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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Michael Wacha ($7,100) – This is a close call, as the Nationals have been terrible over the past few weeks with the second lowest wOBA and wRC+, but can we trust the Mets to get Jacob deGrom the win? Nope. The White Sox haven’t been much better with the sixth lowest wOBA and have been one of the worst hitting teams with one of the highest K% all year. Also, you can trust the Cardinals offense much more than you can trust the Mets “offense.” While not a huge gap, Vegas also like the Cardinals as a favorite more heavily than they like the Mets over the Nats. Plus, you save $150 with Wacha.
Anthony Rizzo ($5,550) – Rizzo is facing Raisel Iglesias, and it’s in Cincinnati where lefties have a nice advantage for power. In addition, for Rizzo career, he has a higher HR/FB% against righties, and it’s actually even better against righties on the road. Iglesias has a 5.90 ERA and has back-to-back starts with five earned runs while giving up a homer (just 10.0 IP).
Prince Fielder ($5,600) – It’s a good thing you can use two first basemen on FantasyAces, because you definitely want Fielder too. The simply reason is that it’s Fielder in Coors. Secondly, he’s facing Kyle Kendrick, who has a 5.94 ERA and 2.01 HR/9 this year. Kendrick hasn’t shut any team out since his first start on April 6, and he’s allowed four-plus runs 11 times. Vegas also gave this game an 11 O/U with both teams expected to score at least five runs.
Troy Tulowitzki ($6,000) – On the flip side of that matchup, you have to play a few Rockies, and Tulo is the best of them. I already mentioned the over/under, and the Rockies are actually favored. Matt Harrison is making only his second start this year, and the Diamondbacks roughed him up with six runs in four innings, which included a home run. Tulowitzki has been on fire with homers in three of his last four games, including six hits and six RBI.
Nelson Cruz ($5,000) – If you’re looking for upside power, Cruz is your man. He hasn’t hit one since July 3, but Cruz doesn’t care if you’re a lefty or righty, he hits homer off you anyway. His career HR/FB% versus both are nearly the same, and the Mariners have one of the day’s largest run projections thanks to Shane Greene pitching so poorly this year. Greene is carrying a 6.32 ERA with a 1.36 HR/9 and only striking out 5.7 per nine. Greene has only been used occasionally in the rotation the past two months thanks to his struggles, as you can see in his last five starts: 12.57 ERA with eight home runs allowed! Whoa.