The MLB DFS strategy for today’s split slate of action. We go through the best pitchers and stacks to target for your Fanduel and Draftkings lineups.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (FD $10,400, DK $10,800) – Over his last 4 starts, Harvey has allowed 20 earned runs and 8 home runs and that does not bode well for him today against the potent Toronto Blue Jays. I am very interested to see how this match-up plays out and I think I am going to be taking a flyer on Harvey on a team or two today because he is just so good that he has to snap out of it at some point, doesn’t he?
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs (FD $9800, DK $9000) – Arrieta was listed yesterday and thanks to the wonderful midwest weather, he gets to take the mound tonight against the Indians. Of course he was listed as a GPP yesterday and oh what a difference a day makes as my initial look at the pitching for today has me cringing. I am still afraid of a very left handed heavy Cleveland Indians lineup and the fact that Arrieta has been victimized by the long ball, however he offers us excellent K upside and I like his chances tonight.
Michael Wacha, St Louis Cardinals (FD $8700, DK $9200) – Wacha is probably the safest of the options tonight as he gets to face the Twins in StL. He is coming off of a 10 strike out performance against the Rockies and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far in 2015. I don’t think he is going to wow us with a 35+ point fantasy performance (DK) tonight, however I think around 25 should be what we expect to see.
Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (FD $5900, DK $5900) – Roark has struggled over his last two starts, however I am not ready to give up on somebody that was so good in 2014. He finally seems to be stretched out enough to make me feel comfortable rostering him tonight and takes on a not so scary offense in Tampa Bay.
Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $7400, DK $7900) – Morton is a little more expensive than I thought he would be, however he is still too cheap for the match-up tonight as the Chicago White Sox have been absolutely dreadful and Morton should be in line for a solid outing. He went 7.1 innings of shutout baseball his last start and I look for that to continue tonight.
Vincent Velasquez, Houston Astros (FD $8000, DK $5500) – Velasquez threw 5 innings of shutout ball in his major league debut last week and should have thrown a couple more innings had he not had an issue with walks. I think nerves got the best of him there and I look for him to rebound and continue to throw the ball well tonight against the Rockies.
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians (FD $8400, DK $7100) – Bauer has been filthy for most of the 2015 season with just one issue, walks. He gets himself into trouble and that could cause problems against a very dangerous Cubs lineup tonight. On the other hand, he could rack up double digit K’s in 5 or 6 innings and be on his way to a monster night as well. That is what makes Bauer the perfect GPP play for this Tuesday slate.
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (FD $3500, DK $4800), Adam Jones (FD $3500, DK $4900), Chris Davis (FD $3300, DK $4500), Matt Wieters (FD $3100, DK $4200) – I love the Orioles offense right now and even though they didn’t set the world on fire last night, they still put up a few runs and were on base which is what we want. Jerome Williams is just not a good pitcher at all and I think he gets exposed even more tonight.
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve (FD $3400, DK $4600), Carlos Correa (FD $3200, DK $4300), George Springer (FD $3600, DK $4900), Evan Gattis (FD $3600, DK $4200) – I know I had been on Rusin as recently as last week, however this Astros lineup is just too dangerous and Rusin put up a major dud his last time out and I think that continues today. The offense in the early slates is somewhat questionable. Make sure you pay attention to their lineup as Altuve was out of the lineup last night.
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera (FD $5300, DK $5700), Yoenis Cespedes (FD $3600, DK $4700), JD Martinez (FD $3200, DK $5000) – Lorenzen throws a lot of straight fastballs and I am not sure there is a scarier offense against fastballs than the Detroit Tigers. I think you can stack this team a few different ways and if this day was not a split slate, I would have included them in the stud stacks over the Astros.
St Louis Cardinals: Kolton Wong (FD $3100, DK $4200), Matt Carpenter (FD $3600, DK $4400), Jhonny Peralta (FD $3800, DK $4300) – I think Kyle Gibson struggles against this patient Cardinals team tonight and the top of the order should be the reason why. I love their on base skills and they offer some pop throughout their lineup and would not be against including anybody in the 4-7 spots today against Gibson.
At first glance, there seems to be a little bit of rain sticking around in some areas which could cause concern again, however I do not think it is to last night’s level at all. I think tonight has a lot of offensive potential and could see a reason to stack or mini stack a number of teams as the pitching just does not intrigue me. If you play across many sites like myself, make sure you dictate your stacks/lineups to that particular site as you have to remember each one has a different scoring system which makes certain stacks/players stronger than others on those particular sites.
My DONG of the Night
Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees