What’s up everyone! We are super excited for the new format now available from our newest partners, OwnersBox Fantasy. This new format is called “Lightning Lineups” and I wrote an article detailing how to win at this format here. They call it the most electric way to play fantasy sports. Essentially, you are presented lineups with sets of three players, and you simply have to choose the lineup that ends up scoring the most points. You have the option to spin for new sets of players as many times as you want, and the more sets of lineups you go against the higher your payout will be. In this daily article, I will be detailing the teams and players I’m targeting. Let’s get to the plays…
We have a smaller slate of games on tap tonight, but there are some high-powered offenses in great spots. Two that stick out in particular for me are the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves. St. Louis matches up with Drew Smyly, and they have been absolutely money against left-handed pitching this season. Smyly can be tough to stack against because he is a fly-ball pitcher — which means that he can run pure with a lot of fly-ball outs. That being said, the Cardinals have essentially been the best team in baseball against LHP with the highest wRC+ and third-highest ISO as a team. It’s the usual suspects for them — Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado stick out. Atlanta has a huge team total and strong match-up against Roansy Contreras. Contreras is vulnerable to righties, so Acuna and Austin Riley are at the top of my list. I also really like Jake Fraley tonight against Noah Syndergaard. He’s been red-hot, matches up well with Thor’s pitch mix and we are projecting him very well again tonight. One team I will be avoiding is the Yankees, who match up with Max Scherzer.
Top Player Set
Here is my pick for tonight. I didn’t write up the Phillies in my top teams section, but they have to be considered one of the top offenses tonight against Luis Cessa. They have the highest team total on the board, and getting two of their power righties in one lineup is optimal in my opinion. We also get Suzuki against Jordan Montgomery — he is one of the best hitters in the Cubs lineup against left-handed pitching.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)