After a smaller slate last night, we have a full 15-game fantasy baseball slate tonight. The story of the day is the New York Yankees. With arguably the most loaded offense we have ever seen, they tied an MLB record on Monday after homering in their 27th consecutive game. With the Bombers in a favorable matchup, the record could be broken tonight.
StudMax Scherzer, WAS at MIA, $12,400 — Scherzer’s last start was one of my favorite games of the season. After breaking his nose the previous day, he took the mound with a black eye and was as dominant as ever. He struck out 10 hitters and scored 36.2 DKFP. He’s scored at least 32 DKFP in four consecutive starts and gets to face the lowly Marlins tonight.
Other Options — Gerrit Cole ($11,500), Shane Bieber ($10,800)
ValueJack Flaherty, STL vs. OAK, $7,900 — Flaherty’s 4.24 ERA is significantly higher than his successful rookie season. At least for tonight, the good news is that almost all of his struggles have come on the road. At home, Flaherty has a 2.49 ERA and strikes out over a batter per inning. On the road, he has a 6.68 ERA and his walk rate more than doubles. In St. Louis, I don’t have concerns about the regression of Flaherty.
Other Options — Madison Bumgarner ($8,200), Zach Davies ($6,500)
StudGary Sanchez, NYY vs. TOR, $5,600 — He’s the best hitting catcher in baseball. As great as Sanchez has been this season, his numbers are off the charts at Yankee Stadium. Gary has a 160 wRC+ at home and is one of the players most likely to help the Yankees break the record for most consecutive games with a homer by a team.
Other Options — Willson Contreras ($4,700)
ValuePedro Severino, BAL vs. SDP, $3,700 — He’s below-average against righties, but Severino is crushing left-handed pitching this season. He has a 158 wRC+ against southpaws and makes for a nice value play whenever the Orioles face a lefty. Logan Allen ($8,100) is making his second career start for the Padres. The first one went well, but it shouldn’t be overlooked that he had a 5.15 ERA in AAA before coming up to the big leagues.
Other Options — Stephen Vogt ($3,700), John Hicks ($2,400)
FIRST BASEFreddie Freeman, ATL at CHC, $5,500 — For the second consecutive night, we have strong winds blowing out at Wrigley Field. Yesterday’s game didn’t go the way of the Braves although the game still totaled 11 runs and three homers. This is a top game to target and Freeman has a 161 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. Jitters could be an issue for Adbert Alzolay ($6,800), who is making his first career start.
Other Options — Anthony Rizzo ($5,000), Luke Voit ($4,800)
ValueRenato Nunez, BAL vs. SDP, $3,700 — Just like with Severino, Nunez has hit lefties well and struggles against righties. He has a 128 wRC+ against left-handed pitching and significant home/road splits. Nunez has a 131 wRC+ in Baltimore compared to a 61 wRC+ on the road. Playing at home and against a southpaw, Nunez has has all the ingredients he needs for a big game.
Other Options — Bobby Bradley ($4,000), Paul Goldschmidt ($3,800)
StudDJ LeMahieu, NYY vs. TOR, $5,300 — As the Yankees’ leadoff hitter, LeMahieu should start to accumulate gaudy counting numbers now that everybody is finally healthy. He is leading the American League in batting average, putting him on pace to win his second career batting title. This includes a .350 batting average against left-handed pitching.
Other Options — Ketel Marte ($5,500), Gleyber Torres ($5,300)
ValueJose Altuve, HOU vs. PIT, $3,900 — I had to do a double take when I saw this price on Altuve. He only recently came back from the IL, but it isn’t as if he’s struggling making his way back. Altuve is riding a four-game hitting streak, including a homer in his last game. During his hitting streak, he is averaging 11 DKFP. I expect him to be priced as one of the most expensive second baseman in the near future.
Other Options — Jonathan Villar ($4,300), Rougned Odor ($3,800)
StudKris Bryant, CHC vs. ATL, $4,900 — With all the great offensive performances in the National League, it’s gone overlooked that Bryant is back to his MVP form. He has a 142 wRC+ and is on pace for over 30 homers. He is among the MLB leaders with a 189 wRC+ against left-handed pitching and with the wind blowing out, Bryant is one of the most likely players to homer tonight.
Other Options — Manny Machado ($5,500), Alex Bregman ($4,600)
ValueJose Ramirez, CLE vs. KCR, $4,200 — Without a doubt, Ramirez has been one of the most disappointing fantasy players of the season. After an MVP caliber 2018 campaign, he’s been a replacement-level player with a 68 wRC+. His power has evaporated and some bad luck has him with a .237 wRC+. However, it looks like he is starting to turn it around. Ramirez has four consecutive games with at least 10 DKFP and a hit in 10 of his last 11 games.
Other Options — Tommy La Stella ($4,100), Matt Carpenter ($3,900)
StudJavier Baez, CHC vs. ATL, $5,000 — Along with Bryant, Baez is another stud to include in Cubs’ stacks. He has at least 12 DKFP in four of his last six games and scored 17 DKFP in a similar hitting environment last night against the Braves. Baez has a 177 wRC+ against left-handed pitching, second best on the Cubs behind Bryant.
Other Options — Xander Bogaerts ($5,300), Francisco Lindor ($5,100)
ValueJean Segura, PHI vs. NYM , $4,000 — The Phillies were the winning stack last night. They’ve fallen into a skid and are 5.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East, but last night’s 13-run game could be a sign that they are righting the ship. Segura was a massive factor in the outburst, picking up four hits and scoring 29 DKFP. He’s on a six-game hitting streak.
Other Options — Dansby Swanson ($4,300), Paul DeJong ($4,100)
StudGiancarlo Stanton, NYY vs. TOR, $4,600 — Believe it or not, Stanton hit his first homer of the season last night. It’s been a rough year filled with injuries, but the Yankees have more than stayed afloat without him. Following last night’s 445-foot homer, the flood gates could open for Stanton. There is no way to pitch around him with all of the talent in this Yankees’ offense, which is borderline unfair to opposing pitchers.
Other Options — Mike Trout ($5,700), Aaron Judge ($4,700)
ValueJustin Upton, LAA vs CIN, $4,100 — Upton is another underpriced star making his way back from an injury. He missed the start of the season with a toe injury, but has been hot since the moment he was activated from the IL. He homered on the first pitch he saw of the season and is up to three homers in his first seven games. Upton has a 13.8% walk rate, which is higher than any other point in his career, so there is no reason to think he is rusty.
Other Options — Nick Castellanos ($4,100), Adam Eaton ($3,700)
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