Welcome into the Thursday edition of the FanDuel daily fantasy baseball column! We have nine games on hand for tonight’s slate.
Last night was another good night for our little band of merry daily fantasy players! Are we making any type of hug money in the tournaments? Not really but it’s about consistency. We’re winning at a pretty solid clip and my bankroll is healthier than it was a couple weeks ago. I missed on James Paxton but I did wind up changing to Ross Stripling, who was dominant once again last night. Let’s keep the good times rolling tonight!
Yankees at Orioles
Yankees Probable Starter – Sonny Gray, RHP
5.98 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 18.6 strikeout rate
Vs LHH – .240 average, .306 wOBA, 28.2 fly ball rate and 35.1 hard contact rate
Vs RHH – .312 average, .397 wOBA, 34.5 fly ball rate and 35.6 hard contact rate
If the splits hold up in this matchup, it could be a long day for Gray and the Yanks. They have righties for days and that’s where Gray has struggled most so far. He’s given up three or more runs in six out of 10 starts this year and it’s hard to believe he’ll shut down the Orioles tonight. There’s always a concern that Gray could just ground ball this lineup to death but I certainly have some interest in the Baltimore bats tonight. Other than Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo and Danny Valencia really catch my eye at $2,700 and $2,500 respectively. Gray is nothing more than a GPP dart throw until he shows some type of consistency.
Orioles Hitters to Target
Elite Options – Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo
Secondary Options -Danny Valencia, Adam Jones
Orioles Probable Starter – Andrew Cashner, RHP
5.07 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 19.7 strikeout rate
Vs LHH – .267 average, .378 wOBA, 48.8 fly ball rate and 32.9 hard contact rate
Vs RHH – .311 average, .387 wOBA, 29.7 fly ball rate and 35.9 hard contact rate
If the Orioles are in a decent spot, the Yankees are in a better one on paper, especially the lefties if you look at the fly ball rate. I don’t make a habit of playing any pitcher against New York and tonight won’t be an exception. Cashner does have a 40 point effort this season that came in New York but I would expect that to be a fluke, not the normal. I wouldn’t talk you out of too many options here but perhaps my favorite is Greg Bird. He’s still finding his groove after returning from another injury but he’s hitting between Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. He’s also a lefty who has plenty of power. Just about anyone from the Yankee lineup is viable tonight, especially towards the top of the order.
Yankees Hitters to Target
Elite Options – Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres
Secondary Options – Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez
Home Run Pick – The balls could really fly in this game so I’ll go with Bird and Trumbo