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MLB DFS Winners and Losers: Vargas, Anderson and More

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There was a 15 game slate on Wednesday June 5th. I will go into detail on some players who performed really well and a couple who underachieved. Points and salaries are based on DraftKings.

Winners

Jason Vargas ($7,200)

Jason Vargas ($7,200)

Jason Vargas and the New York Mets hosted the Giants on Wednesday and Vargas pitched an impressive complete game. He gave up only five hits and one walk over nine innings. He struck out eight. Vargas racked up 41.65 fantasy points. Vargas now has a 3.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.35. The strikeout numbers were good and raised his K/9 to 7.35 on the year.

Vargas’ Outlook

Vargas will get his next chance to start on Monday, June 10th against the New York Yankees. The Yankees have a Top 10 offense this year and average 5.3 runs per game. They also have a team batting average of .258, which ranks eighth in the league. I will be fading Vargas in this one as it will be played at Yankee Stadium.

Brian Anderson ($3,700)

Anderson and the Marlins once again took it to the Brewers and a lot of the damage came early. Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run while batting in the three spot. He added a double and also took a walk. Anderson scored two times and added four RBI. He scored 37 fantasy points. Anderson’s batting average is now .240 and he has an OPS of only .690. He has played better lately and has a batting average of .357 in June.

Anderson’s Outlook

Anderson and the Marlins have one more game against the Brewers Thursday. They will face Brandon Woodruff, who has pitched pretty well this year. He has an ERA under four and a WHIP of 1.20. The Marlins offense has been good the first two games of the series but expect some regression in this game. I will be fading Anderson Thursday.

Chris Sale ($10,600)

Sale and the Red Sox were big favorites against the Royals on Wednesday and dominated the game, winning 8-0. Sale was impressive and pitched a complete game three hitter. He racked up 12 strikeouts and scored 51.45 fantasy points, tops on the night. Sale improved to 2-7 on the year. He now has an ERA of 3.84 and an impressive WHIP of exactly 1.00. His K/9 is also looking great at 12.81.

Sale’s Outlook

Sale’s next projected start is on Monday, June 10th at home against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers offense has been very good this year and averages 5.76 runs per game. They have a very good team batting average of .257. One good thing in this matchup is that the Rangers have the sixth most strikeouts in the league. Sale’s ERA is not great so far, but his strikeout numbers will keep him as an elite fantasy pitcher for the remainder of the year.

Losers

Jake Arrieta ($8,000)

Arrieta and the Phillies played the Padres in San Diego and won 7-5. The win did not get credited to Arrieta as he struggled badly in this one. He was only able to get through 4.2 innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits and five walks. Arrieta gave up two home runs to the Padres. He was also only able to strike out three. Arrieta now has a 4.29 ERA to go with a WHIP of 1.43. His K/9 is also low this year at 7.35. This was Arrieta’s second straight game giving up five earned and three home runs.

Arrieta’s Outlook

Arrieta’s next projected start will come against the Diamondbacks at home on June 11th. The Diamondbacks have a good offense this year and average over five runs per game with a team batting average of .257. Both of these stats are in the Top 10 in the league. Arrieta has scuffled recently and I do not see this as a spot for him to bounce back. Hold off for another start and revisit him in his next outing.

Howie Kendrick ($5,800)

Kendrick and the Washington Nationals hosted the White Sox on Wednesday. They were able to get the win 6-4, but none of the offense was because of Kendrick. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and scored zero fantasy points. Kendrick is having a really good year and has a batting average of .322 with an OPS of .953. He has hit 10 home runs to go with nine doubles and 35 RBI.

Kendrick’s Outlook

The Washington Nationals now head to San Diego for a four game series against the Padres. The Padres have the 10th ranked team ERA in the Majors at 4.16. They allow a team batting average of .241, which also ranks 10th in the league. The Padres have struggled lately and have a team ERA of 5.94 over their last six games. Kendrick has been very solid this year and this looks to have been an outlier game Wednesday. Roster Kendrick moving forward as he should get back to putting together a good season.

Injury Report

Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday’s game in the ninth after fouling a ball off his foot. Check his status for Thursday before adding him to your roster.

Jonathan Villar left the game Wednesday with a thumb issue. Check back for an update on Villar’s status Thursday.

