This afternoon’s five-game slate is really difficult, and there aren’t a lot of ways to feel good about the hitters in your lineups. You pretty much have to pay up at every spot, so where can we pay down and stay competitive? Well, let’s find out.
StudGerrit Cole, HOU at CIN, $11,400 — It’s fair to say Blake Snell ($9,500) is at least somewhat of a comparable option to Cole, but there isn’t a good argument outside of contrarianism to go that route. Cole has the matchup with the second highest strikeout rate on the slate against the Reds and is by far the highest ceiling pitcher available. His price reflects his dominance, but he is imperative in cash games.
Other Options — Blake Snell ($9,500)
ValueZach Davies, MIL at SD, $7,100 — There’s a conversation to be had at value pitcher, but my favorite option is Davies. This game takes place in a great park for pitchers, and Davies has shown a moderate ceiling in 2019. He’s also better on the road with a 2.25 ERA and 14.4 DKFP per start, and with a solid strikeout matchup, he is in play in all formats.
Other Options — Tyler Mahle ($6,500)
StudRobinson Chirinos, HOU at CIN, $4,900 — This is a pretty easy decision on the slate, with only Yasmani Grandal ($4,800) also available as a pivot in a good spot. Chirinos has a 1.016 OPS and a massive 13 fantasy points per game in the past 10, and with the Astros playing in a great hitter’s park against an inconsistent pitcher, he represents the best upside play on the slate.
Other Options — Yasmani Grandal ($4,800)
ValueTucker Barnhart, CIN vs. HOU, $2,600 — This slate has no real value plays available at the catcher position, and it’s a much better idea to pay up at this position. That being said, Barnhart gets to play in the best offensive environment on the slate and has modest power for someone his price. The matchup is a nightmare, but he’s the only viable option for value at catcher.
Other Options — Yan Gomes ($2,500)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kendrick is not in the lineup for today’s game.
Other Options — Rhys Hoskins ($4,700)
ValueJesus Aguilar, MIL at SD, $3,700 — The Brewers are in a sneaky good spot against a pitcher that has developed some home run issues, and Aguilar looks to be turning a corner with his power. He’s seen a jump of more than 200 points on his SLG% (.329 to .524) and a 100-point jump in his OBP in the past 21 at-bats, and we know the skills are real. Roster him and let’s hope the improvements keep coming in a good spot.
Other Options — Tyler White ($3,300)
StudBrandon Lowe, TB at NYY, $5,000 — Lowe is rather expensive and on a slate where other positions demand attention it’s hard to pay up for him, but it’s a good idea if you have the cap. He’s hitting .394/.459/.818 with four home runs and two doubles in the past 33 at-bats and faces an aging CC Sabathia ($6,300) in a great offensive park, so he’s more than worth the price.
Other Options — Mike Moustakas ($5,400)
ValueChad Pinder, OAK vs. BAL, $3,400 — Admittedly, Pinder has been bad recently. He’s got only five home runs on the year and none in the last 30 at-bats while averaging just 2.8 DKFP in the recent sample. However, he is a career .200+ ISO hitter against LHP and at his price there is little downside and a lot of room for him to crush value with a cheap homer.
Other Options — Ian Kinsler ($3,500)
StudAnthony Rendon, WAS vs. PHI, $5,300 — Coming off of a 26-DKFP performance with three hits including a home run and two RBI, Rendon is hitting .321/.415/.660 in 2019 with 11.2 DKFP per contest. He’s arguably the third best player in the MLB right now and faces a pitcher that has finished with less than 10 fantasy points four times, showing his inability to be consistently good. Rendon is a fantastic spend up at his position.
Other Options — Alex Bregman ($5,000)
ValueYuli Gurriel, HOU at CIN, $4,100 — There is absolutely no wiggle room at third base on this slate, and you’re forced to find a way to pay up. Gurriel is about the lowest price you can pay if you want any semblance of upside, and in general he’s a solid option in all formats. He’s been a bit worse recently but still is averaging 8.2 DKFP with a home run and a stolen base in the lpst 42 at-bats and gets a great park/opposing pitcher combo.
Other Options — Eugenio Suarez ($3,600)
StudAlex Bregman, HOU at CIN, $5,000 — It’s surprisingly easy to overlook Bregman on this slate with so many studs to pay for at third and shortstop, but I like him a lot in context. He’s somebody that has hit RHP really well this year and faces a pitcher that is much better against LHBs than RHBs. Bregman has seen a drop in power in the past 10 games but has walked an insane 13 times with an OBP of .429, so even if the ceiling doesn’t show he’s a fantastic source of floor.
Other Options — Trea Turner ($5,300)
ValueOrlando Arcia, MIL at SD, $3,400 — Remember when Arcia had a streak of 8 DKFP per games with multiple home runs? Well those days are behind us as he is struggling to hit for any power with a .194 SLG%, but the matchup is right for him to get back on track in that category. At just $3,400 he represents a decent way to get off the cheap options at shortstop and allows for stacking with the Brewers in a good spot.
Other Options — Sean Rodriguez ($3,400)
StudChristian Yelich, MIL at SD, $5,800 — Yelich has a .442/.479/.860 slash line and an OPS of 1.340 with 16.1 DKFP per game. When he isn’t hitting home runs, he is stealing bases with four in the past 43 at-bats.
Other Options — Giancarlo Stanton ($5,200)
ValueAnthony Santander, BAL at OAK, $3,300– Although he won’t stay in the majors for long, Santander has always been an intriguing bat and has shown some solid skills. He faces a pitcher that is really good but also allows quite a bit of contact, and while hitting .308/.372/.385 he should have plenty of opportunity to get on base and more. His 4:6 BB/K is a solid show of his floor, and his price is too low for his upside.
Other Options — Victor Robles ($3,400)
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