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For tonight’s slate, we have 10 games and a clear cut stud pitcher in cash games (Justin Verlander), making nailing the value plays vital for success.
With that being said, here are my FanCave favorites for tonight’s slate and they both come at a discount:
3B: Kyle Seager | FD – $2,900 / DK – $4,100
While he hasn’t been very productive this season, it’s hard to pass on the opportunity that Seager has in front of himself today as he and the Mariners square off with Andrew Cashner.
Typically a tease in DFS (never truly blew up), Cashner has seen his fly-ball rate rise this season to 35.7%, his HR/9 virtually DOUBLE (1.53) and his BABIP balloon to 0.341 compared to 0.266 last season. It’s becoming very clear that 2018 is his regression season.
Seager has been a reverse-splits hitter this season, but still has a 0.202 ISO vs RHP, and posts a career 0.345 wOBA against right-handed pitching. To strengthen his case, he’s had 21 career at-bats against Cashner, posting a 0.442 wOBA with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. He’s a great way to get cheap exposure to a low-key offense with a IRT of 5 runs.
OF: Wil Myers | FD – $2,700 / DK – $4,500
The Padres are never a team that DFSers prefer to stack, but on a slate like today where value is a necessity, they find themselves in a beautiful spot, starting with leadoff man Wil Myers.
Recently reinstated from the DL, Myers’ price has yet to rise on Fanduel thanks to their delayed algorithm and gets to take advantage of lefty Cole Hamels in Globe Life Park tonight. Hamels has been better this season, but has allowed a 0.365 wOBA to right-handed hitters in Globe Life Park while also serving up 11 home runs in only 37 innings.
Myers has forever haunted left-handed pitchers when healthy, posting a career 0.324 wOBA and 0.157 ISO with a 40.3% hard-contact rating.
The Padres are only implied for 4.4 runs, but getting 5 ABs in a hitter’s park for a team that’s implied for more runs than usual is always a huge plus at this salary.