Monday brings us just a six-game main fantasy baseball slate, and only one team projected to score more than five runs. It’s a pretty limited slate for offensive options, but here are the top places I’d look for stacks.

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1. CLEVELAND INDIANS

The Indians are averaging just 3.56 runs per game — almost a run and a half less than last season. It’s a disappointing start offensively, but the club has managed to score five runs three times in its past five games and has a strong matchup to continue some of that success. Cleveland will face RHP Reynaldo Lopez ($6,800) in Chicago, which comes with a 4.7-run projection.

Lopez has been terrible for the White Sox this season, with a 6.38 ERA that even jumps to 7.18 in his five starts at home this season. Five of Lopez’s eight total starts have seen the opposition score five or more runs, including his most recent start against the Indians. These bats have handled Lopez well in the past, going 19-for-58 (.328) against him, and he has a pretty average bullpen behind him. This is a good time to jump on the Indians in anticipation of them heating up, because these bats are crazy cheap.

Players to Consider

Francisco Lindor ($4,700)
Jose Ramirez ($4,300)
Carlos Santana ($4,300)
Jake Bauers ($3,800)
Carlos Gonzalez ($3,700)
Jason Kipnis ($3,600)


2. MINNESOTA TWINS

The Twins just continue to be one of baseball’s most consistent offenses, averaging 5.3 runs per game and are projected for another 4.8 at home Monday. Minnesota will face LHP Tyler Skaggs ($7,300), who’s been a completely different pitcher away from home this season. Skaggs’ 2.19 ERA at home is terrific, but the 6.38 road ERA through four starts is telling. The most recent one did the most damage to his ERA, giving up eight runs in an eventual 10-3 loss in Detroit — to a Tigers offense that ranks just 28th in runs per game.

The Twins have managed to score six or more runs in seven of their past 12 games, so we’re getting a pretty high-upside offense here. The only downside here is we have to pay up for the bats given the damage they’ve done. But with a lot of very productive LHBs in the order, this could be a good time to try rostering a couple of the cheaper RHBs because of the matchup.

Players to Consider

Jorge Polanco ($5,000)
Mitch Garver ($4,700)
Nelson Cruz ($4,500) Q
C.J. Cron ($4,300)
Jonathan Schoop ($4,100)
Marwin Gonzalez ($3,300)


3. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

The Diamondbacks are projected for a slate-high 5.1 runs as they play host to the Pirates, but the expensive bats keep them from being the top overall stack. It also has been seven games since we’ve even seen Arizona score more than four runs, so it’s tough to invest this much salary in what’s been a cold offense.

Pittsburgh will send RHP Nick Kingham ($6,500) to the mound, who’s appeared in nine games this season, but only started once. Kingham’s been less than stellar in 2019, with a 5.94 ERA. He lasted four innings in his lone start, allowing two runs to the Rangers. Because Kingham’s primarily a relief pitcher, we also should heavily factor in the bullpen here — the Pirates rank just 21st with a 4.56 ERA.

Players to Consider

Ketel Marte ($5,200)
Jarrod Dyson ($5,100)
David Peralta ($5,100)
Eduardo Escobar ($5,000)
Christian Walker ($4,900)
Adam Jones ($4,700)


4. OAKLAND ATHLETICS

The A’s don’t have an ideal matchup against Mariners LHP Yusei Kikuchi ($7,500), but projected for 4.4 runs and extremely affordable, they deserve some consideration. Kikuchi had been a great pitcher to stack against in April but cleaned things up with just two runs allowed in his past 15-plus innings.

While Oakland ranks just 20th in runs per game this season, it’s been significantly better playing on the road, scoring 5.35 runs per game. Seattle’s bullpen is the most attractive aspect of stacking against it, though, ranking just 27th with a 5.44 ERA. Combine that with the surprisingly cheap bats, and there’s a lot of value to be had here if the A’s wind up taking advantage.

Players to Consider

Matt Chapman ($4,400)
Khris Davis ($4,000)
Marcus Semien ($3,900)
Mark Canha ($3,900)
Chad Pinder ($3,700)
Stephen Piscotty ($3,600)


5. HOUSTON ASTROS

Matt Boyd ($8,800) has been pretty spectacular for the Tigers this season — 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA, just three home runs allowed in more than 50 innings and opponents hitting under .200 against him. The Tigers haven’t allowed more than five runs in one of Boyd’s starts since back on Opening Day, a streak of seven straight games.

On the flip side, the Astros have just been red-hot at the plate. After a cold start to 2019, Houston is baseball’s third-ranked offense at 5.4 runs per game. The Astros have scored a whopping 26 runs in their past two games and are projected for just under five against Boyd. While the matchup is difficult, sometimes it’s beneficial to just ride these hot bats. Detroit’s bullpen ranks just 26th, so there should be some good opportunities after Boyd exits the game.

Players to Consider

George Springer ($5,600)
Michael Brantley ($5,300)
Alex Bregman ($4,600)
Carlos Correa ($4,500)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,800)
Tyler White ($3,300)


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