Jason Vargas and the New York Mets hosted the Giants on Wednesday and Vargas pitched an impressive full game. He gave up only five hits and one walk over nine innings. He struck out eight. Vargas racked up 41.65 fantasy points for you if you selected him. Vargas now has a 3.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.35. The strikeout numbers were good for him and raised his K/9 to 7.35 on the year.

Vargas’ Outlook

Vargas will get his next chance to start on Monday, June 10th against the New York Yankees. The Yankees have had a Top 10 offense this year and average 5.3 runs per game. They also have a team batting average of .258, which ranks eighth in the league. I will be fading Vargas in this one as it will be played at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees’ offense has been good this year.

Brian Anderson ($3,700)

Anderson and the Marlins once again took it to the Brewers and a lot of the damage came early. Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run while batting in the three spot. He added a double and also took a walk. Anderson scored two times and added four RBI. He scored 37 fantasy points. Anderson’s batting average is now .240 and he has an OPS of only .690. He has played better lately and has a batting average of .357 in June.

Anderson’s Outlook

Anderson and the Marlins have one more game against the Brewers Thursday. They will face Brandon Woodruff and as I said in Wednesday’s article, Woodruff has pitched pretty well this year. He has an ERA under four and a WHIP of 1.20. The Marlins offense has been good the first two games of the series but expect some regression in this game. I will be fading Anderson in this spot Thursday.

Chris Sale ($10,600)

Sale and the Red Sox were big favorites against the Royals on Wednesday and dominated the game, winning 8-0. Sale was impressive and pitched a complete game three hitter. He racked up 12 strikeouts and scored 51.45 fantasy points, tops on the night. Sale improved to 2-7 on the year. He now has an ERA of 3.84 and an impressive WHIP of exactly one. His K/9 is also looking great, at 12.81.

Sale’s Outlook

Sale’s next projected start is on Monday, June 10th at home against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers offense has been very good this year and average 5.76 runs per game. They have a very good team batting average of .257 as well. One good thing in this matchup is that the Rangers have the sixth most strikeouts in the league. Sale’s ERA is not great so far but his strikeout numbers will keep him as an elite fantasy pitcher for the remainder of the year, no matter who the opponent is.

Losers

Jake Arrieta ($8,000)

Arrieta and the Phillies played the Padres in San Diego and won 7-5. The win did not get registered to Arrieta as he struggled badly in this one. He was only able to get through 4.2 innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits and five walks. Arrieta gave up two home runs to the Padres. He was also only able to strike out three. Arrieta now has a 4.29 ERA to go with a WHIP of 1.43. His K/9 is also low this year and is now at 7.35. This is Arrieta’s second straight game giving up five earned and three home runs.

Arrieta’s Outlook

Arrieta’s next projected start will come against the Diamondbacks at home on June 11th. The Diamondbacks have a good offense this year and average over five runs per game and have a team batting average of .257. Both of these stats are in the Top 10 in the league. Arrieta has scuffled recently and I do not see this as a spot for him to bounce back. Hold off for another start and revisit him in his next start.

Howie Kendrick ($5,800)

Kendrick and the Washington Nationals hosted the White Sox on Wednesday. They were able to get the win 6-4 but none of this was because of Kendrick’s offense. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and scored zero fantasy points. Kendrick has had a really good year this year and has a batting average of .322 with an OPS of .953. He has hit 10 home runs to go with nine doubles and 35 RBI.

Kendrick’s Outlook

The Washington Nationals now head to San Diego for a four game series against the Padres. The Padres have the 10th ranked team ERA in the majors at 4.16. They allow a team batting average of .241, which also ranks 10th in the league. The Padres have struggled lately and have a team ERA of 5.94 over their last six games. Kendrick has been very solid this year and this looks to have been an outlier game Wednesday. Roster Kendrick moving forward as he should get back to his hot season.

Injury Report

Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday’s game in the ninth after fouling a ball off his foot. Check his status tomorrow before adding him to your roster.

Jonathan Villar left the game Wednesday with a thumb issue. Check back for an update on Villar’s status Thursday.

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 ethanthiel@ymail.com or reach him on Twitter @Thiel_boy.

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