Despite nine live final appearances and counting, Thad still considers himself a work in progress. After capturing the NBA championships on DraftStreet in 2014 and Fantasy Aces in 2015 he has set his sights on adding NFL and MLB championships to his DFS resumé. Thad has been able to express his unique take on daily fantasy sports as a webcast host on RotoGrinders and frequent guest on Sirius XM Fantasy.
Tiffany Hayes @ $6.6K on FD/10.5K on DK is currently dealing with a left ankle injury. Her status for tonight’s game is uncertain. She’s averaging 28.03 Fanduel points/29.60 DraftKings points per game so she’ll leave quite a void in the Atlanta backcourt if she can’t play.
- Vegas Line: STL -108, O/U: 8.5
- Miles Mikolas vs Nick Pivetta
Mikolas: Mikolas (2.43 ERA, 3.37 xFIP) hasn’t been the model of consistency these days. After tossing 7.0 scoreless innings against Miami, he gave up three earned runs to San Diego through 6.0 innings. It was the first start in which she failed to walk a batter, so there is a silver lining. He doesn’t miss a ton of bats (18.7 K%), however, he’s only given up one home run in six starts so he’s putting his 51.6 GB% to good use. Today he travels to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies (ranked 20stin wRC+ vs right-handed pitching, 26.9 K% vs right-handed pitching).
Phillies Bats: Rhys Hoskins, Carlos Santana, Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez
Pivetta: Pivetta needs to work a few things out before I can consider him for my lineups. His 26.9% strikeout rate, 7.0% walk rate and 29.2% hard contact rate are very appealing, however, he’s given up 13 earned runs and seven walks over his last three starts (14.0 innings). He certainly has upside; however, he hasn’t pitched more than 5.0 innings in any of his last four starts so keep that in mind when he faces St. Louis (ranked 19thin wRC+ vs right-handed pitching, 22.5 K% vs right-handed pitching).
Cardinals Bats: Marcell Ozuna, Thomas Pham, Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina
Stanek: Stanek is listed as today’s starter, but we all know the drill by now. He’ll pitch one or two innings and surrender the mound to someone else before chilling in the dugout. He’s not an option today.
- Pace: (ranked #4 of 12)
- Offensive Rating: (ranked #12 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: (ranked #1 of 12)
- Vegas: ATL -4.5, over/under 151.5
Tiffany Hayes @ $6.6K on FD/$10.8K on DK dropped 36.5 fantasy points on Atlanta in her last game and continues to impress whenever she’s on the court. In addition to being underrated (8th in the league in scoring with 19.0 pts./gm), she’s also underpriced so get her in your lineups tonight.
- Pace: (ranked #11 of 12)
- Offensive Rating: (ranked #6 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: (ranked #3 of 12)
- Vegas: LA -3.5, over/under 160.0
Chelsea Gray $7.6K on FD/$8.7K on DK (33.3 minutes per game/19.5% usage rate) started the season on fire but has since cooled down. I’ve given several reasons as to why, but the bottom line is the numbers don’t lie. Her current salary appropriately reflects the elite point guard potential she as, but it’s not a reflection of her recent performances (29.8, 20.4, 24.3 and 22.1 fantasy points in her last four games). Now, you’re paying for her upside so consider her an option in tournaments.