Monday had the potential to kick off a new week in style, as DraftKings hosted a huge GPP that was just $4 to enter, yet awarded the first place finisher with a whopping $50,000.
Getting to that spot wasn’t easy, however, as some of the best hitting options – as pricey as they were – face planted in the worst way.
Suffice to say, spending up on heavy bats doesn’t always get the job done; nor does landing the elite arms. One quick look at Monday’s first place finisher tell us that.
There is no Jake Arrieta leading user mrmoores’ team to glory. The Chicago ace was a total bust for his price, and instead mrmoores rolled with Michael Pineda and Dallas Keuchel. Yeah, two pitchers from the same game, and both priced below $9k at DK.
Mrmoores also struck gold in the hitting department, finding primo values in Adrian Beltre (38 fantasy points!), Brandon Belt (22) and Angel Pagan (16). All three of those guys crushed, yet none of them were even priced over $3.6k at DK.
Value can be very key and you don’t need elite, expensive pitching to work your way up the ladder.
That value is just one way to win big, but we’ve at least got you covered there if you’re seeking out some more cheap sleepers for Tuesday’s big tourneys. Let’s get to it:
SP: Tyler Skaggs – Angels ($5.6k)
I’m not entirely sure you need to go this cheap at pitcher tonight, but maybe Skaggs works in your plans just right so you can pay top dollar at every hitting spot.
Whatever the case may be, Skaggs certainly provides value and even some interesting upside, as he gets an injury-ravaged Royals lineup that’s been pretty bad for a while now.
This is Skagg’s first MLB action since 2014, but he’s been getting ready in the minors, posting a gaudy 1.67 ERA and 45 strikeouts over just 32 innings. He could surely face plant, but the value is tough to ignore.
The good news is if you don’t want to take this dive, there is plenty of value worth looking at tonight at DraftKings. Gio Gonzalez, for one, has absolutely destroyed the Cleveland Indians in his career.
It’s tough to bet hard on Gio, of course, as he’s on the road and this year’s rendition of the Indians are pretty tough to beat. Still, he has a good history, is a talented arm and costs just $6.5k to use at DK.
You can even spike it up to the $8k range tonight, where we like Marcus Stroman a good deal. He’s at home against the shaky Padres offense and feels like a solid value.
If you want serious upside with your value, of course, consider the likes of Felix Hernandez and Chris Archer. Both have not enjoyed consistent 2016 runs, but still offer up high-end K potential if they’re on top of their games.
C: Mike Zunino – Mariners ($2.6k)
There is no denying Zunino is pretty hit or miss, as he just has never been a very efficient batter and he stinks against right-handed pitching. Tonight he gets Francisco Liriano, however, and he fares best against lefties.
That alone doesn’t give you the green light for Zunino, but he is dirt cheap, has positive splits and has come out mashing (3 homers since debuting on June 30th.
There is serious risk here, but the value and upside are quite appealing.
If you don’t want to dive for Zunino, consider Wilson Ramos or Buster Posey. Neither are cheap, but they’re passable at under $4k tonight.
1B: Chris Davis – Orioles ($3.6k)
I always am game for Crush, who just needs one swing to pay off each time out. When he’s facing a beatable lefty, all the better.
Crush seriously destroys left-handed pitching over the course of his career, plus the dude is due (hasn’t homered since July 10th). He’s at home tonight and gets the ever beatable Jorge De La Rosa, so we like his chances (and price).
2B: Ryan Schimpf – Padres ($3.5k)
Marcus Stroman stands a good chance to return value and win at home tonight against the Padres, but we’ll be hoping Schimpf fires one off on him.
It’s hard to ignore San Diego’s entire lineup, as they’re full of value and upside, especially since turning things on over the past couple of months. Schimpf has certainly been a big reason why, as he’s racked up a whopping 11 hits in his last 10 games. He delivered a goose egg his last time out, but he’s otherwise been ablaze, registering seven games of 10+ fantasy points in his last 10 contests.
Schimpf is on the road against a solid pitcher in Stroman, but being a righty (who Schimpf mashes) makes him a bit vulnerable in this matchup.
3B: Todd Frazier – White Sox ($3.2k)
Call this one a gut feel, shall we? Frazier is forever an all or nothing dong machine and he smashed one just last night for the first time since July 20th.
That July 20th smash capped a nice three-night run of homers, and there is evidence to support another streak continuing tonight. For one, Frazier is at home and he gets Kyle Hendricks, who has allowed a jack in each of his last four road games.
That alone doesn’t tell you Frazier will be dialed in, but it doesn’t hurt he’s found most of his 2016 success against right-handed hurlers. Hendricks hasn’t been missing bats at an alarming rate, either, with five or less Ks in five of his last six outings. He also has been mediocre (at best) on the road this year, giving up 18 runs and six jacks in nine such appearances.
A Todd Frazier home run isn’t a lock, but he’s in a good spot to smack one or at least avoid striking out as much as usual in this one. The value makes him worth the risk on DK.
SS: Tim Beckham – Rays ($3.1k)
Beckham is without a doubt my favorite SS value at DK tonight, seeing as he’s rather cheap and comes in hot with a hit in each of his last four games.
Let’s be a little more specific. Not only has Beckham reached safely in each of his last four games, but he’s been connecting like crazy, registering a whopping nine games in the process. That’s led to 10+ fantasy points in three of those four games and it’s tough to see his hot run ending suddenly tonight.
Bud Norris has actually been decent and the splits don’t push Beckham over the top like you’d prefer, but he’s on fire and could return solid value. Shortstop is a good spot to pay up tonight, with the likes of Carlos Correa and Manny Machado looking like fun bets.
OF: Carlos Beltran – Yankees ($3.6k)
We prefer to use the hard-hitting Beltran against a lefty (which he mashes), but he’s been plenty useful this year against right-handed pitching (batting .290, 14 homers). It helps a little that he’ll be facing the less than elite Doug Fister, who oddly sees a performance drop off when at home.
Beltran takes it to Houston against Fister tonight, and provides some interesting value based on his price. Fister has largely been reliable for the Astros in 2016, but this could be a fun spot for Beltran to tee off.
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