We have a great slate of early MLB DFS action today. The MLB DFS Strategy will go through some pitchers, stacks and other bats to target on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Rockies @ Reds(-150) 8
Phillies @ Mets(-175) 7.5
Giants @ Brewers(-115) 8.5
Nationals(-120) @ Cubs
D’Backs @ Cardinals(-165) 7.5
Braves @ Dodgers(-235) 6.5
Rangers @ Indians(-160) 8.5
Royals @ Yankees(-140) 8
Mariners(-125) @ Rays 6.5
Red Sox @ Twins(-115) 8.5
Tigers @ Athletics(-130) 7.5
Astros @ Orioles(-115) 8
White Sox @ Blue Jays(-115) 9
Padres @ Angels(-160) 7
Zack Greinke, LA Dodgers (FD $9900, DK $9500) – Greinke and the Dodgers are the largest favorite on the board at -235 tonight and the Braves looked terrible at the plate against Kershaw last night. I certainly see that continuing tonight as Greinke has pitched more like Kershaw than Kershaw has this year. I think he will be the highest owned pitcher for tonight’s small slate.
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $10,000, DK $10,500) – Cole will definitely be the highest owned pitcher of the early slate and for great reason. Cole is pitching like a true Ace this season and I do not see him having much trouble with the Marlins lineup today. His opposing pitcher is Brad Hand and the Pirates are at home in this one. The line has not be listed as I believe Miami waited to name a starting pitcher, but I would have to believe that Cole would be the largest favorite of the early slate.
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (FD $11,800, DK $11,100) – Scherzer takes on the extremely potent Cubs offense at Wrigley but to go along with the potency of the Cubs they strike out a ton, especially against right handed pitching. The line and total has not been posted yet for this game, which usually means there is some wind in the forecast and they are waiting to see which direction that may be blowing. Scherzer is extremely expensive and I think will go under owned thanks to Greinke being in a great spot.
Noah Syndergaard, NY Mets (FD $7700, DK $7600) – Syndergaard and the Mets are -175 favorites at home against the Phillies and is in a great spot to show off what makes him such a highly rated prospect. I am waiting to see that hammer type game that really cements his future in our minds and I really think today could be that day. He should be in line for the W, which is extremely important on FD.
Chris Young, Kansas City Royals (FD $6300, DK $4800) – I’ve been trying so hard to not have to write about Chris Young as I feel like regression has to show its ugly head sometime very soon, but he just continues to miss bats with his 84 mph heater. This can certainly be a dangerous game for him as the Yankees are relying heavily on the long ball, however Young’s price is just way to low for his production so far this season. He has an 0.78 ERA with an 0.75 WHIP so far in 2015.
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays (FD $9300, DK $9200) – You will see two guys listed here in the GPP plays that can always be considered in the stud section and only find themselves down here due to their opponent. Archer takes on the Mariners and Felix Hernandez. Archer is a small home under dog in this one and it is very tough to bet on a W when taking on King Felix. Archer has some control issues and could end up walking a few today but the bottom half of the Mariners lineup are pretty free swinging so he could certainly rack up some K’s to help offset that W.
Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs (FD $9100, DK $8600) – Lester’s opponent is the Washington Nationals and Max Scherzer tonight. Like I said earlier under Max, the line is not out for this game as they are waiting on the wind to show itself. As we have seen the last 2 days, the winds have been blowing out which have aided a few fly balls to leave the yard, however there have been just 8 runs scored so far in this series. The Nationals have some dangerous right handed bats, but Lester could certainly surprise in this one.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison (FD $3100, DK $4400), Andrew McCutchen (FD $4400, DK $5400), Starling Marte (FD $3800, DK $5000), Jung Ho Kang (FD $2900, DK $3800) – Pay attention to the weather in this one as well as the lineup. Should Mercer be in the 2 spot, I would certainly include him in this stack in place of Kang in a 4 man and am interested to see if Hart is in the lineup as well. I think this Pirates team gets to Hand early and often this afternoon. The lineup has not been posted yet which makes me wonder if there may be a guy or two resting today.
St Louis Cardinals: Kolton Wong (FD $3300, DK $4100), Matt Carpenter (FD $4000, DK $4600), Matt Holiday (FD $3200, DK $4100), Jhonny Peralta (FD $3300, DK $4100) – Collmenter is not fooling anybody right now and I expect that to continue tonight in St Louis. The Cardinals just lost Matt Adams, but this offense has a lot going well right now. I can see you adding in Heyward and Grichuk, as long as he is in the lineup. This lineup is very patient and potent, top to bottom.
Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis (FD $4700, DK $4700), Carlos Santana (FD $3800, DK $4100), Michael Brantley (FD $4500, DK $4900) – I really love trying to pick on Colby Lewis (even though that has not worked out the greatest so far in 2015) and today he gets attacked by a very left hand heavy Indians lineup. I do not have a problem with including Murphy, Chisenhall and Swisher in this one. I really wish Moss was in the lineup as this screams dong for him.
LA Dodgers: Jimmy Rollins (FD $2700, DK $3600), Howie Kendrick (FD $2900, DK $3500), Adrian Gonzalez (FD $3800, DK $4400), Scott Van Slyke (FD $2200, DK $3300) – This lineup is going to be interesting to see as they go up against a lefty in Alex Wood who missed his start last week due to illness. I expect him to be a little off his game and think the Dodgers offense gets to him. I did not include Pederson as I think the lefty-lefty match-up will be tough on him and could certainly see you wanting to include Turner and/or Guerrero in this one.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Adam LaRoche, Chicago White Sox
Lucas Duda, New York Mets
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians