Another day of baseball, another slate where you should focus your energy on attacking the Orioles with whatever team gets the pleasure of hitting against them. The pitching options leave a lot to be desired for such a full slate, so it’s important to just focus on bats and take what you can get at pitcher. I tried to find the best targets available, let’s take a look.
StudBlake Snell, TB vs. CWS, $11,000 — It’s fair to say that Snell has been inconsistent this year, but his ceiling is still on par with the best in the game. He’s had to face the Yankees twice and paid for it, but gets a much lesser opponent in the White Sox who strikeout at a top-five rate in MLB. He scored 33 DKFP last time out against them and can easily do that again.
Other Options — Lance Lynn ($10,500)
Value, Zach Plesac, KC at CLE, $7,000 — Another less reliable pitcher, we are going for Plesac based on his upside and trying to ignore his recent results. He has done well at home averaging 14.9 DKFP, which would do well to pay off his current salary and the Royals are in a bit of a team-wide slump. He’s a solid value which lets you fit important bats.
Other Options —Andrew Cashner ($7,400)
StudChristian Vazquez, BOS vs TOR, $4,500 — Up against possibly the worst pitcher on the slate, it’s hard to get away from Vazquez as the catcher to pay up for. He’s taken a huge step forward this year and now has a .292/.333/.504 slash in 2019. The Red Sox just put up a football score against the Orioles yesterday and wore out their bullpen, so Vazquez will have a full game of opportunity against terrible pitchers.
Other Options — Mitch Garver ($5,400)
Editor’s Note: Garver is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the A’s.
ValueElias Diaz, PIT vs. PHI, $3,000 — Although his general plate skills aren’t fantastic, the matchup for him is, and that’s enough for me to use him as the value play at catcher. Drew Smyly ($4,500) has three games of negative fantasy points in his past five outings and just bleeds DKFP to opposing hitters, so even with Elias hitting badly right now he isn’t expensive enough which makes him a good value.
Other Options — Mike Zunino ($2,500)
StudJosh Bell, PIT vs. PHI, $5,000 — After having one of the biggest hot streaks of the year, Bell has really cooled his jets over the past 10 games. I’m not worried about that as we know he has elite power and faces one of the worst pitchers in the league. With 27 home runs and a .986 OPS in 2019, he’s going to come around in a big way soon and this is the perfect spot to get back on the horse.
Other Options — Carlos Santana ($4,800)
Other Options — Chris Davis ($3,000)
Editor’s Note: Travis is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Orioles.
StudLourdes Gurriel jr., TOR at DET, $4,800 — The Blue Jays have been doing great in their series against the Tigers and Gurriel has played plenty of his part. He’s got nine and seven DKFP in the two games against them with just one strikeout in 10 at-bats and over the past 10 games overall has an average of 9.5 DKFP. He’s the best hitter on a team facing a bad pitching staff and deserves a lot of consideration.
Other Options — Whit Merrifield ($5,500)
ValueLuis Urias, SD at CHC, $3,400 — The Rookie slugger came back up from Triple-A in the game yesterday and recorded a hit and a run to help out his low averages on the year, and you’ve got to think it’s just a matter of time before his plate skills start producing at major league levels. Up against an inconsistent pitcher in a park that plays well with the current forecast, I like him a lot for a value play at a weak position.
Other Options — Harold Castro ($3,600)
StudRafael Devers, BOS at BAL, $5,500 — It’s incredible the jump that Devers has made in 2019 and he’s coming off one of the best games of the year with 30 DKFP thanks to a triple and a home run with three runs scored. He’s averaging 10.4 DKFP on the season and will get another chance to hit his ceiling against a Triple-A arm in a small ballpark. He’s a cash game staple.
Other Options — Hunter Dozier ($5,000)
ValueJoey Wendle, TB vs. CWS, $2,500 — Wendle is certainly having an off year, but he’s slowly been turning it around since the all-star break. The main allure of Wendle here is not necessarily his plate skills but his stolen base and walk upside against a pitcher with serious command issue. It’s not out of the question he gets on base two or three times and gets a stolen base which would smash value.
Other Options — Josh VanMeter ($2,700)
StudXander Bogaerts, BOS at BAL, $5,600 — Another stud, another Red Sox bat, but I love stacking the Boston power guys in this game and don’t mind at all focusing on them as spend ups. Bogaerts has actually been one of the most productive players on his team lately with a .463/.511/.829 slash line and 14.1 DKFP per game with a ridiculous 19 hits in his past 10 contests. He’s well worth the price at a premium position and should be a priority.
Other Options — Francisco Lindor ($5,100)
ValueHumberto Arteaga, KC vs. CLE, $2,100 — Going to go back to one of my favorite cheap bats and use Arteaga as my favorite value at this position. You should definitely prioritize paying up at this spot, but if you can’t then you should be punting and Humberto is the best possible option. He’s a solid hitter that doesn’t strike out a lot and even if he doesn’t have much power we only need 5-10 DKFP to be happy, and he’s done that in half of his games so far.
Other Options — Jose Iglesias ($3,300)
StudOscar Mercado, CLE vs. KC, $5,300 — The rookie continues to tear apart the majors with a .294/.346/.468 slash and seven home runs against nine stolen bases, giving him similar upside to Lindor on the same team. He will face a pitcher that got incredibly lucky in his last start and should be expected to regress back a bit, so using someone like Mercado with huge event upside makes a lot of sense.
Other Options — Mookie Betts ($5,400)
Other Options — Josh Reddick ($3,300)
Editor’s Note: Reyes is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Blue Jays.
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