Monday has an above-average 12-game fantasy baseball slate on DraftKings to get the week started.
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1. LOS ANGELES ANGELSThe Angels are projected for a slate-high 6.1 runs in Toronto, where they’ll have the luxury of facing Edwin Jackson ($4,200). Even if the Blue Jays attempt to get crafty and give Jackson an opener, the spot still sets up as nearly perfect for any opposing offense. Jackson’s coming off his best outing of the season, giving up two runs to Baltimore in five innings, while Toronto still gave up six total runs.
Jackson’s ERA remains over 10.00, and the opposition is averaging 11.2 runs per game over his last five starts. The Blue Jays had a top-10 bullpen earlier in the season, but it’s currently dropped to 12th overall, and hasn’t been pitching well of late. The Angels average over 5.0 runs per game, and have remained a solid road offense.
Players to ConsiderMike Trout ($5,600)
Shohei Ohtani ($5,100)
Tommy La Stella ($4,700)
Albert Pujols ($4,200)
Justin Upton ($3,900) Q
Jonathan Lucroy ($3,300)
2. LOS ANGELES DODGERSThe Dodgers will host Tyler Beede ($5,400) and the Giants, projected for 5.3 runs. Beede has an 8.06 ERA, and the opposition has scored five or more runs in five of his six starts this season — averaging 7.16 runs per game. Beede’s still pitched just 30 innings in his career, and this will be his first time facing the division rival Dodgers.
Los Angeles has been dominant at home, where it is averaging 5.5 runs per game. San Francisco’s fifth-ranked bullpen could help limit the Dodgers bats later in this game, but it sets up for some early damage to be done. Beede’s been much worse on the road in his career, and gets slammed by LHBs, which the Dodgers have plenty of.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,700)
Max Muncy ($5,000)
Joc Pederson ($4,600)
Justin Turner ($4,300)
Alex Verdugo ($4,000)
Matthew Beaty ($3,500)
3. WASHINGTON NATIONALSWatch out for potential weather concerns in Washington, but if we get a full game here, the Nationals are in a great spot against Jake Arrieta ($7,300) and the Phillies, holding a 5.5-run projection. Arrieta has a 4.54 ERA on the road this season, giving up 10 of his 14 home runs away from home in fewer innings than he’s pitched in Philly. LHBs also have connected on 10 of his 14 home runs, and this is a park that both of those numbers should carry some weight in.
Since gaining their health, the Nationals have become an above average offense, scoring 15 runs on Sunday afternoon against Arizona. I’d look to focus on LHBs here in your stack, but sprinkling in some RHBs won’t hurt. They should get opportunities later in the game against Philly’s below-average bullpen.
Players to ConsiderTrea Turner ($5,400)
Anthony Rendon ($5,000)
Juan Soto ($4,500)
Adam Eaton ($4,100)
Matt Adams ($4,000)
Brian Dozier ($3,700)
4. MINNESOTA TWINSThe best offense in baseball is averaging just shy of 6.0 runs per game, and projected for 5.5 when hosting the Red Sox on this slate. Rick Porcello ($7,000) has been terrible this season, but even worse on the road — 6.37 ERA with 26 runs and eight home runs allowed in just 29 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox have only allowed under five runs in one of Porcello’s six road starts, and this will be his toughest task yet. The Twins have the LHBs to give Porcello problems, and have picked up their scoring at home — at least five runs in 5-of-6 games during their current homestand. Expect them to remain in this groove against one of the most underperforming starters in baseball.
Players to ConsiderMax Kepler ($5,400)
Nelson Cruz ($5,300)
Jorge Polanco ($4,800)
Eddie Rosario ($4,800)
Marwin Gonzalez ($4,200)
Jason Castro ($4,200)
5. CLEVELAND INDIANSThe Indians have a five-run projection in Texas, opposite Lance Lynn ($9,500) and the Rangers. While Lynn’s been winning games at home, his ERA has been nearly a full run worse than on the road — 4.91 ERA. The Rangers have the 20th-ranked bullpen, which should give a suddenly hot Cleveland offense some life.
The Indians have scored 25 runs through three games of this road trip, and are incredibly affordable. The heart of Cleveland’s order if filled with value bats, which can either allow you to pay up for pitcher, or pair a cheap Indians stack with one of the more expensive stacks above.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($5,200)
Carlos Santana ($4,900)
Oscar Mercado ($4,200)
Jose Ramirez ($3,700)
Jake Bauers ($3,500)
Jason Kipnis ($2,700)
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