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Joey Votto, MIL vs. CIN
DK ($4,000) FD ($3,100)
Votto has a solid matchup against Jimmy Nelson tonight in Miller Park, a great hitters park. Votto is batting .346 with two home runs in 32 at-bats against Nelson. Nelson has a 10.29 ERA and has allowed at least four earned with four hits in each of his two starts this season. Nelson allows lefties to hit .333 but these sample sizes are very small at only 18 total at-bats. Miller Park is ranked ninth in home runs allowed with 1.226 HR/game. Also, Milwaukee’s bullpen is allowing a 4.23 ERA on the season. The Reds are slight underdogs but the under/over is high at 9.5. Feel free to roster other Reds including: Puig and Dietrich.
Whit Merrifield , MIN vs. KC
DK ($4,900) FD ($4,000)
Whit Merrifield is batting .538 with three homers in 14 at-bats against Odorizzi. We have a high 9,5 under/over and Orodizzi has been struggling as of late, allowing four earned over six innings pitched to the Red Sox. Odorizzi has faced K.C. in one prior start this season where he allowed a .292 team BA and a 6.00 ERA. Merrifield and Kike Hernandez, two second basemen who are also OF eligible (depending on the site), are my first two locks of the day.
Nolan Arenado, COL vs. ARI *Early*
DK ($5,100) FD ($4,200)
I’m including this sentence in two spots in this article because it is so important! Colorado kills Ray. The Rockies own a .337 team BA in 191 at-bats. The batters with the most impressive stats are easily Blackmon, Desmond, and Arenado. These players are batting a combined 38-for-90 with eight home runs in 90 at-bats. The Rockies tore up a solid matchup last night fagainst Greinke, how do you think they’ll fare today against a pitcher they have demolished in the past and who comes into this game struggling over the past month with a 4.85 ERA over his last five starts? In those starts, he’s allowed five home runs. It is clear the long ball has been a problem for him as of late and I don’t expect anything to change against an on-fire Rockies team in a great hitting environment in Chase Field.
Alex Bregman, HOU vs. NYY
DK ($4,500) FD ($4,300)
Now that Bregman is eligible at both SS and 3B, I’ve been rostering him a little more in my GPP lineups, as he always carries upside. And tonight in Yankee Stadium, I love Bregman against Chad Green and the Yankees bullpen. Green is allowing a 7.65 ERA on the year and righties are killing him! Right-handed batters are hitting .364 with four home runs in 55 at-bats. Can Green and Yankee Stadium hold Alex Bregman?.I think not. Beware of weather though. Good thing we have the best DFS weatherman in the business here.
Other option: Trevor Story *Early*
Kike Hernandez, LAD vs. SF
DK ($3,400) FD ($3,000)
Let’s roster Kike Hernandez against Madison Bumgarner in Los Angeles tonight. Kike went 0-5 in a beautiful leadoff spot last night where he was fairly high owned. Disappointing for sure, but today’s a new day and I do expect him to lead off against despite his hitless efforts last night. Hernandez owns a .500 BA with six doubles and four home runs in 49 at-bats against Bumgarner. The under/over is low but the Dodgers are favored by -180. Expect some small ball, even a stolen base potentially. Regardless of how they do it, Kike will be a crucial piece in the Dodgers beating Bumgarner tonight. Bumgarner has already seen the Dodgers three times this season and owns them with a 0.95 ERA but has gone 0-2 due to no run support. Don’t stack the Dodgers but Hernandez is a viable play at such cheap pricing.
Charlie Blackmon, COL vs. ARI *Early*
DK ($3,400) FD ($5,500)
Colorado kills Ray. The Rockies own a .337 team BA in 191 at-bats. The batters with the most impressive stats are easily, Blackmon, Desmond, and Arenado. These players are batting a combined 38 for 90 with eight home runs in 90 at-bats. Lock and load this stack please and thank you. You won’t regret it. The Rockies are underdogs by -160 with a 9 under/over.
Other Option: Justin Upton
Monkey Knife Fight Pick of the Day:
Early slate MKF game, you know what that means. No work gets done today, we’ll all be checking our phones every two minutes for the updates on the Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game. We’re going to go with game flow, making four of these five picks pretty simple. For the back three including: Story, Blackmon and Arenado, we’re going with the OVER. I do think this will be a seven+ run effort by the Rockies and consequently Robbie Ray at 6.5 strikeouts seems a little high. Especially since the Rockies have only struck out 48 times over their last six games, ranking them eighth lowest in the league. The Rockies are seeing the ball well and Robbie Ray WILL have a tough time against them today in a hitter’s park.
The last prop is tough. Jeff Hoffman at 3.5 strikeouts isn’t an easy call but consider the Diamondbacks have the third least strikeouts over the past week and rank 14th in the league with 644 strikeouts. We’re going with the UNDER. This is clearly not the strikeout prone Arizona offense we’ve come to know from past seasons. They are seeing the ball well and Hoffman should have a tough day. So, To be clear, from left to right: UNDER, UNDER, OVER, OVER, OVER. And for the record, I do think Trevor Story plays. Get in on this game and get 100 percent bonus!
Louis Cangiano has been an avid DFS player since his freshman year of college at the University of Rhode Island. Louis’ major accomplishments include sixth place at the DraftKings 2016 WFBBC Championship for $100,000 and a 34th place finish in the 2017 FanDuel WFBC Championship In both tournaments he had just one entry, Louis is currently a full-time professional Daily Fantasy player, having previously provided content at DFSArmy, ScoutDFS.com and SiriusXM Radio. Louis specializes in MLB, NFL and NBA GPP plays.