*All pricing references are based on DraftKings unless otherwise noted
This article is designed to give you a head start/a brief look at the top pitchers and hitters on the slate from a cash game and single entry contest point of view. Obviously, you’re not going to put together a full lineup from the players listed below but that’s not the idea. The idea is to give you an early look and to point you in the right direction. Combined with all of the other articles and resources we have here at FullTime DFS, collectively we’ll have you in a great spot to cash!
Happy Memorial Day which is always a good day for baseball, beer, and more beer (depending on how our DFS lineups do today. Considering that this is a bit of a different slate than normal with a lot of day games on a Monday, I've always found Memorial Day to be tricky. With all of that being said, it's a very good slate of games and the weather everywhere looks to be good or very good with Chicago being the one exception. Have a great Memorial Day!!
Max Scherzer (WAS)
Of the three arms up top (Max, Cole, Castillo), Max is the one the I have the most confidence in, mainly given the matchup. The only issue with Max this season has been the fucking Nats bullpen and a low amount of run support from the offense. Despite having a 2.34 FIP, 30 percent K rate, five percent walk rate, 16.4 percent swinging strike rate, and 32 percent O-Swing rate, Scherzer has only two wins, which brings me to my final point. At Scherzer's price ($11,100), you really want to lock in the win from him in this spot, but the bullpen is always a liability. I think Max will take matters into his own hands today, though and give us a classic Max dominant game.
Aaron Sanchez (TOR)
I have not been an Aaron Sanchez fan at all, mainly because he came up with so much hype and he's never been able to consistently be effective, mainly because of injuries. This is a tough matchup, no doubt about it against the Rays who are dangerous and can pile up runs in a hurry. However, they can also pile up strikeouts and they've done so 23 percent of the time this season against right-handed pitching. Strikeouts are a strength for Sanchez and if he can command his off-speed pitches he'll be just fine against the Rays and I think he will.
Chris Bassitt (OAK)
Bassitt has quietly pitched really well for the A's this season, but he's been a bit lucky to this point, mainly when looking at his .213 BABIP against. His other peripherals look solid, though including his 30 percent K rate which is elite, however his walk rate is a tad high. This matchup against the Angels isn't one that should cause too much concern, especially at home where Bassitt has been great in two starts.
Bats to Build Around
My top bats on the slate. Not to say that you should force all of these guys into your lineup(s), simply said, these are my favorite bats considering a number of variables.
Matt Chapman (OAK)
The park shift might not be the best but the matchup looks to be great for Chapman who is hitting the ball extremely well and his price is great at $3,900. It looks like Trevor Cahill will be starting here for the Angels and he's been hit hard by righties this season to the tune of 2.86 HR/9. Chapman comes in with home runs in back to back days and has a .351 wOBA, .204 ISO, and 42 percent hard-hit rate against righties this season. He's also victimized the Angels this season going 6-13 in four games against them.
Juan Soto (WAS)
Soto has multiple hits in four of his last six games including two doubles, a triple, and two home runs as he starts to heat up. Jose Urena has allowed a .344 wOBA to lefties this season to go along with a 45 percent hard contact rate. After a slow start, Soto has been great during the month of May with a .438 wOBA, .250 ISO, and 175 wRC+. Even if he's benefiting from some good luck with a high BABIP, his hard-hit rate is up eight percent from what it was over the first six weeks of the season.
Nick Castellanos (DET)
Everyone hits when they go to Camden Yards this season and starting tonight the Tigers get to feast on the pathetic Oriole pitching. Castellanos is coming off a good day yesterday and productive series overall this past weekend against the Mets as he gets closer and closer to likely being traded around the July 31st deadline. It's been a bit of a down year for Castellanos offensively, especially against righties as he had always handled the reverse-split well going into this season. With that being said, there's nothing like a day game in Camden Yards against some terrible pitching to get yourself going, and at a reasonable salary on top of it.
Manny Machado (SD)
While the Padres had a pretty loud weekend with the bats in Toronto, Machado was a bit quiet but today plays his first game in Yankee Stadium since signing with the Padres. This opener shit is really starting to be annoying as the Yankees are the latest team to starting introducing the "flavor of the month." The good news here is that the Yankees and their pitchers haven't exactly mastered this routine yet and they've called up a kid from triple-A who is expected to be the long man out of the bullpen. Machado is a great value eligible at third base or shortstop for $4,000 and I expect a good series in the Bronx, ballpark he's very familiar with.
Favorite value bat(s)
Jason Kipnis (CLE), Daniel Murphy (COL)
Low owned home run
Josh Bell (PIT)
Position that is weakest/has the most value
Shortstop: Machado (SD), Carlos Correa (HOU), Marcus Semien (OAK)