Rise and Grind Daily Fantasy: 7/5/19


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.


  • Justin Verlander $12,000

  • Jacob deGrom $11,300

  • Clayton Kershaw $10,700

  • Zack Greinke $9,700

  • Masahiro Tanaka $9,500


  • Eduardo Rodriguez $8,700

  • Jordan Yamamoto $8,600

  • Dylan Bundy $8,100

  • Brendan McKay $8,000

  • Martin Perez $7,900

  • Austin Voth $7,700

  • Dakota Hudson $7,600

  • Vincent Velasquez $7,500

  • Adrian Sampson $7,300

  • Brett Anderson $7,000


  • Drew Pomeranz $6,800

  • Felix Pena $6,700

  • Brad Keller $6,700

  • Julio Teheran $6,600

  • Eric Lauer $6,100

  • Zach Davies $5,300

  • Gregory Soto $5,200

  • Steven Brault $5,100

  • Antonio Senzatela $5,000

  • Aaron Sanchez $4,900

  • Yusei Kikuchi $4,400

Verlander and deGrom deserve their top billing tonight but I have to use deGrom over JV. Greinke is another fine option but I wouldn’t use Kershaw or Tanaka at all.

Rodriguez and Perez are pretty solid choices tonight but I like other options better. They’re the only ones from the middle tier that I’m considering. I’m especially staying far away from Yamamoto and Sampson.

Pomeranz and Teheran are big time values tonight. I’m using Pomeranz for this slate. Sanchez and Kikuchi are also big values but I just don’t trust them.


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.


  • J.D. Martinez, OF $4,800

  • Mookie Betts, OF $5,000

  • Ronald Acuña Jr, OF $5,200

  • Freddie Freeman, 1B $5,100

  • Anthony Rendon, 3B $5,200


  • John Hicks, C $2,000

  • Jesus Aguilar, 1B $3,000

  • Jorge Soler, OF $3,900

  • Josh Donaldson, 3B $3,900

  • Khris Davis, OF $3,800

My Lineup

P- deGrom $11,300 P- Pomeranz $6,800 C- Hicks $2,000 1B- Aguilar $3,00 2B- Dozier $3,300 3B- Donaldson $3,900 SS- Bregman $4,500 OF- Acuña Jr. $5,200 OF- Betts $5,000 OF- Martinez $4,800

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