With a nine game slate upon us in DFS I wanted to pass along my plays for tonight August 2nd 2018. All prices based on Draft Kings.
Pitcher- Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves ($10,500)
Most people will be drawn to known aces Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. But with matchups against much better offenses I wanted to go with a much lesser known All-Star pitcher. Mike Foltynewicz has established himself at the top of the rotation starter. Playing in New York against a team that has been underwhelming to say the least should give Foltynewicz a better matchup to get him on track post All Star break.
In two post All Star break starts thus far Foltynewicz has struggled playing much higher level offenses of the Nationals and the Dodgers. Mike’s last start against a much more inspired Mets team on June 12th he was able to score 21.5 DK points. While you are paying a steep price at $10,500 I believe you will see a big upside and can save yourself over $1,000 when compared to the two previously mentioned aces.
SS/3B- Tim Beckham, Baltimore Orioles ($3,800)
Former prized draft pick Tim Beckham recently made a list of top 20 draft busts over the last ten years. With star Manny Machado in LA Beckham will see an increased role with the Orioles and I believe increased production. This Orioles/Rangers game looks and feels very stackable. Beckham stands out to me due to his mid-level cost and power/speed potential. Beckham’s is 3/4 in his career versus Yovanni Gallardo, while that is a small sample size I really like the exit velocity of 95.8MPH in those at bats. Not only did he hit Yovanni, those balls were destroyed.
SS/3B- Johan Carmago, Atlanta Braves ($4,100)
Carmago has been a big part of my DFS lineups this year, especially against lefties. The Braves showed that they are committed to Carmago at third base for the rest of the season by not making a move at the trade deadline. The matchup tonight vs Jason Vargas intrigues me. Carmago has shown great power against lefties slugging a ridiculous 200 points higher as a right handed batter. Vargas has also been a dumpster fire the entire season, there is no reason to think that is going to change. With Draftkings prices as high as they are playing a guy with major power upside and a low price is a need.
OF- Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers ($4,900)
The resurrection of Shin-Soo Choo is in full force in 2018, until the last 15 games. A matchup with Andrew Cashner is always a way to break a slump . Choo hits 60 points higher against righties as well as 15 point higher at home. Choo will have his chances during this game projecting to bat second. This game will be one that many pick on with the highest projected run total on the slate. I expected Choo to be a cornerstone in my lineup. I see a potential home run from him tonight.
1B- Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays ($4,100)
First base has its obvious choices. Paul Goldschmidt should be popular tonight, Joey Votto actually has some great career numbers versus Max Scherzer, Justin Bour versus a struggling Nick Pivetta is also intriguing. I am looking at Justin Smoak against the pitcher formally known as King Felix. Smoak is 6 for 10 in his career against Felix with a 95.2MPH exit velocity. He hits Felix very hard and consistently. Even though Smoak has not had the season he had in 2017 he has still been consistent with his power holding a season long ISO of .223.
Smoak’s price tag will allow you to make moves on some of the beast of the night like Mookie Betts and JD Martinez.
Mike Montgomery- Cubs
Felix Hernandez- Mariners