There are only a few big nights left in daily fantasy baseball as the regular season nears its end. Don’t miss out on your chance to win some of the big GPP’s tonight on FanDuel. They have a tournament to fit everyone’s budget with buy-ins anywhere from $1 to $535. To play against me in the $45K MLB Strikeout, click here. It is only $25 to enter and pays out a huge 1st place prize of $6,000.
Here are the players that I will be targeting for tournaments tonight on FanDuel:
Jon Lester: $10,200 (vs. Philadelphia Phillies)
The A’s have been in an absolute freefall over the past couple of months. They currently hold a slim lead over the Mariners for the last Wildcard spot in the American League but need a big outing from Jon Lester to stop the bleeding. To his credit, he has pitched incredibly well as a member of the A’s. In nine starts with the club, he has posted a 2.30 ERA with a strikeout rate of 8.2 batters per 9 innings. Lester has great strikeout potential in his matchup against the Phillies who strike out at a 22% rate against left-handed pitching this season. He also has a great opportunity to pick up the win as he is currently listed as a -250 favorite according to Vegas MLB odds and lines.
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John Lackey: $7,200 (vs. Cincinnati Reds)
If you want to take a cheaper route at pitcher in order to afford some of the more expensive hitters tonight, former Red Sox teammate John Lackey, is a solid alternative. Lackey has given up 10 earned runs in his last 3 starts, which has reduced his price dramatically on FanDuel. This is a perfect opportunity to buy low on Lackey. He owns a respectable strikeout rate of 7.4 batters per 9 innings and draws a favorable matchup against a depleted Reds offense. Over the last 30 days, the Reds have the worst team wOBA in baseball. Lackey has the ability to pitch deep into tonight’s game with the potential to average a strikeout per inning when you factor in his matchup.
Yadier Molina: $2,400 (vs. David Holmberg)
The Cardinals are one of the top offenses to target tonight. They are huge favorites against David Holmberg who will only be making his fourth career start at the major-league level. The sample size is obviously small, but Holmberg owns an ERA over 6.00 while walking nearly 7 batters per 9 innings in the majors. Yadier Molina has a .343 wOBA against left-hand pitching this season and should be batting in the heart of the Cardinals lineup.
Miguel Montero: $2,200 (vs. Jordan Lyles)
Tonight is a night to save money at the catcher position. There are quite a few plays near minimum salary with great matchups. Miguel Montero squares off against Jordan Lyles who has given up a .371 wOBA to left-hand hitters this season. Even better is the fact that he gets to face him in the best hitter’s park in baseball: Coors Field. Montero has hit 11 of his 13 home runs off of right-handed pitching this season and should come up to bat with RBI opportunities as this game has the highest run total of the night.
Steve Pearce: $4,200 (vs. Allen Webster)
Steve Pearce has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Over his last 5 games, Pearce has 9 hits including 4 home runs and 9 RBI’s. He’s one of those hitters that you want to target when he is locked in because he is very streaky at the plate. Tonight he faces Allen Webster who has not been particularly efficient against hitters from either side of the plate. Webster is averaging over 5 walks per 9 innings which could come back to haunt him against an Orioles offense that leads the majors in home runs this season.
Kennys Vargas: $3,100 (vs. Trevor Bauer)
Kennys Vargas is having a truly impressive rookie season. If he was playing in a bigger market, he would get a lot more publicity for the great start that he has had in his young career. Vargas has 8 home runs and 36 RBI’s through his first 44 major-league games. He’s done most of his damage against right-hand pitching as he is batting .336 with a .406 wOBA against righties this season. Tonight he faces Trevor Bauer who is a fly-ball pitcher that has struggled on the road this season (.353 wOBA allowed).
Brian Dozier: $3,300 (vs. Trevor Bauer)
Staying with the Twins theme, Brian Dozier is also a solid tournament play tonight against Trevor Bauer. As mentioned above, Bauer is a fly-ball pitcher with bad splits on the road. Bauer has given up a .329 wOBA to batters from the right side of the plate this season and Dozier is one of the few second basemen that have the ability to both steal bases (21) and hit home runs (20).
