Tonight we have a full slate of 15 games – which is heaven, although I have not had as much time to dig into too much detail due to a busy Saturday on horseracing. Despite Bauer getting the win for Cleveland, Gerrit Cole actually got more fantasy points due to his higher number of strikeouts, so I'll be placing a bit more focus on K% rates with pitchers going forward.
ATLANTA BRAVES (-162) MAX FRIED is one of the best pitching options on the slate (ranks 3rd) for the joint-2nd best offense, up against the 19th worst offense in Colorado. He has won 3/4 games this season, has a huge 33.8% strike-rate against lefties, so should be able to take care of hitters like Blackmon, Murphy and Tapia and has a 21.7% against righties. The 25-year old has pitched an average of 6.03 innings with an average of 13.62 Draftkings points and has a good ERA of 2.00 at home. Colorado has a fair bit of power but I expect the youngster to get the win backed by a strong offense.
HOUSTON (-135) have COLLIN MCHUGH pitching against Cleveland tonight, he strikes out Lefties at a 27.8% K% rate and righties at 34.1% but also a 35.1% at home so he goes in as a pitching option with 3 wins from 5 outings this season. He doesn't have too much to fear from Cleveland bats tonight and despite Korey Cluber pitching, he is not quite as good as he was the last few seasons. Houston offence should give him good backup to secure the win.
NEW YORK YANKEES (-110) have JAMES PAXTON pitching and up against a poor San Francisco offence. He has been averaging 23.77 Fantasy Points and has the highest L-K9 figure of 14.67 on the slate and the 2nd best Siera after Scherzer.
WASHINGTON (-185) MAX SCHERZER is just behind Fried on the Pitcher ratings, for the 7th best offense, pitching at home, facing up against the 2nd worst offense in San Diego who have one of the highest K% strike-out rates on the slate, with a poor pitcher in Matt Strahm in opposition. They should have no problem getting the win tonight and plenty of runs with a 1.38 Run Advantage.
The Accumulator pays 7.48/1 and again I recommend throwing in Trebles to cover stakes if one lets us down.
Pitchers – MAX FRIED (ATL) 8k & MAX SCHERZER (WAS) 10.4k & COLIN MCHUGH (HOU) 8k
Catchers – YADER MOLINA (STL) 3.9k & MIKE ZUNINO (TB) 4k
1st Base – JUSTIN SMOAK (TOR) 4.7k & LUKE VOIT (NYY) 4.5K
2nd Base – ROBINSON CANO (NYM) 4k, WHIT MERRIFIELD (KC) 4.9k
3rd Base – ANTHONY RENDON (WAS) 5k (if back from injury), HUNTER DOZIER (KC) 4.5k, MATT CARPENTER (STL) 4.1k
Short Stop – JORGE POLANCO (MIN) 5.1k & PAUL DEJONG (STL) 5k
Outfield – MIKE TROUT (LAA) 5.6k, EDDIE ROSARIO (MIN) 5.3k, CODY BELLINGER (LAD) 5.7k & MARCELL OZUNA (STL) 5.1k