Big Bartolo Colon Still has Value These Days
There are several big-name pitchers toeing the mound today. That’s going to make finding quality hitters, and those with decent prices, hard to come by. But, that’s what we’re here for! I’ll give you some of those sneaky plays, and as always, names to avoid.
Let’s deal ‘em up!
Bartolo Colon, OAK – I’m kidding, right? Nope. In their first meeting, Colon went six innings, gave up three runs and struck out just two. But you know what? He got the win. Colon is a near guarantee to go six-plus, and even with two or three runs allowed, he’s a good bet for the win, especially at home, which is much more pitcher friendly than Houston… Oh, and he’s just $6,200 on FanDuel and $7,100 DraftKings.
Matt Wieters, BAL – Wieters is a solid 5-for-8 against Matt Moore, which is tough to do given Moore’s ability. Of those five hits, Wieters has gone deep twice and driven in three. Those HRs help give Wieters a 2.102 OPS against Moore!
Carlos Pena, HOU – I did say I like Colon, but I also like Pena. If there is one Astro that will do well, the bet is on Pena. He is 10-for-33 with three HRs against Colon. For Pena to have an average north of .200, let alone .300, against anyone means Pena owns that pitcher.
Bryce Harper, WSH – How can you not like Harper most any night? Harper is 6-for-17 with two HRs against Ricky Nolasco already. His career is still extremely young, but in that brief time, he’s seen and done well against Nolasco… then again, how many pitchers has he not done well against already?
Tyler Greene, CWS – The “Gut Shot” pick is my new classification for the risky, but highly valuable, selection of the day. For instance, yesterday, it was Jose Tabata. Greene will cost you very little at $3,100 FD at a thin position (2B). And while he’s started slow (the risk), Greene is 5-for-11 with two HRs against J.A. Happ. Risk, meet Reward.
Other Good Deals – Evan Longoria $3,800 FD, Daniel Nava $3,700 FD/$3,200 DK (facing a righty), Shelby Miller $5,000 DK, Jarrod Saltalamacchia $2,700 DK
Ben Zobrist, TB – Zobrist is just 3-for-18, but the fact that he’s gone deep twice in those three hits might tease some. Don’t be one of those people. If Zobrist weren’t as pricy as he is, sure, take the gamble against Chris Tillman. There just isn’t a need to do so at $3,900 FD and $5,500 DK (highest 2B overall).
Dustin Pedroia, BOS – This is what makes Greene intriguing. Back-to-back avoidable 2B options. Pedroia is a mere 1-for-13 against Justin Masterson, good for a .077 AVG.
Danny Espinosa/Ian Desmond/Jayson Werth, WSH – More middle infielders to avoid in Washington with Espinosa at 2B (here we are again) and Desmond. Espinosa is 0-for-17 against Nolasco… seriously, it doesn’t get any worse than that… Desmond is just 2-for-13 and then moving to the outfield, Werth is 4-for-31 with 10 Ks. The only one hitting Nolasco is Harper, and that just further proves his skill.
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