We have eight games tonight with the first pitch at 7:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Mike Yastrzemski and the San Francisco Giants, taking on Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The highest implied run totals tonight sit with the Toronto Blue Jays (6.6), Chicago White Sox(5.3) and the Washington Nationals(5.2).
The weather for tonight’s games looks good across the board without a single game having a chance of rain above 20 percent.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 7/21/21 (using DraftKings Values)
|First Base||Paul Goldschmidt||$5,200|
|Short Stop||Gleybar Torres||$3,400|
Dylan Cease – P ($8,600) – While Cease isn’t going deep into games, he is getting lots of strikeouts. He has at least six strikeouts in each of his last five starts, and in those five starts he has only given up more than three runs once.
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B ($5,200) – Goldy is in the midst of a fifteen-game hitting streak, and he has started to hit for power in the most recent games. He has a home run in four of his last six games, and in one of the games that he didn’t hit a home run, he had a steal.
Gleyber Torres – SS ($4,000) – Torres has started to turn things around after a sub-par first half. He has a hit in six of his last seven games, and he has a double and two home runs in his last three games.
Juan Soto – OF ($5,400) – How hot is Soto right now? In his last three games, he has seven hits, two doubles, and three home runs. He won’t come cheap, but Soto is one of the best hitters in baseball, and he looks to be hitting his stride.
Starling Marte – OF ($4,000) – Marte has four straight multi-hit games. In those four games, he has three doubles, a home run, and two steals. Marte is a player who can do it at all, and considering his current streak, you are getting him at a very reasonable cost.
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Adam Wainwright ($9,300 DK) Coming into tonight, Wainwright has given up more than three runs in just one of his last five starts. He doesn’t always strike out a lot of batters but facing he does have a good chance to get the win tonight playing at home against a struggling Cubs team.
Matt Manning ($4,100) – If you’re playing a GPP tonight, Manning is worth a look. The Rangers are not hitting right now at all with a team batting average of just 0.171 in the last two weeks, and an SLG of just 0.333 in that time span as well. He comes with some risk as only three of his five starts have gone five innings or more, but at his price and given his opponents’ struggle it is a risk that could pay off.
Robbie Ray ($9,900) – Ray is one of the safer starts you can go with tonight. He hasn’t given up a run in either of his last two starts and in his previous start versus Boston he gave up three runs but struck out ten in six innings of work.
The Value Players
Josh Harrison – 3B/OF ($2,500) – Coming into today’s game, Harrison has at least a hit in five straight games and he has five doubles in his last four games. If you can get another one of those doubles tonight he will exceed his value based on his price.
Akil Baddoo – OF ($3,300) – After a hot start to the season, Baddoo is hot again. He has seven hits in his last five games, with a triple, two home runs and a steal during that stretch. We don’t often look to Detroit for offence, but Baddoo is getting it done right now.
Yadier Molina – C ($3,400) – Coming into tonight, Zimmer might be the best value in DFS. He had two home runs in his last four games, and two steals in his last five games. If you can get a steal or a home run you will greatly exceed his value, and if you only get a hit and an RBI or a run you will still be at value.
Chicago White Sox – Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu will break the bank, but you’re going to be able to balance out their cost with someone like Andrew Vaughn who is a very capable hitter, and if you only want to go with one of Anderson or Abreu, you can also go with Leury Garcia who is also fairly inexpensive and has been playing well.
Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays are probably the toughest teams to stack. At best you can get one of Vlad, Semien or Bichette, and then mix them in with some of the lower-cost players, but the other way you can go that will work much easier is taking the middle of their order, with Springer, Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez, which is expensive but won’t break the bank. They will see a starter tonight with an ERA that is nearly five, so I am willing to get back on the wagon tonight.
Washington Nationals – We have touched on Soto and Harrison, but Josh Bell is starting to hit better, and if you are able to find the budget, Trea Turner is a power/speed threat capable of putting up big numbers.
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