Welcome back after a successful “Showdown” format week. Last Tuesday, we went with the Dodgers vs the Cardinals in a Showdown style, single game contest. Between a 53 point combination of the pitchers, Kershaw and Mikolas, our lineup produced 72 points en route to a profitable showdown week. It’s always nice to break out of a slump and we were certainly in the midst of one heading into last week. Alas, it’s time to move on to this week.
Let’s go streaking
Now that we have a little momentum, I think we should try to use some of the same logic from a week ago and apply it to our lineup this week. We are returning to the Classic style matchup for this week, choosing two pitchers and a full position roster. Our goal is 100 points, but it’s up to you to pick and choose what field size you want to go with in your contest-type. This week, we are going with a pair of pitchers who are the odds-on favorites to win their matchups, though one is much more expensive than the other. We found a value Gem with Luis Urias at $3,000 and were able to add power bats throughout the lineup. Have a great week!
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Domingo German (DK-$10,000)
We need a strong horse again this week and German might not be the best choice, but his supporting cast is on fire. German has recorded the win in six of his past seven outings. Though German may not have the makeup of an elite pitcher (4.05 ERA), it’s hard to go wrong when taking the Yankees as of late. German’s 1.12 WHIP and 1.07 K/9 Ratio are solid, but it all hinges on his ability to avoid deep counts and go deeper in the game. Hosting the Orioles at home as -310 favorites is a good indication we’re starting off on the right foot in DFS this week.
Chase Anderson (DK-$5,800)
Anderson has scored at least 11 fantasy points in his last six games. The right-hander will be facing Martin Perez and the Minnesota Twins at home in Milwaukee. Anderson’s 3.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP are better than Perez’s 4.80 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, so there’s appeal at Anderson’s price of $5,800. The Brewers are -147 favorites to win, so for the odds and the potential to snag a win, Anderson is a great value this week.
Kurt Suzuki (DK-$3,700)
Suzuki hasn’t been particularly potent as of late, but he’s facing Alex Wood (5.65 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP). Wood scored -4.7 points in his last outing and now has to travel to Washington to face the Nationals, who are 6-4 in their last ten. Suzuki has just one home run in the past month, but he offers upside for the price and should give you more power (12 HR on the season) and a better bat than other catchers in his price range today.
Josh Bell (DK-$4,600)
Bell was among the league leaders in home runs around the All-Star break and has cooled off drastically since. He’s still batting .286 with 30 HRs on the season, but the good news is, he’s rediscovered the power stroke over his past two games. In those games, Bell went 5/9 with 3 HRs, 5 Runs, and 6 RBI. He’s certainly on fire as of late and Tuesday’s matchup with the Angels’ Griffin Canning is appealing.
Canning is a pretty average pitcher in 2019, but the splits for Bell are what’s interesting here. Against right-handed pitchers, Bell has 23 home runs, versus just 7 from lefties. Bell RHP vs LHP splits are very intriguing for a switch-hitter: .301 AVG, 23 HR, .636 Slugging versus right-handed pitching and .243, 7 HR, .477 Slugging versus left-handers. Canning is a righty, so jump in, the water is fine.
Luis Urias (DK-$3,000)
Don’t be discouraged by the season numbers (.160 AVG, 1 HR in 100 PA). Urias is batting .303 over his last 11 games. Prior to being called up to the majors, Urias had 19 HRs in AAA this season, so he has power. He also has 15 walks and just 22 strikeouts in his limited time, as Urias should continue acclimating to the Major League level. The numbers don’t justify his actual value, neither does the DraftKings price of $3,000.
Kris Bryant (DK-$4,800)
Fresh off homering Sunday, Kris Bryant is ready for Tuesday’s showdown in Philadelphia. Bryant has multiple hits in five of his past nine games. On the season, he’s hitting .292 with 23 home runs but just 58 RBI. Bryant is just one for three with zero strikeouts off Vargas in 2019, so it’s not a great sample, but Vargas is 36 years old and despite a long career, he never really had a prime. I’ll be eating crow if Bryant gets goose-egged in this one, but I’m liking my chances.
Javier Baez (DK-$5,100)
Like his teammate, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez will be facing Vargas. Baez has had an even stronger 2019 than Bryant as he’s got 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 9 stolen bases. Baez is 0/1 with a walk, stolen base, and run scored against Vargas in 2019, so not a lot to work off for this season, but the matchup as a whole is a strong one for the Cubs. If Vargas gets chased in this one, expect Baez and Bryant to be heavily involved.
Clint Frazier (DK-$4,000)
Frazier doesn’t offer a lot of upside, much like Kurt Suzuki. We are more focused on the opposing arm in this game. Opposing pitcher, John Means has scored more than seven fantasy points in just one of his past four outings. In his last outing, Means surrendered five hits and a walk in just 3.2 innings. A second look at Means in less than a week should benefit the Yankees, especially within the confines of Yankee Stadium.
Eddie Rosario (DK-$4,900)
Eddie Rosario has been scoring runs in bunches lately. He has eight runs, two home runs, and four RBIs in the past week. He’s got a decent matchup against Chase Anderson this week, so at his price ($4,900) he should do nicely in a game in which the over/under for runs is a whopping ten runs.
Raimel Tapia (DK-$4,100)
Tapia is our “too hot to not pick” of the week. He’s coming off a three-hit game and is riding a seven-game hitting streak (12 for 29 over the streak). He doesn’t offer much upside from a power standpoint (8 HR, 37 RBI) and he isn’t lighting it up on the base paths (4 SBs). For as hot as Tapia has been lately, he’s got upside for a solid floor today and for $4,100, it’s hard to argue against it.
Collin is a former Army Intelligence and Logistics officer who will watch any sport and gamble with anyone willing. This is his second year writing for dailyfantasysports.codes.