I think today is the last official full day of summer, but it might be tomorrow, I don’t know how that whole solstice thing works. Anyways, my lines were crap yesterday thanks to a Mets stack. I wrote up how terrible Aaron Blair was and of course he wins his first game of the season with only two weeks of baseball left. Short term memory in the DFS world and I’ll look to bounce back tonight. Any questions @MonstarsDFS
Tanner Roark @ MIA $8200
Jose Fernandez, Jon Lester and even Johnny Cueto are fine options tonight, but I think you can get away with fading them in cash. I’m looking to save some money tonight and go with the cheaper option in Roark. Normally I don’t take a pitcher who’s a +150 underdog and facing a top pitcher, but I actually think the Nats are going to win straight up tonight. In Fernandez’s last 7 starts against teams with winning records, the Marlins are just 2-5 in those games. Roark is coming off of a 7 inning shutout where he racked up 54 fanduel points. The Marlins don’t have many left handed bats in their lineup, and Roark has found success against righties this season, with opponents hitting .248 and striking out 83 times against him this year.
Other Options: All the guys listed above, Sean Manaea, Julio Teheran
Salvador Perez @ CLE $3000
I’m a huge BvP guy and look what we have here tonight… Salvador Perez has opposing pitcher Josh Tomlin’s number! Lifetime, Perez is 14/23 (.609 BA) with 7 doubles and home run against Tomlin. I’m all over that tonight with Perez being priced at the 3k mark.
Other options: Gary Sanchez, Yadier Molina, Miguel Montero
Miguel Cabrera @ MIN $3800
There are 7 first basemen more expensive than Cabrera tonight but he is actually my top ranked guy at the position and I’m locking him into my cash lineups tonight. Miggy has been on fire since the all star break, slashing .335/.414/.604 and he’s also a career .317 hitter against lefties. The Tigers are in the playoff hunt, and I think Cabrera has a big night tonight against lefty Hector Santiago. He is also my home run call of the night.
Other Options: Anthony Rizzo, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddy Freeman, Chris Carter
Cesar Hernandez vs CWS $3400
I was all set to lock Brian Dozier in tonight but at second glance I am pivoting to Hernandez against the brutally awful James Shields. It’s been fun to pick on Shields this season on fanduel, and I’m going to continue to do so tonight. Hernandez has been as solid as they come lately, hitting safely in 12/14 games. Hernandez hits for average better from the right side of the plate but a few interesting stats jumped out at me when he’s on the left side. All 6 of his home runs are from the left side, and all 17 of his steals come against right handed pitching. He’ll hit first or second tonight and could easily see 5 at bats, giving him a good chance to steal a bag or two tonight.
Other Options: Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler, Jose Altuve,
Jonathan Villar vs PIT $3200
In the midst of a breakout season, Villar is a serious contender for most improved player this season and has made this Brewer fan very happy. He’s contributed 56 steals and 16 bombs this season, and the Brewers got him for NOTHING! Against lefties this season, Villar is slashing .316/.395/.513. In 16 attempts this season, Villar has only been caught stealing once against left handed pitchers too. For his price tag and high ceiling, Villar is an amazing play tonight.
Other options: Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, Jung Ho Kang, Maikel Franco
Francisco Lindor vs KAN $3400
Lindor has been in a little bit of a slump lately, so what better way to get out of one than by facing Edinson Volquez tonight? If you look at Edinson’s game log, you’ll see he’s been awful lately. I’ll save you the time though… -5, 6, 23 and 13 fanduel points. Lindor is hitting a solid .297 from the left side of the plate this season, and I’m hoping he can break out of his slump tonight. I’m not positive I’m going to play him yet tonight, but he’s been a safe cash play all season long.
Other options: Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Orlando Arcia, Johnny Peralta
J.D. Martinez @ MIN $3700
I was going to write about Stephen Piscotty again, but that’d be too boring plus his 3 fanduel points yesterday was a major letdown. It’s a fairly small sample size, but in his career against Hector Santiago, Martinez is 6/15 with 2 bombs. Martinez is hitting .321 against lefties this season, and overall is hitting a ridiculous .366 since the all star break. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tigers jumped all over Santiago tonight.
Other options: Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun, Carlos Beltran, Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk, Andrew McCutchen, Hernan Perez, Sean Rodriguez, Nomar Mazara