfect bargain in Arizona’s lineup (like Drury) with a low price and high expected ceiling. He’s gotten a hit in seven of eight games this season and his ability to swipe bags has allowed him to post 26 or more DKFP twice already.
Other Options: Raul Mondesi ($2,700)
Mike Trout — LAA vs. TEX — $5,400 – I’m a big believer in not getting too cute when it comes to choosing outfielders. Trout is easily my top option with the highest floor, and he’s averaging 11.3 DKFP per game in four at home. He’s fueling the Halos four-game winning streak and two of his five hits vs. Rangers SP A.J. Griffin are home runs.
Other Options: Giancarlo Stanton ($4,700)
Nomar Mazara — TEX vs. LAA — $3,500 – With Adrian Beltre out, the Rangers have had Mazara in the three-hole. He started the season with four consecutive multi-hit games and will look to get a new streak going after going 2-for-5 vs. the Halos on Tuesday. Mazara has a .435/.435/.783 line vs. RHP in 23 ABs this season.
Other Options: David Peralta ($3,400)
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