Rise and Grind Daily Fantasy: 7/15/19


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.


  • Luis Castillo $11,800

  • Lucas Giolito $11,200

  • Clayton Kershaw $10,700

  • Blake Snell $10,000

  • Kyle Hendricks $9,500

  • James Paxton $9,300

  • Griffin Canning $9,000


  • Zach Eflin $8,200

  • Miles Mikolas $8,000

  • Adam Plutko $7,800

  • Jakob Junis $7,5000

  • Max Fried $7,200


  • Trent Thornton $6,800

  • Rick Porcello $6,300

  • Joe Musgrove $5,800

  • Adrian Houser $5,300

  • Framber Valdez $4,600

  • Daniel Norris $4,200

The Premium Tier is pretty gross tonight. The only pitcher I like is Paxton. I’m especially out on Castillo, Giolito, Snell, Hendricks, and Canning.

Eflin is in the same boat as the bunch of pitchers. I’m out on him. The rest are pretty much just “OK” plays. I’m not using any of them though.

I absolutely love Musgrove tonight. The Cardinals still can’t score runs. Porcello and Norris are fine but Trent Thornton is a horrible play.


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 $5,400

  • Cody Bellinger, OF $5,100

  • J.D. Martinez, OF $4,900

  • Rafael Devers, 3B $5,500

  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B $4,000


  • Jose Rondon, 2B/3B $2,000

  • Scooter Gennett, 2B $3,100

  • Kyle Schwarber, OF $3,600

  • Jose Peraza, 2B/SS $2,500

  • Joey Votto, 1B $3,400

My Lineup

P- Paxton $9,300 P- Musgrove $5,800 C- Posey $4,000 1B- Belt $4,400 2B- Gennett $3,100 3B- Arenado $5,200 SS- Báez $4,100 OF- Blackmon $5,500 OF- Dahl $4,900 OF- Schwarber $3,600

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