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There is a $50K Daily Fantasy contest Thursday on Yahoo, so be sure to play for your chance to win. To help you set your lineup, here are 10 DFS recommendations for Thursday’s slate, but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.
Zack Greinke, SP, vs. Phi (Gonzalez), $58: He’s been pretty terrific of late, sporting a 27.2 consecutive innings scoreless streak while allowing one run or fewer in 10 of his last 12 starts. The Phillies have the second-worst OPS (.650) against right-handed pitchers in baseball this season, and Los Angeles is a whopping -350 favorite Thursday, which is about as big as you’ll see in major league baseball. Greinke is worth paying for.
Cody Anderson, SP, vs. Hou (Oberholtzer), $25: He’s clearly pitched way over his head, although that could be said for anyone who’s posted a 0.76 ERA and 0.63 WHIP over three starts. Anderson has struck out just 10 batters over 23.2 innings, but he’s also walked only one while owning a 1.64 GB/FB ratio. I’m admittedly skeptical of Anderson moving forward, but he’s the cheapest pitcher available in a game with a low over/under (7.5) Thursday on a team that’s favored.
John Jaso, C, at KC (Ventura), $8: He’s reached base in nine of 11 plate appearances since returning this season. Jaso is cheap, hitting leadoff and also one of the safer catcher options since he’s been starting at designated hitter.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, vs. Phi (Gonzalez), $16: He slumped in June, which is really reflected in this price, as he has a .971 OPS in July and owns a .296/.379/.546 line against RHP this year. Meanwhile, he’s facing a pitcher who’s allowed a .489 BAA lefties, albeit in a small sample.
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, vs. Atl (Wood), $15: He’s facing a LHP and has a .340/.394/.456 line at Coors Field this season. Check the forecast in Colorado before setting your lineup, but there’s a nice opportunity to stack the Rockies if the weather cooperates.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, vs. Atl (Wood), $20: He’s actually been better on the road and against righties this year, but it’s probably safer to bet on both of those changing moving forward, and he’s been fantastic either way. Arenado is on pace to finish with 98 runs, 47 homers and 133 RBI.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, vs. Atl (Wood), $19: He’s batting .415/.426/.646 against southpaws this season and will be playing this game at Coors Field. Alex Wood has allowed a .301 BAA and a 1.49 WHIP against RHB.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, vs. Oak (Chavez), $12: Maybe there’s still some more rust to shake off, but Ellsbury’s price here looks like a bargain for someone who was drafted so early in March. He has 14 steals and 29 runs scored over 38 games played.
Ryan Raburn, OF, vs. Hou (Oberholtzer), $7: He has a .937 OPS when facing lefties this season, usually batting cleanup against them. Brett Oberholtzer has walked 15 batters over 25.1 innings against RHB.
Joc Pederson, vs. Phi (Gonzalez), $15: He’s slumped in July, but Pederson still owns an .895 OPS against righties, knocking 17 homers over 226 at bats. He’s typically been leading off (at least against RHP) for a team that leads MLB with a 114 wRC+, so the situation sure looks positive based on this price.