DraftKings MLB Slugger (September 11)

Tampa Bay Rays lefty Austin Meadows is in a great spot in Texas tonight

  • Tampa Bay Rays lefty Austin Meadows is hitting .535 in September and has hit four home runs in his last seven games.

  • Texas Rangers starter Ariel Jurado has a 7.99 ERA over his last five starts and has struggled against left-handed hitters all season. 

  • Meadows has feasted on right-handed pitchers this year, hitting 20 of his 28 home runs while picking up nine of his 10 stolen bases against that handedness.

Austin Meadows ($5,300)

Rays (-150) @ Rangers (+130)

Meadows' Hot Streak

Tampa Bay Rays budding star Austin Meadows is on another rampage at the plate. The lefty went through a scorching-hot streak early on in the season, but eventually went through a drastic cold stretch. He’s back to being red-hot and now is the time to ride him.

Meadows clubbed eight homers back in August and has followed that up with four long-balls in  just seven starts so far in September. He has five multi-hit games in those seven starts this month and is hitting .535 (15-for-28). The 10 runs, 9 RBI and four doubles he has logged has been impressive, too.

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Jurado's Recent Form

Meadows has been filling out the fantasy stat book regularly and he draws a struggling pitcher in Texas Rangers Ariel Jurado. The right-handed pitcher has been massacred over his last five starts, compiling a hideous 7.99 ERA and allowing seven round-trippers. Jurado’s pathetic 12.5 percent strikeout rate against lefties is a positive sign for Meadows, who hits from the left side. 

Meadows has crushed 20 homers over 318 at bats against right-handed arms this season, hitting .302 in the process with a .964 OPS. He has also accounted for nine of his 10 steals against righties. Meadows’ fierce .277 ISO and .400 wOBA against righties is terrific, too.

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There’s reason to believe that Meadows could drop another big-fly in a smaller Arlington, Texas ballpark against a pitcher that has been very prone to homers this year (20 homers in 116 2/3 innings). Meadows’ 1.701 OPS this month speaks volumes. Confidently roster Meadows tonight despite the hefty price tag.