Tournament Plays are written to help find high-risk, high-reward players and team stacks that can help you catapult up the leaderboard each day. Plays will range from sleepers who might be able to steal a few bases at a low price point to against-the-grain stars who might not be the popular play of the day on DraftKings.
David Price vs Cleveland Indians ($12,000) – Since being traded to the Blue Jays, all David Price has done is post a 4-0 record to go along with a 1.98 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 41 strikeouts over 36.1 innings (five starts). Price has already completely dominated this Cleveland lineup on three occasions this season, going 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA over 21.1 innings. The dangerous Toronto lineup always seems to provided their pitchers with ample run support, making Price not only a strong cash game play but also a high-upside GPP target.
Felix Doubront vs Los Angeles Angels ($4,900) – If you’re looking for some value on the mound tonight, than give Doubront a long look. The southpaw owns very respectable 3.70 ERA on the season and has proven to be a strikeout-per-inning type of pitcher throughout his career. His 55.6% GB% is easily the highest of his career and has mended his previous struggles with the long ball. He’ll lock horns tonight with an Angels team that owns just a .290 team wOBA against left-handed pitching this season and who also own the league’s worst team wOBA since the All-Star break.
Others: Dallas Keuchel, Tyson Ross, Chris Archer, John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks
Dee Gordon vs Mike Foltynewicz ($4,600) – With Foltynewicz bringing an ugly 5.71 ERA into tonight’s start at Turner Field, I’m going to want some exposure to this Marlins lineup. Left-handed batters have posted a .401 wOBA against the right-hander and Gordon offers substantial stolen base potential once onboard. He’ll bring a six game hitting streak into tonight’s game and is now hitting .336 (with 11 stolen basbes) during the month of August.
Stephen Piscotty vs Gio Gonzalez ($4,300) – After the injury to Randal Grichuk, Piscotty looks to be the newest model to emerge from the St. Louis outfielder factory. The 24 former first round pick has hit the ground running at the MLB level and now owns an impressive .431 wOBA and 180 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. He’ll bring a .341 average and .945 OPS into tonight’s game and, with him not yet being a house-hold name across the country, should still have a fairly low ownership rate.
Evan Gattis vs Vidal Nuno ($4,300) – GPP’s are usually won and lost via the long-ball, and that’s why a guy like Evan Gattis is an ideal tournament play. The Astros slugger has already launched three homeruns over the past week and has handled the bat very well against left-handed pitching throughout his career. He’s been far more productive at Minute Maid Park this season and right-handed batters own a .330 wOBA off of Vidal Nuno.
David Peralta vs Chad Bettis ($4,000) – Peralta is not only one of the strongest cash game plays of the night, but he seems to have avoided the “Coors Field Tax” this evening and I have a strong feeling that he’ll be on a majority of the successful GPP rosters tonight. He picked up three hits in yesterday’s game (including his 14th homerun of the season) and now owns a .370 average and 1.011 OPS during the month of August. Peralta has posted a .388 wOBA and 144 wRC+ this season against right-handed pitching and the hitting environment just doesn’t get any better than Coors Field.
Jonny Gomes vs Chris Narveson ($2,400) – If you’re looking for so cheap power potential, than Gomes may be your guy. The left-handed specialist has shown signs of life at the plate this week and should slide right into the heart of this Braves lineup against the left-handed Chris Narveson. Gomes owns a .862 career OPS against southpaws and has a nice ceiling in this matchup considering the bargain price-tag.
Stack Em Up
Stacks below are based on most likely lineups. Be sure to check the MLB Lineups feed from any DraftKings draft screen throughout the afternoon to make sure players are in the lineup.
New York Mets vs. Jerad Eichhoff, Philadelphia Phillies – It’s not a secret that this Mets offense has come alive down the stretch, but it was slightly surprising to me to see that they own the league’s 3rd best team wOBA since the All-Star break (.332). While Eichhoff has pitched rather well in his first two MLB outings, he proved to be vulnerable against left-handed batters at the AAA level which doesn’t bode well for the 25 year old with all the Mets left-handers sprinkled around Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright.
Miami Marlins vs Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves – I mentioned Foltynewicz’ 5.71 ERA earlier in this article and that ineffectiveness makes this Marlins an excellent stacking option. While Foltynewicz has been quite poor against both left and right-handed batters this season, left-handers own a dreadful .401 wOBA off of the right-hander. Build around the core of Dee Gordon, Derek Dietrich and Justin Bour and you’ll still have plenty of money to spend elsewhere.