Pay The Piper For Clayton Kershaw
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 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).
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Clayton Kershaw ($8,500) – Greinke wasn’t spectacular last night, but he still put up a quality start in a win and struck out five in six innings. The two homers are what hurt him, but even with a mediocre night, Greinke was solid. I say all of that so you have no concerns over Kershaw tonight. He’s been beyond amazing since his early season struggles… basically, himself. Don’t be scared off by the road start for Kershaw, as he’s allowed more than one earned run on the road just once since June 22.
Brian McCann ($5,150) – McCann at home. Ding. McCann versus a righty. Ding. McCann at home versus a righty. Alarm bells going off! McCann has a .406 wOBA and 161 wRC+ against righties at home with 13 home runs. That’s terrific, and not much of a surprise given Yankee Stadium and McCann’s style. I generally try to go cheap at catcher, but this situation changes everything.
Brett Gardner ($4,800) – Sticking with the Yankees, as you can basically swap in Gardner’s name for McCann in the setup above. Gardner has a .378 wOBA and 141 wRC+ at home versus righties. Like McCann, this is the best combo matchup for power too with eight home runs. In addition, the game has a 8.5 O/U with the Yankees as a -160 money line, meaning there are high odds for plenty of runs. Best part is that Gardner really isn’t “expensive.”
Josh Donaldson ($6,000) – Do you really need a reason to play Donaldson at this point? It’s pretty impressive when you are hitting .296 with a 149 wRC+ against righties, and that’s your poor split. Donaldson is hitting .347 with a 209 wRC+ and .476 wOBA off lefties and Henry Owens has a 1.76 HR/9 already. No, that’s not typical for him and will normalize, but that may not happen until next year. In his first major league stint, Owens is struggling a bit, and that spells doom against a powerful Blue Jays lineup.
River Card (cheap option to make lineup work)
Hector Olivera ($3,500) – As long as Olivera’s price remains this low, he is a must-play. Olivera has plenty of ability and is a solid all-around hitter. What’s impressive is that he already has seven RBI in six games even though the Braves are struggling.