Rise and Grind Daily Fantasy: 7/12/19


Each weekday morning I’m previewing the DFS slate for the day. I’ll give my picks to click each day so you can cash. There are many things to consider before lineups lock. You’ll want to make sure each player is actually in the lineup that day so it’s important to check a couple hours before game time. I’ll try and get the Rise and Grind post updated each day as lineups come out. The other thing to seriously consider is the weather. It’s imperative to follow Kevin Roth (@KevinRothWx) on Twitter or at Roto Grinders.  He gives great updates on the weather each and every day. Again, this blog will be updated throughout the day as lineups and weather forecasts come out. For simplicity, I’ll be using DraftKings prices when I reference a player’s cost.

Yesterday’s Results


Night Slate: 13 Games


Link to Kevin Roth’s Forecast


My DFS strategy involves picking at least one of the top 5 pitchers for each slate. Pitchers score more points and are more consistent on a day-to-day basis than hitters. Even the best hitters can go hitless on a given day. It’s also important to check the Vegas lines to see which team is favored to win. Wins and innings pitched are the most important parts of DFS.


  • Gerrit Cole $11,500

  • Domingo German $10,100

  • Dinelson Lamet $9,800

  • Mike Clevinger $9,600

  • Jon Gray $9,000

  • Spencer Turnbull $9,000


  • Kenta Maeda $8,900

  • Sonny Gray $8,800

  • Caleb Smith $8,600

  • Mike Fiers $8,500

  • Yonny Chirinos $8,400

  • Dallas Keuchel $8,200

  • Adam Wainwright $8,100

  • Eduardo Rodriguez $8,000

  • Mike Leake $7,900

  • Robbie Ray $7,900

  • Jason Vargas $7,800

  • Kyle Gibson $7,600

  • Dylan Bundy $7,200


  • Danny Duffy $6,800

  • Felix Pena $6,700

  • Chase Anderson $6,300

  • Ivan Nova $5,400

  • Aaron Sanchez $4,900

  • Shaun Anderson $4,800

  • Jesse Chavez $4,000

What is up with some of these prices today? I guess Draft Kings is a little rusty out of the All Star break. Not a single one of these premium pitchers should be used. Clevinger is the next of the bunch but the others are untouchable.

Caleb Smith is going to be my ace tonight. Fiers is also a really good choice. Keuchel, Wainwright, and Rodriguez are okay as well. Don’t go anywhere near Maeda, Sonny Gray, or Mike Leake. Robbie Ray is also a solid choice.

I’m going to use Danny Duffy as my second pitcher tonight. Love his matchup against Detroit. I also like Chase Anderson. Don’t use anyone else from the Bargain Bin.


Lineup placement. That’s the Holy Grail for me when it comes to hitters in DFS. You want hitters that are batting in the top half of the order so they get more chances to score points. The score projections used come from SabreSim’s free tool that can be found on Fangraphs.


  • Mike Trout, OF $5,300

  • Trevor Story, SS $5,300

  • Nolan Arenado, 3B $4,900

  • Yordan Alvarez, OF $4,800

  • Shohei Ohtani, OF $4,800


  • Justin Bour, 1B $3,600

  • Mike Zunino, C $2,900

  • Scooter Gennett, 2B $3,800

  • Justin Upton, OF $3,800

  • Michael Brosseau, 2B/3B $2,500

My Lineup

P- Smith $8,600 P- Duffy $6,800 C- Barnes $3,000 1B- Bour $3,600 2B- Gennett $3,800 3B- Arenado $4,900 SS- Story $5,300 OF- Trout $5,300 OF- Alvarez $4,800 OF- Upton $3,800

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