Today’s holiday slate provides us with a nice afternoon/early slate on DK, and a small quiet slate in the evening. I can’t really explain what FanDuel was thinking when they put their slate together and omitted all the early games, but here we are….
Carlos Martinez … C-Mart day game chalk slate … Never a comfortable spot to be in. He travels to San Diego to take on the Padres who just lit up Alex Wood on Sunday afternoon and as I’ve said for a few weeks now, I am not looking forward to picking on the Padres anymore. This is a later start so you likely won’t have the Padres lineup out and there’s always some weird risk of Molina getting scratched which would hurt C-Mart. I prefer him on DK where you are just eating the chalk and differentiating with SP2.
Jake Junis … The wind is the story here in Comerica. Strong winds blowing out to left field and there was a little bad blood last time these teams met. Then again, half the Tigers are gone now, so who cares. Load up on Junis the Royals savior in September.
Dylan Bundy … Bundy has been near ace level his last five starts, especially his last one where he put it all together and went 9 innings of shutout baseball. He should be safe enough to give you a good return today.
Mark Leiter JUNIOR … Mets coming back to Citi Field after being in Houston over the weekend and that emotional series. Leiter’s got a ton of K% upside in his favor today against the Mets.
Rafael Montero … Call me crazy, but I might gamestack the pitchers in a Phillies/Mets September baseball game. Fun times folks. Montero has been on point lately…
Chad Kuhl … Aside from the fact that Anthony Rizzo absolutely murders the ball in PNC park, he might pitch well today. Best hedge stack pitcher on the slate with a Cubs hedge.
Milwaukee … Homer Bailey, no further analysis required.
Angels … I love the Angels today in 80+ degree temps against Chris Smith who struggles to strikeout batters, gives up lots of home runs and just got waxed by the Angels last week.
Cubs … Any Kuhl ownership I land on will immediately have a Cubs hedge stack along with it. Rizzo and Heyward the top guys.
Royals … I am monitoring the weather in Detroit. Strong (20+ MPH) winds, but the question is are they more cross winds or blowing out to left field. The reason here is specific to Comerica park where I have seen a massive boost in HR when the wind is pushing out to left.
Cardinals … Luis Perdomo is trash and Cardinals have started to drive the long ball again lately.
TOP POSITIONAL PLAYS
- Alex Avila
- Drew Butera – Anticipating Salvy getting the day off.
- Manny Pina
- Yadi Molina
- Eric Thames – Owns Great American Ballpark
- Eric Hosmer – Slams in Detroit
- Anthony Rizzo – Murders in PNC
- Edwin Encarnacion – Faces James Shields
- Jose Ramirez – Streaky, but fadable.
- Jonathan Schoop
- Scooter Gennett
- Kolten Wong
- Day Game DJ
- Nolan Arenado
- Travis Shaw
- Mike Moustakas
- Brandon Phillips (2B on FD)
- Brandon Crawford
- Andrelton Simmons
- Jonathan Villar – Massive let down yesterday, looking for a bounce back today.
OUTFIELD – Tier 1
- Mike Trout
- Khris Davis
- Ryan Braun – Go look up his BvP against Homer and his BvB vs the Reds… Or just trust me and play him.
- Brett Gardner
OUTFIELD – Tier 2
- Kole Calhoun
- Ben Zobrist
- Lorenzo Cain
- Matt Joyce – Price keeps rising and nobody plays him much while he continues to produce. If you want to just game stack the LAA-OAK game I wouldn’t hate it.
- Manuel Margot
- Stephen Piscotty
- Adam Duvall
OUTFIELD – Value Tier
- Scott Schebler
- Bradley Zimmer / Lonnie Chisenhall
- Jorge Bonifacio
- Andrew McCutchen
- Nick Williams
- Kole Calhoun – OF – Chairman
- Anthony Rizzo – 1B
- Nolan Arenado – 3B – Big game.
- Didi Gregorious – SS
- Khris Davis – OF
- Manny Pina – C
- Scooter Gennett – 2B
- Lorenzo Cain – OF
- BONUS ……………… Stephen Piscotty – OF