Welcome to a Thursday with a full 15 games to work with as we have two slates to play with a 5 game afternoon slate and a 10 game evening slate.
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $11,200, DK $10,200) – Cole has arguably been the best pitcher in the N.L. this season and gets to face off with a very weak Chicago White Sox team tonight. Cole has struck out 7+ batters in 6 straight starts and 8 of his last 10. The White Sox offense has gone extremely dormant against the Pirates and I think that continues tonight.
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays (FD $10,500, DK $10,500) – Archer draws a tough start being on the road in Washington, however he has been brilliant lately and has struck out 43 hitters over his last 4 starts with 3 of those starts ending with double digit strike outs. I think Archer could be what makes or breaks a lineup in a GPP and gives you a shot at the win as I think he will be slightly under owned compared to what his ownership should be and if he goes out and shuts down the Nationals offense, he is in a great spot to rack up points.
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers (FD $10,400, DK $9900) – Greinke is probably the second safest option of the night behind Cole. Greinke has gone for 7+ K’s in 3 of his last 4 starts and the Texas Rangers lineup does not offer much punch away from home. Greinke is an extremely intelligent pitcher and he knows who to avoid and to not allow to beat him which means Prince should not see much to drive in this one.
Kendall Graveman, Oakland Athletics (FD $5400, DK $6600) – Graveman has looked excellent over his last two starts as he has gone 15 innings and struck out 13 while allowing just 2 earned runs. The Padres just are not the team that we thought they would be and Graveman gets to take them on at home in this one. I think he makes an excellent SP2 option to pair along with Cole.
Mat Latos, Miami Marlins (FD $6300, DK $6800) – Latos will be very under owned and that has me extremely intrigued against a potent but strike out prone Yankees offense. Latos is coming off of an 11 K performance over 7 innings his last time out. Latos is certainly capable of throwing out gems and if he can keep the Yankees in the yard in this one, I think he has a chance to shock a lot of the industry.
Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians (FD $9100, DK $9400) – This one has extreme GPP splits as Salazar takes on the dangerous offense that is the Chicago Cubs. The big thing with the Cubs is they can strike out in bunches, basically as much as the Houston Astros. Salazar has struck out 16 over his last 2 starts and 27 over his last 4 starts and has averaged over a K per inning so far in 2015.
R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays (FD $7200, DK $6700) – Call this one a narrative GPP special as the Mets traded Dickey away and for the most part he has not been the same since being dealt by the Mets. Dickey has basically averaged a K per inning over his last handful of starts and I think he is in a great spot to pick up a win with his offense being able to knock around Bartolo Colon.
Houston Astros: George Springer (FD $4700, DK $5700), Carlos Correa (FD $3800, DK $4800), Jose Altuve (FD $4500, DK $5000), Evan Gattis (FD $4200, DK $4600) – The Astros are still in Colorado so they will hold the top stack spot for another day. I feel pretty strongly about most of the lineup and if Gattis should be out of the lineup again, I would include Carter in his spot. I do not have a problem with using Tucker, Valbuena and/or even Castro in this one. Make sure you pay attention to their starting lineup.
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (FD $4000, DK $4900), Jimmy Paredes (FD $2600, DK $4000), Adam Jones (FD $3400, DK $4700), Chris Davis (FD $3500, DK $4500) – The Orioles are hitting the ball extremely well right now and get to face off with Sean O’ShitIshouldntbeAnMLBPitcherSullivan. Pay attention to the lineup as the O’s have moved guys around and given a few guys some time off to heal up as well. I would definitely include Wieters in a stack as long as he is in the lineup and make sure to monitor Adam Jones’ status.
Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock (FD $4300, DK $4200), Paul Goldschmidt (FD $5700, DK $5600), Yosmany Tomas (FD $2800, DK $3900) – You will see both of the “other” stacks as teams that I absolutely love targeting when they are facing off against a lefty. The D’Backs always seem to be under owned and their lineup is very potent against left handed pitching. I would include guys like Hill, Castillo and even Owings.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier (FD $4200, DK $4600), Torii Hunter (FD $2800, DK $3900), Trevor Plouffe (FD $2700, DK $3800) – The Twins just never get their “due” when it comes to going up against a left handed starter as they are extremely potent against them. The top of the order gets things done and Dozier has been known to lead off games with bombs against left handed pitching. I think Kennys Vargas and Byron Buxton are intriguing options to include in a sneaky stack against Jaime Garcia.
My first thought is wow, my favorite pitching options of Thursday are all at night and oh my, all of my favorite stacks are playing during the day. Some of the offenses that intrigue me for the night slate are the Dodgers, Blue Jays and even the Brewers against Jeremy Guthrie. I am tempted to make a lineup with Colin McHugh just as a contrarian to those that will try and stack the Rockies. The pitching match-up of Clay Bucholz and Shelby Miller has me really intrigued and I may make a lineup or two around them as they are both capable of shutting down opposing teams and the initial look will have more people on Miller than on Bucholz.
My DONG of the Night
Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins