Xander Bogaerts August 13th, 2021 Fantasy Baseball DFS


Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts ($3,600) headlines the Red Sox as tonight’s highest upside stack, taking on the Orioles’ Spenser Watkins. Watkins has a rough 5.18 SIERA and just a 16.2% K-rate, so expect Bogaerts and his teammates to be spraying the ball around a hitter’s park in Fenway. Bogaerts is crushing it this season with a .304/.371/.509 line and is in the heart of the order batting third. He can be paired with value bats like Jarren Duran ($2,500) or expensive mashers like J.D. Martinez ($4,000) for an effective stack.

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Robbie Ray, SP: $10,500 – Ray is having an awesome season with a 2.90 ERA and a 30.2% K-rate. The strikeout upside gives Ray a strong shot at finishing as the top starter on the slate, particularly against a Mariners lineup with a 26.5% strikeout rate against lefties. Seattle also has just a .299 wOBA against southpaws, so Ray is worth the price tag.

Anthony DeSclafani, SP: $8,400 – DeSclafani is back after a minimum stay on the injured list and returns to a perfect matchup at home against Colorado. The Rockies have the lowest wOBA on the road of any team in the league at .271, and San Francisco is an extreme pitcher’s park. He is a nice value play if you aren’t looking to spend up at pitcher.

Ji-Man Choi, 1B: $3,000 – Choi has been crushing righties this year with a 145 wRC+ and is quite cheap as either a standalone value play or as part of a Rays stack.

Tommy Edman, 2B/OF: $2,900 – Edman is a good cash game play batting leadoff for the Cardinals against a lefty in Mike Minor. Minor has a 5.39 ERA, so Edman should have run-scoring opportunities. He’s hitting lefties well this year with an .860 OPS.

Austin Riley, 3B: $3,400 – Riley’s had a huge month batting .340 with nine homers. He is in a nice spot for RBI batting cleanup for the Braves.

Cedric Mullins, OF: $3,500 – Mullins is surprisingly affordable for the awesome year he’s had, batting .322 with 20 homers and 22 steals. He’s in a very hitter-friendly park in Boston tonight.

Tommy Pham, OF: $2,900 – Pham is a career .285 hitter against left-handed pitching and faces a weak one in Madison Bumgarner, who Pham can score some runs atop a powerful Padres lineup.

Christian Yelich, OF: $3,400 – It’s been a rough year for Yelich, but he’s got a long enough track record of success that it’s easy to imagine him turning it around at some point soon. What better time than against Mitch Keller, who has a disastrous 7.06 ERA.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There is rain to watch out for tonight in the BravesNationals and BrewersPirates games.

Doing Lines In Vegas

I’m taking the Cubs at +105 against Jesus Luzardo, who is prone to blow-up outings.