Kickin things up a notch today with a $4,000 GPP. The 280pt target comp, meanwhile, has been ticking over with regularity and is now over $13,000 as punters have not really come close over the past few days. Plenty of rain forecast early for tomorrow’s slate, so proceed with caution. MLB Fantasy Tips:
On to today’s picks…
Chris Sale ($19,300). Sounds like a lot to pay for a guy who’s got an ERA over 5 in August, but once again he offers the most pure upside of any player on the slate. He’s been both brilliant and mediocre over his last handful of starts, however it might be that the Indians simply have his number seeing as The Tribe have touched him up twice recently. No qualms with using him vs the Jays, but he probably won’t be for me.
Jake Arrieta ($16,300) is on a roll. He has a 1.78 ERA since the All Star Break and has 6 consecutive 40pt Moneyball performances. The Cubs have also been on a roll and face the Pirates’ Chad Kuhl at home, so run support shouldn’t be an issue for Jake. I think he’s a good bet for 50pts today.
Luis Perdomo ($9,500) presents a nice cheap option. The young Padre pitcher has gone at least 6 innings in his last 7 starts and although he’s given up a few runs over that stretch, he’s also faced much tougher lineups than the Giants. He probably won’t help get you to 280pts, but he could get you 40…and at that price, I’ll take it.
Hitters & Stacks
Without sounding too much like a broken record, I’m going to continue to pick on the WhiteSox. Despite their little stretch of not stinking too much, they still rank right down towards the bottom of the AL in terms of runs allowed. They hit the road this week and roll out James Shields to start a series vs the Twins, who are noticeably better at home (.780 team OPS at home vs .725 on the road). Shields has been particularly bad vs lefties this year, so start with Max Kepler ($5,400), Eddie Rosario ($6,200), and if he gets the start Kennys Vargas ($5,300). Stack away.
Michael Fulmer is one of my favourite pitchers in baseball. I think he’s going to be one of the top 5 AL starters very soon…but not this year. He heads to Colorado to face a Rockies team that disappointed a lof of DFSers yesterday (two thumbs pointing at this guy) but are poised to make up for it today. Fulmer relies on a 95mph fastball and a killer changeup that dives downward to induce a lot of ground balls. I kind of hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling that Coors Field will hurt him a lot. The Rockies are expensive as usual, but use them as you see fit.
The Cardinals are crushing lately. Their .849 team OPS in August is tops in the NL and they get Matt Garza in hitter friendly Miller Park today. Matt Carpenter ($5,600) and Tommy Pham ($6,400) look primed for nice totals at the top of the lineup.
Daniel Murphy ($6,700) has feasted on Vance Worley in his career to the tune of a .571 batting average in 21 at bats.
Marcus Semien ($6,300) is quietly having a nice season after missing most of the first half from injury. He doesn’t hit for a lot of power, but has respectable .357 On Base Percentage and is hitting 2nd in the Oakland lineup which is a sneaky chance to score a bunch today. I just wish he were a bit cheaper!
Lots of rain about tomorrow, expacially on the east coast. Check the status of games in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC. Also keep in mind that because of the hurricane in Houston, the entire Rangers/Astros series will be played in Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field.
Good luck everyone!