Frequent Cubs Stacks Versus LHP In Week 14 MLB DFS Play
Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio continues to rest easy, as no one is coming close to threatening his record 57-game hitting streak. Los Angeles Dodgers SS Corey Seager ($4,800) enters Tuesday's play with the longest active streak in the majors at 17 games, hitting .414 (29-for-70) with 15 runs scored, two homers and five RBI with a .671 slugging percentage.
In the outfield, Philadelphia Phillies OF Peter Bourjos ($3,300) has pieced together a solid three-game run, hitting a robust .480 (24-for-50) with 13 runs scored, two homers and six RBI to emerge as a solid mid-tier DFS play across the board. Another Phillie knocking the cover off the ball is C Cameron Rupp ($3,600), as he is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with four homers and eight RBI. If you're looking for a low-priced receiver running hot, Rupp is it.
In the past, a 10-game hitting streak wasn't much to get excited about for Los Angeles Angels 1B Albert Pujols ($4,400). It seemed he could do that in his sleep. But lately he has struggled by his standards. He is hitting .381 (16-for-42) with three homers and 11 RBI during his 10-game run, and is a solid play in DFS while he is running hot.
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[caption id="attachment_90929" align="alignright" width="300"] Kris Bryant will have plenty of chances to mash against lefties later this week. Photo Credit: Jon Gudorf[/caption]
DraftKings.com salaries included below where applicable. (*** salaries subject to change ***)
TOP DFS PITCHER OF THE DAY
Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland ($11,500 vs. DET): Carrasco is a must-start DFS play due to his high rate of strikeouts and the fact the Indians are 10-0 against the Tigers this season, so a win is a good bet. In two outings against the Tigers this season Carrasco is 1-0 while allowing no runs, five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts and a .128 opponent batting average. He has been filthy against the Tigers.
Jacob deGrom, SP, N.Y. Mets ($10,100 vs. MIA): DeGrom has put up impressive numbers against the Marlins, going 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA over seven career starts with 51 strikeouts in 45 innings. Despite a 4-4 record overall, deGrom is hitting his career averages with a 2.62 ERA and 1.10 WHIP this season while striking out 84 batters over 86 innings.
Doug Fister, SP, Oakland ($6,700 vs. OAK): It's uncertain if there is some sort of a glitch in DraftKings' salary system, but take advantage with Fister against Oakland at this low DFS salary. He is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA over two starts against the A's while allowing just one run and three walks over 12 2/3 innings. He isn't a high strikeout pitcher, but he generally does enough to fool hitters. He is also 7-3 in night games in five starts, as he shines best when the moon is out.
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox ($13,000 vs. ATL): Sale is back on track after a rough patch winning each of his past five starts, and he has 118 strikeouts over 120 innings while whiffing at least seven in eight of his past nine. His ERA has risen each month, but he is still winning and turning in big Fantasy stat lines. Against the lowly Braves, Sale will extend his winning streak and hit the All-Star break with 15 wins. That's impressive.
Rick Porcello, SP, Boston ($8,100 vs. TB): Porcello is a great mid-tier DFS play against the Rays. He has handled his business against the Rays this season too, going 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 13 innings and a .220 opponent batting average. He is unbeaten in four decisions over nine starts dating back to May 17, and the streak won't end Saturday.
Mike Leake, SP, St. Louis ($5,800 at MIL): Leake isn't a high-strikeout pitcher, but he'll be a great DFS play in the series finale in Milwaukee, as the Brewers strike out more than any other team in the National League. He is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings against Milwaukee over two starts while striking out 10 batters. At that rate, he is a DFS bargain, and you will be able to load up with several big bats to hit the break with a bang.
TOP DFS HITTER OF THE DAY
Nelson Cruz, OF, Seattle ($5,300 at HOU): Keuchel hasn't been fooling many this season after a stellar campaign last year. In 20 career at-bats he hasn't fooled Cruz, as he is 8-for-20 (.400) with a double, two homers, five RBI and a 1.208 OPS. It isn't a giant sample size, but with Keuchel having a subpar season and Cruz continuing the shine, things will be in the batter's favor again. Cruz leads the league with 11 homers in 98 at-bats against southpaws, too. OF Seth Smith ($3,400) is also a must-have, as he has been blistering hot lately and he has two homers in 13 ABs vs. Keuchel.
Brett Gardner, OF, N.Y. Yankees ($3,100 vs. CHW): White Sox SP Miguel Gonzalez might have changed uniforms, but that won't confuse Gardner. When Gonzalez was with the Orioles, Gardner abused him, hitting .346 (9-for-26) with four doubles and a .914 OPS. C Brian McCann ($4,100) has two homers in 14 at-bats against Gonzalez, and is also a good play Wednesday night.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($2,800 at LAD): As of Tuesday, Gonzo's salary was listed as $2,800, which looks like a mistake. Take advantage. He'll be facing Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu, who comes off the 60-day disabled list to make his first start after a serious shoulder injury. CarGo will tee off, as he has seven homers against left-handed pitching. 3B Nolan Arenado ($3,600) is hitting .300 with seven doubles, five homers, 13 RBI and a .986 OPS versus left-handed pitching and should be a big part of your DFS plans, too.
Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs (at PIT): The Cubs have tuned up Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano, as he is 0-2 with a 10.45 ERA and four homers allowed in 10.1 innings. Bryant homered against him earlier this season, as did C David Ross, SS Addison Russell and OF Matt Szczur. Bryant leads the National League with nine homers against left-handed pitching, posting a 1.006 OPS vs. LHP this season. 1B Anthony Rizzo has six homers and 17 RBI vs. southpaws in 2016, so he is another option.
David Ross, C, Chicago Cubs (at PIT): Ross launched a homer against Liriano earlier this season, and now the Cubs face another left-hander in SP Jonathon Niese. Ross has hit him well over the years, going 7-for-23 (.304) with a double, triple, two homers and 10 RBI, good for a robust 1.080 OPS. It's enough of a sample size to bank on Ross at a low price and save salary to allocate elsewhere. And remember from above the numbers of Bryant and Rizzo against lefties. A Cubs stack is again a solid strategy Saturday.
Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs (at PIT): Due to necessity caused by injuries, the Pirates are forced to use youngster LHP Steven Brault in their rotation to close out the first half. That's three lefties in a row, which means good numbers again for Bryant, Rizzo, Ross and others. Bryant is third in the NL with 19 RBI against left-handed pitching, and 2B-OF Ben Zobrist has collected 27 hits in 84 at-bats (.321) with five doubles, three homers and 20 runs scored vs. LHP this season. He is another Cubs bat you'll want in a weekend full of opposing lefties.
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