Surviving the Dog Days
Late August is a tough time for most Major League Baseball clubs, navigating through heat and nagging injuries. Many players start to wear down, leading to missed games so they can avoid further damage. This time on the disabled list has forced daily fantasy participants to find alternatives to stalwarts like Chris Sale, Mike Trout, Trevor Bauer, and Aaron Judge, who are all currently shelved with various injuries.
Fortunately, there are plenty of players having monster seasons, so the absence of stars like the aforementioned won’t leave you struggling to fill out a quality lineup on FanDuel or DraftKings.
Key Pitchers to Consider in the Coming Weeks
The St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A’s are two of the hottest teams right now. For Oakland, picking up Mike Fiers from Detroit has certainly helped matters. He’s notched two victories in three starts since joining the surging A’s, giving up only three runs while striking out 21. For the Cardinals, their momentum can be attributed to Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas racking up the wins as of late.
The Mets and Braves have also provided some great fantasy value in the pitching department. Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman have been keeping the young Atlanta team in line for a visit to the postseason with lockdown performances in pivotal games. Jacob DeGrom and Zach Wheeler are pitching like it’s five years ago, absolutely dominating throughout the month of August.
While DeGrom will cost daily fantasy players a pretty penny, guys like Flaherty and Fiers can be picked up for relatively cheap considering they’ve put up around 50 fantasy points a start lately. Saving a little extra on pitching could be crucial, as there are a slew of hitters locked in right now, putting up big numbers.
Taking Advantage of Thriving Offenses
Boston and Cleveland’s offenses have been hammering the ball all season, but two other playoff hopefuls, the Yankees and Dodgers, have a few players starting to click at the right time. Everyone knows what all-stars Giancarlo Stanton and Cody Bellinger can do, but the third basemen from their teams, Miguel Andujar and Justin Turner, are more affordable options and provide the same impact to a lineup.
But everyone’s found themselves with way less than they’d hoped for to spend on their last pick. Scouring the bottom of the salary pool can be tricky, but there are players like Harrison Bader and Amed Rosario, both regular starters, that have been performing decently over the last 15 games. Each are available for under $4000 on DraftKings.
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