After a great AL Wild Card Game last night, tonight is the NL’s turn. The showdown between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies tonight could wind up being one for the ages and features great fantasy players.
Tonight is a prime opportunity to hit the jackpot in the wonderful world of DFS in both the hitting and pitching departments, and the following players should help plenty have a successful DFS evening.
Best DFS MLB pitchers for NL Wild Card Game
Tonight’s matchup features two of the better arms in the National League and if you picked either of them, it’d be easy to justify that choice.
Zack Greinke vs Colorado Rockies: $8,800 DraftKings, FPPG- 20.7
On paper, Greinke appears to be the better pitching choice. Not only did he have a great comeback year and go 17-7 with a 3.20 ERA, but he also faced Arizona five times this season and was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in those starts. Greinke also has the luxury of pitching at home tonight where he posted a 2.87 ERA and was also 13-1 on the season. He is back in ace form and tonight should be no exception.
Jon Gray @ Arizona Diamondbacks: $7,700 DraftKings, FPPG- 16.8
Gray’s home stadium is the hitter-friendly Coors Field and in spite of that, he posted a 3.67 ERA on the year. Given how the Rockies usually finished at or near the bottom of the barrel in team pitching prior to this year, that kind of number to come from a starting pitcher is almost unheard of. But Gray managed it and also won 10 games, and he would have won more had he not missed two-and-a-half months with a stress fracture in his foot.
Gray also held his own against Arizona this year, going 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts. Tonight could be a pitcher’s duel, so just which arm to gamble on is a literal coin toss.
Best DFS MLB hitters for NL Wild Card Game
There are great hitters galore available for tonight’s game, but the following are the best bet from a fantasy standpoint.
Paul Goldschmidt vs Colorado Rockies: $5,400 DraftKings, FPPG- 10.3
Goldschmidt has been touch-and-go as of late and hit just .175 with three homers and 11 RBI in September. That doesn’t take away from his having another great year overall, as he hit .297 with 36 home runs and 120 RBI. Were it not for his September slump, he would have hit over .300. There is no better time than tonight for him to break out of his cold streak and get the Diamondbacks to a well-deserved series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
J.D. Martinez vs Colorado Rockies: $5,300 DraftKings, FPPG- 10.5
Martinez has been so good since being traded to Arizona that it’s practically unfair. He hit 45 home runs in just 119 games this year, including 29 in just 62 games with the Diamondbacks. Martinez also joined the history books in hitting four home runs in a game this year and hit .478 with three homers and nine RBI against the Rockies. Throw in that he hit .355 at home for the year, and he becomes all the more great a pick.
Charlie Blackmon @ Arizona Diamondbacks: $5,200 DraftKings, FPPG- 10.9
Blackmon did practically everything this year. He won the NL batting title. He slugged 37 home runs. He set a record with 104 RBI as a leadoff man. He hit a respectable .276 on the road compared to .391 at home, proving that he didn’t need Coors Field to be effective. Look for him to further solidify his case for NL MVP in tonight’s game.
Nolan Arenado @ Arizona Diamondbacks: $5,100 DraftKings, FPPG- 9.6
Blackmon’s fantastic season meant that Arenado was left in the shadows, but that makes him all the more dangerous a hitter. He slugged 37 home runs with 130 RBI and hit a career-high .309 in 2017, further establishing himself as one of the most dangerous power bats in the game. Arenado hit a modest .262 against Arizona this year, but also drove in 11 runs against the Snakes. In a playoff game, he’ll be fully locked in and ready to dominate at the plate, maybe even more than Blackmon.
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