Hot Streak Hitters For Tuesday’s Games – August 11 MLB DFS Picks
As a reminder, the focus of the “Going All In” piece each week is finding the high priced DFS Baseball players that are worth your time. I’ll give you the best “hand” of four players that make it worthwhile for you to push in your chips and give you a fifth player/river card that’s cheap and helps use the high priced players (prices used from FantasyAces.com).
Matt Harvey ($8,000) – Zack Greinke is always appealing, but he’s facing the hot-hitting Nationals and Joe Ross has pitched extremely well so far. Harvey and the Mets have a -240 line in their favor, and Harvey has a 1.64 ERA in his last nine starts. He also has 15 Ks with just 7 hits and 1 ER over his last two starts (14.2 IP) with the Rockies having the highest K% (26.2) over the past two weeks. Carlos Gonzalez may be scorching hot, but the majority of the lineup is otherwise quiet.
David Peralta ($5,000) – Dave Buchanan has one start with less than three earned runs. In fact, he has four with five-plus ERs and has only started nine games! His ERA sits at 7.23, and the Diamondbacks have the second highest run projection on the day behind only the Blue Jays. Peralta isn’t the highest priced Diamondback, but Paul Goldschmidt or A.J. Pollock are fine options as well if you can afford them. Peralta is better against righties with a .383 wOBA, 142 wRC+ and all 10 of his homers.
Blue Jays ($5k-plus) – They’re all expensive and they’re all great plays. So, really, this is a pick’em for you. Do you need an outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, shortstop or catcher? Maybe you want two of them, and while it would be tough to squeeze them in, it’s hard not to like the Blue Jays with a projected run total around six. That’s rare to see in Vegas, but no team is hotter since the trade deadline, and this offense is deadly with Troy Tulowitzki in it. Use him, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, etc. It doesn’t matter really.
Jose Abreu ($5,500) – Hector Santiago has pitched well this year, but he’s still struggled a bit with home runs. He’s carrying a 1.25 HR/9, which is only slight over his 1.12 career mark. In addition, he allows righties to hit him harder with a .314 wOBA, .424 SLG% and 1.56 HR/9 compared to .257/.296/0.49 against lefties. Abreu has quietly heated up the past few weeks and has a .344 AVG, .750 SLG% and 217 wRC+ with seven homers, 15 runs and 19 RBI since July 24.
River Card (cheap option to make lineup work)
Jake Lamb ($4,650) – Back to the D’Backs, Lamb fits right in with stacking them and saving money. Lamb hits righties better with a .291 AVG and .445 SLG% compared to .261/.395. Lamb is also hitting .358 overall with a .604 SLG%, .427 wOBA and 172 wRC+ since July 25.