Rise and Grind Daily Fantasy: 7/19/19


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: 14 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.


  • Justin Verlander $11,400

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu $11,000

  • Patrick Corbin $10,800

  • Jacob deGrom $10,600

  • Shane Bieber $10,400

  • Mike Minor $9,900

  • David Price $9,300

  • Marcus Stroman $9,000


  • Brendan McKay $8,700

  • Jake Odorizzi $8,400

  • Adam Wainwright $8,200

  • Chris Bassitt $8,000

  • Zac Gallen $7,300

  • Mike Leake $7,000


  • John Means $6,800

  • Jake Arrieta $6,600

  • JA Happ $6,400

  • Julio Teheran $6,400

  • Tyler Beede $6,200

  • Mike Montgomery $6,100

  • Tyler Mahle $6,000

  • Reynaldo López $5,800

  • Jordan Lyles $5,600

  • Jhoulys Chacin $5,500

  • Taylor Clarke $5,200

  • Kyle Freeland $4,900

  • Jordan Zimmerman $4,600

The premium tier is surprisingly stocked today. Verlander, Ryu, deGrom, Bieber, and Price are all excellent options. I’m going with Verlander and Ryu today. I’ll need to find some value with hitters.

The medium tier is very small but McKay is a very good choice today. If I can’t find hitters that fit with the two pricey pitchers I’ll pair one with McKay.

A very large Bargain Bin has Happ, Teheran, Beede, Mahle, López, Lyles, Chacin, and Clarke are all good options. I really like Mahle against STL.


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 $5,800

  • J.D. Martinez, OF $4,700

  • Mookie Betts, OF $5,200

  • Nolan Arenado, 3B $4,600

  • Trevor Story, SS $5,500


  • Josh VanMeter, 3B/OF $2,200

  • Khris Davis, OF $3,400

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 3B $3,700

  • J.D. Martinez, OF $4,700

  • Scooter Gennett, 2B $3,300

My Lineup

P- Verlander $11,400 P- Ryu $11,000 C- Maile $2,000 1B- Votto $3,400 2B- Gennett $3,300 3B- Arenado $4,600 SS- Peraza $3,300 OF- Martinez $4,700 OF- Davis $3,400 OF- Williams $2,700

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