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Well, guys, it has been a pretty sweet DFS year for me so far. Here is my one of my hits from a few weeks ago:
Welcome to an interesting Thursday slate that is totally devoid of aces. Chris Archer and David Price are simply shells of their former selves so fantasy owners will want to delve into the lower-tier of pitchers to make roster construction work. Luckily, there are cheap pitchers with fantastic per-dollar potential, and there are no shortage of hitters to spend up for against all the “meh” pitchers. Without further ado, let’s get to work…
Note: this article is typically based on salaries from both DraftKings (DK) and FantasyDraft (FDr)
Cubs’ Manager Joe Maddon once referred to Javier Baez as “two different hitters” depending on which handedness he was facing. What did Maddon mean by his comments? Well, at that point in his young career, Baez could mash left-handed pitchers (LHPs) but he would strike out at a significantly higher rate versus right-handed pitchers (RHPs) and he had not displayed nearly as much pop against them. Essentially, he was a great hitter in the split against lefties and a mediocre hitter against righties, making him essentially two different players in the splits. Tim Anderson is the same sort of player Maddon was referring to back in the day as Anderson owns a .403 wOBA versus LHP this season compared to just a .284 wOBA against RHP. Furthermore, Hamels is one of the slower lefties to the plate, and he has allowed a whopping 59 stolen bases against him since the beginning of the 2015 season. After yielding 16 home runs (HRs) to right-handed hitters (RHHs) in 2017, righties are once again leaving the yard at a concerning rate (1.67 HR/9) against him in 2018. Meanwhile, Anderson’s ISO against lefties sits at .306 so far this year, so he certainly possesses the power to hit one out of the yard. Although Manny Machado is certainly an appealing option at the position, Anderson is significantly cheaper across the industry, and it is always tough to find a player with a .400-plus wOBA in his current split priced at a sub-$3,000 cost on FanDuel. Take his discounted price point all the way to the bank.
NOTE: With Hamels scratched, Manny Machado and Max Moroff become the preferred plays at the position in cash games with Machado clearly rating as the superior tournament play if funds are available for him.