We have eleven games today with the first pitch at 7:07 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Rafael Devers and the Boston Red Sox, taking Nelson Cruz and Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay. The highest implied run totals today sit with the Toronto Blue Jays (5.9), Chicago White Sox (5.7), and New York Yankees (5.5).
The games between the Phillies and the Nationals and the Mets and Marlins have been postponed, but all of the other games shouldn’t have any weather-related issues.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 9/01/21 (using DraftKings Values)
Carlos Rodon- P ($10,100) – Rodon is an interesting buy, he strikes out 35% of the batters he faces, but at the same time he has only pitched past the fifth innings once in his last five starts. This is a great matchup going against the Pirates, and the upside for him is there in GPP games, but you may wish to look to safer waters in cash games.
Josh Donaldson– 3B ($4,000) – In Donaldson’s last four games, he has three multi-hit games with two doubles and a home run. Tonight he will face a Cubs starter in Justin Steele who has given up at least a home run in each of his last three starts and only pitched five innings once.
Amed Rosario–SS ($4,700) – After a bit of a slow week, Rosario burst out yesterday with a five-hit, two-home run game for Cleveland. He will face Jackson Kowar who is making his MLB debut tonight, so he could be in line for another good game today.
Luis Robert – OF ($4,400) – Robert has hits in six of his last seven games and in his last three games, he has two multi-hit games with two home runs and a double. He has been hitting near the top of the White Sox as well which helps his value.
Eloy Jiménez- OF ($4,900) – In Jiménez’s last five games he has four hits and two home runs. He is in a great spot in the White Sox lineup that is expected to score lots of runs tonight.
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James Kaprielian ($8,500) Kaprielian has struggled with his consistency, but he has gone at least five innings in each of his last four starts, and he has struck out as many as eight batters in those starts as well. He will be pitching in a pitchers park today, facing a Tigers team that hasn’t scored a lot of runs recently.
Gerrit Cole ($9,900) – In Cole’s last three starts he has given up just one run total while striking out 24 batters. In his last start against the Angels, he gave up just one run on two hits, while striking out nine, with that game being in New York. With this game being in Los Angeles, a great pitchers park, we should see similar results.
Kevin Gausman ($8,700) – Gausman has been very consistent for the Giants. He hasn’t given up more than three runs in any of his last five starts, and he has gone at least five innings in each of those starts outside of one injury-shortened start.
The Value Players
Max Stassi – C ($3,300) – Not only does Stassi have hits in four of his last five games, but he has a double in four of his last five games as well. Many people will shy away from the Angels today going against Cole, but if you can get a catcher who is hitting well and below 4k, you should take it.
Anthony Rizzo –1B ($3,900) – Rizzo has hits in five of his last six games, and in his last two games, he has four hits, with two doubles and a home run. He will be facing the Angels today and a starter who is making just his second MLB start.
Josh Harrison – 2B ($3,900) – Over the last three games, Harrison has been leading off for the Athletics. In those three games, he has five hits, with a double, and a steal. With him facing the Tigers today, the A’s should continue to score lots of runs, and Harrison is in a prime place to benefit.
Chicago White Sox – We discussed Robert and Jiménez, and I would look to add Leury Garcia who has been hitting lately. You can also look at Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu who have both been hitting but are also expensive.
New York Yankees – Today we are looking at Anthony Rizzo who we discussed, but also Giancarlo Stanton, and either Aaron Judge or DJ LeMahieu round out your stack.
Cleveland – With Cleveland facing a start who is making their MLB debut, they are worth taking a look at. We talked about Rosario, and you can add Myles Straw and Jose Ramirez.
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