WATCH: STACK TO CONSIDER – NEW YORK METS
Do you have a minute to talk about Aaron Judge? Nope? Okay, that’s fine. What about Cody Bellinger? Still no!? Well, neither of them are covered extensively in these targets, but each should be on your radar regardless. The dueling rookies are vying for the MLB spotlight and things may have cooled off for them a bit. But each has a great matchup and could explode tonight. Want to talk more? Hit me on Twitter @BZweimanNHL (don’t let the tag confuse you).
Masahiro Tanaka — NYY vs. CWS — $8,300 – I’m hopping back on the Tanaka bandwagon, but will likely jump off again by 10 p.m. ET tonight. But before that time comes, let’s at least praise Tanaka’s recent performance. He tossed 8.0 scoreless innings with nine Ks (33 DKFP) in his previous start vs. the Rangers. Tanaka also has 27 Ks in his last three starts.
Other Options: Chase Anderson ($9,700), Zack Godley ($8,800)
Trevor Bauer — CLE vs. TEX — $6,200 – Despite unimpressive numbers so far this season (6-6, 5.53 ERA, 1.43 WHIP), Bauer is one of the premier strikeout pitchers in baseball. He’s 7th in the league with a 10.3 K/9 ratio and has the ability to succeed on DraftKings simply based off strikeout figures. Also, the Rangers have a 24.8% K rate this season.
Other Options: Daniel Norris ($6,600), David Paulino ($6,500)
Gary Sanchez — NYY vs. CWS — $5,000 – There’s really only one stud at catcher and it’s Sanchez. After his DL stint early in the season, Sanchez was slow to get back to the pace he was at last season. He’s found his stride though, batting .344 with a 1.069 OPS in his last 32 ABs. The Yankees’ offense could feast vs. LHP Carlos Rodon, who is making his first start of the season.
Other Options: Evan Gattis ($4,100), Tyler Flowers ($3,700)
Rene Rivera — NYM vs. MIA — $3,100 – This pick is obviously made with the assumption that Rivera will get the start vs. LHP Jeff Locke, who has a miserable 5.70 ERA in 23.2 IP this season. Rivera’s last game was pretty spectacular as well; he belted two HRs with three RBI (30 DKFP) in a win vs. the Giants. He’s hit three of his five HRs this season in his past five starts.
Other Options: Chris Iannetta ($3,300), Tucker Barnhart ($3,000)
Logan Morrison — TB vs. PIT — $4,600 – Morrison has been as steady as they come at 1B this season. In the last two weeks, Morrison is sporting a 16.3% BB ratio compared to a 14.3% K ratio, leading to a .429 OBP in that span. He’s on an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 14 straight. Morrison possesses elite upside and has a high floor for use in cash games.
Other Options: Edwin Encarnacion ($4,200), Trey Mancini ($4,100)
Albert Pujols — LAA vs. LAD — $3,200 – Pujols isn’t the same player he once was (obviously), but he’s still one of the top run producers in the majors. His price wouldn’t suggest that, though his numbers at home (.273 BA, 7.6 DKFP per game) make him a solid value vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is prone to surrendering the long ball and is 1-4 on the road.
Other Options: Justin Bour ($3,500), Miguel Cabrera ($3,500)
Ian Kinsler — DET vs. KC — $4,300 – For now, Kinsler’s power surge has subsided. But if anyone can spark it back up again it’s Ian Kennedy, who has allowed a HR in each of his past 10 starts. Kinsler is starting to return to form after hitting 28 HRs last season, and he’s hit well vs. Kennedy in his career, going 7-for-15 with a HR and four RBI and four doubles.
Other Options: Jose Altuve ($4,900), Brian Dozier ($4,600)
Alen Hanson — CWS vs. NYY — $3,300 – And at exactly 11:17 a.m. ET, I jumped off the Tanaka bandwagon and onto the Hanson one. Hanson has been one of the best-kept secrets on DraftKings since joining the ChiSox. He’s batting .435 with a .474 BABIP, 14.8% BB rate and eight runs in the past two weeks. He doesn’t have much offensive upside, but if we get bad Tanaka, that could change very quickly.
Other Options: Dustin Pedroia ($3,200), Danny Espinosa ($2,900)
Josh Donaldson — TOR vs. BAL — $4,300 – You could argue that Donaldson is more of a value play this cheap vs. LHP Wade Miley. He hasn’t homered in 12 straight appearances and is batting .262 in 129 ABs in June. The Bringer of Rain did, however, come close to some showers with a pair of doubles over the weekend vs. the Royals, plus Miley’s WHIP is out of control (1.90 in his last 45.1 IP).
Other Options: Justin Turner ($4,700), Jedd Gyorko ($4,400)
Cliff Pennington — LAA vs. LAD — $2,500 – This probably isn’t a name you’d expect to see in a targets article on DraftKings, eh? Pennington has turned back the clock and has been one of the Halos’ hottest hitters. He’s batting .318 with a .991 OPS in his last 22 ABs, getting on base and scoring runs, which is exactly what you want out of a player this cheap. His increased floor makes him a great plug-and-play cash-game option.
Other Options: Stephen Drew ($3,200), Martin Prado ($3,100)
Asdrubal Cabrera — NYM vs. MIA — $4,100 – Cabrera has come out and says he wants to be traded from the Mets. If Sandy Alderson won’t pull the trigger, it seems Cabrera is poised to make his value too high to pass on. He’s batting .333 with three HRs over his last 42 ABs (9.9 DKFP per game). The switch-hitter gets another great matchup vs. Locke.
Other Options: Carlos Correa ($4,800), Didi Gregorius ($3,600)
Troy Tulowitzki — TOR vs. BAL — $3,200 – I’ve relapsed back onto the Tulowitzki hype train, mostly because he’s actually hitting now. Tulo has a hit in eight of 10 games, batting .289 with a pair of HRs and doubles in that span. He’ll face Miley sporting a .310 BA vs. left-handed pitchers in his career. Tulo is also hitting much better at home (.289 this season).
Other Options: Erick Aybar ($3,400), Adam Rosales ($3,000)
Bryce Harper — WAS vs. CHC — $5,200 – If you consider Harper is priced fourth among OFers on the slate, he’s technically a value play, right? Like so many sluggers nowadays, Harper is in the midst of a power outage. He hasn’t homered since June 19 and has had an uninspiring month overall (.293, 3 HR, 13 RBI). Harper has struggled vs. John Lackey, but don’t buy into 0-for-9. I’m looking for a big night for Harper with eyes on Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge.
Other Options: George Springer ($5,200), Justin Upton ($4,500), Tommy Pham ($4,400)
Mark Trumbo — BAL vs. TOR — $3,200 – Trumbo is on pace for 21 HRs, significantly less than his MLB-leading 47 from last season. Still, Blue Jays’ SP Marcus Stroman has served up six HRs over his last two starts. Trumbo is slugging at .488 (two HRs, three 2Bs) in his last 41 ABs. He’s a decent DraftKings tournament play given his high ceiling and low price.
Other Options: Cory Spangenberg ($3,100), Tyler Austin ($3,000)
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