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Lineup advice for Padres-Dodgers Showdown

We break down ideal picks for Monday’s Padres-Dodgers matchup.

Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field following the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-3. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The San Diego Padres Los Angeles Dodgers will play Monday at 9:40 p.m. ET. Righty Garrett Richards will head to L.A. to take on righty Dustin May. DraftKings will have Showdown DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal lineup strategy below, and you can play here.

UPDATE: Richards will start on Tuesday. The righty Luis Perdomo will start and likely will only go a few innings.

Captain’s Picks

Dustin May, P, Dodgers: $15,300

May is only a GPP play for me tonight, as he’s still quite young and the Padres are hitting extremely well this season. But, we’ve already seen May pitch well against them in his last start. Six days ago, May gave up three hits and two earned runs through six innings at San Diego, striking out eight. A repeat performance would easily make him worth the Captain’s spot tonight.

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres: $15,300

You can’t get much hotter than Tatis right now. If Hansel saw him on the runway, he’d run away. Tatis has only gone hitless in one game this season while knocking out eight homers, with five in his last four games. He’s already hit two home runs against the Dodgers through 11 at bats, including a double off May in his strong performance last time out. He has 18 RBIs despite leading off and his numbers so far have been something from a fantasy baseball fan fiction novel.

Utility Picks

Edwin Rios, 1B/3B, Dodgers: $4,800

Rios isn’t getting many starts, but in his last four, he has three home runs and a double. He’s only going to see starts against righties and could be taken out against lefty relievers, but he’s making the most of his at bats if he’s in the lineup.

Joc Pederson, OF, Team: $8,400

Garrett Richards has allowed 14 hits, two homers and eight earned runs through three starts and 15.2 innings. Joc Pederson took him deep five days ago and then went yard again against reliever Patino. Richards isn’t an easy pitcher to hit in his career, but he hasn’t shown much since returning from Tommy John surgery late last season.