Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins ($12,700): The Marlins seem to finally allowing Fernandez to pitch through games, as shown by a 95 pitch outing his last start. Despite injuries this season, Fernandez has been phenomenal with a 2.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 11.40 K/9. He also gets a great matchup against the Braves. Since the All-Star break, the Braves have by far the worst team on-base average at .285 and have scored 43 less runs than the next worst team. Start Fernandez.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians ($10,300): Carrasco is dominant in two of the most important facets of pitching, strikeouts and groundballs. Carrasco has the 5th best strikeout rate of anyone in baseball with a 10.28 K/9 and his 50.7% groundball rate is 19th best in baseball. Those two stats make him very hard to pass up. He also has some other nice stats including a 2.92 FIP (11th) and 1.09 WHIP (14th). Although his matchup against the Royals does not look great on paper, I am expecting a less than stellar Royals lineup today after they clinched the division last night. If you combine Fernandez and Carrasco for your two pitching spots, you will have a manageable $3,375 per player to spread throughout your offense.
Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles ($5,600): If you want to go cheap on pitching may I suggest Kevin Gausman. Gausman is the prototypical upside GPP play in that he has a ton of potential at a low price. He has scored 20+ DK points in 4 of his last 10 starts, so if you want to gamble for high upside he is the choice. He has pitched very well in his last 3 starts sporting a 2.65 ERA, and 9.53 K/9 in 17 innings. He is facing the Red Sox who he held to 0 runs, 2 hits and 4 walks, to go along with 7 strikeouts in 6 innings 2 weeks ago. If you combine Fernandez and Gausman as your pitchers, you are left with $3,962 per player to spread around to your offense.
OF Nolan Reimold, Baltimore Orioles ($3,000): Reimold brings a ton of value batting leadoff for the Orioles when they face LHP. He has a .294/.368/.441 slash line vs LHP this season and has been on fire of late with a .383/.377/.500 slash line in September. At such a cheap price, Reimold is nearly a must play against Red Sox LHP Rich Hill.
2B/3B Jed Gyorko, San Diego Padres ($3,100): Gyorko bats in the top 5 of the Padres order and has been on fire since the All-Star break with a .469 slugging percentage and 37% hard contact rate. He is well worth his low price.
2B/SS Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians ($2,800): Make sure he is in the lineup, but every time Ramirez plays he puts up numbers. He has been particularly productive in September with a better than 2:1 strikeout to walk rate and a .293/.370/.537 slash line. You could do a lot worse at your middle infield spot than Ramirez.
REMINDER: Check all lineups before the games start to ensure your players are in their team’s lineup.
*All prices from DraftKings.com
*All Baseball stats from FanGraphs.com
Kevin is a recent UCLA graduate and is currently in the process of achieving his Masters in Sports Management from Long Beach State. He is a stat geek who thrives on taking advantage of the numbers in all aspects of sports and life. You can follow him on Twitter at @KevTom21 or reach him through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or feedback.