OK, that was weak. Hopefully, our picks will be strong. Here are some of the plays in this week’s Tout Daily Contest.
Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)
Pitcher: Carlos Rodon – Bummed some of the better options are off the main slate, but I want to pay up and Rodon is in a great spot at home vs. the Athletics
Hitter: Jesus Sanchez – Weather could be an issue, but I like Sanchez batting cleanup against Josiah Gray. I’m also looking at Bobby Witt hitting sixth against Dallas Keuchel
CJ Kaltenbach (Fantasy Guru, @TheSeigeDFS)
Pitcher: Triston McKenzie – Angels have struck out more this year and he comes at a nice mid-tier price tag that can let you save money or fit in a Carlos Rodon if you want to.
Hitter: Matt Olson – Marcus Stroman has been not missing many bats this year and Olson has the power to hit it a long way if he makes good contact.
Derek Carty (RotoGrinders, @DerekCarty)
Pitcher: Carlos Rodon – THE BAT projects Carlos Rodon as the best non-deGrom pitcher in baseball, and he faces the worst offense in baseball. He’ll be chalky, but he projects for nearly 30 DK points and is a great play regardless.
Hitter: Cody Bellinger – The recency-biased “Cody Bellinger sucks now” people have quieted in recent days with Bellinger crushing, but his price hasn’t risen much. $3.2k for a good hitter in the best lineup in baseball is a steal, especially when that offense is the only one of the day to project for 6+ runs.
Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)
Pitcher: Josiah Gray – Carlos Rodon is the chalk play but Gray at $8400 faces a Miami offense that averages less than 4 runs per game. In his last 2 starts Gray has thrown 10.1 innings and allowed 4 hits, 1 run and struck out 13 batters.
Hitter: Austin Riley – Riley is 4 for his last 10 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. He faces Marcus Stroman who’s alllowed a HR is every start, 16 hits in 13.1 innings and opponents are hitting .286 against him. All this and Riley is only priced at $3800.
Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)
Pitcher: Carlos Rodon – Averaging 30.4 Fantasy Points Per Game. You have to pay up for him at $10,100, but he has a favorable home matchup tonight against Oakland.
Hitter: Owen Miller – He was tearing it up before he was hit with Covid. Taking advantage of his depressed salary at $3,400 this evening. He is batting .445 on the season.
Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)
Pitcher: Tony Gonsolin – Like the price and the DBacks have yet to hit anyone.
Hitter: Mat Olson – Nothing to add to CJ’s comment
Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)
Pitcher: Sandy Alcantara – The Nationals rank 24th in scoring and OPS. Alcantara has been great in his three starts and should be able to take advantage.
Hitter: Mookie Betts – With a .203 average, people seem to be writing him off, so I’ll expect him to have low ownership despite the fact that he’s leading off vs. the D’backs.
Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)
Pitcher: Max Fried – Great price for a guy who should have a great outing
Hitter: Austin Riley – Why is he priced so low ? The new daddy is taking Stroman deep
Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)
Pitcher: Tony Gonsolin – You ask me for miracles. I give you the Diamondbacks.
Hitter: Cody Bellinger – Still only $3.2 against Zach Davies. Seems like an auto-play to me. It also seems like I’m going to have the same plays as everyone else. Oh well.