The last day of action before the All-Star break, DraftKings has a huge fantasy baseball main slate. The 10-game slate begins at 1:35 p.m. ET.
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Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox at Minnesota twins ($9,000) – Cease is having the best season of his career, going 8-4 in 18 starts with a 2.30 ERA and 2.74 FIP while posting an impressive 13.09 K/9 rate. He has at least eight strikeouts in six of his last seven outings with 21+ DKFPs in each of those contests. He also allowed one or zero earned runs in six straight outings, racking up 53 punches in 34 2⁄3 sleeves. His positive and consistent batting makes him the best player on this roster, and the fact that he’s actually only $9,000 leaves you with plenty of salary space to fill out the rest of your roster.
Other options – Gerrit Cole ($10,500), Spencer Strider ($9,200)
Jake Odorizzi, Houston Astros versus. Oakland Athletics ($8,000) – The lowest paid pitchers on the slate each come with their own set of uncertainties. With Odorizzi, the question mark is that he has made two starts since leaving IL. The veteran looked sharp on his last outing. He produced 30.8 DKFP while throwing seven scoreless innings in that outing against Oakland, striking out seven and allowing just four hits. Odorizzi has been solid when available this season, posting a 3.38 ERA and 3.32 FIP to go along with his 4-2 record. Oakland has a MLB-worst .211 batting average and has hit the second-fewest home runs.
Other options – Corey Kluber ($7,900), Chris Flexen ($7,300)
Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves at Washington nationals ($5,600) – Riley was named a well-deserved addition to the All-Star Game on Saturday, and he celebrated by smashing his 27th homer of the season and producing 19 DKFPs. He’s homered nine in his last 16 games and has produced 14 or more DKFPs in five of his last seven games. Riley has a .284 batting average and .392 wOBA on the year and has been particularly effective against southpaws with a .464 wOBA. He should be well placed against the southpaw Josh Rogers ($6,100)who has a 4.10 ERA and 5.13 FIP while allowing 15 runs and six homers in his 26 1⁄3 sleeves.
DJ Le Mahieu, New York Yankees versus. Boston Red Sox ($5,100) – LeMahieu has hit safely in six of his last seven starts, including four multi-hit performances. Heading into Saturday, he was hitting .272 with a .345 wOBA, but he’s been back on his feet lately, hitting .333 with a home run and a .381 wOBA in his last 15 matches. LeMahieu is hitting .307 against lefties this season and has a great history against Sale Chris ($8,200)going 6 for 9 with three homers.
Other options – Gleyber Torres ($5,100), Brandon Drury ($5,000)
Carlos Santana, Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers ($3,300) – Santana was absent from the Mariners on Friday due to a family emergency, but returned and completed the home run on Saturday. Since being traded from the Royals to the Mariners, Santana has gone 13-for-54 (.241) with four homers, all of which have come in the past week. He also walked 10 times in his 15 games with Seattle to keep his wOBA above .350. Veteran is a cheap game with an advantage against Glenn Otto ($6,200) and the Rangers on Sunday.
Kyle Farmer, Cincinnati Reds at Cardinals of St. Louis ($3,000) – Farmer had a five game streak with at least 6.0 DKFP broken on Saturday, going 0 for 3 in the Reds’ loss. He was rolling before that, though, and has been very sharp this year against southpaws. Five of his six homers came against lefties, and he hit .350 AVG against them with a .447 wOBA. left handed Steven Matz ($8,700; shoulder) slated to exit IL and start its first game since late May, so Farmer is a cheap SS game worth a look based on its divisions.
Other options – Yoan Moncada ($3,500), Nolan Gorman ($3,000)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox ($6,400) – Judge hit two more home runs in Saturday’s loss to the Red Sox, bringing his season total to 33 home runs, including 20 at home at Yankee Stadium. He has incredible numbers across the board and continues to be otherworldly at home, where he has a wOBA over 0.400. He’ll face familiar foe Chris Sale on Sunday, who he’s gone 5-for-25 (.200) against with a home run in the past. Whenever he is home, he has an extremely high ceiling with exorbitant power potential.
Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Stingrays ($4,500) – Mullins is a totally different player than most other high-priced outfielders. He’s only got seven home runs this season, but he’s been very productive as he continually visits base and finds a variety of ways to contribute. He’s hitting .263 with a .314 wOBA and 18 stolen bases coming into play Saturday. It has been significantly better lately, hitting 0.298 since June 1 with a wOBA of 0.344. In his most recent 10 games, he averaged 10.2 DKFP per contest hitting .295 with a home run and two stolen bases. Baltimore’s first batter also has a good story against the opposing starter Corey Kluber ($7,900)ranging 6 for 15 (.400) with two steps.
Other options – Julio Rodríguez ($6,000), Starling Marte ($5,500)
Harold Ramírez, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles ($3,600) – Ramírez hit safely in 13 of 15 games in July, going 24-for-60 (.400) with seven doubles, one homer and nine multi-hit performances. He became a regular member of the Rays’ top roster in his freshman year at Tampa Bay and hit .329 this season with a .358 wOBA. He’s a solid and consistent mid-range option and usually finds ways to contribute.
Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles ($2,500) – Another affordable Rays outfielder who makes sense is 24-year-old rookie Josh Lowe, who hit safely in nine of his 13 starts in July with six doubles, a homer and a .245 batting average (12 in 49). Lowe is a very promising young hitter, and he looks much more ready to contribute to the Majors now after struggling to start the season after being given the starting job following Auston Matthews’ trade to the Tigers.
Other options – Dylan Carlson ($3,100), Lars Nootbar ($2,100)
Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers – The Mariners head into the all-star break and extended their winning streak to 13 with a narrow 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday. They have won 21 of their last 24 games and will look to close out the sweep on Sunday against Glenn Otto ($6,200). Otto is 4-5 with a 5.50 ERA and 5.02 FIP in his 12 starts and has allowed six homers. He actually has strong reverse splits since right-handers hit him well and averaged .292 and .367 wOBA. Whereas Julio Rodriguez ($6,000) definitely leads the charge for scorching Mariners, there are also a number of good value options available that are much cheaper. Right-handed Ty France ($4,500) and Eugenio Suarez ($4,700) are on the right side of inverted deviations while Jesse Winker ($4,200), J.P. Crawford ($4,800) and Carlos Santana (discussed above) also makes sense. There are even super-cheap games to get a piece of the Mariners mojo in. Abraham Toro ($2,600), Dylan Moore ($3,000) and Sam Haggerty ($2,300).
Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics – The Astros will face James Kaprielian ($5,300) in the rubber game of their three-game set with Athletics. In 69 innings, the 28-year-old right-hander allowed 40 runs and 13 home runs in 14 starts with a 5.09 ERA and 5.78 FIP. Both lefties and righties hit it hard, with righties having a slightly better wOBA of 0.350. Houston’s roster still not complete, but Jose Altuve ($5,500) came back to first place on Saturday and will be a good game with Alex Bregman ($4,900), Jeremy Pena ($4,900) and Kyle Tucker ($5,300) also makes sense in the upper half of the range. There is also an opportunity for value players to step up like Chas McCormick ($3,000), Jake Meyers ($2,700) and Aledmys Diaz ($3,400).
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