It has been quite an Opening Week with many sleepers exploding to start the season. For today, I will give a few cheap DFS hitters that are must starts for anyone trying to win some cash.
1. Justin Bour, 1B, Los Angeles Angels, $2,900: The adept, but underperforming first baseman Justin Bour has not gotten off to a great start this season, but should rebound in a great matchup against Shelby Miller and the Rangers. Bour has crushed Miller for his career, posting a 5-10 H/AB with 2 homers against him. Always known as a good power hitter, Bour has excelled against righties for his career to the tune of a .228 ISO and .497 SLG. On top of the great power numbers, he has been a great overall hitter against them, posting a .328 wOBA and 128 wRC+ versus righties for his career. Also, Angel stadium was a top 10 home run park last season, giving Bour a major advantage.
Shelby Miller, however, has been terrible for his career against lefties. He has allowed a 4.69 FIP, 1.51 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, and a ridiculously lucky 74% strand percent. Even with the slow start, Bour should be a great play today versus the Rangers.
2. Yandy Diaz, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays, $3,700: The young hot corner for the Tampa Bay Rays has always hit the ball hard, but has struggled to get it in the air, causing a lack of round-trippers and a surprisingly low BABIP. However, this year has started differently for him, as he has already hit a home run and is batting a robust .333 to start of the season.
This afternoon he will face the aging southpaw, Drew Pomeranz. This is a golden matchup for him due to his prowess in hitting against lefties. As I mentioned before, the homers haven’t come for the young slugger yet, but he really knows how to hit the ball hard. He has a career 88% good contact rate against left handers for his career. He is also a safe bet to get on base, as he has posted a .379 OBP against lefties for his career. Diaz also gets to hit in Oracle Park, a descent hitters park that ranked in the top 15 place to hit in ESPN’s park factors.
On the other side of the equation you have the declining Drew Pomeranz. Over the course of his career, Pomeranz has gotten worse and worse at pitching to righties, seeing his FIP rise from 4.04 to 6.06 in the last three years. Pomeranz also struggles keeping the ball in the park, surrendering almost 2 homers per nine for his career. Overall, Pomeranz is a deteriorating pitcher that should struggle to keep the Rays potent offense in check. Make sure you have Diaz in your lineups today.