Seige guides you through today’s Yankees/Rays Showdown slate in the wonderful world of MLB DFS!
Big showdown slate on this Friday evening between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees are starting Gerrit Cole on three days rest up against Tyler Glasnow on two days rest.
This leads to a ton of variance looking at the showdown slate as we don’t know how long players are going to pitch/last with pinch-hitters. This is a winner take all game so expect both managers to be aggressive.
Below I’m going to list my top 10 showdown slate plays. (Note: All prices are non-captain prices)
Top 5 Breakdown
- Blake Snell – $11,800 – Yes, Glasnow is going to start but Blake Snell is going to make an appearance during the middle innings of this game. Glasnow isn’t likely to go more than 1-3 innings meaning Snell is in line to pitch the middle innings when a win can be had. With him not being the starter, ownership (especially at this price) will be tiny and provide a big edge. Also, the sample size isn’t huge but Snell has had big time success against the Yankees.
- JI-Man Choi – $4,200 – We need savings at some point so why not go with the guy who has owned Cole in his career including earlier in this series? Choi is 10-19 in his career with 3 2B’s and 4 HR’s vs Cole. Choi should draw a solid lineup spot vs Cole as well. There is some risk of PH later in the game but we are rostering him for the first six innings of production, anything after that is a bonus.
- Randy Arozarena – $8,600 – Arozarena has been on an absolute tear with 4 HR’s in the series including one off of Cole in game 1. He provides power and speed which on a showdown slate is great; I want to roster players with lots of ways to get points.
- Gerrit Cole – $12,200 – Unlike Glasnow, Cole will go as deep as he can. I worry about a few of the Rays hitters (they are listed above) but there is no doubt as to his strikeout ceiling in any spot including this one. Cole has the highest ceiling of any pitcher on the slate which makes him a top five option by default.
- DJ LeMahieu – $9,000 – DJ is one of the few Yankees who has had success against Snell and given that he’ll be pitching in the middle innings (and most likely more innings than Glasnow) he’s a nice lower-owned option who has the better profile.
Rest of the Top 10
- Giancarlo Stanton – $9,400 – White-hot but ownership will be very high and might be worth the cringe fade for that reason, but if he hits another HR you are prolly done so it’s a risk/reward scenario.
- Luke Voit – $8,400 – If you like the Yankees to win, Voit will likely have a role in the offense.
- Austin Meadows – $7,000 – Leadoff hitter who has been out most of the year but has incredible talent. Numbers against Cole have been brutal but he’s too talented for the price.
- Brandon Lowe – $8,000 – Much like Meadows, Lowe has a lot more talent than the price would indicate but he too has been dreadful against Cole historically.
- Aaron Hicks – $6,200 – No one runs to register a showdown slate to play Hicks but that’s why he is appealing here as he has a premium spot in the Yankees lineup and can deliver the crushing hit if you fade him at any time.