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*Please be aware that this article is based on tonight’s eight game main slate that has a roster lock of 7:05 PM ET/4:05 PM PT. At the time of this writing, the sites listed the slate as a nine game slate, but that’s including the already postponed SF/SD game (don’t get me started on last night’s postponement which cost me a ton of money).
Tier 1: The Core Pitchers (these are pitchers who will be in majority of my lineups)
- Zac Gallen (DK: $9400/FD: $10000) – Don’t be surprised if Gallen is one of the top five pitchers drafted in 2021 season long drafts. All of Gallen’s underlying numbers support his status as one of baseball’s top pitchers. While I have a lot of good things to say about some of Seattle’s top young stars like Kyle Lewis and Dylan Moore, it’s still a situation where the lineup is very underwhelming, and some of that is due to what they did at the deadline, most notably, trading away one of the best young catchers in baseball in Austin Nola.
Tier 2: Not Quite Core Pitchers
- Zach Plesac (DK: $8000/FD: $10200) – Not the biggest fan of the matchup against a tough Twins lineup but I do think Plesac is a very good pitcher who mixes up his pitches well and hasn’t given me much reason to not trust him on the mound. He’s going to be very low owned on FanDuel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his DK ownership is on the high side.
- Dakota Hudson (DK: $8300/FD: $7800) – I’m usually not a fan of playing pitchers who face the same team over and over and over again, but Hudson has indeed faced the Reds in two of his last four starts and has been dominant against them, allowing just one earned run over 11 2/3 innings, while striking out 13. The big thing with Hudson in 2019 was that he would often and I mean OFTEN lose his command. He hasn’t necessarily made a big jump this season, but he has been throwing more first pitch strikes and getting good results from his fastball, which he didn’t throw as often last season. He’s far from a good cash play, but I think you should get some exposure here in GPPs.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Pitchers
- Tejay Antone (DK: $6900/FD: $5500) – Probably can’t play Antone on FD due to his likely pitch count restriction, but he’s fair game on DK, where he’s probably a little more pricey than I’d normally want, but I think he’s a very underrated pitcher who had superb location with all of his pitches, and is giving up a super low 3.8% barrel rate and 26.4% hard hit rate. I don’t really think he has big upside or anything (and that’s mainly due to the pitch count restrictions), but he provides a pretty solid floor for someone at that price point.
Tier 1: The Core Stacks
- Colorado Rockies – Barria is definitely the lesser of the two pitchers going tonight at Coors and I think his first career outing in the thin Denver air is going to be a rough one. One thing about the Angels is that they have a AAA team in Salt Lake City who play in the PCL, which is a league full of hitter friendly environments. Last season, Barria threw 48 1/3 innings for the Salt Lake Bees and it was an absolute dumpster fire that included a 9.68 ERA, 7.02 FIP, 6.42 xFIP, and 2.98 HR/9.
- Chicago White Sox – The White Sox have such a deep lineup that rarely DON’T put runs. In fact, they’ve scored four runs or more in seven consecutive games and also seven consecutive home games. I actually do respect the combination of Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris more than the average DFS player, but when I get the sense that more people are going to be stacking Royals than White Sox due to value, I definitely want more exposure to those big White Sox bats. Guys who grade out very well against Fulmer include Anderson, Jimenez, Grandal, Abreu and guys who grade out well against Norris include Anderson, Grandal, McCann, and Abreu.
Tier 2: The Not Quite Core Stacks
- Los Angeles Angels – I’d be silly to not include the Angels on this list, and especially when you consider how affordable some of the bats are going to be. It’s tough to say who’s going to be in the lineup, but you have guys like Upton, Thaiss, Ward, Stassi, and Adell who are all $3k or less on DraftKings, and all have the ability to go yard.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Stacks
- Los Angeles Dodgers – It’s difficult to just shove Dodgers in your lineup against lefties nowadays, considering they are expensive and they are a subpar team against southpaws, but if you’re playing multiple lineups, I think you have to give them some consideration. Trust me when I say that the Dodgers have this date with the Astros circled on their schedule. For those unfamiliar with the situation, I will provide the Cliffnotes. The Dodgers faced the Astros in the World Series in 2017. The Astros won. It was later found that the Astros cheated. Keep in mind, they faced the Astros earlier this season. Keep in mind that they won both games. Keep in mind that one of those games was against Frambar Valdez. If this stack doesn’t work out, well, at the very minimum, let’s just hope that Joe Kelly gets to pitch tonight.
- Detroit Tigers – The Tigers are going to be super low owned because they have been struggling lately, but I’ll bet on them every chance I can get if I knew that they were facing Reynaldo Lopez, who has been hot garbage this season. Lopez lacks command and has been filling up the bases with runners whenever he doesn’t allow homers. A few guys you want to look into putting in your lineup is Jeimer Candelario, Willi Castro, and Victor Reyes.
Top Players By Position
- Yasmani Grandal
- Max Stassi
- Will Smith
- Jeimer Candelario
- Jose Abreu
- Yuli Gurriel
- Adam Frazier
- Ryan McMahon
- Nico Hoerner
- Nolan Arenado
- Anthony Rendon
- Ke’Bryan Hayes
- Tim Anderson
- Adalberto Mondesi
- Willi Castro
- Mike Trout
- Charlie Blackmon
- Eloy Jimenez
- Mookie Betts
- Garrett Hampson
- Justin Upton
- A.J. Pollock
- Victor Reyes
- Tim Locastro
- Jo Adell
MLB GPP Hot Takes
Highest Scoring Hitter: Yasmani Grandal
Highest Scoring Pitcher: Zac Gallen
Biggest Bust Hitter: Christian Walker
Biggest Bust Pitcher: Reynaldo Lopez (dude is going to get ownership on DK, folks)
Top Value Play: Adalberto Mondesi
Slate Edge: Jeimer Candelario