MLB DFS: Targets for 7/22

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It’s a full slate of MLB games, and it should be a fun night for MLB DFS! There are a lot of pitchers in interesting spots to choose from, as well as many hitters to target.

Pitchers

Gerrit Cole (PIT vs. PHI)

Moneyline: -230

Over/Under: 8

FanDuel: $8,500/DraftKings: $7,400

It’s hard to say how Cole will do in just his second start off the DL, but his price and opponent warrant some consideration. Tied as the biggest favorite for the win tonight with Tanner Roark, Cole will bitch against the Phillies at home. The ball park is ideal, and the Phillies are one of the worst offenses in the league. With the risk of not knowing how deep Cole will pitch into a game, he’s more of a GPP play on a single pitcher site like FanDuel, or easier to swallow as a number two starter on DraftKings.

Michael Fulmer (DET @ CWS)

Moneyline: -165

Over/Under: 9

FanDuel: $8,500/DraftKings: $11,700

Overnight, the moneyline on this game went from -150 to -165, with the run total dropping by 1/2 a run. I really like Fulmer, and he’s been solid since being called up this season. The White Sox are 25th in the league There is a huge gap in pricing between FanDuel and DraftKings, so choose wisely, especially with a Coors Field game and other high priced hitters you may want.

Other pitchers to consider: Madison Bumgarner (SF @ NYY), Adam Conley (MIA vs. NYM), and Matt Shoemaker (LAA @ HOU).

Catchers

Victor Martinez (DET @ CWS)

FanDuel: $3,900/DraftKings: $3,400 (first base eligible)

The White Sox are sending Jacob Turner to the mound for only his second game start of the season, the first of which he did not do well. Tigers may end up being a popular stack, and on a night where there aren’t many catchers you want to pay up for, Martinez is a high-priced target on FanDuel. You can roster him on DraftKings at first base as well to save a little and spend elsewhere.

Other catchers to consider: Russell Martin (TOR vs. SEA), Willson Contreras (CHC @ MIL), and Robinson Chirinos (TEX @ KC).

First base

Joey Votto (CIN vs. ARI)

FanDuel: $4,200/DraftKings: $4,700

Votto had a rough start to the season, but since June 1st, he’s batting with an average of .346, slugging .566, with an ISO of .221, and wOBA of .450. He’ll have the platoon tonight and bat second against Archie Bradley. With this game being at Great American Ball Park, we should see a high number of runs scored. Bradley against left-handed bats for the season has done significantly worse by giving up an OBP of .375, .508 slugging, .371 wOBA, 5.4 BB/9, and 1.42 HR/9.

Other first basemen to consider: Anthony Rizzo (CHC @ MIL), David Ortiz (BOS vs. MIN), and Miguel Cabrera (DET @ CWS).

Second base

Daniel Murphy (WAS vs. SD)

FanDuel: $3,600/DraftKings: $4,900

Murphy is having an awesome season at the plate. The Nationals are at home tonight and facing Padres’ righty, Luis Perdomo. Murphy has the advantage with the platoon, as Perdomo is giving up 2.14 HR/9 to left-handed batters, who also have a hard hit rate at 41.5%.

Other second basemen to consider: Derek Dietrich (MIA vs. NYM), Jace Peterson (ATL @ COL), and Logan Forsythe (TB @ OAK).

Third base

Ryan Schimpf (SD @ WAS)

FanDuel: $2,200/DraftKings: $3,200 (second base eligible)

At near minimum salary on FanDuel, Schimpf will be in a lot of lineups. Don’t let his batting average (.231) fool you. For his price, you can afford his upside. He has 18 hits but 14 of those are extra base hits, resulting in a .603 slugging percentage. You definitely want him if he has the platoon, and we have that tonight against Tanner Roark. Against right-handed pitching, Schimpf has an OPS of .968, .382 ISO, and .401 wOBA.

Other third basemen to consider: Josh Donaldson (TOR vs. SEA), Kris Bryant (CHC @ MIL – also outfield eligible), and Evan Longoria (TB @ OAK).

Troy Tulowitzki

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki (TOR vs. SEA)

FanDuel: $3,200/DraftKings: $3,300

Since coming back from the DL on June 18th, Tulowitzki has been better at the plate, with an OBP of .355, .584 slugging percentage, .277 ISO, and .394 wOBA. He currently has a six-game hitting streak as well. The Blue Jays are at home facing Mariners’ southpaw, James Paxton, so Tulo will have the platoon.

Other shortstops to consider: Trevor Story (COL vs. ATL), Brandon Crawford (SF @ NYY), and Francisco Lindor (CLE @ BAL).

Outfield

Tyler Naquin (CLE @ BAL)

FanDuel: $3,400/DraftKings: $4,800

Naquin is surely having himself a season so far. The Indians are in the top 10 in many offense categories, and Naquin has been a surprise contributor to those numbers. He’ll have the platoon against Orioles’ prospect, Dylan Bundy. Naquin is in a better park to hit with this game being at Camden Yards. Maybe a little pricey on DraftKings, he makes for a really good mid-priced target on FanDuel.

Charlie Blackmon (COL vs. ATL)

FanDuel: $4,000/DraftKings: $4,700

It’s like deja vu all over again with Julio Teheran and Jon Gray both facing off, but this time at Coors Field. With their last outings being such a pitcher’s duel, rostering hitters from either team may not be so easy. If this game ends up being low scoring, Blackmon is the Rockies’ hitter that I want since he’ll be leading off. As expected, Blackmon has better numbers against right-handed pitchers, Teheran doesn’t do as well against left-handed bats.

Other outfielders to consider: Mike Trout (LAA @ HOU), Bryce Harper (WAS vs. SD), Carlos Gonzalez (COL vs. ATL), Miguel Sano (MIN @ BOS), Adam Duvall (CIN vs. ARI), Jay Bruce (CIN vs. ARI), and Steven Souza (TB @ OAK).

Results from 7/18 targets:

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Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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