September 1 MLB DFS: Plenty of Pitchers to Feast On Tonight
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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Chris Sale ($8,250) – There are plenty of options today. Unfortunately, Greinke and Bumgarner face off tonight making both dicey for win chasing. That’s why we’re going with Sale, even though the Twins don’t strike out as much as most. Against lefties, they have a 20.1 K%, 5.8 percentage points from the top, with a .313 wOBA. But this is Chris Sale, facing Tyler Duffey, and he has 43 Ks in his last four starts (28.1 IP) with a 1.59 ERA.
Paul Goldschmidt ($6,000) – As for the exact opposite of what you want to see over a pitcher’s last four starts, Yohan Flande has a 4.76 ERA, 15 Ks, 9 BBs and 8 HRs in 22.2 IP. Eight.home.runs. Oh, the game just happens to be in Colorado too. You should be stacking the heck out of the Diamondbacks tonight, and it starts with Goldschmidt (heck, A.J. Pollock too at $5,750).
Curtis Granderson ($5,100) – As I have always loved calling him, Aaron Harang’em you bang’em is pitching and back to what made me give him that name years ago. Since June 9, Harang has 11 starts, a 7.69 ERA, just 32 Ks, 22 BBs, 88 hits and 15 HRs allowed in only 62.0 IP. In fact, only two of those starts came without allowing a home run and he just gave up three to the Mets last time out. Granderson didn’t have one, but he did have a hit and two runs scored. He’s also hitting .290 with 22 of his 23 homers off righties (.164 and 1 versus lefties).
Jacoby Ellsbury ($5,150) – I don’t like to use batter versus pitcher much, but when I do, it’s reasons like this. Ellsbury is hitting .647 with a 1.412 SLG%, 2.078 OPS and .870 wOBA off Rick Porcello. That includes four home runs and two stolen bases across his 17 ABs. Porcello looked good in his first start back from the minors, but his season built up a much bigger history of poor performance. I’m leaning towards the bad Porcello tonight, and Ellsbury and the Yankees make fine plays.
River Card (cheap option to make lineup work)
Ben Revere ($4,750) – Revere is still atop the Blue Jays lineup, and that alone brings value. Add in Cody Anderson pitching, and you have great value here. Anderson had a nice start to his season, but since July 22, he has a 9.00 ERA, with 31 hits and five home runs allowed in just 22.0 IP. The Blue Jays will score a bunch tonight, and with Revere leading off and hitting .319 against righties, you want him in your lineup.