We had a full 15 game DFS slate on Tuesday, June 25th. Max Scherzer was the obvious top pitcher on the day and performed as such, but there were some lesser known players who performed great as well. Points and salaries are based on DraftKings.
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Jesse Chavez ($5,300)
Chavez was one of the lowest priced pitchers on the slate Tuesday and gave us humungous DFS value. Chavez and the Rangers visited the Detroit Tigers and he pitched a brilliant 6.1 innings. He gave up only five hits and struck out seven while getting the win. He scored 29.25 DFS points. Chavez has worked mainly out of the bullpen this season and sports a 2.79 ERA to go with his WHIP of 1.22. His K/9 is now at 8.37. Chavez now has a record of 3-2.
Chavez’s next projected start will come on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, June 30th. This could be another spot to target the low priced Chavez in DFS as the Rays have not fared too well lately. In the month of June, the Rays rank 21st in runs scored and average only 4.39 runs per game. They rank even worse in team OPS and that is at .727. To add even more upside to this matchup, the Rays have struck out 203 times in June, fifth worst in the league. Chavez will be a great money saving Doption in DFS with this matchup.
Alex Bregman ($4,600)
Although some may see this as an obvious name, Alex Bregman has been in a slump as shown with his June totals. Going into Tuesday, Bregman had a June batting average of just .240 to go with an OPS of .817. He had hit four home runs and only two other extra base hits, both doubles. Only one of his last 15 games ended with a multi hit performance. Bregman may have started his bounce back Tuesday after going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double. He added three runs scored to go with his one RBI. This gave him 26 fantasy points in DraftKings DFS.
Bregman and the Astros have two more home games against the Pirates on Wednesday and Thursday. Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has struggled all year and has been even worse lately. They have a team ERA of 5.08 on the year and 5.65 in the month of June. Both of these stats rank outside the Top 25. They then host the Mariners, who rank even worse than the Pirates, both overall and in the month of June in team ERA. After that the Astros go to Coors Field for a two game stretch. This next week is setting up great for Bregman and the Astros offense. Springer is also back in the lineup, which will only help Bregman’s DFS value.
Mitch Garver ($5,000)
Garver and the Minnesota Twins offense stayed hot Tuesday, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4. Garver, batting in the two spot, had a nice game, going 3-for-5. He hit a home run, scored two times, and had three RBI. Garver missed a large part of the season in May, but when he has been in the lineup he has been electric for DFS purposes. He now has a batting average of .305 to go with a monster OPS of 1.038. He has hit 12 home runs and has 31 RBI in only 39 games.
Garver and the Twins have two more home games against the Rays before heading to Chicago for a three game set with the White Sox. The Rays have had a great pitching staff all year and although they haven’t been as top notch lately, they have still pitched well. They rank number one in team ERA on the season and ninth in the league in the month of June. Garver should put up bigger DFS numbers when he matches up with the White Sox. The Sox pitching staff ranks 21st in team ERA at 5.22. He is worth a DFS contrarian look against the Rays but worth a harder look against the White Sox.
Blake Snell ($9,000)
Snell had his second consecutive horrid start on Tuesday. He was only able to get through 3.1 innings while giving up seven earned runs and 11 hits. He also walked one while getting four strikeouts. Snell’s ERA has skyrocketed over his last two starts and is now above five. His WHIP has also risen to 1.34. His strikeout numbers are still there with a K/9 of 11.96, which will keep him as an intriguing DFS player. Snell has now given up 13 earned runs on 13 hits over his past 3.1 innings.
Snell’s next projected start will come against the Texas Rangers, at home, on Sunday, June 30th. Texas has had a good offense all year. They rank fifth in runs scored and have stayed constant in that stat, ranking sixth in June. On the contrary, they also strike out a ton. They have the second most strikeouts in the league this year and the most in the month of June. This is going to be one of the biggest risk-reward DFS spots of the season for Snell. He has been awful lately and should be low owned but the strikeout upside is immense in this spot. Approach with caution here in DFS, but he still has a very high ceiling.
Trevor Richards ($8,000)
Trevor Richards and the Miami Marlins hosted the Nationals Tuesday and lost 6-1. Richards was able to get through five innings but gave up six earned runs on seven hits and and two walks. He gave up one home run and struck out three. Richards’ ERA is now at 3.94 and his WHIP is at 1.28. His K/9 is a bit low and sits at 8.09.
Richards’ next projected start will come at home against the Phillies on Sunday, June 30th. The Phillies have an average offense but have been relatively bad lately. In the month of June, the Phillies rank 24th in runs scored and average 4.24 per game. The Phillies have avoided the strikeout very well and average only 7.5 per game. This combination adds up to a low upside start for Richards, which will cause me to stay away in DFS.
Tim Anderson left Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury. His X-rays came back negative and he will be someone to keep an eye on in the short term.
Max Kepler left the game after being hit in the elbow by a pitch.
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