DFS Super 5: 7/13/19

I’ve been toying with something in my brain now for about a week, and that’s how to speak to the daily fantasy players. This is a major portion of the fantasy sports community, and one that makes the most sense from a fan’s standpoint.

There’s really not a lot of commitment.

The baseball season is very, very long.

I get that.

And that’s why baseball has grown in popularity with regards to Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).

So, I decided to start giving some insight on who you should start in these leagues, based on a number of factors lining up for your advantage. But here’s the thing.

I’m going to grade myself on the results.

And you can grade me, too.

Do I recommend someone and they go 0-4 with 3 k’s? Give me an “F.”

So here’s my very first “DFS Super 5,” 4 hitters and 1 pitcher that I believe you should deploy for the games of Saturday, July 13. On my next DFS article, I’ll update you on the five players I chose, and give a grade based on their actual box score.

This will be fun. Or, I’ll crash and burn and look like a fool. Well, as Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Without further ado:

Whit Merrifield. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP

Whit Merrifield: 13 for 31 against Matthew Boyd, with 6 extra base hits and a 1.100 OPS. Also, for what it’s worth, Merrifield has not gone without a hit for more than one game all season.

Nelson Cruz: The Twins’ veteran power hitter continues to put balls in the seats even at 39 years old. On Saturday, he faces Trevor Bauer, against whom he’s 7-14 with one homer, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. His OPS against Bauer is a sizzling 1.445.

George Springer: Mike Minor has been impressive this season, but he’ll meet up with Springer on Saturday, who sports a .450/.538/.700 slash against him in 20 AB. Springer sees the ball well against Minor, walking 5 times against 4 strikeouts.

Francisco Lindor: Lindor has fared well against Jake Odorizzi in his career, pouding out 6 hits in 17 at bats, five of which have gone for extra bases (2 homers). Overall, he owns a 1.271 OPS against and has 1 walk against 4 strikeouts.

Charlie Morton: As if Morton’s 2.32 ERA this season wasn’t enough, he’s facing the Orioles on Saturday. The Orioles combined line against Morton? .143/.189/.229 with 2 walks and 17 strikeouts in 37 PA. That’s a .418 OPS. No one on Baltimore has more than one hit against Morton in their career.

Can’t wait to see how I grade on this, Day One of the DFS Super 5!

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