This is our second to last day to get in some daily fantasy baseball before the MLB All-Star Break so let’s have some fun!
Max Scherzer – WAS at NYM – $13,700 – This is a lofty price point for the top pitching option for the evening game set, and while Max is by far the best play, just know he will be incredibly popular as well. Current Mets hitters have a .221/.282/.393 slash line against Scherzer with just a dozen home runs and 100 strikeouts in 298 at bats. Only Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes are hitting better than .250 against him, so he should do well in this matchup.
Brandon McCarthy – LAD vs SDP – $9,600 – McCarthy returned to The Show after missing the better part of two years with an elbow injury. He threw five solid innings against the Rockies in his return and posted 29.5 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) with an efficient 72 pitches. He did have four rehab starts in the minors, but as he eases back into regular duty we will probably see him top out at 80-85 pitches on Saturday night. This season the Padres have been a bottom three team against right-handed pitching, and while they have had some nice games over the last three weeks, the bulk of their production has come against southpaws.
Luis Perdomo – SDP at LAD – $4,200 – Perdomo was a Rule 5 draft pick from the St. Louis Cardinals organization, so the Padres have to keep him on their 25 man roster as long as he is healthy. He has been stretched out and should top 90 pitches in most starts going forward, and while he is more of an innings eater at this stage, for tonight’s game set he is definitely in play since his price tag will allow us to load up on hitters. If Perdomo reaches double digit DKFP he will have his backers doing cartwheels in front of their televisions.
Willson Contreras – (C/OF) – CHC at PIT – Contreras has been an outstanding player for the Cubbies and for DraftKings baseball fans. Chicago is doing all they can to keep his bat in the lineup, and he qualifies at both catcher and as an outfielder on DraftKings. Though it has been just 54 plate appearances against right-handed pitching, he has a .429 wOBA and a.340 ISO this season. He will be a popular play tonight, but is a great way to fill our backstop position.
Corey Seager (SS) – LAD vs SDP – $4,800 – Seager is in the mix for National League Rookie of the Year, and he will be playing in his first All-Star Game next week. He is a tremendous player who has multi-home run upside and gets a favorable matchup Saturday night against fellow rookie RHP Luis Perdomo.
Bryce Harper (OF) – WAS at NYM – $5,500 – This is an important series for the Nationals as they hope to put some distance in the standings between themselves and the pesky New York Mets. The reigning National League MVP has been adjusting to the new approach pitchers have been taking with him and now when he is walked he has been a more active stolen base threat. He is the most expensive outfield option on the board, and with most gamers looking to get Coors Field hitters in their lineups, he makes for a fine tournament play.
Kris Bryant (3B/OF) – CHC at PIT – $5,100 – Bryant is available at the hot corner or in the outfield with his multi-position eligibility on DraftKings. He has been outstanding in his young career in same-handed matchups and has compiled a .381 wOBA and a .230 ISO against right-handed hurlers.
Justin Turner (3B) – LAD vs SDP – $4,100 – Turner has finally come out of his early season slump and he has been very productive over his last ten games with 12 hits in 37 at bats including three doubles and two home runs. He is another player who excels in righty/righty matchups and at this price point he will be a nice counter option to Nolan Arenado – $4,700 and Maikel Franco – $5,200 who will likely be the two most popular third basemen this evening.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – COL vs PHI – $4,900 – While RHP Jerad Eickhoff has been effective against right-handed hitters over his 25 Major League starts with a .263 wOBA and a .25.9% strikeout rate, he is susceptible to lefties allowing a .333 wOBA and 1.21 HR/9. He should play the Rockies tough tonight, but I want to get a couple of Rockies swinging the stick from the left-side of the plate in my lineups if at all possible. Teammate Charlie Blackmon (OF) – $4,500 is also worthy of consideration.
Miguel Sano (3B/OF) – MIN at TEX – $4,800 – Sano may very well be lost in the shuffle tonight with all the third base options, but if we remember him as an outfielder we could be greatly rewarded due to his matchup against RHP Kyle Lohse in the Texas heat. Over the last season plus, Sano has accrued a .368 wOBA and a .250 ISO against same-handed pitchers.
Jurickson Profar (1B/2B) – TEX vs MIN – $3,900 – The Rangers have been doing a good job of working their switch-hitting youngster into the lineup at a variety of positions. He will likely garner a favorable spot in the batting order against RHP Ricky Nolasco, and with the Rangers projected to plate 5.9 runs, we will want to get a few of their hitters into our lineups.
David Freese (1B/3B) – PIT vs CHC – $3,600 – Freese is a nice discounted contrarian option who has been tremendous against southpaws. He is a home run threat against the struggling LHP Jon Lester and it would be a shock to see him on more than 10% of all rosters, even on this abbreviated slate. Teammate Jordy Mercer (SS) – $3,200 is another lefty specialist who should be at the top of the Pirates order and is a phenomenal discount dandy.
Alex Dickerson (OF) – SDP at LAD – $2,600 – Speaking of discounted players, Alex Dickerson has been seeing some playing time with the Friars and though he has been hitting in the bottom third of the order, his favorable price point allows for quite a bit of flexibility when we are constructing our rosters.
Nomar Mazara (OF) – TEX vs MIN – $3,600 – Mazara has been a solid contributor for the Rangers this season and though he has been slumping as the pitchers begin to adjust and probe the holes in his swing, he has posted a solid .344 wOBA and a .840 OPS in lefty/righty matchups.
Neil Walker (2B) – NYM vs WAS – $2,600 – RHP Max Scherzer has allowed the second most home runs in the league with 21 this season, and Walker has just as good a chance as anyone to poke one over the fence in the hot and humid weather tonight. In his career he is 3 for 15 against Scherzer with two of those hits being home runs, so this is not as wild a recommendation as it seems on the surface and we will get some much needed savings. I would not be opposed to playing Walker and Scherzer on the same lineups as five game slates often make for strange strategies.
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