Hopefully everyone had a successful first week playing MLB DFS. If you didn’t, don’t fret! We have a lot of time left! In this article series, I’ll be touching up on my first thoughts of each slate. In today’s case, we have 5 games in the early slate and 5 games in the late slate. I will usually be able to write the whole day breakdown with each slate, but in this article I’m only going to focus on Early only. Now that I have you guys caught up, let’s get started!
Chris Sale – @ DET
The first pitcher that obviously stands out to me is Chris Sale. Sale is a small favorite over the Tigers (-109) but is pitching in a game that only has a 7.5 O/U. He gives us a lot of strikeouts, which makes him have good upside for tournaments but also pretty safe in cash. He’s the highest priced pitcher across the industry, but I think he’s worth it.
Ian Kennedy – vs OAK
The next pitcher I’ll mention is Ian Kennedy. One reason why I like him is he doesn’t have severe splits and is usually so solid against righties and lefties. He plays an Athletics team that has been rather inconsistent early this year. I’m really not scared of anyone in that lineup besides Davis, so if Kennedy gets around him, I think he’ll have a solid outing. He’s one of the bigger favorite’s on the slate (-143) and should be safe to get a QS and possibly a W.
Michael Pineda – vs TB
I honestly can’t believe I just typed his name, but he ALWAYS intrigues me in GPP’s. It comes at so much risk, because he always has blow up potential, but he has the K upside (10.6 K/9 in 2016). He also may be lower owned because of his poor outing 5 days ago against these same Rays. Again, GPP ONLY. Risk + Reward. High risk but the higher the risk, the higher the possible returns.
Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock
Goldy + Pollock vs a lefty? Sign me up. Everyone who has played MLB DFS knows that Goldy and Pollock smash lefties. They face up Matt Moore on Monday. Moore is no gas can, but he’s also no Kershaw. We can attack him in this spot, even in the larger field. Goldy and Pollock are probably my 2 favorite bats on the slate.
Jose Altuve and George Springer
Here are another 2 guys that I love to play when they’re facing a lefty. Both of these guys have favorable splits against lefties. Both of these guys have gotten off to somewhat of a slow start which may keep their ownership down. This is the time to hammer these two guys. You can even throw Carlos Correa in there, even though he has really struggled in the early season.
Moustakas has gotten off to a hot start in 2017. He faces Jharel Cotton on Monday. Now, I really think Cotton has a chance to be a really good pitcher in the MLB, but I think that’ll take some time. Moustakas has hit better vs righties throughout his career (understandably). He really stands out to me on this slate because of how cheap he is. If you want to go the Sale + Verlander route, you’re going to need value. Moustakas is a nice salary relief.
San Fransisco Bats
Now, I understand this is broad, but I really love a lot of SF bats on Monday. Posey, Crawford, Belt, Panik, Pence, and Nunez are all in play on this slate. SF has been one of my favorite stacks early this year and I think it’ll continue on Monday. Brandon Crawford is my favorite out of the bunch. He’s been on a tear in the short season and is also still cheap. He offers a safe floor but also a little upside. Same can be said about Brandon Belt. If you wanted to stack them, I’d go Belt + Crawford and pick 2 more from the 3 I listed.