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.
Max Scherzer vs Washington Nationals ($12,400) – In a series that is absolutely critical to their playoff aspirations, the Nationals will hand the ball to Max Scherzer with hopes that their ace can deliver in the clutch and help justify the massive contract he signed this offseason. Scherzer has struggled (by his standards) lately and hasn’t picked up a “W” since July 30th, so he’ll likely be overlooked by many players today. However, despite picking up losses in both prior meetings with the Mets this season, he’s actually mowed them down; allowing just one earned run on nine hits over 14.2 innings while racking up 18 strikeouts. With the Mets owning just a .305 team wOBA against right-handed pitching this season, Scherzer’s upside is worth investing in.
Mike Fiers vs. Oakland Athletics ($10,000) – Fiers made all the headlines with his no hitter against the Dodgers two weeks ago, but you may not realize that he’s only allowed two earned runs over his last four starts. He pitched very well against this struggling Oakland lineup in what was just his second start with the Astros and has now racked up 151 strikeouts in 150 innings of work this season. With his price-tag reaching its highest point of the season, it’s unlikely that he’ll have a very high ownership.
Others: Chris Sale, Zack Greinke, Yordano Ventura
Ryan Braun vs Justin Nicolino ($5,100) – Braun’s lofty price-tag should scare many users away from him today, making him a terrific option in GPP’s. He’s picked up a pair of hits in each of the last two games (Including his 25th homerun) and now owns a .303 average and .921 OPS since the All-Star break. He’s posted a .337 average and 1.038 OPS against left-handed pitching this season and has even added four stolen bases in his last five games.
*Justin Upton vs Kyle Kendrick ($4,300) – Upton had a quiet weekend at the plate, but today’s matchup against Kyle Kendrick is simply too good to pass up on. Kendrick brings an ugly 6.29 ERA into today’s game with opposing hitters owning a .303 average against him this season. Upton has pounded the right-hander in their previous meetings; going 11 for 29 with three doubles and three homeruns.
Todd Frazier vs Jeff Locke ($4,400) – Frazier has had a disappointing second half of the season, but he’s now picked up hits in three straight games and is starting to show some signs of life at the plate. He has been far more productive at the Great American Ballpark this season (.915 home OPS) and has crushed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .407 wOBA. He’s very familiar with Jeff Locke and has gone 9 for 23 with a pair of homeruns off of the southpaw in their previous meetings.
Buster Posey vs Patrick Corbin ($4,300) – Posey launched his 17th homeruns of the season in yesterday’s game and will travel from Coors Field to another great hitting venue in the Arizona desert today. Posey owns a ridiculous .332 average and .956 OPS during left-handed pitching during his career and is hitting .349 in 172 AB’s since the All-Star break. His upside at the catcher position makes him a tremendous GPP option.
Chris Young vs Wei-Yin Chen ($2,700) – With a lefty (Chen) on the mound for the Orioles, Young becomes one of the best values on the board and offers power potential that no other hitter in this price-range can match. Young owns a .415 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season and has had success against Chen in the past. As an added bonus, he’ll likely find himself right in the heart of the Yankees batting order today
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.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox – Porcello has pitched well in each of his last two outings, but facing this dangerous Blue Jays lineup is a tough task for any pitcher. The Blue Jays pounded Porcello for seven earned runs in just two innings of work in their last meeting and own the league’s second best team wOBA against right-handed pitching this season (.335 wOBA). With more homeruns than any other team in baseball, they’re an ideal GPP stack.
San Diego Padres vs. Kyle Kendrick, Colorado Rockies – Simply put: Kyle Kendrick is one of the least effective pitchers in MLB these days. He owns a 6.29 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 22 starts. He’s already served up 27 homeruns in just 117.1 innings and owns a putrid 11.6 K%. The Padres have already knocked him around on two occasions this season and, with the venue being the pitcher friendly Petco Park, they likely won’t be an overly popular stack.