Monday evening’s main fantasy baseball slate doesn’t feature any monster run totals, but it does have some modest offenses in good spots to step up and produce. Here’s what stands out on the nine-game slate.
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1. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Even with Mike Trout out of the lineup, the Angels have picked up the slack on offense. They’re projected for a slate-high 5.5 runs Monday, facing Texas RHP Shelby Miller ($6,500). Miller’s been atrocious in the early going, with a 9.53 ERA and a 3.18 WHIP.
Excluding Trout and Justin Upton, these LAA bats still are 26-for-75 against Miller, with Justin Bour ($4,000) smashing a pair of homers in this matchup. Having scored five or more runs in five of their past seven games, the Angels finally have found their offense. This matchup is perfect to keep the momentum going in terms of both pitching and ballpark, but maybe more importantly, these bats are all $4,000 and less!
Players to ConsiderJustin Bour ($4,000)
Brian Goodwin ($4,000)
Andrelton Simmons ($3,900)
Kole Calhoun ($3,800)
Albert Pujols ($3,600)
Jonathan Lucroy ($3,500)
2. CHICAGO WHITE SOX
The White Sox are at home with a solid five-run projection against RHP Heath Fillmyer ($5,000) and the Royals. Fillmyer’s pitched once this season, getting smashed for five runs in just three innings. While he had a decent 4.26 ERA in 2018, the White Sox were able to beat him up pretty good for an 11.81 ERA — his worst against any opponent.
The White Sox have scored five or more runs in five of their past nine games and are coming off a series victory over the Yankees. Look for Chicago to stay hot against a Kansas City bullpen that’s been shaky at best over the past couple of seasons.
Players to ConsiderYoan Moncada ($4,800)
Tim Anderson ($4,500)
Jose Abreu ($4,300)
Leury Garcia ($4,200)
Eloy Jimenez ($3,900)
Yonder Alonso ($3,900)
3. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
I like both teams to score in this game, especially with a sneaky strong K.C. offense. The Royals hung around with the Mariners, scoring five-plus runs in three of the four games in that series. Then the Royals went on to sweep the Indians, averaging just under seven runs per game in the series.
RHP Ervin Santana ($5,300) got dominated in his debut for the White Sox this season, giving up seven earned runs and three home runs in just 3 2/3 innings — an eventual 10-5 loss to the Rays. The 36-year-old just hasn’t had any success since all the way back in 2017 — he had an 8.03 ERA in five starts last season. Time to start fading Santana until he proves he still has something left in the tank.
Players to ConsiderAdalberto Mondesi ($5,100)
Whit Merrifield ($4,600)
Alex Gordon ($4,200)
Jorge Soler ($4,200)
Ryan O’Hearn ($3,700)
Lucas Duda ($3,700)
4. MIAMI MARLINS
We’re fading a lot of pitchers on this slate, and that’s exactly the case with the Cubs and RHP Yu Darvish ($7,800). Miami’s offense can be a complete dud to target, but the bats are extremely affordable, and a 3.8-run projection isn’t terrible. This is obviously a stack purely for GPPs, but the Marlins did show 10-run upside in Saturday’s game against Philly.
Darvish, as his 7.50 ERA suggests, has fallen apart in all three of his starts this season. He’s given up 10 runs in 12 innings pitched and walked more batters than he’s struck out on the season. The Cubs’ bullpen has been terrible so far in 2019, and the opposition has scored at least five runs in each of Darvish’s starts.
Players to ConsiderCurtis Granderson ($3,400)
Neil Walker ($3,300)
Starlin Castro ($3,300)
Jorge Alfaro ($3,200)
Miguel Rojas ($3,100)
Brian Anderson ($2,900)
5. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
The Brewers will square off against the Cardinals and RHP Dakota Hudson ($6,200) at home, where they’re projected for 4.8 runs. The Brewers already faced Hudson in Milwaukee this season and crushed three homers off him for four runs in 4 1/3 innings. All three of those homers were by LHBs, so that makes things pretty obvious as to where we want to start our stack here.
The Brewers have been a little off lately, but did score eight runs twice on their six-game road trip to Los Angeles. Back home against a pitcher they’ve had success against this season, Milwaukee could go overlooked on this slate.
Players to ConsiderChristian Yelich ($5,400)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,600)
Ryan Braun ($4,600)
Yasmani Grandal ($4,500)
Mike Moustakas ($4,300)
Travis Shaw ($3,900)
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