Daily fantasy sports has become a major industry and for the savvy player it can be a quick way to turn a small amount of cash into a significant pay-day. My hope is to be able to steer players in the right direction to make some money.
Derek Holland vs Houston (FD: 8,000 DK:6,900)
After being almost no hit on Thursday there is a chance the Astros’ lineup could bounce back today and have a solid game, but the matter of fact is that they strikeout far too much. The strikeout 37.% of the time and are currently hitting below .100. This makes Holland an intriguing option as he could rack up the strikeouts in this one very easily.
Hector Noesi vs Minnesota (FD: 6,400 DK: 5,500)
This play won’t be for the faint of heart as Noesi is not exactly an exciting option as a starter. This has more to do with the fact that the Twins’ offense is terrible. The only scored one run in three games against the Tigers. Although they do not strikeout a lot owners who want to save their budget for offense could go with Noesi and look for the Twins’ offensive struggles to continue.
Also consider: Colin McHugh, John Lackey, Brandon Morrow
Gordon Beckham vs Tommy Milone (FD: 2,500 DK: 3,300)
The White Sox are facing a left hander in Tommy Milone on Friday and last time that happened (earlier this week) Beckham got the start over Conner Gillespie at third. Beckham is not an entirely intriguing option but he is a cheap option with second base eligibility on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Avasial Garcia vs Tommy Millone (FD: 3,500 DK: 4,300)
Garcia bat fourth when they Sox faced a left hander earlier this week. Batting between Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche, the right-handed outfielder should have plenty of opportunities to both drive in runs and to score a few himself.
Matt Duffy vs Brandon Morrow (FD: 2,500 DK: 3,200)
With the recent injury to Brandon Belt, the Giants have been working Duffy, a natural SS, out at first. Reports say that he might get a chance to start there on Saturday so I would check lineups before firing Duffy up in your lineups. Duffy has shown good offensive potential in the minors and has posted back to back Minor League years with over 20 steals, which could make him valuable if he were to find consistent playing time at the MLB level.
Troy Tulowitzki/Ian Desmond
Both of these guys are certainly equally valued, as Tulo (FD: 5,100 DK:7,000) is the most expensive SS, and Desmond, although cheaper, is still up there (FD: 3,900 DK: 4,700). However, these guys has plus match-ups with Tulo facing the homer prone Travis Wood in Colorado and Desmond getting Jerome Williams. Both players could be worth their price tag today.
Also consider: David Peralta, Jacob Lamb, Joc Pederson, Christian Yelich
Washington Nationals Hitters
As stated above, the Nationals are facing Jerome Williams and the Philadelphia Phillies today. Williams is a below average MLB starter and the Nationals will be looking to generate some offense after their poor showing against the Mets. The obvious guys like Desmond, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman will be worth their price tags. Even guys like Michael Taylor and Dan Uggla may be worth the buy for the bold owners out there.
Colorado Rockies Hitters
This should be a common stack option, as they have arguably the league’s best offense and play at Coors Field, which should bolster their offense even more. Travis Wood has shown flashes at times but has also struggled when it comes to limiting the long ball. Wilin Rosario should start against the left hander, and if he does will be a good option with a ton of power potential. The issue with a Rockies stack is that many of their guys are expensive, so if you wanted to have a few of them, you would need to go cheap at several of the other positions.
Miami Marlins Hitters
Giancarlo Stanton and his crew stay home and welcome Tampa Bay to Miami. Tampa will send Steve Geltz to the mound to get the start. Geltz does not have much of an MLB track record, 12 innings over three seasons, but it seems he has had some control issues in the past. He has come out of the pen in the past and has relied mostly on his fastball and a slider, which could signal trouble for him as he faces a lineup multiple times through. Stanton, Yelich, Marcel Ozuna, and Michael Morse could be proved to be good plays against the Geltz and the Rays.