This afternoon’s four-game slate is hard to decode, but there are still a couple spot that really stick out in terms of realistic upside. It’ll be interesting to see how people build, but I think there are a couple key positions to focus on. Let’s look into things.
StudLuis Castillo, CIN vs. PIT, $10,400– Castillo’s big problem this year has been walking problems with nine games of 3+ walks in 2019, but it seems he’s gotten much better about his command in the recent sample. The Pirates are not an easy matchup, but the combination of skill and upside make Castillo the best possible option on this short slate.
Other Options — Mike Soroka ($9,200)
Value, Jacob Waguespack, TOR at KC, $6,300 — Waguespack actually projects as the top overall arm for the Blue Jays with the departure of Marcus Stroman. His 5.63 ERA is about a run over his advanced stats. which project more like a 4.5-4.75 ERA, and his strikeout rate is decent for a cheap pitcher. He’s got a great spot against a Royals team struggling badly.
Other Options — Masahiro Tanaka ($7,600)
StudBrian McCann, WAS vs. ATL, $3,900 — With a .798 OPS and .276 batting average in 2019, McCann has been serviceable but far from incredible. The Braves face off against Aniibal Sanchez ($6,800) and a shaky Nationals bullpen, and McCan is somebody who can succeed in these matchups. Use him as a strong part of your core.
Other Options — Carson Kelly ($4,500)
ValueKyle Higashioka, NYY vs. ARI, $3,200 — The Yankees have gotten plenty of production from their lower depth chart catcher, with five of his seven games coming with five or more DKFP. He’s got a tough matchup but is in a great park for offensive production, and he has shown plenty of ability to pay off the bargain price.
Other Options — Yan Gomes ($3,100)
FIRST BASEFreddie Freeman, ATL at WAS, $5,100 — With 10.3 DKFP per game over the past year along with 82 RBI, Freeman comes into this slate as the top overall option across multiple positions. His work against RHPs has been terrific. Freeman is an expensive piece to a stack but might be overlooked considering the cheaper options at the position.
Other Options — Edwin Encarnacion ($4,800)
ValueJustin Smoak, TOR at KC, $3,900 — The recent results for Smoak have been extremely promising in terms of batted ball contact as well as results. Three of his past seven games have been 20+ DKFP, and I feel this is one the largest values on the slate both from an individual perspective and and group perspective.
Other Options — Cheslor Cuthbert ($3,600)
StudKetel Marte, ARI at NYY, $5,300 — Marte is having a phenomenal season with a .943 OPS and 9.7 DKFP per game. He’s going to be playing in a terrific hitting environment especially for a switch-hitter and has by far the highest ceiling of any second baseman on this slate. He’s a great option in GPPs.
Other Options — Ozzie Albies ($4,500)
ValueJose Peraza, PIT at CIN $3,100 — It has been underwhelming lately for Peraza with five of his past six games coming out with zero fantasy points, but the matchup here is great and the park is obviously super-conductive for production. He hasn’t been stealing as many bases as well, but if you believe the tool set is here, the stolen bases and total bases will come. This is a great matchup to exploit them.
Other Options — Nicky Lopez ($2,700)
StudEugenio Suarez, CIN vs. PIT, $5,000 — with five games of 10+ in his past 10 contest, Suarez represents a good ceiling for the money and has the power to back up the rise in cost over the past month as well. His 8.5 DKFP on the season is underwhelming, but today he will face off against a pitcher that gives up a ton of contact. Suarez is a great option in GPPs and will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his stuff in this game.
Other Options — Eduardo Escobar ($5,200)
ValueBrandon Drury, TOR at KC, $3,100 — It’s been a weird season for Drury after the threat of being replaced by Vlad Guerrero Jr., and he’s continued to make a great contact through his process up to this point. He’s been getting roughed up lately but had two incredible games against the Royals and the Orioles, and he has five straight games with at least two or more fantasy points, so I appreciate his floor in this spot as a value play.
StudTrea Turner, WAS vs. ATL, $4,800 — Over his past 10 games he has scored at least five fantasy points in nine of them, with the only other coming in the oldest game in the sample with an output of zero. He’s going to be up against a contact-oriented pitcher on this slate, and that can lead to plenty of base hits that warrant a lot of steals and runs, which Turner is skilled at finding.
Other Options — Didi Gregorious ($4,900)
ValueBo Bichette, TOR at KC, $3,700 — He hit rom the leadoff position yesterday, which resulted in 10 DKFP, and he should continue to have at least moderate success at the major league level. Bichette will face Jakob Junis ($8,000), who has had some decent games but is also extremely prone to upside, and if he is in the leadoff spot again, the rookie should be in a phenomenal spot to pay off a relatively cheap salary once again.
Other Options — Johan Camargo ($3,300)
StudRonald Acuna Jr., ATL at WAS, $5,500 — Acuna has been out of his mind lately, with eight of his past 15 total games hitting 10+ DKFP. He’s got another terrific matchup against a pitcher that gives up massive hard contact and has been extremely inconsistent. The Braves, as a whole, are in a great position, and if they have success it’ll be largely because of Acuna.
Other Options — Starling Marte ($5,200)
ValueEnder Inciarte, ATL at WAS, $3,500 — Another outfielder for the Braves is Iciarte, who just recently was pushed back into an everyday role and has been great since the team fell to injuries. In his past five games he has three with 20+ DKFP and is in another spot to pay off his salary quickly and efficiently. Use him as a way to unlock the better pitching options and finish off some stacks.
Other Options — Randal Grichuk ($3,500)
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