Fantasy Baseball Picks: Top MLB Targets, Values For May 15

This Tuesday features another full Major League Baseball slate with 14 games scheduled to take place under the lights. The Padres and Rockies play a matinee at Petco Park, but the other 28 teams are all available to choose from as you put together your fantasy baseball lineup. There are five interleague games on tap, which is more than typical, and one of those matchups features the Yankees heading to D.C. to face off with the Nationals. Three of the 14 games are divisional matchups led by the Angels and Astros clashing in L.A. with the division lead on the line.

As you check out all the matchups and possible plays, make sure to take a look at these top options at each position and price point.

PITCHER

Stud

Gerrit Cole, HOU at LAA, $13,900 — Cole has taken his game to the next level since joining the Astros this offseason in a trade from Pittsburgh. He has gone 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA, a 0.74 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts for Houston and picked up at least eight strikeouts in seven of those eight outings. As a result of his consistency, he has at least 24 DKFP in each start and has averaged 34.5 FPPG. No other pitcher on the slate has averaged even 20 FPPG, so paying up for Cole is a good play even though he is in a tough matchup against the Angels.

Other Options — Noah Syndergaard ($10,800), Eduardo Rodriguez ($9,200)

Value

Mike Foltynewicz, ATL vs. CHC, $8,500 — Foltynewicz has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts this season and has posted a 3.21 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in his 42 innings. He has posted 16-plus DKFP in six of his eight starts and is averaging a solid 17.1 FPPG on the season. He earned 20.3 DKFP in his past start by holding the Marlins to one unearned run in five innings in a solid bounce-back outing after getting roughed up by the Giants in his previous start. Foltynewicz and the Braves host the Cubs in Atlanta after starting the series with a rainout makeup at Wrigley Field on Monday afternoon. He has been consistent and productive, making him a solid solution at this salary.

Other Options — Reynaldo López ($7,500), Jaime Barria ($5,400)


CATCHER

Stud

Buster Posey, SF vs. CIN, $3,800 — Posey continues to consistently produce for the Giants’ offense and is almost always worth a look if you need a bat behind the plate. Posey is hitting .312 with an .819 OPS on the season, and he has been even hotter lately, hitting .400 with five doubles, six RBI and 9.6 FPPG over his past 10 games. Posey is also hitting .400 at AT&T Park with a 1.103 home OPS.

Other Options — Salvador Perez ($4,100), Francisco Cervelli ($3,600)

Value

John Hicks, DET vs. CLE, $3,400 — Hicks has maintained his catcher eligibility while taking over at 1B for Miguel Cabrera (hamstring). Hicks has produced double-digit DKFP in three of his past four games and has averaged 8.3 FPPG over his past 10 games by going 13-for-40 with three doubles and a pair of home runs. Hicks and the rest of the Tigers’ lineup could be great sources of value as they host Josh Tomlin ($4,400), who is 0-4 on the season with an 8.06 ERA and an even worse 9.82 ERA on the road.

Other Options — Manny Piña ($3,100), Tucker Barnhart ($3,000)


FIRST BASE

Stud

Carlos Santana, PHI at BAL, $4,400 — Santana’s average was all the way down to .151 after he went 0-for-5 on May 2 against Miami, but since then he has caught fire and become a great fantasy option as the Phillies visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Santana has gone 12-for-37 (.324) in his past nine games with four doubles, a triple, five home runs, 16 RBI and 13.4 FPPG. He was hitting the ball well throughout his slow start according to advanced metrics, and now his production is catching up with his hard contact.

Other Options — Freddie Freeman ($5,200), Ryon Healy ($4,000)

Value

Niko Goodrum, DET vs. CLE, $3,100 — Another bargain bat from the Tigers to take a look at tonight is Goodrum, who has hit three home runs in his past two games and hit safely in each of his past four. He is 8-for-17 with two doubles, those three home runs, six RBI and 18.3 FPPG during his four-game run.

Other Options — Mark Trumbo ($3,700), Justin Smoak ($3,200)


SECOND BASE

Stud

Ozzie Albies, ATL vs. CHC, $5,100 — Albies went 0-for-10 over the weekend, but he showed his resiliency with 22 DKFP on Monday in the Braves’ afternoon game at Wrigley. He hit his 13th home run of the season and raised his OPS to an even .900. Over his past 10 games, Albies has averaged 10.3 FPPG by hitting .267 with three homers and a pair of stolen bases. The 21-year-old sensation is now 8-for-15 against Chicago this season with a crazy 1.763 OPS. He’ll look to continue his success as the series shifts to Atlanta, where he goes up against Yu Darvish ($7,800).

