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Today I will be talking about my three top pitchers for today’s main slate. The first guy on the list is Jake Arrieta ($11,900). Arrieta is the clear-cut top cash-game play on today's slate. He is one of the most dominant pitchers in the league (1.71 ERA and 2.51 FIP) and draws a favorable matchup going up against the Reds. On the year, the Reds' offense owns a .297 wOBA (26th in MLB) to go along with an 80 wRC+ (27th in MLB). They have had their struggles against right-handers this year, which sets up Arrieta nicely. Not only is the matchup elite, but it also provides him with tremendous upside. Besides the fact that he owns a 27.7 K%, the Reds' offense owns a 23.0 K% (6th in MLB). It's safe to say that his upside his through the roof and he's the top play of the day. Don't believe me? Check out what Daily Fantasy Cafe's lineup optimizer looks like: https://www.dailyfantasycafe.com/
As you can see, it's not even close. Arrieta is projected to outscore everyone by 10 fantasy points, which is huge! Do yourself a favor and get him in your cash-game lineups!
The next guy on the list is Trevor Bauer (8,900). Bauer 's price is just a thing of beauty and he will be going up against the Braves, which makes things even better. The Braves' offense has sure had their struggles this season and we all know it. They are coming into this contest sporting a .286 wOBA, (29th in MLB) and .096 ISO (30th in MLB) against right-handed pitchers. The only downfall to this matchup is his upside. The Braves own a 19.2 K% on the year, so don't expect that 10 strikeout performance we saw in his last outing, but you should expect him to deliver a quality start and possibly pickup the win (the Indians' offense is red-hot).
My last guy on this list who is a tournament play [only] is Robbie Ray (7,800). Not only does rostering Ray allow you to stack up on Coors' bats, but he is also a southpaw with a ton of upside. He is coming into this contest sporting a 25.6 K% and the Phillies own a 23.6 K% (7th in MLB). Yes his floor is low as he has some control issues (9.8 BB%), but his ability to fan hitters and going up against an impatient Phillies' offense should help him out. And going back to positives -- the Phillies are awful against southpaws. On the year, they own a .264 wOBA (30th in MLB) to go along with a .103 ISO (29th in MLB). I know Ray scares a lot of DFS players, but his matchup is elite and his ceiling his high. Go ahead and plug him into a couple of your GPP lineups!