Here are ten recommended DFS plays for Wednesday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.
Jacob deGrom, SP, vs. COL (De La Rosa), $56: Someone on Twitter asked me if I were worried about deGrom wearing down, a question that surprised me. When does deGrom pitch poorly? He’s made four starts in the second half and they’ve been the high level we expect: 2.08 ERA, 0.77 WHIP. His home ERA is 1.60, for crying out loud, and everyone knows you want to attack the Colorado offense at sea level. The Hair Apparent will not let you down.
R.A. Dickey, SP, vs. OAK (Brooks), $25: This is how I roll in Yahoo DFS – one ace, one hyperspace. As erratic as the knuckleball can be at times, let’s credit Dickey for the roll he’s been on (2.59 ERA over his last 13 starts). He’s a healthy -188 favorite here, but we don’t have to pay up in the Yahoo game.
John Jaso, C, vs. ATL (Wisler), $14: The Rays like Jaso in the leadoff spot, so you probably gain an extra at-bat over the average catcher. Matt Wisler is still trying to figure out lefties – they’re enjoying a .333/.402/.583 barrage against him. Take me to the catwalk.
Prince Fielder, 1B, at Min (Pelfrey), $17: After a mild dip in July, Fielder’s bat is back in fine form, rocking a .921 OPS in August. Fielder has a silly .364/.428/.523 slash line against righties this year, and Mike Pelfrey is not someone who misses a lot of bats.
Ivan DeJesus, 2B, at SD (Shields), $7: Because I want a couple of name-brand outfielders, I need to cut corners somewhere. DeJesus turns into a punt play, not that he’s completely worthless with a bat in his hand (.276, four homers over 105 at-bats).
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, vs. TEX (Martinez), $10: Another budget-conscious pick, but this is why I love playing Yahoo DFS – it’s not too easy to load up on the studs. Plouffe’s best game comes out against lefties, so we have to swallow the platoon deficit, but the Nick Martinez Regression Tour should offset some of that.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, at MIA (Conley), $14: It’s been such a mess with the Olde Towne Team you might be overlooking the progress of Bogaerts. He’s settled in as the team’s No. 3 hitter, and he absolutely crushes left-handed pitching (.398/.435/.509). I expect a high ownership level, but that’s not going to deter me.
Billy Hamilton, OF, vs. SD (Shields), $13: It’s difficult to dial up Hamilton when he’s buried in the lineup, but now that he’s confirmed to bat leadoff for Wednesday, the equation changes. James Shields isn’t a major deterrent to the stolen-base game, and if Hamilton can find his way to first, he’ll likely try for second.
Mike Trout, OF, at CHW (Danks), $23: The league average for RHBs against Jon Danks is a zesty .872 OPS; no way I sit this one out. Trout’s quiet August should come to an end Wednesday. Danks, you're welcome.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, vs. DET (Norris), $20: Cain is a fine player in normal situations, but he turns into a demigod against lefties (.362/.428/.608). And it’s possible Daniel Norris is not ready for prime time; he didn’t look sharp in his last turn against Boston (3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R).