Pitchers to Target
Brad Peacock – Peacock has been exceptional in three starts with 25 strikeouts in 15 innings. He was stretched out to six innings in his last start, so that’s a great sign. He gets a weak hitting offense (Los Angeles Angels), without Mike Trout. The Angels are fourth worst in the league in terms of wOBA against righties at 0.298. Keep in mind the majority of that number includes Mike Trout. Peacock should have an excellent outing and is very fairly priced.
Corey Kluber – If you’ve been reading this column at all this year, you know I enjoy targeting right-handed pitchers facing the White Sox. The reasons to play Kluber are obvious, so I won’t go too much in detail. He’ll probably strike out 10 batters, and the White Sox team total is set at an anemic 3.1 runs. You have to pay a premium for him on DraftKings, but I’m 100% willing to do so.
Randall Delgado – If you haven’t paid attention, Delgado has carved out a spot for himself in the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation. His advanced stats are among the best on this slate over the past 15 days (last two starts). He’s third on the slate in batted ball distance, second in exit velocity against, and leads everyone with the lowest hard hit percentage at just 17%.
His opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers, strike out more than everyone but the Padres against right-handed pitching, so that should bode well for Delgado. It does scare me that he’s pitching at home in Chase Field, but at this price he’s definitely worth taking a shot on in tournaments.
Batters to Target
Aaron Judge – Judge is tied for first on the slate in batted ball distance over the past 15 days among players with 5 or more starts. Dylan Bundy has allowed the second farthest batted ball distance on the slate over the past fifteen days. Judge has a great shot to hit a home run or two in this game. Bundy is no gas can, but I still like Judge’s chances here.
Yonder Alonso – Alonso never carries huge ownership, but he has been a great fantasy asset of late. Against right-handed pitching he has an exceptional .444 wOBA and a .362 ISO along with 13 home runs in just 147 plate appearances. At a loaded position, Alonso provides some salary relief while still posting similar upside with the top priced guys.
Bradley Zimmer – Zimmer has been awesome so far with a .443 wOBA and .381 ISO against right-handed pitching. His issue has been strike outs, as he’s been sat down by strikes on 27.7% of his at bats against righties. That shouldn’t be a huge issue against Miguel Gonzalez, who only strikes out 14.8% and has given up a .425 wOBA to lefties. Zimmer makes an exceptional low owned one off or part of the wrap around stack, assuming he hits 9th.
Stacks to Target
Los Angeles Dodgers – I’m afraid that the days of Amir Garrett being a starting pitcher in the big leagues are almost over. Over his last three starts he has a total of -15.95 points. In case you don’t understand or that’s not sinking in, I added each of his past three DraftKings scores together to get that number. In those three starts he gave up nine home runs and 21 total earned runs in only 11.2 innings.
This is an exceptional spot to stack the Dodgers. This is a late game, which always carries lower ownership than normal. Another thing working in our favor here is that the Dodgers lineup is lefty heavy, so people may not want to play them. Keep it a secret, but Garrett has allowed a higher wOBA to left-handed batters this season than to righties, albeit in a smaller sample size.
Washington Nationals – Andrew Cashner kept the wheels on as long as he possibly could, but they’ve finally fallen off. He’s had less than one DraftKings point in two of his last three starts. The Nationals have the second highest run total on the slate at 5.2. They’ve been one of the best offenses in the league this season, and it shows in the third best wOBA in the league at .345. They also have the second highest ISO at .198.
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