Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for June 24th .
Today we have 15 games on the MLB schedule starting at 12:10 p.m. Be sure to check the weather forecasts before game times as always but thus far, weather seems to be ok.
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
Today is June 24, which is probably just another Wednesday to many of our readers. Here in the province of Quebec, it is St-Jean Baptiste day (or St. John the Baptist Day), which means that I get a day off of work. Why does this matter, you ask? Well – because I get the day off, I have decided that I will be playing the afternoon contests today. I have to keep it interesting while I am watching the games, right?
All of my picks below are for the afternoon starts which coincides with our Moonshot contest featured above. As the Looney Tunes famously said, on with the show, this is it:
1. Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox ($12,600)
If there is one team that Sale has struggled with in 2015, it is the Twins. He is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA against Minnesota including a real clunker where he couldn’t get through the 4th inning. That having been said, he still has 22 strikeouts in 17 innings versus the Twins, and, as you all know, strikeouts are king on DraftKings. Sale has 6 straight games with double-digit strikeouts and the first game of this streak came against the Twins. Even if he continues to quasi-struggle against Minnesota, I still expect 20+ points from Sale.
2. Lance McCullers, SP, Houston Astros ($7,700)
Being a baseball junkie, I, of course, subscribe to the MLB Extra Innings package. One guy that I find myself watching every start he makes is young Lance McCullers. McCullers has a lightning quick fastball, a devastating slider and a developing, but still effective changeup. The always accurate eye-test tells me he’s the real deal. McCullers’ numbers aren’t bad either as he has struck out more than a batter an inning in 6 of his 7 starts this season. He also boasts a phenomenal FIP of 2.34 on the season. The Angels are a good offensive team, but at $7,700, I like McCullers’ potential for a dominant performance with a lot of strikeouts.
3. Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox ($4,600)
I was listening to an MLB podcast yesterday and a listener asked a question as to whether Jose Abreu can shake out of his season long slump. Abreu must be a really phenomenal player if .290/.342/.490 qualifies as a disappointing season. Big Jose has hit .412/.474/.588 in 19 career plate appearances against the Twins’ Phil Hughes. I expect that slugging percentage to improve as Abreu is due for a home run and Hughes likes to serve ’em up. I am going to boldly predict that Abreu hits 2 homers today. Go bold or go home!
4. Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies ($4,200)
Someone get Maikel Franco some water, cuz that man is on fire! Over the last week Franco has a slash of .500/.538/.792. Today he gets to face off against Ivan Nova who is making his first start coming off the disabled list. The last time we saw Nova in 2014, he let righties hit him at a rate of .412/.474/.971. I can’t imagine Nova will be that bad again this season, but I think Franco will be able to do some damage.
5. Kevin Keirmaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays ($3,900)
I am a big fan of lineup positioning in the DraftKings game. Outs are not penalized on the site and thus there is an inherent advantage to taking lead-off hitters because they are in line for an extra plate appearance every game. Keirmaier has been hitting lead-off for the Rays and has become a great value play. On the year he has a decent .765 OPS against right-handed pitching and he faces off against Marco Estrada who has a 4.44 ERA and 1.405 WHIP on the road. Keirmaier is cheap and can score between 7-12 points today.
6. Brandon Moss, OF, Cleveland Indians ($3,800)
I like the price point for Moss today. He faces off against Justin Verlander against whom he has a career slugging percentage of .522. Verlander has struggled mightily with left-handed hitters in 2015, who have hit him at a clip of .324/.333/.588. Moss should be able to produce nicely at this cost.
7. Logan Forsythe, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays ($3,400)
Logan Forsythe has become one of the most underrated players in baseball. He is still priced very low, despite being the 7th highest scorer among second basemen in fantasy and despite the fact that he hits clean-up for the Rays most days. In the last week, Forsythe has been even more hot, hitting at a .476/.560/.667 clip and has been potent at home with a .302/.368/.465 line. He has been consistently producing and for $3,400, you can’t ask for better bang for your buck.
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