Major League Baseball has 11 games lined up tonight to get a new fantasy week started. As you start your prep work for Monday, check out a bargain pitcher (under $8K) and three bargain hitters (under $3.5K) who make good plays tonight.
Jake Odorizzi – TB vs. CIN – $7,200
Odorizzi has struggled on the road, especially lately, getting knocked around by the Blue Jays and Mariners in his last two starts away from Tropicana Field. Those struggles have knocked his price down making him an affordable option to consider for tonight since he’s at home.
In his six home starts, he is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. He posted 23.6 DKFP in his last start at home when he dominated the White Sox and matched his season-high with eight strikeouts. Tonight, he’ll take on the Reds in an unusual interleague matchup. Hardly any of the Reds have seen Odorizzi before, and I think he’ll post another solid start at home.
Yuli Gurriel – 1B – HOU @ OAK – $2,900
The Astros are in Oakland to start the week tonight as they take on Oakland rookie Daniel Gossett who allowed seven runs in 3.1 innings in his MLB debut last Wednesday. Gurriel and the Astros have cooled off a little bit since their torrid start to the month, but he’s a great option at under $3K tonight in his favorable matchup in Oakland.
Gurriel is 18-56 (.321) in June with six doubles, three homers and 10 RBI. He has a healthy .911 June OPS after a miserable May which resulted in just a .566 OPS. He has averaged 6.0 FPPG over his last 10 games after going 2-5 with a pair of doubles for 10 DKFP in the series finale against the Red Sox last night. He’s an extremely cheap way to get a player in a very productive lineup in a great matchup tonight.
Billy Hamilton – OF – CIN @ TB – $3,300
Hamilton had a big game yesterday against the Dodgers making an outstanding catch at the wall in addition to going 3-5 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. The steal ended a 13-game drought for Hamilton which was the longest stretch of his career without swiping a bag.
He has been hitting a bit better, though, going 7-22 (.318) over the last week with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored. He will look to continue that momentum and continue to cause havoc on the basepaths as he and the Reds take on Jake Odorizzi tonight. Tampa has allowed the seventh-most stolen bases this season. Hamilton’s early-month slump makes him very affordable despite having a sky-high ceiling due to his speed.
Javier Báez – 2B/SS – CHC vs. SD– $2,900
The Cubs lineup has struggled as a group this year, and Báez has been struggling again in June after appearing to find his stride in May. It’s been an up-and-down year for the 24-year-old, but he still has tons of potential and a great glove which keeps him in the lineup most nights for Chicago.
Báez is hitting only .242 on the season, but he has been much better when the Cubs play at home. At Wrigley Field, Báez is 28-97 (.289) with six homers, 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. He has a .873 home OPS compared to just a .587 road OPS. Tonight, he’ll be at home facing lefty Clayton Richard of the Padres. Báez has a .861 OPS against lefties this season, so take a look at him if you need to spend under $3K at a middle-infield spot.
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