Going All In: Feeling Gray? You’ll Go EE After Reading These
Plenty of home run potential in today’s group of players. On top of that, we have an exceptional pitcher play, who isn’t even one of the Top 3 most expensive options. Slide up to the table and have your five studs dealt to you.
As a reminder, the focus of the “Going All In” piece each week is finding the high priced DFS players that are worth your time. I’ll give you the best “hand” of five players that make it worthwhile for you to push in your chips (prices used from FantasyAces.com).
Don’t forget about the Friday qualifier for the Fantasy Aces $250k World Baseball Championship live in Angels Stadium.
Sonny Gray ($6,850) – The Astros always present the opportunity for high K totals. They have the second highest K% in MLB at 24.7 (Cubs first with 25.2%). They also have the fourth lowest AVG against righties with a team mark of .232 and again, the second highest K% in baseball when facing righties: 25.3. Gray comes in with a great 1.61 ERA and 24.5 K%, making him one of today’s best options.
Edwin Encarnacion ($5,400) – Hector Santiago is a lefty, and the Blue Jays (and EE) own lefties. The team is hitting .314 off them (one of two teams hitting above .288 against lefties), which includes a league high .496 SLG% and 137 wRC+ against lefties. This season, Encarnacion has a 132 wRC+ against lefties, which just happens to be his career average as well. You can find a lot of value with Blue Jays hitters today, and EE is one you should pony up to play.
Joey Votto ($5,300) – Get ready to check off some important stats. Yordano Ventura has the ninth highest HR/FB% of 19.4. Votto has a wRC+ of 151 versus righties and 160 for his career. He also has a 26.9 HR/FB% against righties… because ALL seven home runs have come off righties. Check, check, check = must start.
Josh Reddick ($5,150) – Ooo boy, it gets even better for Reddick. Roberto Hernandez has the 26th highest HR/FB% of 15.0… but Jake, I thought you said better. Hold on good sir! Reddick has a .370 AVG versus righties as opposed to a .185 mark against lefties. His HR/FB rate? 20.0 compared to 0.0. Yep, just like Votto, all of his homers are off righties. And best yet, his wRC+ is 210 against righties instead of 52 against lefties. 210 folks! That’s huge and plenty of reason to use Reddick tonight.
Michael Brantley ($5,500) – Brantley cares not for splits. Sure, last season Brantley had a lower average against lefties, but it was still .307 and a .827 OPS. Hey, if you want to get worked up over that line, be my guest. This season, Brantley is actually hitting lefties better than righties with .364/1.087 versus .320/.888. That will likely change given his career norm, but for now, Brantley doesn’t care if you’re righty or lefty, he’s hitting you. Today, he faces Jose Quintana who has been real good of late but can always put up a stinker as seen early this year. For Quintana’s career, righties and lefties hit him about the same, and Brantley is 10-for-20 against him (small BvP sample alert!). More importantly, Brantley is hitting .446/1.079 for May and is a great bet.