By Des Boodam
The Daily game was so good to me last week for the most part because I took my own advise. I was 9 out of 10 on pitching recommendations including my five softball stud starters, Sale, Kluber, Severino, Verlander, and Bumgarner all turned in dominant performances. Even my fringe starters, Soroko, Montgomery, Annibal Sanchez, and Boyd turned out useful stat lines, and that my friends is how it goes. On top of the world one moment, and clawing up out of a pit of crap the next moment. If you don’t strive with those ebbs and flows, than fantasy sports is not for you. Pitchers continue to churn out massive K rates as swinging for the fences is no longer common place in the game – it’s a deployable strategy. Home run or bust seems to be the name of the game. Unlike basketball, the fantasy baseball is all over the board and even more matchup driven. Home and away is a bigger deal too… but at the end of the day it’s pitcher against batter and because baseball is so stats driven historical data is at a premium and it usually is pretty accurate. Pay attention.
TWO START PITCHING TARGETS
Blake Snell – vs Washington & vs Houston
Snell is officially matchup proof having only a few rough outings for the season, with two of those being Boston and New York. He’s an under the radar stud who is capable of striking hitters out in the double digit range. I was skeptical of the Washington start, but after a dominant performance I’m rolling with him against Houston at the end of the week. Houston has a great offense but the Rays at home are decent. This guy doesn’t get hammered either, so that’s a plus. Roll with him with confidence.
J.A. Happ – @HOU & vs DET
The hard part of the week is done… Houston, and it wasn’t easy. Happ however handled his business earning the W in six innings of work. I love Happ as a pitcher, his K rate is good, he’s super gritty, grinds out his wins, and keeps his ratio stats down. I love Happ’s matchup against the soft hitting Tigers this weekend as well. It should be all systems go, roll with Happ with confidence and acquire him in season long if possible.
Felix Hernandez – @BAL & vs KC
The King is back or so it seems. Felix Hernandez appears to be in mid-season form, and even though he doesn’t strike em’ out like he used to, his finesse game is taking over. Hernandez has only one bad start in his last 5 games, which is an encouraging sign of things to come. There’s no reason why Hernandez can’t give you seven solid innings in this one. The Royals have one of worst pitching staffs in the league so you can bet he’ll have a great matchup as well. Hernandez is a DFS dream in all formats this weekend.