MLB DFS: Targets for 7/25

Can Dallas Keuchel return to his former Cy Young form in Week 5? (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

It’s a nice 11-game slate for MLB DFS tonight! It’s not necessarily a night to spend on pitching, which means you could have lots of salary to spend on hitting.

Pitchers

Dallas Keuchel (HOU vs. NYY)

Moneyline: -152

Over/Under: 7 1/2

FanDuel: $8,600/DraftKings: $8,000

Keuchel has been pitching much better as of late by stringing together six straight quality starts. Tonight, he’s pitching at home against the Yankees. Being a southpaw, Keuchel will be able to neutralize the left-handed bats if they’re in the starting lineup. This season against left-handed bats, Keuchel has only given up 0.64 HR/9 because he’s inducing a 61.2% ground ball rate.

Aaron Sanchez (TOR vs. SD)

Moneyline: -260

Over/Under: 9 1/2

FanDuel: $9,600/DraftKings: $10,900

The Blue Jays are the heaviest favorite for the win tonight against the Padres. ¬†Sanchez has been pitching great all season, and with the threat of his innings being limited, roster him while you can. In his last six starts, he’s given up 2 earned runs or less, and this includes home games and a Coors Field game. Although the Padres have been a better offensively, Sanchez has giving up just 0.14 HR/9, 0.91 WHIP, .225 wOBA, and .245 slugging, for his career against right-handed batters.

Other pitchers to consider: Justin Verlander (DET @ BOS), and Anthony DeSclafani (CIN @ SF).

Catcher

Evan Gattis (HOU vs. NYY)

FanDuel: $2,700/DraftKings: $3,200

Gattis is a streaky hitter, and with three home runs in the last two games, he’s surely a target at the position. The Astros will be facing Michael Pineda, is prone to giving up home runs. He also has slight reverse splits this season which favors Astros’ right-handed power bats. For the season against them, Pineda is giving up a slugging percentage of .492, .345 wOBA, and 1.73 HR/9.

Other catchers to consider: Matt Wieters (BAL vs. COL), James McCann (DET @ BOS), and Willson Contreras (CHC @ CWS – also outfield eligible on DraftKings).

First base

Miguel Cabrera (DET @ BOS)

FanDuel: $3,300/DraftKings: $3,800

Cabrera looks to be the play at first base because of his price on both sites where you can exceed value and use the price savings on other positions. The Tigers are in Boston and will be batting against southpaw, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz didn’t have a good outing in his first start for the Red Sox, and the Tigers have a lot of right-handed bats that you can use for a stack.

Other first basemen to consider: Paul Goldschmidt (ARI @ MIL), Edwin Encarnacion (TOR vs. SD), and Chris Carter (MIL vs. ARI).

Second base

Derek Dietrich (MIA vs. PHI)

FanDuel: $2,500/DraftKings: $2,800

There are other pricey targets at the position for tonight, but you can roster Dietrich if you’re looking to save some salary. He’ll have the platoon tonight against Jeremy Hellickson, which is definitely what you want. For his career, Dietrich against southpaws has a slugging percentage of .435, .784 OPS, .177 ISO, and .343 wOBA.

Other second basemen to consider: Rougned Odor (TEX vs. OAK), Ryan Schimpf (SD @ TOR – on DraftKings), and Neil Walker (NYM vs. STL).

Kris Bryant

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Third base

Kris Bryant (CHC @ CWS)

FanDuel: $4,800/DraftKings: $4,700 (also outfield eligible)

Bryant and the Cubs will be playing against their cross-town rivals, the White Sox. The White Sox will be sending right-hander, Miguel Gonzalez to the mound. Bryant is an excellent hitter against right-handed pitchers, so the platoon is not necessary with him. This game has a run total of 8 1/2, which is a little high for a game being pitched by Jake Arrieta,

Other third basemen to consider: Ryan Schimpf (SD @ TOR – on FanDuel), Nick Castellanos (DET @ BOS), and Manny Machado (BAL vs. COL – also shortstop eligible on DraftKings).

Shortstop

J.J. Hardy (BAL vs. COL)

FanDuel: $2,500/DraftKings: $3,600

Targeting Hardy tonight can be a way to differentiate your lineup. He’ll have the platoon against Rockies’ pitcher, Jorge De La Rosa. Hardy’s coming into this game with a four game hitting streak, and has two hits in each of them. At times, he does show some pop in his bat, which is nice for his price.

Other shortstops to consider: Marcus Semien (OAK @ TEX), Brandon Crawford (SF vs. CIN), and Alex Bregman (HOU vs. NYY – on DraftKings).

Outfield

Jose Bautista (TOR vs. SD)

FanDuel: $5,000/DraftKings: $4,400

Bautista is in line to be activated from the disabled list, and if so, makes for a high upside target because many will want to wait a game or two before rostering him. The Blue Jays are facing Padres’ right-hander, Colin Rea, who has reverse splits. In his short career against right-handed bats, Rea is giving up a .467 slugging percentage, .348 wOBA, and 1.45 HR/9.

Mike Trout (LAA @ KC) 

FanDuel: $4,100/DraftKings: $5,100

With Trout being a better hitter against right-handed pitching, he’ll be a popular target tonight against Ian Kennedy. Kennedy splits between either hitter-handedness is very similar, so batters not having the platoon doesn’t work to his advantage.

Other outfielders to consider: Giancarlo Stanton (MIA vs. PHI), Ian Desmond (TEX vs. OAK), Nomar Mazara (TEX vs. OAK), Adam Duvall (CIN @ SF), Jake Smolinski (OAK @ TEX), Adam Jones (BAL vs. COL), and Justin Upton (DET @ BOS).

Results from 7/22 targets:

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

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