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Daily Forecast: Toronto Tear

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Today's MLB action is fragmented between 4 afternoon and 12 evening games, including a double-header between Cleveland and Detroit. When glancing at the early slate, Toronto seems to be in the best position for fantasy production. Even though the Blue Jay bats have cooled off lately, the matchup against Colby Lewis (gave up 11 ER in 2.1IP last outing) could easily ignite the hitting flame. Jose Bautista (OF), Jose Reyes (SS), Colby Rasmus (OF), Dioner Navarro (C), and Juan Francisco (3B) are the bats to target, listed in order of preference.

 

The Indians are another early slate team to load-up on, as their left-handed heavy lineup will take on Detroit's rookie, Drew Verhagen, in game one of the double-header. You never know what to expect in a pitcher's big league debut, but Jason Kipnis (2B), Michael Brantley (OF), and Lonnie Chisenhall (3B) are all in a nice position with the platoon advantage over the youngster.

 

Otherwise, if you are looking towards the evening slate, consider an often under-the-radar Diamondbacks team for stacking purposes.  Cubs' pitcher Travis Wood has been abysmal against right-handers this season, surrendering a .366 wOBA rating vs RHB. This makes Paul Goldschmidt (1B), Mark Trumbo (OF), Aaron Hill (2B), and Martin Prado (3B) all viable options in the top half of the D-Backs batting order. 

 

TOP SHELF

 

Paul Goldschmidt (1B) - ARI: As mentioned in the introduction, Travis Wood has a major susceptibility to RHB this season. This propels Goldschmidt to the top of all hitting options today, even though working in his hefty salary may be somewhat troublesome. 

  

Jose Bautista (OF) - TOR: Unlike Goldschmidt, you should be able to manage Bautista's salary of just $3,700 on FanDuel. He's a top five hitting option in a home matchup against the substandard pitching of Colby Lewis.  

 

Andrew McCutchen (OF) - PIT: McCutchen disappointed a lot of DFS players last night when he went 0-3, BB in an ideal platoon matchup. Well, it's time to forgive and forget, because Cutch has another A+ draw against lefty Brett Anderson, who has given up 11 runs in three extended starts this year. 

 

Also Consider: Michael Brantley (OF) - CLE - Early OnlyJose Abreu (1B) - CWS, Adrian Beltre (3B) - TEX 

 

BULK PURCHASE 

 

Josh Donaldson (3B) - OAK: The A's hero from last night could be your DFS hero tonight. Donaldson owns an elite .413 wOBA vs left-handed pitching (last 3yrs), and he will face a mediocre southpaw in Wei-Yin Chen

 

Jose Reyes (SS) - TOR: As I mentioned before, I really like the Jays' offense today. Reyes' price (like most players for TOR) is lower than usual ($3,700), making it comfortable to work his blend of power and speed into your lineup. 

  

Torii Hunter (OF) - DET - Late Only: I'm recommending Hunter for the night contest only, as I'm not completely sold on Cleveland SP Zach McAllister. He pitched a quality game against the White Sox last time around, but a road start against a top five offense is an entirely different story. Hunter is swinging the hottest Tiger bat to prompt a relapse from McAllister. 

 

Also Consider: Jason Kipnis (2B) - CLE - Early OnlyMark Trumbo (OF) - ARI, Dustin Pedroia (2B) - BOS, Jay Bruce (OF) - CIN, Mike Napoli (1B) - BOS 

 

BARGAIN BIN 

 

Bryce Harper (OF) - WAS: He finally broke out since returning from the DL with a 3-4, HR showing last night. His home matchup today against Matt Garza isn't necessarily one to shy away from, especially considering Harper's continually discounted price ($3,000 on FanDuel). 

 

Brian McCann (C) - NYY: Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon has proven himself a worthy pitcher, but McCann is red-hot, recording at least one hit in 10 of 12 games in July. The friendly park factor for lefties in Yankee Stadium doesn't hurt his cause either. For the later games, Derrick Norris (C) - OAK, is an adequate value play with the platoon advantage over BAL SP Chen. 

 

Yoenis Cespedes (OF) - OAK: Speaking of platoon advantage, Cespedes will enjoy that same righty/lefty matchup as Donaldson and Norris against Wei-Yin Chen. The Oakland slugger broke his cold-spell with a 2-4 outing last night, and his .361 wOBA vs LHP suggests this is a prime spot for more production. 

Also Consider: Aaron Hill (2B) - ARI, Colby Rasmus (OF) - TOR, Brian McCann (C) - NYY, Asdrubal Cabrera (SS) - CLE - Early Only  

 

STARTING PITCHER 

 

David Price - TB: It makes a lot of sense to roll with Price as your #1 pitcher tomorrow, and here's why: He's one of the heaviest favorites of the day (-165, even on the road). A lot of Price's problems come in the form of homeruns, and Target Field is a pitcher-friendly park. Not only that, but there aren't many right-handed sluggers in the Twins lineup (Willingham? maybe Dozier?) to inflict damage on Tampa's ace. 

 

Wade Miley - ARI: The D-Backs southpaw is a solid mid-range option tonight, taking the bump at home against a Cubs team that owns the highest K% vs LHP (25.4%). Miley has been on a roll so far in July, giving up just 3 ER in 22 innings pitched, and racking up 22 K's in those last three starts. 

 

Also Consider: Garrett Richards - LAA, Tim Hudson - SF, Tyson Ross - SD

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.