WATCH: IMPACT PLAYER – MARWIN GONZALEZ
Friday’s 13-game slate includes a ton of worthwhile pitching options and of course, Coors Field. Make sure you check DK Live before lock so you get all the up-to-date lineup and weather information before the first pitch. If you’re on Twitter, find me there @RyNoonan. Let’s dig in.
Dallas Keuchel – HOU vs. LAA – $10,400 – Leaning heavily again on the change-up that made him so successful in 2015, Dallas Keuchel has returned to form this season and is my preferred play at a loaded position today. His floor is high and he’s missing bats at the highest rate of his career. He’s an even better play if Mike Trout sits out again like he did on Thursday.
Other Options – Danny Salazar ($10,000), Yu Darvish ($11,200)
Eduardo Rodriguez – BOS vs. MIN – $7,600 – You have to think that a young lefty like Eduardo Rodriguez is soaking up as much info from a guy like Chris Sale as he can. I know I would be. There could be something that this narrative though, as the highly touted prospect is off to an excellent start this season. His 12.0 K/9 is outstanding, and it’s supported by some of his advanced metrics like cFIP and DRA. He’s in play in both cash games and tournaments at this price.
Other Options – Michael Fulmer ($8,000)
Yasmani Grandal – LAD vs. SD – $3,400 – I love using Grandal in DFS because he often hits in the middle of the lineup and his ability to switch-hit makes him less susceptible to late game swaps like a lot of other catchers are when the opposition goes to the bullpen.
Other Options – Buster Posey ($4,500)
Geovany Soto – CWS vs. BAL – $2,800 – Geo Soto is a high upside punt play at catcher in tournaments because he has better than average power against southpaws. With this game taking place in Baltimore against Wade Miley, Soto is firmly in play if you’re looking to save salary to get up to the top tier pitchers or Coors bats.
Other Options – Brian McCann ($3,200)
Chris Davis – BAL vs. CWS – $4,100 – Yes, I know Paul Goldschmidt is playing at Coors, but you don’t need me to tell you he’s a great play. He absolutely is, but I want to give you another name or two worth considering and I’ll start with Chris Davis. He hasn’t been swinging a particularly hot bat of late, but that makes him a perfect GPP target, in a home game against slump buster Miguel Gonzalez.
Other Options – Brandon Belt ($4,300)
Rickie Weeks – TB vs. TOR – $2,600 – Rickie Weeks versus a lefty is still a thing, y’all. He’s dirt cheap, hitting in the middle of Tampa Bay’s order and has massive power over the past few season’s against southpaws. He’ll see Francisco Liriano for a few at-bats on Friday and my guess is he mixes in an extra base hit or two with a strikeout.
Daniel Murphy – WAS vs. PHI – $4,800 – The Nationals’ line drive machine is a great GPP play today. Most players will likely be using their salary allotment on the top pitchers and Diamondbacks, leaving studs like Murphy on the board for lower than usual ownership. He’ll also likely be even lower owned with Bryce Harper out of the lineup because that hurts their stackability (that’s not a word, but you know what I mean).
Other Options – Brian Dozier ($4,400)
Jedd Gyroko – STL vs. ATL – $3,800 – Jedd Gyroko has been on a heater of late, mashing the ball over the past two weeks. His exit velocity is up nearly 5 mph and his hard-hit contact rate is up 10%. He’s hitting fourth in the Cardinals lineup lately and is facing a fly ball heavy pitcher in Mike Foltynewicz.
Other Options – Rougned Odor ($3,900)
Manny Machado – BAL vs. CWS – $4,900 – This is a lot like first base. Jake Lamb is the play here, and he and Nolan Arenado will likely eat up a lot of the ownership at third base, but I want to give you a pivot from those guys. Machado crushes right-handed pitching and his hard-hit rate is up 19% (!!) over the past two weeks. He’s seeing it well right now and in a great spot against Miguel Gonzalez.
Other Options – Jake Lamb ($5,100), Nolan Arenado ($5,400)
Marwin Gonzalez – HOU vs. LAA – $3,300 – Marwin is in another world right now. He’s forcing his way into the Astros lineup every day with his power outburst, hitting five home runs in his past four games. I’m not a huge fan of chasing box scores, but his price is still so affordable that it makes it a lot easier of a sell. He’s eligible in the outfield as well.
Other Options – Joey Gallo ($3,500)
Xander Bogaerts – BOS vs. MIN – $4,400 – The Red Sox have the highest non-Coors implied-team total on the slate at 4.9 runs in Minnesota against Phil Hughes. Sprinkling in some Red Sox exposure isn’t a bad idea, and I really like Bogaerts here. He’s in the middle of the Sox lineup, so I think he makes for a great cash game consideration.
Other Options – Trea Turner (5,000)
Tim Beckham – TB vs. TOR – $2,900 – We’ve seen a lot of Tim Beckham leading off lately, especially against left-handed pitching like we have here tonight against Francisco Liriano. He’s coming off a double home run night on Thursday and he’s a great way to spend down on Friday.
Mookie Betts – BOS vs. MIN – $4,800 – Yes, A.J. Pollock and all of the Rockies’ outfielders are great plays, but a likely overlooked Mookie Betts against Phil Hughes is just as appealing to me, especially in tournaments. Like most elite bats, Betts isn’t a massive splits hitter, but he’s shown slightly more power against righties than lefties in his career to this point.
Other Options – A.J. Pollock ($5,200), George Springer ($4,200)
Michael Conforto – NYM vs. MIA – $3,700 – His price tag is finally on the rise, but it’s still cheap enough that he’s a great value play leading off for the Mets against a right-hander.
Other Options – Andrew Benintendi ($3,800) Steve Souza ($3,400)
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