It sure feels good to come back after such a massive performance a week ago. Last week, our lineup produced 122 points. Though our second pitcher wasn’t good, our catcher sat, and one guy didn’t get the call-up and start we anticipated, the team still came through in a big way. Domingo German was masterful against the Orioles and Josh Bell was a beast against the Angels. The two combined for 51 points. Our highest-priced position players, Bryant and Baez, only combined for 16 points but Urias, Rosario and Tapia produced 39 to carry us to a monster week.
The Heat is on
We’re over midway through August and we’ve got a full, 15 game slate today. With many of the temperatures at first pitch reaching close to triple digits, we need to keep up with the weather and stay hot this week to keep the streak alive. This week, we’re going to key in on the Padres vs Reds game to find our pitchers for the week. We’re also sacrificing an outfield slot so we can go after the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. As for the rest of the roster, we’re going with hot bats at cool prices to fill out the remaining roster. Good luck this week!
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Sonny Gray (DK-$9,700)
Many of the Padres hitters have not faced Sonny Gray in their careers. None have faced him this season and that tends to favor the more prepared. I’ll trust one man being prepared versus depending on an entire team to come in, motivated. Also, the season’s top DFS shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr, has been ruled out for the season with back spasms. With their playoff hopes long in the rear view mirror, there’s not a lot of potency in this lineup anymore. Gray has been dialed in, going for at least 25 points in each of his past three outings. It’s got all the makings of a good ol’ fashioned pitchers duel when the Padres travel to Cincinnati tonight. Get in on the action.
Cal Quantrill (DK-$7,300)
Cal Quantrill has exceeded expectations in the Padres rotation this season. The former Stanford Cardinal pitcher was projected to be a middle of the pack starter in the majors and at just 24 years old, his ceiling may be higher than previously speculated. Quantrill has scored at least 17 points in five of his past six outings. Cal hasn’t been priced over $6,600 all year, so the $7,300 tag is an indication the oddsmakers are starting to believe. Maybe we should too.
Wilson Ramos (DK-$3,700)
Monitor his starting designation. Aside from that, start this man. Ramos is swinging a hot bat (.423 over his current 13 game hitting streak). His numbers, .279 & 13 HRs, are above and beyond any other catcher in the price range. This is an extremely valuable play for the price. Jump on in, the water is fine.
Pete Alonso (DK-$4,800)
Pete Alonso has been the frontrunner — alongside Fernando Tatis Jr — to be the Rookie of the Year. Alonso has 11 hits over his past four games and six home runs over the past 12 games. He’s coming off consecutive three-hit games. Opposing pitcher, Shane Bieber, has had a tremendous year and should be a stout challenge for Alonso and Ramos, but Bieber hasn’t been immune to giving up the longball lately (six HRs surrendered over his past four games). I wouldn’t expect a massive game from Alonso, but the power upside and potential he provides is certainly worth the price $4,800 on DraftKings. Even with a challenging matchup, Pete is worth a roll of the dice here.
Donovan Solano (DK-$3,600)
Donovan Solano doesn’t offer a ton of upside (4 HR and 20 RBI on the season) but if he gets the start (monitor his status), he’s certainly worth a look at the price of $3,600. Opposing pitcher, Cole Hamels, has struggled this season, posting negative points in his past two outings. Hopefully, Solano gets aboard the snowball and cashes in for a few points.
Gio Urshela (DK-$4,600)
We were going to roll with Moustakas here, but his 1 for 18 line against Michael Wacha was enough to scare me off this one, despite Moustakas’ hot bat of late. Urshela is facing the veteran, Homer Bailey (5.22 ERA, 1.40 WHIP). Urshela’s line on the season has been impressive as he’s batting .336 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. He’s in a potent lineup with a good matchup. There will be plenty of opportunity for Urshela here to put up a lot of points.
Gleyber Torres (DK-$4,700)
Torres just had his seven-game hit streak snapped on Sunday, but today’s a good day to start another one. Homer Bailey, as we previously stated, is a good matchup and Torres has six home runs in his past eight games. It could be a great game for the Yankees as a whole. Gleyber Torres will have plenty of strong chances in this one.
Mike Trout (DK-$5,500)
Mike Trout might be the greatest player in baseball history when it’s all said and done. Trout has been averaging 16.5 points over his past four games and is batting .296 with 41 home runs, 96 RBI, and 10 stolen bases on the season. Trout will face Brock Burke of the Texas Rangers, making his first MLB start. It’s time to get in line for this buffet.
Brian Anderson (DK-$4,300)
Anderson has hit safely in 13 of his past 15 games. Though Anderson hasn’t homered since August 8th, he’s got 20 home runs on the season, so the power is there. Dallas Keuchel has been very mediocre this season (4.39 ERA & 1.34 WHIP). Anderson is a good value play here for the money.
Lewis Brinson (DK-$2,000)
Brinson really only serves one purpose here, to allow us to afford Mike Trout. The great news is, Brinson might be the best value play of the year if he can log a full night’s work. At $2,000 on DraftKings, you won’t find another starter anywhere close to this price. Fingers crossed he gets us something, but this was an attempt to take an L at the cost for signing Trout, so anything here from Brinson is a bonus.
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.