Hopefully you guys were able to take advantage of the gigantic overlay over at yahoo last night and if any of you managed to take down some good money in that GPP, congrats. I came out a slight winner, but nothing to write home about. As I get more accustomed to their site, I will start to include some plays from over there as well. Give me a few days to a week and I should be able to get an idea of where you want to focus your funds and where they seem to under value players. If it continues like last night’s pricing, I think they over valued their catchers and under valued outfielders as Yan Gomes was $13 or $14 while Jason Heyward was $11.
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants (FD $11,900, DK $11,100) – Not a lot to say about this one as the Phillies are coming off being shut out in back to back games by Kershaw and Greinke and now they get to stay in Southern California to get blasted by Bumgarner and the Giants. Bumgarner is coming off of a very rough start against the Nationals, but should be able to get back on track tonight. The only hindrance might come from the fact that the Phillies are starting Cole Hamels.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (FD $9800, DK $10,700) – Speaking of Cole Hamels, he has given up more than 2 runs in just 2 of his last 10 starts and is basically auditioning for other teams to acquire at the deadline. It certainly would make a huge statement to go into San Fran and beat Bumgarner and the Giants tonight. The Giants are a -160 favorite in this one, but the game does have an over/under of just 6 runs tonight which means definite pitcher’s duel.
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $10,600, DK $10,000) – Cole has not been overly sharp of late, however he is a -133 home favorite tonight against a Cardinals offense that is capable of struggling as they are not healthy right now. The Pirates want to make a statement in this 4 game series, especially after dropping game 1 last night. This game is not going to be easy as Cole’s counterpart is Lance Lynn. This game has an over/under of just 6.5 runs for tonight.
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds (FD $6100, DK $6800) – This one is just a gut feeling as the Marlins offense is not all that scary without Giancarlo Stanton. He faced the Marlins under a month ago and managed to fire 7 shutout innings with 7 K’s, while allowing just 2 hits. I think he makes a great sleeper option tonight after a lot of people thought the Marlins offense was a sneaky option last night. Leake and the Reds are a -109 road favorite in this game.
Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins (FD $7300, DK $7800) – Santana came off the suspended list and fired 8 innings of 2 run baseball and he managed to strike out 8 in that contest (which was against KC). He takes on a dangerous Detroit Tigers team tonight, however he has the stuff to rack up points even when he allows a few runs and the Tigers lineup does have some guys that are strike out prone in it. I think Santana is my favorite option on DK as his price is just too low. I wish the W was more in play tonight as his FD price is extremely intriguing, especially with the Blue Jays facing a lefty and having large price tags.
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets (FD $8400, DK $8200) – Syndergaard has given up just 2 runs over his last 2 starts, which has spanned 14 innings and he has managed 10 strikeouts in those starts. His last start was on the road, against the Dodgers and he managed to go 6 innings, strike out 6 and allow just 1 run. The D’Backs are a dangerous offense which is what makes this a GPP play as they are capable of putting the hurt on an opposing pitcher. Syndergaard and the Mets are sitting as a -140 home favorite in this one and the game offers an over/under of 6.5 runs.
Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians (FD $8700, DK $8900) – Salazar has had pretty rough starts in 3 of his last 4 starts and is trending down right now, which makes it a great time to buy low on him in a GPP. He is capable of racking up strikeouts in bunches and the A’s have a few guys that are not afraid to strike out 2-3 times a game. Salazar and the Indians are sitting at -154 right now and the game has an over/under of just 7 runs.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson (FD $5100, DK $4800), Jose Bautista (FD $5000, DK $4800), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $4300, DK $4500), Danny Valencia (FD $2600, DK $3000) – The Blue Jays get to take swings against yet another left handed starter tonight and that puts basically their entire lineup in play as stacking options. I went with Valencia because of his price savings to go along with the fact that I am not sure who will start at catcher in this one as Navarro does his best work against left handed pitching.
Milwaukee Brewers: Gerardo Parra (FD $3200, DK $3700), Jonathan Lucroy (FD $3200, DK $3800), Carlos Gomez (FD $4400, DK $4800), Adam Lind (FD $4300, DK $4400) – This stack might be a bit more sneaky than I originally thought as they are on the road, in LA to face off with Bolsinger and the Dodgers tonight. Notice there is no Braun in my stack as he missed the last game and is day to day. Should he be in the 3 spot, I certainly would include him and would have to debate who to leave out (Gomez or Lucroy). On DK you can certainly stack 1-6 in this lineup or if you want to be different drop 6 (who I think would be Ramirez) and add Gennett.
Kansas City Royals: Alcides Escobar (FD $2500, DK $4100), Eric Hosmer (FD $2600, DK $3900), Lorenzo Cain (FD $3700, DK $4700), Salvador Perez (FD $2200, DK $3500) – I think the Royals offense is in a great spot against Estrada tonight as they have been swinging it pretty well and are driving the ball of late. I like Hosmer more than Morales in the match-up tonight but would not fault you for going the other way to be different. I haven’t read any updates on Moustakas yet, so I would assume he is still away from the team. Should he be back, I would definitely include him as he should be in the 2 spot.
Atlanta Braves: Cameron Maybin (FD $4400, DK $5300), Nick Markakis (FD $3200, DK $4300), Kelly Johnson (FD $3600, DK $3600) – The Braves are still in Colorado and the Rockies had to use today’s starting pitcher in last night’s game. With that news, we may have to hold off until we see who they run out there on the mound in order to decide which bats to stack in the Braves lineup. I think Pierzynski and Peterson can be added to the 3 above against a right handed pitcher and guys like Jonny Gomes, Juan Uribe and Andrelton Simmons would be options against a left handed pitcher.
I think the hitters from the Indians and the Twins make for interesting mini-stack type options tonight as they will probably be low owned. I know the Rockies are at home and should be listed somewhere, however I just do not know where to side in their match-up as they face off with the impressive Shelby Miller tonight. I think Miller has the stuff to surprise in Coors and he will be needed to give the bullpen some rest. With that said, I would not fault a stack of the left handed bats of the Rockies as a combination with maybe a Twins or Royals mini stack. Pitchers that I haven’t mentioned that deserve some thoughts are Santiago and Montgomery in their match-up, McHugh, Gonzalez and Pineda.