Happy Monday everyone!!!!! I love Mondays because the slates are usually a decent size but not too large. Today we get a nice 12 game slate with minimal pitching options so let’s look to see who has been Hot or Not.
Pitchers, Hot or Not by Cuse
Julio Teheran ($8,400-DK/$7,800-FD) – For most of the year, DFS players have been targeting Teheran but in his last few starts he has pitched very well. In Teheran’s past 2 games he has averaged (6.2 innings, 3.5 hits, 1 run, and 6.5 K’s) against the Athletics and Nationals but both being on the road. Looking more in depth to his recent 2 games I see nothing major that stands out to why he has pitched very well in those starts. One thing to note for tonight is Teheran is pitching at home where he has been not good. His home splits are TERRIBLE, 1-6 with a 7.58 ERA so I would expect the hot streak to end today.
Adalberto Mejia ($6,700-DK/$6,700-FD) – Mejia has been on a heater. I believe we had him listed on the hot section in his last performance. Although he’s not putting up eye popping numbers he has been very consistent for his salary as of late. Tonight, Mejia will face an offensively struggling Yankees team in Minnesota. Mejia is also another pitcher with bad home splits, 2-3 with a 5.62 ERA. Teams are barreling up balls versus Mejia but he ranks up there in average distance travelled in the past 2-3 weeks. Opposing teams are hitting him hard but the balls just aren’t going far. If Mejia can get the strikeouts tonight he should still be able to give DFS players the points they need to load up on bats.
Brent Suter ($6,200-DK/$6,600-FD) – Let me just say on a slate like tonight I love this kid. In just 2 games as a starter this year Suter has turned some heads. A little over a week ago he shut down the Yankees and the week before that he did the same to the strikeout happy Orioles. In Suters small sample size he ranks at the top of MLB pitchers with his exit velocity and hard contact vs opponents. The one thing that we need to throw caution at is his sample size which is only two games and some relief appearances. He did have a few long relief outings versus the Cardinals and Cubs that he got hit hard back in April so proceed with caution but he is playing the Pirates today.
Jon Lester ($9,800-DK/$9,500-FD) – Lester has certainly regressed this year and as of late has been getting crushed. In Lester’s last 2 game he is averaging (-5 DK/4 FD) points in which he couldn’t get past the 5th inning. Lester throws a cutter and fastball as his main pitches and both are down in velocity this year by a few MPH. Today Lester will face a hot Atlanta offense so there’s a very good chance you could see him here this weekend.
Jordan Zimmermann ($5,500-DK/$7,000-FD) – Anytime I see Zimmerman’s name its almost an instant addition to the not so hot list. All season Zimmerman has had only a few decent outings and those were both Home games. Zimmerman also has one of the highest hard contact percent on the slate tonight and teams are hitting the ball far against him. Zimmerman’s average hit against him this year is going 203 feet
Chris Tillman ($5,100-DK/$6,600-FD) – Tillman takes the Gas Can award today as he is by far the worst pitcher on the slate and the stats back it up. In Tillman’s last 10 games his best score on both sites is (12-DK/25-FD) which is bad to say the least. Tonight, he will face off against the Rangers with winds blowing out around 10 mph at Camden Yards.