I hope you like pitching options because tonight is loaded with a number of pitchers that should find their way onto a lot of rosters and that is going to make for a very interesting night. The ownership percentages on pitchers should be extremely spread out so if you can separate yourself by choosing the right one you should be well on your way to some GPP success. Lets get into my favorite plays in the MLB DFS Strategy.
|Home||Away||Spread Home||Over/Under Goals|
|Detroit Tigers||Toronto Blue Jays||-1.5||8.5|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Cleveland Indians||-1.5||7.5|
|New York Yankees||Tampa Bay Rays||-1.5||7|
|Cincinnati Reds||Milwaukee Brewers||1.5||8|
|Boston Red Sox||Houston Astros||-1.5||9|
|Atlanta Braves||Philadelphia Phillies||-1.5||7.5|
|Texas Rangers||LAA Angels||1.5||9|
|Kansas City Royals||Minnesota Twins||-1.5||7.5|
|Chicago White Sox||Baltimore Orioles||1.5||8|
|St. Louis Cardinals||San Diego Padres||-1.5||7|
|Oakland Athletics||Seattle Mariners||-1.5||7|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Colorado Rockies||-1.5||9|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||New York Mets||-1.5||6|
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (FD $11,600, DK $12,000) – Scherzer gets to take on the Yankees and Tanaka in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. The Yankees roster strikes out once every 3.5 at bats against Scherzer and if you take out Ellsbury, you get a K every 3 at-bats and an average of under .200 against him. Scherzer had a rough start his last time out against Toronto and I fully expect him to bounce back strong in this one.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (FD $11,100, DK $10,900) – Like Scherzer, Kluber has struggled his last couple of times out as he has given up 7 earned over his last 2 starts but his strikeout numbers have not taken a hit as he has 22 of them in his last 15 innings (2 starts). Kluber gets to face off with a Mariners lineup that he victimized for 13 strike outs and a Win over 7 innings pitched at the end of May. This time he gets to face them at home, while also getting to fire it against a lineup that added Mark Trumbo and his high strikeout rate.
Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s (FD $10,300, DK $10,100) – Gray is probably my top option of the slate as he has been pitching like the best pitcher in the AL so far this season and he gets to face a Rangers lineup, at home, that he went 6.2 against in May and allowed just 2 hits while striking out 10 batters. I have not seen the early line for this game yet but I would assume Gray is one of the bigger favorites on the board as his opposing pitcher, Nick Martinez, has been struggling of late after starting out extremely hot.
Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox (FD $7200, DK $5700) – Rodon is coming off of a 10 K performance his last time out and gets to take on the very strike out happy Houston Astros. Rodon faced off with the Astros just two starts ago and went 6.1 innings and allowed just 1 earned run and struck out just 4 but managed to get 12 ground ball outs. That ground ball rate is nice to see as that it meant that they weren’t squaring him up even though he managed just 4 strike outs. The big worry about Rodon is his control, which will generally limit his innings upside.
Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox (FD $8200, DK $7100) – I am going to continue to ride Rodriguez as he has been extremely brilliant thus far in his MLB career as he has gone 14.2 innings and given up just 5 hits while striking out 14 batters. They are letting the kid pitch as he has averaged 104 pitches per start in the majors and should again see a 100-110 pitch start against an Orioles offense that can certainly hit left handed pitching well, but has really sputtered recently.
Taylor Jungmann, Milwaukee Brewers (FD $5000, DK $4000) – Being a Wisconsin resident, I remember how pumped Brewer fans were when the Brewers took Jungmann in the first round a few years ago and they really thought he would fly through the minors. Fast forward to today and Jungmann is finally making his debut against a somewhat dangerous Pirates offense and a tough opposing pitcher in Liriano. You will notice I have both listed in the GPP plays section as I just do not know what to expect as Jungmann is really really cheap and could make a great flier.
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $9500, DK $9700) – I love Liriano against right handed heavy lineups as he has been dominating right handed batters so far in 2015. They are hitting just .168 against him this season while striking out once every 2.7 at-bats in 2015. A lot of people like to stack the Brewers against left handed pitching and I think this is a great spot to go against that and take Liriano and hope he continues his trend and shuts them down.
St Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter (FD $4300, DK $5000), Matt Holliday (FD $3400, DK $4500), Jhonny Peralta (FD $4200, DK $4800), Mark Reynolds (FD $2800, DK $3100) – The Cardinals get to take their hacks in Coors and against a lefty that they have beat up before in Jorge De La Rosa. I think you could include Kolton Wong even with the left on left match-up and I think Grichuk makes a very intriguing option at a cheap price as he has shown the ability to hit left handed pitching very well.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson (FD $4700, DK $5500), Jose Bautista (FD $5400, DK $5700), Russell Martin (FD $3200, DK $3800), Chris Colabello (FD $2900, DK $3300) – While getting this article started, the Blue Jays jumped up and have put up 7 runs early on the Marlins and that seems like a very good preview to what may happen Tuesday against Dan Haren. Jose Reyes, Danny Valencia, Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Pillar all make usable options in a Toronto stack. Pillar would be my first choice to join the 4 above as he has been on fire recently.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Ender Inciarte (FD $3000, DK $3400), AJ Pollock (FD $4500, DK $5000), Paul Goldschmidt (FD $5500, DK $5900) – I love stacking the D’Backs as they seem to be under the radar but very capable of blowing up as the top of this lineup is very dangerous and offers a great power-speed combination to their top 3 or 4 hitters depending on the lineup they run out there. Frias has not been fooling many hitters lately and I think the D’Backs get to him within the first 5 innings in this one.
Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler (FD $3300, DK $4200), Anthony Rizzo (FD $4500, DK $5000), Kris Bryant (FD $4200, DK $4400) – Much like with the D’Backs, I love stacking the Cubs as they are capable of taking it to any starting pitcher and tonight he gets to take on the Gas-Can that has been Anibal Sanchez. I would pay attention to their lineup and possibly think about stacking the 4-6 or 7 hitters as this one could get ugly early with Lester on the mound for the Cubs.
Definitely need to pay attention to some weather issues as initially it appears there are a handful of games that could be affected by the wet stuff on Tuesday. As I said at the beginning of the article, I feel like there are plenty of pitching options that could make for an interesting GPP play and when that happens, it usually means offense is at a premium and could be a somewhat lower scoring night for the GPP’s. Some of the other hitters that I think are in play are the Dodgers righties, Giancarlo Stanton against the soft tossing Buehrle, the lefties of Oakland and I think the Twins make a very sneaky stack against Chris Young.
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays