15-game contests are always fun. They leave a lot of room for value and profit, which is after all what we are all playing for. So, with every game up for grabs in today's DraftKings all day contest, who should be in your lineup?
Trevor Bauer @ Chicago White Sox ($11,500)
There are three big name pitchers going today. Chris Sale, Gerrit Cole, and Jacob deGrom are all on the mound and picking any of them would make a lot of sense. However, Bauer is $1,100 cheaper than deGrom, and a full $2,000 less than Sale. He has also been on something of roll of late.
While he has added to his ERA of late, it is still a very nice 2.62. He has also picked up double-digit strikeouts in four of his last five starts. The result has been that three of those games have resulted in 30+ points, and two of 39 points. That kind of return makes him an extremely sensible selection today.
Garrett Richards @ Seattle Mariners ($7,800)
Richards is continuing to have a nice season. His ERA has been falling since the start of May and sits at a very healthy 3.26 and he has a K/9 of 10.3. While he hasn't picked up a win in over a month, he has still broken the 30-point barrier once in that time. He's no guarantee to dominate, but at $7,800 he is good value.
Dylan Covey @ Cleveland Indians ($5,500)
If you are looking for a ultra-cheap second starter then Covey is the best bet. I know he is going against Bauer, so if you use both you can't get two wins, but in his five starts Covey has three games over 20 points, and two over 29. It's a risk, because the other two have been under 10, but with the Indians 18th in runs scored it isn't a bad idea if you want to load up your lineup with big bats.
Paul Goldschmidt Vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ($5,400)
Goldschmidt is back! After a rough start to the season the Diamondbacks first baseman has mashed five homers in his last 10 games, picked up 20 hits and 12 RBI. His return to form doesn't come cheap, but then again an 18-point average over the last 10 games shouldn't.
Matt Kemp Vs. Texas Rangers ($4,300)
Kemp has quietly been in good form this season. With a .333 batting average and 10 homers he has been playing well this season. He's not walking much at all, but power is power, and Kemp is relatively cheap. He's averaged 11 points per game over his last 10, which is good at this price.
Gleyber Torres Vs. Washington Nationals ($4,000)
Torres isn't in the best form right now, with just a .229 average in his last 10 games, but the rookie second baseman has been one of the most consistent bats since he came up to the big leagues. With 11 homers and 29 RBI under his belt, as well as a weak opponent on the mound, today could see him break out of his slump and as the ninth-most expensive second baseman that's not bad.