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MLB DFS Winner and Losers: Sale, Guerrero Jr. and More



There was a 15 game slate on Tuesday May 14th. I will go into details on some players who performed well and some who underachieved. Salaries and points are based on DraftKings.


Chris Sale ($10,800)

Chris Sale has found himself in the winners column for his second straight start. He racked up a whopping 17 strikeouts over seven innings. Sale gave up three hits and two earned runs to the Colorado Rockies. He scored 43.95 fantasy points for his second straight 40+ point performance. Sale’s ERA has now dropped to 4.24 and his WHIP is at 1.02. He has an incredible 73 strikeouts over 51 innings. That adds up to a K/9 of 12.88 and 41 of his strikeouts have come in his last three starts.

Sale’s Outlook

Sale’s next projected start will be a tough one, as the Red Sox will host the Houston Astros on Sunday May 19th. The Astros have scored the second most runs in the league and average 5.45 runs per game. They lead the league in batting average by a wide margin at .281. They have an impressive combination of power and average with 79 home runs this year, second most in the league. This will be a marquee matchup, as Sale has found Cy Young form just as the Astros offense has caught fire. Over the Astros’ past seven games they have 19 home runs and 52 runs scored. Sale will be a popular pick, but I will be fading him against the best offense in the league.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,500)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his coming out party on Tuesday against the Giants. He went 3-for-4 and hit the first two home runs of his career. He had four RBI, scored twice, and also walked once. Guerrero Jr. racked up 37 fantasy points for his owners. He now has a batting average of .235 with an OPS of .720. After Tuesday, he now has a three-game hitting streak. Guerrero Jr. has struggled to start his career, but he has immense upside and we can expect more games like this in the future.

Guerrero Jr.’s Outlook

The Blue Jays have one more game in San Francisco before heading to Chicago for a four game series with the White Sox. The White Sox have the 28th ranked team ERA at 5.07 and allow a opposing batting average of .263. They have also surrendered 56 home runs this year, ranking eighth worst in the league. Guerrero Jr. has seemed to find his way in the last couple games and he could be a scary hitter moving forward. He will have high upside in his series against the White Sox and I will be looking to get him in some lineups.

Josh Bell ($5,100)

Josh Bell faced the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday. He went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI, while scoring two runs. Bell also added a walk while striking out once. He ended with 34 fantasy points. Bell has been off to a monstrous start with a batting average of .329 and an OPS of 1.093. He has 12 home runs with 39 RBI. Bell now has a 14-game hitting streak and eight of those are multi-hit games. Bell is hitting .409 with an OPS of 1.265 in the month of May.

Bell’s Outlook

The Pirates have one more game in Arizona before heading to San Diego for a four game series with the Padres. Bell will have a tough matchup against Zack Greinke on Wednesday before facing the Padres. The Padres pitching staff ranks 11th in team ERA at 3.96. They allow a opposing team batting average of .238, which ranks 11th. Bell has been arguably the hottest hitter in the league over the past couple weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down. There is some concern against Greinke, but I would line him back up in the series against the Padres.


Jerad Eickhoff ($9,200)

Eickhoff and the Phillies played the Brewers on Tuesday and lost 6-1. Eickhoff gave up five earned runs on eight hits and surrendered two walks. He also gave up home runs the Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun. While only getting through four innings, he was only able to get two strikeouts. Eickhoff dropped to 2-2 on the year and his ERA grew to 2.65 while his WHIP is now at 1.15. He now has 33 strikeouts over 34 innings pitched. This was a disappointing result after Eickhoff pitched eight shutout innings in his last start.

Eickhoff’s Outlook

Eickhoff’s next projected start will be on Sunday May 19th against the Colorado Rockies. This game will be played at Coors Field and will make Eickhoff come at a huge discount. The Rockies average 5.95 runs per game at home this year, while putting together a team batting average of .284. With Eickhoff coming off a bad start and playing at Coors Field, he will be worth a look only as a contrarian play.

Mike Foltynewicz ($8,100)

Foltynewicz and the Braves hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday and he was roughed up early. Foltynewicz was only able to get through 4.2 innings while giving up eight earned runs on seven hits. Three of those hits were home runs. He was able to strike out four batters while walking three. Foltynewicz dropped to 0-3 on the year. He has struggled badly to start the year and has an ERA of 8.02 with a WHIP of 1.59. He also has only 14 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

Foltynewicz’s Outlook

Foltynewicz’s next projected start will come at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday May 19th. The Brewers have an above average offense, scoring 4.72 runs per game with a team batting average of .244. But they do strike out at a high rate and had 417 in their first 43 games played. Foltynewicz should be able to get some strikeouts in this game and he has a low floor and high ceiling in the matchup. He will be a high risk, high reward pitcher but will be someone I will be staying away from.

Injury Report

Elvis Andrus will have an MRI on Wednesday. He has a right hamstring injury.

Felix Hernandez is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a right shoulder strain.

Travis Shaw was placed on the 10-day IL. This move opened up a roster spot for Keston Hiura, who had two hits in his MLB debut on Tuesday.

Ethan Thiel is an up and coming sports writer for WinDaily who specializes in writing about Daily Fantasy Sports. After many years of ups and downs on these sites himself, he knows the dedication it takes to get consistent and long term success. Ethan has been a sports enthusiast his whole life and follows closely with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, NASCAR, and collegiate sports in these areas. Being in a sports filled family and reliving the glory days of playing himself has kept him involved with these sports even outside the fantasy world. To contact Ethan, please send emails to or reach him on Twitter @Thiel_boy.

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