Going All In: The Price Is Right, Bob
Along with two pitching options today – see, I just love to give – we have power galore. You can even find some savings with your power at first base if you like because finding a way to get Bryce Harper in your lineup is a near must.
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).
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David Price ($7,500) – Price gets the slight edge over Jacob deGrom today, but it’s close, and even though we’re looking at high priced options, you can save a decent amount with deGrom. Both teams these pitchers face are weak against the respective throwing hand. Price is a lefty, and the Athletics have a wOBA of just .265 with wRC+ of 69 on the year. The Phillies are weak against righties, but the wOBA and wRC+ are a bit higher at .275 and 71. Either way, both offenses will struggle to do much today, and even though they are near the middle of the pack in K%, Price and deGrom can still rack up a decent amount by going deep against these teams.
Edwin Encarnacion ($5,400) – Encarnacion is facing John Danks. While you might assume Danks is a good matchup anyway, it’s even better in EE’s case, as the home run potential is one of the best today. Danks has a career HR/9 of 1.25 against righties with an 11.3 HR/FB% against them. In addition, Encarnacion has hit better in Toronto than on the road (no surprise there) and this game has one of the higher O/U on the day at 9.0. The Blue Jays are a good stacking team today.
David Ortiz ($4,900) – Maybe you don’t want to go the obvious Blue Jays route, and if so, Ortiz is a great option instead. It’s no surprise (as we all know it) but Ortiz hits righties much better for his career, as his 20.2 HR/FB% shows (14.4 against lefties). Mike Pelfrey doesn’t give up a ton of homers, but his HR/9 climbs near 1.00 against lefties where it sits at 0.52 against righties. Pelfrey is also starting to come back down to Earth where he belongs after his hot start.
Todd Frazier ($5,100) – Jorge De La Rosa is far from a strong pitcher. For his career, DLR is allowing a wOBA of .349 against righties versus just .285 for lefties. Frazier? He’s a righty. De La Rosa’s HR/9 also doubles against righties (0.58 to 1.10) and the career HR/FB% against them is 11.8. Frazier hits lefties better with a killer LD% of 26.9 and a HR/FB% of 17.6. He’s also better at home with a 19.0 HR/FB% compared to 11.7 on the road.
Bryce Harper ($6,000) – It’s Bryce Bleepin’ Harper! He’s crushing righties (well, everyone) this year with a 242 wRC+ against them, a 1.313 OPS and absurd 44.1 HR/FB%. Harper has always hit righties better with a .915 OPS against them versus .727 for lefties and a 21.9 HR/FB% compared to 11.1%. Oh, and the wind is blowing out in Wrigley at nearly 20 MPH.