Another week has gone by and another solid performance was chalked up. 118.5 points if you took Mike Trout in the first game of the double-header. Otherwise, 92.5 points was our total last week if you took him in the latter. In most classic formats, that’s a cash either way.
If it didn’t happen for you, I’m sorry on behalf of our choice to take Mike Trout, who had his worst DFS performance of the entire season in game #2, despite a good matchup. In the first of his two games on the day, he homered, but the second game wasn’t a happy ending as the Angels lost in extras and Trout went 0 for 5. Regardless, it was a third straight successful week. Let’s see if we can finish off the season streaking.
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The season finale
With the NFL season right around the corner, this will be the final DFS MLB article until playoffs begin, so get it in while you still can. This week, I found some ideal pitching matchups to carry us. There weren’t a lot of value matchups at pitcher this week, so we had to get two expensive arms and sacrifice at a couple of the other positions.
Patrick Corbin (DK-$11,200)
Corbin has scored 21 points or more in 10 of the last 12 matchups. He’s as steady as it goes in the pitcher market and he’s facing one of the worst teams in baseball, at home in D.C. What’s not to like here?
Walker Buehler (DK-$11,000)
Buehler has gone off for at least 34 points in five of his last 13 starts. He’s had a few stinkers in there, but there’s a good chance, that he has a big night given the fact he struck out 15 Padres (51 Fantasy Points) the last time they faced off. Buehler has tremendous upside this week.
Jorge Alfaro (DK-$3,200)
Alfaro has seven hits in his past three games. He’s on fire right now and only $3,200 on DraftKings. It’s all part of the value sacrificing this week to afford those big arms.
Chris Davis (DK-$2,200)
Davis is a grenade play this week and by that, I mean we’re diving on him in a horrible matchup, knowing he’s probably at least going to get three or four at-bats. Maybe Corbin comes out at some point and Davis draws a right-handed reliever. Who really knows? What we do know is, he’s the only guaranteed starter around this price, so we are left with little option here, other than to just pull the pin and rollover.
Dee Gordon (DK-$3,600)
Gordon just snapped a nine-game hitting streak on Monday. Through the last 15 games, he’s hit safely in 13. His ceiling isn’t high, but he’s very affordable and has a decent matchup against the very hittable Masahiro Tanaka tonight.
Vlad Guerrero Jr (DK-$3,900)
Vlad Jr has been having a very solid rookie campaign. He’s batting a respectable .278 with 15 home runs and will face the respectable young, Mike Soroka Tuesday. Though Soroka doesn’t miss many bats, he’s a very careful and crafty pitcher (2.41 ERA & 1.08 WHIP). It’s not the best matchup for a Tuesday, but again, it’s all part of the pitcher-heavy plan.
Humberto Arteaga (DK-$2,000)
Artega has just 111 at-bats this year and it’s not as if he’s done a whole lot to help him get more playing time. He’s hitting just .196 but on the plus side, he’s on a three-game hitting streak. If he can log a full workload tonight, he’s the best option around, given his price tag of just $2,000.
Jeff McNeil (DK-$4,400)
McNeil has hit safely in 11 of his last 15 games. On Tuesday, he’s going up against Yu Darvish. McNeil is batting .328 against right-handed pitching this season and has 13 of his 15 home runs against RHPs. He’s a solid option tonight.
Whit Merrifield (DK-$4,200)
Merrifield is batting .297 with 15 home runs this season. He’s on an eight-game hitting streak and has an okay matchup versus Mike Fiers of the Detroit Tigers. In 2019, Merrifield is 3/10 against Fiers with a walk. He’s another decent play tonight for the value.
Jackie Bradley Jr (DK-$4,200)
Jackie Bradley Jr isn’t actually a bad play tonight, as his batting average might suggest. First off, he’s going to be in Colorado, so he has a decent chance at notching another homerun in a homerun-friendly park. Second, Bradley will be facing Rico Garcia, who’s posted a meager ERA of 4.23 and a WHIP of 1.31 across AA and AAA this season. Bradley will have a great opportunity to feast tonight in Colorado.
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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.