FanDuel is hosting a $125,000 Grand Slam tournament where a $25 entry fee will net the winner a sweet $15,000. Here are some options to consider for your FanDuel rosters.
As always, make sure to check all starting lineups and potential inclement weather before submitting your rosters. Additionally, if you aren't already, I suggest you keep an eye on the RotoGrinders MLB Weather page and follow RotoGrinders Chief Meteorologist @KevinRothWx on Twitter for the most up to date and accurate DFS forecasts you'll find anywhere. Alright, let's get to the picks.
David Price vs Cleveland, $11,500
I'm not going to argue with you if you lean on Dallas Keuchel (and his ridiculous home numbers) in your H2H games (and I just might do the same if I need the extra salary), but I'm highlighting the brand new Blue Jays ace. No, the Indians don't punch out an idea amount as a team versus left-handers (27th), but Price is no ordinary southpaw. In fact, he has had little issue racking up the Ks vs Cleveland as he has compiled 21 in 21.1 innings this season. Additionally, the Toronto offense is absolutely scorching of late which positions Price well for the win.
Bartolo Colon vs Philadelphia, $7,600
Look, I don't feel good about the prospect of rostering the husky Colon either, but there is a game in Coors tonight. This means that if you want a chunk of shares of it, you'll need to save salary at the pitcher spot. Sure, the Phillies have been pesky of late, but Vegas is giving Colon a strong endorsement by making him a massive -200 favorite in a game with a 7.5 over/under (promising a W and a precious four points on FD). The portly New York hurler shut down the Phillies his last time out (7 IP and 8 K) and will once again duel with Philly's Jerad Eickhoff (who isn't a crazy play either considering his strikeout ability and paltry asking price). I should stress that these are tournament only options, and that by no means can I endorse rostering these guys in 50/50 games.
Buster Posey at LA Dodgers, $3,000
The perennial lefty-masher has actually been best against right-handers this season, but a .342 wOBA is perfectly acceptable. Also noteworthy here is the price, as Posey is coming at a bit of a discount in a matchup versus a not-to-be-feared Brett Anderson.
Miguel Montero vs Cincinnati, $2,500
While not the best Cub option this evening, Montero's greatest appeal is his salary tag. That and a matchup against Michael Lorenzen, who has been putrid vs lefty sticks. In 34 innings, he has yielded 7 HRs, a .326 AVG, and a whopping .440 wOBA.
David Ortiz vs New York Yankees, $4,200
The price isn't conducive for your cash game lineups, but I think he makes for an interesting tournament roster. Big Papi will take on Ivan Nova, who simply can't strike out lefty sticks (3 K/9), while giving up a .357 wOBA. Combine this with Ortiz's ability to smash righties (.297 ISO / .406 wOBA) and the ceiling is attractive.
Justin Bour at Atlanta, $2,200
There is a lot to like about the Marlins slugger this evening. Bour carries a .216 ISO along with a .342 wOBA vs righties into Turner Field this evening. Compound that with Michael Foltynewicz (17 HRs in 86.2 IP) and more specifically his struggles to retire lefties (.401 wOBA), and Bour makes for an enticing punt play with plenty of power upside. If you aren't looking to pay all the way down at first, both Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder are a bit underpriced and are fine options.
Jose Altuve vs Seattle, $3,600
Whenever the diminutive Altuve takes on a lefty, it is one of my favorite DFS plays. A .400 wOBA will do that. It doesn't hurt that the Astros second baseman comes in a bit hot, as he has banged out 14 hits in his last eight games. Oh, and the ability to swipe a bag is always fun when he lands on base.
Chris Coghlan vs Cincinnati, $3,100
Like I said, ALL the Cub lefties are in play this evening against the vulnerable Michael Lorenzen. I didn't write them up, but this includes Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo. As for the Chicago second baseman, he has hammered righties (.212 ISO / .353 wOBA) and should take his hacks in the appealing three spot this evening. I won't be the only one, but trust that I will have a mini-stack of Chicago lefties.
Todd Frazier at Chicago, $2,600
His salary has plummeted as he has been in a prolonged slump coming out of the All-Star break. That said, he has broken out of late (15 hits, including six doubles and a HR) while his asking price has yet to adjust. Sure, we prefer him at home (and versus a lefty) but you can't get too picky considering the price tag.
Evan Longoria at Baltimore, $2,400
If Todd Frazier is somehow too expensive, Evan Longoria is an even more attractive salary saver. The perception is that this has been a down year by Longoria's standards, but a .399 wOBA vs lefties should not be neglected. Add in a sweet ballpark bump to Camden Yards and a matchup vs Wei-Yin Chen who has gopher ball tendencies (21 of 24 HRs to righties) and Longoria's prospects tonight are quite promising.
Jhonny Peralta vs Washington, $2,200
The Cardinals shortstop hit a homer on the first day of August. It is now the last day of the month and his tater total hasn't budged since. This might explain the "mental day off" he received yesterday, as Peralta is in the midst of a power outage of late. On the plus side, this has plummeted his price all the way down to the site minimum. I prefer to look at larger samples and they suggest that Peralta will break out of this soon enough as he has a history of thriving vs lefties (.239 ISO / .340 wOBA this season). Call me stubborn, but just as long as he is priced this low, and hits in the meat of the Cardinal order, I will keep rolling him out in the hopes a breakout is coming.
David Peralta at Coors Field, $4,000
I've intentionally ignored writing up any Diamondbacks or Rockies, but here is the spot where I basically say that most anyone is at least worth a look. A 10.5 over/under in Coors Field will do that. As for Peralta, he is one of the most appealing options as he'll likely hit cleanup and has a propensity for bashing right-handers (.236 ISO / .388 wOBA).
Jacoby Ellsbury at Boston, $3,100
If you like narratives and BvP, you've come to the right place. The former Red Sox star should hit leadoff on the road which suggests a great opportunity to grab five ABs. The first several of those plate appearances will take place versus Rick Porcello, who, in a small sample, has been mauled by the Yankee outfielder; 11-17 with a double, four homers, and a couple of stolen bases. I'm not a big BvP guy, but that history certainly doesn't hurt the case for Ellsbury. A very fair asking price, along with being the table setter in a suddenly hot Yankee lineup really drives this play home as I expect him to be core piece on my rosters.