Tournament Plays are written to help find high-risk, high-reward players and team stacks that can help you catapult up the leader board 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 White Sox ($10,000) – Liriano failed to take complete advantage of a soft matchup against the Brewers in his last start, and that could very well hold down his ownership rate tonight. The Pirates left-hander sports a very solid 3.25 ERA and 1.02 WHIP this season and has amassed 87 strikeouts in just 74.2 innings of work. Tonight he’ll host a Chicago White Sox team that owns MLB’s worst team wOBA against left-handed pitching (.248 wOBA).
Tyson Ross vs Oakland Athletics ($8,700) – With Ross on the bump at Petco Park tonight, he’s an excellent GPP option. The Padres right-hander has struggled at time this season, but this is still a guy who posted an 8-5 record with a 1.88 ERA while racking up 106 strikeouts in 100.2 innings of work at home last season. His high strikeout potential is a fantasy asset and this won’t be an overly intimidating Oakland lineup without the DH.
Freddie Freeman vs Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox ($5,200) – Freeman stayed hot at the plate over the weekend and now owns a .365 average and 1.155 OPS during the month of June. He has posted a .408 wOBA against right-handed pitching thus far in 2015 and Rick Porcello has a reputation for struggling against left-handed batters.
Andrew McCutchen vs Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox ($5,000) – Andrew McCutchen at home and versus a lefty was a recipe for fantasy success last season and he should be well worth his big-ticket asking price tonight. “Cutch” posted a .423 wOBA and 179 wRC+ at PNC Park in 2014 and is hitting .325 since the beginning of May.
David Ortiz vs Williams Perez, Atlanta Braves ($4,600) – After an eerily slow start to the 2015 season, it’s safe to say that Big Papi’s bat is finally coming alive. Ortiz homered yesterday for the third time in the last four games and now owns a five game hitting streak. Lefties own a .330 off of the unproven Williams Perez this season and looms as the biggest threat in this Boston lineup tonight.
Joey Gallo vs Carlos Frias, Los Angeles Dodgers ($3,800) – Gallo has hit the ground running at the MLB level and enters tonight’s game owning a .300 average and 1.016 OPS through his first 11 games. With left-handers owning a .396 wOBA off of Carlos Frias this season, the Rangers phenom should once again find himself in the heart of their batting order. Gallo has homered in two straight games and looks to be one of the best bargains on the board tonight.
Michael Cuddyer vs Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays ($3,700) – I love Cuddyer tonight against the soft-tossing Mark Buehrle. The veteran slugger has a long track record of success against left-handed pitching and owns an .877 career OPS against them and posted a ridiculous .547 wOBA and .392 ISO against them last season. He’s gotten very familiar with Buehrle during his career, and has hit pretty well, going 35 for 110 with eleven doubles and three homeruns.
Chris Iannetta vs Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks ($3,100) – If you’re looking for a cheap option behind the plate with some GPP upside, then Iannetta is your man. The Angels catcher may be ice-cold at the plate right now, but he does sport a career .869 OPS against left-handed pitching and has 20 homerun type power.
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.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Yovani Gallardo, Texas Rangers – I’m expecting some fireworks in Arlington tonight as the Los Angeles Dodgers bring MLB’s best team wOBA against right-handed pitching (.348 wOBA) into tonight’s game. While Gallardo has actually pitched rather well this season, he’s always been a high WHIP type of pitcher. A stack consisting of the very dangerous combination of Joc Pederson, Yaisel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal can be had for a fairly reasonable average cost of $4,650.
Detroit Tigers vs Jon Moscot, Cincinnati Reds – With Moscot toeing the rubber for the Reds in an American League ballpark, I’m expecting trouble for the 23 year old. Moscot owns an ugly 5.70 SIERA after his first two big league starts and this Detroit team owns an impressive .331 wOBA at Comerican Park this season. Grab the top five of the Tigers batting order and enjoy the show.
Los Angeles Angels vs Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks – While Trout and Pujols won’t come cheap, some of the Angels secondary options can be had for quite the discount tonight. Guys like Aybar, Freese, Cron and the previously mentioned Iannetta all handle the bat very well against left-handed pitching and should make things tough on the unproven Robbie Ray.
Good Luck today!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)