We have another full slate tonight with plenty of options to choose from. As always, the weather is something to keep an eye. For the purposes of this article, I am not going to be fading players from any one game, although I will mention that as of this morning, the games in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland all have rain in the forecast. For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app.
StudZack Greinke, HOU vs. COL, $9,800 — The Astros are magic. After Aaron Sanchez pitched a combined no-hitter in his debut with Houston, it’s become clear this team is way above every other team in the league at getting the most out of their players. It seems there isn’t much more to get out of a great pitcher like Greinke, however, the Astros managed to improve Justin Verlander. Anything is possible. It also helps that the matchup tonight is enticing. On the road, the Rockies’ offense is ranked 29th with a 71 wRC+.
Other Options — Clayton Kershaw ($11,800), Zack Wheeler ($10,600)
ValueChase Anderson, MIL at PIT, $6,000 — In the past, Anderson was a pitcher I didn’t target much. He’s altered his profile this season, making him a bit more fantasy-friendly. No longer a pure pitch to contact guy, Anderson is striking out a career-high 8.62 hitters per nine innings. Despite the drop in price, he’s in the middle of his best stretch of the season. He’s scored at least 15 DKFP in four of his last five starts and has hit lowest salary since before the All-Star break.
Other Options — Zach Plesac ($7,700), Wade LeBlanc ($5,600)
StudJ.T. Realmuto, PHI at ARI, $4,500 — Realmuto comes into tonight swinging a hot bat. He has at least one hit in eight straight starts and at least 12 DKFP in three of his last four. To start August, he has a 182 wRC+. It took him a few months to get acclimated to playing in Philly and it looks like he will be one of the top fantasy catchers to finish out the season.
Other Options — Yasmani Grandal ($4,200), Stephen Vogt ($4,200)
ValueYan Gomes, WAS at SF, $3,100 — San Francisco is an extreme pitcher’s park although it’s a bit more friendly to right-handed hitters than lefties. Making his second big league start, Connor Menez ($7,200) has a 4.06 ERA in AAA, leading me to believe he will struggle in the big leagues. Gomes has scored at least 12 DKFP in five of his last seven games.
Other Options — Omar Narvaez ($3,800), James McCann ($3,600)
FIRST BASEPete Alonso, NYM vs. MIA, $4,700 — Despite a 35-homer rookie season, there has been some concern around Alonso struggling a bit since the All-Star break. After homering yesterday, I expect him to get back on track. Alonso is among the best pure power hitters in baseball and this is a good time to jump on him with his price down slightly.
Other Options — Carlos Santana ($5,000), Max Muncy ($4,700)
ValueJoc Pederson, LAD vs. STL, $4,000 — Pederson is in a similar spot to Alonso. He went eight games in a row scoring five or fewer fantasy points and broke out with a homer and 21 DKFP last night against the Cardinals. With plenty of power upside, Joc is two homers away from his career high and Miles Mikolas ($7,000) is allowing a .359 wOBA to left-handed hitters.
Other Options — Jake Lamb ($4,100), Jose Abreu ($3,800)
StudKetel Marte, ARI vs. PHI, $5,300 — Marte is easily having the best season of his career. He has a 143 wRC+ and he’s been a hitting machine at home. In Arizona, he has a .340 batting average and he’s been hitting for more power lately. In his last three games, Marte has a homer, two triples and he’s averaging 19.3 DKFP.
Other Options — Whit Merrifield ($5,100), Gleyber Torres ($5,000)
ValueChad Pinder, OAK at CHC, $3,600 — Even though he’s having a mediocre season, Pinder still has a 108 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. There is some concern he won’t be starting since this game is being played in the National League without a DH, but he’s shown a lot of power upside recently when given the chance to play. Pinder homered in two of his last three games.
Other Options — Cesar Hernandez ($3,800), Adam Frazier ($3,700)
StudJose Ramirez, CLE vs. TEX, $4,800 — In recent weeks, I don’t think there is a player I have written up more than Ramirez. I have no clue what caused his struggles at the start of the season although it doesn’t matter at this point. His early-season struggles are behind him and Ramirez is back to looking like the MVP candidate from a year ago. He has a 148 wRC+ since the All-Star break.
Other Options — Eduardo Escobar ($4,900), Eugenio Suarez ($4,600)
ValueVladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR at TBR, $4,400 — The Vlad we expected when he got called up is finally here. It took him a couple of months to get used to MLB pitching and now he can’t be stopped. I think he could tear through the league like this until he retires. Toronto fans have to be pleased with its bright young star since he has an extra-base hit in seven of his last nine games. He’s averaging 16.78 DKFP over this stretch.
Other Options — Kris Bryant ($4,400), Matt Chapman ($3,900)
StudJavier Baez, CHC vs. OAK, $5,000 — There are quite a few expensive shortstops in good spots tonight. Of all the names, it is hard to overlook the recent form of Baez and the damage he’s done against left-handed pitching this season. Against southpaws, he has a 170 wRC+ and he’s hit three homers in his last four games. Baez is averaging 21.75 DKFP over that span.
Other Options — Francisco Lindor ($5,500), Xander Bogaerts ($5,200)
ValueLeury Garcia, CHW at DET, $4,000 — Since this is a doubleheader for the White Sox, it is possible Garcia gets rested for the nightcap since he’s leading off in the early game. If he plays, I always like offenses in the second part of a doubleheader. Bullpens are typically fatigued and the Tigers’ starter, Drew VerHagen ($5,200), has an 11.66 ERA. Detroit could be forced to go to an exhausted pen early tonight.
Other Options — Marcus Semien ($4,300), Jean Segura ($4,100)
StudCody Bellinger, LAD vs. STL, $5,500 — Now at -149 to win the NL MVP, Bellinger is starting to put some distance between himself and the field. He’s homered in three of his last four starts as the Dodgers have opened their lead in the NL West up to 18 games. It appears his hot first half of the season was no fluke.
Other Options — Mike Trout ($5,700), Mookie Betts ($5,300)
ValueNick Senzel, CIN vs. LAA, $4,100 — With one of the highest implied team totals on the slate and cheap pricing throughout the lineup, the Reds are my favorite value stack on the slate. Hitting at the top of the lineup, Senzel has to be considered in any Cincy stack. He’s slumped a bit lately although his struggles have come against righties. Against left-handed pitching, he’s still mashing and has 141 wRC+ against them for the season.
Other Options — Eloy Jimenez ($3,700), Nick Castellanos ($3,700)
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