On Friday FanDuel is offering a full slate of 15 games to choose from. The first game begins at 7pm Eastern and the last one starts at 10:10pm Eastern so please be sure and select players that you are absolutely certain will be playing on Friday. Also please consult local weather for any possible delays or rainouts.
Tonight's slate leaves us with several pitching opportunities so let's take a look at some of those.
As of the time of this writing Jake Arrieta ($12,700) is scheduled to pitch on Friday but I'm not so sure that he will seeing as though he'll probably be pitching the Wild Card game on Tuesday. If he does indeed start you all know very well what he's done this season so no need to go on about that.
Chris Sale ($12,000) takes the hill for the final time this season and his success against this current group of Detroit Tigers isn't the best nor is the fact that he's lost his last 4 starts. During those starts he's striking out 10.50, walking just under 2 and allowed 2.63 bombs per nine. The Tigers have a 21 percent strikeout rate with a wOBA of .349 and wRC+ of 122 against lefties this season.
Dallas Keuchel (11,200) faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona on Friday night and while the sample size is small he has been decent against these Diamondback hitters. Over his past 5 starts Keuchel is striking out 10.80, walking just under 2 and has allowed 1.62 bombs per 9 innings pitched. The Diamondbacks this season have a 21 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .318 and a wRC+ of 96 this season.
Gio Gonzalez ($9,300) makes his last start of the season against the Mets in New York. He's been solid against the collection of Mets and over his past 5 starts he's striking out 11.25, walking 4.18 and has allowed 0.32 bombs per nine innings. Who the Mets will traipse out there on Friday night is anyone's guess but against lefties this season they have a 23 percent strikeout rate with a wOBA of .316 and wRC+ of 103.
Noah Syndergaard ($10,400) is also scheduled to pitch against the Nationals. I don't have any idea about innings restrictions but he's lasted 6 innings or better in his last 4 starts striking out 10.86, walking 1.11 and has allowed 1.67 bombs per nine in his last 5 starts. Washington has a 21 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .314 and wRC+ of 96 against righthanders this season.
Hisashi Iwakuma ($9,000) has a nice matchup against a Athletics team he has fared very well against. Over his past 5 starts Iwakuma is striking out 7.91, walking less than 1 and has allowed just over 1 bomb per nine innings pitched. He's facing an A's team that doesn't strike out much (18 percent) with a wOBA of .308 and wRC+ of 96. Iwakuma might just be your safest option on Friday night.
Josh Tomlin ($8,600) has been solid this season and while the sample size is small he's been effective against the current Red Sox hitters and over his past 5 starts he's striking out 7.09, walking 1.09 and has allowed 1.36 bombs per nine innings pitched. Tomlin also has 2 complete games over those 5 starts and failed to get past the 6th inning in the other 3 starts. The Red Sox have a 17 percent strikeout rate, .322 wOBA and wRC+ of 99 this season against right-handers.
Luis Severino ($8,500) has a good matchup on the road against the Orioles. Over his past 5 starts Severino has struck out 7.18, walked 3.76 and has allowed 1.37 bombs per nine innings pitched. Severino has gone 6 or more innings in 3 of those 5 starts and the Orioles have a 21 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .321 and wRC+ of 101 against righties this season.
Those seem to be the least volatile options for 50/50 games tonight. I do have a couple of GPP suggestions for you below.
Walks and bombs have been Rubby De La Rosa's ($6,500) downfall in 2015 but he is 14-8 for the Diamondbacks this season. De La Rosa hasn't fared well against this Astros team and over his last 5 starts he's struck out 6.42, walked 3.33 and has allowed 1.48 bombs per nine innings pitched. The Astros strike out at a 23 percent clip with a wOBA of .321 and wRC+ of 102 against righties this season. It's risky but the potential for strikeouts is there and probably a small amount of ownership as well on Friday night.
Another possible high risk high reward GPP or tournament play is the Red Sox Henry Owens ($5,900). He doesn't have a history against the Cleveland Indians lineup and over his past 5 starts has been solid striking out almost 6, walking just under 3 and has allowed 0.91 bombs per nine innings pitched and has gone at least 7 innings in each of his last 3 starts. He's facing an Indians team with an 8 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .318 and wRC+ of 101 against lefties this season.
Stacking Opportunities for Friday
Tampa Bay Rays right-handed bats against the Blue Jays Mark Buehrle should pay off as right-handed hitters are slugging .418 with a wOBA of .305. The Rays against lefties have a .326 wOBA and wRC+ of 110 against lefties this season.
Left-handed Pirates bats against the Reds Keyvius Sampson should be good as lefties slug .564 with a wOBA of .445 when Sampson pitches on the road. As a team the Pirates have a wOBA of .316 and wRC+ of 101 against righthanders this season.
Seattle Mariners left-handed bats against the Athletics Aaron Brooks might be a good thing as lefties slug .506 with a wOBA of .356. As a team the Mariners have a .311 wOBA and wRC+ of 99 against righties this season.
Value Plays for Friday
Darin Ruf ($2,500) has a very favorable matchup with the Marlins Justin Nicolino. Ruf has been mauling lefties this season with a wOBA of .460 and wRC+ of 196. Righties are slugging .455 and have a wOBA of .328 against Nicolino this season.
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