The Daily Diamond – 8.7.18 Core Picks – DraftKings MLB

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Good evening playmakers!! We have a huge 14 game slate tonight, and I’m going to break down 5 core plays to put in your lineups.  Always be mindful of the weather, and be sure to always check batting orders before lock. The last thing you want is to throw away your night because of a game being postponed or a last minute benching of a player. Let’s get to our Daily Diamond for August 7th, 2018….

Pitcher
P | Rich Hill | LAD | $9,500
Opponent: Oakland Athletics

                                                               Rich Hill has great upside at this price.

There is 4 higher priced options at pitcher today, and you can definitely pivot to Scherzer or Carrasco, but Hill has just as much upside and costs you $4,400 less.. Hill is in Oakland tonight, facing off against an Athletics team that really struggles with LHP. They rank 18th in the league in batting average and are top 6 in strikeouts against LHP. Hill on the other hand, is averaging 9.81 K/9 and that number jumps to 10.54 K/9 on the road. Oakland has 7 projected starters with a K% over 20%. Rich Hill has the possibility to go out and there and lay an egg, this is more of a GPP play, but he has also has the capability to go strike out 10 tonight. Hill has good stats on the year, holding a 3.63 ERA and a 3.90 xFIP. Oakland has 7 projected RHB, and on the road he is very good against RHB. Righties have a .229 average, a .396 SLG and a .294 wOBA. His lefty numbers on the road are better than that, with a .200 average, .257 SLG and a .261 wOBA. As I said above, Hill is definitely more of a GPP play, but he is going to save you money for bats, and he has a ceiling that matches the top tier pitchers tonight.

Other pitchers to consider: Carlos Carrasco (CLE) Max Scherzer (WSH) Andrew Heaney (LAA)


Infielders

1B | C.J. Cron  | TB | $4,200
Opponent: Alex Cobb (BAL)

Not very often will you see me writing up Tampa Bay Rays in my articles, and this may be the only time all year I do it. Tonight they have a great opportunity to put some runs up against Alex Cobb. Cobb struggles, owning a 5.83 ERA, 4.55 xFIP against and giving up 1.48 HR/9. He doesn’t have a lot of strikeout potential and can have issues with walks. Cron is very good against RHP, with a .235 ISO and backs that up with a .340 wOBA. He has a 118 wRC+, and has smacked 22 home runs this year. Cobb throws his fastball almost 55% of the time, and Cron can mash the fastball. He has a .423 wOBA against the pitchl. Cron has struggled with striking out this year, which have deflated his numbers, but with Cobb on the mound we can almost eliminate the K threat. He has been one of the bright spots for this Tampa team. Tampa is on the hinge of the wild card race, and they have to win games, and I look for them to score some runs tonight, with this guy leading the charge. With so many other stacks tonight with big name teams, this won’t be a very chalky play, and it’ll give you the low owned players you need to seperate yourself from the field.

3B | Eugenio Suarez | CIN | $5,300
Opponent: Jason Vargas

 

Suarez has been swinging a hot bat for the Reds.

As far as chalky goes, this will be a more popular play today. Anytime Suarez gets a lefty he is in the discussion, and then when you throw a bad lefty on the mound he jumps to the top of the list. Suarez mashes LHP. He is one of the best in the league against lefties. He has a massive 213 wRC+, .333 ISO and a .493 wOBA against southpaws. Those numbers are actually slightly better than Arenado’s numbers against LHP, just to put that in perspective. Vargas on the other hand, sucks. Righties hit him to the tune of a .329 BA, .603 SLG and a .417 wOBA. A Cincinnati stack is definitely in play tonight. Pair Suarez with Barnhart and Gennett, and you have yourself a nice little mini stack. Cincy has an implied run total of 4.4, and I do like them to put up more than 4 on Vargas alone. Have Suarez in your lineups.

Other infielders to consider: Jesus Aguilar (MIL) Rougned Odor (TEX) Francisco Lindor (CLE)

Outfielders

OF | Justin Upton | LAA | $4,200
Opponent: Jacob Turner (DET)


Upton’s price has dropped, a lot. I’m jumping all over his deflated price tonight. He has not had Trout to provide the run scoring opportunities or the safety of batting in front or behind him, and that has hurt him. Trout is still not back but that doesn’t scare me away from Upton. I think he breaks out of his slump tonight. The Tigers are sending Jacob Turner to the mound. Turner has been around since 2011, and does not have good numbers. He can’t strikeout anyone, which takes away Upton’s weakness. Turner has horrid career numbers against RHB, with a .303 BA .518 SLG and a .377 wOBA. He is making a spot start in place of Mike Fiers, who was just traded. Upton profiles well against him with a .213 ISO and a .366 wOBA against RHP. Turner relies on the sinker ball and Upton is very good against the sinker with a .373 wOBA. Upton has been better all year at home, and there is no better way to bust out of a slump than at home against a bad pitcher. With a 14 game slate, no one stack will be too chalky and the Angels could be a good stack to utilize.


OF | Shohei Ohtani | LAA | $4,400
Opponent: Jacob Turner (DET)

Ohtani will look to build on an already impressive rookie season.

Right back to Los Angeles with this one. Ohtani has been fairly consistent this year, and is quite the enigma of a player. We haven’t seen a player like him in a long time. He is a starting pitcher and a good outfielder. He has speed, power and knows how to get on base. He also thrives against RHP. He has a .328 ISO and .417 wOBA against righties this year. Turner is worse this year against LHB, having a massive .462 ISO and .514 wOBA. As stated above, he relies on the sinker, and Ohtani can hit that well, with a .373 wOBA. I like the idea of an Angels stack tonight. It’s a perfect opportunity for them to go off. Ohtani is definitely more of a GPP play, but he isn’t going to put up an egg tonight either. I’ll have some Angels in my lineups tonight.

Other outfielders to consider: Shin-Soo Choo (TEX), Starling Marte (PIT), Nelson Cruz (SEA), Joey Wendle (TB).

Trevor Raible is a resident MLB analyst for DPA. He plays both Draftkings and Fanduel. Picks are subject to change without notice. DPA and Trevor Raible are not responsible for losses accrued in playing these picks.