Corey Kluber was a huge disappointment last night. I paid up for the top arm on the slate and not only was he not elite, but several other arms vastly out-played him. I did mention Aaron Nola (12 strikeouts) and James Paxton (no hitter!), but obviously wish they were my top suggestions at pitcher.
Kluber didn’t kill your team, but he wasn’t as good as I needed him to be. Fortunately I did nail some very solid bats. Carlos Santana, Danny Valencia and Aaron Altherr all went yard, while Trevor Story (28) and Mark Trumbo (9) also worked out nicely. Those bats alone were fantastic picks and could have helped you finish in the green.
Sadly, Ian Kinsler (0), Michael Conforto (0) and Joey Gallo (0) all failed miserably and Kluber obviously didn’t help matters. It wasn’t the best lineup ever, but there were some solid hits. If you mixed and matched the right spots, you could have had a shot at cashing.
It’s onward and upward come Wednesday, where MLB DFS gamers are greeted with a nice seven-game slate. Let’s see which studs and sleepers help make up my favorite GPP squad for tonight:
SP: Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks ($10k)
I see Gio Gonzalez in a nice spot against the San Diego Padres, but I prefer to roster him at home. The Padres are down two of their best power bats for facing southpaws, but this just isn’t the spot I personally want to spend up on Gio.
I’d rather fork over the extra $1k to land Corbin, who has been a monster for pretty much all of 2018. The Arizona ace hasn’t been quite as dominant over his last two starts, but he offers elite K upside and is going up against a pretty worn down Dodgers team.
Los Angeles was already operating without Justin Turner all year, but they’ll also be down Corey Seager in this one (out for the year). Corbin torched them at home earlier this year (68 fantasy points!) and put up 34 fantasy points against them in his last start. I think he’ll get you something in the middle tonight.
This admittedly is not a great night for pitching. Rick Porcello, Masahiro Tanaka, Alex Wood and the aforementioned Gio are all very much in play, but they all draw some red flags.
Wood just hasn’t been that great this year and faces a hot Diamondbacks team, while Porcello and Tanaka face off in a Yankees vs. Red Sox game that nobody wants a pitcher from.
If you need to save cash, consider diving to Julio Teheran or Nick Pivetta. Personally, I don’t mind paying for Corbin, who offers the most strikeout upside of the lot.
C/1B: Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals ($3k)
I don’t think this Nats vs. Padres game explodes or anything, but I do think Washington wins and will put up a few runs. That should come via some of their guys that mash southpaws. Zims is one of them and he remains too cheap for his talent, while his splits against left-handed pitching (.313 ISO) does the talking for me.
Zimmerman had been awful to get 2018 going, but he’s been better lately. He is facing a talented young lefty in Joey Lucchesi, but he struggles versus righties. Lucchesi is allowing a sick .200 ISO to right-handed hitting, accompanied by a 43% fly ball rate and 37% hard hit rate.
2B: Jonathan Schoop – Baltimore Orioles ($2.7k)
One of my favorite stacks tonight is the O’s. They are largely dirt cheap and they bring a ton of power to the table in Camden Yards. They’re also facing a bad pitcher in Eric Skoglund.
You can pick your pieces here, as the Orioles are loaded with viable right-handed bats. I like Schoop and his .268 ISO versus southpaws and he’s obviously an awesome bargain right now.
The real draw is just Baltimore righties in general, though. Skoglund gives up a disturbing .392 wOBA and .224 ISO against that side of the plate, along with a ridiculous 40% fly ball rate and 42$ hard hit rate. Yeah, give me all of the Baltimore right-handed bats tonight.
3B: Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals ($3.6k)
I’ll double-dip on Nats that wreck lefties, as Rendon boasts a gross .317 ISO in this spot.
I also like Christian Villanueva (.633 ISO) in the same position, but he’s facing a tougher arm. Rendon should be part of a decent Washington stack tonight, but I’m stopping at just two Nats.
SS: Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants ($3k)
I love Manny Machado here tonight (for obvious reasons), but he’s really expensive and I want J.D. Martinez. I’ll drop down to Crawford, who I would usually prefer to be cheaper but his price spikes due to a game at Citizens Bank Park.
Crawford has some power and is in a really nice spot against Nick Pivetta. Pivetta got lit up his last time out and is notorious for giving up a lot of contact.
OF: Mark Trumbo – Baltimore Orioles ($2.8k)
It’s back to the Orioles stack I go. Trumbo offers up a nice .173 ISO in the face of an awesome matchup at home.
I don’t think you can go wrong with Baltimore bats tonight, and I am eyeing a full four-man stack. You could always pivot to Trey Mancini ($2.9k), but I like Trumbo’s splits a bit better and think he’s due for his first dong of the year. Heck, maybe he’ll get you two.
OF: Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles ($2.8k)
Pacman Jones is another guy I love here, as he’s part of a fun O’s stack and he also happens to sport one of the lower K rates on the Orioles. This stack is about the power Baltimore provides, but really a lot to do with Skoglund destined to get destroyed due to his hard contact/fly ball tendencies. This is not the park to back that guy in.
OF: J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox ($4.7k)
The sample size isn’t crazy, but in 12 appearances against Masahiro Tanaka, Martinez has raked to the tune of seven hits and three homers. Tanaka is notorious for giving up crazy contact and specifically coughs up too many home runs.
Yankee Stadium is always a dicey spot for pitchers and Martinez has a crips .333 ISO versus righties. Tanaka is a good pitcher, but his .208 ISO allowed to righty bats is something to exploit. I really don’t want crazy exposure to this game just because the pitching as a whole is pretty good, but J.D. is one bat I want here.
Util: Danny Valencia – Baltimore Orioles ($2.3k)
Valencia wraps things up and he worked out nicely last night. He’s not the most consistent bat out there, but he’s super cheap and brings a nasty .199 ISO against lefties to the table. You can mix and match as you please, but I personally want four Baltimore bats in an amazing matchup tonight. GPP 4 Lyfe.