I would really like to play Walker Buehler on Draft.com tonight. He hasn’t be added to their player pool, unfortunately, so he’ll have to settle for a mention in the opening. There is another hard throwing right hander going in Gerrit Cole. He’s an ok consolation prize. I’d prefer one of the top two hurlers in he and Carlos Carrasco, so consider your SP a tad earlier than normal. So put on your favorite tiger print vest and jump on the nearest microphone to belt out Twist and Shout.
Gerrit Cole, SP: Early. If you’re newer to DFS allow me to introduce you to a debate you’ll have all year. When a team that doesn’t strikeout much faces a strikeout pitcher, how do you play it? Personally, I find that narrative overblown with teams like the Angels and Giants. Their hitters are human and will strikeout from time to time. It’s harder to avoid Ks against a dominant pitcher like Cole is at the moment (15.3 SwStr% to date).
Mike Foltynewicz, SP: Middle. Folty has provided nice returns this season. That figures to continue against the bottom dwelling Reds. Their offense is ice cold at the moment posting a 68 wRC+ vs RHP. Add in Folty’s near 11 K/9 and the outlook is good for a win and plus points. Rain concerns are worth keeping an eye on as forecasts update.
Gio Gonzalez, SP: Late. If I get stuck at SP I’ll probably look Gio’s way. He striking out a decent clip and has a good offense backing him. The Giants hit LHP better, but still don’t scare me.
Chad Bettis, SP: for the gambler. I don’t think Chad Bettis is this good of a pitcher. You can tell because I wrote his full name in the body of the profile. Trouble is he’s dealing at the moment. Only one of his starts was at home, true. His feel for the changeup is excellent right now, though.
Nolan Arenado, IF: Early. Arenado came back from his suspension with a vengeance, hitting two homers since Friday. That should continue facing the lackluster Padres pitching staff.
Carlos Correa, IF: Middle. This ranking reflects his Draft projection solely. He’s my number two IF on the slate. When Correa goes on a heater he’s one of the most productive players in baseball. Against lefty Tyler Skaggs he’s a lock to do damage with his 173 wRC+ vs LHP.
Matt Chapman, IF: Late. Hopefully, your competition hasn’t listened to any baseball podcasts this week. Otherwise, they’re aware of the great start Chapman is off to. I think he continues to get overlooked today, and makes for a great way to get a piece of the Oakland lineup.
Aaron Judge, OF: Early. Judge Dredd is back with three homers in the past week. The punishment of baseballs should continue against the road weary Jake Odorizzi.
Bryce Harper, OF: Middle. It feels odd to put him in the middle slot. His low projection playing at AT&T Park make his availability probable in after the first rounds. Harper has the power to overcome the suppressing factors of the park. Anytime you can get a discount on someone with his talent it’s a sold bet to make.
Mitch Haniger, OF: Late. Maybe my season long shares influence my high opinion of Haniger. He’s a stud in my book, though. It’s a tall order to hit a home run in a fourth straight game. That doesn’t mean he won’t continue hitting the ball hard and have RBI and extra base opportunities.