Other Options — Whit Merrifield ($4,300), Jonathan Schoop ($4,000)

Value

Howie Kendrick, WAS vs. NYY, $3,500 — Kendrick has continued to be a constant for the Nationals, who have struggled with multiple injuries throughout the season. He has hit safely in each of his past six games, going 10-for-26 with a pair of doubles to raise his average to .299 on the season. He and the Nationals will face Masahiro Tanaka ($8,400) to start their mid-week series with the Yankees.

Other Options — Gleyber Torres ($3,800), Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($3,100)


THIRD BASE

Stud

José Ramírez, CLE at DET, $5,100 — Ramírez still seems like a bargain even though his salary has climbed to over $5K. The Indians’ 25-year-old has hit six home runs, stole three bases and gone 14-for-39 (.359) with a 1.393 OPS in his past 10 games, and he has produced 16.7 FPPG over that span. Ramírez homered again in the series-opener in Detroit, and he’ll try to keep crushing in the second game of the series as he goes up against lefty Francisco Liriano ($6,300). Ramírez is 16-for-51 (.314) with a .972 OPS off of southpaws this season.

Other Options — Eugenio Suárez ($4,400), Mike Moustakas ($4,300)

Value

Justin Turner, LAD at MIA, $3,700 — Turner is expected to be activated and in the lineup for the Dodgers’ first game in Miami. He has been out for the season dealing with a wrist injury, and his return will give a huge boost to the L.A. lineup, which has struggled mightily in his absence. Turner hit .322 with 21 home runs, 71 RBI and a .945 OPS in 130 games last season, and he especially crushed lefties, hitting .380 with a 1.181 OPS. He gets to face a southpaw in his season debut as he faces Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen ($4,300) in what should be a good matchup for Turner.

Other Options — Matt Chapman ($3,300), Matt Duffy ($3,200)


SHORTSTOP

Stud

Manny Machado, BAL vs. PHI, $5,200 — The Orioles’ star seems intent on making the most of his upcoming free agency by putting together a monster contract year. Machado is hitting .350 on the season with an insane 1.100 OPS and 11.2 FPPG. He has hit four home runs in his past six games and gone 10-for-20 to average 19.2 FPPG. He and the O’s host the Phillies in an interleague series this week, and Machado is hitting .385 at home with a 1.277 home OPS.

Other Options — Carlos Correa ($4,900), Chris Taylor ($4,000)

Value

Brandon Crawford, SF vs. CIN, $3,200 — Crawford struggled in April and hit just .190 with a .560 OPS, but he has turned things up a notch since the calendar switched to May. He is hitting .412 (21-for-51) with six doubles, a home run, 12 RBI and a 1.017 OPS in his 13 games this month. Since most of that success came on the Giants’ recent road trip, his home stats are skewed low, but he started the homestand strong, going 2-for-4 on Monday night with 18 DKFP. Crawford has averaged 8.7 FPPG over his past 10 games, and he is 15-for-38 (.395) with six doubles during that span.

Other Options — Jean Segura ($3,900), José Iglesias ($2,600)


OUTFIELD

Stud

Odúbel Herrera, PHI at BAL, $4,400 — There are so many elite outfield plays priced around or over $5K, but don’t overlook Herrera, who is available at a cheaper salary but has been swinging a hot bat coming into a great matchup. Herrera had six straight games with double-digit DKFP before just five DKFP on Sunday. He is 13-for-24 with three doubles, three home runs, a stolen base and 16.7 FPPG over his past seven games. Herrera also has a great history against opposing starter Andrew Cashner ($5,000), who he is 6-for-14 (.429) against in their previous meetings with a pair of home runs.

Other Options — J.D. Martinez ($5,100), George Springer ($4,800)

Value

Mikie Mahtook, DET vs. CLE, $3,100 — Mahtook moved into the leadoff spot for the Tigers’ past four games and has at least eight DKFP in four of his five games since being recalled from Triple-A. Mahtook is 5-for-21 with a double, a triple and two stolen bases over that stretch. He’ll be a great source of value at the top of the Detroit lineup if Tomlin continues to scuffle.
Editor’s note: Mahtook is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Indians.

Other Options — Delino DeShields ($3,700), Shin-Soo Choo ($3,400)


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