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DRAFTKINGS MAIN SLATE (8 GAMES)
DET/TOR- Not much interest in either pitcher. The bats are also relatively cheap on both teams which makes a stack viable. My favorites on the Tigers are Harrison, Goodrum, Candelario, and Stewart as all are $3.6k and under. On Toronto, Drury at 2.9k leading off is one of my favorite cash plays. Followed by, Gurriel and Grichuk.
COL/MIA- Both implied totals are low. I do not have any interest in the bats. I feel like all of Col is way too expensive for playing in Miami. I love German Marquez, he is my favorite pitcher on this slate. No interest in MIA, except Trevor Richards as a SP2 on draftkings.
HOU/TBR- This is another game where both implied team totals are low. It’s another pitcher friendly ballpark with two great pitchers which makes me hesitant to recommend any bats. Gerrit Cole looks great, although I prefer Marquez factoring in price. I like Morton on the other side at only $8.7k. He seems way too cheap and has that revenge scenario today.
STL/MIL- Freddy Peralta was lights out against righties last season. He held them to a .110 BA with a .188 SLG (WOW). Lefties hit .252 BA with a .489 SLG. Therefore, the first thing I did was cross out all the right handed hitters on the Cardinals, and there are a lot in the projected lineup. That left me with Carpenter, Fowler, and Wong. Peralta is a very sneaky play since the Cardinals lineup is very righty heavy. Flaherty on the other side is very good as well. Lefties hit .193 and righties hit .203. Even though both implied totals are over 4, I do not really like any bats except for the Cardinals lefties.
LAA/OAK- We finally get into a game where I love the bats. The ballpark is not great for hitting but the pitchers we have on the mound negates that fact. Matt Harvey was bad against both sides last year. Lefties hit .262 with .489 SLG and righties hit .271 with .442 SLG. Estrada was good against lefties (.229 BA), but terrible against righties who hit .300 with a .562 SLG. Give me Trout, Simmons, and Pujols on LAA and all the A’s especially Davis, Piscotty, Semien, and Chapman.
BOS/SEA- Kikuchi is kind of a mystery right now. We don’t know much about him except that he is top prospect in Sea. I do not really want to load up on the Sox, but Betts and Martinez are in play since they both crush lefties. Eovaldi struggled a bit against lefties last year (.251 BA/.426 SLG). Mallex Smith leading off with the stolen base upside is appealing as is Jay Bruce at only 3.5k and Domingo Santana who has been on fire and he is still under 4k.
ARI/LAD- Both pitchers are in play. Ray has amazing strike out stuff, but he tends to have a high pitch count and struggles to work deep into games. Stripling was reverse splits last season. Lefties only hit .240 with .382 SLG and righties hit .273 with .481 SLG. I would not load up on ARI but Adam Jones leading off at 3.4k is viable and I like Turner, Freese, and Hernandez stack on LAD.
SFG-SDP Derrick Holland is terrible against righties and great against lefties. The Padres have a lot of righties with power so I like a stack here of Kinsler, Myers, Machado, and Reyes. Joey Lucchesi is in play but I have some concern that he will be limited to only 70 pitches just like Lauer was yesterday. The only Giant I would play is Evan Longoria who is solid vs left handed pitching.
Favorites at each position (NO ORDER)
PITCHER: Marquez, Cole, Morton, Peralta, Ray, Lucchesi
1B- Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Wil Myers, Jay Bruce, Niko Goodrum
2B- Lourdes Gurriel, Josh Harrison, Ian Kinsler, Enrique Hernandez, Jurickson Profar
3B- Bradon Drury, Manny Machado, Matt Chapman, Matt Carpenter, Jeimer Candelario
SS- Lourdes Gurriel, Andrelton Simmons, Zack Cosart, Marcus Semien, Fernando Tatis
OF- Khris Davis, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Niko Goodrum, Mallex Smith, Jay Bruce, Wil Myers, Nick Castellanos, Franmil Reyes, Randal Grichuk, Christan Stewart, Domingo Santana
Favorite 5 Stacks: Athletics, Angels, Blue Jays, Tigers, Padres