We’ve got another full day of baseball action on Sunday. Today’s main slate starts at 1:05 p.m. ET and features nine games to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the top studs and values at each position to help you set your lineups.
Shane Bieber, CLE vs. MIL, $11,000 – Today’s slate is loaded with high-priced starters but Bieber stands out as the best option of the bunch. He’s taking on the Milwaukee Brewers, who have been absolutely dreadful vs. right-handed pitchers this season. They’ve limped to a 75 wRC+, which is the third-worst mark in the league, and they’ve also posted the second-highest strikeout rate vs. right-handers.
Bieber isn’t someone who typically needs an invitation to rack up strikeouts – he’s pitched to a K/9 of 14.35 this season – so he obviously has immense upside in this matchup. The Brewers are also implied for just 2.7 runs, which is the lowest mark on the slate.
Other Options – Jacob deGrom ($10,500), Aaron Nola ($10,300)
Robbie Ray, TOR @ BOS, $6,600 – Ray has been nothing short of a disaster for most of the season. He’s pitched to a 7.34 ERA through his first 34 1/3 innings, and his 7.07 FIP suggests he hasn’t been particularly unlucky either. Ray has been victimized by two things in particular: walks and home runs. He’s averaged 8.39 walks and 2.62 HRs per nine innings, both of which are absolutely dreadful.
Still, Ray is always going to have some appeal for DFS because of his ability to pile up strikeouts. He’s posted a K/9 of at least 12.01 over each of the past four seasons, including a career-high 12.32 in 2020.
Ray should also benefit from his move away from the Diamondbacks. Chase Field in Arizona has historically been a hitter’s paradise and Ray has been significantly better on the road than pitching at home throughout his career. The Rodgers Centre isn’t exactly a huge upgrade but I’m sure the change of scenery was welcome for him.
Other Options – Tyler Glasnow ($8,700), Masahiro Tanaka ($7,600), Rich Hill ($7,000)
Gary Sanchez, NYY @ BAL, $4,300 – Sanchez is mired in the midst of a deep slump. He’s recorded just four hits over his last 41 at-bats and he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in yesterday’s contest. Are you excited to plug him in your lineup yet? As bad as he’s been, he still has big upside for a catcher. There simply aren’t many guys at that position with as much power as Sanchez and he has an exploitable matchup today vs. Asher Wojciechowski ($5,400). The Yankees are currently implied for 5.4 runs and Wojciechowski has allowed an average of 2.30 HRs per nine innings this season.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sanchez is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Orioles.
Other Options – Yasmani Grandal ($4,900), Christian Vazquez ($4,400)
Kurt Suzuki, WAS @ ATL, $4,100 – It’s hard to find a catcher with a premium spot in the lineup who doesn’t cost a fortune but Suzuki fits that description on today’s slate. He’s expected to bat fifth vs. Braves right-hander Josh Tomlin ($6,000), who has struggled mightily vs. right-handed batters this season. He’s allowed opposing righties to post a .369 wOBA, and they’ve also averaged 2.19 HRs per nine innings.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Suzuki is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Braves.
Other Options – Danny Jansen ($3,600), Ryan Jeffers (2,700)
Luke Voit, NYY @ BAL, $4,900 – Voit has quietly blossomed into one of the best hitters in all of baseball. He’s posted a 163 wRC+ this season and his 13 HRs are tied for the second most in the league. He was even better during the month of August, posting a 200 wRC+.
He should have no problems today vs. Wojciechowski, who has been equally bad vs. both righties and lefties this season.
Other Options – Freddie Freeman ($5,300), Miguel Sano ($5,100)
Ji-Man Choi, TB vs. MIA, $3,500 – It’s going to be really hard to look past Choi for cash games today. He’s very reasonably priced at just $3,500 and he’s expected to bat leadoff vs. Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers ($8,000). Choi has historically been at his best vs. right-handers – which is not surprising for a lefty batter – but it’s tough to pass up a leadoff batter for such a minimal salary.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Choi is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Marlins.
Other Options – Howie Kendrick ($4,100), Miguel Cabrera ($3,300)
Cavan Biggio, TOR @ BAL, $5,200 – Biggio is best known for being the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio but don’t sleep on the kid. He can definitely handle the bat and he has one of the best matchups on the slate vs. Red Sox right-hander Andrew Triggs ($4,000). Triggs has started just two games this season but he’s pitched to an astronomical 16.20 ERA over that time frame. He’s also allowed two HRs over just 3 1⁄3 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays are currently implied for a slate-high 5.8 runs and Biggio should occupy the leadoff spot in the lineup. That gives him plenty of upside in this matchup.
