With nine games on tonight’s MLB slate, we have plenty of ways we can go with lineup construction. Let’s dig into my top options.
Rick Porcello — BOS vs. PHI — $8,600 – I’m willing to roll with Porcello tonight and fade Stephen Strasburg’s likely massive popularity. Porcello is still looking to regain his Cy Young form and isn’t too far off. His strikeout pace is much higher than last season, and he should have an easy time vs. the Phillies. Worst case he puts up high Ks and comes out with a win.
Other Options: Joe Musgrove ($7,600)
Alex Meyer — LAA vs. NYY — $6,400 – There is no doubt a ton of risk involved with Meyer. But that’s to be expected when searching for value at SP. The Yankees’ offense is bound to come back down to Earth, and Meyer will toss opposite Masahiro Tanaka, who hasn’t won a game since May 8. Meyer hasn’t allowed more than three ER in four straight starts and has a 2.25 ERA at home this season.
Other Options: Bronson Arroyo ($4,900)
Gary Sanchez — NYY vs. LAA — $5,000 – Just because I said the Yankees offense may come back down to Earth doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, OK? Besides, it’s almost impossible to stop Aaron Judge right now, let alone El Gary. Sanchez’s past four games are as follows: 8-for-17, eight runs, four HRs and 12 RBI. With a short slate, you won’t want to get cute at catcher.
Other Options: Evan Gattis ($3,800), Jason Castro ($3,500)
Devin Mesoraco — CIN vs. SD — $2,800 – Mesoraco ended the Reds’ series with the Dodgers over the weekend on a high note, going 3-for-8 with two HRs and five RBI in two games. Yeah, yeah, Petco Park this, Petco Park that. How about you take a look at Luis Perdomo’s effectiveness at home? In six starts, Perdomo has a 5.85 ERA at Petco. Mesoraco has the pedigree of a player that should not be priced this low.
Other Options: Miguel Montero ($2,700)
Mark Reynolds — COL vs. PIT — $4,900 – Reynolds has been on a tear, batting .343 with four HRs and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. Most of his production has come at Coors Field (shocker), but he’s still batting .288 with 7.8 DKFP per game on the road. The Pirates will get Jameson Taillon back in the rotation after he had surgery for testicular cancer a little over a month ago. It’s great to see Taillon back, but chances are he may struggle early on, particularly vs. the Rockies’ potent lineup.
Other Options: Anthony Rizzo ($4,600), Jose Abreu ($4,100)
Luis Valbuena — LAA vs. NYY — $2,700 – If Tanaka does indeed decide to throw up some BP, Valbuena isn’t a bad reach. He’s been batting cleanup on and off in the Angels’ lineup with Mike Trout out for another month or so. It hasn’t exactly served him well, but Valbuena does have hits in three straight games, and he has dual eligibility at 3B.
Other Options: Kennys Vargas ($3,500)
Brian Dozier — MIN vs. SEA — $4,300 – Dozier is on a six-game hitting streak, going 7-for-22 with two HRs, five RBI and six BBs during that stretch. The Twins recently had to face Mariners’ RHP Yovani Gallardo, who allowed five ER over 7.0 IP. I’m not a huge proponent of BvP splits, but Dozier is 6-for-15 with a HR and five RBI vs. Gallardo in his career. Dozier may be struggling with a .244 BA, but his BABIP (.274) is a bit encouraging.
Other Options: Jose Altuve ($4,700), Josh Harrison ($4,200)
Jose Peraza — CIN vs. SD — $3,300 – Peraza has been a stud on the road, batting .337 with 10 RBI in 101 ABs. Sure, he’s probably not going to hit his first road HR at Petco Park, but it shouldn’t be hard for him to get on base and use his speed. Peraza has eight SBs in 26 road games and also has a very low strikeout rate away from Cincinnati.
Other Options: Josh Rutledge ($3,000), Ben Zobrist ($2,900)
Anthony Rendon — WAS vs. ATL — $4,500 – I tried recommending Rendon last week and the Nationals sat him, so let’s try this again. Rendon is averaging a RBI per game at home this season (27 in 27). That’s a pretty incredible stat when you think about it, especially considering we’re nearly halfway through the season. Rendon is among the most reliable third basemen on DraftKings, averaging 10.5 DKFP at home and 8.4 in his last 10 games.
Other Options: Miguel Sano ($4,600), Joey Gallo ($3,800)
Pablo Sandoval — BOS vs. PHI — $3,000 – Kung Fu Panda has sat out the past couple of games after going 0-for-11 with six Ks in his last three contests. The Red Sox could re-insert Sandoval into the lineup with a solid matchup vs. Jerad Eickhoff, who puts a lot of batters on base. Eickhoff is 0-6 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in his last 10 starts.
Other Options: Ruben Tejada ($2,600)
Carlos Correa — HOU vs. TEX — $4,700 – The Astros’ offense has looked pedestrian after appearing to be unstoppable a week ago. Correa is in a bit of a slump but should be happy to be facing the Rangers again. He’s 11-for-29 with seven runs, three HRs and eight RBI (14 DKFP per contest) in seven games vs. Texas this season. Two of his three hits off Yu Darvish in his career have gone for extra bases.
Other Options: Xander Bogaerts ($4,600), Jordy Mercer ($3,600)
Stephen Drew — WAS vs. ATL — $2,800 – Yep, Drew still has SS eligibility, so take advantage. He’s started four straight games, so even though you’ll want to check lineups, Drew should play vs. the Braves. He’s batting .350 with a HR and seven RBI in nine games at home this season. It seems Drew has shaken off his hamstring injury and is a cheap lineup filler on one of the top offenses in the MLB.
Other Options: Freddy Galvis ($2,600)
Bryce Harper — WAS vs. ATL — $5,400 – This is more of a hunch play, but Harper has gone 11 games without a HR; his last was on May 26 vs. the Padres. He already has 11 Ks in June after striking out 20 times in the entire month of May. Luckily he’s torched the Braves this season, going 10-for-22 with a pair of homers and eight RBI (12.5 DKFP per contest) in six games. This is a rare occasion where Harper may have a lower ownership with Judge dominating.
Other Options: Aaron Judge ($5,500), Adam Duvall ($4,500)
Byron Buxton — MIN vs. SEA — $3,100 – So much hype yet a whole lot of disappointment so far for Buxton, who was supposed to be the second-coming of Ken Griffey Jr. Not so much so far, but he’s starting to turn things around for the first-place Twins. Buxton went yard Sunday vs. the Giants and has at least five DKFP in five of his last 10 games. Sure, those numbers don’t jump off the screen, but we’re talking value. Buxton is a decent punt play in DraftKings tournaments.
Other Options: Cory Spangenberg ($2,900), Trey Mancini ($2,800)
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