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.
Dallas Keuchel vs Los Angeles Angels ($11,400) – You’ll need a short memory to spend 11.4K on Keuchel tonight after he was blasted for nine earned runs in just 4.2 innings in his last outing, but the left-hander is still one of the top pitching options on the board this evening. He’ll enter tonight’s action owning a 17-8 record to go along with an impressive 2.56 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Only the feeble hitting Atlanta Braves have posted a worse team wOBA since the All-Star break than the Angels (.291 team wOBA) and Keuchel has mowed them down in all three prior meetings this season. He’s a ridiculous 13-0 with a 1.49 ERA in 16 home starts and it’s highly likely that his last start puts a nice dent in his ownership percentage.
Gio Gonzalez vs Baltimore Orioles ($9,600) – With a tough matchup against the nearby Baltimore Orioles on tap tonight, many users are likely going to overlook Gio Gonzalez. While Gio may be prone to the occasional blow-up outing, he’s been terrific in each of last three starts and posted double-digit strikeouts in two of those games. He’s posted a very impressive 6-3 record and 3.04 ERA in 12 home starts and pitched very well against Baltimore in their only previous meeting this season.
Others to Consider: David Price, Chris Archer, Brett Anderson, Jaime Garcia
Paul Goldschmidt vs Brett Anderson ($5,100) – Goldschmidt is one of my top hitting options on the day and someone I have no trouble unloading a steep asking price to roster and he always seems to be under-owned considering the production. Goldie has crushed left-handed pitching for a .374 average and .476 wOBA this season and has brutalized Brett Anderson in their previous meetings; going 7 for 13 with a pair of homeruns against the southpaw.
Anthony Rizzo vs. Wily Pertalta ($5,000) – Where I’m not rolling with Goldschmidt at first base, It’ll be Mr. Rizzo I’ll be sliding into my 1B position. Rizzo will put a six game hitting streak on the line this evening against the Brewers and certainly made his presence felt over the weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-handed batters have posted an ugly .372 wOBA off of Wily Pertalta this season and Rizzo has punished him in the past; going 12 for 26 with two doubles and five long-balls.
Carlos Gonzalez vs A.J. Burnett ($4,400) – At this fairly reasonable asking price, Cargo is out of my top plays tonight for both GPP’s and cash games. He’s cooled off a bit at the plate lately but owns a .291 average and .964 OPS in 247 AB’s at Coors Field this season. He’s posted a .408 wOBA and .332 ISO against right-handed pitching this season and looks to be in for another big night against the struggling A.J. Burnett.
Stephen Piscotty vs John Lamb ($4,100)* – Piscotty broke out of a mini-slump in yesterday afternoon’s game, smacking his 5th homerun and forcing a pair of walks against John Lester and the Cubs bullpen. The 24 year old is now hitting .367 with a 1.010 OPS against left-handed pitching thus far during his young MLB career and has thrived at Busch Stadium as well; where he’s posted a .350 average in front the of the STL faithful. With opposing hitters owning a .304 average off of John Lamb this season, Piscotty and the Cardinals should push plenty of runs across the plate.
Adam Jones vs Gio Gonzalez ($3,900) – Adam Jones has been quiet at the plate lately, but he’s simply too talented to stay silent for long. For a guy with 30+ homerun power, he simply looks too cheap at this price-tag and can afford you the ability to roll with some of the night’s biggest bats.
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.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Jon Gray, Colorado Rockies – It’s not going to be a “sneaky” stack, but not mentioned the Pirates here seems like it would be a mistake. Jon Gray brings an uninspiring 5.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into tonight’s action and owns a 7.88 ERA in his four starts at Coors Field. The Pirates are in a dog-fight for playoff positioning with the Chicago Cubs and should have no trouble racking up some run support for A.J. Burnett. Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli and Pedro Alvarez are all well worth consideration in a Pittsburgh Stack tonight.
St. Louis Cardinals vs John Lamb, Cincinnati Reds – As I mentioned earlier, opposing batters own a .304 average against John Lamb this season and this entire Cardinals roster looks very reasonably priced. All of the right-handed bats are very much in play here (Piscotty, Peralta, Grichuk, Reynolds) and both Matt Carpenter and Jason Heyward have both handled their bats very well against left-handed pitching this season, as well. After a huge win yesterday in Chicago, the Cardinals will look to ride that momentum tonight and keep a nice cushion on the NL Central while their All-Star catcher heals up.