MLB Early Targets

Another slate with some big names up top should represent a fun six-game afternoon slate with a lot of weird routes to the aces. The Marlins face off against Matt Boyd and Stephen Strasburg gets the Mets, but with both of these teams hitting better as of late I’m not sure I want to attack them. Let’s talk more about that kind of stuff in the article below!



Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at BAL, $9,300 — Generally I would prefer Steven Strasburg ($11,100) as my top option, but I feel as though the Mets are picking things up, so I’ll drop down to the next high-floor guy with Tanaka. Masahiro has five starts of 20+ DKFP and faces the Orioles, who have some surprising power reserves but also strike out a ton, especially against breaking pitches. He’s a cost-effective ace on a middling slate.

Other Options — Matt Boyd ($10,300)


Antonio Senzatela, COL at PIT, $6,400 — Once again we have to make some uncomfortable decisions in the lower price tiers. Senzatela’s not good and has more than five strikeouts in just one start, but he’s pitching in a great pitcher’s ballpark against a team that has limited power against RHPs outside of Josh Bell ($5,800). This is a circumstantial play we want 15 points out of, the rest would be gravy.

Other Options — Trevor Richards ($7,500)



Gary Sanchez, NYY at BAL, $5,600 — It feels like the Yankees have been playing in Baltimore for the better part of a century and Sanchez has 300 home runs in that timespan. In reality, he’s hit a home run once every 9.1 plate appearances in 2019 (in other words, a ridiculous amount) while maintaining a slash line of .270/.346/.672. He is underpriced, and that’s weird to type, but he’s a phenomenal play.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gary Sanchez is not in the lineup for today’s game.

Other Options — J.T. Realmuto ($4,700)


Danny Jansen, TOR vs. BOS, $2,900 — Jansen has had a volatile season behind the plate as a former top prospect for the Blue Jays, but he will continue to get plate appearances regardless. He’s been better lately with a .194/.286/.387 slash line (yeah, that’s better) and faces a Triple-A call-up who had a 5.04 ERA and 18:5 K:BB in the minors, so while Jansen has no floor whatsoever, he does have upside in the matchup.

Other Options — Grayson Greiner ($2,800)


Josh Bell, PIT vs. COL, $5,800 — Remember that one power bat I was talking about in the Senzatela pick? Bell leads the MLB with 45 RBI and has 15 home runs in 2019, including six in the past 10 games while averaging an insane 15.9 DKFP over that span. He has nearly as many extra base hits as he does strikeouts. Even if you use Senzatela as a punt, I still would consider putting Bell in there as well because he can’t miss right now.

Other Options — Pete Alonso ($5,200), Anthony Rizzo ($4,900)


Kendrys Morales, NYY at BAL, $3,400 — While the Yankees have been scoring as many runs and hitting as many dingers as they wish over the past couple of games, Morales has not been doing any of that. Granted, he hasn’t been getting zeros and that matters, but his realistic upside is obviously low at this point in his career. Still, the price is palpable and he’s in a good lineup, so he’s worth a punt.

Other Options — Martin Prado ($3,200)



Gleyber Torres, NYY at BAL, $5,400 — There are no words or combinations of characters to accurately describe how hard Torres has gone in Baltimore. In the past 10 games he has seven home runs and a slash line of .385/.442/.974 with a 1.416 OPS, which are numbers Mike Trout only dreams of. He gets another fantastic spot against home run prone Dylan Bundy ($6,800), who struggles with RHBs, giving Gleyber another chance to homer.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gleyber Torres is not in the lineup for today’s game.

Other Options — Ronny Rodriguez ($4,900)


Brandon Drury, TOR vs. BOS, $3,400 — Drury was doomed to be replaced by Vlad Guerrero Jr. ($3,500) when he got called up but has hit well enough to survive a wave of demotions and maintain an everyday role. He’s hitting .229/.263/.343 and is averaging 5.6 DKFP, but he’s coming off 12- and 16-DKFP performances and gets a fantastic matchup, making him worthy of a flier to fit more consistent bats.

Other Options — Starlin Castro ($2,700)



Michael Chavis, BOS at TOR, $5,400 — The rookie continues to rake through 2019 with a season-long .581 SLG% to go with a .967 OPS and an average of 10.5 DKFP. It seems that Clayton Richard ($6,500) will be returning from the IL to face the Red Sox and carries a 5.33 ERA and paltry 15.8% strikeout rate from his 2018 campaign, giving us all the reason we need to take a power hitter like Chavis.

Other Options — Kris Bryant ($5,300), Anthony Rendon ($5,700)


Dawel Lugo, DET vs. MIA, $3,500 — After sitting out of the contest Wednesday, Lugo comes back to an advantageous spot against a pitcher that struggles badly with RHBs, making for a good spot to take some shots with the rookie third baseman. He’s averaging 6.3 DKFP with a home run, three RBI and a run over 14 at-bats and should continue to hit in the upper bounds of the batting order.

Other Options — Colin Moran ($3,700)



Trea Turner, WAS at NYM, $4,800 — Turner picked up right where he left off before the finger injury with two games above 10 DKFP in his past five contests and just one with a zero. He already has stolen two bases since returning and hit two doubles as well. With his price tag lagging behind the truly elite tier we should load up on exposure and take advantage of an underpriced stud while we can.

Other Options — Gleyber Torres ($5,400), Javier Baez ($5,200)


Miguel Rojas, MIA at DET, $2,900 — Although he isn’t someone who is going to produce a huge total for you on any given night, Rojas is pretty good at avoiding a zero and has nominal stolen base upside as well. At just $2,900 he is averaging 4.9 DKFP and has two stolen bases (as well as seven hits) in his past 10, providing you with 10-15 fantasy point upside for next to nothing.

Other Options — Cole Tucker ($3,000)



Mookie Betts, BOS at TOR, $5,100– Although Mookie hasn’t been bringing the power with just one home run in the past 10, he has brought the speed with three stolen bases and is getting back to being the complete MVP package he was in 2018. His 10.6 fantasy points per game is up nearly a point from his season-long mark, and he’s up against a contact pitcher that will give up a lot of base runners, making Mookie a solid spend in the outfield.

Other Options — Charlie Blackmon ($5,500), Kris Bryant ($5,300)


Brian Anderson, MIA at DET, $3,200 — Anderson has picked up the slack lately with two home runs and three doubles to go with seven RBI to average 7.2 DKFP in his recent sample. He’s upped his SLG% to .447 from .328 on the year and even in a tough matchup he’s somebody you can use if you need the savings and want a chance at some upside.

Other Options — Jackie Bradley Jr. ($3,000)

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