Thursday gives you less options with some teams taking an off day, plus there is rain on the docket for some games. So, please, check out your up-to-minute weather forecaster right before your lineup locks.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
Mike Fiers, Brewers ($10,300) – I’m going to keep suggesting Fiers until he gives me reason not to anymore. The guy just continues to put up points for DraftKing folk at the tune of 28.2 FPPG over his last six games started. Wow-zers. Fiers has held Marlins hitters in check with a .217 BAA in 23 at-bats.
Chris Sale, White Sox ($12,500) – Even when Sale pitches poorly he manages to put up positive points for us, as evident in a few recent starts. Locking him in at this sort of salary prevents you from finding too many solid values within the rest of your lineup, so you’re going to have to choose your strategy wisely with Sale in your lineup. He’s the safest pitching option in my book on Thursday at home facing the Athletics.
Tanner Roark, Nationals ($8,400) – Averaging 17.1 FPPG this season, Roark won’t give you dominant numbers. However, he’s a good play if you’re looking to save a couple of thousand bucks on salary. Roark strikes out more batters and gives up less walks on the road for some reason. And, yes, his road/home split regarding innings pitched is just about perfectly even.
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox ($8,100) – Sometimes the seasonal stats and the DFS points put up by a player don’t mesh – that’s the case with Buchholz. His seasonal stats (5.29 ERA, 7-8, 1.40 WHIP and 114 K) don’t match the recent points he’s been putting up, which is kind of sneaky if you don’t investigate. Some may just ignore Buchholz altogether after looking at his seasonal line, but don’t. Buchholz has tallied 20.1, 39.5, 17.2, 6.1, 24.4 and 23.2 over his last six starts.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds ($4,800) – Mesoraco gets listed because of his current hot streak and major outburst yet again (over 30 points twice in the last week of play). In 69 career at-bats facing the Cardinals, Mesoraco has four homers and nine RBI. He’s worth the salary risk on Thursday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Nationals ($4,500) – LaRoche is nine for his last 19 at-bats and seems to be hitting a groove of late. And, checking out his career history versus the Mets? Yikes. He destroys them with nine homers, 26 RBI and 18 walks in 128 at-bats. Don’t forget about his .878 OPS either, which drives into his ability to hit for extra-base hits against the Mets historically.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, Angels ($5,000) – I guess it’s about time I jump on the “Howie-Train”. Admittedly so, I was expecting a slow down with his production, but dude has been nuts at the plate of late. Kendrick has 16 hits over his last 10 games played with seven extra-base hits.
Carlos Santana, 3B/C, Indians ($4,500) – I really like how Santana has been avoiding strikeouts of late. Over his last five games, Santana has only struck out one time. For a guy with over 100 Ks this season, one strikeout in his last five games is sort of cool. Santana must be seeing the ball much better these days.
Jordy Mercer, SS, Pirates ($4,000) – It’s weird listing Mercer in the “stud column” but his bat, along with the Pirates, has been going very well recently. Mercer has six doubles and six RBI to go along with a fantastic slash line (.455/.458/.727) in 22 career at-bats against the Phillies.
Michael Brantley, OF, Indians ($5,100) – If you’re looking for a money-in-the-bank outfielder that will give you a great shot at double-digit points, Brantley is your man. He hasn’t slowed all season and anyone that’s averaging 9.1 FPPG as a hitter is alright in my book.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels ($5,000) – Like a bunch of the Angels hitters of late, Calhoun is hitting well. Two homers, three runs and three RBI over his last couple of games puts Calhoun on my radar and gets him in my lineup hitting in Texas.
Hunter Pence, OF, Giants ($4,900) – Pence does everything – he hits for power, scores runs, takes walks and he can even steal bases. Pence had an o-for-nothing night on Tuesday which dropped his salary and actually makes him a decent value considering. I love his career against Diamondbacks pitchers: .278/.341/.490, nine homers, 24 RBI and 17 walks in 194 at-bats.
Jed Lowrie, SS, Athletics ($3,700) – Going with my theme of finding good values at middle-infield spots, Lowrie has averaged double-digit numbers over his last four games. Lowrie makes perfect sense if you’re loading up heavy in other hitting slots.
James Loney, 1B, Rays ($4,100) – For what you’re getting for the price, Loney is a nice option to lock up for Thursday. Loney has eight hits, two homers and three RBI over his last couple of games.
Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals ($3,900) – I wrote about Adams the other day and still want him in my lineups. This will be your last chance to get Adams on roster before his salary jumps up.
Martin Prado, 2B/3B, Yankees ($3,900) – Prado has been the king of multi-hit games over the last 10 games played, although he’s had a couple of goose eggs as well. Still, I dig Prado enough to slot him in at second or third base on Thursday.
Good luck on Thursday and don’t forget you can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy