It’s the final day of the MLB regular season and we end with a massive 15-game fantasy baseball slate. As you prepare, make sure to be following @DKLive for the latest MLB news updates and lineup information. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
StudNoah Syndergaard – NYM vs. MIA – $10,400 – Thor gets a nice way to end the season by matching up against the Marlins. He’s faced this club twice already, tossing 13 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on 12 hits while striking out 12 for a DKFP average of 21.5. At $10,400 he’s more than affordable to pay up for as your SP1. Since being that pesky team all season long, the Marlins have really packed it in as of late, sporting a .284 wOBA with a .098 ISO over the past two weeks and a K% of 25.6.
Other Option – Carlos Carrasco ($11,900)
ValueKevin Gausman – ATL vs. PHI – $8,400 – This game has some playoff implications, as the Braves are fighting for home field advantage for the NLDS in a wild race which includes the Dodgers and Rockies. Gausman will have his final tune-up against the lowly Phillies lineup today, a team he faced once already. In that start, he threw 6.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out seven for 18.1 DKFP. The Phillies have been downright miserable at the plate, reaching Marlin type levels with their .272 wOBA, .125 ISO and 26 K% over the last two weeks.
Other Option – Mike Montgomery ($6,400)
StudRobinson Chirinos – TEX vs. SEA – $4,200 – Chirinos is always a hit-or-miss option at catcher, but it’s undeniable that he possesses some fantastic power. He’s been a bit more productive against lefties overall, owner of a .333 wOBA and a .196 ISO against them with a 39% hard-hit rate. He’ll be taking on Roenis Elias ($6,000) who at Safeco Field sports a .352 wOBA through 22 innings of work.
Other Option – Gary Sanchez ($4,200)
ValueJames McCann – DET vs. MIL – $2,700 – – McCann has been making some contact of a late, which is quite the feat when you see what he has or hasn’t done all season long. Over his last three games, McCann is 5-for-12 with four runs knocked it while batting sixth in the lineup. His overall numbers won’t impress you by any means, so don’t bother. If you need to save some salary, McCann can help you do that.
Other Option – Nick Hundley ($3,000)
StudYuli Gurriel – HOU vs. BAL – $4,900 – Gurriel is looking to end the season on a high note, as he’s been raking at the plate in the month of September. Over his last 10 games, Gurriel is averaging 12 DKFP with three home runs, three doubles and 11 runs knocked in. He’ll face Jimmy Yacabonis ($4,400), who has been exceptionally bad at Camden Yards. Through 25.1 innings, Yacabonis has posted a .384 wOBA with a seven of his eight home runs allowed on the season.
Other Option – Matt Olson ($4,200)
ValueJake Bauers – TB vs. TOR – $3,600 – Bauers is a nice value play at first base today as he’ll face Sam Gaviglio. On the road, Gaviglio has been horrific, posting a .411 wOBA through 46.2 innings and a more specific .430 wOBA to lefties in this spot. At home against righties, Bauers sports a .328 wOBA with a .195 ISO with five of his 11 home runs.
Other Option – Jay Bruce ($3,900)
StudOzzie Albies – ATL vs. PHI – $4,500 – With the lefty on the hill, Albies should move up in the order, likely batting second. Albies has been extremely more productive against lefties, posting a .384 wOBA with a .213 ISO and a 37% hard-hit rate. He’ll be facing Andrew Suarez ($7,800) who against righties owns a .356 wOBA with 22 of his 23 home runs allowed on the year.
Other Option – Jose Ramirez ($5,200)
ValueJedd Gyorko – STL vs. CHC – $4,000 – Second base doesn’t have a lot of enticing cheap options as Gyorko is likely the lowest I’d go if I’m paying “down.” He’s been fantastic against lefties all season long and faces Montgomery this afternoon. Against lefties, Gyorko has a .393 wOBA with a .216 ISO with a 44% hard-hit rate.
Other Option – Neil Walker ($3,900)
StudJosh Donaldson – CLE vs. KC – $4,700 – – Not that this Indians team really needed more pop in their lineup but that what Donaldson has been providing. He has a fantastic matchup today against Skoglund, who against righties has a .329 wOBA with seven of his 11 home runs on the year. As for Donaldson, he owns a .385 wOBA on the year against lefties with a .236 ISO and a 39% hard-hit rate.
Other Option – Justin Turner ($4,300)
ValueJeimer Candelario – DET vs. MIL – $3,900 – I had him here yesterday and he still checks in as a good value play today as well. Facing left-handed pitching has been a successful endeavor for Candelario and he could find more of the same today against Gio Gonzalez ($7,800). Against lefties, Candelario owns a .365 wOBA against lefties with a .200 ISO and a with a 40% hard-hit rate. As for Gonzalez, against righties, he owns a .338 wOBA with a 4.60 FIP and a 31% hard-hit rate.
Other Option – Adrian Sanchez ($3,100)
StudManny Machado – LAD vs. SF – $4,500 – I mentioned the poor numbers Suarez has against righties, so it feels only right to get Machado into our lineups as well. On the year, Machado has hit lefties very well, as evidenced by his .382 wOBA, .240 ISO and 11 of his 37 home runs on the year. Machado hasn’t had the best month of September, but his power has still been around as he owns a .216 ISO during that span.
Other Option- Trea Turner ($5,700)
ValueKetel Marte – ARI vs. SD – $4,100 – – We simply have too many good options at shortstop to really consider going overly cheap here. Marte is one of the better cheaper options as he faces the lefty Joey Lucchesi ($7,900). Against lefties, Marte quietly put together a .400 wOBA with a .251 ISO with eight of his 13 home runs on the season.
Other Option- Freddy Galvis ($3,800)
StudVictor Robles — WAS vs. COL – $4,900 –Robles has made quite an impression in the 18 games he’s been up with the big club. Against lefties, he’s posted a quick .405 wOBA with a .227 ISO and a 37% hard-hit rate. He’ll face Tyler Anderson ($6,500) who at Coors Field against righties has a .335 wOBA with 12 of his 30 home runs allowed on the year and a 34% hard-hit rate.
Other Options – Starling Marte ($5,300), Charlie Blackmon ($5,000)
ValueCarlos Gonzalez – COL vs. WAS – $4,200 – On the other side of this game, Erick Fedde ($5,200) draws the start at Coors Field for the first time this season. His numbers overall are quite terrible and against lefties are no different. In these spots, he owns a .349 wOBA with a 4.45 FIP and a 32% hard-hit rate on the year. At home against righties, Cargo owns a .409 wOBA with a .291 ISO.
Other Options – Adam Duvall ($3,800), Jake Cave ($4,000)
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