No team has scored more DraftKings points in the last seven days than the… Seattle Mariners! For the entire season, the Mariners are middle-of-the-road in most metrics but they have exploded in the last seven days, with the league’s 5th best wOBA in that span. They’ve been led by Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura who are averaging 18.8 and 13.25 DraftKings points respectively this week. The Mariners getting away from Safeco to play at Progressive Field is one of the biggest park improvements any team will have this season and they will get to face Josh Tomlin who is sporting a dismal 9.33 ERA in his first 18.1 IP this season.
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The Milwaukee Brewers check in with the second most fantasy points scored this week and they are getting it from a few unlikely sources. Sure, Eric Thames would have fit that bill a few weeks ago, but everyone knows the monster season he is currently having. I’m looking at Hernan Perez who has scored 32, 38, 7 and 20 DraftKings points in his last four games and Orlando Arcia who has posted 27 and 25 in back-to-back contests. Then you throw in guys like Thames and Ryan Braun to provide some significant pop throughout the lineup.
Oh boy, give me some of that Dallas Keuchel. Not huge strikeout numbers this season, but has lasted at least seven innings in every outing including a complete game gem against Cleveland in his last time out. If he’s going to face a team that will provide a boost in Ks, it’s likely to be the Athletics who are whiffing at 28.6% this week which (along with the Padres) is significantly worse than any other team in the league. Oakland has scored the second fewest fantasy points in the league over the L7 days.
If you like risk, consider Clayton Richard. It’s been feast or famine this season for Richard who has scored 27+ DraftKings points in two of his five starts this year, but has COMBINED for 3.2 DraftKings points in his other three starts. Yes, you read that correctly. Noted for his groundballs, Richard can rack up outs in a hurry when he’s got his “A stuff” and can get knocked all over the yard when he doesn’t. This is a good matchup in a good park for Richard against the Giants who have the second worst wOBA, the second worst wOBA and have scored the second fewest runs in the league this season. If you’re looking for a GPP play, look no further.