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Top SP: Max Scherzer ($10,900 DK, $10,600 FD) vs PHI
Starting pitcher options are pretty thin across tonight’s short slate, but Scherzer stands out as the top dog. Fade The Noise projections have Scherzer clearly ahead of the pack, and he is an easy choice in cash games. The Nats ace has gotten touched up in his last two starts but still has a 32.1% K-rate and a 3.59 SIERA. In GPP tournaments you may want to go with more of a contrarian pick, as Scherzer will be a highly-owned chalk play. However, with two starting pitchers on DK, I wouldn’t blame you for taking the safe investment.
Value SP: Chris Bassitt ($8,600 DK, $7,800 FD) at TEX
Bassitt is quietly having a really productive year for the A’s. While his strikeout numbers won’t blow anybody away, he’s got a 2.97 ERA with a 3.64 FIP along with a career-low 6.5% walk-rate. The new Rangers ballpark has played extremely pitcher-friendly this season and Texas is the second-weakest lineup in all of baseball against righties with a poor .270 wOBA.
Honorable Mentions: Randy Dobnak, MIN ($9,100 DK, $7,200 FD) at DET.
SS Marcus Semien ($5,100 DK, $3,000 FD) at TEX
Semien has been on fire during this series with the Rangers, as yesterday he followed up back-t0-back three hit games with a home run. He will bat leadoff for the Athletics, who have the second-highest implied run total at 5.9 according to Vegas. This means that Semien should score some runs and have opportunites for extra plate appearances against Jordan Lyles, who has a disastrous 9.25 ERA.
OF Michael Conforto ($4,400 DK, $3,000 FD) vs MIA
Conforto is underpriced for the year he’s having, as he’s slashing .324/.444/.520 with a 171 wRC+. He also went deep last night and will be facing a rookie in Sixto Sanchez. Sanchez looked good in his first start, but he is still prone to a meltdown in only his second career start. Conforto should bat second against the righty, where he can see both runs and RBI.
Value Batter: 1B Rowdy Tellez ($2,900 DK, $2,700 FD) vs BOS
Tellez has been hitting the ball well with an .857 OPS. An encouraging sign in Tellez’s profile is that he’s striking out just 15.4% of the time, a massive improvement over last season. He is a great power flier in GPP contests in his home ballpark, as Toronto’s venue in Buffalo has been a very hitter-friendly park. Tellez will face one of the weakest pitching staffs in MLB, the Red Sox, who are starting Chris Mazza and his 6.35 ERA.
Honorable Mentions: Ramon Laureano, OF ($4,600 DK, $2,800 FD) at TEX; Travis Shaw, 3B ($3,600 DK, $2,500 FD) vs BOS;
Lineup Stack: Nationals vs Phillies (RHP Spencer Howard)
Howard has not looked promising through his first three career starts, as he’s been giving up tons of homers (3.09 HR/9) and has a 7.02 FIP. The Nationals are a great team to stack with a variety of high-end and value plays. Trea Turner and Juan Soto are the premiere plays, while Howie Kendrick and Adam Eaton should produce at a lower price.
Honorable Mentions: Athletics at Rangers (Lyles); Blue Jays vs Red Sox (Mazza).
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