Just a five-gamer on Monday night, so here are a few stacks that stand out on the short slate.
It’s important to note that you should always keep an eye on the news and lineup notes from @DKLive in order to best prepare for each slate. In addition, feel free to get at me on Twitter with any questions — @julianedlow.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s game between the Angels and Rangers has been postponed due to the death of SP Tyler Skaggs.
1. TAMPA BAY RAYSThe Rays are projected for 5.6 runs hosting the Orioles, who are yet to name a starting pitcher. So let’s base this one off the bullpen — Baltimore ranks 29th with a 6.02 ERA. Tampa used to be a more productive offense on the road, but is now averaging 4.63 runs per game at home.
While the projected run total is nothing crazy, this is a spot the Rays can hit their ceiling. While Baltimore found itself in a pitcher’s duel on Sunday, there were 13-plus runs scored in three of its previous four games. They Rays have scored 11 runs in their last two home games facing a solid Rangers squad, so expect that number to jump against the O’s bullpen.
Players to ConsiderAustin Meadows ($4,600)
Brandon Lowe ($4,300)
Yandy Diaz ($4,300)
Avisail Garcia ($4,200)
Ji-Man Choi ($3,700)
2. TEXAS RANGERSThe Rangers are back home, projected for 5.7 runs against Jose Suarez ($8,500) and the Angels. Suarez has a 5.57 ERA that jumps to over six on the road. His three starts have resulted in 19 total runs, and the Angels have a below average bullpen behind him.
Meanwhile, the Rangers have the fifth-ranked offense in baseball, and the 5.7 runs they average at home ranks third. Suarez being a lefty could hold things over for a bit, but eventually the talent should prevail here. After a relatively quiet road trip, the offense should ramp up for Texas back at home.
Players to ConsiderJoey Gallo ($5,500)
Danny Santana ($5,400)
Elvis Andrus ($4,600)
Willie Calhoun ($4,200)
Delino Deshields ($3,800)
Asdrubal Cabrera ($3,500) Q
3. CHICAGO CUBS
The Cubs are projected for 5.0 runs in Pittsburgh, in a tough matchup against Trevor Williams ($8,100). On a larger slate, Chicago could be more of a contrarian stack, but it has enough lefty bats to make some noise here. Williams got off to a hot start this season, but the opposition is averaging six runs per game in his two starts since returning from the IL.
Williams has only pitched 15 1/3 innings in his last three starts, so he may not be able to make it deep in this one. Fortunately for the Cubs, the Pirates have the 26th-ranked bullpen in baseball, just recently dipping their ERA under five. The Cubs have a top-10 offense, averaging over five runs per game. With Williams coming off the IL, the bullpen could be more of a factor here.
Players to ConsiderJavier Baez ($5,200)
Kris Bryant ($4,600)
Anthony Rizzo ($4,600)
Jayson Heyward ($4,400)
Kyle Schwarber ($3,900)
Victor Caratino ($3,500)
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