The trade deadline is like crack for seam-heads like me. It’s a non-stop information orgy up until the 4pm deadline. With players moving all over the league, contenders staking their claim in this year’s playoff race and sellers building up and hording assets for the future. Yesterday’s deadline was one of the best I could remember with names like Jon Lester, David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey, Allen Craig, and Austin Jackson finding new teams. Several of the moves had an effect on player values in our daily fantasy world going forward. With playing time opening up for some players and opportunities closing for others, it will be weeks before all this truly shakes out. With that said, we have a full slate of games to build our team from tonight, a lot of new options to mull over and money to burn.
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SP 1 – Chris Sale, $12,600: Chris Sale is like water in the desert, I need him in my life to survive. He gets the Twinkies today in Chicago. Sale’s career vs. the Twins are impressive: 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA , .94 WHIP, and 61 K’s in 56 IP. The Twins are 20th in wOBA vs. LHP and have the second worst K% at 23.2% on the road. This should all set up for a big point total from Sale.
SP 2 – Doug Fister, $7,800: One of the better buys on the pitching roster tonight is Fister. The Phillies and their road wOBA of .299 roll into the Capital tonight, and I like Fister’s high floor. I’m expecting a serious crotch punch to a putrid Phillies lineup, you know cause he’s a Fister. It also doesn’t hurt that in two career starts against Philadelphia Dougie Fist is 2-0 with 1.20 ERA and .53 WHIP.
C – Stephen Vogt, $3,800: The A’s get Jeremy “Go Deep” Guthrie tonight as the Royals kick off a three game set in Oak-town. Guthrie currently ranks 7th in HR/9 as he’s allowed an average of 1.30. So the A’s are certainly a very stackable option in GPP’s tonight. I like Vogt to bear some fruit in a home matchup against the righty Guthrie. Vogt slash line at home against righties is .352/.379/.500 and is on the right side of the platoon.
1B – Brandon Moss, $4,900: Moss is a funny player in terms of splits as he hits for power against righties and is a better contact hitter against lefties. 19 of his 23 homers have come off RHP but his average against righties is .255. His home road power splits are pretty even with 11 dongs coming at home (eww) and a dozen on the road. Where I’m going with all this is he gets Guthrie at home. Guthrie is righty who gives up homers in bunches. Moss hits homers off righties. Needless to say Moss is my DONG OF THE NIGHT!
2B – Kolten Wong, $3,900: Over the last 30 days, Wong has been a top 5 2B in our game. His wOBA over that time is .381 which is top 30 in MLB over that time. He also brings a nice speed/power tool set to the table that’s always dangerous on DraftKings. He faces Wily Peralta tonight who’s been a mess in July surrendering 5 homers in 30 innings and 4.80 ERA. Priced in the sub-$4k range has me buying some Wong. That sounded Wong! Pun points!
3B – Yangervis Solarte, $3,400: In 9 games since joining the Padres, Solarte has rediscovered his early season from. Thus far he’s hitting .324 with 2 homers, 8 RBI’s, and 8 runs in his San Diego career. He’s a cheap option at third tonight and faces the always hittable Mike Minor.
SS – Jose Ramirez, $2,500: Punt Play Alert! With Asdrubal Cabrera moving to Washington it opens up playing time for Ramirez. He’s a solid contact/speed guy at a weak position, so he could be one of the biggest benefactors from yesterday’s trade deadline. That’s as long as Cleveland keeps Francisco Lindor in Columbus.
OF 1 – Chris Coghlan, $4,000: Not many players have been hotter than Coghlan coming out of July. The Northside’s CC was the 4th best hitter according to wOBA last month, and faces Dan Haren this evening at Dodger Stadium. Haren’s ERA in July was 9.47. Seriously he had more earned runs allowed (20) than innings (19) last month. Cubs stack attack? Maybe….
OF 2 – Oscar Taveras, $3,500: With Allen Craig heading out of town Tavares is in place for immediate playing time, and took advantage of it right away by homering last night. Tavares faces Wily Peralta tonight and if you don’t know my thoughts on him you didn’t read my blurb on Kolten Wong. I mean what’s Wong with you, you skip my blurbs?
OF 3- David Peralta, $3,500: I can’t tell you why I love David Peralta but he always seems to end up in my lineups. Maybe it’s the .300 average and the sub $4K price, maybe it’s his eyes, I don’t know. More than likely it’s the fact that he rakes against righties at home (.338 BA, 2 hr’s, 11 rbi’s, .402 wOBA). He gets a righty tonight in Edinson Volquez that’s known to have some serious diarrhea starts.
As always be sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and I toast your team with slightly chilled Manischewitz.
Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz