Saturday, July 18th DFS MLB Plays
We are playing the late slate only tonight (7 PM EST)
- Corey Kluber
- David Price
- Tyson Ross
- Jon Lester
- John Lackey
- Garrett Richards
- Francisco Liriano
- Chad Bettis
- Scott Kazmir
Corey Kluber ranks as the top play at pitcher tonight but it is far from an easy matchup as he takes on the Reds on the road. The park is pretty neutral (slight downgrade) relative to Kluber’s home pitching environment in Cleveland. Kluber grabs the top spot due to his big strikeout upside with 10.8 K/9 rate and he is $300 cheaper than David Price on FanDuel. Price is next in line and basically equal in my mind because of his ability to pitch deep into games and limit runs. The Tigers offense should provide enough run support to get the win against Chris Tillman. Tyson Ross is next in line in projection and is offered at a steep discount but I have concerns with his WHIP at almost 1.4 against a team with speed and power. John Lackey has limited upside with his 6.75 K/9 rate but he is a strong candidate to pitch deep into the game and get the win at home. Garrett Richards is another tournament play that I like again tonight at home against the Red Sox. This is a negative park shift and large time zone change for the Red Sox.
- Buster Posey/Andrew Susac – We will want to take advantage of the large park shift for the Giant again tonight and we get the added benefit of a matchup with Chase Anderson who is actually showing reverse splits and allowing good contact to RHB. Chase Anderson has a sub 7 K/9 rate and has a tough task of pitching against this offense in a great hitters park.
- Jason Castro – Castro has a nice matchup but typically a very poor spot in the lineup. Cash game playable if hitting top 6 tonight.
- Victor Martinez – V-Mart hit a HR again last night and is playing extremely well since returning from injury. Martinez gets to hit from the left hand side again tonight at home against Tillman. Great play in all formats.
- Stephen Vogt – Vogt is in play every time the A’s face a RHP due to his elite lineup spot and power numbers over the past 2 seasons.
- Yadier Molina – Molina will likely slide back down in the order with Holliday returning to the lineup but he is an elite play if hitting top 5 and in play if 6th
1st Base Rankings
- Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy didn’t disappoint last night and we love him again tonight (and every other night he plays at home against a non “ace” starter). The Giants and D-Backs both blew through their bullpens last night which is good news for late inning AB’s with RISP. We all know Goldy is a great play if you have the cap space.
- Joey Votto – Votto is a nice contrarian play tonight against Kluber. Kluber can struggle with LHB if his command isn’t 100% and Votto is an elite hitter when it comes to reaching base.
- Brandon Belt – Belt is in a bit of a slump but that’s nothing Chase Anderson and Chase Field can’t cure… take advantage of the park shift.
- Pedro Alvarez – Alvarez is in a very similar spot to Brandon Belt tonight in a nice park shift on the road (guaranteed 9th innings AB’s for his team)
- Carlos Santana – Decent park to play in. Switch hitter who holds platoon advantage throughout the game.
- Prince Fielder
2nd Base Rankings
- Neil Walker – Large park shift for the Pirates toinght and Walker gets to hit left handed with an elite lineup spot… he is the top value at 2B.
- Jason Kipnis – Kipnis is still 4k on FanDuel, making him tough to fit with an emphasis on top tier pitching tonight, but I love him in tournaments against DeSclafani
- Brian Dozier – Dozier hit another lead-off HR last night and he gets a LHP tonight in Kazmir. Definitely a GPP only play but its worth a shot in a tournament I suppose.
- Joe Panik – Panik had a big game for us last night in the L vs L matchup and tonight he has another great opportunity in a great lineup spot.
- Ben Zobrist – Zobrist is one of the more frustrating players in the league but he ranks well and is available at a fair price. Zobrist is another switch hitter who holds the platoon advantage throughout the game which is important when selecting a player from the A’s who could get pinch hit for.
3rd Base Rankings
Third base is by far the weakest position tonight so we will be sensitive to lineup position/price here.
- Matt Duffy – Duffy was another guy who was great last night and should be able to take advantage of the park shift and the reverse splits of Chase Anderson tonight. Duffy isn’t great value but the position is pretty thin tonight.
- Luis Valbuena – Valbuena ranks well tonight but ultimately his value depends heavily on the lineup spot. Top tier play if hitting top 4 tonight. Playable 1-6.
- Aramis Ramirez
- Matt Carpenter – Carpenter will likely go under owned tonight due to the other offensive environments in the slate.
- Jake Lamb
- Carlos Correa – Correa is once again the top play at SS tonight at home against Colby Lewis. Correa carries extra value thanks to his stolen base upside once he reaches base.
- Jhonny Peralta
- Jose Iglesias – Iglesias is having an amazing season for the Tigers but he continues to sit at the bottom of the lineup. I’m fine with him in all formats tonight regardless of lineup spot.
- Brandon Crawford – Park shift, park shift, park shift.
Outfield Tier 1:
Mike Trout, Colby Rasmus, Dexter Fowler, David Peralta, Hunter Pence, Preston Tucker, Michael Brantley, J.D. Martinez, Brandon Moss, Ryan Braun
Outfield Tier 2:
Carlos Gomez, Justin Upton, Yasmany Tomas, Carlos Gonzalez, Kole Calhoun, A.J. Pollock, Yoenis Cespedes, Gregory Polanco, Shin-Soo Choo, Josh Hamilton
Mike’s Top Six Team Stacks
Diamondbacks – Goldschmidt, Peralta, Pollock, Tomas, Inciarte
Giants – Posey, Pence, Duffy, Panik, Crawford, Belt
Astros – Altuve, Correa, Rasmus, Valbuena
Pirates – Alvarez, Walker, Polanco, Marte, McCutchen
Indians – Kipnis, Brantley, Santana, Moss, Lindor
Rangers – Fielder, Moreland, Hamilton, Choo, DeShields
Be sure to use the our optimal lineups when they are posted later this afternoon.