Today will be busy for DFS players. Not only does DraftKings have a 14-game, all day, contest on offer, but it also has two separate seven-game ones, with a 12:35pm ET start time and a 7:05pm ET start. So, if like me you are keen to play all three then we are here for you! Here are our picks for the early 12:35pm ET contest.
JA Happ Vs. Atlanta Braves ($10,100)
Corey Kluber is the ace today, but for $2,500 less you can start Happ, and that difference is more than enough for me. The veteran lefty is having one of his best seasons in the Majors. He's put up a 10.2 K/9 this year, which is his best as a full starter in MLB. He's also kept his walks under control, meaning his WHIP has been slashed to 1.07 and his ERA is a healthy 3.48. He comes into today having not allowed an earned run in his last two starts and given up just three hits.
Michael Wacha @ Philadelphia Phillies ($7,800)
The Cardinals started added nearly a whole run to his ERA with his last, abysmal, start. He went four innings, allowing 11 hitters to reach first base and three homers, which added up to eight earned runs. Even with that his ERA is just 3.24 though. He has been remarkably consistent all year, and is now at a heavily discounted price, making him a very good buy-low candidate.
Michael Fulmer @ Cincinnati Reds ($7,400)
Don't look now, but Michael Fulmer is bouncing back. He has had an up and down third season for the Tigers, which has caused concern among fans. But his last two starts have been crushing outings against good sides. He went seven against the Indians and Twins, allowing just one run in each start while punching out 11 in total. Fulmer has never been a strikeout god, but he keeps the ball in the park and has been better with his walks lately. The ERA is coming down, and before too long his price will go up. Take advantage now.
Jose Martinez @ Philadelphia Phillies ($4,900)
There are not many elite bats on offer in this contest. Jose Ramirez is the most expensive hitter at $5,300. That makes a hot hitter like Martinez all the more important. The Cardinals first baseman has five homers and 15 hits in his last 10 games, he has as many walks (5) as he does strikeouts, and 13 RBIs. He isn't a household name, but he will be soon.
Andrew McCutchen Vs. Miami Marlins ($4,100)
Cutch hasn't hit a homer in his last six games, but I would still consider him as a hot hitter. He's batting .293 in his last 10 games and is picking up points consistently. He is priced well today, and is the perfect use of money you save if you go with a Wacha-Fulmer double.
Victor Reyes @ Cincinnati Reds ($3,300)
Reyes is on fire, but he might not start. He's hit .360 in his last 10 games with two triples, six RBI, and three steals. Check the lineups before the game starts to make sure he is in, but if he is he's a perfect low-cost player that could come good for you.