It is a great night for some MLB DFS action at both FanDuel and DraftKings. With the trade deadline looming make sure you check in on the latest news to make sure your rostered players aren’t getting dealt at the last minute. We have seen some blockbuster trades and shakeups already so it wouldn’t surprise me to see one or two more.
*Michael Pineda has been scratched due to forearm tightness*
Braves(-115) @ Phillies 7.5
Pirates(-148) @ Reds 9
Rockies @ Cardinals(-186) 7
Cubs(-142) @ Brewers 7
Royals @ Blue Jays(-142) 8.5
Tigers @ Orioles(-152) 8.5
White Sox(-183) @ Red Sox 8
Yankees(-142) @ Rangers 9
Angels @ Astros(-143) 7.5
Mariners @ Twins(-119) 8.5
Indians(-131) @ Athletics 7
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox (FD $11,800, DK $13,200) – Sale takes the mound for the “white”-Hot sox tonight as he faces a Red Sox roster that is a career 4 for 53 against him with a strike out every 3 at-bats. Sale and the White Sox are -183 road favorites tonight as they look to extend their winning streak to 8 games. Over Sale’s last three road starts, he has gone 22 innings, allowed just 4 runs while striking out 29. Lock, load and enjoy the fantasy points as they roll in for Chris Sale tonight.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs (FD $10,400, DK $12,100) – Arrieta has 27 strikeouts over his last 3 starts while allowing just 4 runs while going 2-1. The Cubs and Arrieta are sitting as a -142 favorite against a Brewers team that got to Arrieta for 4 runs in 5 innings in his only start against them in 2015. The game has an over/under of just 7 tonight, which is tied with 2 other games for the lowest of the night.
Carlos Martinez, St Louis Cardinals (FD $10,100, DK $10,300) – Martinez has not allowed more than 3 earned runs in any of his last 13 starts. In those 13 starts he has allowed: 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 2, 3, 1, 1, 0, 2, and 0 runs. Tonight he faces a Rockies team that he held to 2 earned over 6.1 innings while pitching @ Coors Field in June. I absolutely love Carlos Martinez and I believe that he makes a very interesting alternative to Chris Sale tonight, in order to save some money.
Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins (FD $7600, DK $6800) – Hughes and the Twins are a -119 home favorite tonight in a game that has a somewhat high over/under as it sits at 8.5 runs as of now. Hughes will be making his second start of 2015 against the Mariners as he went 8 innings, while giving up 2 runs and striking out 9 in his first appearance against them this season. The Mariners roster has decent career numbers against Hughes but I suspect that most of that damage came when he was wildly inconsistent with the New York Yankees. I think his DK price makes him a candidate to pair with Chris Sale or even Carlos Martinez/Jake Arrieta tonight.
Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels (FD $7400, DK $6600) – Shoemaker has really struggled in 2015 as he has yet to find any kind of consistency. He has made one start against the Astros so far this season and it did not go well as he gave up 6 runs in just 3 innings while striking out 4. Shoemaker is coming off of his best start of the season as he went 6 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 0 runs while striking out 10 against the Minnesota Twins. The choice to use Shoemaker might be a little more GPP than anything, however I really like his price on DK.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians (FD $9200, DK $10,100) – Carrasco has a pretty decent match-up tonight as he gets to face a struggling A’s team, however Carrasco has struggled in 2 of his last 4 starts and seems to be going through a rough patch. Carrasco went 7 innings and struck out 7 while giving up 2 runs against the A’s earlier this season and he has pitched better on the road than he has at home so far in 2015. The A’s roster has pretty good career numbers against him and might make him work, however I think he can be a GPP gem tonight as he does have the stuff to completely shut down any offense in the game.
Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers (FD $7400, DK $7800) – I originally had Pineda and had to find a replacement for this spot and I managed to settle on Nelson as faces a very K prone Chicago Cubs lineup, who is also extremely potent which makes Nelson a great GPP option tonight as most will over look him as the Cubs are one of the toughest match-ups on paper. The Cubs are a -142 favorite, but the game does have an over/under of only 7 runs tonight as Nelson takes on Arrieta in Milwaukee. Nelson has thrown 13.2 innings against the Cubs this year and has managed to strike out 17 batters while giving up 6 earned runs. He has struggled against Coghlan and Soler, however has fared pretty well against the rest of the roster.
Toronto Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki (FD $3500, DK $3900), Josh Donaldson (FD $4600, DK $4600), Jose Bautista (FD $4200, DK $4600), Russell Martin (FD $3400, DK $4300) – If Encarnacion is in the lineup tonight (late scratch last night), we should get to see how a potent lineup looks when facing a left handed pitcher. I like just about the entire lineup tonight as they face Danny Duffy who shut them out over 6 innings earlier this season. The big thing that worries me is the fact that the Royals bullpen is among the filthiest in the majors and makes it even more important for the Blue Jays to get out to a nice lead early on to avoid those guys at the back end.
Chicago White Sox: Adam Eaton (FD $3800, DK $4300), Tyler Saladino (FD $2500, DK $3800), Melky Cabrera (FD $3800, DK $4300), Jose Abreu (FD $3900, DK $5300) – The White Sox are on a roll as they are seeking their 8th straight win tonight. I can no longer ignore them as a stud stack option (I had listed them in the other spot recently) and they make a great option tonight against Wright. I lean towards their top 4, however during this stretch their entire lineup has been contributing so I can see using anybody in this lineup tonight.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier (FD $3600, DK $4600), Aaron Hicks (FD $3000, DK $3400), Miguel Sano (FD $2700, DK $4200), Tori Hunter (FD $3100, DK $3800) – Hicks is intriguing to me as he has been flourishing in the 2-spot against left handed pitching and I believe the Twins will still be without Trevor Plouffe tonight, however I would monitor their lineup to make sure as I would love to see him make it to face J.A. Happ. I always love to get Twins into my lineup when they are facing a lefty and tonight is one of those nights.
Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler (FD $3500, DK $4300), Yoenis Cespedes (FD $3700, DK $4500), Victor Martinez (FD $3200, DK $3500), J.D. Martinez (FD $3800, DK $4600) – I like the Tigers as a sneaky stack tonight as the top of the lineup is very much veteran filled and I expect them to be a little pissed off and embarrassed by the fact the front office has given up by trading away David Price. Miguel Gonzalez is a solid starting pitcher, however he is not going to blow them away and I think the Tigers get to him early as kind of a “I’ll show you” to the front office. As a roster the Tigers have hit .314 against Gonzalez.
I did not get a chance to mention pitchers such as Shelby Miller, AJ Burnett and Scott Kazmir. I think all three of them make excellent options tonight as Miller faces the Phillies and Burnett takes on a Reds lineup that appears to be without Todd Frazier in the middle. Kazmir opposes Shoemaker in what should be a very nice pitching match-up. Some additional bats that I like are the Royals against Estrada, Yankees against Gallardo, Orioles against Simon, Pirates against Holmberg and Cardinals against Rusin. With the MLB trade deadline looming at 4 ET tomorrow, make sure to pay attention to news and lineups to make sure people aren’t being scratched due to being dealt away.