Robinson Cano: $3,200 (vs. Brad Peacock)
Brad Peacock has pitched well over his last 4 starts, but he is still a very inconsistent major-league pitcher that has given up 5 or more earned runs in 3 of his last 10 starts. Peacock is a fly-ball pitcher that has already given up 17 home runs in only 22 starts this season. That bodes well for Robinson Cano and the Mariners tonight, especially considering the fact that this game will be played in the home run friendly Minute Maid Park. The Mariners are still fighting for that final Wildcard spot in the American League and should come out focused and ready to play tonight against the Astros.
Kyle Seager: $2,900 (vs. Brad Peacock)
Speaking of the Mariners, Kyle Seager also makes a nice tournament play tonight against Brad Peacock. Peacock has given up a .343 wOBA to batters from the left side of the plate this season and Seager has shown great power against right hand pitching. On the season, Seager has a .383 wOBA against righties with 20 home runs. The hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park only makes these Mariners bats even more appealing.
David Freese: $2,700 (vs. Lisalverto Bonilla)
The Angels wrapped up their division on Wednesday night which led to the everyday players getting the night off last night. They should be back in the lineup tonight against Lisalverto Bonilla. Bonilla is one of the Rangers top prospects. Over the last 3 seasons in the minors, he has averaged just over 12 strikeouts per 9 innings. While he will be a fun pitcher to watch in the future, we have seen these prospects struggle time and time again in their first few major league outings. David Freese has 11 hits and 10 RBI’s over his last 10 games and provides nice upside for only $2,700.
Ian Desmond: $3,900 (vs. Tom Koehler)
Ian Desmond is always one of my favorite tournament plays because he is one of the few shortstops that have the ability to both steal bases (22) and hit home runs (23). Desmond has been red hot with 13 hits, 9 runs, and 7 RBI’s over his last 10 games and draws a favorable matchup against Tom Koehler who has given up a .323 wOBA to batters from the right side of the plate this season.
Josh Rutledge: $2,800 (vs. Chase Anderson)
It’s pretty impressive that I’ve managed to recommend this many plays so far without mentioning a single Rockies hitter. The Rockies may have the best matchup on the board when you factor in the ballpark. They are facing Chase Anderson who has been a reverse splits pitcher this season. He has given up a .363 wOBA to batters from the right side of the plate including 9 HR’s. Anderson has a fairly high fly-ball rate of 36% that could spell trouble for him tonight with the thin air in Coors Field. Josh Rutledge is an excellent play at only $2,800 as he is batting .314 with a .364 wOBA at home this season.
Matt Holliday: $3,700 (vs. David Holmberg)
As mentioned with Yadier Molina, the Cardinals are one of the top offenses to target tonight. They are facing the inexperienced David Holmberg who has really struggled at the major-league level. Matt Holliday has really hit left-hand pitching well this season with a.419 wOBA. Holliday is a player that typically goes overlooked in daily fantasy baseball, which boosts his value as a tournament play as his percentage of ownership will be low.
Michael Cuddyer: $3,200 (vs. Chase Anderson)
You could easily fill out your tournament lineups by stacking the Rockies, but as always, I don’t like to recommend more than 2 hitters from a single team as the analysis for each hitter would be very similar. Michael Cuddyer is my 2nd recommended Rockies batter as he is one of the top options in the outfield tonight. Chase Anderson is giving up a .363 wOBA to RH hitters this season and Cuddyer has been incredible at home. He is batting .379 with a .481 wOBA in Coors Field this season.
Mark Trumbo: $3,000 (vs. Jordan Lyles)
Mark Trumbo got Thursday night off to rest, but we can expect him to be back in the lineup tonight as the Diamondbacks face Jordan Lyles in Coors Field. In addition to the great ballpark, Trumbo also has a favorable matchup against Lyles who has given up a .330 wOBA to right-hand hitters in his career. Expect Trumbo’s bat to stay hot tonight in Coors.