If the A’s have a high implied total (like today, where they rank 2nd on the slate) and Joyce continues to hit at the top of the order, he’s going to make regular appearances as a Spotlight Hitter. He gets a match-up against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox tonight. In the past 365 days, Gonzalez has the second worst xFIP among starters who have thrown 100 innings.
Two caveats for this one. First, Thames has to play. He’s day-to-day right now, so keep an eye on his status. Second, this play looks significantly better on FanDuel, where Thames has a bargain price in a line-up with the highest implied total on the slate. There are plenty of options on the Brewers tonight, but getting the lefty/right match-up with Thames is the best allocation of resources.
For the DraftKings peeps, I recommend taking a close look at Francisco Lindor. Lindor sports a career .285/.345/.466 line against righties, which is excellent for someone that plays shortstop. He draws a match-up against Jake Odorizzi, who is, AT BEST, a league average starter. Lindor shows up a lot on DraftKings as part of an Indians stack, but I’d be more than OK with rostering him individually if you don’t have a shortstop in your other stack.
I agree with Josh that Matt Joyce is in a great spot as the leadoff hitter, and he will be one of my outfielders in cash on both sites at his low price. For shortstop, I think Lindor is a great option in stacks, but Trea Turner is better in cash for a similar price. The Nationals projection of runs is lower than the Indians, but Turner gets an elite number of steals which makes my projection for him higher than Lindor. Thames I have as the top option at 1st base with the high team total and positive platoon matchup, so like Josh, I recommend him in all formats.