This afternoon’s three-game slate features just a couple spots even worth considering and few spots you regularly would want to count on. It would make sense to play some off-the-wall plays to try to be different in GPPs, but I’m going to focus on the most important spots for cash games. Let’s take a look.
StudCharlie Morton, TB vs. SEA, $11,100– Four of his past five games have been 20+ DKFP performances with the single bad game coming against the Red Sox. In his most recent start against the Mariners, he was able to put together a great statline and finish with 24.1 DK points, so there’s no reason to think he underperforms in this spot. He’s got the highest floor and highest ceiling on the slate and is a lock in all formats.
Other Options — Luis Castillo ($8,800)
Value, Jake Odorizzi, MIN vs. CWS, $7,700– In general, Odorizzi isn’t somebody with a clean track record, but he does have solid strikeout potential and three of his past five games have been 20+ fantasy points. He’s relatively underpriced on this slate due to the lack of options, so we should take that as a discount and use him where we can.
Other Options — Robbie Erlin ($6,800)
StudTravis d’Arnaud, TB vs. SEA, $4,100– d’Arnaud has had a bit of a cold stretch with no home runs in the past 15 games, but he’s maintained a pretty solid floor with eight games of five or more fantasy points. He’s one of the higher ceiling catchers on the slate and gets a matchup against Wade LeBlanc ($6,500), who gave up four home runs in his most recent start, so the Rays are going to be a focal point of this article, and d’Arnaud is no different.
Other Options — Mitch Garver ($5,000)
ValueMike Zunino, TB vs. SEA, $3,200– The Rays have been adamant about getting d’Arnaud at-bats as one of the best hitters on the team, and it’s freed up Zunino for regular at-bats as well. He’s responded well and has three home runs in the past 10 games, but those home runs are surrounded by very low fantasy point outcomes. He’s much more boom or bust than d’Arnaud, but he’s in the same spot and deserves similar consideration.
Other Options — Welington Castillo ($3,400)
FIRST BASEJose Abreu, CWS at MIN, $4,600– The White Sox are in somewhat of a bad spot against Odorizzi, but in GPPs somebody like Abreu has a lot of upside. He’s priced appropriately but has been on fire lately. He’s got eight games of 10+ DKFP in the past 15 games along with four home runs and five doubles, and with a flyball pitcher on the mound, he is one of the only first basemen with 30+ DKFP upside.
ValueC.J. Cron, MIN vs. CWS, $3,800– This is a rough matchup for the Twins, but it’s not like they haven’t destroyed good pitchers before. Cron is quite underpriced for this slate and has been heating back up after missing time with injury. Four of his past 15 games have been multi-hit outcomes, and with the lack of real options below him, he’s the best value at this position.
Other Options — Daniel Vogelbach ($3,900)
StudEric Sogard, TB vs. SEA, $4,900– Sogard has been reborn in 2019 and is sitting on an .867 OPS and averaging 8.4 DKFP per game. He’s going to start out against a RHP opener and then face a LHP who hasn’t been great against left-handed hitters. He only has got two games with no hits in the past 10 contests and should be in a good position to continue that strong play.
Other Options — Luis Arraez ($4,100)
ValueLuis Urias, SD at CIN, $3,500– With multiple games of 10+ DKFP in the past 10 games and nine RBI in the past six games, Urias is underpriced due to the restricted options on this slate. The matchup is admittedly difficult, but with the platoon advantage and some great plate skills, you could do much worse if you need the savings.
Other Options — Dee Gordon ($3,300)
StudMiguel Sano, MIN vs. CWS, $4,600– The batting average has been lagging behind, but Sano has a .907 OPS and 9.1 DKFP per game in limited action. He’s averaging nearly 14 fantasy points per game in the past five contests with two home runs and a double and can destroy a fastball, which is an important pitch for Lucas Giolito ($9,800). He likely will be lower owned on this slate and has massive upside even in a tough spot.
Other Options — Eugenio Suarez ($5,000)
ValueMike Brosseau, TB vs. SEA, $3,700– He’s been legit bad in the past 15 games, but there is very little available value on this slate and especially at this position. You can use him as a salary-saving piece of a Rays stack and hope for the power from the earlier parts of the season to come through, but he should be a GPP piece and not touched in cash games.
Other Options — Greg Garcia ($3,800)
StudFreddy Galvis, CIN vs. SD, $4,500– Galvis has had an interesting season with peaks and valleys of power and duds, so we really need to pay attention to his hot streaks. He’s hitting the ball really well at the moment, with two home runs in the past six games and 10 total hits across that sample. He’s got a decent matchup against Robbie Erlin ($6,800) in a fantastic ballpark and has a good ceiling at this position.
Other Options — Tim Anderson ($4,600)
ValueDylan Moore, SEA at TB, $3,000– The Mariners face the best pitcher on the slate but have been stringing together some nice performances of late, and it’s worth considering them for some cheap correlation plays. Moore has had a decent streak with a home run and a double in the past four games, and his price helps you to fit the Rays stack in cash games.
Other Options — Jose Peraza ($3,400)
StudTommy Pham, TB vs. SEA, $4,800– The past five games have been terrific for Pham, with three home runs, five walks and just four strikeouts in the timeframe. He’s got 71 fantasy points in this hot streak, and that’s without any stolen bases. The matchup is the best on the slate and puts Pham well atop the group in terms of outfielders and possibly overall.
Other Options — Aristides Aquino ($5,400), Nelson Cruz ($5,600)
ValueJake Cave, MIN vs. CWS, $3,300– Cave has been a huge boost to the Twins’ already fantastic batting order, and his price hasn’t caught up to his play of late. He’s got 10 hits in the past five games with two doubles and three runs. He’s got no home runs, but the multi-hit games have given him a fantastic floor and he deserves to be in your lineups in all formats.
Other Options — Scott Schebler ($3,200)
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