This is an exciting slate with a lot of star power in fantastic spot. The Yankees are by far the top stacking option and it’s not necessarily close, but you need to find some value to fit them into your builds and get those stacks. Let’s see what we can find to fit around them.
StudLucas Giolito, CWS at DET, $11,000– Giolito has been incredible this year and even better on the road, with 10 games started and 25.3 DKFP in those circumstances along with a 2.76 ERA. He’s got at least five strikeouts in all but one of his last 10 starts and is in a prime spot to have a ceiling game against one of the worst hitting teams in the league.
Other Options — Charlie Morton ($10,700)
ValueAaron Civale, CLE vs. TEX, $6,900– Although he’s only had one start, it was a really solid performance and Civale is in another spot that could give him a boost to his early career resume. He’s going to be up against the Rangers in Cleveland, and when the Rangers are on the road their power drops a considerable amount and the strikeouts are maintained in the high 20% range as a team. Civale is cheap enough to be in play in all formats and allows you to fit a Yankees stack with upside.
Other Options — Erick Fedde ($5,600)
StudTravis d’Arnaud, TB vs. TOR, $4,700– Averaging 13.3 DKFP over the last 10 games with a slash line of .359/.490/.641, d’Arnaud has solidified himself as one of the best power hitting catchers in the league this season. He’s got consistent playing time and is one of the best hitters on the team, and he will face a Blue Jays team that has one of the worst pitching staffs in the league. He’s a great play.
Other Options — Mitch Garver ($5,000)
ValueChris Herrmann, OAK at CHC, $2,900 — His recent averages aren’t so great, but Herrmann is a really good hitter against RHP and gets a nice park upgrade going from the wide outfield of Oakland to Wrigley field. His .259 average is acceptable and although he hasn’t had any home runs yet in this injury riddled year, he does have three doubles in 13 total hits and the power will come back soon enough.
Other Options — Jeff Mathis ($2,000)
StudFreddie Freeman, ATL at MIN, $4,900– He’s kind of in a lukewarm streak right now, with just one home run and two doubles in the last 10 games, but he gets to face an extreme flyball pitcher who should present some opportunity to get back on track in the extra-base hit area. The Braves are a potent lineup and with Freeman hitting in the heart of it, he will have a lot of chances for runs and RBI that some of the other studs don’t.
Other Options — Trey Mancini ($4,900)
ValueTyler White, LAD vs. STL, $2,900 — He couldn’t do anything on the Astros, but hey, maybe he can provide some value on the other major powerhouse in the league? His price makes it really easy to fit the important parts of the slate, and if you aren’t impressed by the studs at first, he could offer some really good value against a pitcher that has had problems keeping it together against good teams. This is purely a price play and you are aiming for 5-10 DKFP.
Other Options — Sam Travis ($3,400)
StudDJ LeMahieu, NYY at BAL, $5,600– Look, the guy is hitting .335 on the year (.343 in recent sample) with a .530 SLG and 17 home runs and gets to face a team that has a historically bad bullpen and gives up home runs like bobbleheads on the first day of summer vacation. There are very little reasons to look anywhere but the Yankees studs on this slate, and LeMahieu should leadoff and have the most opportunity of all of them.
Other Options — Whit Merrifield ($4,900)
ValueScooter Gennett, SF vs. WAS, $2,600 — Scooter got traded to the Giants and instantly assumed the starting role at second base, so the team is going to be invested in him moving forward, which is a good thing for his fantasy upside. Obviously it’s terrible that he is playing in such a violent pitchers park, but he does have 21 DKFP, including a home run, since joining the team and at his price it’s smart to assume the contact skills continue.
Other Options — Jurickson Profar ($3,000)
StudJose Ramirez, CLE vs. TEX, $4,800 — He’s finally looking like the first-round draft pick that everyone was hoping for in season-long and is hitting .293/.318/.707 over the last 10 games with nine extra-base hits on 12 total. He’s going to be facing a solid starting pitcher with a terrible bullpen behind him and will likely be considerably lower owned than the rest of the studs, which makes him a killer GPP target.
Other Options — DJ LeMahieu ($5,600)
ValueRyan Goins, CWS at DET, $2,900 — With Moncada on the injured list, Goins has stepped in and been a moderately successful bat for the White Sox, and that has translated to some fantasy relevancy as well. He’s averaging 6.3 DKFP over 52 at-bats with two home runs and five doubles, and gets an opportunity against a weak pitcher/bullpen combo. He’s a valuable piece of the puzzle if you can’t pay up.
Other Options — Rio Ruiz ($2,700)
StudDidi Gregorius, NYY at BAL, $5,000 — Didi was on the bench for a couple days dealing with a hand issue but returned to the lineup Sunday and has the easiest possible matchup. In his last 10 games, he’s hit .333/.390/.667 with four home runs, and will face the Orioles and their record-setting bad pitching group. Even if he has to take an at-bat to knock off the rust, he’s in a better position than any one else at shortstop.
Other Options — Francisco Lindor ($5,400)
ValueBo Bichette, TOR at TB, $3,500 — I totally understand that Charlie Morton ($10,700) is an ace and is one of the elite pitchers in the league, but you are getting a $5K hitter for just $3,500 in this spot and that’s insane value. He’s hitting .406/.457/.750 since getting called up and has two home runs and five doubles. I have no problem taking him against an ace today.
Other Options — Niko Goodrum ($3,600)
StudAndrew Benintendi, BOS vs. KC, $5,200 — The start of the season was brutal for Benintendi but he’s picked it all the way up recently and is back to his upper-tier talent levels. His slash of .395/.409/.814 over the last 10 games is better than all but Nelson Cruz ($5,800) in the elite tier of pricing and his matchup is fantastic. You should also play Aaron Judge ($4,600) but if you have the extra cash, Benintendi is my favorite top option.
Other Options — Cody Bellinger ($5,600), Starling Marte ($5,200)
ValueTrent Grisham, MIL at PIT, $3,000 — Another rookie call-up, Grisham is a top prospect for the Brewers and has shown out in his few games thus far. After having no luck in the first four at-bats, he had a three-hit game with a home run in the last outing and has the pedigree to have continued success at this level. The matchup is great for upside against a Pirates team that has been juggling bad starters all year, Grisham is a fantastic value.
Other Options — Khris Davis ($3,100)
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