We’re not going super expensive for the pitcher this week. The choices point to a slightly better option this week, but the hitters are still big bucks. And truthfully, you could stack three teams today, spend every penny and be in great shape (hint: all three cities start with a “C”).
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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Noah Syndergaard ($5,850) – Normally, we talk about a rather high-priced option, but there is no way I’m spending on Johnny Cueto at $7,500. With arm concerns, I’m waiting for Cueto to have some seriously bad news, let alone possibly not make it through a start. Noah Syndergaard has been terrific, hasn’t walked anyone the past two starts and faces the Padres with a 21.7 K% against righties and only 86 team wRC+.
Joey Votto ($5,100) – Votto is regularly better against righties, as over the last three years, Votto has an OPS over 100 points higher (.970) than versus lefties (.867). Sean O’Sullivan is allowing 2.14 HR/9 and actually has a high career mark of 1.66. In fact, his HR/FB% isn’t much higher than last year (22.0 to 18.8) so it’s not a stretch of bad luck. The Reds are a nice stack today, and Votto is a key part of it.
Jason Kipnis ($5,800) – Kipnis is coming off a month where he hit .429 with a 1.217 OPS and 240 wRC+. Good grief! I’m sure everyone is waiting for the shoe to drop, but I’m not bailing yet, especially given Kipnis’ matchup tonight against Jeremy Guthrie. Kipnis is a much better hitter against righties for his career and he’s hitting .403 against them this season. Guthrie is also coming off a 1.0 IP, 11 ER outing against the Yankees. He’s carrying a 6.70 ERA and 1.68 HR/9 (career 1.24). Oh, Kipnis is also hitting .500 with a .909 OPS in 22 ABs against Guthrie.
Kris Bryant ($5,000) – The Cubs get to face Brad Hand and his 4.50 ERA (4.43 career) today. That’s great news for Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and the rest of the team. But it’s especially good for Bryant, as Hand is a mediocre pitcher and performs much worse against righties. This year, Hand is allowing righties to hit .296 with a .400 SLG% as opposed to .205/.256 for lefties. Those are similar numbers to last year, where they were .275/.447 against righties, .219/.304 versus lefties. Since Bryant woke up with his first homer on May 9, he’s hitting .295 with a .615 SLG% and .420 wOBA. Truthfully, $5,000 isn’t even that expensive when talking Bryant.
Michael Brantley ($5,250) – I don’t love Batter versus Pitcher, but at 33 ABs, I put a smidge of value in it. Brantley is hitting .323 with a .548 SLG% against Guthrie, and we already covered just how tasty of a matchup Guthrie represents. Like all of the hitters today, Brantley also has a favorable matchup in the righty/lefty department. Over the past three seasons, Brantley hits righties better, but he’s also hitting lefties just as good this season which helps maintain his value as the game gets into the bullpen. I think the O/U of 8.0 is actually a bit low for this game.