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We have a whopping 15-game slate today! Clayton Kershaw failed to return value last night. Do we go back to the studs and slot in Chris Sale without thinking? There are many ways to go when you have a full slate and we are here to help narrow down the options.
Chris Sale (BOS): $11,700 (FD) $12,500 (DK) vs. BAL
Chris Sale is easily the best pitcher on this slate when you consider talent alone. His price is not too bad on FanDuel either. Baltimore has been struggling against lefties this season and there are plenty of strikeouts in their lineup. Baltimore has a swinging strike rate of 11.3 percent, which makes them the sixth worst in the league. They are only 20th in wOBA too. Sale is a stud and a must play in cash games. He also deserves high ownership in tournaments.
James Paxton (SEA): $9,300 (FD) $9,200 (DK) vs. LAA
Paxton has had a great start to the season. He has pitched six or more innings in four of his five starts. His K/9 rate is up this season too. Oakland has a team swinging strike rate of 11.0 percent, which is ninth worst in the league. This sets up well for Paxton who only has to worry about Khris Davis in this Athletics’ lineup. If I am taking a $9K-plus guy who is not Chris Sale, Paxton is the first guy I look at tonight.
Tyler Chatwood (COL): $7,600 (FD) $6,900 (DK) @ SD
If you want some value with upside, Chatwood looks to be that guy. He has a horrible fantasy point average, but most of that has to do with pitching in Coors Field. Chatwood is worth a look when on the road and tonight is one of those nights. The Padres are second to last in swinging strike percentage. They also strike out the third most times per game. This will only be his third game away from home and his ownership levels should be low. I plan on having at least 10 percent ownership to Chatwood on this slate.
Others to consider: Ervin Santana, Jose Quintana and Matt Moore
This will be mostly a mini stack for me since Adam Eaton is out. I am going to play the lefties in Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. If I go with three guys, I’ll consider Ryan Zimmerman. The Nationals are facing off against Taijuan Walker. Walker is giving up more than two HR per-nine-innings. Jump on board!
The Diamondbacks are another way to go and you can stack this game completely with the above two guys. Pricing will be too much for Sale, but you can go contrarian at pitcher. I will be looking at Jack Lamb and A.J. Pollock mostly. David Peralta, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Hermann are the other guys I’d consider. Maybe some exposure to Yasmany Tomas too.
Cleveland Indians (Contrarian)
The Indians rocked Justin Verlander earlier this season. Verlander allowed 11 hits and nine earned runs. Carlos Santana has some solid BVP numbers and I think you can stack him with Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, and other lefties. Vegas only has them projected for 3.9 runs, but I can easily see this number being way over.
Others to consider: Atlanta (Lefties), CHC/PHI (Game Stack), PHI (cheaper to pair with Sale), MIN (Sonny Gray’s first start) and Yankees (probably too high of ownership though)
Carlos Santana (CLE): $4,100 (FD) $3,800 (DK) @ DET
I said earlier that Santana has some solid BVP numbers against Justin Verlander. Well, here are those numbers. In 60 at-bats, Santana is hitting .217 against Santana, but has seven HR and 12 RBI. Verlander has struggled thus far this season and look for Santana and the Indians to rock him again.
Jake Lamb (ARI): $4,000 (FD) $3,900 (DK) vs. WAS
Lamb is a righty killer and Tanner Roark has struggled this season. Roark has a .417 xFIP and a K/9 ratio under seven. Roark has not let up a lot of HR, but Lamb could be just the guy to take him yard. Against lefties, Roark has a .329 wOBA and has let up both of his HR. If you do not stack the Diamondbacks, Lamb could be a great one-off.
Travis Shaw (MIL): $3,700 (FD) $3,300 (DK) @ STL
Shaw is always a guy to consider when facing a RHP. He has the power to put your team in the contention for tournaments. The pitching matchup is not optimal, but Carlos Martinez has not been great either. This is purely a platoon split play for me and I will make sure to have some exposure to him in my lineups.
Jedd Gyorko (STL): $3,000 (FD) $3,700 (DK) vs. MIL
So I would look at Shaw more on DraftKings, but I like Gyorko more on FanDuel just because the price points are basically opposite. Gyorko has been playing well lately and has great power. If the Cardinals are going to win this game, Gyorko will need to get on base. Let us hope he touches all four once or twice as we use him in our tournament lineups.
Others to consider: On a 15-game slate you can look at many guys. Here are a list of a few I like tonight.
Not too many weather issues, but make sure to pay attention as a couple games have precipitation in the forecast.
Good luck tonight! Hope your screens stay green!
Author: Rob Schwarz
Rob has been playing fantasy football for 14 years. He has been playing daily fantasy on both FanDuel and DraftKings for the last three years. He has written articles for multiple websites, including daily fantasy articles that have been featured on FantasyPros. Rob plays daily fantasy all year and focuses on NFL, MLB and NBA. He focuses on cash games and believes in slow and steady production over dumping all of his bankroll into GPP tournaments in hopes to win big. This philosophy could stem from being a Bears fan where mediocrity is actually success. Although he works in the corporate world, Rob is a writer at heart. He thinks he is funnier than he actually is, and probably not as good looking either! He looks forward to helping everyone win big while he sits at home doing research and eating Ramen.