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Tier 1: The Core Pitcher (these are pitchers who will be in majority of my lineups)
- Gerrit Cole – The only reason Cole won’t be on my teams tonight is if I can’t fit in my preferred stacks with him. Cole this year has been absolutely unhittable, sporting K rates over 34% to both sides of the plate (unsustainable 51% vs. LHH’s so far lol), while also allowing ISO’s under .100 and wOBA’s under .200. Simply put, Cole has been unhittable, and this Tigers offense is one of the worst ones in baseball. Cole should have been in a tier of his own pricing-wise, and since he isn’t, he becomes the no-brainer Tier 1 SP.
Tier 2: Not Quite Core Pitchers
- Nathan Eovaldi – The humidor in Texas was supposed to help offense, but quite frankly, I haven’t seen any sign of it yet. While I wanted to preach patience, I think we have a big enough sample for me to pivot at least for now. Eovaldi has been solid this season, holding both sides of the plate to ISOs under .120 on BABIPs over .300, indicating there isn’t a ton of luck involved. While his K rates are not ideal, Texas helps in that regard, striking out at a 28.6% clip vs. RHP’s on the season (2nd in MLB). He also comes at a nice mid-tier price that won’t break the bank.
- Lance McCullers – Assuming Tampa Bay loads up with left-handed bats like they typically do vs. RHPs, I really like McCullers’ upside in GPPs. McCullers historically strikes out 27-29% of LH hitters (compared to 20-24% of RH hitters) thanks to his devastating knuckle curveball. So far in 2021, he’s generating an absurd 20.91% swinging-strike rate on the pitch, and Tampa’s history vs. knuckle curves is quite terrible. Check the lineup before locking him into your squads, but the upside is here regardless.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Pitchers
Decent options for MME tonight in this tier
- Pablo Lopez – Pablo Lopez is always going to be in play for me this year. That’s how much of a believer I am. While I wonder if he really can keep up his 28% K rate to both sides of the plate, his change-up has become an amazing weapon and keeps left-handed hitters guessing. This Nationals team doesn’t have its normal pop without Soto, so if he can throw strikes should be in for a quality start.
- John Means – Absurd expensive for this match-up against the A’s, but Means is helped by a strong pitchers’ umpire and a huge ballpark. While his price takes him out of optimal lineup choices, in an MME player pool, he’ll come in super low owned thanks to the price, and he’s a strong pitcher who can win slates.
- Brady Singer – Insulting a pitcher of this quality is in the 7k range. Sure, Minnesota has firepower, but Singer’s slider plays in any matchup, and if it’s on, he can more than pay off this salary.
Tier 1: The Core Stacks
- Atlanta Braves – There is one game that stands out from all the rest in terms of offenses, and the Braves get the nod over the Blue Jays thanks to getting the guaranteed 9th inning. Dunedin is simply the best hitting environment on the slate for power, and they draw, according to my projections, one of the best hitters’ umps in the game. While Robby Ray has been very good this season, he’s been due for some regression, and power up and down the Braves lineup is as good a spot as any.
- Toronto Blue Jays – Much like the Braves, they get a great hitting environment, great projected umpire and a pitcher in Drew Smyly that just hasn’t been able to keep the ball in the yard, conceding 6 HR’s in 15 innings pitched. A date against the Blue Jays in this park is probably not where he puts it together.
Tier 2: The Not Quite Core Stacks
- N/A – With the two Tier 1 stacks, there won’t be a Tier 2 stack for me on the slate tonight.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Stacks
- New York Mets – Chase Anderson is bad, so the Mets need to be in any MME pool.
- New York Yankees – Issue with the Yankees for me isn’t the skill or matchup, as they are fantastic, but on a slate this large, I’m projecting the Yankees to be too highly owned for my taste. Sure, it’s a great spot, but I’m just not playing an offense in the 15-20% range on a slate this big outside of MME formats.
- Seattle Mariners – The Mariners stack never gets any respect, and with Kyle Lewis, it’s time we finally respect them for the upside they possess every slate. You don’t need to get crazy here. Only will take 3-5% in an MME build to have a big stand against the field, but they are worthy of it. If they get to Heaney, the front-end of the Angels bullpen is nothing to write home about.
Top MLB GPP Players By Position
- Wilson Contreras
- Travis d’Arnaud
- Alex Jackson
- Vlad Guerrero Jr.
- Freddie Freeman
- Bobby Dalbec
- DJ LeMahieu
- Keston Hiura
- David Bote
- Rafael Devers
- Mike Moustakas
- Austin Riley
- Bo Bichette
- Dansby Swanson
- Gleyber Torres
- Teoscar Hernandez
- Ronald Acuna Jr.
- Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
- Mike Trout
- Marcell Ozuna
- Brandon Nimo
- Yadiel Hernandez
- Sean Haggerty
- Giancarlo Stanton
Highest Scoring Hitter: Vlad Guerrero Jr.
Highest Scoring Pitcher: Gerrit Cole
Biggest Bust Hitter: Byron Buxton
Biggest Bust Pitcher: Shane Bieber
Top Value Play: Dansby Swanson
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