A quick edition of the DraftKings MLB Targets today as I’m just filling in for the day. Let’s get right into it!
Jake Arrieta vs. CHW ($10,000) – Arrieta is a huge home favorite today against a White Sox offense that is one of the worst in baseball. Three of his last four starts have gone for over 20 fantasy points and there’s little reason to expect the White Sox to be any different this afternoon.
Chris Heston vs. PHI ($6500) – Targeting the Phillies is always easing pickings, and Chris Heston has the type of upside that makes him a very solid value play at $6500. Philadelphia is rocking a 25.6% K-Rate over the last 7 days and is among the league’s worst teams vs. RHBs. Heston is also a -220 home favorite, putting him in line to pick up the W today.
Other Options: Corey Kluber vs. OAK ($11400), Francisco Liriano vs. STL ($9700), Brett Anderson vs. MIL ($7400), Johnny Cueto vs. MIA ($10900)
Nelson Cruz vs. LAA (Heaney-LEFT) – OF, $4600 – I love targeting Cruz against lefties, and getting a matchup with the relatively unproven Andrew Heaney catapulted Cruz to the top of my personal rankings today. Cruz is heating up a bit of late as well, with 10+ fantasy points in four of his last five games despite having 0 HRs in that span. Cruz is going to get the HR going again soon, and is in line for a big outburst when that happens.
Andrew McCutchen vs. STL (Cooney-LEFT) – OF, $5200 – Like Cruz, I love targeting McCutchen against lefties and that’s what he gets on Sunday Night Baseball tonight. Cooney is a below-average lefty, making the matchup even juicier for Cutch. Cooney is allowing a .762 OPS to right handed batters so far this season.
Carlos Correa vs. TBR (Moore-LEFT) – SS, $3900 – Matt Moore has really struggled in his first few starts back from a long injury, and Correa could be the beneficiary on Sunday. Correa has shown a propensity for mashing left handed pitching and Moore has allowed a .784 OPS against righties in a relatively small sample size this year.
Mark Teixeira vs. BOS (Miley-LEFT) – 1B, $4600 – The 9 O/U in this game means you should probably try and find some exposure, so look no further than Tex against Wade Miley at Fenway. I love taking any right handed bat at Fenway, given the short porch and high wall in right field, so when you add in the L/R matchup it only improves that situation. Miley has allowed a .770 OPS against right handed bats this season.
Wilin Rosario vs. ATL (Wood-LEFT) – C/1B, $3400 – Just another right handed bat who mashes left handed pitching. Wood isn’t particularly vulnerable against LHBs but he also doesn’t usually pitch in the hitter’s paradise that is Coors Field. This game has the highest Over/Under on the board today and I’d get a few Rockies bats in lineups, but starting with Rosario who fills a tough position (catcher) at a relatively low price point.
Kelly Johnson vs. COL (Bettis-RIGHT) – 3B/OF, $3700 – Let’s keep it at Coors Field as we target the struggling Chad Bettis. Bettis is coming off a start where he allowed 10 runs on 10 hits at Coors and is sporting a 5.29 ERA at home this season. He really struggles vs. LHBs and Johnson has been a pleasant surprise for the Braves this season.
Eddie Rosario vs. DET (Greene-RIGHT) – OF, $3000 – Rosario offers some nice salary relief in the outfield and is coming off back-to-back 10+ fantasy point efforts. This game also has a nice 8.5 O/U and the Twins draw Shane Greene, who was sent down to Triple A earlier this season for getting thrashed repeatedly. Greene is allowing a .855 OPS to left handed batters on the season and Rosario is hitting 6th in what should be a high-scoring offense today.
Tyler Saladino vs. CHC (Arrieta-RIGHT) – 1B/SS, $2000 – If you really want salary relief, take a chance on Tyler Saladino who is hitting second at the salary minimum today. I really like Arrieta today, so only use Saladino if you aren’t targeting him as well but he needs very little to reach value and could allow you to really fill out the rest of your lineup with stud bats.
Danny Espinosa vs. BAL (Chen-LEFT) – 2B/3B, $3100 – Espinosa went yard on Saturday and I really like his left/right matchup against Wei-Yin Chen on Sunday. Chen has been outstanding this year but his numbers against RHBs over his career have always been well below-average and Espinosa hits better from the right side of the plate as well (switch hitter).