Today begins a new era in DFS articles for me at FakeTeams. I will no longer be building lineups with pricing, and what not on Mondays, due to shorter schedules. I will be dividing the article in to two sections. The one section will cover cash games (50/50 and heads up), the other section will cover GPP (tournaments). It might be a little confusing at times, but I feel as if half way through the season you guys are already comfortable building lineups. If you guys prefer this format for everyday, just leave a comment.
GPP: Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays - I like Odorozzi a lot for tournaments due to his high strikeout rate. Today he takes on a Brewers team that is very right handed heavy. Odorizzi can out earn some of the big name guys tonight, and should save you about $2000-$3000.
Cash Games: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers - Darvish has been lights out this season at home, with a 2.49 ERA and 80 K's in 65 IP. Darvish is as close to a sure bet as any pitcher, but he does come with an $11,000 price tag.
GPP: Derek Norris, Oakland Athletics - Norris is a good spot, against a weak LHP in a hitters ballpark. Norris annihilates lefties, and could have a huge day at Minute Maid Park. I would almost go as far as feeling safe with him in our cash games.
Cash Games: Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks - This is weird, since Montero is cheaper than Norris, but I feel safer using Montero in cash games since he cheaper, and more consistent. He draws a good matchup against homer prone Homer Bailey as well.
GPP: Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals - I doubt many people will on Laroche tonight in Miami, which makes him a decent tournament play. He draws a matchup against a struggling Nate Eovaldi, who has been horrendous as of late. What I can say about Laroche is he has the power to knock it out of that park, even though it's a super pitchers park.
Second Base: Personally not really too crazy about the 2B availability tonight, I probably would go with Dustin Pedroia in both cash and tournaments based on matchups, and he is only $2,900.
GPP: Cody Asche, Philadelphia Phillies - This is a strictly tournament play, Asche has potential for mega power, and he is really cheap. Today he is Queens, and faces Fat Bart, which can go either way. Ironically Colon has been better on the road than at home.
Cash Games: Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics - Donaldson won't be the last Oakland player here, and here is a spoiler alert - I am pretty sure Oakland is my favorite stack on the night. As mentioned with Norris, the A's draw a good matchup against a weak lefty, in a hitter's ballpark.
Shortstop: Based on his price and matchup I would be comfortable using Starlin Castro in both cash and tournaments, he has been slumping as of late, but he could go off at any given time.
GPP: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds - I highly doubt mainly people will be on Bruce due to his recent slump, but he draws a good matchup against Chase Anderson who is a fly ball pitcher, who has had problems with homers in the past.
Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays - Pretty much an all or nothing player, but that's exactly why he is in the GPP section. He will face off against Clay Bucholz, who struggled against the Jays last week. Rasmus is a good source of power, and has been stealing bases as of late. He could be a sneaky pick.
Cash Games: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics - Another Oakland righty, yes!!!! Cespedes has been pretty hot the last week or so, and makes a perfect play in all DFS formats.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins - Stanton doesn't have the easiest task at hand today against Jordan Zimmermann, but he has enjoyed success against him in the past. Stanton also rakes at home, and makes a great cash game play.
As always please check lineups and weather conditions before rosters lock, nothing is worse than having inactive players on a daily fantasy roster.