Other Options – DJ LeMahieu ($5,500), Mike Moustakas ($4,900)
Jonathan Schoop, DET @ MIN, $4,300 – The Tigers are an interesting team on today’s slate. On one hand, they’re implied for just 4.0 runs vs. Twins left-hander Rich Hill ($7,000), which is one of the lower marks on the slate. On the other hand, the Tigers have some guys that can do some damage vs. southpaws.
Schoop is one of those players. He hasn’t had a ton of at-bats vs. left-handers this season, but he posted a 136 wRC+ vs. left-handers in 2019. He also made a lot of hard contact vs. left-handers given his 46.8% hard-hit rate. He can definitely get the better of Hill in this matchup even if his team might struggle to score runs.
Other Options – Kevin Newman ($4,000), Joey Wendle ($3,300)
Eugenio Suarez, CIN @ PIT, $4,700 – Suarez has been uncharacteristically quiet at the plate this season. He’s struggled to rack up hits consistently, posting a .209 batting average, and his Statcast numbers are also down. He’s posted a hard-hit rate of just 33.7% this season after being among the leaders in that category in each of the past two seasons.
However, he might have turned a corner on Saturday. He clubbed three HRs in that contest and he has another exploitable matchup today vs. Chad Kuhl ($7,100). Kuhl has pitched to a 5.59 FIP this season and the Reds’ implied team total of 5.1 runs is tied for the fourth-highest mark on the slate.
Other Options – Jose Ramirez ($5,600), Yoan Moncada ($5,100)
Josh Donaldson, MIN vs. DET, $3,900 – Donaldson is basically the easiest play today. He’s cheap, he’s expected to bat second in the lineup and the Twins are implied for 5.6 runs. That’s the second-highest mark on the slate. He’s taking on Tigers right-hander Casey Mize ($5,600), who has lots of promise but has yet to put it together at the big-league level. Mize has pitched to a 6.75 ERA and 6.61 FIP, albeit over a sample size of just 10 2 ⁄ 3 innings.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Donaldson is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Tigers.
Other Options – Marwin Gonzalez ($3,500), Ke’Bryan Hayes ($2,100)
Trea Turner, WSH @ ATL, $5,700 – Turner has been hot offensively for most of the season but he’s been scorching recently. He batted .408 over the month of August and he also posted a 206 wRC+. Overall, he’s averaged 14.8 DKFP per game over his past 10 contests.
He’s also been particularly effective on the road this season. He’s posted a 198 wRC+ in that situation and he’ll be on the road for today’s contest vs. the Braves.
Other Options – Xander Bogaerts ($5,100), Gleyber Torres ($4,500)
Ehire Adrianza, MIN vs. DET, $2,600 – Adrianza is dirt-cheap considering his situation. He’s expected to bat sixth for the Twins’ potent offense and it’s hard to find a batter with a comparable salary, lineup spot and implied team total. He’s also a switch hitter, so he’ll have the splits advantage vs. Mize and whoever follows him out of the Tigers’ bullpen.
Other Options – Willy Adames ($3,900), Thairo Estrada ($2,800)
Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL vs. WAS, $5,200 – Some people may be scared off of Acuna due to his matchup vs. Patrick Corbin ($9,600) but I am not one of those people. Corbin is a solid pitcher but he has started to show some signs of regression this season. He’s pitched to a 4.10 FIP and he’s managed just 6.28 strikeouts per nine innings against right-handed batters in particular.
Acuna also continues to get better, which is exactly what you’d expect for an All-Star hitter who’s still just 22 years old. He’s posted a 167 wRC+ this season, which would be a new career high. He has struggled vs. southpaws this season but he’s had just 18 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers so far in 2020. I’m not worried about that given his 130 wRC+ vs. left-handers in 2019.
Other Options – J.D. Martinez ($5,100), Whit Merrifield ($4,900)
Victor Robles, WAS @ ATL, $2,500 – Remember when I said Donaldson was the easiest play on the slate? I lied. That designation actually belongs to Robles, who is expected to bat leadoff at just $2,500. That is insanely cheap for a leadoff hitter, particularly one with a good matchup. Just lock him into your cash game lineups and move on.
Other Options – Clint Frazier ($3,900), DJ Stewart ($2,200)
Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is mlamarca) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.