It’s a busy week coming up in Major League Baseball. Even Thursday has a near-full slate, and we have a couple of doubleheaders this week, too.
We’re getting into that time of year where we need to be very mindful of the buyers and sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Be very careful when setting your DFS lineup, as trades can go down at the drop of a hat and ruin a Fantasy night.
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PROBABLE PITCHERS TO START
TUESDAY (15 games)
Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati ($4,750 vs. CHC): Iglesias might be the cheapest DFS pitcher on the board, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a strong play. He has managed 19 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings at home over four games (three starts), and he faces a Cubs team which leads the National League in strikeouts.
Danny Salazar, Cleveland ($6,400 at MIL): Salazar hits the road for Milwaukee looking to stay hot. He has managed 10.58 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9), which is even better than Washington Nationals All-Star SP Max Scherzer. Use Salazar against a Milwaukee offense in the middle of the pack in strikeouts.
WEDNESDAY (16 games – 9 after 6:10pm ET)
Sonny Gray, Oakland (vs. TOR – LATE): Gray heads into this start with 10 victories and a 2.29 ERA in 19 starts with one complete game. He has held the opposition to a .199 average, including a .189 average at O.co Coliseum.
Julio Teheran, Atlanta (vs. LAD – EARLY): Teheran was just so-so in his last outing Friday against the Cubs, but he is still just 5-0 with a 2.18 ERA in nine starts with 49 strikeouts over 57 2/3 innings at Turner Field while holding the opposition to a .195 average.
THURSDAY (11 games – 7 after 7:05pm ET)
Mike Fiers, Milwaukee (at ARI – LATE): Fiers has started to piece things together lately, posting quality starts in four of his past five outings while winning two decisions and not losing during the stretch which dates back to June 17. He ranks 12th in the NL in K/9 ratio, making him a solid low-priced DFS option.
Tyson Ross, San Diego (vs. MIA – LATE): Ross heads into his start Thursday with a 9.54 K/9 ratio, which ranks him sixth in the National League. He hasn’t lost in seven starts dating back to June 15, winning his past three decisions.
FRIDAY (15 games – one before 7:05pm ET)
Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City (vs. HOU): Guthrie has a 3.81 ERA in nine home starts as opposed to a 7.19 ERA in nine road outings. He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher, but DFS players might find him to be a nice value against a Houston offense which leads the league in strikeouts.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland (vs. CHW): Klubot has managed 66 strikeouts over 62 1/3 innings at home while holding the opposition to a .241 batting average. He has also posted a 2.74 ERA in nine home starts despite a poor 3-5 record. Kluber has a 10.15 K/9 ratio, and he has 18 strikeouts over 15 innings against the White Sox in two starts this season.
SATURDAY (15 games – 10 after 7:05pm ET)
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs (vs. PHI – EARLY): Arrieta has a favorable matchup against a Phillies team which has the worst run differential in the majors. He is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 0.75 WHIP over his past three outings, a span of 22 2/3 innings. He is a must-play against Philadelphia.
Taylor Jungmann, Milwaukee (at ARI – LATE): Jungmann heads to the desert looking to stay hot. He is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over his past three starts, a span of 24 innings. He’ll keep it rolling against a Diamondbacks team which ranks sixth in the NL in strikeouts.
SUNDAY (15 games)
Andrew Heaney, L.A. Angels (vs. TEX): Heaney coasts into Sunday’s outing against the Rangers with a 3-0 record, 1.69 ERA and 0.89 ERA over his past three starts. That included an impressive seven-inning performance with just two runs and five hits allowed in a win Monday against Boston.
Taijuan Walker, Seattle (vs. TOR): Walker has an impressive 8.79 K/9 ratio, including 56 strikeouts over 49 2/3 innings at Safeco Field over eight home starts. The opposition has teed off on him more often than not, but he has 100 strikeouts over 102 1/3 innings. He makes for a solid mid-level DFS play.
HITTERS TO START
Randal Grichuk, OF, St. Louis ($4,500 at CHW): Grichuk is a nice low-end DFS option, as he is hitting .400 with two homers and eight RBI over the past seven games.
Matt Kemp, OF, San Diego ($4,850 vs. SF): Kemp got off to a slow start this season, but he has posted a .429 average with three homer, eight RBI and a stolen base over his past seven games.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, N.Y. Mets ($4,650 at WAS): Murphy has a long and impressive history against Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann, going 17-for-53 (.321) with five doubles, three homers and eight RBI while posting a .918 OPS. He is a must-play at a lower DFS salary.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore ($4,850 at NYY): Wieters has rolled up huge numbers in his career against Yankees RHP Ivan Nova, going 11-for-41 with three doubles, four homers, seven RBI and a stellar 1.267 OPS. The Balto backstop is hitting .290 (20-for-69) with six doubles, a triple, two homers and eight RBI with an .813 OPS vs. RHP, as opposed to a .500 OPS vs. LHP.
David Ortiz, UTIL, Boston ($5,000 at HOU): D.O. has big numbers against right-handed pitching, hitting .274 with 12 doubles, 14 homers and 36 RBI, which is good for a .915 OPS. He has a terrible .155 average and .423 OPS in 97 at-bats against lefties.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland ($5,150 vs. CHW): ‘Dr. Smooth’ has torn it up against White Sox LHP Jose Quintana, going 11-for-23 (.478) with three doubles, a homer, six RBI and a 1.239 OPS. As a bonus, remember teammate Mike Aviles ($4,100), who has 10 knocks in 23 at-bats (.435) against Q.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City ($5,300 vs. HOU): Cain gets a crack at Astros RHP Scott Feldman in the series opener. Lo Cain entered the week hitting .405 (32-for-79) with four homers, 15 RBI and a 1.193 OPS over the past 30 days. He is on quite the roll, and there have been no signs the All-Star is about to slow.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($4,900 at LAA): Beltre has posted a .318 average (7-for-22) with two doubles and three solo homers in his career against Angels LHP Hector Santiago while managing a 1.241 OPS. It has been a struggled for Beltre all season, but he has picked it up lately with 13 hits over his past 33 at-bats (.394) to raise his average from .244 to .261 just since July 7.
Torii Hunter, OF, Minnesota ($4,950 at NYY): Hunter gets a crack at Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, a pitcher he has fared very well against over the years. Hunter is hitting .276 (21-for-76) with eight doubles, three home runs and 17 clutch RBI while posting a manageable .845 OPS. Both are getting a little long in the tooth, but Hunter should still handle the ball well against the flailing Sabathia.
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees – OR – Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (MLB Network, 7:05 p.m.)
L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta – OR – N.Y. Mets at Washington (MLB Network. 12:10 p.m.)
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees (ESPN, 7:05 p.m.)
L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets – OR – Seattle at Detroit (MLB Network, 1:05 p.m.)
Washington at Pittsburgh – OR – L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets (MLB Network, 7:05 p.m.)
L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets – OR – Washington at Pittsburgh (MLB Network, 7:05 p.m.)
Oakland at San Francisco (FOX Sports 1, 4:05 p.m.)
Atlanta at St. Louis (FOX Sports 1, 7:15 p.m.)
Miami at San Diego – OR – Texas at L.A. Angels (MLB Network, 8:40 p.m.)
L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets (TBS, 1:10 p.m.)
Detroit at Boston (ESPN, 8:05 p.m.)