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Here are some stacking options for Monday’s 12-game fantasy baseball slate:
1. HOUSTON ASTROSThe Astros aren’t in the best park for hitters, nor do they sport the highest projected run total on the slate — they simply have the luxury of facing Toronto RHP Marco Estrada ($4,100). Going up against the Blue Jays in games Estrada is the starter has been fantasy goodness of late, as he owns a 9.43 ERA over the last 30 days. Estrada also gave up four runs in five innings against Houston earlier this season, a game in which the Astros finished with seven runs. Houston’s projected for 5.2 runs in Toronto on Monday.
Players to ConsiderJose Altuve ($4,600)
Alex Bregman ($4,500)
Yuli Gurriel ($4,500)
George Springer ($4,200)
2. BOSTON RED SOXThe Red Sox are projected for 5.3 runs at Fenway, where they have a matchup with similar upside to the Astros. Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy ($7,600) has been riding a cold streak that rivals Estrada — a 7.13 ERA since the All-Star break. The Red Sox have scored 15 runs and hit five home runs against Bundy in less than 25 innings this season.
Players to ConsiderMookie Betts ($5,900)
J.D. Martinez ($5,200)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,800)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,400)
Rafael Devers ($4,100)
Steve Pearce ($4,000)
3. COLORADO ROCKIESThe Rockies are projected for 6.1 runs at Coors Field, going up against RHP Zach Eflin ($6,900) of the Phillies. Eflin’s yet to pitch at Coors this season, but has been much worse on the road, with a 5.07 ERA. This lineup has scored 10 runs in 12 innings against Eflin in his career, though, and are priced very cheap for a home game.
Players to ConsiderCharlie Blackmon ($5,200)
Nolan Arenado ($5,100)
David Dahl ($5,000)
Trevor Story ($5,000) – Questionable
DJ LeMahieu ($4,400)
4. CLEVELAND INDIANSThe Indians are projected for 5.4 runs as they’ll face White Sox RHP Dylan Covey ($4,400) in Chicago. Covey’s faced this lineup plenty of times this season, giving up 18 runs in 25 innings (over five total starts). The Indians are a little too priced up compared to the stacks above them, but maybe that gets you lower ownership here.
Players to ConsiderEdwin Encarnacion ($4,600)
Yonder Alonso ($4,100)
Greg Allen ($3,900)
Melky Cabrera ($3,700)
Yandy Diaz ($3,700)
5. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTSHere’s your value stack if you are spending up on pitching, or want to combine the Giants with one of these other priced-up stacks. San Fran’s projected for 4.1 runs against Padres RHP Bryan Mitchell ($4,200), who owns a 6.16 ERA on the season. Mitchell’s even been smacked around by the Giants, holding a 7.88 ERA against them in two starts. There’s a ton of salary savers here on both sides of the dish.
Players to ConsiderEvan Longoria ($3,800)
Brandon Crawford ($3,700)
Chris Shaw ($3,700)
Joe Panik ($3,600)
Nick Hundley ($3,400)
Gregor Blanco ($3,000)
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