DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Monday 6/10/19
Every day is unique for daily fantasy baseball, which is both a blessing and a challenge. Although we can’t simply plug and play our favorite studs day in and day out, each slate presents us with a chance for a new gem to vault us up the leaderboards.
Through the use of numberFire’s tools, we can better identify the players primed to succeed each day, making the process of filling out a lineup just that much easier. In addition to our custom optimal lineups, you can check out our batting and pitching heat maps, which show the pieces in the best spot to succeed on that slate. Put on the finishing touches with our games and lineups page to see who's hitting where and what the weather looks like, and you'll have yourself a snazzy looking team to put up some big point totals.
Which names stand out for today on the DraftKings main slate? Let’s check it out, starting with the pitchers.
Pitchers to Target
Chris Sale ($10,900 on DraftKings): Chris Sale has been great this season. He has a slate-best 34.9 percent strikeout rate along with a 2.91 SIERA. He has a 3.84 ERA on the year, which should come down over time with how good his SIERA is. He draws a home matchup against a Texas Rangers team that isn't great against left-handed pitching. The Rangers have a 26.4 percent strikeout rate versus southpaws, the fourth-highest in the Majors, along with a .310 wOBA in the split, which ranks just 18th.
Charlie Morton ($9,900): The second-best strikeout generator on the slate is Tampa Bay Rays' right-hander Charlie Morton. He comes in a hair under $10,000 on DraftKings, but his results speak for themself this season. With an elite 30.4 percent strikeout rate and a very good 32.4 percent hard-hit rate, the only issue with Morton is his ugly 9.0 percent walk rate. While Morton is facing an Oakland Athletics team that strikes out only 20.9 percent of the time against right-handed pitchers, Oakland's .308 wOBA isn't something to fear.
Michael Wacha ($6,000): This is one of those situations where you're just hoping Michael Wacha doesn't bomb. He's only $6,000 and has been good in the past, though he's been poor recently. He's got one of the best matchups there is as he takes on the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have a 25.1 percent strikeout rate against right-handed pitching, and they also have a league-worst .282 wOBA in the split. Wacha has been pretty terrible this year, but if he can just get you to double-digit DraftKings points with a chance to pick up the win, you'll take it. He has reached double-digit DraftKings points in only six of his 11 starts, so there is definitely no guarantee here, but the savings allow you to load up on Coors Field.
Hitters to Target
Charlie Blackmon ($5,800): A home matchup in Coors Field against the struggling Yu Darvish is a great spot to be in. Darvish has really struggled with control this season as his slate-worst 14.9 percent walk rate would indicate, and free passes spell trouble in Denver. Blackmon has smashed right-handed pitching this season with a .411 wOBA and .277 ISO.
Anthony Rendon ($5,600): Anthony Rendon has been among the best hitters in baseball this year, especially against right-handed pitching. His .432 wOBA and .326 ISO in the split show the incredible amount of power he brings to the plate each and every night. The Chicago White Sox are giving the ball to Odrisamer Despaigne -- a pitcher making his first start of the season. He was terrible in 2018 with a horrendous 38.6 percent hard-hit rate and a 32.1 percent line-drive rate, and the Washington Nationals' offense should thrive tonight.
David Peralta ($4,600): Jerad Eickhoff has really struggled this season for the Philadelphia Phillies. He has put up a 4.40 SIERA and is being aided by a .252 BABIP. Additionally, he has given up a slate-worst 42.2 percent hard-hit rate and 45.0 percent fly-ball rate. David Peralta has hammered right-handed pitching this season to the tune of a .389 wOBA and .267 ISO -- similar numbers to his .398 wOBA and .251 ISO in the split from 2018.
Justin Turner ($3,900): This is an interesting case as Justin Turner has an elite .392 wOBA versus righties this season but isn't giving us much pop with a terrible .108 ISO. He'll take on Los Angeles Angels right-hander Griffin Canning -- a pitcher who has given up some hard-contact (37.3 percent hard-hit rate and a slate-worst 47.1 percent fly-ball rate). The Los Angeles Dodgers' lefties will likely see some ownership, but Turner could fly under the radar a bit.
Eloy Jimenez ($3,300): The White Sox's rookie has certainly had his fair share of struggles this season, but Eloy Jimenez has put up solid numbers against right-handed pitching, including a .230 ISO. He's facing Washington Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez, and despite a hot stretch of late, Anibal has been pretty bad in 2019. He's given up a 26.6 percent line-drive rate and 41.6 percent fly-ball rate while struggling with control (11.2 percent walk rate).
Carlos Gonzalez ($3,100): This is a very cheap price for a hitter who should be in the starting lineup for a game in Coors Field. If CarGo gets into the starting nine for the Chicago Cubs tonight, he'll bring with him some great career-long numbers in Coors Field, where he's hit for a .328 average and .605 slugging percentage (compared to his overall career marks of a .285 average and .501 slugging percentage). German Marquez can generate whiffs, but he is a pitcher who has struggled suppressing hard contact (38.0 percent hard-hit rate).
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