Happy select an Ace Pitcher Day! If you like top end pitching then today is your day to play DFS. We have a lot of the aces on the mound so pitching ownership will be very spread out. I expect bats to be highly owned. Lets get into our favorite pitchers and stacks to target in the MLB DFS Strategy.
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (FD $12,000, DK $13,700) – We are going to have a great match-up in DC as Scherzer faces off with Greinke. I would expect runs and hits to be at a premium in this game and if you can find a way to combine them both on multi pitcher sites, by all means go for it as they both should put up excellent stat lines. Scherzer has basically been the best fantasy pitcher in baseball all season and I think he out-duels Greinke in this one even though I think on paper that Greinke has the easier match-up.
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers (FD $11,500, DK $11,500) – Speaking of Greinke, here he is and is considerably cheaper on DK than Scherzer is. I do believe that he has the better match-up in the game as the Nationals lineup is not all that intimidating from top to bottom. I could see you pairing one of these top options with Estrada to create some sort of salary flexibility.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox (FD $11,800, DK $13,100) – This is going to be another match-up to pay attention to as we get Sale and his crazy strikeout numbers going up against the team that strikes out less than anybody else in the Kansas City Royals. Also, the Royals are generally pretty solid against left handed pitching. I side with Sale in the match-up and with his price on DK, I kind of expect him to be under owned.
Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays (FD $7900, DK $5700) – Estrada gets to face off with the Rays and will look to close out his no-hitter against them this time after he went 8.2 innings and struck out 10 the last time he faced them. He has a tough match-up on the hill as the Rays are sending out Chris Archer and Archer has dominated the Blue Jays so far in 2015.
Tommy Milone, Minnesota Twins (FD $6900, DK $8000) – Milone has been pitching extremely well and he gets a little revenge game against an A’s organization that kept treating him like a yo-yo before finally trading him last season for Sam Fuld. I like Milone in this match-up against Jesse Chavez and think the Twins will have a little motivation following Glen Perkins’ first blown save of the season.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (FD $9800, DK $10,100) – Hamels should be listed in the Stud section as he gets to face the Marlins. The Marlins have a sneaky lineup against left handed pitching and I could see a scenario where Hamels struggles, however I think he is in for a great performance. I just wish we could trust the Phillies offense more since they get to take their hacks against Dan Haren.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians (FD $9500, DK $9800) – Carrasco versus Cueto should be a great game tonight and I side with Carrasco from a fantasy standpoint as I think the Reds lineup is much weaker than the Indians from top to bottom. Carrasco offers great K potential today. Cueto may be motivated in this match-up as he may be auditioning for many teams across baseball.
Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez (FD $4500, DK $4700), Jonathan Lucroy (FD $3100, DK $3300), Ryan Braun (FD $4600, DK $4800), Khris Davis (FD $3000, DK $3400) – As much as I dislike the Brewers as a team (I live in Wisconsin), I will continue to target their bats against left handed pitching and today is one of those days as they face off with Jeff Locke. I think Aramis Ramirez makes a solid addition to a stack as well.
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (FD $4300, DK $4700), Jimmy Paredes (FD $2800, DK $3500), Adam Jones (FD $3100, DK $4100), Chris Davis (FD $3500, DK $3800) – I love the match-up for the Orioles as Justin Verlander has not looked like himself. The O’s bats should be in a great spot and should hit a couple of home runs today. I think Wieters makes a fine addition should he be in the lineup. I have Paredes added in as I think he will be in the 2 spot, but feel free to swap in whoever ends up in that spot should he not be there.
Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler (FD $3300, DK $4000), Yoenis Cespedes (FD $3400, DK $4500), Victor Martinez (FD $3700, DK $3900), J.D. Martinez (FD $4500, DK $5000) – The other side of the O’s-Tigers match-up has me also thinking that the Tiger bats will put up some runs against Gonzalez today. Normally I like to add to stacks, however I think the top 4 are the ones you want to focus on here. I suppose you could add speed options in Iglesias and Gose.
Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock (FD $4100, DK $4800), Paul Goldschmidt (FD $5100, DK $5400), Yasmany Tomas (FD $3100, DK $3400) – This is my under the radar little stack today as the D’Backs face off with Madison Bumgarner. The D’Backs got to him early in the season and they hit left handed pitching extremely well. Peralta and Inciarte are swinging it very well right now and I think would make interesting inclusions to the stack should they be in the lineup.
If you like offense, today might not be your favorite day. However, if you like pitching, today is going to be a lot of fun for you as we get a lot of top pitching options taking the mound. I feel like I could sit here and make a case for about 22-25 starting pitchers tonight for GPPs, especially on multi pitcher sites. On FD you are going to have to be prudent in sorting through the games. As of right now Chris Sale and Dallas Keuchel are the largest favorites on the board as they are both -160 to win. If you want to pair two top pitching options together you are going to have to get extremely creative and will need to wait to see all of the lineups to see if there is enough value out there.