We have an always exciting Coors slate on our hands this afternoon with two mediocre pitchers facing off, making the high-priced Rockies and Giants bats very enticing. However, with really bad cheap pitching options, is it worth it to fade the bats and take the two aces? Let’s talk through the best spots and see if it is feasible.
StudYu Darvish, CHC vs. MIA, $9,500 — A matchup with the Marlins has been a significant indicator of success for even the worst pitchers this year, and Darvish is somebody who has upside in much harder matchups than this. The walks have been an issue, but the strikeouts have returned with 29 in his past four games and knowing the home run luck will regress, I love him to have a great game and get back on track here.
Other Options — Carlos Carrasco ($10,200)
ValueFelix Pena, LAA at DET, $7,300 — The cheap options on this slate are downright awful, and it makes a lot of sense to find a way towards both Carlos Carrasco ($10,200) and Darvish. That being said, Pena has a 27:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 innings pitched this season and represents upside the other cheap options don’t have while playing against one of the weakest teams on the slate. If you have to pay down, I like him the most.
Other Options — Tanner Roark ($7,600)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Posey is not in the starting lineup for today’s game.
Other Options — James McCann ($4,500)
ValueGrayson Greiner, DET vs. LAA, $2,900 — Value is going to be exceptionally important, and Greiner is somebody who has decent upside relative his price. He’s been on a bit of a hot streak in his past 10 games with three home runs and eight RBI but is hitting only .222 in the sample, exhibiting a low floor. The price is good and the matchup with the Angels’ bullpen is one of the better spots on the slate.
Other Options — Roberto Perez ($3,100)
FIRST BASECarlos Santana, CLE vs. CWS, $4,600 — It should be interesting to see how Manny Banuelos ($8,100) is able to pitch against the Indians after having issue with tipping his pitches in his most recent start. Knowing he might fall back into that kind of issue makes me really like the Indians’ power bats. Santana is hitting great right now with a .845 OPS and four home runs in six total hits over his past 10 games. He’s a high-upside contrarian option at first.
Other Options — Anthony Rizzo ($5,400),
Daniel Murphy ($5,000)
ValueMiguel Cabrera, DET vs. LAA, $3,400 — Another Detroit bat in the value section as the team generally is underpriced on the slate. Miggy has been much better over his past 10 games with a .349 average and .465 SLG percentage thanks to 15 hits, two doubles and a home run (his only of the season). For the price he is the best hitter available and likely will be a cash-game darling, but it’s deserved.
Other Options — Neil Walker ($3,300)
StudDavid Bote, CHC vs. MIA, $4,100 — Second base is downright awful on this slate featuring three injuries in the top six priced hitters and two platoon bats, including Bote, taking up the other spots. If you want to pay up, you should do so for Bote, who is playing on one of the hotter teams in the league right now. He also faces a pitcher that has failed to complete five innings in three of his past four starts and has given up four home runs in the same time while playing in front of a bottom-10 bullpen in the league.
Other Options — Ryan McMahon ($4,500)
ValueJose Peraza, CIN at OAK, $2,700 — The hitting environment isn’t fantastic in Oakland, but Peraza isn’t somebody who relies on home runs for his upside, so he is generally less affected by it. He’s hitting .206 with a .289 OBP in his past 10 games but does have two stolen bases and a double as well as only have a zero in two games out of the sample, giving him plenty of ability to pay off a weak price tag.
Other Options — Starlin Castro ($2,900)
StudNolan Arenado, COL vs. SF, $5,800 — This is one of those “Don’t be cute” spots I’ve talked about before when it comes to a top hitter in the league in a fantastic spot to crush. Arenado faces Derek Holland ($5,800), who is coming off the injured list and has given up four home runs and 13 earned runs total in his past three games. Arenado has a 1.131 OPS and three times as many hits as strikeouts in his past 10. Differentiate elsewhere, folks.
Other Options — Kris Bryant ($5,500)
ValueBrian Anderson, MIA at CHC, $2,900 — Though Darvish should have a lot of success against this batting order, he’s going to give up a couple well-hit balls, and I think Anderson is someone we should use with that in mind. He’s cheap and hitting well right now with a .263 average and .333 OBP along with 10 hits and five RBI in the past 10. He has just one game with a zero in his recent sample, and although I think 10+ DKFP is unlikely, he only needs six or more to make value.
Other Options — Zack Cozart ($2,700)
StudFrancisco Lindor, CLE vs. CWS, $4,700 — Lindor has been steady with a slash line of .258/.299/.452 since his return from injury 16 games ago and will look to build on that success in a solid spot for upside. Lindor had power in his return with three home runs in the first six games and has since found the speed again with two stolen bases in his recent sample. His price is a decent bargain on the other elite options, and he makes rostering the aces that much easier while keeping the upside.
Other Options — Trevor Story ($5,600), Javier Baez ($5,400)
ValueJose Iglesias, CIN at OAK, $3,100 — For some value with upside we are going to go with Iglesias, who has been straight fire at the plate over his past 10 games. He has a .776 OPS in 2019 but a .909 mark in his recent sample with 14 hits, two doubles, a triple and a home run. His BABIP is unsustainable and regression will come at some point, but he’s worth a thin price on a slate that necessitates savings.
Other Options —
Jordy Mercer ($2,600)
StudMike Trout, LAA at DET, $5,600– Trout comes into the game with a .462 OBP and a .542 SLG percentage on the season but has been less than fantastic recently with just a .736 OPS (low for him). His fantasy relevancy is being held up by his ability to take walks and get steals as he still is averaging 8.6 DKFP in the span. A bullpen game against the Tigers seems like a great opportunity to buy low on the best hitter in baseball.
Other Options — Charlie Blackmon ($5,700), Brandon Belt ($4,700)
Other Options — Niko Goodrum ($3,500)
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