Corey Kluber (CLE vs. CWS)
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FanDuel: $10,500/DraftKings: $12,600
There’s not much to choose from if you want to pay up for pitching tonight, so Kluber will be a popular target. His first start back from the DL was a gem against the A’s, and he should be able to handle the White Sox as well. Kluber already does have a complete game shutout against them this season. If you’re worried about him at all, now’s the time to roster him – when he’s pitching against an offensively weak team.
Michael Wacha (STL vs. PHI)
Over/Under: 8 1/2
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FanDuel: $7,300/DraftKings: $7,300
People who just look at game logs will see Wacha’s last three starts and pass over him. I think he’s worth a little more time than just a glance. His last three starts were against the Cubs and Dodgers, with tonight’s start against the Phillies at home. Wacha’s been able to pitch well enough against teams who aren’t expected to score many runs on a nightly basis, like the Pirates, Braves, and Giants. His record just doesn’t show it. With his price tag on both sites, he’s worth the ownership in a start that could be his best so far this season.
Ervin Santana (MIN @ SF)
FanDuel: $9,200/DraftKings: $11,000
In Santana’s starts in 2017, he’s either giving up just one earned run or five or more. Which ever the case may be, I feel he’s a cash-game play with tonight’s start against the Giants at AT&T Park. Santana won’t have to face a DH, and is pitching opposite of Matt Moore, who has been a disappointment. He’s usually good for at least six solid innings, but Santana should pitch deeper into this game and rebound from his last start.
Eric Thames (MIL @ ARI)
FanDuel: $3,000 (1B)/DraftKings: $4,800 (1B/OF)
Thames in Chase Field is hard to resist, especially with his price on FD. With his power and his walk-rate at 17.6%, he should put up some fantasy points on the board for us. We can’t overlook his .328 ISO (fourth in MLB), .596 slugging and .417 wOBA (both 10th in MLB). D-Backs pitcher, Randall Delgado, has pitched into the sixth inning with minimal damage against him, but hopefully Thames can change that tonight.
Daniel Murphy (WAS vs. TEX)
FanDuel: $3,800 (2B)/DraftKings: $4,600 (2B)
Murphy is my favorite Nationals hitter tonight, but you could definitely use their bats in a stack against Andrew Cashner. Murphy’s been hitting extremely well again this season and you can roster him against almost anyone. He doesn’t strikeout many batters, and walks are sometimes an issue. As long as Murphy and the rest of the Nationals’ bats can be patient and wait on their pitches, they should have a fine night.
Miguel Sano (MIN @ SF)
FanDuel: $4,400 (3B)/DraftKings: $5,000 (3B)
Sano at AT&T Park doesn’t sound ideal, but he can hit moonshots. Fingers crossed, that we can get one tonight against previously mentioned Giants’ pitcher, Moore. He’s able to hit homeruns in parks that are more pitcher friendly, and it’s to his advantage that he’s swings the bat from the right side in this weekend series. Sano’s splits are very similar against either handedness of pitcher, so the favoritism of his batting side has more to do with AT&T Park.
Aaron Judge (NYY vs. BAL)
FanDuel: $4,500 (OF)/DraftKings: $5,300 (OF)
Judge has been a beast this season and has been successful against the Orioles. Looking at his splits doesn’t matter right now since he’s crushing it, so a righty-righty matchup against Dylan Bundy shouldn’t be a worry. Bundy rarely has a scoreless outing and if this is the case tonight, the fantasy points need to come from somewhere and Judge is the highest priced Yankee bat for a reason.