This is a pretty diverse slate with plenty of options to choose from in the top tier of both hitting and pitching. There are a couple teams that really stick out for upside and some batters that are running really hot right now, so lets talk through some usable options for a good day of baseball.
StudRobbie Ray, ARI at MIA, $10,800 — In the past 10 games Ray has had just two games under 19 DKFP and is showing some incredible consistency with at least five strikeouts in each contest. He’s playing in the best pitching environment in the league against the weakest team and should be a priority in every format.
Other Options — Trevor Bauer ($11,100)
ValueJason Vargas, NYM vs. PIT, $6,700 — It would seem that Jason Vargas has somewhat reinvented himself in his age 36 season, and he’s allowed more than three runs in just one game over the past 10 contests and comes into this game with a 3.96 ERA. He has inconsistent strikeout potential, but with the Pirates getting shut out last night he has quite a bit of upside for a cheap price.
Other Options — Kyle Gibson ($7,700)
StudWillson Contreras, CHC at MIL, $5,000 — The Cubs backstop has had a great season with a slash of .285/.379/.555 and has three hits in three games, including a double and a run, since coming back from injury. He’s had a chance at leadoff since returning as well, which should help with his production and he faces one of the weaker pitchers on the slate in a great environment which makes him a great part of a cubs stack.
Other Options — Mitch Garver ($5,300)
ValueMike Zunino, TB at TOR, $2,700 — It’s pretty incredible how bad Zunino has been coming off of a relatively successful 2018 campaign, and he’s currently hitting just .069/.182/.172 over the past 29 at-bats. The good news here is he faces a pitcher that can’t strike anyone out, so Zunino should have a couple chances to get some balls in play and pay off a bargain salary.
Other Options — Danny Jansen ($2,700)
StudAnthony Rizzo, CHC at MIL, $5,300 — I’ll have a lot of focus on the Cubs today because I love their spot and Rizzo is an anchor in that stack. He’s got a 1.039 OPS with two home runs and three doubles in the past 10 games and is swinging a really hot bat with a .343 batting average. He’s going to face a pitcher that is awful at getting LHH out and is a great spend at his position.
Other Options — Pete Alonso ($4,900)
ValueJake Bauers, CLE at KC, $3,200– The Indians have loved facing the Royals and Bauers is a cheap way to get exposure to a fantastic stacking spot. They will face Danny Duffy ($7,400), who is a heavy flyball pitcher and could struggle against a team like the Indians that lift the ball really well. Bauers has six games over five fantasy points in his recent sample and is a solid value.
Other Options — Cheslor Cuthbert ($3,300)
StudKeston Hiura, MIL vs. CHC, $5,400 — Hiura is coming off of a walk-off home run in extra innings on Saturday and has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since getting called up from the minors. His 12.5 DKFP per game and 1.228 OPS in his past 36 at-bats are both the highest marks at his position and his power potential is invaluable in a park like Milwaukee. With second base being weak, he’s a great priority spend.
Other Options — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ($4,600)
ValueJoey Wendle, TB at TOR, $2,800 — Although he’s stuck in a bit of a platoon split right now, Wendle is finding ways to contribute value when he does get the start and it’s keeping his price low. His .355 OBP and 1:1 K:BB ratio is good for his base stealing abilities and although he doesn’t have a big ceiling he’s part of a strong order with a great matchup. If he gets on base a couple times and gets some runs he will be a very strong value.
Other Options — Mike Freeman ($3,300)
StudMiguel Sano, MIN at CWS, $5,200 — With four home runs in the past 10 games as well as eight runs and nine RBI, Sano is averaging 10.5 DKFP and making a case to be in a prime spot in one of the hardest hitting orders in baseball. The Twins are in one of the best spots on the slate, going up against Dylan Covey ($4,300) and an exceptionally weak White Sox bullpen. With such fantastic power, it would be wise to build around Sano when you can.
Other Options — Kris Bryant ($5,400)
ValueMatt Duffy, TB at TOR, $3,500 — Duffy missed a majority of the season thanks to a hamstring injury, but has come back and been plenty serviceable from the leadoff spot for the Rays. He’s still not hitting for a strong average, but has five or more fantasy points in three of his four games back and has a great chance to reach that threshold once again. The opportunity cost is high and you should pay up if you can, but Duffy is a solid value if necessary.
Other Options — Vlad Guerrero Jr. ($3,500)
StudJavier Baez, CHC at MIL, $5,200 — Another strong play on the Cubs is going to be Baez, who continues to be a significant free swinger with massive power reserves. He’s got a staggering 127 strikeouts on the season, but has maintained a solid batting average (.287) and smashed 25 home runs and racked up 68 RBI, so the strikeouts only matter in real life. The matchup is terrific for Baez’s archetype and his ceiling is through the roof.
Other Options — Francisco Lindor ($5,000)
ValueRyan Goins, CWS vs. MIN, $3,100 — Goins has 10 games in his 2019 campaign thus far, and in those games he is sporting a .308/.400/.615 with two home runs and just eight strikeouts. Unfortunately, he plays for a team that doesn’t give a lot of opportunity for runs and RBIs, so he is only averaging 6.2 DKFP. Regardless of the team around him, his price is not near his production and he should be treated as a good salary saver in exploitable matchups.
Other Options — Jung Ho Kang ($3,100)
StudNelson Cruz, MIN at CWS, $5,800 — There is no hotter hitter in baseball than Cruz right now. He’s got a mind-blowing 1.431 OPS and .974 SLG over the past 10 games with eight home runs and 12 RBI and is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game. He faces a pitcher that has more games of negative fantasy points than 15-plus and should be considered the top option if you have the cash.
Other Options — Christian Yelich ($5,900)
ValueJosh VanMeter, CIN vs. COL, $3,600 — Over the past three games, Vanmeter has 61 DKFP and a home run in each while racking up eight hits across the sample. He’s been absolutely on fire and his price is only slowly creeping up and we need to take advantage while we can. The matchup is good against a Rockies team that has an awful bullpen and they play in a top five hitters park. He’s a great cash game staple.
Other Options — Greg Allen ($3,600)
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