Howdy, everyone. The Great Knoche here, newish DFS writer at Razzball, but certainly not new to Razzball. I’ve been hanging around these parts for around decade. That’s long enough to have accumulated the knowledge to have finished 9th overall in the RCL standings in 2019, That’s long enough to remember when J-FOH also known as Skunkbeard gave out free life advice on the regular. That’s long enough to remember the old, old website and comment section. That’s long enough to remember when Gray’s mustache didn’t have any gray. Anyhoo, I’ve been around a long time. I love me some fantasy baseball, but I am also heavily involved in both DFS and Sports handicapping (More on that later). When Truss threw out an all points bulletin for some help with DFS articles from some experienced, or really any warm body to help, I jumped at the chance to be the Knight in Shining Armor to his Damsel in Distress.
I’ll be bringing you my DFS picks for the main evening slate on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022. If you play on DraftKings, it is a 12-game slate starting at 6:05 Central time. This article will be primarily focused on the DraftKings slate, so if you play on Fanduel I encourage you to sign up for the DFS tools to help you make the best decisions for your lineups on FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo.
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Lucas Giolito, SP: $9,700. Third most expensive pitcher on the docket, and I am not sure why Kyle Wright is pricier, but ’tis what it is. Giolito started 3 games against the Indians last year and while their name has changed I doubt the domination will. He allowed 1 ER in 18.1 IP versus Cleveland in 2021 paired with 22 Ks. In 4 games this year he has a 14.64 K/9, and a 2.24 xFIP. He is an ace and I expect him to pitch like one Tuesday night. Weather could be an issue so keep an eye to the skies and be ready to pivot.
Mike Clevinger, SP: $6,900. Not a lot of encouraging things from Clevinger’s first start, but the one thing I did take with me is he threw 95 pitches. He’s stretched out and ready to go. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the first year is usually not up to the level where the pitcher was at prior, and I don’t expect this to be any exception. Clevinger became a really good pitcher when he got his walks under control, and he’s going to need to figure that out. That being said the Cubs have a .664 OPS vs righties so far, and I’ll take a shot at this price that he can keep them at bay for 5 innings and maybe get me 5-6 Ks.
Mike Zunino, C: $3,700. Zunino has hit 46 of 144 career Home Runs vs lefties and gets at least a few at bats Tuesday vs Reid Detmers. He’s also a career .223 hitter vs lefties, which for Mike is good. He is also starting to heat up with 3 HRs in his last 8 games. I’ll see if he can connect with something here.
Pete Alonso, 1B: $4,800. This price baffles me. Patrick Corbin has had one decent start so far, and has been awful against the Mets and especially Alonso. In 36 at-bats Pete Beef is hitting .344 vs Corbin with 4HRs. Alonso also has 3 HRs and 4 multi-hit games in his last 6 games. I don’t see how Alonso is only $4,800 and the 10th most expensive first baseman. He will likely be heavily used so keep that in mind as well.
Gleyber Torres, 2B: $4,000. Yusei Kikuchi is really struggling with his control for Toronto walking 6.1 batters per nine in his first 5 starts this year, and I love the Yankees lineup vs him Tuesday night. Torres is hitting .462 vs Kikuchi in his career and should have some chances with guys on base in this one.
Manny Machado, 3B: $5,700. What else can you say about Machado other than he seems like he is realizing the MVP potential that has always been there. He has hit safely on 12 of 13 and is 5 for 15 with 2 HRs vs Wade Miley in his career. I think Miley making his season debut means they get into that juicy Cubs bullpen early also. In case the title eludes you, check out Giolito, Zunino, Alonso, and Trejo. Gimme all the Manny and the O’s.
Alan Trejo, SS: $3,100. Need some value somewhere on offense and SS is a tough spot to find it. Hopefully, Trejo gets the start vs the lefty Alex Wood. He has it safely in his last three starts and hopefully can find a hit or two tonight.
Ronald Acuna Jr., OF: $5,300. He won’t be at $5,300 for long. 6 game hit streak, 2 HRs and 2 bags during that span. It doesn’t matter who is pitching, Acuna is a talent unmatched at this price. As much as I like Judge and Stanton vs Kikuchi, I think Acuna is hot and getting hotter, and have to play him here.
Mike Jastrzemski, OF: $4,100. Yaz has hit safely in 9 of his last ten and faces off against Antonio Senzatela on Tuesday. People may have forgotten, especially those that set the prices at DraftKings that he hit 25 HRs last year. I’ll take the righty/lefty matchup at this price.
Mark Canha, OF: $2,700. I said I like Yankees bats, but I also like Mets bats vs the Nationals. Canha has a HR off Patrick Corbin in 4 Career ABs, so he certainly should be in the lineup tomorrow. If you want to stack a little more Mets or Yankees look at subbing in a cheaper catcher and someone for Yaz and get Stanton or Judge in here. I like this lineup for 50/50s, but may look to stack more in tournaments
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Only real rain issue will potentially be in Chicago for White Sox/Guardians.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I did mention I do a bit of Sports Handicapping. I’ll give out a Free Play here every Tuesday, but you can find all my free and premium picks for MLB and a few other sports at The Odds Breakers
We’re off to a rough start to May on the MLB bets, but hopefully can turn it around tomorrow. – I’ll be on the Yankees F5 at what should be around -140. I think they jump on Kikuchi, and I don’t trust the Yanks bullpen much so I’m gonna bet it first five. I’d consider laying the .5 if it’s decent plus money in the AM.