Many daily fantasy gamers will be spending a large sum of money tonight on starting pitching. However, I advise against that. There are solid options that won’t handicap your salary and will allow you to spend on some big bats.
One name all owners should try and fit into their lineup is Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman. He will cost a whopping $5,800 on Draft Kings, but he is worth it. The early season MVP candidate is coming off a series where he killed the Mets, something he has done throughout his career. On the season Freeman is batting .397 with five home runs and 14 RBI. Perhaps the most encouraging stat is he has 10 walks this year, while only striking out nine times.
Tonight Freeman will look to continue his hot streak against Tom Koehler and the Marlins. Despite Koehler’s 1.89 ERA he should not intimidate any owners, especially since Freeman has feasted on him in the past. In his career against Koehler, Freeman is 4-for-6 with a double and somehow, a triple. That hot hitting should continue tonight as Freeman returns to his cozy confides in Atlanta.
Rounding out the lineup:
Catcher: Travis d’Arnaud, $2,500
This is a punt, but versing the inexperienced soft tossing left hander Tyler Lyons could turn out to be a gift for the slumping d’Arnaud.
Second base: Jason Kipnis, $4,900
Kipnis has owned Guthrie in his career, going 6-for-11 against him with one long ball. This game should get him back on track.
Third Base: David Wright, $4,500
Wright has been seeing the ball great, coming in on an 11-game hitting streak and recording seven hits in his past two games. His power has been down, but that’s nothing a soft tossing lefty can’t fix.
Shortstop: Danny Espinosa, $3,000
Espinosa has played well since finding himself in the starting lineup. He should be able to find his way on base tonight against the command riddled Garrett Richards.