MLB DFS: Targets for 9/8

Lucas Giolito, by: Matt Kartozian - USA TODAY Sports

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Pitchers:

Lucas Giolito (CHW vs. SF)

Moneyline: -128

Over/Under: 9

FanDuel: $7,700/DraftKings: $8,300

With just three starts under his belt this season with the White Sox, Giolito has dazzled in two of them. In 14 innings combined, he only allowed one run, six hits, and struck out 14 batters. He gets the tonight’s start against the Giants, who have been one of the worst offenses this season. Vegas has this game being a close one, but if I had to choose between Giolito and the Giants’ Matt Moore, I’m going with Giolito. This will be his fourth straight start at home, at Guaranteed Rate Field (what kind of stadium name is that)? Because he’s still getting his feet wet in the majors, I think it’s to his advantage as he’s probably more comfortable pitching there and it’ll translate into maintaining his performance in his previous two starts.

 

Drew Pomeranz (BOS vs. TB)

Moneyline: -130

Over/Under: 8 1/2

FanDuel: $8,300/DraftKings: $7,700

Pomeranz has been good this season, but it seems like he’s a bit under the radar. With an ERA currently at 3.36, that puts him at 14th in the category for qualified starters. The moneyline is dependent on opposing pitcher, Chris Archers‘ health. Healthy or not, Pomeranz is my target over Archer. The Rays’ offense started the year on fire, but have since cooled. In the last 30 days, they’re still up there in strikeouts as a team, with a K-rate of 24.2%, and are 25th overall in runs scored. There are starts where Pomeranz doesn’t quite get the strikeouts we’d like, but tonight looks like he should get a K per inning. When rostering Pomeranz, look at his matchup with the Rays instead of the starting pitcher on the other team.

 

Mike Clevinger (CLE vs. BAL)

Moneyline: -158

Over/Under: 9

FanDuel: $8,400/DraftKings: $7,800

Clevinger’s been a target staple for me, so why stop now? The Indians are on a roll, and their chances of continuing it are looking good, with the Orioles sending Wade Miley to the mound. Clevinger comes into this game with back-to-back without giving up any runs in six innings per start. The Orioles have a right-handed heavy lineup, and if you look at Clevinger’s splits for this season, he’s much better against them than left-handed hitters. There’s nothing wrong with going with the team that has the hot hand, and you could be left out if you don’t have shares of Clevinger.

 

Other pitchers to target:

Max Scherzer (WAS vs. PHI) FanDuel: $11,600/DraftKings: $13,300

Luke Weaver (STL vs. PIT) FanDuel: $9,000/DraftKings: $8,400

Patrick Corbin (ARI vs. SD) FanDuel: $9,500/Draftkings: $9,500

 

Hitters:

Yan Gomes (CLE vs. BAL)

FanDuel: $3,000 (C)/DraftKings: $3,000 (C)

Sticking with Cleveland, Gomes is the catcher target that I like the most tonight. He doesn’t jump off the page, but if there’s one thing about Gomes, it’s that you’ll want to roster him when he has the platoon. Against left-handed pitchers for his career, Gomes has an ISO of .191 and slugging percentage of .470. He also comes into this game with a five-game hitting streak, and has three homeruns in his last seven games. Because of his price, he’s a slightly better play on DraftKings.

 

Matt Olson (OAK vs. HOU)

FanDuel: $3,400 (1B)/DraftKings: $4,500 (1B/OF)

Olson’s been playing first base over the last two weeks, and has moved up to the fifth spot in the lineup which is great for his opportunities at the plate. While his price has certainly come up, he rarely gets a zero in terms of fantasy points. What’s been impressive is what he’s done in the last nine games, where he’s hit seven homeruns. Surely, this power won’t last, but it could be a good way to differentiate your lineup. It’ll be a little tough to on DraftKings since his price is more elevated there, but it could be worth a shot.

 

Josh Donaldson (TOR vs. DET)

FanDuel: $3,700 (3B)/DraftKings: $5,200 (3B)

Donaldson is one of my favorite hitters tonight. The Blue Jays’ offense as a team has been disappointing this season. Donaldson and Justin Smoak have been their more consistent hitters. Luckily for DFS, we can take this day-by-day, rather than looking at an overall picture and preparing for the future. For the last couple of seasons, Donaldson has reverse splits. With the Tigers starting Buck Farmer, having some exposure to Donaldson isn’t so crazy.

 

Other hitters to target:

Brian Dozier (MIN @ KC) FanDuel: $4,400 (2B)/DraftKings: $5,000 (2B)

Ian Happ (CHC vs. MIL) FanDuel: $3,100 (2B)/DraftKings: $4,000 (2B/OF)

Adam Duvall (CIN @ NYM) FanDuel: $3,100 (OF)/DraftKings: $4,700 (OF)

 

 

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


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