Pitching: Give me Lance and I will figure out the rest.
This is not a slate where we are going to have tough decisions on which stud to play. Lance Lynn is the highest priced pitcher due primarily to his recent dominance and the pure trash that is the Detroit lineup against righties. Lynn is averaging 12K/9 during the 2019 season and the Detroit lineup is full of right-handed hitters. The only lefties that are in the lineup for Detroit are guys like Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum, both don’t strike fear into an opposing pitcher. The lone downside to Lynn would be playing in Texas were the ball will most likely be flying out at a pretty good rate. With the Tigers high strikeout percentage, the potential of homeruns is negated by the fact that it’s likely Lynn will reach double digits.
Sneaky Stack Option: Chicago White Sox
The obvious stacks today are the Astros against Kickuchi and ofcourse both the Giants and the Rockies in Coors. The sneaky stack of the night is the Chicago White Sox versus the bipolar Jason Vargas. Vargas has had his moments of glory in both real life baseball and the fantasy side of baseball. He will make his first start for the Phillies and from the outside it looks like a great matchup with the struggling Chicago White Sox.
Vargas could be chalky in the matchup but I think that Chicago is a sneaky way to fit in the best pitchers and the highest upside one offs. Chicago has good power with Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez and the always fun to watch and start Tim Anderson. Vargas has a slight downgrade in ballpark when compared to New York, that along with a negative hard-hit percentage. This is a gamble but isn’t all DFS a gamble?
One-offs to target: AJ Pollock, Robinson Cano, Josh Donaldson and Aaron Judge.
Robinson Cano- Price play with high upside against the struggling Trevor Williams. They continue to bat Cano 4th.
AJ Pollock- .450 wOBA and a .604 slugging percentage versus lefties.
Aaron Judge- Judge is at his lowest price of the season, just $3,900 versus a lefty. Judge is struggling but a matchup with the Boston Red Sox which should light the fire for all the Yankees.
Josh Donaldson- The reverse splits for Donaldson are surprising. His inability to hit lefties is surprising as his career versus lefties is actually very strong. At just 4.3K his is worth the price.
August 2 Draftkings Lineup
P: Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers, $11,700
P: Kevin Gausman, Atlanta Braves, $8,300
C: James McCann, Chicago White Sox, $3,500
1B: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, $3,700
2B: Robinson Cano, New York Mets, $3,200
3B: Josh Donaldson, Atlanta Braves, $4,300
SS: Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox, $3,900
OF: Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox, $3,500
OF: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, $3,900
OF: AJ Pollock, Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,500