We have a slate with some very solid options and a lot of value, so it makes sense to try to pay up for two big arms on the mound while you take advantage of some odd pricing. The Rays are especially cheap in a fantastic matchup and we have some upside bats that are coming out of a bad circumstance that can give you massive upside at a discount. Let’s dig in.
StudJacob deGrom, NYM at MIA, $10,800 — It’s a perfect storm for deGrom, as he steps into a spot against the Marlins that should unlock all his upside. Not only is he the best overall pitcher on this slate, but in three games against the Marlins, he has 25 strikeouts and an average of 25.1 DKFP. Start all your lineups with him.
Other Options — Zack Greinke ($10,300)
ValueHomer Bailey, KC vs. DET, $6,800 — After two lame games in a row, Bailey gets a solid spot against one of the weakest orders in the league, and his price is right for the upside it provides. This game will also be played in Kansas City, and Homer is averaging 14.1 DKFP at home, nearly five more than on the road. He’ll likely be popular, but it’s a great spot to spend down.
Other Options — Ryan Yarbrough ($6,500)
StudYasmani Grandal, MIL vs. SF, $4,800 — Grandal has been struggling with his bat lately, posting a .148 batting average but he’s still getting on base plenty with a .324 OBP, and when he is getting hits they are coming with power. I like him to find some easier at-bats against a weak pitcher and bullpen in a great park.
Other Options — Mitch Garver ($5,300)
ValueMike Zunino, TB at BAL, $2,900 — There’s not a lot of solid value at catcher on this slate, and Zunino is about the cheapest guy I would take that still has power. He’s got two home runs in the last 10 games and a .673 OPS as his bat looks to be coming to life in the second half. The matchup is phenomenal and he’s part of a strong order, so I’m willing to take a shot on him.
Other Options — Yan Gomes ($2,900)
FIRST BASEPete Alonso, NYM at MIA, $5,500 — Alonso has to play in an awful park, but with his power, it shouldn’t really matter. His matchup with Sandy Alcantara ($6,300) is one he can exploit with the pitcher struggling with home runs in his last couple starts (four in two games). He’s a contrarian option that is great for GPPs.
Other Options — Josh Bell ($5,600)
ValueNate Lowe, TB at BAL, $3,600 — You’ve got to love what Nate Lowe is doing since being called up to the majors, and in the last 10 games, he’s got a slash line of .306/.390/.750 and a ridiculous 1.140 OPS. Those are the numbers of a $5,000 slugger, not a player his price, and we should take advantage while we can. He’s great in all formats.
Other Options — Paul Goldschmidt ($3,700)
StudWhit Merrifield, KC vs. DET, $5,000 — With a .467 OBP and 9.9 DKFP per game, Merrifield is coming into the second half of the season on a hot streak. He has at least five fantasy points in all 10 of the last contests and deserves to be the highest priced second basemen on the slate. The Royals’ struggles to limit his run-scoring, but he’s producing everywhere else and has huge upside.
Other Options — DJ LeMahieu ($5,100)
ValueRobel Garcia, CHC vs. PIT, $3,000– Robel has slowed down just a bit since his incredible start to his major league career, but he’s still hitting with a lot of power and that’s important in his price range. He’s got a 1.210 OPS and although the strikeouts are a problem his upside far outweighs the downside. He’s a good salary relief option in GPPs.
Other Options — Mike Brosseau ($3,200)
StudEduardo Escobar, ARI at STL, $4,900 — With no big event totals in the recent sample, people may be overlooking Escobar, but he’s been fantastic. He’s got 15 hits in the last 40 at-bats along with five extra-base hits. His strong plate skills should be on full display with a matchup against Adam Wainwright ($8,100), who gives up plenty of contact and lots of power. Escobar deserves plenty of consideration at his position.
Other Options — Anthony Rendon ($5,400)
ValueJoey Wendle, TB at BAL, $3,200 — The Rays are going to be popular today because the Orioles are a joke, but how can you ignore these prices? Wendle doesn’t have much power, but he steals bases and is averaging 7.3 DKFP over the last 10, with four stolen bases and three doubles. As he heats up that price will rise, so let’s attack a great matchup while the salary is low.
Other Options — Maikel Franco ($3,300)
StudAdalberto Mondesi, KC vs. DET, $4,900 — People may look at the plate skills and discount Mondesi, but he is playing exactly as advertised. He’s got a league-leading 29 stolen bases and that’s with a .295 OBP which has a lot of room for improvement. Although there have been issues with strikeouts, it hasn’t hurt Mondesi’s floor at all, and the price you pay offers the most upside at shortstop on any given slate.
Other Options — Trea Turner ($5,200)
ValueBrandon Crawford, SF at MIL, $3,400 — The Giants have enjoyed their road trip to Milwaukee, and it’s unlocked a lot of upside for the group. Crawford has been especially effective with 23 DKFP (14 in one game and nine in the other) and he gets another matchup worth attacking today. His price is great and although he’s boom-or-bust, he should be considered if you need the cash.
Other Options — Jung-ho Kang ($3,400)
StudNelson Cruz, MIN at CLE, $5,000 — The heel injury that Cruz suffered didn’t have him miss a beat, as his last 10 games have been fantastic and only add to his great 2019 campaign. He’s slashing .275/.368/.554 with 17 home runs on the year, and today he gets to face a pitcher that has good strikeout potential but also gets hit hard and is prone to home runs in the second half of the season. He’s part of my favorite contrarian stack on the day.
Other Options — Christian Yelich ($5,800)
ValueVictor Reyes, DET at KC, $3,500 — Reyes has been a big part of any success the Tigers have had over the last couple weeks, with nine hits and seven runs (as well as four RBI) in his short time with the team. So long as he continues to lead off, he’s going to be a solid source of hits and walks with upside for more if the Tigers have a good game. He can help fit the big bats and is a good cash play.
Other Options — Dexter Fowler ($3,700)
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