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.
Francisco Liriano vs Chicago Cubs ($10,800) – Liriano wasn’t his usual sharp self in his last outing, but he still managed to pick up his 7th win of the season and finished the month of July with a 3-0 record to go along with a 2.03 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31 innings. He’ll take on a Cubs team tonight that not only owns an ugly .283 wOBA over the last 30 days but who also own the league’s highest strikeout rate this season at 24.0%. Liriano’s 14.3 SwStr% is the 4th best among qualified starters this season and his immense upside makes him a perfect GPP target.
Jose Quintana vs Tampa Bay Rays ($8,400) – Quintana doesn’t garner as much attention as he likely deserves, but the left-hander has posted a very solid 3.52 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through his first 21 starts this season. This Rays team has scored the third least runs in baseball this season and Quintana mowed them down in a winning effort in their only meeting last season. He offers solid strikeout potential (20.6 K%) and his reasonable asking price allows you to load up on some big bats.
Others: Corey Kluber ($11,700), Felix Hernandez ($9,500), Lance McCullers ($8,800), Garrett Richards ($9,800), Chris Tillman ($7,100)
Bryce Harper vs Zack Godley ($5,700) – He’s not cheap, but the guy owns a ridiculous .484 wOBA and .372 ISO this season against right-handed pitching. Godley is just a month removed from life in the low minors (A – advanced) where he was much less effective against left-handed batters. Harper clearly has multi homerun potential and has posted a very impressive 1.185 OPS in 144 AB’s at Nationals Park.
Starling Marte vs Jon Lester ($4,000) – Lester is not a pitcher you want to pick on too often, but there are several reasons to like Marte tonight. Not only does he own a .398 wOBA and 160 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this season, but he’s also a big threat on the basepaths (20 stolen bases). With Jon Lester being allergic to slowing down the oppositions running game, Marte could easily rack up stolen bases (and the five fantasy points that come along with them) in abundance.
Seth Smith vs Eddie Butler ($3,900) – Cheap exposure to Coors Field is not easy to find, but that’s what Smith offers tonight. At this price point he’ll be a tough fade as Eddie Butler has been flat out dreadful against left-handed batters (.423 wOBA against). The former Rockie owns a .299 average and .949 OPS over 638 career AB’s at Coors Field and should find himself right in the heart of the Mariners batting order.
Adam Lind vs Tyson Ross ($3,700) – Lind picked up a pair of hits for the second consecutive game yesterday and now sports an impressive .297 average and .908 OPS against right-handed pitching this season. Tyson Ross can be filthy at times, but his one glaring weakness has been his struggles against left-handed batters (.329 wOBA against). Lind has thrived at Miller Park all season, posting a .328 average and .956 OPS in 177 home AB’s.
Justin Bour vs Bartolo Colon ($2,700) – Bour’s recent struggles will do two things that solidify him as a nice GPP target ; 1) Brought down his asking price, and 2) should keep his ownership levels rather low. Bour has flashed real power against right-handed pitching (.210 ISO) and can make Bartolo pay for missing location with his fastball in a hurry.
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.
Seattle Mariners vs. Eddie Butler, Colorado Rockies – I’m not going out on a limb by recommending a stack inside of Coors Field, but considering how left handed heavy this Mariners team can be coupled with Eddie Butler’s struggles with left-handed batters (.423 wOBA against), it simply shouldn’t be ignored. It’s a rare visit for the M’s to the Mile High City and it’s unlikely that they’ll leave Colorado without posting many crooked numbers in this season. Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Seth Smith and Brad Miller join Nelson Cruz, Austin Jackson and Mark Trumbo as excellent options. Oh, and don’t forget about their new leadoff man Ketel Marte as he still sits at the minimum price.
San Francisco Giants vs. Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves – Foltynewicz pitched well in his return to the rotation in his last start, but the 23 year old still sports an unsightly 5.04 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and has already served up 10 homeruns in just 60.2 innings of work this season. Enter the San Francisco Giants, who will likely be overlooked by many users after being held to just one run by Martin Perez in Fort Worth, TX yesterday afternoon. The Giants own MLB’s best .334 team wOBA on the road this season and Foltynewicz has been smacked around by both left and right-handed hitters this season (.395 and .353 wOBA’s, respectively).