We have an interesting night of weather ahead of us. Lots of concerns so make sure you have checked the forecasts to make sure you are on top of any potential delays or PPDs. Lets take a closer look at the pitchers and stacks I will be targeting tonight in the MLB DFS Strategy.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (FD $10,500, DK $11,100) – Harvey has dominated the Nationals so far this season as he has not given up a run in 13 innings and has owned Bryce Harper in his short career so far as Bryce is 0 for 12 with 6 punch-outs. The W is going to be tough to get as the Mets have struggled against Gio Gonzalez in their careers. This game could be one to target for pitching.
A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $8900, DK $9900) – I like Burnett as a very under the radar play today as people tend to ignore pitching going up against the Royals. He is far from a sexy pick at his price point and the Royals certainly do not strike out much, however I think he has the stuff to keep them off balance and turn this match-up into more of a pitcher’s duel.
Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Angels (FD $7000, DK $8400) – I think Heaney makes an interesting choice tonight as he is priced up on DK but very affordable on FD. The Red Sox are not the potent team we expect them to be and Heaney has been spectacular since being brought up from the minors. I think based on everything, Heaney is my top option, especially on FD.
Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals (FD $8200, DK $5900) – I think Ventura’s price on DK is what makes him a solid value play as we are talking about the Royals opening day starter who has a ton of ability to go along with a high strikeout ceiling. He has struggled for most of the year so far, however I would not be shocked to see him come out in the second half and start to put things together.
Rubby De La Rosa, Arizona Diamondbacks (FD $6600, DK $6500) – De La Rosa has pitched solidly at home this season as he has struck out just more than a batter per inning and he faces a Marlins team that just is not very dangerous without Stanton in the middle of their lineup. He has had some starts this season where his K numbers have exploded and I think tonight could be one of those starts as things seem to align very well for him in this game.
Matt Wisler, Atlanta Braves (FD $6100, DK $7900) – Wisler’s match-up initially looks terrible as the Dodgers are an extremely potent offense, however Wisler has dominated right handed hitters as well as every team he has faced at home and at night so far this season. His home era so far is 0.68 which should say enough. His opposing pitcher is Brandon Beachy and he looked extremely rusty in his first start, which could get Wisler some run support this evening.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (FD $9400, DK $8100) – As I said earlier under Harvey, this game has the makings of a pitcher’s duel as the Mets offense has been terrible for the last couple of months. I put Harvey in the stud spot because of his consistency for the most part and the fact that he can rack up the strikeouts which can make up for giving up a few runs and/or missing out on the W. Gio is not as lucky as he generally does not rack up the strikeouts when he is giving up runs, but he is capable of completely shutting down an offense.
Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon (FD $5000, DK $5300), Troy Tulowitzki (FD $5000, DK $5200), Carlos Gonzalez (FD $4500, DK $4100), Nolan Arenado (FD $5000, DK $5500) – The Rockies bats get to take their hacks against the definition of regression in Nicholas Martinez. Martinez was the talk of the DFS world earlier in the season as he was just dominating lineups that should have destroyed him. He has come back to earth and now gets to pitch in Coors, where his sinker is going to be flat and probably look like a BP fastball to the Rockies hitters.
Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler (FD $2600, DK $4300), Kyle Schwarber (FD $2600, DK $3400), Anthony Rizzo (FD $3900, DK $5100), Kris Bryant (FD $3300, DK $4800) – The Cubs look to be in a great spot as they get to take on Lorenzen and the Reds tonight. They got to him the only time they have faced him and I hope Schwarber is in the lineup as he adds a lot of potency to this already extremely potent lineup. I think this Cubs lineup is more dangerous tonight than the Rangers who are at Coors. Weather could be a factor in both games.
Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler (FD $3200, DK $3800), Yoenis Cespedes (FD $3300, DK $4300), Victor Martinez (FD $3600, DK $3800), J.D. Martinez (FD $4300, DK $4800) – The Tigers get to take on Happ and his throwing from the left side tonight. I really like the top half of this lineup going up against Happ and could argue that guys like Castellanos, Marte and McCann could make a stack very interesting. Marte went 2 for 2 with a home run against Happ the last time these two met.
Tampa Bay Rays: Grady Sizemore (FD $2300, DK $2000), Logan Forsythe (FD $2900, DK $3900), Evan Longoria (FD $2800, DK $4000) – The Rays are my sneaky stack option of the night as they are in Philadelphia to face David Buchanon. So far in 2015, Buchanon has been somewhat of a reverse splits pitcher so I expect Longoria and Forsythe to be in a great spot and Sizemore gets a revenge situation as he was released by Philly earlier this season. I think James Loney makes an interesting inclusion as well as somebody like Butler should he be in the lineup.
Should be an interesting night this evening as the pitching options kind of leave something to be desired, which should in turn make picking your bats even more important as I suspect a lot of people will be on the same pitching options. The game in Coors could certainly have fireworks, however I think the Reds-Cubs game could be just as exciting as long as the rain holds off. I also believe that the Tigers-Mariners game could be very sneaky for fantasy purposes as the Mariners can certainly get to Simon from the left side.