DraftKings Plays of the Day—6/13
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We’ve got a great day of baseball ahead with multiple slates from which to choose on DraftKings. Games start at 12:10 p.m. eastern and run as late as 10:10 p.m., so there’s no way you can’t find the time for some contests.
Top SP: Jacob deGrom, ($10.400) vs. STL
I’m curious to see what kind of exposure deGrom gets in DFS today considering he hasn’t really been his Cy Young self this season. As a team, the Cardinals are hitting just .243 career against deGrom with nobody in particular having much success. With Tomas Nido behind the dish this season, deGrom has had a ton of success (even if Mickey Callaway refuses to name him deGrom’s “personal catcher”), so keep an eye on that as it develops as well. The Cardinals are 27th overall in runs during the month of June so far, so if you want to splurge on pitching, go with deGrom.
Honorable Mention: Zack Greinke ($9,300) at WAS.
Value SP: Adrian Sampson ($7.100) at BOS
I’ve been talking about Sampson to anybody who will listen as this seems to be the hill I’m willing to die on recently. The right-hander has racked up 18 strikeouts over his past two starts and has been getting hitters to chase consistently. While the slider has been very effective, the changeup usage has gone up, which has produced extremely positive results. Let everyone else be scared off by Boston’s lineup while you sit back and reap the rewards of rostering Sampson.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Yarbrough ($6,800) vs. LAA.
OF: Hunter Renfroe, ($5,200) at COL (RHP Jon Gray)
There’s a reason Renfroe is so expensive today. In his career, the slugger is 4-6(.667) with three home runs against Jon Gray. Nothing like power hitters playing in Coors. While 13 of his 18 home runs have come against right-handed pitchers this season, Renfroe is a high-risk, high-reward type of play today. Sometimes you have to take that chance to get a big return on investment.
Honorable Mention: Nelson Cruz ($4,800) at SEA (LHP Yusei Kikuchi).
1B: Edwin Encarnacion, ($5,300) at MIN (RHP Michael Pineda)
Edwin has dominated Pineda in the past collecting 10 hits in just 33 at-bats. Primarily a fastball pitcher, Pineda has lost more than a whole tick off his four-seam since his return from injury. Combine that with the fact that 10 of the 22 total home runs that Encarnacion has hit this season have come against RHP (6 against four-seamers), means you should be plugging Edwin into almost all of your lineups.
Honorable Mention: 1B: CJ Cron ($4,600) vs. SEA (LHP Yusei Kikuchi).
Value Bat: 3B/OF: J.D. Davis, ($3,900) vs. CIN (RHP Jack Flaherty)
Flaherty really struggled his last time out, only lasting 3.2 innings while giving up four earned runs. While the Mets don’t scare too many pitchers, I like them to get to Flaherty early and often today. If you’re looking for value, look no further than J.D. Davis, who is doing very well against right-handed pitchers this season. You can’t really find much more value on the slate considering this price point, so Davis is a good, cheap bat around whom to build a lineup.
Honorable Mention: OF Nick Castellanos ($4,000) at KC (RHP Homer Bailey).
Lineup Stack: Colorado Rockies vs. SD (LHP Nick Margvicius)
Let’s stick with Vegas here and stack the Rockies offense as the over/under is set at 11.5 runs. The Rockies are currently ranked third in runs vs. left-handed pitchers and second in runs at home. Sometimes the answer is right in front of us, and if you can get three or four Rockies in your lineup tonight, you should be ahead of the game.
Honorable Mention: Minnesota Twins vs. SEA (LHP Yusei Kikuchi).
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