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Wander Franco, SS TB ($2,000 DK / $2,500 FD) – Talk about starting your career off with a bang! The leagues #1 prospect did just that in his first career game last night, going 2-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. He has power. He has speed. He has the minimum price on DK and a near minimum price on FD. And he has a good matchup against Richards. Expect very high ownership especially on DK where it should be near moon. Richards has a 4.36 ERA and terrible 1.61 WHIP. He has been torn apart by both lefties and righties, but lefties specifically have produced a strong .286/.345/.437 slash line against him. No-brainer play. 

Abraham Toro, 3B HOU ($2,400 DK / $2,100 FD) – Toro has been a pretty popular play since Bregman went on IL. In a span of five games since the Astros lost Bregman, Toro is hitting .421 (8-19) with a home run, a steal, five RBI, and three runs scored. Just the fact that he gets to hit in this great Astros lineup is a bonus alone. Today he gets to face Eshelman and while he pitched well in his first outing, this is still a guy with a career ERA of 5.02 through 75.1 innings at the big league level with a career FIP of 6.48 and a career HR/9 of 2.4. We get an offensive ballpark in Baltimore, where Eshelman has been even worse in his career with a 5.45 ERA, compared to a 4.54 ERA on the road. 

Jeff McNeil, 2B NYM ($3,000 DK / $2,500 FD) – McNeil hasn’t come off the IL very strong, going 0-6 in his last two games, but we know he is going to hit and he is the Mets leadoff hitter for a nice matchup with Kyle Wright, who has a career ERA of 6.09 across 68 innings in the bigs with a 1.63 WHIP, 6.37 FIP, and 1.9 HR/9. Left-handed bats have a career slash of .299/.400/.551 against Wright, compared to the .212/.350/.394 line righties have produced. McNeil has hit all three of his home runs against righties this season and he has slashed .271/.352/.458 at home, compared to .207/.313/.276 on the road. For his career he has a .313/.378/.507 slash against righties. 


Robbie Ray, SP TOR ($9,200) – This price tag is bigger than what I would normally try to include in here today, but there aren’t really any value plays on tonight’s slate for pitching. The reason I would call Ray / value play on DK is the fact that he should be the number two priced pitcher today and be around 10K, but instead he’s the number four priced pitcher and nearly a thousand dollars cheaper than he should be. Ray has been great this season, pitching to a 3.50 ERA while striking out 97 batters across 74.2 innings pitched. Today he gets a favorable matchup with the Marlins who have the fifth highest strikeout rate in baseball at 26.1-percent and that number jumps to 28.3-percent against lefties, which is the second highest in the league. Massive ceiling today. 


Michael Conforto, OF NYM ($2,500) – Conforto is expected to be activated off the IL today and rejoin the Mets starting lineup and it’s really easy to want to take a chance on him tonight in his first game back at this price. As mentioned above in McNeil’s section, Wright has been abysmal in his career and lefties have done a ton of damage against him. Conforto has a career slash of .268/.373/.505 against right-handed pitchers, averaging a home run once every 17.6 at-bats, compared to a .230/.316/.400 slash line against southpaws while averaging a home run just once every 23.4 at-bats. A McNeil/Conforto mini stack makes a lot of sense and helps save a ton of money. 

Tony Kemp, 2B OAK ($2,400) – Kemp has been really hot lately, but it seems like DFS sites (especially FanDuel) aren’t taking notice at all. In the month of June he is hitting .315 with three home runs, a steal, 12 RBI, and 16 runs scored across 17 games (15 starts). We can stretch it back even further too as he is hitting .322 since May 8, a span of 33 games. He has been great away from Oakland this season too, slashing .375/.467/.729 on the road with three of his four home runs, compared to .226/.359/.298 at home with just one home run. Today he gets to face Folty, who has a 5.59 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with the most home runs given up in the entire league with 17 long balls against. Lefties are slashing an insane .336/.400/.680 against him, compared to the .263/.296/.439 line righties have produced. Easy choice to play Kemp today.