High Priced DFS Players: Cubbie, Crash and Cutch
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 playing for your chance to win $250k in the Fantasy Aces $250k World Baseball Championship live at Angels Stadium.
Garrett Richards ($7,500) – Matt Harvey looks to be off, as does Jake Arrieta of late. Whether both are dealing with “dead arm” or something else, it’s tough to pay up for them and not just roll with Richards. He is more expensive than Arrieta, but it’s warranted. Angel Stadium is far more friendly to pitchers than Arizona, and the Diamondbacks are very righty-heavy, especially with Ender Inciarte now on the DL. The D’Backs are trotting out Jeremy Hellickson, which greatly enhances Richards’ win potential. Richards is one of the best night plays.
Anthony Rizzo ($5,750) – The rainout pushes Trevor Bauer to tonight, and while Bauer is a solid pitching option, that doesn’t stop Rizzo from being a great hitting play. Rizzo hits righties well… actually he hits everyone well. He’s one of the better bets to take one deep tonight, and even if not, Rizzo should get on base a few times against Bauer and the Indians bullpen.
Chris Davis ($4,750) – Not exactly super expensive, but Davis isn’t cheap either. The good news is you can pair him with Rizzo for some real CI potential on Fantasy Aces. The O/U for this game is 8.5 with the Orioles being -220 favorites. Stack those Orioles, especially Davis, who is another great bet to hit a home run tonight. If you need to save, which isn’t what this column is about (but it’s okay), Davis is one of the best picks behind Rizzo.
Joc Pederson ($5,300) – Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez has been great so far, but that xFIP should scream regression. Gonzalez’s xFIP is 5.17, even though he has a 0.42 ERA. That’s what happens when you walk more than you strike out, have a supremely lucky .197 BABIP and haven’t given up a home run yet. Gonzalez is allowing lefties to hit .250 so far (.105 to righties), so expect more damage from the Dodger lefties tonight, primarily Pederson.
Andrew McCutchen ($5,300) – Jose Quintana is allowing righties to hit .305 with a .352 wOBA and a 1.57 WHIP against them. For lefties it’s .152, .213 and 0.74. I don’t think I need to do that math for you. The Pirates can trot out a rather righty-heavy lineup, which includes one of the best right-handed hitters in the game. Look for the Pirates to have another big night at the play with Cutch being a big part of it.