This slate is really diverse and there are plenty of ways to go about attacking it. I’ll dive into a couple of my favorite positions to put weight on as well as some more off the board and value guys worth considering. Let’s look deeper.
StudAaron Nola, PHI at NYM, $10,600 — I’ve written about Nola before, but I love going back to the well after a string of solid starts from the Philly ace. He’s got three games of 30-plus DKFP in a row and has two games against the Mets with a combined 16 strikeouts and just eight hits allowed. He’s got his A-game going and I’ll ride the hot streak.
Other Options — Trevor Bauer ($10,000)
Value, Tyler Mahle, CIN vs. CLE, $7,800 — Mahle is always going to be an up-and-down kind of pitcher and you can see it with six starts of 20-plus DKFP and four starts of 10 or less DKFP in the past 10 starts. He gets a matchup he can exploit with an Indians team that has struggles getting guys on base and plenty of LHH which he deals with way better than righties.
Other Options — Trent Thornton ($5,000)
StudWillson Contreras, CHC at CWS, $5,300 — The Cubs have been inconsistent this year, but Contreras has been a rock for them all season. He’s averaging 8.7 DKFP and sporting a .957 OPS while coming off of a 26-fantasy point explosion in his last game. With the Cubs facing contact-oriented Ivan Nova ($4,200) he is the top option at his position.
Other Options — Yasmani Grandal ($4,500), Mitch Garver ($5,000)
ValueMartin Maldonado, KC at WAS, $2,700 — It wasn’t long ago that Maldonado was priced way down in the $2,200 range, but his recent power burst has pushed his salary up a bit. His recent SLG% of .583 is over 200 points higher than his .354 season long mark and although the matchup is tough, his price is still way below his current production making him a great value.
Other Options — Tomas Nido ($2,600)
FIRST BASEEric Thames, MIL at PIT, $5,000 — The Brewers may be in a bit of a slump as a team (outside of Yelich, of course), but Thames has been thriving when he steps up to the plate. He’s currently hitting .310/.375/.793 with three home runs and three doubles in his past 29 at-bats and gets the platoon advantage against a weak RHP for the Pirates. He’s a great upside play in GPPs.
Other Options — Josh Bell ($5,800), Freddie Freeman ($5,500)
ValueMiguel Cabrera, DET vs. BOS, $3,400 — I kind of had to double-take at Miggy’s current stats because he’s been on an absolute tear. The power is probably gone forever, but he’s hitting .364 with a .935 OPS in the past 10 games and has a respectable 6.3 DKFP per game in 2019 overall. He’s everything you could want from a value play with a solid floor.
Other Options — Nate Lowe ($3,400)
StudLourdes Gurriel Jr., TOR vs. BAL, $5,500 — The Blue Jays will face Asher Wojciechowski ($6,900) who has a nice price but might be the worst pitcher on the slate, and that makes the Blue Jays’ best players especially intriguing in all formats. Gurriel Jr. has a .769 SLG% in the last 10 games and has shown every sign of being able to keep up his power streak. The price is prohibitive, but the upside is more than anyone else at this position.
Other Options —
Howie Kendrick ($4,800), Ozzie Albies ($4,600)
Editor’s Note: Kendrick is not in the lineup for today’s game.
ValueRobel Garcia, CHC at CWS, $2,200 — The feel-good story of the MLB this year has finally gotten some playing time for the Cubs and made the most of it. Robel has just six at-bats, but already has a home run and a triple to give him a 1.833 OPS and 12.5 DKFP per game. The averages will certainly come down but for the price in an incredible matchup he is a cash game staple.
Other Options — Jose Rondon ($2,100)
StudKris Bryant, CHC at CWS, $5,200 — When Ivan Nova is on the mound, you’re going to want to take a lot of players against him, and the Cubs parade continues with Bryant. He’s coming off of a 31 DKFP performance with a home run and two doubles which has raised his 2019 slash to .294/.399/.548 and 9.4 DKFP per contest. He doesn’t get a platoon advantage, but he’s above average against RHP as well and up against Nova you get a big power boost toward your ceiling which makes Bryant a phenomenal play.
Other Options — Anthony Rendon ($5,400)
ValueMike Brosseau, TB vs. NYY, $2,200 — The Rays farm system continues to develop solid hitting and Brosseau is a testament to that. In his brief major league stint he has a .421 batting average with four doubles in just 19 at-bats as well as five RBI, showing he doesn’t crack under pressure. The matchup is tough, but exploitable and the price is too good to pass up.
Other Options — Jeimer Candelario ($3,300)
StudTrea Turner, WAS vs. KC, $5,400 — After missing the start of 2019 with a finger injury, Turner has done everything that was expected of him from a fantasy standpoint and his upside is massive, especially in this spot. The Nationals face Jakob Junis ($5,600) who has given up 10 earned runs in his last two starts and has a paltry 5.53 ERA in 2019. Turner should have plenty of opportunity to rack up steals against such a weak opponent.
Other Options — Javier Baez ($5,300)
Editor’s Note: Kang is not in the lineup for today’s game.
Other Options — Luis Rengifo ($3,600)
StudShohei Ohtani, LAA at HOU, $5,500 — There have been very few players better than Ohtani since he came into the league. In 2019 alone he’s got a .930 OPS with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in just 51 games played. He gets a solid splits advantage against a rookie pitcher that was very hittable in his debut and with a .444 batting average coming from the past 36 at-bats his floor and ceiling are as high as anyone in his price tier.
Other Options —
Christian Yelich ($5,900), Mike Trout ($5,800)
Editor’s Note: Yelich is not in the lineup for today’s game.
ValueJon Jay, CWS vs. CHC, $3,100– Jay isn’t going to be a flashy play, but that’s okay because his price helps you fit the bigger upside guys around him. What he does do is hit well with a .296 batting average and just six strikeouts in 27 at-bats, so you can feel good about avoiding a zero. The matchup is with a control pitcher who doesn’t try to miss bats, so I like his chances of getting on base a couple times and grinding out value.
Other Options — Christin Stewart ($3,000)
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