Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Yankees

We have both the Orioles and a Coors Field game on tonight’s eight-game slate with absolutely no solid pitching options to choose from in terms of floor or consistency. It’s a gross slate, but you should know where the best spots are to save some cash to fit the Coors bats. That’s my goal here, so let’s get to it.



Joey Lucchesi, SD vs. TB, $10,000 — My first choice here is actually Zack Greinke ($10,700), but with the weather concerns we can’t really go there, so my silver medal is Lucchesi. He’s been inconsistent and is facing a hot team, but the park is good for his floor and he can strike guys out better than most on this slate.

Other Options — Zack Greinke ($10,700)

Editor’s Note: Tonight’s game between the White Sox and Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather.


Nestor Cortes Jr., NYY vs. BAL, $4,000 — Cortes Jr. hasn’t had a bulk game in a while, but when he does, he has a lot of strikeout upside. Today he’s going to be facing an Orioles team that has been trash all year long. He’s averaging a little less than eight strikeouts per nine innings and is priced like a middling outfielder, so he’s the obvious choice.

Other Options — Jose Suarez ($7,900)



Carson Kelly, ARI at COL, $5,200– Having a phenomenal year we get to pay up for Kelly in the best possible offensive position, playing in Coors against a bad rookie pitcher. He’s averaging 8.7 DKFP over the past 10 games with four home runs and should continue to build on that success in this spot.

Other Options — Gary Sanchez ($4,500)

Editor’s Note: Sanchez is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Orioles.


Jeff Mathis, TEX at TOR, $2,000– As the absolute punt option on the slate, Mathis is an important piece of the puzzle for fitting the egregiously expensive Coors bats along with a decent pitcher. He actually has been pretty productive lately with a .755 OPS (2019 overall at .449), and you mostly are hoping the guy runs into a fastball and crosses the plate, but for the price, it opens up too much elsewhere to ignore.

Other Options — Martin Maldonado ($2,600)



Christian Walker, ARI at COL, $4,900– We can go ahead and look at Walker’s stats over the year and conclude he’s probably going to crush in this spot. In fact, vs. Colorado this year he has a 1.099 OPS and four home runs (10.8 DKFP) in 13 games, so the historical metrics are on our side as well. He’s a smash play and should be a priority.

Other Options — Yuli Gurriel ($4,700)

Editor’s Note: Tonight’s game between the White Sox and Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather.


Justin Smoak, TOR vs. TEX, $3,400– It’s been an odd fall from grace for the switch-hitting masher in 2019, but we know the power reserves are still available and he does face a really bad pitcher/bullpen combination today. His .118 SLG is abnormally low, and we can assume he’s been pretty unlucky lately, so there’s a good chance that turns around today.

Other Options — Mike Ford ($3,700)



Ketel Marte, ARI at COL, $5,500– It seems the entire Diamondbacks team is absolutely on fire coming into this spot and it makes it exceptionally difficult to pay up in any other spot. Marte is hitting .218/.379/.566 on the year and has two home runs and three stolen bases in the past 10 games, so his upside is as good as anyone else on the slate.

Other Options — DJ LeMahieu ($5,200)


Luis Urias, SD vs. TB, $2,800– Urias has some really ugly full-season stats but has caught up a bit in the past 30 at-bats with a slash of .300/.400/.433 and seven runs scored to boost his per game average to 6.8. If he is able to get you 8-12 fantasy points on this slate at his price you’ll be stoked since he allows for a full Arizona stack around him. He’s a priority in terms of value.

Other Options — Luis Rengifo ($3,000)



Nolan Arenado, COL vs. ARI, $5,400– One of the few Rockies hitters finding any level of success, Arenado gets a turbo boost at home and should come away from this game with some fantastic numbers. He’s at .308/.369/.547 on the season with a 10-game OPS of 1.107 and averaging more than 20% more fantasy points at home than on the road.

Other Options — Eduardo Escobar ($5,500)


Brandon Drury, TOR vs. TEX, $3,200– The Blue Jays are in a pretty decent spot and you could do worse than using Drury if you can’t afford Arenado. He’s got two home runs in the past 34 at-bats and has been hitting well with a .294 batting average. The pitcher he faces gives up a lot of good contact, and it’s not crazy to see Drury having one of his 20+ DKFP explosions here.

Other Options — Logan Forsythe ($3,300)



Trevor Story, COL vs. ARI, $5,600– Story is another hitter that is pretty good on the road for the Rockies but is on another level when playing at home. He’s averaging a gaudy 12.3 DKFP with 17 of his 26 home runs coming at Coors. He’s going to face a pitcher that gives up a lot of flyballs and doesn’t do well against RHBs. With how bad the options are for cheap SS, you have to spend up at this position today.

Other Options — Trea Turner ($4,900), Fernando Tatis Jr. ($5,300)


Richie Martin, BAL at NYY, $2,500– Martin is another player that has had some absolutely terrible 2019 stats but is coming into form late and worth a flier if you need the salary savings. He’s hitting .278/.381/.278 over the past 10 games, but his at-bats are super inconsistent. If he’s starting, he can afford you some extra salary relief but you should be paying up at this position.

Other Options — Kevin Newman ($3,900)



Charlie Blackmon, COL vs. ARI, $5,700– Blackmon is competing for the batting title for the third year straight and is heavily in consideration for the best play on this slate, regardless of price. He’s hitting .356/.383/.644 with three home runs and four doubles on his 16 hits over the past 10 games and has the strength of the platoon split on his side. There is no hole in this play, making him a cash-game staple.

Other Options — Mike Tauchman ($5,300), J.D. Martinez ($5,400)


Greg Allen, CLE vs. BOS, $3,100– With Jordan Luplow on the IL, Allen has had his starts against LHPs and the Indians are in that position today, so we can consider him a solid value option in the outfield. His past 40 at-bats have resulted in just a .587 OPS, but his 2019 overall has been solid with a slash of .252/.313/.412 and for the price we really don’t need much for him to be valuable.

Other Options — Franmil Reyes ($3,200)

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