Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer were the only pitchers pegged twice by the Touts as Period 2 draws to a close. Three more Golden Tickets are on the line, with a tight battle for all three spots.
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Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)
Pitcher: Kevin Gausman – I need a golden ticket miracle tonight, so I have to go cheap and roll with Kevin Gausman at $7,200. He’s pitched well this season with a 4-0 record, and 1.66 ERA, and a 0.80 WHIP. He also has more strikeouts than innings pitched.
Hitter: J.D. Martinez – This is an interesting game tonight with the Red Sox at home, taking on the Atlanta Braves. In his past 10 games played, Martinez has 2 home runs and 5 RBI. I like him at $5,800 tonight.
Derek Carty (RotoGrinders, @DerekCarty)
Pitcher: Max Scherzer – With deGrom likely to be limited, Scherzer is the clear top option tonight. He faces a depleted Reds offense (Votto, Senzel, Moose all on the IL) that is rolling out with several dead spots and plenty of extra strikeouts. They take a big park hit, and Scherzer has the longest leash on the slate.
Hitter: Amed Rosario – Skubal is the worst pitcher on the slate and this game has the second best hitting weather. Rosario is hitting second, will hold the platoon advantage, and gets a SB boost against a pitcher that is easily exploitable on the base paths.
Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643)
Pitcher: Aaron Civale – I’m saving a bit of money here with Civale. He gets an easy matchup against the Tigers in Detroit. Cleveland, typically, lets their starters go pretty far into games and the Tigers are an easy target.
Hitter: Amed Rosario – In the past 10 games, Rosario has hit .316 with two double and two stolen bases. While I like Skubal for the long-term, give a red-hot hitter against a younger pitcher still trying to figure things out.
Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)
Pitcher: Jacob DeGrom – calculated risk since he’ll probably be on pitch count coming off DL, but that might keep others from using him. hopefully 6 plus scoreless innings with 10 plus K’s against week Rockies road offense!
Hitter: Mitch Haniger –
Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn)
Pitcher: Kevin Gausman – His Draftkings price of $7,200 is the 15th-highest among pitchers even though he’s averaging the third-most points. Huh? Gausman is a no-brainer pick.
Hitter: Aaron Judge – Judge has torched southpaws this year to the tune of a .400/.689/1.189 slash line and he gets to face an inconsistent Steven Matz.
Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)
Pitcher: Max Scherzer – So many holes in that Reds lineup … I’ll pay the freight for vintage Max tonight.
Hitter: Adalberto Mondesi – I’ve been waiting all year to get him in my season-long lineups. At a mere $2500, he seems like a fantastic bargain — even from the No. 7 spot.
Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)
Pitcher: Cole Irvin – Hail Mary time — going doubly cheap at SP. Irvin’s punchies have faded lately, but the Mariners fan a ton. As do the Tigers, hence Aaron Civale as well
Hitter: Alex Verdugo – Screw it, having some fun tonight, even though I expect Morton to pitch well, going to pigpile Boston bats and Verdugo is best bargain.
Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)
Pitcher: Corbin Burnes – I run the risk of Tatis tattooing one, but no Grisham or Machado, and I get a relative discount at $9.1K on this loaded SP slate.
Hitter: Luke Voit – Voit against a recently struggling lefty in Steven Matz for $4K seems like a pretty good price to me.