We have both the Orioles and a Coors Field game on this afternoon’s nine-game slate. Here’s who I’m looking at at each position.
StudStephen Strasburg, WAS vs. CIN, $10,600– Playing at home has been a small boost for Stras in the 2019 season as he is averaging 22 DKFP and maintaining a 0.99 WHIP and nine less runs than he has on the road in just one less game played. He will face a Reds team that is ailing with injuries and has some beatable guys being forced to play. Strasburg is the top option, but it’s close between a few.
Other Options — Wade Miley ($9,400)
ValueHomer Bailey, OAK at SF, $6,800– The most recent start was a disaster for the Athletics’ acquisition, but it doesn’t take away from the fact he doesn’t give up a lot of home runs with his groundball style, and that’ll come in handy in such a good pitcher’s park. At just $6,800 you only need five innings pitched and a couple strikeouts with the win to be happy, and that’s extremely feasible in this spot.
Other Options — Jalen Beeks ($6,700)
StudCarson Kelly, ARI at COL, $5,200– One of the best hitting catchers in the league in 2019, Kelly is in another prime spot against Kyle Freeland ($4,800) playing in Coors, and he is the obvious spend at the position. For $5,200 you get a catcher with a recent slash of .323/.432/.806 with more walks than strikeouts, and he’s playing in the best possible offensive environment, so you should try to make room for him.
Other Options — Gary Sanchez ($4,000)
ValueMartin Maldonado, HOU at CWS, $2,800– The journeyman catcher has had a decent season but will need to continue to produce with the Astros to hold his playing time, and today is a great spot for him to keep flexing. Up against a pitcher with bad walk problems and a low strikeout rate, he should be able to find the bases multiple times, and if he does get another extra-base hit, he will crush value.
Other Options — Yan Gomes ($2,700)
FIRST BASEChristian Walker, ARI at COL, $5,100– Is he the most expensive player at this position? Yes. Does he destroy LHPs and get to face one of the worst in the league today? Also yes. He didn’t disappoint last night with a two-run shot to get the rally going, and he’s going to have just as much upside as the Diamondbacks continue their stand at Coors.
Other Options — Yuli Gurriel ($5,000), Trey Mancini ($4,900)
ValueMike Ford, NYY vs. BAL, $3,500– Ford has four home runs in 2019, and three of them have come in the past 10 games. What’s even funnier than that is he only has five hits in that sample and three have been home runs while one was a double. This is to say he’s a really bad hitter that makes it count when he finds contact, and that’s the exact right type of guy you want as a value play.
Other Options — Jesus Aguilar ($3,500)
StudDJ LeMahieu, NYY vs. BAL, $4,900– Interestingly, LeMahieu hasn’t been all that valuable over the past 10 games even while hitting .342 and scoring six runs. He’s one of the best in the league at getting on base and making things happen and the matchup couldn’t be better, so he’s the obvious spend for me at this position.
Other Options — Ketel Marte ($5,400)
ValueRougned Odor, TEX at TOR, $3,600– It’s been a pretty decent stretch for Odor, where his strikeout rate has come down a bit and the SLG has jumped way up, which has allowed him to average 7.9 DKFP while hitting just .212 over the past 33 at-bats. He faces a home run prone pitcher and a bottom-three bullpen, so at his price, the opportunity alone makes him a screaming value.
Other Options — Jurickson Profar ($3,400)
StudAlex Bregman, HOU at CWS, $5,400– Bregman has been out of his mind lately with a slash of .457/.558/.886 and a 1.444 OPS, producing 14.7 fantasy points per game. He faces a terrible pitcher and mediocre bullpen and will hit in the heart of one of the highest projected orders on the slate. He’s a terrific spend if you can.
Other Options — Eduardo Escobar ($5,500)
ValueLogan Forsythe, TEX at TOR, $3,300– Going up against the Blue Jays is going to be a fruitful endeavor more often than not through the rest of the year, and the Rangers are plenty cheap to take the chance on in a great spot. Forsythe isn’t the most patient hitter at the plate, but he has decent power when he gets a hit with 24 extra-base hits in 250 at-bats, so his bargain price tag gets paid off 10% of the time with just one hit. The matchup is great for upside, and I like him to take advantage of it.
Other Options — Ehire Adrianza ($3,300)
StudFernando Tatis Jr., SD vs. TB, $5,400– With just three home runs and two stolen bases in the past 10 games, Tatis Jr. has slowed his torrid fantasy output by a bit but is still exceptionally valuable in DFS. He’s striking out a lot, but gets a great matchup with the Rays’ worst long reliever with the lowest strikeout rate, so his chances of reaching his ceiling are as good as any game in this spot.
Other Options — Trevor Story ($5,500)
ValueWilly Adames, TB at SD, $3,400– Averaging 7.1 DKFP over the past 10 contests with a slash of .273/.368/.485, you can get Adames as a cheap source of consistent production if you aren’t paying up at short stop. He has two games of zero fantasy points but just three of less than five in the recent sample, and he’s facing a pitcher that has struggled with keep players off the basepaths.
Other Options — Orlando Arcia ($2,900)
StudGeorge Springer, HOU at CWS, $5,100– The Astros have had a great stretch of opponents and get to face off with the White Sox and a minor league talent at pitcher, which puts the power bats at a premium. Springer is especially valuable considering his plate discipline and power combo in the leadoff position, and he should have a good chance to be a part of plenty of the runs scored today.
Other Options — Christian Yelich ($5,600)
ValueTrent Grisham, MIL vs. MIN, $3,000– After hitting well in the absence of Christian Yelich ($5,600), Grisham was rewarded with a spot on the bench, but considering how good he was from the leadoff spot in the majors we can expect him to platoon in against RHPs. He averaged 6.7 DKFP with a .790 OPS, which isn’t bad at all for someone at his price, and should he lead off, he’s a fantastic value.
Other Options — Robbie Grossman ($3,400)
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