Despite 13 games on tonight’s slate, there is not a single ace taking the mound. For this reason, my preferred lineup builds are saving money at pitcher and using the extra salary on big bats. The lack of big name pitchers means we have plenty of weaker pitchers to pick on this evening.
StudJose Quintana, CHC vs. LAD, $9,700 — I have to list an expensive starting pitcher here, but the reality is I don’t like any of them. None of the high-priced pitchers have good matchups and I think it’s wiser to spend money on hitting. At least Quintana is in good form, averaging 34.5 DKFP over his last two outings.
Other Options — Kenta Maeda ($10,000)
ValueZack Wheeler, NYM vs. PHI, $7,800 — I am a believer in Wheeler even though his season isn’t off to a banner start. Even though he’s struggling, his velocity is at an all-time high. His fastball is averaging 97.44 mph, but he’s having issues harnessing it. Wheeler is walking 5.56 hitters per nine innings, but I think he should get this problem figured out. He managed to do it after the All-Star break last year when he walked just 1.80 hitters per nine innings and put up a 1.68 ERA.
Other Options — Frankie Montas ($7,600), Trent Thornton ($7,000)
StudMitch Garver, MIN at HOU, $4,500 — In just 10 games, Garver has hit five homers and has two multi-home run games. Two of them came in his last start when he scored a season-best 39 DKFP. He has at least 14 DKFP in four of his last five starts and could make use of Houston’s short porch in left field.
Other Options — Yasmani Grandal ($4,400), Yan Gomes ($4,200)
ValueBuster Posey, SFG at TOR, $3,400 — It’s been tough sledding thus far for the former NL MVP, but things are starting to look up. He hit his first homer of the season in his last game and is on his first hot streak of the season. Posey is averaging 14.7 DKFP in his last three starts. I think this is where his season will take off and regains his All-Star form.
Other Options — Wilson Ramos ($3,900)
StudPaul Goldschmidt, STL vs. MIL, $4,800 — Goldy has quickly gotten acclimated to wearing a Cardinals jersey. He’s among the league leaders with nine homers and is riding a nine-game hitting streak. He also has double-digit DKFP in four of his last five games.
Other Options — Justin Smoak ($4,700), Ryan Zimmerman ($4,500)
ValueLuke Voit, NYY at LAA, $4,200 — Voit was a Yankee hero down the stretch of last season and into the playoffs. The players on the IL for the Yankees is a list of players good enough to compete for the World Series and now Voit is back in position to have to carry the offense. He homered in a win for New York last night and has hits in nine straight games.
Other Options — Yonder Alonso ($4,100)
StudLeury Garcia, CHW at BAL, $4,500 — The White Sox recently moved Garcia into a leadoff role for this season and he’s responded well to the change. He’s averaging a career-best 8.7 DKFP in his new role and draws a great matchup against Andrew Cashner ($6,500). Cashner has a 4.97 ERA after he recorded a career-worst 5.29 ERA in 2018.
Other Options — Jose Altuve ($5,000), Whit Merrifield ($4,600)
ValueBrian Dozier, WAS at COL, $4,400 — Dozier is a former All-Star and he looks like he’s getting his swing back after a poor 2018 season. He has homers in three of his last four games and has the benefit of playing at Coors Field. Dozier’s numbers don’t looks great this season, but most of his struggles have been at home. He has a 131 wRC+ when playing on the road.
Other Options — Enrique Hernandez ($4,100), Gleybor Torres ($3,900)
StudNolan Arenado, COL vs. WAS, $5,100 — Normally I don’t like to target hitters against Patrick Corbin ($8,800), but it’s Arenado against a lefty at Coors Field. He is doing his typical lefty mashing with a 195 wRC+ and, plus has a .333 batting average at home compared to .245 on the road. Last night, he had his best fantasy game of the season and scored 30 DKFP against the Nationals.
Other Options — Anthony Rendon ($5,600), Yoan Moncada ($4,900)
ValueMatt Carpenter, STL vs. MIL, $4,000 — This is a curiously low price for Carpenter. He may be off to a slow start, but he had even greater struggles at the start of last season and ultimately ended up in the MVP conversation. I have no doubt he will be fine going forward and Zach Davies ($7,500) is allowing a .250 wOBA to left-handed hitters.
Other Options — Manny Machado ($4,200), Justin Turner ($3,700)
StudTrevor Story, COL vs. WAS, $5,200 — This is the exact same situation as Arenado. Despite the tough matchup against Corbin, I can’t ignore Story when he’s facing a lefty at Coors Field. Story is a problem for left-handed pitchers who haven’t figuring out a way to get him out. He’s batting .400 against southpaws this season.
Other Options — Adelberto Mondesi ($4,800)
ValueEduardo Escobar, ARI at PIT, $3,900 — Escobar never seemed to get comfortable after he was traded to the Diamondbacks at last season’s Trade Deadline. I suspect the issue may have been related to going from being an everyday player in Minnesota to a part-time player with Arizona. Now playing everyday, he’s had some big games for the D-Backs lately. His best one came last night in a 28-DKFP effort against this same Pirates team.
Other Options — Gleyber Torres ($3,900)
StudChristian Yelich, MIL at STL, $5,800 — If the season ended today, Yelich would likely be the unanimous MVP winner in the National League. He continues to get better and is on pace for career-best stats across the board. Everything is up, other than his walk rate, which is a career-low 15%. I am not sure what the Cardinals game plan has been against Yelich, but it isn’t working. He’s hit eight of his 13 homers against them.
Other Options — Mike Trout ($5,500), Juan Soto ($5,000)
ValueA.J. Pollock, LAD at CHC, $3,600– For Pollock, L.A. was the perfect landing spot. He was expected to be a star the last few seasons in Arizona, but he’s not durable enough to play everyday. The Dodgers’ lineup is so deep they can afford to give Pollock days off and he could end up as a platoon player. With a 159 wRC+, he’s fared very well against left-handed pitching.
Other Options — David Peralta ($4,400), Brandon Nimmo ($4,000)
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