Fuego Steve’s MLB Plays of the Day
Pitchers – Best options
Clayton Kershaw – After a down game he faces the Marlins. Mic drop. No really, he is in a great spot with the highest upside on the slate. Side note: Shout out to my boy PatioJoe for pointing out it is a 4:15 start California time and he will have the benefit of pitching in the shadows as well. There should be enough value on the slate to fit him in especially on Fanduel. I do not like his $14,000 price tag on DK, but there isn’t really any other pitcher close to him tonight.
Pitchers – Next best options/SP2 on DraftKings
Jake Arrieta or Zack Greinke – As much as I don’t like Arrieta he is in a decent spot tonight versus the Diamondbacks, as is his opponent Greinke. Arrieta has good numbers against Arizona in the past and pitched great last time out. In limited at bats Greinke has also done well againt the Phillies allowing only 7 hits over 38 abs with 11 strikeouts. Both teams are in the bottom ten in hitting right now though they have scored runs. One of these guys or both should have a good night.
Michael Wacha or Eduardo Rodriguez – Cheaper options tonight if you want to pay for bats and decent SP2s on DraftKings if fitting in Kershaw. Wacha has good numbers against the Mets in the past allowing only a .147 batting average over 109 at bats.
Chalk stacks are not necessarily bad plays. Chalk is chalk for a reason, because the team is in a good spot that day. In fact, sometimes you must play some chalk to win, especially if there is one team far and away in a better spot than the rest. I list these for you to recognize who is going to be popular. If you decide to play them, mix lower owned stacks, mini-stacks or low owned one-offs. Or within the chalk stack be different, like stacking the bottom of the order. I will also tell you if I am playing or fading them that night.
Boston Red Sox – If not pitching Clayton, I assume people will stack the Red Sox. Interesting to see if they are highly owned because it is hard to do both.
Oakland A’s versus Texas Rangers – Highest over/under on the board with both teams even should draw ownership.
St. Louis Cardinals – They have hit Steven Matz well in the past. Gut feeling says they will be highly owned.
Milwaukee Brewers – Good BVP, high implied total will add to ownership.
Lower Owned Stacks
L.A. Dodgers – Though they have been cold, they are in a good spot versus Trevor Richards tonight.
Tampa Bay Rays – Not my favorite stack, but I don’t trust any of the Orioles pitchers
Orioles – Sneaky stack of the day. Maybe it’s just a homer call.
Position plays of the day
Catcher – Yasmani Grandal, Yadier Molina, Chance Sisco, Juan Centeno, Wilson Ramos
1st Base – Joey Gallo, Matt Olson, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Martinez, Cody Bellinger
2nd Base – Jed Lowrie, Sean Rodriguez, Chase Utley, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Brock Holt
3rd Base – Rafael Devers, Matt Chapman, Moose, Travis Shaw
SS – Corey Seager, Manny, Eduardo Nunez, Marcus Semien, Jurickson Profar
Outfield – Tommy Pham, Matt Joyce, Dodgers, Mookie, Khris Davis, Denard Span, Shin-Soo Choo, Trey Mancini, Delino DeShields
Value plays of the day – w projected batting order
Be sure to check back to see if lineup order changes. Batting order is one of the main ways to find value in MLB. The same player may not be a great value batting 9th, but if batting 2nd becomes a great play.
Matt Joyce – $2800 FD batting 2nd for the A’s
Matt Kemp – $2600 FD – batting 5th for the Dodgers
Chance Sisco – $2200 FD, $2700 DK – batting 2nd for the Orioles
Kendrys Morales – $2400 FD, $3500 DK– batting 5th for the Blue Jays, hits him well
Joc Pederson – $2200 FD – batting 6th for the Dodgers
Brad Miller – $2600 FD, $3000 DK – batting 4th for the Rays
Delino DeShields – $2700 FD, $3200 DK – batting 1st for the Rangers