Hope you all stayed hydrated this weekend. It would of been a travesty if you cramped up right before you submitted your DFS lineup. Also, hope your weekend ended better than it did for Marshawn Lynch (kudos to our very own Howard Bender for breaking the news). Either way we got the picks that should help you start off the week right in today’s DFS Playbook and for those of you who also play in season long leagues don’t forget to check out our MLB Weekly Preview for Week 11 of the Fantasy Baseball Season. Ok, shameless article plug over with. Time to get to Monday’s menu of daily league recommendations.
Starting Pitcher Picks of the Night
||Vogelsong's ownership should be low as many will avoid him as he is oppossed by Nats SP Stephen Strasburg (see Pitchers to fade below). Vogelson is 3-0 record over last 4 starts while allowing just six runs over that span (26.1 IP)
Has limited opponents to two or fewer runs in five of his last six starts versus some good teams over that span STL, @TOR, @LAA, COL. While Vargas has pitched better on the road than at home he has been a different pitcher over the last month, as made evident above, and NYY are struggling to score runs this month (2nd fewest among AL teams ahead of just the lowly Rays). Update: NYY Jacoby Ellsbury is not in LU which is another plus in Vargas' favor. CHECK WEATHER for this game.
*Game Has Been Postponed*
||DK GPP play only, price is too high on DS and FD for the risk involved. Countering the risk is my belief the kid goes out and deals tonight as his spot in the rotation could be on the line plus Dodgers own the 3rd lowest team OPS, wOBA, and wRC+ among NL teams vs LHP this year.
Pitcher(s) to Consider Avoiding or Fading
Fade: Nats Stephen Strasburg will be one of the top owned pitchers likely as he is coming off his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season, but he will be facing a Giants offense that has won each of Vogelsong’s last four starts and are 7-1 over his last eight starts. In addition, the Giants own the best home winning percentage of any team in baseball while Stras’ is 0-3 with a 4.80 road ERA in five starts this season compared to 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA in eight home starts. Oh, and the Giants have scored the third most total runs of any team in the National League on the year.
Top teams to stack: Blue Jays home vs Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (Besides the obvious of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion also consider Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie, Juan Francisco, and even Anthony Gose if he is in the lineup), Orioles home vs BOS RHP Jake Peavy, Reds home vs LAD RHP Dan Haren, and Sneaky Stack of the Night: Indians (see below) at TEX vs RHP Nick Martinez
||Great BvP numbers vs Twins SP Ricky Nolasco in a small sample size and all 3 of his HR's this year have come at home. Update: Not in LU
||Dude's bat is packed with enough power it doesn't matter where the Braves play but they are in Coors tonight vs a SP makingh is debut.
|Spend $ here tonight
||Use our Daily Projections page (link is below this table) click box of DFS site you are playing on, select "1B" in Pos. box, then sort by clicking on "Pts" in the heading of the table for our top projected first baseman of the night and all site prices are listed on the page as well. If you want to get fancy click on "$/Pts" if you want to find the best value among the many big time bats at the position going tonight. (Note: Miguel Cabrera day-to-day).
||6-for-18 (.333) with 2 HR in his career vs Homer happy Dan Haren and the game is in homer friendly GABP
||Continues to rake as he currently owns a six game hit streak, is hitting .394 (13-33) with 2 HR, 13 RBI and just 2 K's over his last 9 gms and his .365 season BA is tops in MLB (min. 150 PA). Obviously though, if you can afford Adrian Beltre do so (3 HR last 6 games).
||Hitting .469 (15-32) with a 1.156 OPS over his last nine games and game is in hitter friendly U.S. Cellular Field. Blue Jays Juan Francisco is you can afford to spend up some here.
||Reyes is rolling of late with a slash line of .313/.373/.435 over his last 28 games and just as good in his career vs Twins Ricky Nolasco .327/.365/.571 in a decent sample size of 52 PA
||Finding his groove as he has a slash line of .296/.358/.500 with 5 HR over his last 27 games (26 starts)
||Has 2 HR in 4 AB vs Stephen Strasburg, small sample size but sure is sexy looking. As always if you don't want to spend on Michael Morse
||See Ryan Ludwick below pairing that insight with the fact he is hitting about 100 points higher vs RHP with 3 of his 4 HR off of righties on the year.
||Hitting mashing lefties over the last 30 days to the tune of .333/.466/.548 with 5 HR and the 6th best OPS among AL hitters (min. 90 AB) over that span.
||2 HR over last 6 games and game is in Rogers Centre tonight.
||Very small sample size vs Dan Haren 5-for-9 (.556) with 2 HR but Haren has allowed at least 1 HR in each of his last 5 starts and 2 in 3 of his last 4 and again game is in homer friendly GABP
||Jacks the ball off of Cubs SP Edwin Jackson: .435 (10-23) w/ 2 HR in his career.
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