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P- Jon Lester (vs. San Diego Padres): $12,500. Just to warn you, Monday could be a brutal day for pitching match-ups. Some of the top tier starters who find themselves on the bump have been struggling recently (Strasburg and Carrasco specifically). Lester has been very consistent this season though and he is facing a pretty mediocre offense. Over his last three starts, he has a 2-0 record, 2.29 ERA, and 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. Over the last seven days, San Diego has the worst OPS in baseball.
P- Zack Godley (vs. Atlanta Braves): $5,500. Like I said, the pitching match-ups are brutal, so I’ve decided to start a pitcher just based off of his opposing team. The Braves offense has been brutal all year long and they have been exceptionally bad over the last seven days with a .236/.305/.380 slash line. Godley hasn’t been spectacular this year, but he is coming off a very good start his last time out against the Mets. He went 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. This cheap play really opens up the rest of the offensive picks.
C- Welington Castillo (vs. Mike Foltynewicz): $3,600. Over his last 10 games, he is batting .361, with one home run, seven RBIs, .425 OBP, and a .500 slugging percentage. Folty has given up quite a few walks this month, so this could be a great source of easy points.
1B- Adrian Gonzalez (vs. Homer Bailey): Price- TBA. In 23 career at bats against Bailey, Gonzalez has 10 hits, seven of which are for extra bases, five home runs, and a .458 OBP. As of right now, the Dodgers game isn’t posted on the DraftKings website, so I’m not sure what his price will be. I will make a rational assumption and assume he will be around $4,000. That salary is a complete guess, so these picks could change as a result.
2B- Josh Harrison (vs. Doug Fister): $3,700. Fister has been struggling over his last few starts, which should be in Harrison’s favor. Over his last 10 games, Harrison is batting .341, with six RBIs, five runs, .356 OBP, and a .439 slugging percentage.
3B- Alex Bregman (vs. Jameson Taillon): $3,800. As I said in my post the other day, Bregman has been killing the ball ever since he moved up in the Astros lineup. Over his last 10 games, he is batting .356, with three home runs, .388 OBP, and a .644 slugging percentage.
SS- Dansby Swanson (vs. Zack Godley): $3,400. It won’t be much longer before Swanson’s price tag starts to rise. In his first three games in the big leagues, he has four hits. He is a great cheap play for Monday.
OF- Nelson Cruz (vs. Michael Pineda): $4,200. Over his last 10 games, Cruz has mashed the baseball with a .342 batting average, four home runs, .432 OBP, and a .711 slugging percentage.
OF- George Springer (vs. Jameson Taillon): $4,600. Yes, Taillon is a tough matchup, but it’s hard to ignore how well Springer has been seeing the baseball recently. Over his last 10 games, he is batting .405, with three home runs, 15 runs, 10 RBIs, .560 OBP, and a .784 slugging percentage. He also has 10 walks over that time period, which shows how great his plate discipline has been.
OF- Dexter Fowler (vs. Edwin Jackson): $4,700. Over his last 10 games, Fowler is batting .273, with a .415 OBP, and a .394 slugging percentage. Over Jackson’s last three starts, he has a 5.21 ERA.
Available Cash: Depends on Adrian Gonzalez’s Salary
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