S-LoMo-tion For Me

Logan Morrison has been red-hot lately and tonight he will take on the ancient Bartolo Colon who is unsurprisingly struggling to retire left-handers this season. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s MLB contests.


Joey Gallo, Rangers, $7,800 – To this point, Joey Gallo’s 30 bombs against RHP ranks fourth most in the league and he will be facing a pitcher susceptible to LHHs. Yes, Julio Teheran has struggled to limit power against lefties this year and it shows in the numbers: .332 wOBA, 1.65 HR/9 rate, .235/.332/.443 slash line, 37.3-percent hard hit rate (!) and a 40.4-percent rate. Unfortunately for Teheran, Gallo leads the Rangers in wOBA, ISO, SLG and hard hit rate against RHP so he presents an awfully tough matchup. In the hitter-friendly atmosphere of SunTrust Park, Gallo should be in a prime spot to rake, and he can be started in all formats despite his boom-or-bust skill set…this is a boom spot. Note: left-handed Luis Gohara will start instead for the Braves. Freddie Freeman is the top infielder play in this game now.

Logan Morrison, Rays, $8,000 – Once again, Bartolo Colon will toe the mound on Tuesday which means fantasy owners must take notice. In his elder age, Colon quite literally misses bats less than any other starter in the league (5.4-percent swinging strike rate) and lefties have hit the ball hard at a whopping 42.2-percent rate against him. To round out the stat line, LHHs have posted a .387 wOBA, 1.91 HR/9 rate, .318/.369/.552 slash line and 46.5-percent hard hit against the 44-yeard old right-hander. Over the course of the last 14 days, Morrison leads the Rays with a .455 ISO, .434 wOBA and 178 wRC+. Additionally, he is slashing .273/.347/.727 during that span with a 1.074 OPS. In other words, he is en fuego and he is also amidst a breakout season. If looking for a reasonably affordable hitter other than Gallo with the potential to go deep, look no further than Morrison. Note: Morrison was scratched from tonight’s lineup so pivot to Lucas Duda instead.


George Springer, Astros, $9,600 – George Springer is back from the disabled list and he has not skipped a beat. In the month of September, Springer owns a .500/.571/.1.000 slash line, .500 ISO, .634 wOBA and 315 wRC+ thus far. Furthermore, Springer heads into tonight sporting a .418 wOBA and .271 ISO against LHP over the entirety of the season. This is bad news for probable starter Ariel Miranda because he has surrendered the most homers to RHHs of any pitcher in the league this year. In fact, Derek Holland ranks second (26) and he is four homers allowed behind Miranda (30) despite the fact Miranda plays in an extremely pitcher-friendly home park. Miranda should be in for a long (or short?) evening against an Astros team loaded with power in the split against southpaws so feel free to stack all the powerful righties (Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman).

J.D. Martinez, Diamondbacks, $8,800 – After hitting not one, not two, not three but four dingers last night, J.D. Martinez should be a popular play tonight but for good reason. Prior to yesterday’s offensive explosion, Martinez was already the best hitter in the league against LHP according to the numbers. Here are Martinez’s actual numbers in the split: .551 wOBA, .529 ISO, .397/.488/.926 slash line, 34.0-percent line drive rate, 54.0-percent hard hit rate and a 40.0-percent fly ball rate. At this point, Martinez needs to be starting regardless of which lefty he is facing, so he is certainly worth of rostering versus Hyun-Jin Ryu. While Ryu has held righties to a mediocre .311 wOBA, they have still hit the ball hard at a 37.7-percent rate against him. All aboard the Martinez train once again and look for him to put on an admirable encore.


Jacob deGrom, Mets, $24,600 – What really is there to say here? Jacob deGrom will toe the mound against the lowly Phillies in the friendly confines of home so he is nothing short of an elite play. The Phillies’ current active hitters cumulatively rank in the bottom 10 of wOBA, wRC+, ISO, BB rate, AVG, OBP, SLG and hard hit rate while striking out at a 23.2-percent rate against RHP. Other than Rhys Hoskins, none of the hitters are overly imposing and Phillies active hitters own a .205/.246/.259 slash line against deGrom. Vegas lists the Mets as -190 favorites even though they are completely lacking offensive weapons. If spending up for a starter, spend all the way up for deGrom.

Danny Salazar, Indians, $18,800 – In the mid-tier of pricing, Danny Salazar is an intriguing play in his first start off the disabled list. The White Sox are the Phillies of the American League (AL) against RHP essentially because they stink. As a whole, the White Sox rank in the bottom 10 of wOBA, wRC+, ISO, BB rate, AVG, OBP, SLG, hard hit rate and line drive percentage while striking out at a 23.9-percent rate. In 2017, Salazar has struck out 37.3-percent of RHHs and 26.9-percent of lefties so he should cruise through this matchup. Feel free to roster Salazar in both cash games and tournaments. Note: Salazar appears to be on a bit of a pitch count so he now rates as a GPP only play.

Robert Stephenson, Reds, $13,600 – Amazingly, Robert Stephenson will head into tonight having struck out 11 and seven batters in his last two starts respectively and now he will face the strikeout-prone Brewers. Only the Rangers have struck out at a higher rate against righties this year than the Brewers. In tournaments, cheap options at the starting pitcher position are few and far between so risks are going to need to be taken and Stephenson is admittedly volatile here. He is a pure fly baller facing a powerful offense in a small ballpark so there is a wide variety of outcomes. If he has his best stuff, like he has had in his recent starts, then there is potential for him to crush value. However, there are also scenarios where he gets hammered, so save him for tournaments on FantasyDraft only.

*Statistics are accurate as of Monday, August 4

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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