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Pitching is very thin tonight, but Lester finds himself in a good situation on the other side of Chicago. He had a career bad start a couple starts ago against the Pirates, but has seem to gone back to his own ways as off late, posting 46 and 58 fantasy points in his last two starts. He is the highest favorite tonight and the obvious cash game play at pitcher. Expect Lester to be around 70% owned and up tonight.
Like pitching, the catching position is very thin tonight as well. This is a spot where I want to save some salary for those Cubs bats again, just like yesterday. Ramos has a favorable matchup tonight against Sabathia. This game is the only worry for rain, but should be able to play through. Ramos is a great punt play in my eyes and could get himself a couple of base knocks tonight batting in the heart of that Rays lineup.
The question tonight isn’t if you’re going to have 4 Cubs stacked in, it’s the question of which Cubs you are going to put in. Rizzo is the obvious play at first base again tonight just like last night. Rizzo should find himself on base a bunch tonight against Mike Pelfrey and the White Sox.
Anytime a pitcher is called up in a desperate situation, I LOVE to pick on them. Not only are the Mets desperate with Wheeler on the bench, but they are very far out of the title race and want to see some young guys throw. They are throwing out Chris Flexin from Double A tonight. Now I know that these are the Padres, but they are still major league hitters and are all very affordable. I love Carlos Asuaje tonight batting second for this Padres team because of his matchup and his price tag. Asuaje is batting .310 since being called up and should have a very good chance of getting 5 at-bats tonight against a banged up Mets team.
Like Rizzo, Bryant is an obvious cash pick tonight, batting second for a Cubs team that knows how to score. Bryant disappointed most DFS players last night until his last at-bat when he doubled and accrued a respectable amount of fantasy points. The only issue is, expect Rizzo and Bryant to be 75%+ owned tonight again. Just roster them and move on.
Paul DeJong is on fire as of late! He is arguably one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now and should continue the trend tonight against Zack Godley. DeJong is on a 6 game hitting streak while having 9 hits throughout those games. DeJong has also smashed an outstanding 4 home-runs during these last 6 games. You would think that his price of have gone up a little bit during this hit streak, but it’s still at a very affordable $3,100. Lock DeJong into your cash games tonight.
Schwarber is the fourth and final Cub in my cash lineup tonight. He is in here for the same reasons as Rizzo and Bryant. He is in a great spot in the middle of this Cubs lineup and draws a great matchup at a very cheap price. Lock him in and move on like all the other Cubs players.
Margot is a young and talented player for this Padres team. I like a pairing of him and Asuaje at the top of this Padres lineup tonight. They should each get 5 at-bats and be very active on the base paths. The debut of Flexen means he is going to have some jitters and will most likely be leaving the ball of the plate at times. Also, don’t be surprised if the Padres try to run on Flexen as well tonight. At under 3K, Margot brings great value to your cash team.
Duvall may be my favorite play of the night tonight. He draws a fantastic matchup against the unexperienced lefty, O’Grady of the Marlins. He has a 5.40 ERA and should see that go up after tonight. Duvall is hitting in the middle of a dangerous Reds offense tonight. I think Duvall has the best chance to go deep out of anyone tonight. At a very affordable price for his offense output, lock in Duvall.
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